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Since December 2019, when the first cases of COVID-19 started popping up in Wuhan, China, experts estimated that the fatality rate of the highly infectious virus was somewhere around 5 percent or more. However, new evidence supported by antibody testing is leading researchers to believe that the virus is more common and less deadly than
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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, attacking your lungs in unimaginable ways. However, doctors, researchers, and other medical experts are still learning about how it can do a great deal of damage when it comes to your blood. Here are all the warning signs and symptoms that COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in your bloodstream.  Shutterstock Doctors
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It’s understandable if you’re confused. For several months, the CDC has maintained that high touch surfaces are breeding grounds for COVID-19. However, due to the health organization making some edits to their official website, there has been a bit of confusion surrounding their official stance on the likelihood of becoming infected with the virus from
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A new medical paper to emanate from the UK is advising patients to avoid taking “megadoses” of Vitamin D amid news that the supplement can support one’s immune system during the coronavirus outbreak.  This update comes after a recently published medical study that showed a strong correlation between this key supplement and mortality rates that have
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This month, the headlines blared the big news: “COVID-19 Cannot Be Spread By Touching Surfaces, Says CDC.” Collectively, we breathed a sigh of relief. After months of washing our hands after every Amazon delivery or cereal box we touched, it turned out we couldn’t get infected that way at all.  One problem, though: It’s not
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A funny thing happens when you’re in your 50s: You feel more determined than ever to make every minute count, living life to its fullest. And yet, healthwise, you’ve never had to be more careful. One wrong step could result in a broken bone. One drink too many and you’re asleep on the couch. One
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The coronavirus pandemic has left us with a lot of unforgettable images, whether it’s eerily empty streets and restaurants in cities, scores of people in grocery stores hiding their faces behind masks, or feel-good photos of solidarity among healthcare workers. But a Boston-based nurse has recently given us another image we won’t soon forget: a
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With the coronavirus outbreak rapidly growing worldwide, one thing doctors like me know for sure is that COVID-19 is very good at infecting people. We already know that some people are much more susceptible to infection and it can put healthy individuals in critical condition, when others don’t experience any symptoms at all but they
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Ever entered a room and then wondered why? You know you went in for something, but was it to grab your keys, or your headphones, or to turn off the lights? You remember soon enough, but the momentary blip raises a concern: Are you losing your memory? Is it already lost? Relax for a second,
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Could you have had COVID-19 and not even realized it? Possibly. “The majority of people who contract the coronavirus will experience mild symptoms, the most common being a high temperature and a new, dry and continuous cough. A smaller percentage of people will experience more severe symptoms,” explains Dr. Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead at
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You’ve read the headlines: Symptoms of the coronavirus include shortness of breath, a dry cough and fever, among others—and then there are more atypical ones, like “COVID toes” (a rash) and pink eye. But there is one symptom the media is talking far less about, and it’s the one that may last the longest: mental
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Every day, you hear more about how we’re closer to understanding how COVID-19 ravages the body. That’s partly because the more days that pass, the longer certain people remain damaged by the virus. Of COVID-19 patients who have required hospitalization, 45 percent will need ongoing medical care, 4 percent will require inpatient rehabilitation, and 1
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You probably know at least one person—possibly yourself—who thinks they have already had coronavirus, despite never having taken a COVID-19 test. Maybe you suffered from a terrible respiratory infection, a spiked fever, or a seriously debilitating stomach bug sometime early in the year, and didn’t think much of it until the pandemic began spreading at
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You likely think of COVID-19 as a “respiratory disease,” but the coronavirus has been shown to infect the heart, as well as the lungs, and new research reveals just how much damage it can do. New research published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine confirmed that patients with COVID-19 could experience: Myocarditis (inflammation of
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Are you, like me, completely fascinated by all the news about COVID-19? As a doctor, even I am becoming a bit of a hypochondriac. Maybe you have started wondering: Could I, right now, have the dreaded virus, lurking somewhere in my body? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as opening your mouth in front of the
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Every day, doctors are discovering new symptoms of COVID-19. In addition to those widely reported—fever, shortness of breath, etc—some patients are feeling things considered atypical for now. Here’s a list of what doctors are seeing firsthand. Share it with your friends and family to keep them their healthiest. Shutterstock “This is an unusual symptom that
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Your state is likely slowly starting to reopen everything from beaches and public parks to nail salons, restaurants and retail stores. However, it is important to keep in mind that just because your favorite sushi joint, barber shop, or watering hole is back in business, that doesn’t mean it is safe to spend time there.
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