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Akshay Syal, MD

Akshay Syal, MD, is a medical fellow with the NBC News Health and Medical Unit. Follow him on Twitter @AkshaySyal 

Akshay Syal, MD, is a medical fellow with the NBC News Health and Medical Unit. Follow him on Twitter @AkshaySyal 

Latest from Akshay Syal, MD

Has the spread of COVID-19 peaked in the US? What the next couple of months could look like

New cases have been gradually dropping nationwide, although experts caution that new infections are still at a high rate and further decline will be slow.

Has the spread of Covid-19 peaked in the U.S.? What future Covid spread could look like

New cases have been gradually dropping nationwide, although experts caution that new infections are still at a high rate and further decline will be slow.
12d ago

'Hybrid immunity': Why people who had Covid should still get vaccinated

Do I need to get the vaccine if I had Covid? Hybrid immunity from natural infection plus the vaccine can give even better immune protection from reinfection or breakthrough case.
36d ago

U.S. says people should wait 8 months before a 3rd vaccine dose. But some aren't holding off.

"I felt I needed to be as protected as I could," said one person who got an early booster shot.
50d ago

Mississippi offering Covid vaccine booster doses for immunocompromised people

The State Department of Health advised doctors to consider a booster or third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine for people with weakened immune systems.
57d ago

CDC warns in internal document that 'war has changed' with the coronavirus

Vaccines continue to be effective, particularly at preventing severe disease, according to the document. But they may not be as good at preventing infection or transmission of the delta variant.

Pfizer says vaccine's power wanes over time. Are you still protected?

New research from Pfizer found a drop-off in protection after six months, though the vaccines remained highly effective against severe illness.
59d ago

Pfizer says vaccine's power wanes over time. Are you still protected?

New research from Pfizer found a drop in protection after six months, although the vaccine remained highly effective against severe illness.

If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, do you need another dose?

There's growing anxiety over the highly contagious delta variant in the U.S.
66d ago

If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, do you need another dose?

There's growing anxiety over the highly contagious delta variant in the U.S.
71d ago

During pandemic, hospitals see rise in alcohol-related liver disease

The number of Americans being treated for severe liver disease from alcohol increased during the pandemic.