Our Top 10 Stories of 2021

In (another) year dominated by COVID-19, find out what made our list for most-searched content
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Can you get COVID-19 more than once? Millions of you asked that question in 2021 and turned to Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials to find an answer. That article topped our most-read list last year as you searched out ways to live healthier.

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But while the pandemic was top of mind, it wasn’t your only concern. Here’s what else you wondered about.

10. How to Get Rid of a Stiff Neck

With all the slouching over our computers and phones, it’s no wonder our necks are sore. The best pain relief comes in many forms — like stretching, over-the-counter meds, heat and ice application and more.

9. Feel Like Food Is Stuck in Your Throat? What to Do and How to Find Relief

The feeling of something being stuck in your throat is quite unpleasant. It could be food, or if it’s much longer-lasting — a medical condition instead. The good news is that it’s possible to find relief!

8. Swollen Lymph Nodes After COVID-19 Vaccine: Why You Shouldn’t Be Alarmed

We’ve learned about many potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccines throughout 2021, including swollen lymph nodes. Learn how to figure out if this symptom is indeed a side effect of the vaccine, or another medical condition that requires attention.

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7. Pain Down There? 5 Reasons Your Pelvis and Vagina Hurt

Infections, cysts and other conditions may cause your pelvis and vagina to hurt. Women’s health specialists take you through the possibilities and how they can be treated.

6. Can Vaccinated People Transmit COVID-19 to Others?

You’ve heard many of the supposed magical remedies for COVID-19 this year, like lemon juice and ivermectin, but the real solution to this pandemic is the COVID-19 vaccine. All of your burning virus transmission questions are answered here.

5. If You Don’t Get Sick After Your COVID-19 Vaccination, Does It Mean Your Immune System Isn’t Working?

There are common, non-dangerous, side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine, but what happens if you experience none of them after getting your dose? It’s still a mystery, but rest assured, completely normal.

4. Fever in Babies & Children: When to Worry

Many people have worried more about their own health this year, but more so their children’s. Learn at what temperature you should be concerned about your baby or toddler’s fever and how to take action.

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3. When Should You Get Vaccinated If You’ve Had COVID-19?

Another common misconception that caught attention in 2021 is that you don’t need a COVID-19 vaccine if you’ve already contracted the virus. Learn why this isn’t the case and why antibodies simply aren’t enough to protect you.

2. Chest Pain: 3 Signs It’s Not a Heart Attack and Possible Causes

Is it panic? Anxiety? Heartburn? There are other reasons outside of a heart attack that can cause your chest to hurt or tighten up. Find out the difference, with help from our cardiologists.

1. Can You Get COVID-19 Twice?

The #1 most-read story on our list is unsurprisingly, COVID-related. The answer to your burning question is “yes,” but you can certainly do things to protect yourself. Find out how, from our trusted COVID-19 experts.

What will content look like in 2022? If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that we can’t predict what’ll happen, but we can assure you that the content you read on Health Essentials will guide you in the safest direction possible.

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