Jamie Ducharme is a health correspondent at TIME and the author of Big Vape: The Incendiary Rise of Juul.
WHO Probably Won’t Discover COVID-19's Origins
Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s still not clear exactly how, where or when the SARS-CoV-2 virus began infecting people. Many experts believe the virus jumped from animal hosts to humans, but researchers...By Jamie Ducharme October 19, 2021
Companies Are Finally Fighting Burnout During the Pandemic
A record 42.1 million Americans quit a job in 2019By Jamie Ducharme October 14, 2021
Juul Is No Longer U.S. Teenagers' Preferred E-Cigarette. Puff Bar Seems to Have Taken Over
Disposable e-cigarettes like Puff Bar are now far more popular among teenagers than the pod-based products from once-dominant brand Juul, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and...By Jamie Ducharme September 30, 2021
Can Breakthrough Infections Lead to Long COVID? For an Unlucky Few, Yes
When health experts talk about the remarkable efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, they typically point to their ability to prevent severe disease and death. Fully vaccinated people can still get “breakthrough” infections from the virus that...By Jamie Ducharme September 30, 2021
Is Reusable Packaging Actually Better for the Environment?
When you toss a plastic bottle into your recycling bin, there’s no guarantee it actually gets recycled. In fact, odds are, it doesn’t. According to the World Economic Forum, just 14% of plastic packaging is...By Jamie Ducharme September 28, 2021
Some Vaping Companies Are Turning to Synthetic Nicotine to Outsmart the FDA
Troy Johnston swears he wanted to play by the rules. Johnston, who owns the Texas-based vaping company VaporSalon, tried to follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidelines for selling e-cigarette products, which required...By Jamie Ducharme September 17, 2021
The Gates Foundation's 2021 Report Shows That Childhood Vaccinations Dropped During the Pandemic—But There's a Bright Side
This time last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation warned of a grim potential side effect from the COVID-19 pandemic: its disruptions to routine medical care could erase 25 years of progress on childhood...By Jamie Ducharme September 13, 2021
What Went Wrong with COVAX
In January 2020, world leaders and industry titans gathered in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum’s annual Davos conference. Much of the conversation centered around the mysterious new coronavirus that had emerged in Wuhan, China,...By Jamie Ducharme September 9, 2021
Juul, E-Cig Brands May Get FDA Authorization Soon
For the last 15 years, there’s been a caveat tacked on to any discussion of e-cigarettes’ public health impact. Though millions of people in the U.S. use them regularly, the devices have never been authorized...By Jamie Ducharme September 3, 2021
When Will COVID-19 Vaccines Be Available for Younger Kids?
As the school year gets underway and the Delta variant continues its march through the U.S. population, many parents with kids younger than 12 have the same question: When will vaccines become available for my...By Jamie Ducharme August 30, 2021
The Delta Variant Increases Your Chances of Being Hospitalized With COVID-19, Study Finds
It’s clear that the Delta variant is more contagious than previous COVID-19 strains, as evidenced by the soaring case counts in the U.S. and around the world. But the big question has been whether it...By Jamie Ducharme August 27, 2021
Pediatric COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Are Surging
Aug. 20 was a good day in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Carvase Perrilloux, a two-month-old baby who’d come in about a week earlier with respiratory syncytial virus and COVID-19,...By Jamie Ducharme/New Orleans, La. August 26, 2021
COVID-19 Might Be Here to Stay. We'll Learn to Live With It
'As long as the virus is evolving, we have to evolve with it'By Jamie Ducharme August 12, 2021
Should Anyone in the U.S. Get COVID-19 Booster Shots?
Immunocompromised people do not get full protection from COVID-19 shots. Experts are divided on whether they should get booster shotsBy Jamie Ducharme August 11, 2021
Why There's Still Debate Over Sunscreen's Safety
Each year, as Memorial Day approaches, Holly Thaggard braces herself for the headlines. About how sunscreen may be damaging coral reefs. About the possible flammability of spray-on sunscreen. Headlines—as there were this year—about how sunscreen...By Jamie Ducharme August 2, 2021
MRNA's Next Chapter Has Nothing to Do With COVID Vaccines
It’s safe to say that before the development of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, most people hadn’t thought about messenger RNA, or mRNA, since high school science class—if ever. The molecule plays a pivotal...By Jamie Ducharme August 2, 2021
Why the Respiratory Disease RSV Is Having an Off-Season Surge
Dr. James Antoon, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, often goes an entire summer without diagnosing a single case of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The common illness, which typically results in...By Jamie Ducharme July 22, 2021
I Got a J&J Vaccine. Should I Get a Booster Shot as Delta Spreads?
Welcome to COVID Questions, TIME’s advice column. We’re trying to make living through the pandemic a little easier, with expert-backed answers to your toughest coronavirus-related dilemmas. While we can’t and don’t offer medical advice—those questions...By Jamie Ducharme July 8, 2021
Meet the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Who Battled COVID-19
'What we’ve been through has made me realize even more: health is the most important thing, both for the individual and the collective'By Ciara Nugent July 8, 2021
Juul Is Paying $40 Million to Rebuild Its Reputation
Juul settled with the North Carolina Attorney general for $40 million to restore public trust. Is it too late for the vaping brand?By Jamie Ducharme June 29, 2021
Lessons From a West Virginia County's Vaccine Success
Here are lessons for a better public health care system from the successful COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Kanawha CountyBy Jamie Ducharme June 29, 2021
What to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Heart Conditions in Younger People
On June 23, a group of scientists told the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that mRNA vaccines (those made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) have a “likely association” with...By Jamie Ducharme June 25, 2021
Vaccinations Rose in June. Will the Momentum Last?
Daily COVID-19 vaccination numbers went up somewhat in June after falling for weeks. It's unclear if the trend will lastBy Jamie Ducharme June 22, 2021
Almost 25% of COVID-19 Patients Develop Long-Lasting Symptoms, According to a New Report
A year and a half into the pandemic, the condition known as Long COVID continues to stump doctors. A significant number of patients develop long-term symptoms after catching COVID-19, but it hasn’t been clear why...By Jamie Ducharme June 15, 2021
Even Vaccinated People Are Nervous About Going Back to 'Normal.' Here's How to Cope
Claudia Campos, 34, wanted there to be no doubt about why she continues to wear a face mask at the Florida car rental company where she works. She decided to screen-print a mask that telegraphs...By Jamie Ducharme June 15, 2021
Data Shows Teletherapy Leaves Marginalized Patients Behind
The same problems that kept many people from seeking care before the pandemic still existBy Jamie Ducharme June 14, 2021
Pandemic Habits May Fade—But the Wisdom You Gained Won’t
Since the pandemic began, the think-piece economy has churned out countless articles about how our world—work, medical care, cities, transit, social interactions—will be different when it finally ends. But will we be different after the...By Jamie Ducharme June 11, 2021
Some Patients Are Reporting Recovery from Long COVID
Some Long COVID patients have recovered or dramatically improved, but doctors are still learning about the condition that follows COVID-19By Jamie Ducharme June 9, 2021
The CDC's New Mask Guidance Is Motivating Vaccinations
But not for the reason you might thinkBy Jamie Ducharme May 26, 2021
Conflict in the Gaza Strip Could Lead to a New COVID-19 Surge
Violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip could lead to a new COVID-19 surge as the medical system is overwhelmedBy Jamie Ducharme May 18, 2021
How Juul Got Vaporized
On June 7, North Carolina attorney general Josh Stein will enter a Durham courtroom with a mission: proving that the e-cigarette company Juul Labs purposely targeted teenagers with its nicotine-rich products. If Stein—who in 2019...By Jamie Ducharme May 17, 2021
States Are Incentivizing COVID-19 Vaccination. Will It Work?
The internet had a field day when Krispy Kreme in March offered free donuts to anyone who could prove they’d been vaccinated against COVID-19. But only a few weeks later, as vaccine supply begins to...By Jamie Ducharme May 5, 2021
FDA Menthol Ban Is Part of a New Era of Tobacco Regulation
It’s easy to forget that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only gained the ability to regulate tobacco products in 2009, given how much it has done in the following decade-plus. In recent years,...By Jamie Ducharme April 29, 2021
COVID-19 Is Still Devastating the World—Especially India
The pandemic won’t end for anyone until it ends for everyone. That sentiment has been repeated so many times, by so many people, it’s easy to forget it’s not just a cliche—particularly if you live...By Jamie Ducharme April 26, 2021
Why 'New' COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Are Totally Expected
Abigail, a 29-year-old from New York City who asked to use a pseudonym to preserve her privacy, knew to expect some side effects after she got her second Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in February. The fever,...By Jamie Ducharme April 22, 2021
My Family Wants to Visit This Summer. Is Travel Safe Yet?
Welcome to COVID Questions, TIME’s advice column. We’re trying to make living through the pandemic a little easier, with expert-backed answers to your toughest coronavirus-related dilemmas. While we can’t and don’t offer medical advice—those questions...By Jamie Ducharme April 14, 2021
Black Women Fight For Recognition as Long COVID Patients
It took five years of chronic pain, nausea, fuzzy thoughts and a cruel mixture of fatigue and insomnia for Wilhelmina Jenkins to be diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). But even after she received...By Jamie Ducharme April 12, 2021
What to Do If You Miss Your Second COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
Here's how to make sure you're protected against COVID-19By Jamie Ducharme April 7, 2021
Fully Vaccinated People Can Travel With Low Risk of COVID-19, CDC Says
But it's still discouraging non-essential trips as cases rise in areas across the countryBy Jamie Ducharme April 2, 2021
Should We Keep Wearing Masks Even After the Pandemic Ends?
Riding the New York City subway during cold and flu season used to test your stomach. The woman next to you was coughing. The guy behind her was sneezing. Somebody was always fishing for a...By Jamie Ducharme April 2, 2021
The U.S. Death Rate Rose Significantly During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 was the third-most-common cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, contributing to more than 375,000 deaths, and a 16% increase in the national death rate, according to provisional data published today by the...By Jamie Ducharme March 31, 2021
How Social Lives Are Changing During the U.S. Vaccine Rollout
With about 13% of the U.S. population vaccinated against COVID-19, social lives are being strained by differences in protectionBy Jamie Ducharme March 23, 2021
I Got the COVID-19 Vaccine. My Kids Didn't. What's Safe?
In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its long-awaited guidance for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those lucky enough to have received both vaccine doses (or one dose of Janssen/Johnson...By Jamie Ducharme March 18, 2021
A Year with Long COVID, for Patients and Families
When Ghenya Grondin starts rattling off the symptoms she still experiences a year after getting sick with what she believes was COVID-19, she has to pause to consult a list she keeps on her phone...By Jamie Ducharme March 15, 2021
Everyone In My Family Is Vaccinated—Except Me. What's Safe?
Welcome to COVID Questions, TIME’s advice column. We’re trying to make living through the pandemic a little easier, with expert-backed answers to your toughest coronavirus-related dilemmas. While we can’t and don’t offer medical advice—those questions...By Jamie Ducharme March 8, 2021
The Pandemic Has Spurred a Return to Low-Cost Fitness Activities
The pandemic has spurred a return to low-cost fitness activitiesBy Jamie Ducharme March 4, 2021
The First COVID-19 Vaccines Shipped Through COVAX Were Administered in the Ivory Coast
Frontline workers and public officials from the Ivory Coast on March 1 became the first people in the world to receive COVID-19 vaccines shipped from the COVAX Facility, in a long-awaited step toward global health...By Jamie Ducharme March 1, 2021
My Family Is Still Being Careful About COVID-19. Why Does It Feel Like We're the Only Ones?
My Kids Are in Daycare. How Should That Affect My Family's Social Distancing Strategy?
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