As we’ve seen with the novel coronavirus, some people get gravely ill and may need supplemental oxygen while others experience very mild symptoms similar to a common cold or minor stomach bug. Age and having preexisting conditions such as obesity or lung or heart disease can definitely play a role in how sick you will be should you contract COVID-19, however, when comparing some cases it’s quite puzzling as to why one person gets very sick and the other does not.
Lately, because of the threat of COVID-19, I have been especially vocal about how important exercise is as it relates to keeping our immune systems healthy. Even just 30 minutes of brisk walking on a daily basis may improve your immune system compared to otherwise sedentary time. And according to a recent Medical Xpress report, many healthcare professionals are encouraging physical activity as a powerful method for improving immunity.
There has been a lot in the news recently about the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing an emergency use authorization (EUA) for what is known as convalescent blood plasma (CBP) for the treatment of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2). Here is what you should know.
Along with perhaps some strange tan lines, you may be noticing another unwanted side effect of regularly wearing your face mask - acne! Cleverly coined “maskne,” you may be experiencing this yourself even if you don’t normally suffer from breakouts. And if you are already prone to breaking out and battling acne, well this certainly doesn’t help!
A vaccine may not be the “magic bullet” or lifesaver we are all hoping for, and this may largely depend on our current health status.
No! We are not weakening our immune system by being too clean. Proper and frequent hand washing and cleaning commonly touched surfaces such as your cell phone, door knobs, and counter tops are good preventative measures you can implement in order to help decrease your risk of contracting coronavirus and contaminating others with the virus. Do not rely on false information which suggests that you can be too clean. If you do, you may put yourself and others at risk.
One might think that if bars and nightclubs are closed, people should be drinking less. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Reports show that many people are really struggling with being isolated and using drugs and alcohol to cope with this isolation and even boredom that can come with this new way of life we are all living.
Healthcare providers and researchers continue to learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes Covid-19) and how it impacts the body and its various systems. One key area of investigation has been why and how this novel coronavirus can trigger a level of blood clotting that can damage the lungs, heart and other organs.
We cannot definitively say that Cain caught COVID-19 because he attended the rally. But this tragic story can serve as perhaps a much needed reminder, especially as we all get more restless and impatient with quarantine and certain restrictions in place, that the coronavirus is still very much a threat and something we need to take seriously and be proactive about.
Obesity was recently named a top risk factor for COVID-19. Even being ‘mildly obese’ can put you at serious risk, according to a recent report discussing a study from the European Journal of Endocrinology.
Due to COVID-19, the virus we all obviously want to prevent or be able to successfully fight off should we contract it, there has been a lot of talk about vitamin D.
As I take one of my cloth face masks out of my dryer yet again, I wonder if I’m wearing the most protective cloth that I can. You might be wondering the same, especially if you made your own mask from an old t-shirt or bandana. And what about masks made from synthetic materials?
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