AARP Bulletin 2022 Guide to COVID Variants, Vaccines and Masks | News

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2022 / PRNewswire / – As COVID’s second anniversary approaches, AARP Bulletin Encouraging news reports: There is a clear way forward for the elderly. Despite the widespread prevalence of the omicron variant and a short-term increase in COVID cases, scientists agree that getting vaccinated and wearing masks will continue to dramatically improve health outcomes and hasten the return to longer times. normal.

But mistakes made by public health experts at the start of the pandemic – such as asking people not to wear masks – along with the chaos caused by variants of the virus, have hampered our progress in public health.

This month the Newsletter takes a solid look at where science stands: triumphs, missteps, and the future of COVID research.

From mysteries surrounding the long COVID to updates on new COVID pill treatments, our editors have gathered information from dozens of health experts who can answer readers’ most pressing questions about the pandemic.

Read on for this month’s cover story:

  • How to tackle pandemic confusion and debunk pandemic myths
  • The future of mask wearing
  • A guide to all recommended vaccines (not just against coronavirus) for people 50 years and older
  • And much more.

Also in the January issue:

Your health

  • Restore sound: For people with hearing loss so severe that even hearing aids do not improve communication, cochlear implants can be life changing. Read the inspiring story of how an outspoken retired journalist regained her quality of life through a technological miracle that can recreate the electrical signals your brain interprets as sounds, allowing you to hear again fully.

Your money

  • A new way to pay: Layaway with a twist! Many retailers now offer a “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) option. About 45 million Americans used a BNPL service in 2021. They are convenient for those with no cash in their pockets, but these programs can encourage consumers to overspend. Read the Live Well For Less column this month to learn how to spend responsibly with a Buy Now, Pay Later program.
  • How to buy an index fund: For years, financial experts have told Americans to avoid stock picking and put their long-term investments in index funds – mutual funds that buy stocks of all stocks or bonds included in them. most popular stock market indices. The problem is, there are now countless index funds, some of them questionable. How to choose? This month’s issue will explain the range of index funds, how to filter them for safety and performance, how to minimize fees and be tax smart with your index fund selections.

Fraud monitoring

  • End of the world ? No. Just a scam: The economy is failing! Global instability is putting our planet in danger! The pandemic threatens our way of life! Crooks are increasingly using topical scare tactics like these to tackle the concerns of older people. Experts advise readers on how to avoid emotion-based scams in this month’s issue.

Your life

  • Questions and answers with Mel brooks: When did he first realize he was funny? Why did he change his name to Brooks? What did being a young drummer teach him about acting? The renowned Brooklynborn actor and author Mel brooks leaves readers inside his life in this month’s issue of The bulletin.

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and over to choose their lifestyle as they age. With a national presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal development. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To find out more, visit, or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.

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