Coronavirus: Could This Be Why More Americans Are Dying?

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The U.S. has the highest obesity rate by far of any developed country. The vast majority of Americans—nearly three-quarters of us—are either obese or overweight.

This would be a major health crisis in the best of times. But during the coronavirus pandemic, it is proving to be even more deadly.

Four recent studies show that obesity may be the single greatest risk factor other than age for having a severe case of COVID-19 or dying of it.

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Coronavirus: 6 Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

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Most people who get coronavirus aren’t admitted to the hospital. They deal with the illness at home. 

Are you equipped to do this? Do you have the things you need for COVID-19 self-care?

Here are six medicine cabinet essentials every household should have during the pandemic.

6 COVID-19 Care Essentials

  1. Thermometer. Along with coughing and difficulty breathing, fever is one of the most common COVID-19 symptoms.
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Coronavirus: Don’t Use Cough Syrup

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Coughing is one of the main symptoms of COVID-19. So it’s not surprising that people with the illness are using cough syrup. 

That could be a bad idea.  

New research shows that dextromethorphan, a common active ingredient in dozens of over-the-counter cough syrups, capsules, and lozenges appeared to boost replication of the coronavirus when tested under laboratory conditions.

This doesn’t necessarily mean it does the same thing in the human body.

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Coronavirus: The Hidden Health Toll

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Every day we see the numbers. Tens of thousands more Americans test positive. Thousands more die.

But the real toll of the coronavirus pandemic goes far beyond these figures. It’s causing unseen health damage that may never be fully known.

One part of the hidden cost is the stress and anxiety that many of us feel. More Americans than ever are turning to pharmaceutical drugs for help.

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Coronavirus: 7 Rules for Safe Grocery Shopping

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The biggest coronavirus risk many of us face is going grocery shopping. 

The nature of shopping at supermarkets makes social distancing difficult. In fact, when stores get crowded it’s impossible. 

And there’s no way to avoid handling food packages that may or may not be contaminated with coronavirus. 

But the fact is, we all need to eat. By now you know about wearing a mask and staying at least six feet from other people.

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Coronavirus: Seniors Are Showing Odd Symptoms

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

By now most of us know the main symptoms of COVID-19: a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

But doctors are noticing something strange in older coronavirus patients. They may have none of these signs. 

Instead, some show an entirely different range of symptoms.[1]

Doctors have found that older coronavirus patients may just feel “off” at first. Their behavior may change.

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