Tara C. Smith, SELF Magazine

Tara C. Smith

SELF Magazine

Kent, OH, United States

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Past articles by Tara:

How Well Do COVID-19 Vaccines Work in Immunocompromised People?

If you're curious to know how well COVID-19 vaccines work in immunocompromised people, read this epidemiologist's findings after research and interviews. → Read More

5 Crucial Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

Experts share where the science stands as of now when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy. The bottom line: Anyone who is eligible should get vaccinated. → Read More

5 Expert-Approved Tips for Talking to Loved Ones Who Are Hesitant About COVID-19 Vaccines

Experts share their best advice for talking to friends and family who are hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccines for various reasons. Read their tips here. → Read More

States Reopening Too Soon Is Giving Me Pandemic Déjà Vu

As an epidemiologist, states reopening too soon and relaxing restrictions is giving me pandemic déjà vu. Here's why we need to stay the course. → Read More

The Coronavirus Pandemic Isn’t Over—We Need to Act Accordingly

No matter how much we wish the coronavirus pandemic were over, it’s not. You might be tired of living this way, but the virus doesn’t care. → Read More

Is Asymptomatic Coronavirus Spread Possible? Experts Share the Facts

The question of whether asymptomatic coronavirus spread is possible is a big one—same for presymptomatic coronavirus spread. Here’s what to know. → Read More

Coronavirus School Closures: Here's Advice for Parents

Coronavirus school closures are now part of our reality. What are parents supposed to do? This is how I'm managing as a mom and epidemiologist. → Read More

No, the Coronavirus Isn't Just a Bad Flu

The new coronavirus is unprecedented—it's not just a bad flu. Here's what makes it unique and dangerous. → Read More

Here’s Exactly Where to Get Accurate Coronavirus News

There’s tons of inaccurate coronavirus information out there. Here’s where to get accurate coronavirus news. → Read More

5 Things to Do If You’re Worried About Coronavirus in the U.S.

A widespread outbreak of coronavirus in the U.S. is becoming a likely possibility. Experts discuss how to protect yourself. → Read More

How Much Should You Actually Worry About This New Coronavirus?

Fears about the new coronavirus are swirling, but how much should you actually worry? An epidemiologist puts it all into perspective. → Read More

Why You Don't Actually Need to Test for MTHFR Gene Variants

Before you worry about whether a MTHFR gene variant could be affecting you, here’s what you really need to know about the gene. → Read More

How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?

Two investigative reports suggest that Johnson & Johnson talc products may contain asbestos. Here's what you need to know. → Read More

What Happens When You Get Rabies? An Epidemiologist Explains

Epidemiologist Tara C. Smith, Ph.D., explains what rabies infection is, why it's so deadly in humans, and how to protect yourself. → Read More

Flu Shot Effectiveness: Why You Still Need to Get Vaccinated Even Though It Doesn't Always Prevent Illness

Epidemiologist Tara C. Smith, Ph.D., explains the important ways the flu vaccine protects the community, even if it's not 100 percent effective. → Read More