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 14 days.It's crucial to identify the potential signs of COVID-19 in your partner quickly so they can self-isolate and lower your risk of infection. Check out these 10 signs your significant other may have coronavirus and continue to check in with your quarantine partner so you can both stay healthy. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 They Can't Breathe Shortness of breath is one of the most common signs of coronavirus. According to the Mayo Clinic, it's also referred to as dyspnea and includes short or labored breathing. A brief shortness of breath may be attributed to anxiety, overexertion, or asthma. However, if your partner experiences a never-ending episode of dyspnea, the shortness of breath is severe and uncharacteristic, or their lips or skin begin to turn blue, it may be COVID-19. Seek emergency medical treatment immediately. 2 They Won't Stop Shaking and Have Chills The CDC recently confirmed that a common coronavirus symptom seems to be body shakes that are accompanied by chills. If your partner experiences chills and body shakes that quickly go away, it could be related to sunburn or a simple chill. However, when these two symptoms are linked together and they don't go away or keep coming in waves, it may be a sign of a fever, yet another symptom of coronavirus. This could be evidence that your partner has contracted COVID-19 and you should call your doctor to discuss these symptoms. RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 3 They Have a Headache A few too many quaran-tinis can lead to a throbbing headache in the morning. But if your partner has a headache with no explanation and it's accompanied by another coronavirus symptom, you should take it seriously. It may mean they've been infected with the virus. According to John Hopkins Medicine, a headache is an early symptom of COVID-19 and if it persists or gets more intense over time, it's a sure sign of the virus. Contact your partner's doctor if the headache is accompanied by another symptom and won't go away. 4 They Keep Coughing It's springtime so your partner's cough could simply be dismissed as allergies. However, a cough is one of the leading symptoms of the virus and if your partner can't seem to kick it, it could be cause for concern. COVID-19 attacks your lungs and according to Mount Sinai Medical Center, a dry and persistent cough could mean your partner is dealing with a respiratory virus. Consult a medical professional so they can potentially get tested for the virus. 5 They Have a Fever Another common symptom of coronavirus is a fever. Many manufacturing plants and other essential businesses with multiple employees in one space have implemented temperature checks for workers to stop the spread. It's important to keep an eye on your own body temp at home as well. However, pay attention to other symptoms that aren't accompanied by a fever. According to John Hopkins Medicine, "It is possible to be infected with the new coronavirus and have a cough or other symptoms with no fever, or a very low-grade one, especially in the first few days."If your partner has a fever, it could be a sign they've been exposed to the coronavirus. Attempt to isolate from your partner and call a medical professional to talk about your partner's symptoms and set up a test for COVID-19. 6 They Lose Their Sense of Smell or Taste If your partner suddenly mentions they can't smell the dinner you burned or taste even their most beloved quarantine snacks, it could be cause for concern. This symptom is associated with respiratory illnesses including COVID-19 and may be a sign they have the virus. According to the CDC, if an unexpected loss of taste or smell is accompanied by another symptom of the virus, such as fever, headache, or sore throat, it's a sign your partner may have coronavirus. Contact your doctor as soon as possible to discuss how to get tested and try to stay safely away from your partner so you don't contract the virus as well. 7 Their Muscles Are Achy Body or muscle aches that are accompanied by one or more other coronavirus symptoms, such as chills or a headache, may mean your partner has contracted the virus. If your partner complains of achy muscles that aren't attributed to a tough at-home workout, pay attention to other potential symptoms. If you suspect they've been infected, contact your doctor for advice on getting tested.RELATED: 7 Side Effects of Wearing a Face Mask 8 They Have a Sore Throat Another one of the CDC's newly reported symptoms that may be attributed to coronavirus is a sore throat. Your partner may have a throat that feels sore from allergies or a competitive game of Mario Kart that got a little loud. However, if the sore throat came on suddenly and your partner complains of another COVID-19 symptom, such as muscle pain or chills, it could mean they have the virus. Consult with a medical professional about your partner's symptoms. They may need to be tested for coronavirus and you may need to keep away from them to ensure you don't also contract the virus. 9 They Feel Pressure in Their Chest According to the CDC, "persistent pain or pressure in the chest" is a serious symptom of coronavirus. If your partner complains about a feeling of tightness or pressure in their chest, you should seek medical attention immediately. If you call 911, it's important to notify the operator that you suspect your partner may have COVID-19. Place a face mask on your partner and yourself before help arrives, if possible.RELATED: Simple Ways to Avoid a Heart Attack, According to Doctors 10 They Feel Tired If your partner's schedule has flip-flopped due to quarantine and they're simply not getting enough z's, fatigue is bound to set in. However, if they feel extremely tired for no reason, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns it's one of the most common signs of coronavirus. 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You feel a tiny tickle in your throat. Your spouse lets out a small cough on the couch next to you. You get a little chill after a walk outside. Is it coronavirus? Life has changed with the spread of COVID-19, and it's easy to get paranoid about catching it, especially during this "surge upon a surge," as Dr. Anthony Fauci calls our current situation. "We're in a very precarious situation right now," he told the Today Show. "This certainly is light at the end of the tunnel with a vaccine, but we're not there yet. So we really have to intensify our public health measures to try and blunt this trajectory, which is really significant." Following expert guidelines and healthy protocols can keep you safe throughout this scary situation. Read on for 15 ways you can avoid contracting coronavirus—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Avoid Congregate Settings—Especially Indoors, Where, If You Find Yourself in One, Wear a Mask Don't spend time indoors with people you're not sheltering with. Period. "People spending more time indoors combination of the holiday season, people doing the normal, wonderful things of congregating together at meals with friends and family, you know, as innocent as those things seem—in fact, those are the things in many respects that continue to drive this" surge, says Fauci. Don't spend time in large crowds outdoors, either. As Dr. Leo Nissola says: Don't Share Your Air! 2 Wear Your Face Mask—and Let's All Do It Universally Face masks work, says Robert Redfield, director of the CDC; wear them when around others who may have been exposed to the virus. "Masks offer some protection to you and are also meant to protect those around you, in case you are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19," says the CDC. "You should wear a mask, even if you do not feel sick. This is because several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can still spread the virus to other people. The main function of wearing a mask is to protect those around you, in case you are infected but not showing symptoms." 3 Do More Outdoors, as Opposed to Indoors COVID-19 is an airborne disease. You can catch it in the air. Therefore, if you are in an indoor, poorly-ventilated space—where the virus is trapped with you—you increase your risk. Outdoors, the wind helps it dissipate. Bonus: If you're alone, you can take your mask off. "Outdoor is always better than indoor if you want to do any kind of a function," Dr. Fauci says. 4 Wash Your Hands Frequently As soon as the COVID-19 outbreak began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended frequent hand washing to prevent contracting the virus. Coronavirus is spread through droplets from the sneezes or coughs of infected people. It can get on your hands when you touch items with these droplets. If you put your hands in your mouth or around your face, you can then become infected.Keeping your hands clean is crucial to avoiding the infection. To properly wash your hands, use running water, soap, and a dry towel. Wet your hands, lather them with soap for at least 20 seconds (covering your nails, fingertips, and palms), then thoroughly rinse the soap off. Dry them with a clean towel. The CDC recommends washing your hands after you've been in public, before and after eating, and after using the bathroom. 5 Don't Visit Your Friends If you're feeling fine and your friends seem healthy, you may think you're safe going to their house for a quick chat, dinner, or a drink. But stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders prohibit you from leaving your home for non-essential trips, which includes visiting your friends.Even if your friends feel well, they may be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, which is more common than originally believed. A recent study published in Eurosurveillance analyzed cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship; researchers found that, "Of the 634 confirmed cases, a total of 306 and 328 were reported to be symptomatic and asymptomatic, respectively." To prevent coronavirus infection, it's best to skip that visit to your friend's place for now. 6 Don't Touch Your Face Another one of the CDC's original rules for preventing COVID-19 infection is to keep your hands away from your face. Because the virus is transmitted through droplets that may be on items you touch, your fingertips may be contaminated. If you rub your nose or wipe your eyes, you're putting these tiny contaminated droplets even closer to your mucous membranes. Once they come into contact, you're likely to get infected. It's a tough habit to break. If you feel yourself wanting to touch your face, only do it when you're safely at home and after you've thoroughly washed your hands.RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 7 Stay Away From Public Transportation We all need to perform essential errands, such as grocery shopping or stopping by the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. If you can complete these errands without using public transportation, you're in better shape. The virus is spread through droplets released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or laughs. You're more likely to be exposed to these droplets when you're in close proximity to a crowd, like on a subway platform, in a train car, or on a bus. Try walking, riding your bike, or driving your own car to run errands. If that's not possible, consider having groceries delivered or prescriptions shipped. 8 Obey the Taped Lines on Supermarket Floors The CDC is asking the general public to abide by social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. That means you should stay at least six feet away from other people. Grocery stores and other essential businesses make it easy for you to determine if you're far enough away from other customers with taped lines or other markings on their floors. Pay attention to the lines and only move forward when the next one is available. This ensures you're following the social distancing rule. 9 Quit Biting Your Nails It's a stressful time, and subconscious habits like biting your nails are hard to break right now. But biting your nails is actually a dangerous habit, as it can cause you to become infected with the virus. If you've touched surfaces that had infected droplets, or you got droplets on your fingers from an infected person you passed by, biting your nails spreads these droplets to your mouth and face. If you really can't kick the habit, make sure your fingers only go to your mouth after you've thoroughly washed your hands. 10 Clean and Disinfect Your House If you have a lot more free time now that you're stuck at home, you probably feel like your house is cleaner than it's ever been. But it's important to not mistake cleanliness for sanitization. Your house being free of clutter and dust is one thing. But surfaces that are frequently touched should be disinfected, such as toilet and faucet handles, kitchen counters, doorknobs, light switches, and desks. To thoroughly disinfect and sanitize surfaces, the CDC recommends using a household disinfectant or diluted bleach. 11 Keep Yourself Busy Being stuck at home on a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order can get boring fast. If you've already watched all the shows on Netflix and reorganized your Tupperware, it's time to take up a new hobby and keep yourself occupied. Coronavirus is transmitted by human contact, which is the reason behind all these regulations to stay home. Keeping yourself busy means you're more likely to stay put, avoiding people who are potentially infected. Try putting together puzzles, playing board games with your family, playing an instrument, learning a new language, or reading a book. 12 Don't Book Your Vacation If you're trying not to get infected with coronavirus, it's not the best time to reserve that trip to the Bahamas or finally go explore Barcelona. The CDC has labeled every country as having "widespread ongoing transmission." If you book a vacation, you'll expose yourself to crowds in the airport, come in close contact with other people in the airplane, and be forced to use public transportation at your destination. You'll also need to stay in a hotel and shop for provisions, exposing yourself further to other people who are potentially infected. It's best to hold off on booking that vacation until the virus stops spreading so quickly and aggressively. 13 Don't Touch Things in Public It may feel strange, but one of the best ways to prevent coronavirus is not to touch items when you're in public. If you're walking through a park, refrain from sitting on the park bench and touching the armrests. Only touch products in the grocery store if it's necessary. If you're out and about, wait to use the bathroom until you get home if possible. The fewer things you touch in public, the less likely your fingertips will brush a surface with germs.RELATED: Simple Ways to Avoid a Heart Attack, According to Doctors 14 Avoid Group Activities By now, you probably miss your volleyball league or you're fiending to have a beer with your co-ed softball team. As much as you'd love to meet your teammates for a quick pick-up game at the park, it's best to refrain if you want to avoid infection. Gathering with a group of people in close proximity increases your chances of contracting the virus. According to the CDC, "Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within 6 feet)." A game of volleyball or softball puts you in close contact with people and goes against social distancing regulations, putting you and your teammates at risk. 15 Limit Your Errands The more time you spend in public, the more you're increasing your chances for encountering a person with COVID-19, potentially leading to your own exposure to the virus. While it probably feels great to be out of the house, try to limit your errand running. Stock up on supplies in one trip to one store as best you can. If you only need a few items, consider having them delivered so you don't risk exposing yourself to other people. 16 Change Your Jogging or Biking Route Outdoor recreation is one of the only activities that isn't prohibited right now. Although it's allowed, it's still important to follow social distancing guidelines to prevent contracting COVID-19. You may notice your local bike path or jogging trail is now crowded with people, making it hard to maintain the six-feet-away regulations. If your path is crowded, you may need to switch up your route and bike or run through your neighborhood streets, where it's easier to stay away from others. Changing your route and keeping your outdoor recreation more isolated will keep you safer.RELATED: The Unhealthiest Supplements You Shouldn't Take 17 Stay on Guard in Public When you get to the grocery store to do your essential shopping, it's easy to fall into old habits. You browse the ingredients on a can of spaghetti sauce, move another shopper's cart out of the way, or strike up a conversation with the deli assistant. But these actions can make your shopping trip dangerous. Stay on guard any time you're in public and observe social distancing rules. Try not to touch items needlessly and always keep your hands away from your face. By keeping your guard up and staying aware of your surroundings, you can keep yourself away from people and reduce your risk of coronavirus infection. 18 Stay Well-Informed Obsessing over the latest coronavirus statistics isn't good for your mental health. However, the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, so it's important to stay well-informed on the latest CDC guidelines. Get your news from a trustworthy and reliable source so you can learn about the latest recommendations. Stay abreast on local guidelines, such as stay-at-home orders or the closing of non-essential businesses. If you're well-informed, you'll do your part to remain healthy and stop the spread of the virus. 19 Don't Give Up! "If you want to call it 'word of wisdom,' it's more 'word of encouragement:' this will end," says Dr. Fauci. "We've got to hang in there together, and take care of each other — it will end. The vaccines are on the immediate horizon to be started to be distributed in the month of December — tomorrow's December first — as we get to the middle and end of December, we're gonna start getting vaccines distributed. All through January, February, March, April." Until then, follow these fundamentals, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
The COVID-19 surge is upon us—with CDC Director Robert Redfield projecting as many as 450,000 Americans dead from the virus by February unless something changes. With so many infections around, what can you do, to keep yourself safe? As a doctor, I wanted to share my rule of thumb: Don't Share Your Air. If you don't want to get sick with COVID, do not hang out indoors with other people. It is that simple. You are more likely to catch COVID in indoor spaces—so to avoid getting sick, avoid indoors. Here are some places that I would consider the most dangerous right now. Avoid them at all costs, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Bars and Restaurants We are in, as Dr. Anthony Fauci has said, a "precarious situation." Which why he has espoused we "open the schools, close the bars." Bars and restaurants are places where you'll likely be exposed to the virus. Avoid them at all costs. 2 Churches Gatherings with people that do not live with you puts you at risk of being exposed to COVID. It is also difficult to be physically distant in those venues. RELATED: 7 Tips You Must Follow to Avoid COVID, Say Doctors 3 House Parties Are you really going to be masked and outside when your friends invite you over for a group hang out? If you plan on eating and drinking, chances are you will be exposed to other people's breaths, air and whatever they are carrying with them. Until at home testing is free and available for all without a prescription, you are safer avoiding house parties. 4 Hair and Nail Salons Usually, those places are poorly ventilated indoor settings, COVID can remain suspended in the air for long periods and travel distances beyond six feet. COVID outbreaks are everywhere, skip the next haircut if you plan on not getting sick. RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 5 You Do Not Want COVID-19, Trust Me I know the data indicates that 40 to 45% of us won't experience any symptoms from coronavirus, but believe me, you do not want to catch COVID-19. When infected, patients see a wide variety of symptoms (none pleasant, some fatal), and in some cases, there are multiple reports that they can linger for months, possibly a lifetime—this is called Post-COVID Syndrome. So, it is different from the flu and the common cold. The fall and winter season has also brought seasonal influenza—and a major COVID-19 surge. I repeat: You don't want to be sharing your air with anyone else but those in your household. So "don't share your air," and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Many men with erectile dysfunction find themselves pursuing a singular mission, according to urologist, Dr. Samuel Amanamah: identifying pills and supplements to "cure" their performance woes. Unfortunately, this represents a missed opportunity in the pursuit of understanding your health—and what underlying problems may need to be addressed.In fact, erectile dysfunction is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease and other serious health conditions—and a large number of men don't even know that they have these conditions until they seek treatment for ED. As we know, many health problems can be avoided by adopting a healthy diet. And as new research shows, men whose food choices closely adhere to the Mediterranean diet are less likely to experience erectile dysfunction.The study, which was led by Dr. Scott R. Bauer, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, sought to measure just how important eating a healthy diet is to maintaining erectile function.RELATED: 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work.Dr. Bauer's team turned to previous data collected in a survey by Harvard University on 21 ,469 men and their diet quality—which was reported every four years between 1986 and 2014—when any of them developed erectile dysfunction, was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, or died.What Dr. Bauer and his team found is that men who most closely adhered to the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, beans, and whole grains, were least likely to experience erectile dysfunction at any age. At the same time, men, and particularly men younger than 60, who had a diet consisting of foods associated with reduced chronic disease risk (which are ranked in the Alternative Healthy Eating Index) were also less likely to experience erectile dysfunction.The findings are consistent with evidence from earlier studies suggesting men who follow the Mediterranean diet are less likely to experience erectile dysfunction. (However, this was the first study of its kind to exclude, at the outset, men with diabetes.) And although the observational findings still need to be confirmed with randomized trials, it's safe to say, as Dr. Bauer told The New York Times, that men who want to "maximize their erectile function" should be aware of how a healthy diet can make a big difference.To get started, consider these 15 best foods to eat on the Mediterranean diet, some of which can also be found on our list of the 50 best foods for erectile function. (An added bonus? The diet also happens to be lauded by experts as the best for weight loss.)For more healthy eating news, sign up for our newsletter.
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