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Since late in the summer, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and Director of the National Institutes of Health, has been warning the country of the importance of keeping the coronavirus infection rate at a minimum before the fall and winter months. Why? Once the temperatures drop, people tend to head indoors, offering the highly infectious virus the perfect environment to spread. Now, just less than a month into the fall season, his predictions are coming true. During an event hosted by the College of American Pathologists on Tuesday, Dr. Fauci revealed that one key metric in predicting future infections is on the rise—and sooner rather than later the death toll will follow. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus."We're Seeing an Uptick"Dr. Fauci explained that coronavirus test positivity is increasing in many parts of the country—specifically the Midwest, upper Northwest, and states above the Sunbelt—which is a grim sign of what is to come. "We're seeing an uptick in what's called test positivity – namely, the percentage of tests that you do in a community surveillance that turn out to be positive," he revealed. "You'd like to see them less than 3%, optimally 1% or less." "The higher the percent positive is, the more concerning it is," Johns Hopkins University explains on their website. "As a rule of thumb, however, one threshold for the percent positive being 'too high' is 5%." Ultimately, the number of positive tests is followed by other, devastating surges. Currently, 25 states are reporting rising positivity rates for two consecutive weeks and a whopping 31 have percent positivity rates over 5%. RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to GetIdaho Has the Highest Positivity RateIdaho currently boasts the highest positivity rate in the country with 22.9%, while South Dakota and Wisconsin are close behind with rates above 20%. "We're starting to see a number of states well above that, which is often – in fact, invariably – highly predictive of a resurgence of cases, which historically we know leads to an increase in hospitalizations and then ultimately an increase in deaths," he said.In August, Dr. Fauci explained to Dr. Ashish Jha and the Brown School of Public Health that Dr. Deborah Birx, also on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, had been paying close attention to how the positivity rate could be turned around. "She went back and started analyzing, and she found out that if you really look carefully, when you have a percent positive that clicks up even a couple of percentage points, it almost never turns around spontaneously, unless you do something different than you're doing," he said, explaining that surges usually could be linked back to changes in the positivity rate from two weeks prior.""So when you see that little tick going up, that means that you were doing something not particularly good. So what you need to do is to change what you're doing," he added. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
A new study of obesity predictors in children has found that a poor diet and weight gain are intertwined in a vicious cycle, where the more unhealthy food that is consumed the greater the cravings are for even more unhealthy food. And all of this can be read from an MRI scan of your brain. (Related: 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)The Yale-led study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, had examined the long-known but poorly understood connection between inflammation and obesity. Researchers analyzed a set of data collected from over 11,000 children, using a highly specialized brain-imaging technique to analyze cell density in a region of the brain that's involved in reward motivation and eating behavior. What they found was that the greater concentration of these cells—which is understood to represent inflammation in the brain—the larger the waist circumference of the child.And not only was the cell density aka neuroinflammation correlated to the waist circumference, which is an indicator of obesity, but it could also predict the child's future weight gain. "An even more impressive finding was that the density of cells in this region predicted increases in waist circumference and body mass index one year later," said Kristina Rapuano, a psychology postdoctoral fellow at Yale and first author on the study.This means that obesity may be causing an inflammatory response in the brain, which in turn causes more overeating and even poorer eating habits. And while this study was conducted on children, childhood obesity has been shown to be a strong predictor of obesity later in life.According to BJ Casey, one of the co-authors of the study, rates of childhood obesity worldwide have quadrupled over the past 40 years, and these findings may bring us closer to understanding and preventing it. "This study is a step towards better understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying childhood weight gain, which will be critically important to inform early intervention and obesity prevention strategies," Casey said.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest weight loss news delivered straight to your inbox.
Getting your steps in each day provides many benefits, mentally and physically. While any movement throughout the day, walking or otherwise, can be helpful for weight loss, there is research that suggests walking after a meal may provide additional benefits. Let's take a look at how exercise can influence weight loss, how much you need to walk each day, how to maximize the benefits of exercise, and why this is ultimately the best time to walk to lose weight. And for more healthy tips, be sure to check out our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.How walking can lead to weight lossWe each have a base amount of calories we burn in a day. This is often referred to as your resting metabolism, and while that number stays relatively stable, the amount of movement we do each day through walking around the house, running errands, and intentional exercise can significantly increase your total calorie burn.Weight loss is not always a straightforward calorie equation, but energy in versus energy out plays a major role in weight loss. Adding more movement each day is likely to be helpful in that calorie equation and aid in a weight loss goal. Additionally, exercise can help manage blood sugar levels, another benefit aiding in weight loss. A 2016 study found walking for 10 minutes after each meal helps to lower blood sugar levels in those with Type 2 diabetes more than walking for 30 consecutive minutes at any other time throughout the day. While this study focused on those with diabetes, it is reasonable to expect similar outcomes in those with prediabetes, according to this study from 2013.Walking helps your blood sugar levels.What is the mechanism behind exercise helping manage blood sugar levels? It is pretty simple. As your heart rate increases during moderate-intensity exercise, your muscles start to prefer carbohydrate, or sugar, as a primary energy source. When you eat carbohydrates at a meal, your blood sugar naturally starts to rise and it is the job of insulin to help pull that sugar out of the blood and deliver it to the different tissues of the body. Walking increases the amount of sugar your muscles require and helps to make use of the excess sugar that may be in your bloodstream following a meal.Managing blood sugar levels is extremely important for cardiovascular health and may also make weight loss easier. Post-meal exercise serves two major benefits for weight management: It increases calorie burn to encourage your body to use fat as an energy source, and it helps manage blood sugar levels that support overall health and alleviate the pancreas of additional work trying to manage blood sugar with insulin.While there are many recommendations that exist for the amount and type of exercise you should be getting, the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, like walking, each week. Walking just 21 minutes per day at a moderate speed may reduce the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, which is especially important for the 34.5% all US adults who have prediabetes and can support better bone health and promote less weight gain.Why you should walk after a meal.Walking at any time during the day can be beneficial for physical and mental well-being, however, walking after meals may be particularly helpful for those with pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes as the increased movement is able to remove some of the excess sugar in the blood and put it to work in muscle tissue. For those without any health conditions who are aiming to lose weight or use exercise to prevent future health complications, walking can be a valuable component in your daily routine.To get started today, here are 30 Tips When You're Walking for Weight Loss.
After a trip to Costco to stock up on all the essentials, you may find yourself craving something sweet before you hit the road. And with the bakery right there and full of tasty goodies, it's perfectly OK to splurge and treat yourself once in a while. But if you want to get a sweet fix without throwing off your entire day, registered dietitians and nutritionists agree that there's one food to avoid at the Costco bakery: the muffins.Megan Byrd, a dietitian and owner of the food blog The Oregon Dietitian, explains that—like everything else at Costco—the bakery items are larger than average. "The problem with oversized muffins is that having larger-sized packages and actual items increases how much you actually eat," says Byrd. This means that you'll consume more saturated fats, processed carbohydrates like white flour and sugar, and overall calories—all of which can contribute to weight gain.And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.Costco's oversized muffins are a great price, but they're horrible for your healthIt's not just about the number on the scale. Byrd adds that eating these oversized muffins can also "increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes." Furthermore, she notes that a sugar-packed muffin can cause teeth issues and increase your cravings for more sugar and carbs.Costco's large muffins are especially unhealthy because a bigger muffin equals a bigger volume of bad ingredients, according to Donna Rose RDN, LDN, owner of Nona's Nutrition Notes. "Starting with calories, large muffins can have a whole meal's worth and then some," Rose says. "Large muffins have all the more saturated fats, sugar, and preservatives than their smaller counterparts." Furthermore, she emphasizes that Costco's huge muffins offer precious little nutrition in exchange for the hefty caloric price.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!Kristin Gillespie, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, registered dietitian nutritionist at Exercise With Style, also says that large muffins—particularly those found at Costco and other commercial bakeries—are typically "incredibly high in calories and undesirable nutrients like saturated fat and sugar." She explains that the vast majority of the calories in a muffin from Costco come from flour and sugar. "In fact, one of these mega-muffins may contain up to 10 teaspoons of sugar," says Gillespie. But despite the high calorie content, don't be surprised if you find yourself hungry by the time you get home and begin unpacking your purchases. "The macronutrient content of these muffins will likely leave you feeling hungry only a short time after consumption," Gillespie says. And then, of course, there's the inevitable blood sugar spike and crash you're bound to experience.Because Costco's bakery nutrition information isn't available online, it can be difficult to plan ahead. It's not readily available at the counter either, but Byrd recommends asking. In her experience, she says that when she has requested nutritional information at the counter, it has been given to her. "If you request it in person, they may just hand it to you over the counter," she says. So you may not be able to plan ahead as much as you'd like, but at least you won't be completely in the dark about the calories, saturated fat, and sugars you'll consume when you choose your treat at the bakery.For more, check out these 108 most popular sodas ranked by how toxic they are.
In September, the FDA announced a recall of products from three dog food brands potentially affected by a toxin created by mold. Now, the agency has tacked 15 more brands onto that list. Sunshine Mills, the maker of several brands of pet food, is at the center of the controversy. Last week, the FDA updated the public, warning that 18 of the company's dog food brands could be tainted with aflatoxin. According to the agency, "Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets." (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply)On Sept. 2, Sunshine Mills announced a recall on certain pet food products after the Louisiana Department of Agriculture&Forestry found an unsafe level of the toxin in one sample. Then, on Oct. 8, the manufacturer expanded its recall to include multiple other products from 15 other brands, which prompted the FDA to issue an advisory.A comprehensive list of the products and brands potentially affected by the contamination can be found here. Among the new brands affected include Heartland Farms, Hunter's Special Dog Food, Old Glory, and Top Runner.This list is apt to grow as the FDA continues to investigate, however, in the interim, it's important to completely dispose of any pet food products that have already been identified as being susceptible to contamination. Since dogs rely heavily on these dried foods, they have less variety in their diets, which means they are at higher risk of consuming a dangerous amount of aflatoxin. This type of toxin can accumulate in the dog's system over time, and symptoms of poisoning can be delayed.According to the FDA, symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning in pets include loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, and sluggishness. This type of toxicity can also cause long-term liver issues or death in pets if left untreated.To stay up-to-date on all of the latest food recalls, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
As the months have progressed since the first cases of COVID-19 were identified late last year in Wuhan, China, we have learned more about how protective face coverings can prevent the spread of the virus. While most research supports their effectiveness, one new study has found that a common mask mistake can compromise their integrity and make you more likely to get infected with the potentially deadly virus. Read on, and also don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.Masks Should be Considered Contaminated After Each Use, Study ClaimsThe study, published this month in BMJ Open, found that masks were most effective protecting against viral infections from common respiratory pathogens such as the flu, rhinoviruses (common cold viruses), and seasonal coronaviruses if washed daily after use. Researchers also concluded that the temperature at which the mask is laundered is also crucial, citing that they should be washed at a high temperature to ensure they are decontaminated. "Both cloth masks and surgical masks should be considered 'contaminated' after use," Professor Raina MacIntyre, who conducted the study, explained in an accompanying press release. "Unlike surgical masks, which are disposed of after use, cloth masks are re-used. While it can be tempting to use the same mask for multiple days in a row, or to give it a quick hand-wash or wipe-over, our research suggests that this increases the risk of contamination." It's important to note that the randomized trial that this research is based on was conducted in 2015, long before the term COVID-19 became globally recognized. However, researchers from the University of New South Wales at Sydney who analyzed the data point out that due to the fact COVID-19 is a coronavirus, the findings should be the same. "Given the potential implications for health workers or community members who are using cloth masks during the pandemic, we did a deep dive into the 2011 data on whether the health workers in our study washed their masks daily, and if so, how they washed their masks. We found that if cloth masks were washed in the hospital laundry, they were as effective as a surgical mask," she continued. RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to Get"The WHO Recommends Machine Washing Masks"As part of the study, the masks were also hand washed, which doubled the chances of infection compared to machine washing them. "The WHO recommends machine washing masks with hot water at 60 degrees Celsius and laundry detergent, and the results of our analysis support this recommendation," says Professor MacIntyre. "Washing machines often have a default temperature of 40 degree or 60 degrees, so do check the setting. At these very hot temperatures, handwashing is not possible. The clear message from this research is that cloth masks do work – but once a cloth mask has been worn, it needs to be washed properly each time before being worn again, otherwise it stops being effective." As for yourself, wear a mask, avoid crowds, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
A public alert has been issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for four premade meal bowls by Taylor Farms. An employee found glass during the production process, however, the Taylor Farm bowls were still shipped to supermarkets in San Antonio and Houston, Texas before the alert was issued.The glass alert is not an official recall "because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase," according to the USDA. However, if you did purchase one of them, you should not eat it. Either throw it away or return it. (While checking for the products in the alert, check your fridge for these 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)The alert mentions these bowls with an establishment number of "P-34733" or "EST. 34733":The Meal Simple Spaghetti Squash and Alfredo with Chicken 10-ounce bowl with the lot code TFD279AU23 and a best by date of 10/15/20, or the lot code TFD280AU23 and a best by date of 10/16/20.The Meal Simple Spaghetti Squash with Chicken&Pesto 10-ounce bowl with the lot code TFD279AU23 and a best by date of 10/13/20, or the lot code TFD280AU23 and a best by date of 10/14/20.The Meal Simple Spaghetti Squash and Pepperoni 10-ounce bowl with the lot code TFD279AU23 and a best by date of 10/15/20, or the lot code TFD280AU23 and a best by date of 10/16/20.The Meal Simple Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs 11-ounce bowl with the lot code TFD279AU23 and a best by date os 10/13/20, or the lot code TFD280AU23 and the best by date of 10/14/20.All four of the meals come in a plastic black bowl and clear plastic wrap. The packaging also has a certification inspection stamp from the USDA. On the bottom of the meal is says it is made with "pride and care for" the San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B. But the official alert does not mention a specific retailer. There are no reports of any injuries from the premade bowls.Several other recalls have made headlines in the last few weeks. Fruit at Meijer is recalled due to Salmonella contamination, two types of these chips at Aldi are being recalled due to Salmonella concerns, and even this ice cream is being recalled due to allergy concerns.To stay on top of food recalls and outbreaks, sign up for our daily newsletter!
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If you're planning to double up on your grocery haul or stock up on holiday essentials extra early this year, you're not alone. Many Americans are looking to avoid being caught by surprise should another wave of shortages hit grocery stores in the coming months. Based on recent infection numbers—Oct. 2 saw the highest number of cases across America in almost two months—the country is bracing for another wave of the pandemic that could disrupt the supply chain and cause popular items to fly off the shelves at unprecedented speed. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)According to a recent poll conducted by Sports and Leisure Research Group, more than half of Americans already have or are planning on stockpiling food and other essentials. About 52% of those polled said they worry about spikes in COVID cases, as well as potential civil unrest surrounding the presidential election which may lead to more looting and shuttered stores. However, the other half, or 48%, painted the opposite picture of a nation going through COVID fatigue, with no changes to their shopping habits.While the general public is worried, the industry seems to be bolstered by the hard-earned lessons from March and April, which makes it less likely that the country will experience similar shortages again. This time around, grocery chains and food producers are better aware of the demand they can expect in case of another lockdown, and have been preparing their inventory for months.For example, grocery chains are building long-term stockpiles of items that have proven to be most in demand in the spring: toilet paper, cleaning and sanitizing products, and baking supplies. Anticipating an exceptionally busy holiday season, chains like BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie, and Fresco y Más have secured holiday staples like Thanksgiving turkeys and holiday hams much earlier this year, while grocery wholesaler United Natural Foods Inc. loaded up on extra stock of seasonal items like cranberry sauce, herbal tea, and cold remedies.Meat shortages are also unlikely to happen again, according to Andre Nogueira, CEO of major beef and pork producer JBS USA. While meat companies faced major delays in production this spring due to rampant infections among their employees, new industry-wide protocols should prevent similar issues in the future. They include taking workers' temperatures and supplying them with enough proper safety gear in order to catch any COVID-19 cases early and stop them from spreading.To learn more about products currently missing from your local grocery store, check out 10 Beverages Vanishing From Grocery Shelves This Year and 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply Again.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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President Donald Trump is the most visible public figure to be infected with COVID-19 thus far in the pandemic. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, warns that using his experience and rapid recovery from the virus — that has killed over 215,000 Americans in just 8 months — could prove to be a deadly mistake. Read on, and also don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.COVID-19 is Not Always a 'Benign Disease'During an interview with STAT, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explained that the President's rapid recovery and seemingly mild infection is not a good representation of the virus. "We're all glad that the President of the United States did not suffer any significant consequences of it," Fauci said. "But … because he is such a visible figure, it amplifies some of that misunderstanding that people have that it's a benign disease and nobody has anything to worry about."Due to the fact that the virus impacts different people in varying ways—some experience zero symptoms, others end up hooked up to a respirator fighting for their lives, while others, dubbed "long haulers," often suffer a mild infection followed by months on end of scary symptoms—it is dangerous to use one person's experience as an example. "It's just a lot of understandable mixed signals, that it's either serious or it's not serious. It's deadly or it's not deadly. To me, that's been the bane of trying to get a message across to people," he said. "It's a problem that goes well beyond the president's illness."RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to Get"Wear a Mask, Avoid Crowds"After announcing his infection less than two weeks ago, Trump received prompt medical attention, including being hospitalized, administered multiple drugs (an experimental antibody cocktail, the antiviral drug remdesivir, and the steroid dexamethasone) and even supplemental oxygen. While these treatments likely aided in his rapid recovery, he has been downplaying the severity of the illness in general. Fauci added that he has been attempting to educate people—primarily younger adults—that the virus can not only threaten their life, but the lives of others. "It's just something that I've been struggling with for some time in messaging, when you try to get to young people and you tell them 'Wear a mask, avoid crowds.' And they say, 'Well, what's the difference if I get infected? The overwhelming likelihood is that I'm not going to get seriously impacted. So, who cares?'" he said."And what they don't grasp is that by getting infected, they're propagating the outbreak," he continued. And by propagating the outbreak sooner or later a vulnerable person is going to get infected. It is a big deal." As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
It has been just eight months since the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States, and already the virus has wreaked major damage in terms of mental health. And, according to a new research, the worst is yet to come. A new study published Monday in JAMA claims that a "second wave" of mental health and substance abuse disorder is mounting, and it could be devastating for society—especially those who are most at risk. Read on, and also don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. "A Second Wave of Devastation is Imminent""A second wave of devastation is imminent, attributable to mental health consequences of Covid-19," Dr. Naomi Simon, Dr. Glenn Saxe and Dr. Charles Marmar, two authors of the study courtesy of New York University's Grossman School of Medicine, wrote. "The magnitude of this second wave is likely to overwhelm the already frayed mental health system, leading to access problems, particularly for the most vulnerable persons." Researchers claim that deaths from suicide and drug overdoses will increase, especially amongst Black and Hispanic people, older adults, healthcare workers, and lower socioeconomic groups. "This magnitude of death over a short period of time is an international tragedy on a historic scale. This interpersonal loss is compounded by societal disruption," the authors continued. They point out that one of their biggest concerns is "the transformation of normal grief and distress into prolonged grief and major depressive disorder and symptoms of posttraumatic health disorder." According to their findings, prolonged grief impacts 10% of people who lose a loved one. And, considering that the average death results in the bereavement of nine people, there are a projected 2 million bereaved individuals in the US and "thus, the effect of Covid-19 deaths on mental health will be profound."RELATED: Signs COVID-19 is in Your BrainRenowned clinical therapist and consulting psychotherapist Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D., author of Fragile Power: Why Having It All Is Never Enough has been treating patients around the world throughout the pandemic and tells Eat This, Not That! Health that these recent findings confirm what he has been seeing in his clinical practice. "Americans are drowning in the toxicity of COVID-19," he reveals. "As a clinician who treats patients holistically, I see how the pandemic has had a pernicious impact on every aspect of a person's life." "Intrapersonally, people are living in fear and uncertainty over their most fundamental human needs of safety and security. COVID-19, unlike other threats to a person's health, presents an invisible and ambiguous menace."He explains that there are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from "confusion and outright denial over its causes and short and long term impact on a person's health" and interpersonal relationships with loved ones to financial disruption. There's also the political turmoil and arrest surrounding the virus."In the chaos and uncertainty that's ensured from this erosion of American values, we've broken off into hostile tribes and moved from visions of utopia to an acute fear of an imminent dystopia. In short, we are dealing with a personal crisis in the context of a national trauma," he continues. RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to GetThe Solution is MultifacetedThe authors of the NYU study believe the solution to the COVID-induced mental health crisis is multifaceted and needs to include in influx of mental health funding, increased screening for those who are higher risk, and more focus put on treatment of people suffering from prolonged grief, depression, traumatic stress and substance abuse. "While overwhelming, I am hopeful we can find our way back and heal from the COVID-19 related devastation. To do so we must reground ourselves in personal and relational values that promote stability over chaos, unity over division, and hope rather than despair," adds Dr. Hokemeyer. From a clinical standpoint, these values are at the heart of what is known as the therapeutic alliance that the patient has with the clinician. "In order to heal, a patient must be seen, heard and valued by a clinician who is worthy of their trust. Once the patient is validated, they can then begin to internalize therapeutic techniques that enable them to manage their anxiety, depression and find healthy ways of dealing with the stress and dangers out in the world," he says. It's important to note that this relationship can occur outside of the therapeutic frame in intimate relationships with other human beings—friends, parents, spouses, neighbors, teachers, religious leaders and many others have provided this reparative frame for centuries. "It's time we re-engage with these relationships on a plane of dignity and respect, compassion and empathy, healing and hope," he says. "Once we reclaim these personal and relational values we can begin to move ourselves, our families and our country intentionally in a reparative direction." As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
During a week in which the President claimed the coronavirus is "disappearing," the data showed a different, more inconvenient truth: Five states reported a jump of more than 50% in one week. Read on to discover which ones, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Cases Jumped More Than 50% in Montana "Montana has set multiple new records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the past week, and now ranks among the top states in the nation in daily new cases per capita. Hospitals in some of Montana's largest cities are at or near capacity, while health care providers are pleading with people to heed public health advice," reports KTVQ. "Public health departments say they aren't able to keep up with contact tracing and feel powerless in the face of politically charged resistance to masks and social distancing, reports Montana Free Press." 2 Cases Jumped More Than 50% in New Mexico "Quarantined at her official residence, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned Thursday that New Mexico is in danger of having to tighten business and school restrictions as a new wave of coronavirus infections explodes throughout the state," reports the Albuquerque Journal. "Lujan Grisham also warned that New Mexico could become the nation's next virus 'epicenter' unless residents take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as limiting their outings and wearing a face mask in all public settings." "We are at extreme risk of uncontrollable spread," Lujan Grisham said.RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to Get 3 Cases Jumped More Than 50% in North Carolina The virus is impacting communities big and small. "The Stanly County Board of Education announced they will go fully remote for two weeks in an emergency meeting called to order on Saturday morning," reports MyFox8. "The move comes following the death of a teacher in the school system, Julie Davis of Norwood Elementary. Board members made a point to note that officials believe Davis did not contract the virus from within the school, rather from an outside source." 4 Cases Jumped More Than 50% in Tennessee No one is safe. "Lonnie Norman, the mayor of Manchester, Tennessee, has died after being hospitalized earlier in the month with the coronavirus," reports WJHL. "The City of Manchester announced the passing of Mayor Norman early Monday morning, stating he died 'after a valiant fight against COVID-19.'" Before he died, Norman shared words worth remembering: "It's only through community and state-wide actions that we will be able to slow the spread of the virus."RELATED: I'm a Doctor and This Vitamin May Reduce Your COVID Risk 5 Cases Jumped More Than 50% in Vermont Although touted as a "model for the country," Vermont still sees outbreaks with numbers rising. "A coronavirus outbreak at a well-known apple orchard in Vermont has grown by one case to 28, state health officials confirmed Friday," reports MyNBC5. "Officials with Champlain Orchards announced an additional case on Thursday in a Facebook post. Both groups say the new case was confirmed in a worker who was already living in isolation housing." "We reported previously, earlier this week, and continue to say that [the outbreak] is contained to this site," Health Commissioner Mark Levine said. "There is no risk to the public from apples, the workers or the staff." 6 Where are Cases Dropping? Only in Three States "Health experts warned over the weekend that the US could have a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths in the coming months, adding to the more than 7.7 million cases and 214,764 deaths on record," reports CNN. "Only Maine, Texas and Washington are reporting fewer new daily cases on average from last week. The number of new cases is holding steady in 16 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina and Wisconsin." As for yourself, no matter where you live, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease authority, puts it bluntly when it comes to the pandemic: We're in "a whole lot of trouble." The country's baseline of infections is still too high, and portends rising deaths. During an appearance on The News with Shepard Smith, Dr. Fauci named one state specifically—Iowa—and added, "if you look at the states of the country, the Midwest, the Northwest, instead of seeing it go in the other direction down, we're seeing an increase in test positivity." Read on to see which states are seeing surging numbers, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Iowa Has Record High Hospitalizations Trump is campaigning in Iowa today and his "Iowa stop is the most audacious move, particularly after Trump himself was hospitalized roughly one week ago with Covid-19," reports Stat News. "The state is experiencing record high hospitalizations, with 463 reported on Monday alone. Iowa's statewide positive rate is up 9.5% over the last two weeks, according to STAT's Covid-19 Tracker. Public health officials are struggling to contain the outbreak; Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has refused to implement a number of public health best practices that are meant to contain the spread." 2 Wisconsin is Running Out of Hospital Beds Wisconsin has to open a field hospital to take care of patient overflow. "We hoped this day wouldn't come, but unfortunately, Wisconsin is in a much different, more dire place today and our healthcare systems are beginning to become overwhelmed by the surge of COVID-19 cases," Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement. "State-level data showed a surge in cases among younger people, including Wisconsin, where nearly a quarter of the state's more than 150,000 cases involved adults between the ages of 20 and 29, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services," reports the Wall Street Journal. 3 Indiana Has Been Breaking Case Records "After three straight days of record-breaking COVID-19 numbers in Indiana, the state saw a slight dip in cases on Sunday with 1,579 new cases, which is still the third-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic," according to WTHR. "This new spike in cases has made the virus more of a reality for Hoosiers who either tested positive for COVID-19 or know someone who has." "In March and April, it didn't seem real at first because I didn't know anyone who had it," Natalia Dickerson, a high school senior, told the station. 4 Illinois Businesses are Disregarding Mitigation Measures "Like many Midwestern states, Illinois has struggled with rising coronavirus cases and death counts recently, surpassing 300,000 confirmed cases this month and recording its highest daily death count since late June on Friday," reports USA Today. "Public health officials issued a 'warning list' for 28 Illinois counties at risk for coronavirus surges and blamed, in part, businesses who were 'blatantly disregarding mitigation measures, people not social distancing, gathering in large groups and not using face coverings.'" 5 Ohio's Governor Pleads With His Citizens to Be Cautious "Hitting a grim pandemic milestone, Ohio surpassed 5,000 deaths from the new coronavirus, a pathogen that emerged in humans only late last year and now is a leading killer in the Buckeye State and the nation," reports Cincinnati.com. "We're sick of wearing masks, we're sick of all of this, and I get it, but we've got to hang in there for our kids. We've got to hang in there for ourselves," Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, said. "The best way to summarize it, I think, is that people are simply not being cautious," the governor said. "They're going about their family life and meeting with people." As for yourself: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
As a doctor, I know that sadly the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. And as we all grapple to find some sort of solution, the best medical advice to prevent viral transmission stays the same: social distancing, hand washing, and face masks. You don't need to look any further than the White House super-spreader event on September 26th to identify the COVD mistakes. At this event, the top officials were seen hugging and kissing, sitting close together, and no one was wearing a mask. Even those who should be setting an example are making COVID mistakes, with disastrous consequences. The President himself became infected. Here are the COVID mistakes I beg you not to make. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Mistake Number 1: Don't be Reassured by Negative COVID Test Results We have been led to believe the White House relied on daily COVID testing to keep the officials safe. This implies that if they tested negative, they were assumed not to be infected. Perhaps, as they felt safe, they thought no further special restriction measures were necessary. This is the first mistake.In the early stages of the infection, people are most infectious and can test negative. The PCR test aims to confirm the presence of the virus in nasopharyngeal secretions. It should be taken at least 1 week after being infected. If it is taken too early, you can be infected and have a negative test. 2-9% of tests are false-positive tests. Depending on which test is used, the false negative rate can be as high as 29%.After becoming infected, symptoms appear within 3-14 days, usually after around 4 -5 days. However, people are most infectious 2-3 days before they show any symptoms. It is certainly possible to test negative and be transmitting the virus.RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to Get 2 Mistake Number 2: Don't Believe Anyone Who Says Mask-Wearing is Ineffective I can't believe there is so much anger about being asked to wear a face mask. There is now a great deal of evidence that wearing masks helps reduce the spread of COVID infection.For example:Use of masks slowed the increase in the rate of growth of infection — A recent US study in the journal Health Affairs compared the growth-rate of COVID-19 infection between 8th and 15th May, in the 15 states plus Washington DC where mask-wearing had been made compulsory. The study found that after the date the mandate was introduced, there was a stepwise decline in the percentage growth of COVID infection. After agreeing on the mandate, days 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, and after day 21, there was a 0.9, 1.1, 1.4, 1.7, and 2.0 percent decline in the COVID growth rate. The authors calculated that since the ruling on face masks had been agreed, over 200,000 cases of COVID infection had been prevented.Countries where mask-wearing is mandatory, have lower death rates — Another recent research study compared the death rate from COVID-19 infection in 194 countries. They found a statistically significant lower death rate in countries where mask-wearing was compulsory. The death rate increased by 8 per week in those countries who had mandated the use of masks, compared to an increase of 54% in those which had not.Mask-wearing by a COVID-19 positive passenger on a flight protected other passengers — In one interesting case report, a man who had symptoms and subsequently tested positive to COVID-19 flew from Wuhan, China to Toronto. He wore a mask for the whole flight and none of the 25 people seated within 2m or in the rows around him, tested positive after active monitoring and testing at 14 days.The CDC and the WHO recommend everyone should wear a face mask, when mixing with people who are not in your household, and you are in places where social distancing is difficult. If 80% of the population wore face masks this would have a better effect on reducing viral transmission than a full lockdown! 3 Mistake Number 3: Don't Think if You Wear a Mask You Can Forget About Washing Your Hands Mask wearing is one of the important tools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But it can only be effective if you also continue to wash your hands, and practice social distancing. There has been a concern that as people adopt mask-wearing, they may feel safer, and stop handwashing so often. However, the virus is transmitted from hands to the face and mouth. Although the main method of spread is by inhalation of infected droplets, the aim is to prevent any virus particles entering your airways. Hand washing and mask-wearing complement each other.A recent review in the BMJ concluded this does not seem to be the case, however, there has been very little research on this particular issue.Please: Wear a mask, but also keep washing your hands. 4 Mistake Number 4: Do Not Believe Those Who Say Ditch the Restriction and Rely on Herd Immunity You may have heard some people suggesting we should give up on all these restrictions, let the virus take its toll and rely on herd immunity. In fact, epidemiologists do not believe this is the solution. Herd immunity means that so many people in the population have had the infection, most have become immune, and the virus is unable to spread. We do not yet have a COVID vaccine, so the only way to achieve these levels of immunity would be to let the virus spread unchecked. Now here's the most important thing: For herd immunity to occur, 60-85% of the population would need to become infected. Because the virus has a high death rate, millions would die. And even when herd immunity antibody levels were achieved, the virus would continue to spread further.The virus is most risky for those who are vulnerable, and it is impossible for all those who are vulnerable, to be completely isolated from society. Although the death rate is highest in older people, younger people die from COVID too. To date, 16,685 people aged 54 and under have died in the US with a COVID-related death (CDC). Don't think if you are young and you are reading this it doesn't apply to you—it applies to everybody.The only way we can reduce the dramatic effects of COVID-19 on our population is by following medical advice—social distancing, hand washing and mask-wearing. There is no quick fix. It's hard work, and tedious, but it is effective, and we can all do it when we put our minds to it.RELATED: I'm an Infectious Disease Doctor and Would Never Touch This 5 Mistake Number 5: Don't Believe Anyone Who Says COVID-19 Can be Cured President Trump has famously declared he is "cured of COVID" and is now "immune." In fact, this is misleading.There is currently no cure for COVID-19. More than 150 drugs are being trialed around the world. Only two so far have shown promise—dexamethasone and remdesivir. Both of these were given to Mr. Trump. These drugs are regarded as potentially lifesaving, but this is not the same as being recognized as a cure.Dexamethasone – The Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy (RECOVERY Trial) is a large UK, randomized trial involving over 12,000 COVID-19 patients, designed to assess the efficacy of different drug treatments. In July, the trial reported the use of dexamethasone, a powerful steroid, reduced deaths for patients on a ventilator by one third, and reduced deaths for those requiring oxygen by one fifth. However, dexamethasone did not reduce deaths in patients infected with COVID but who were not having any respiratory support before the drug was started.Remdesivir – This is an antiviral drug, used in the past to treat Ebola. The NEJM recently reported a randomized placebo-controlled trial of patients with severe COVID infection, comparing treatment with remdesivir, or a placebo. The remdesivir group had a shortened their recovery time by 5 days, compared to the placebo group. Mortality was 6.7% in the remdesivir group, and 11.9% in the placebo group. Although the authors calculated an overall 30 % reduction in mortality in the remdesivir group, this was not statistically significant, which means these study results could have occurred by chance. Although remdesivir looks promising, the drug needs to be fully evaluated by the regulators, for it to become a licensed treatment.There is no magic remedy for COVID-19. If or when a cure is found, I'm sure it will be hailed from the rooftops! But for now, COVID-19 is incurable, and your best chance is to avoid becoming infected with it at all. 6 Final Thoughts From the Doctor I heard someone screaming and shouting about not wanting to wear a mask on the radio the other night. I found it really upsetting and it's been on my mind.If wearing a mask can prevent just one other person becoming infected, is it such a big thing to ask? Everyone is stressed right now, fed up with the restrictions, missing their old lives, suffering emotionally and financially.Is it the combined stress of living with COVID that makes people so aggressive and unpleasant? Or is it the mixed messages they get from the media? Or the myths they believe to be true? Or perhaps they don't understand the complexities of the pandemic? Or are they just downright rude, and belligerent?10% of the population spread 80% of the infection. If that 10% would follow the rules—including wearing a mask—many people might have their jobs back by now and be living a much more normal existence. The 10% who won't comply—such as Mr Angry screaming on the radio—are kiboshing everyone else's attempts to get on top of this virus.This is no joke, and no time for temper tantrums either. No one likes being told what to do. But all of us have to live together in society and pull together when times are tough, and not let childlike behavior get the better of us. Mask wearing may not stop you becoming infected, but it may well stop you inadvertently infecting someone else. Not wearing a mask is selfish. There are very few people who are truly exempt. One respiratory physician commented that if your breathing is so bad you can't tolerate wearing a mask, you shouldn't be leaving your home at all.So, the last word: please don't make COVID mistakes, I beg you! Stay safe yourself, and keep those you love safe too. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.Dr. Deborah Lee is a medical writer for Dr Fox Online Pharmacy.
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So many people have diabetes—about 1.5 million are diagnosed in the United States each year, and nearly 1 in 10 Americans have it—you'd think it'd be easy to spot. But although the condition is relatively common, many people go undiagnosed because the early symptoms can be vague, easily overlooked at first, or confused with other conditions. Here from Eat This, Not That! Health are the first signals your body might send when you develop diabetes. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Increased Thirst A very common early sign of diabetes, increased thirst happens because diabetes causes sugar (glucose) to build up in the bloodstream. Normally, the kidneys process glucose, but when they become overwhelmed, the excess glucose is flushed out with your urine. Water from other body tissues is pulled along with it, leaving you dehydrated and craving fluids to replace what you've lost.The Rx: Experts such as Harvard Medical School advise drinking four to six cups of water per day. If you're hydrating adequately but you've noticed an uptick in thirst, talk with your doctor. 2 Frequent Urination In early diabetes, the body will increase urine production, attempting to flush out that excess blood sugar, and you might find yourself having to go more often. "It's important to know what is normal for your body," says Leigh Tracy, RD, LDN, CDE, a registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "The average individual urinates between seven and eight times per day, but for some, up to 10 times per day is normal."The Rx: "If you are urinating more than your norm, and especially if you are waking up multiple times in the middle of the night to urinate, speak with your primary care physician right away," says Tracy. 3 Excessive Hunger Diabetes causes blood glucose to rise uncontrollably. At the same time, it prevents cells from using glucose for energy. That lack of energy can make you hungry.The Rx: "If you notice you're constantly hungry even though you have just eaten regular meals and snacks during the day, you should speak with your doctor," says Tracy.RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to Get 4 Fatigue Because diabetes elevates blood sugar at the same time it prevents the body from using it for energy, that can make you fatigued. Frequent urination can also disrupt your sleep.The Rx: There's a difference between tiredness and fatigue. Normal tiredness gets better after rest. But if you still feel worn out despite getting an adequate amount of sleep, it's worth discussing with your doctor. 5 Blurred Vision According to the Mayo Clinic, high levels of blood glucose pull fluid from your tissues, including the lenses of your eyes. This can affect your ability to focus and cause blurry vision. Diabetes can also cause new blood vessels to form in the retinas, damaging established vessels. If those changes progress untreated, they can lead to vision loss.The Rx: If you're experiencing any signs of diabetes such as blurred vision, it's important to see your doctor ASAP, and regularly if you're diagnosed. "Diabetes is a progressive disease, even in patients with excellent lifestyles," says Sarah Rettinger, MD, an endocrinologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. 6 Cuts or Bruises That Won't Heal Diabetes can make skin injuries, such as cuts and bruises, slower to heal. High blood sugar can stiffen blood vessels, slowing blood flow and preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to cuts and bruises to heal them. Diabetes can also impair the immune system, slowing the body's natural repair processes.The Rx: If you notice that cuts or bruises aren't healing as quickly as they have in the past, see your healthcare provider.RELATED: Worst Things For Your Health—According to Doctors 7 Unintentional Weight Loss Losing weight without any changes in diet or exercise may sound great, but it's the definition of too good to be true: It can signify a serious health condition such as hyperthyroidism, cancer or diabetes. When diabetics lose glucose through frequent urination, they also lose calories. Diabetes may also keep cells from absorbing glucose from food for energy, and the body may begin to burn its fat stores as fuel instead. Both can result in weight loss.The Rx: If you're shedding pounds without trying, see your doctor and ask if you should be tested for diabetes. 8 Tingling, Pain or Numbness In Hands or Feet Diabetes can lead to a kind of nerve damage called neuropathy, which can cause tingling or numbness in your extremities like hands or feet. This is dangerous because numbness can make cuts or injuries easier to overlook, and because diabetes can cause wounds to heal more slowly, complications can result.The Rx: Be aware of what's going on with your body, and if you're experiencing any unusual pain, numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, see a healthcare provider without delay. RELATED: 11 Signs You Need to Go the ER—By an ER Doctor 9 No Symptoms "People often have no symptoms of diabetes," says Kristine Arthur, MD, an internist at MemorialCare Medical Group in Irvine, California. "Sometimes they may notice weight gain, persistent hunger and increased fatigue associated with high insulin levels, but these symptoms can be present in other conditions, so it is important to have blood tests done to find out what is the cause."The Rx: Have your HgbA1c (sometimes called "A1c") levels checked with a blood test every year during your routine checkup. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.