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

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COVID-19 cases increasing in kids, teens, and young adults, CDC study finds

One key finding was that while 62% of schools offered either full or partial in-person learning, reports of outbreaks to the CDC have been limited, especially for schools for younger children.

COVID-19 outbreaks linked with in-person instruction at large colleges, CDC finds. Here’s what that means for Philly-area campuses.

The study found that counties with large colleges with over 20,000 students that opted for in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester experienced a 56% increase in COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 meant mental health challenges in 2020. Here’s how to get help in 2021.

Therapy has long been recognized as a highly effective treatment for people experiencing non-emergency mental and behavioral health symptoms.

What’s reopening Monday in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania

Philadelphia officials have extended the ban on some activities until Jan. 15, saying that they anticipate a spike in coronavirus cases from Christmas and New Year’s Day.

24-year-old killed in Camden shooting

The shooting happened on the 1800 block of South Sixth Street.

Edward Asplundh, local businessman, Air Force veteran, and health-care reformer, dies at 88

Edward Asplundh worked with local hospitals, including Abington, to improve health care in the region, and helped provide scholarships and professional development for nurses.

Suicide rate decreased for the first time in a decade in 2019, CDC reports

Good news, but experts said suicide is expected to have increased during the pandemic.

Calls keep soaring at Philly and national crisis hotlines: ‘It spiked and hasn’t stopped’

The steady increase in people reaching out to crisis hotlines and text lines across the country sends a sobering message about the overall impact of the pandemic on mental health.

‘The incredible impact of isolation’ and other highlights of what COVID-19 taught medicine in 2020

As 2020 thankfully draws to a close, here are some highlights of what science has learned from the virus that globally has infected more than 77 million people since it was first reported in China.

Philadelphia urgent care centers are still coping with shortages of COVID-19 tests

“Everyone is working as hard as they can to get through this, but it’s just a challenging situation.”