By now, everyone knows the common early signs of COVID-19: Fever, shortness of breath, a dry cough. But three lesser-known symptoms may also indicate a coronavirus infection, a new study has found.Researchers looked at the presenting symptoms of nearly 12,000 people who were tested for COVID-19 at five New York City emergency departments. Of the patients who tested positive, those well-known symptoms were the most common: fever (74% reported this), shortness of breath (68%), and cough (65%). But a majority of positive COVID-19 cases were accompanied by more obscure signs: weakness (58%), poor blood sugar control (56%) and gastrointestinal symptoms (51%). Read on to see if you have these symptoms, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.Older patients reported certain symptoms more oftenThe scientists also found that some symptoms were more common in people over 65. 77% of people with diarrhea, 74% of people reporting fatigue, and 69% of people complaining of weakness tested positive for COVID-19. And older patients with four symptoms—dehydration, altered mental status, falls and high blood sugar—were at higher risk for death.The study's findings can help hospitals improve COVID treatment and are "important for family members and people that work with the elderly to better identify possible warning signs of COVID-19 infection," study co-author Dr. Christopher Clifford of Mount Sinai told Reuters.RELATED: This is the #1 Way You'll Get COVID, According to DoctorsBe aware of this potential symptomIn particular, the study joins a growing body of research that has found how common gastrointestinal symptoms are with coronavirus—sometimes as the only symptom. This month, a review of 36 studies found that nearly 20% patients reported only stomach problems after being infected with COVID-19, including appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. One aspect of COVID-19 that has been particularly vexing for doctors is that 40% of people infected may never show symptoms of the disease, but go on to infect people who are at higher risk for worse outcomes, including the elderly and immunocompromised.So do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
With coronavirus cases frequently resulting in 1,000 deaths a day, and hospitals overflowing in states like Nebraska, it's natural to worry: Am I going to catch it, too? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, talked with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC about where everyone is catching COVID these days. Read on to hear his warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.The Rising Cases Do Not Surprise Dr. FauciDr. Fauci warned a day might come in which we reached more than 100,000 cases a day—and it's here. "I think it's pretty clear what's happening when I made that—um, I wouldn't say prediction; I didn't want to jinx us—but I said I would not be surprised, this was at a Senate hearing or months ago, when I said when we were at 40,000 cases, that if we did not do something different, really accelerate our prevention activities, that I would not be surprised if we reach a hundred thousand. And unfortunately, very, unfortunately, that was prescient because as you pointed out correctly, we're over that right now."Fauci says "the reason I'm not surprised at it is that whenever you have a respiratory borne illness and you enter into the cooler months of the fall and the soon to be colder months of the winter, you do more things indoors as opposed to outdoors. And that's just another added ingredient to the risk you have with a respiratory infection."Dr. Fauci Says Here's Where Many People are Catching COVID"It was very interesting—when Dr. Birx"—that's Dr. Deborah Birx, a fellow member of the Coronavirus Task Force—"has gone around the country, trying to get this message across, she has noted—and in my own intelligence, as it were, because I connect with people in the different cities throughout the country—they are seeing now infections less in the big gatherings than in family gatherings, friends getting together, eight to 10 people for dinner, in a social gathering in which they feel well, 'We know everybody here. We may not need to wear a mask, but we may not need to get tested.' We need to know about the asymptomatic spread. It's important. We cannot deny it. There are people out there innocently and unwittingly who are infected, don't have any symptoms or infecting others. So much more widespread testing of asymptomatic individuals is going to be very important as we enter and go into these months of indoor type gatherings."RELATED: The Unhealthiest Supplements You Shouldn't TakeHow to Avoid Death During the PandemicUntil the vaccine is available, practice Fauci's fundamentals: avoid family gatherings, wear a face mask, social distance, stay outdoors more than indoors, avoid crowds and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
As predicted, the United States is currently in the midst of a COVID-19 crisis, with the number of infections, hospitalizations, and death toll increasing daily. However, some states are faring worse than others in this latest surge of the virus, which has infected over 10.2 million Americans and robbed over 239,000 of their lives. While nobody wants another lockdown similar to the one in March, a few states are in trouble. Here are 5 states that are heading in that direction. Read on to hear which states will be most affected, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Nebraska The state of Nebraska is currently experiencing a major surge of cases and hospitalizations. The amount of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has more than doubled in three weeks, with 794 currently taking up beds. On Friday the number of infections was 2,681 — with a whopping 3,276 added over the weekend. As a result Gov. Pete Ricketts announced tightened restrictions, which will go in effect Wednesday at midnight. They include mask mandates at businesses when people are in close contact for 15 minutes, social distancing of 6 feet at gyms, bars, restaurants and churches, an occupancy reduction at indoor gatherings to 25% from 50%, and social distancing at restaurants and bars. 2 Kentucky On Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear revealed that his state was in"significant danger" from the virus, with a whopping 80 counties in the "red zone as cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase rapidly" and a test positivity rate of 7.5%. "We are clearly at the worst place we have been for this disease," Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said in a press release. "It took us almost 15 weeks from the start of this pandemic in Kentucky just to get to the number of cases we had last week alone." 3 Utah Utah has been adding 2,000 new daily COVID-19 infections to their tally, with their hospitals at the brink of capacity. Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency on Sunday, issuing a state mask mandate and other restrictions, begging residents "to do everything in your power to stop the spread of this disease." He also banned social gathering for the next two weeks, expanded testing, and suspended all high school and club sporting events as well as other "extracurricular activities." However, playoff and championship games as well as intercollegiate sports are exempt. Businesses must also force employees to wear masks and encourage patrons to do the same. "Masks do not negatively affect our economy, and wearing them is the easiest way to slow the spread of the virus," he said. 4 Texas Texas, hit particularly hard over the summer, is facing a new COVID-19 crisis. Currently the state boasts a 10% positivity rate, and has more total cases than anywhere in the country, currently close to 1 million. In El Paso, the pandemic has gotten so out of hand with infections and hospitalizations on the rise, that the city is running out of room in their morgues. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego recently had to request four more trailers — bringing the total to ten — to hold all the bodies. "It may be as much as 20 per day the next two to three weeks. There might be more and more an incline of deaths," Samaniego told CNN affiliate KFOX. This comes just weeks after he ordered a two-week shutdown of nonessential services, proclaiming that the city had never experienced "this level of infections." Elsewhere in the Lone Star state, cases are soaring at Texas A&M and many schools are switching to virtual platforms. 5 Wisconsin Wisconsin, sandwiched between the other troubled midwestern states Illinois and Minnesota, is breaking their own records in terms of hospitalizations and infections, with over 2,000 people seeking inpatient care as of Monday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that this is an increase of over 350 in a single week and a staggering 560% increase over the last two months. The state Department of Health Services on Monday also reported 4,360 new cases and 17 deaths, for a grand death toll of 2,329. Their average number of daily cases has been breaking records over and over for weeks, with their seven-day case average increasing by over 1,000 in a week — more than six times than it was just two months ago — and the third highest in the country. They also rank third in terms of the most daily cases in the nation. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued mask mandates over the last few months, and faced serious scrutiny and even legal action from conservative groups. RELATED: Unhealthiest Habits on the Planet, According to Doctors 6 How to Avoid Death During the Pandemic As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Fever, dry cough, fatigue, loss of sense of smell and taste are common early signs that you might have COVID-19, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, according to one new study there is another symptom that arises early on in an infection that might help you identify whether or not you have the virus that has killed over 234,000 Americans. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.What is the Early Sign You May Have COVID?The new research conducted by researchers from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and published in the open access Journal of Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy found that delirium paired with a fever may be an early sign of COVID. They point out that this mental confusion could be a manifestation of the other symptoms — loss of sense of taste and smell, headaches, coughing, and breathing difficulties. "Delirium is a state of confusion in which the person feels out of touch with reality, as if they are dreaming," UOC researcher Javier Correa, who carried out this study at the University of Bordeaux (France), explained in a press release. He added that "we need to be on the alert, particularly in an epidemiological situation like this, because an individual presenting certain signs of confusion may be an indication of infection."Correa and UOC Cognitive NeuroLab researcher Diego Redolar Ripoll focused on research surrounding how the virus affects the brain. They found that in addition to the damage the virus wreaks on the respiratory system, kidneys, and heart, that it also impacts the central nervous system, producing neurocognitive alterations, including headaches and delirium, as well as psychotic episodes."The main hypotheses which explain how the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 affects the brain point to three possible causes: hypoxia or neuronal oxygen deficiency, inflammation of brain tissue due to cytokine storm and the fact that the virus has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier to directly invade the brain," Correa explained. He pointed out that all of these could result in delirium, and that hypoxia-related brain damage has been evidenced in autopsies of coronavirus victims. Therefore, they believe that systemic inflammation of the organ and a state of hypoxia are what causes the delirium. RELATED: The Unhealthiest Supplements You Shouldn't TakeSymptoms of DeliriumAccording to the Mayo Clinic, "symptoms of delirium include:Reduced awareness of the environmentThis may result in:An inability to stay focused on a topic or to switch topicsGetting stuck on an idea rather than responding to questions or conversationBeing easily distracted by unimportant thingsBeing withdrawn, with little or no activity or little response to the environmentPoor thinking skills (cognitive impairment)This may appear as:Poor memory, particularly of recent eventsDisorientation — for example, not knowing where you are or who you areDifficulty speaking or recalling wordsRambling or nonsense speechTrouble understanding speechDifficulty reading or writingBehavior changesThese may include:Seeing things that don't exist (hallucinations)Restlessness, agitation or combative behaviorCalling out, moaning or making other soundsBeing quiet and withdrawn — especially in older adultsSlowed movement or lethargyDisturbed sleep habitsReversal of night-day sleep-wake cycleEmotional disturbancesThese may appear as:Anxiety, fear or paranoiaDepressionIrritability or angerA sense of feeling elated (euphoria)ApathyRapid and unpredictable mood shiftsPersonality changes"RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says You Don't Have to Do This Anymore to Avoid COVIDHow to Avoid COVID-19As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
As COVID-19 infections continue to increase in the United States, making the right decisions when it comes to protecting yourself against coronavirus has never been more important. While most of the country shut down during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in March, forcing Americans indoors and limiting their activities, this fall and winter there are many more options. However, just because you can go places and engage in your favorite activities, doesn't mean you should. In case you are curious about the places you should avoid at all costs, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has provided us with a comprehensive list. Here are all the places you shouldn't visit, even if they are open, according to Dr. Fauci, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Dr. Fauci Says You Shouldn't Visit Bars Fauci has repeatedly warned that Americans should consider one place a no-go zone: Bars. "Bars: really not good, really not good. Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really have got to stop that," he said in a June 30 Senate hearing, and it still applies. 2 Dr. Fauci Says You Shouldn't Go to Nightclubs Like bars, nightclubs are not a good idea since they involve many of the same risky activities as bars: drinking, lots of people congregating in a tight indoor space, talking, laughing, and dancing. 3 Dr. Fauci Says to Avoid Indoor Restaurants Earlier this year Fauci revealed to the Washington Post that he wouldn't even think of dining in. "We don't do anything inside," he said. "I don't eat in restaurants. We do get takeout." Later on he revealed on Good Morning America that restaurants, along with bars, concerned him, because "when you're dealing with community spread, and you have the kind of congregate setting where people get together, particularly without masks, you're really asking for trouble," he pointed out. 4 Dr. Fauci Wouldn't Go to a Gym Indoor gyms are not a place where you will find Fauci this winter. "I wouldn't go to a gym," Fauci told the Washington Post earlier this year. "I need to be so careful. I don't want to take a chance." Instead, he exercises with brisk walks outdoors. In other interviews, including one with MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes he mentioned gyms as one of the handful of places with "a higher risk of transmissibility." 5 Dr. Fauci Says There's Risk at Church, Temple, or in Other Religious Shrines Dr. Fauci warns that any large gathering of people—especially indoors—has incredibly potential to spread the virus. "Crowds in church are important and every time I get a chance to say it, I mention it," Fauci told Science magazine. "When you say less than 10, it makes common sense that it involves the church."RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says You Don't Have to Do This Anymore to Avoid COVID 6 Dr. Fauci Says to Watch Movies at Home Some theaters have reopened, but Dr. Fauci doesn't endorse movie-going quite yet. In fact, until there is a vaccine, sitting in a theater isn't a great idea. "I think it's going to be a combination of a vaccine that has been around for almost a year and good public-health measures. I would think by the time we get to the end of 2021 — maybe even the middle of 2021," Fauci said during an Instagram interview with Jennifer Garner when she asked him when it would be safe to return to the movies.Once we do get a "knock-out vaccine that's 85 [to] 90% effective," and "just about everybody gets vaccinated," there will be "a degree of immunity" that we can once again "walk into a theater without masks and feel like it's comfortable" that they aren't at risk of infection. 7 Dr. Fauci is Avoiding Plays or Musicals While most theater venues—including Broadway—are closed for the foreseeable future, if you do have an opportunity to catch a live show, don't take it. "Depending on the level of infection in a state/city/community, I can see opening of theaters with attention to varying degrees of masking, reduced capacity, and attention to other public health issues," Fauci wrote to Evan Roider, musical director for the national tour of Wicked. "As vaccines control the virus more and more, we can foresee a significant lessening of restrictive public health measures so that we gradually approach true 'normal' as we get through 2021." 8 Dr. Fauci Says Delay That Cruise (if You Can Even Find One to Take) Early in the pandemic, COVID-19 spread rapidly through cruise ships. While some travel is essential, Dr. Fauci recommends staying off a sea vessel packed with people. "If you're a person with an underlying condition and you are particularly an elderly person with an underlying condition, you need to think twice about getting on a plane, on a long trip," Fauci said during an interview with Meet the Press. "And not only think twice. Just don't get on a cruise ship." As for yourself, listen to this guy, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
As talk of "lockdowns" due to the coronavirus have become a political grenade, one state has just taken the extraordinary measure of advising citizens to stay home at night, along with a list of other restrictions meant to save lives. "Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has issued an overnight stay-at-home order, among other new mandates, in response to a recent rise of COVID-19 cases in the state," reports ABC News. "The new orders come just one day after Massachusetts recorded its ninth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases. In the last month, new cases have surged by more than 135%." It's one of 40 states with rising cases. Read on to hear what's needed to save lives, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.What Do the Massachusetts Restrictions Entail?Here is the Executive Order in full:Beginning on Friday, November 6, 2020, all residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am.COVID-19 case numbers in our state are rising and the Commonwealth's COVID-19 related hospitalizations and COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) census have more than doubled over the past 2 months. Social gatherings are contributing to these increases. Left unchecked, the current COVID-19 case growth poses a risk to our healthcare system. Intervention is warranted to moderate case growth and preserve hospital capacity. It's more important than ever to follow guidance from local, state, and federal officials on how to stop the spread of the virus.It is critically important that everybody follows the steps listed below, not just for their own health and safety, but for the health and safety of their family and loved ones as well.In order to comply with this advisory, between the hours of 10pm and 5am, you must:Only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking emergency medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries. If you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering.Not have gatherings in your home with anybody outside of your household.Comply with all Governor's Orders, including orders requiring face coverings, limiting gatherings, and mandating early closure of businesses.Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others if you go outside to get fresh air.Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family.Taking these steps is critical to preventing the spread of the virus, protecting the lives of you and your loved ones, and preserving our acute care hospital and other health care systems' capacity.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says You Don't Have to Do This Anymore to Avoid COVIDWhy are the Restrictions Necessary?Coronavirus cases are rising, and public health experts feel the measures above will best help contain it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, has said the entire country doesn't need to lock down—but nor should nothing be done. "It's the kind of thing that you've really got to try and articulate the importance of walking that fine line of maintaining the public health without so damaging the economy that you're essentially negating the good that you're trying to do," he said last week. "I firmly believe that you can continue to open businesses, that you can continue to open up the country from an economic standpoint, the way you were saying about restaurants and about stores and shops and things like that without necessarily shutting things down, you could do that, but it could do it prudently by public health measures that prevent surgeons of infection. We've seen it done before. We've seen, you know, countries and sections of our own country that have done that successfully. We're going to really be challenged right now."The executive order came the same day Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the coronavirus task force, begged the Trump administration to take "much more aggressive action" to combat COVID-19, according to the Washington Post. "We are entering the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic … leading to increasing mortality," said a Nov. 2 report from Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, obtained by the Post. "This is not about lockdowns — It hasn't been about lockdowns since March or April. It's about an aggressive balanced approach that is not being implemented."As for yourself, no matter where you live, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
At the height of the pandemic, one thing was made clear: Maintaining a strong immune system is pivotal. While there are many natural ways you can strengthen your immune system, one supplement continues to receive a lot of attention—and that's vitamin D. Whether through food or supplements, it's important to ensure you're getting enough of this immune booster in your diet as COVID-19 cases continue to rapidly climb across the U.S."There is good evidence that if you have a low vitamin D level, that you have more of a propensity to get infected when there are infections around," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said earlier this year. "Those data are pretty good data."Vitamin D is known to offer many health benefits. If you don't get enough of the nutrient, your body can become more susceptible to infection and even experience impaired wound healing. In fact, the vitamin plays more key roles in the body than you may realize. (Be sure to read up on 5 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency You Should Never Ignore.)"One of the major roles it plays is to help maximize the absorption and utilization of calcium, which is an important mineral for our skeletal system and teeth. It is also important [for] muscle, heart, and lung functioning," Nicole Avena, Ph.D. and assistant professor of neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York told Eat This, Not That! before.Fauci told actress Jennifer Garner in the same Instagram Live interview that certain supplements can boost your immune system, one of which is vitamin D."If you're deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection," Dr. Fauci said. "I would not mind recommending—and I do it myself—taking vitamin D supplements." (Related: 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)There are many foods that are rich in vitamin D that you may consider incorporating into your diet, such as cow's milk, eggs, mushrooms and salmon. If you want to start taking vitamin D in supplement form, be sure to check with your doctor first to make sure it's safe for you.For more tips, be sure to check out 20 Surprising Foods That Wreak Havoc On Your Immune System.
As COVID-19 cases rise and temperatures fall, stockpiling season is officially in full swing. A new customer survey released by Deloitte this month found that tons of grocery shoppers are buying up far more food items than they actually need. According to store owners, there's been a sharp uptick in sales for meats, frozen pizzas, baking foods, and all sorts of dry goods. Canned foods, meanwhile, remain in high demand. A poll conducted by LendingTree found that canned goods rank high among the items consumers are snatching up at the grocery store right now.But there's at least one particular canned good that's even harder to find than others: Canned corn. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, there are several reasons that this pantry staple is suddenly in short supply. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)For starters, the corn that's grown specifically for the purposes of being canned is a very "small portion of the U.S. crop." It's only harvested once a year, and it's usually canned "right after the harvest in late summer, and that yield is the entire supply for the year." The number of farmers who specialize in canned corn for canned-good giants such as Del Monte and Green Giant is also quite small. According to the Journal, the previous surge in demand for canned goods after the coronavirus led "retailers [to] quickly [blow] through inventories."That's not all. The report cites supply chain issues as another driving force in the current scarcity of canned corn, noting that the trucking companies who distribute such goods downsized their fleets last year in an effort to boost their profits, which left the haulers in a bad position to meet the new surge in demand earlier this year.In other words: For canned corn, the coronavirus was something of a perfect storm, as suppliers didn't have enough supply, distributors didn't have a full force, and canning season—when stocks could be replenished—fell at the end of summer. Though canned-corn brands say they're going to boost production by 25 percent this year, it doesn't change the fact that you're unlikely to find it in abundance on stores shelves right now. And for more amazing shopping advice, make sure you read up on The Dirtiest Thing in the Grocery Store You Should Definitely Avoid!
While the CDC and the FDA have been consistently firm in their stance that foodborne transmission of coronavirus is virtually nonexistent, there may be some new evidence to the contrary.After finding traces of the virus on several imported foods and their packaging, like salmon from Norway and chicken wings from Brazil, Chinese authorities have been investigating the viability of the virus on food items since June.Now, a new study out of South China Agricultural University and Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Guangzhou says that traces of the virus lingering on salmon could not only be detected, but also may remain infectious for more than a week.In an attempt to gauge how long the coronavirus could stay viable at low temperatures, similar to ones used in commercial food transportation, scientists found that the virus may be viable a lot longer than was previously believed. The study states that the virus samples collected from salmon survived up to eight days at 39 degrees Fahrenheit."SARS-CoV-2-contaminated fish from one country can be easily transported to another country within one week, thus serving as one of the sources for international transmission," the research paper noted.It's worth mentioning, however, that the study was just released last week, and is pending peer review and publication.These findings present a stark contrast to the most recent reports in American media, which note that there is no cause for concern around coronavirus transmission through food. In fact, a recently released study by the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods found "no documented evidence that food is a significant source or vehicle for transmission of COVID."For more information on the topic, check out 7 Coronavirus Food Myths You Shouldn't Believe.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
India's government started easing the most severe restrictions on daily life in June, but the effects of the lockdown on residents' mental health are still emerging, as the country battles one of the most severe Covid-19 outbreaks in the world.
"If I overexert myself, I get a burning, acidic feeling in my lungs, and breathing becomes difficult." Over 100 days after first developing coronavirus symptoms, Ed Hornick's immune system remains "at war."
As coronavirus deaths surpass 183,000 in America, a new report from the CDC says 94% of fatalities tied to the virus involved contributing health conditions. In fact, per Axios, "for deaths with conditions or causes as well as COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death, according to the CDC." Read on to find out what their symptoms were, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.1 PneumoniaVulnerable lungs, caused by issues like pneumonia, were a common theme among pre-existing conditions. "In pneumonia, the lungs become filled with fluid and inflamed, leading to breathing difficulties. For some people, breathing problems can become severe enough to require treatment at the hospital with oxygen or even a ventilator," reports Johns Hopkins. "The pneumonia that COVID-19 causes tends to take hold in both lungs. Air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid, limiting their ability to take in oxygen and causing shortness of breath, cough and other symptoms."2 InfluenzaIn what is perhaps a preview of the fall, patients who had influenza were hit hard by the coronavirus. "State health officials are desperately ramping up flu vaccination efforts, hoping to prevent health care systems already taxed by Covid-19 from being overrun by the rapidly approaching influenza season," reports Politico. "Massachusetts is requiring every kid to get a flu shot to attend school or childcare. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got vaccinated on live television, stressing that immunization could help save precious hospital resources."3 Respiratory FailureCOVID-19 is a respiratory virus so, naturally, having a respiratory illness as a pre-existing condition can result in a double whammy. Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D., M.H.S. notes that "when a person has COVID-19, the immune system is working hard to fight the invader. This can leave the body more vulnerable to infection with another bacterium or virus on top of the COVID-19—a superinfection. More infection can result in additional lung damage," reports Johns Hopkins.4 Hypertensive Disease"Hypertensive heart disease refers to heart problems that occur because of high blood pressure that is present over a long time," reports MedLine Plus. "High blood pressure means the pressure inside the blood vessels (called arteries) is too high. As the heart pumps against this pressure, it must work harder. Over time, this causes the heart muscle to thicken." COVID-19 taxes the heart even more, and can result in death.5 Diabetes"Having type 2 diabetes increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19," reports the CDC. "Based on what we know at this time, having type 1 or gestational diabetes may increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19." The agency recommends you "continue taking your diabetes pills and insulin as usual; test your blood sugar and keep track of the results, as directed by your healthcare provider; and make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your diabetes medicines, including insulin."6 Vascular and Unspecified Dementia"Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) are conditions arising from stroke and other vascular brain injuries that cause significant changes to memory, thinking, and behavior," reports the National Institute on Aging. "Two forms of VCID—vascular dementia and vascular cognitive impairment (VCI)—arise as a result of risk factors that similarly increase the risk for cerebrovascular disease (stroke), including atrial fibrillation (a problem with the rhythm of the heartbeat), high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol."7 Cardiac ArrestNot only can having heart disease make COVID more deadly, but COVID can lead to a heart attack. "As more data comes in from China and Italy, as well as Washington state and New York, more cardiac experts are coming to believe the COVID-19 virus can infect the heart muscle," reports Kaiser Health News. "An initial study found cardiac damage in as many as 1 in 5 patients, leading to heart failure and death even among those who show no signs of respiratory distress."8 Heart FailureAs you just read, COVID and heart failure can go hand in hand. "It's extremely important to answer the question: Is their heart being affected by the virus and can we do something about it?" said Dr. Ulrich Jorde, the head of heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support for the Montefiore Health System in New York City, to Kaiser Health News. "This may save many lives in the end."9 Renal Failure"Kidney (renal) failure is when kidneys don't work as well as they should. The term 'kidney failure' covers a lot of problems," reports the Urology Care Foundation. "Acute Renal Failure occurs when the kidneys suddenly stop filtering waste products from the blood. Chronic Renal Failure is permanent loss of kidney function." "People with kidney disease and other severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for more severe illness," reports the National Kidney Foundation. "People on dialysis can have weaker immune systems, making it harder to fight infections."10 Intentional and Unintentional Injury, Poisoning and Other Adverse EventsAny event that may compromise the body's immune response—like an accidental injury or poisoning—can put you further at risk for a damaging bout of COVID-19.11 Other Medical Conditions"People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19," reports the CDC: * Cancer * Chronic kidney disease * COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) * Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant * Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher) * Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies * Sickle cell disease * Type 2 diabetes mellitus * The list goes on and on unfortunately; see here for more.12 How to Avoid CoronavirusDo what the scientists say, especially if you have an underlying condition (or conditions): Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make.
In lockdown, the absence of reliable routines, social engagement and time outdoors has left everyone with a collective sense of uncertainty and loss. This can be especially overwhelming for children who cannot comprehend their grief.
* When I started having chest pain and breathlessness, I had no idea it was related to COVID-19. * I do not smoke or drink, neither do I have any respiratory issues. * When I started having chest pain and breathlessness, I had no idea it was related to COVID-19. * When I received my X-Ray report, it showed an infection in my lungs.
As experts continue to search for answers regarding symptoms of COVID-19, here's a look at what the recent research has revealed.
What this realization also means is that this virus that has changed many of our lives overnight is not permanent either, it can’t be.
As we inch closer to the first ‘Unlock’ phase, we celebrate some of the best shows-- that were unanimously enjoyed by the entire nation-- by highlighting the actors who made them possible.