Health

For all you’ve heard about the coronavirus, so much is still unknown—including why some of us experience certain unusual symptoms while others don’t. Certain issues like shortness of breath and fever are explainable—the virus attacks the respiratory system—but others have left doctors scratching their heads on their way to the research lab. Here are the
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No one likes being told what not to do. But some rules, when followed, aren’t restrictions at all—they are, in fact, easy and effective ways to stay free. Free from COVID-19. Free from pain. Free from debilitating anxiety, hearing loss, a brain injury or worse. Sometimes you have to stop doing things in order to
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With online grocery delivery slots being snapped up in seconds, many intrepid individuals are still braving trips to the supermarket, hoping against hope to stay safe while doing so. However, even with the benefit of a mask, gloves, and sparsely-populated aisles at their disposal, many shoppers are accidentally making serious errors at the store that
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When you first heard about the coronavirus, chances are you were told the symptoms would last 2 to 14 days, if you felt them at all. But now that the COVID-19 has been on these shores for a while, doctors are finding that certain symptoms can last for weeks and sometimes months—even after the patient
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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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You’ve heard by now that the coronavirus can affect anyone, at any age. However, signs, symptoms, and severity of the highly infectious and deadly virus can vary from person-to-person, and more specifically, by age group. Read on to find your age and the symptoms that may befall you, so you can spot the virus when
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The world may be slowly starting to emerge from lockdown in places, but that doesn’t mean life as we remember it will return to normal anytime soon. As it pertains to your healthcare needs and desires, there are many appointments and procedures, all non-elective, that institutions like the CDC and the Centers for Medicare &
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Is your new cough due to coronavirus or just allergies? Should you slip out to the grocery store (following all proper protocols)—or might you infect 10 people with something? Getting tested for COVID-19 can help you make the responsible decisions for your health and the health of others—and more tests are being offered in your
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While COVID-19 has devastated countless lives, there is one bright side: Our society has strengthened, in certain small ways, due to the pandemic. “Think of all of the amazing things we have collectively learned!” Jaimie Meyer, MD, a Yale Medicine infectious disease doctor and assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine points out
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While there is still so much we are learning about the highly infectious and deadly coronavirus, medical experts have amassed a great deal of understanding of exactly what it does to the body—and how it can damage everything from your brain cells to the circulation in your toes. Here are 12 surprising things that COVID-19
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If you’re self-isolating with your spouse or partner, not only does your sanity rely on their sanity but your health also relies on their health. COVID-19 has proven to be an extremely contagious virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone who’s caught the virus can be contagious for two to
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You’ve lived through a number of global health emergencies, including swine flu in 2009, the poliovirus and Ebola in 2014, the Zika virus in 2016 and Ebola again in 2019, “yet none of these have devastated or disrupted our lives in a way that can be compared to the current COVID-19 pandemic,” GP clinical lead
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Habits are those little things you just can’t help doing every day. If we’re honest, we all have them. They’re things we seem to do without thinking—even though we know some are bad for us. No matter how hard we try—we can’t seem to stop. So which habits might be dangerous in this time of
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For many people, catching the coronavirus isn’t life-threatening. But others can develop serious complications. Because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, it can hit some people quite powerfully, and turn a bad health situation into something worse. Read on to discover if you’re at “severe risk” with this advice from doctors and the CDC, so you
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With all the conflicting information being reported, you might be confused about when it’s safe to go back outside, given the pandemic. So we asked doctors their opinion about how to tell if it’s truly safe to end self-isolation and get “back to normal.” Here’s what they said. RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to
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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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If you contract the novel coronavirus, chances are you won’t need to be hospitalized: At least 80 percent of people with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms and can recover at home. But the unpredictability of the virus has many of us wondering, What if? And what if you have a fall, or some other
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You’ll find no shortage of medical advice out there during the coronavirus. Separating myth from fact, the current from the outdated can be tricky. And what advice is truly essential, the most important to prioritize? Cutting through the noise—that’s why we asked doctors for the most important advice they wish you knew. Here’s what they
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One day—and depending on where you live, this could be sooner or later—our cities will reopen and we’ll enjoy a drink at a bar, a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant, or live music. But before you sprint to the mall or visit every family member and friend you’ve ever known, keep in mind there
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With you washing your hands for 20 seconds after going outside, you’d needn’t worry too much about spreading COVID-19 in your home. However, studies show the virus can last a long time on certain surfaces if spread. Here’s a list of specific items and how long coronavirus might last on them—ranked from longest to least
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The COVID-19 curve may be flattening, but until there is a vaccine readily available for distribution, any one of us could still catch the highly infectious and deadly virus. Even during self-isolation, we must be careful, because it’s unlikely any of us are able to stay indoors one hundred percent of the time and not
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Health care is drastically different in the post-COVID-19 world. Visiting the doctor’s office used to be the norm, but because of the highly infectious and deadly virus, most doctors are working remotely, only offering telemedicine visits, and routine medical care is being postponed. However, health problems don’t stop just because there’s a pandemic going on,
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In severe cases of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, patients may be placed on a ventilator, a process which is their best hope of survival. “A ventilator takes over the work of breathing when you are struggling to breathe in enough oxygen or breathe out enough carbon dioxide,” explains Leann Poston, MD, a physician with Invigor
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of when to get medical care can be a little confusing. Most healthcare offices are closed, many doctors are working remotely, and we’re encouraged to seek medical attention only in situations that can’t wait until the curve flattens. However, this doesn’t mean you should refrain from calling your doctor
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A fever—defined as a temporary increase in body temperature over 98.6 Fahrenheit—is a common sign of illness. But recently, this bodily signal has attracted uncommon attention: It can be a sign of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. It can also signify something less serious, like a common flu. No matter what
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Life is weird right now. Because of COVID-19, we’re all cooped up inside, watching the deadly virus spread worldwide. Our new daily routine involves learning about death tolls, stay-at-home orders, and frontline workers risking their lives, with no end in sight. In such strange times, your mood is bound to be negatively affected. But it’s
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You may be reticent to call your doctor during the coronavirus pandemic because they’re busy tending to the neediest cases—or, alternately, you’re calling them every day, worried about your health. Either way, it’s important to know what to ask them, so you can cut right to the chase. Every second counts. Here are the top
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