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Churches, Hair Salons, Gyms, and More… Doctors Reveal What’s Safe, What’s Not During the Pandemic

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Now that pandemic lockdowns are ending, all of us face important decisions about where we will go and what we will do.

Should you finally get your hair cut? Should you go to the gym?

Four public health experts assessed the risk various activities pose to spreading the coronavirus. They are Dr. Matthew Sims, Beaumont Health director of infectious disease research; Dr.

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The Best Face Mask for Coronavirus Protection

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For the first few months of the pandemic, the science was unclear about whether face masks protected wearers from coronavirus.

The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially said that most people didn’t need masks. The exceptions were people in high-risk groups (seniors and those with heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes), caregivers to infected people, and people who were confirmed to have COVID-19 or showed symptoms.

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The Simple Remedy for Pandemic Stress

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A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression.

That’s the grim finding of a new Census Bureau survey that shows the alarming psychological toll of the coronavirus pandemic.[i]

The survey asked questions used to screen patients for mental health problems. Twenty-four percent of people showed symptoms of major depression. Thirty percent showed symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

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The Japanese Secret That May Lower Coronavirus Risk

In All Health Watch, Coronavirus, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, General Health by Garry Messick2 Comments

At first, doctors told us that COVID-19 was a disease of the lungs. It caused inflammation of the airways and pneumonia. This made breathing difficult or impossible.

But as the pandemic progressed, something strange started to happen.

Mysterious symptoms were being reported that seemed to have nothing to do with the lungs.

Some patients were dying from COVID-19-related strokes. Others had what doctors called “COVID toes.”

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COVID-19: Century-Old Therapy Shows Promise

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread for one reason: Researchers have not been able to come up with a vaccine or a highly effective treatment.

A vaccine is likely to take many months, or even years, to develop. And so far, new treatments have been disappointing.

Early in the outbreak, there was hope that hydroxychloroquine might be the answer.

It’s a malaria drug that seemed to work in some patients.

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Coronavirus: Should You Wear Gloves?

In All Health Watch, Coronavirus, Featured Article, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

Like face masks, there’s a lot of confusion about whether gloves effectively prevent coronavirus infections.

This is partly due to waffling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It currently doesn’t recommend wearing gloves. But at one point it did.

“As a result, there’s been some confusion,” said Dr. John Whyte. He’s an internist and chief medical officer at WebMD.

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