Bethany Ao covers young adults for the Health section, with an eye towards mental, sexual and preventative health.

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Making connections, grappling with misinformation: How Gen Z is using social media during the pandemic

Right now, many Gen Zers are struggling with boredom, grappling with misinformation, and trying to figure out what the best ways they can help are — all through social media.

Is there a test to see if you’re immune to coronavirus? Not exactly.

Before you search out serological testing so you go back to work or start attending public gatherings again, know there are many caveats to this type of test.

How Philadelphia hospitals are protecting the mental health of workers treating coronavirus

Some Philly hospitals have begun coronavirus-specific wellness initiatives or expanded existing programs for their employees to help them cope with the stress of the pandemic.

How to talk to your friends who still aren’t social distancing

Experts say that people interested in changing the behavior of their neighbors, friends, and family members who aren’t practicing social distancing should use empathy.

Treating coronavirus takes serious toll on health-care workers’ mental health, study finds

A study of health care workers in China found that approximately 50% of participants experienced depressive symptoms, 45% experienced anxiety, 34% experienced insomnia, and 72% experienced distress.

Many of Philly’s coronavirus cases are in young people. Experts explain why those numbers may be skewed.

Public health experts and officials believe there may be two reasons ⁠— young people socialize often with others, and that the existing numbers do not fully capture the situation.

Transgender people with IDs that match their gender have better mental health, Drexel study finds

Among transgender people whose IDs did not match their gender presentation, a third of them experienced being denied access to services, harassment, violence, or all three.

For the families of Philadelphia’s health-care workers, painful choices and growing anxiety amid coronavirus outbreak

The families who are avoiding their loved ones or setting up quarantine rooms in their homes are part of the sacrifice.

Health-care workers treating coronavirus need protective gear. In Pa. and N.J. they don’t have enough.

Medical personnel are resorting to creative — and potentially unsafe — tactics in the face of equipment shortages.

Social distancing can strain mental health. Here’s how you can protect yourself.

Exercise, reading, artsy activities and connecting with friends remotely may help alleviate stress, experts say.