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To no surprise, Biden's COVID Task Force found that Trump's Operation Warp Speed had no vaccine distribution plan besides dumping them to the states. While now multiple COVID-19 vaccines are approved it's time to stop safekeeping the vaccines while targeting efforts to hard to reach and vulnerable populations. Read on for my thoughts, as a doctor, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.I Propose We Leverage the Tech Network to Distribute the VaccineAs the virus gains momentum, we lack execution in protecting our communities. Now that we have safe and effective vaccines, we need to vaccinate as many people as speedily as possible.If J&J and AstraZeneca's vaccine's data prove to be safe and effective, there's reason to believe that it won't receive FDA's Emergency Use Authorization. And then, supply will no longer be a problem. But are we ready to mass vaccinate almost three hundred million people? At this time we are not.Biden's Task force should leverage the tech industry network, and gig economy service providers to assist in getting COVID vaccines into people's arms.The phasing of distribution with tiered approach was doomed to fail, and we must change that. The virus doesn't spread through tiers 1a, 1b, 1c. SARS-CoV-2 spreads quickly, and as we recently learned, it mutates just as fast. Some new variants are more infectious, and some others may escape life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments. In the race to contain this ongoing health crisis, with a botched vaccination plan, the time require us to act in parallel. Instead of prioritizing the elderly, and expecting them to sign up on online forms, and wait for their appointment, we should release the red tape around the vaccines and allow for every adult over 16 to get the vaccine now. Uber could drive health care providers to nursing homes, and long term living facilities for surgical measures. Allocating the upcoming single dose vaccine from J&J to those targeted communities, we could have a broader scale vaccination program as soon as March. One of the hurdles Biden's team will face is reaching remote and rural communities, and mobile teams sponsored by innovation service providers like Uber could help with access. Still, people need to be educated about vaccine benefits, and have access to up-to-date information on the safety profile of those immunotherapy drugs. DoorDash has a massive platform for education, while vaccine hesitancy is a virtual plague, we could certainly benefit from partnering with online campaigns, and further, delivering meals to those health care workers and volunteers doing the vaccinating.It is too early to assert that a COVID vaccine prevents the spread of the vaccine, but the science behind it allows us to postulate that this is likely to become true as new data rolls in. To end this crisis, nearly every American must produce immunoglobulins against this virus, and the sooner we get there, the better for us to rebuild our society and Re-start our future.The tiered approach slows the inoculations, by making the vaccine available for everyone now, and letting states execute the targeted vaccination efforts on nursing homes will help us recover quickly.RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. FauciThere Are Ways to Speed This UpTo improve speed, Biden's Task Force should create digital vaccine passports, vaccinate adults in local pharmacies, and get the private sector to help with targeted measures. While we won't for sure if COVID immunity prevents the spread of the virus, and we research studies will take a long time to prove that concept, one thing is sure. We will relive 2020 again if those vaccines keep sitting in warehouses.Pretty soon, we'll be at a run rate where 50% of vaccines administered daily are 1st doses and 50% are 2nd doses. So to actually vaccinate 1 million NEW people each day, we'll have to be able to deliver 2 million vaccines a day — 1 million FIRST doses and 1 million SECOND doses. Get your vaccine as soon as it's available to you, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.Dr. Leo Nissola is a medical doctor, and immunotherapy scientist focused on immunodeficiencies, late-stage cancers, and COVID. Follow him on Twitter @LeoNissolaMD.
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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and especially now that the vaccine is here, the word "immunity" is brought up often. While getting the vaccine itself offers immunity to the deadly virus, there are other things you can do to boost your immunity in general. During T.D. Jakes's Conversations With America: Unpacking the COVID-19 Vaccine panel on Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other top medical experts offered a few easy tips on how to boost immunity. Read on to find out what they are—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Dr. Fauci Says You Should Enjoy Good Nutrition Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet is one way you can improve immunity, according to Dr. Fauci. "Good nutrition is essential in keeping current and future generations of Americans healthy across the lifespan," adds the CDC. "People with healthy eating patterns live longer and are at lower risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. For people with chronic diseases, healthy eating can help manage these conditions and prevent complications." 2 Dr. Fauci Says You Should Reduce Stress Stress reduction, or "lack of stress or alleviation of stress," is crucial to maintaining immunity, says Dr. Fauci. Science supports him, as multiple studies have found that experiencing stress can weaken the immune system and have physical health repercussions. 3 Get Your Z's, Says Dr. Fauci Getting "plenty of sleep" is also important, according to Dr. Fauci. Multiple scientific studies have found this to be true. 4 Dr. Fauci Says Amp Up Your Vitamin D Intake, If You Are Deficient Dr. Fauci also suggests amping up your vitamin D intake—but only if you are deficient. "One of the things among the so-called vitamin type approaches is that we know from tuberculosis and other disease, that vitamin D deficiency is a very important parameter of lack of host defense to fight against certain infections, particularly demonstrated in tuberculosis, but certainly in other diseases," he explained. "So I don't think you should load up with thousands of units of vitamin D, but you should make sure you're not dealing with an unnoticed vitamin D deficiency. And for that reason, you want to make sure that people are not vitamin D deficient." 5 Don't Forget to Manage Your Pre-Existing Conditions Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist and associate professor at the school of medicine, also pointed out that staying on top of any pre-existing, underlying conditions, or chronic diseases—including HIV and diabetes—is incredibly important. This includes making sure you are taking meds. "I think it's critically important that, you know, in the face of the disruptions, the medical care that have occurred with COVID, it comes even more, more important for our health systems to pay attention to those who have these conditions and be innovative," he continued. "We're using a lot of telehealth and telemedicine, for example, to make sure that those who have underlying conditions can have appropriate care during the very difficult and challenging time." 6 Get Vaccinated, Advised One of the Vaccine's Creators Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, one of the researchers behind the vaccine, said that while maintaining immunity is important, nothing replaces getting vaccinated when it's your turn. "Keeping your immune system healthy, keeping yourself healthy in general is great all across the board, but it is definitely no surrogate for vaccination and the specific type of immunity that vaccines provide," she pointed out. "And so I think that the two need to be separated into real distinct categories. And so one of the reasons why you hear us talking about vaccines is because of the understanding of the specific type of immune responses that vaccines generate that just vitamin D or rest, or, any other stress relievers, et cetera, will not do." 7 Here's What Isn't Going to Boost Immunity, Says Dr. Fauci Things like "taking steam" or eating "onions" are simply fads, according to Dr. Fauci, who explains that "things like rest, diet, lack of stress or alleviation of stress, do more than many of the things that are claimed to boost immunity." In a previous interview he told actress Tiffany Haddish that elderberry juice falls into the fad category as well. "It seems rather simplistic when we talk about things that would boost the immunity. If you have a normal immune system, there are very few things that are going to boost your immunity that have been shown in clinical trials to actually have an enhancement of immunity," Dr. Fauci said. RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci 8 How to Get Through This Pandemic as Healthy as Can Be Follow Fauci's immune-boosting tips—and his public health fundamentals and help end this surge—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
If you know any doctors—we mean, know them well—you know the deep, dark secret hiding under their lab coats: They're human. "Doctors are not really known to take care of themselves as much as they should!" admits Dr. Thomas Jeneby, a plastic surgeon from Texas. "But there are some perks!" One perk is that they know how to be healthy—better than anyone—whether they live that way or not. Which is why we asked the experts what you should do to live longer. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Own a Dog "Pet ownership is a 24/7 form of pet therapy and is a personal stress reducer for me," says Carmen Echols, MD. "Shortly after my husband and I married, we got a dog—that we still own, by the way. After especially challenging days at work, I sit on the couch and watch TV while petting the dog and find that simple activity so relaxing." 2 Meditate "I'll tell you my experience in the field of holistic medicine what I've learned from other top doctors," says Dean C. Mitchell, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine."Some form of meditation: it can be walking, swimming or even sitting—preferably in nature.""Careful with their diet: Plant-based being main item on their plate; eating lots of natural foods: nuts, seeds, fruits.""Exercise: cardio and weight-training.""Stretching or yoga—flexibility is so important as you age.""Keeping your brain young by taking on new challenges: travel, vacations every two months is great for mental sharpness, learning new areas and listening to music."The simple things really work! 3 Have a Purpose "Some studies have shown that having a purpose in life helps to maintain mental and possibly physical health and benefit longevity. Intuitively this makes sense as it maintains an energetic 'drive' in life," says Jack J Springer, MD, Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell. "This purpose can be intellectual, emotional, physical or spiritual. Before writing my new book, I focus on the purpose—helping people with anxiety—which is energizing physically and mentally. It also allows for more focus which decreases distraction and 'wasted' time spent doing things that may, in the short term, feel good, but ultimately are taking time from more beneficial, healthful and rewarding activities." 4 Go to the Doctor "One thing physicians do to live longer is to go to the doctor!" says Carmen Echols, MD. "Many people assume that we physicians can take care of our own health concerns merely because we have the medical knowledge to do so, but that simply is not for the best. It is always wise for us to have the objective expertise of a colleague when it comes to personal physical and mental health." 5 Dive Into Genetic Testing "The field of epigenetics is where doctors are looking when it comes to reversing rapid aging and preventing disease," says Dr. Elena Villanueva of Modern Holistic Health. "With genetic testing doctors can uncover their unique individualized 'operations manual' to understand what foods, environmental toxins, and lifestyle choices they should make. Then they can even understand what type of exercise will benefit them the most, what sleeping patterns they should adhere to, and what supplements will benefit them." 6 Get Massages "Massage therapy is an excellent way to improve muscle spasms and help relax," says Dr. Allen Conrad, BS, DC, CSCS of Montgomery County Chiropractic Center. "Not to mention relieve stress."RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 7 Release Your Endorphins "I find that exercise is a very important part of my routine to control stress and be healthier," says Nathan Rock, OD, FAAO. "As doctors, we know that exercise has positive benefits in many ways including promoting excellent cardiovascular health and promoting a balanced mood through release of endorphins. Personally, I have found that exercise, when possible, both before and after work can help to prepare for a successful day as well as relieve any stress from a day's work." He enjoys yoga "in the morning, as they very first thing to start my day. In the evenings, I enjoy running and weight lifting." Don't discount the power of doing it with others. "I have found I enjoy exercising with others, so I have joined two running clubs in my community which I run with on two weeknights. This adds to the social aspects of exercise and helps me keep motivated and accountable." 8 We (Try to) Sleep Enough "As a 49-year-old physician, there are several things I try to do in order to live healthier and longer. Getting enough sleep is crucial, and I aim to get at least 6 hours a night," says Dr. Monique May, a physician. (Most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours.) 9 Check Your Pee "I also stay well-hydrated by drinking enough water each day so that my urine is clear and not dark yellow," admits Dr. May. "The amount of water I drink can vary depending on how much exercise I have done for the day, so I go by the color of my urine as a good indicator. Also, when I feel hungry I drink water. If I drink water before I eat I do not eat as much, and it prevents thirst. By the time one feels thirsty, he or she is actually already dehydrated, so one should drink when they feel hunger to prevent that." 10 Kickbox "I also exercise at least 3-5 times a week, and do a variety of activities, such as spin class, yoga, and kickboxing. I also like to dance as well," says Dr. May. 11 Cut Back on Meat "Eating right is key, and I have recently incorporated more fruits and vegetables in my diet as I cut down on my meat intake," says Dr. May. "I still have to have a juicy burger every now and then!" 12 Know The Dangers of Weight Gain "There are so many diseases that arise with an increased body mass that maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to longevity," says Dr. Thanu Jey, Clinic Director at Yorkville Sports Medicine Clinic. "Extra weight also puts a substantial burden on your joints causing earlier joint problems like arthritis—wear and tear—and tendonitis." 13 Stretch Consistently "Stretching your muscles helps keep you flexible and mobile, which helps prevent many compensatory injuries," says Dr. Jay. "Stretching increases blood circulation, joint health, mobility, balance and much more that'll help you live a longer, happier life." 14 Get Extra Oxygen "I have been utilizing my Hyperbaric Chamber which increases the volume of oxygen absorption by increasing atmospheric pressure," says Dr. Rudy Gehrman, DC Executive Director and Founder of Physio Logic NYC. "It can create new blood vessels, essentially enabling new circulation and oxygen to areas that are depleted. It can reduce inflammation and speed up healing. These treatments can also help the immune system kill harmful bacteria and viruses. In simple terms, the fastest way to kill a human being (outside of trauma) is to deplete them of oxygen. What better way to reverse signs of aging than to push oxygen at a cellular level throughout your body!" 15 We Take Hot and Cold Showers "Three to four days per week I implement whole body hot and cold contrasts treatments by soaking in a hot bath to induce a fever, followed by an ice cold shower," says Dr. Rudy Gehrman, DC, Executive Director and Founder of Physio Logic NYC. "This process pumps up the lymph system which is responsible for moving inflammation causing movement of stagnant fluids through the body." 16 We Just Gotta Dance! "Ballroom dancing has been a passion of mine since college at Harvard and MIT, when I was members of ballroom dancing clubs," says Dr. Ming Wang, MD, Ph.D., an ophthalmologist in Nashville. "I still practice it today weekly and participate in local and regional championships. I find it to be a great way to relax, relieve stress, as well as stay active." 17 Bring Your Own Lunch "It can be easy with the busy routine of medicine to fall into poor eating habits," says Dr. Wang. "After all, fast food and unhealthy options are much easier to come by. I feel it is important to make conscious decisions to eat healthier. The easiest way to do this is bring my own lunch to work when I can. Because food cooked at home can generally be prepared much more healthy than what is bought from a restaurant, it is a good way to control exactly what I am eating in the correct portion. It also has another benefit of avoiding the stress that can come from trying to grab a lunch if the lunch hour is busy." 18 Never Skip Breakfast "I can single out a simple way to get started to increasing longevity: Eat a good breakfast on a regular basis," says Morton Tavel, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine. "Those who regularly consume this meal enjoy greater longevity and find it easier to maintain a lower weight. Breakfast is more apt to contain more nutritious foods such as fruit and protein. Protein also provides more persistent satiation that delays hunger and, therefore, the desire for mid-morning snacks. Protein is especially helpful, for it not only provides a lengthier sense of fullness but also burns up more energy while being digested, resulting in fewer excess net calories to deal with. Therefore, don't forget to include protein sources such as eggs, yogurt, low-fat milk, cheese, nuts, etc.,"—like the recipes in Zero Belly Breakfasts, for example—"but minimize such processed meat sources as bacon, sausage and the like, for the latter pose, in themselves, significant threats to health." 19 Wear Sunscreen "I have two tips for living a longer, healthier life," says Dr. Joshua D. Zuckerman, a plastic surgeon. "First, I wear sunscreen! Skin cancer is pervasive, and melanoma especially is aggressive and can be deadly. Photodamage (sun damage) from UV exposure is cumulative, so it's important to wear sun protection every day whether it's cold and cloudy or warm and sunny. I typically recommend higher SPF than most: 30+ for medium skin tones and 50+ for those with fair skin." Read on to hear his second tip! 20 We Keep Our Skin Tight "Second, I try to maintain a stable weight," says Dr. Zuckerman. "Whether by diet and exercise or other means, a stable weight helps an individual maintain activity levels and general life satisfaction. In addition, as we age it can be more difficult to lose weight, and losing weight can have side effects such as leaving excess skin or sag. This is due to tissues losing elasticity as we age, and once stretched beyond the limit of its elasticity, tissue cannot fully contract back down." 21 Have Dinner With the Fam "Physicians make thousands of decisions every day, answer a million questions, and work long hours. I have two strategies to live longer. One, I have dinner with my wife and kids every evening," says Dr. George Hennawi, director of the department of geriatrics at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. Read on for his second tip! 22 Bucketize Problems "Two, I categorize my decisions into buckets," says Dr. Hennawi. "One bucket is people wanting to vent—so I listen and sympathize. Another bucket is a systemic issue that needs a deeper dive and time to answer. The last bucket is an urgent matter that needs attention as soon as possible. As you may guess, a lot falls into the first category, which allows me to reduce stress and live longer, hopefully." 23 Take Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements "There are several ways we can stay healthy and live a longer, higher quality life," says Anthony Kouri, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon at the University of Toledo Medical Center. "I personally take calcium and vitamin D supplementation daily. Something that is not appreciated by many people is the effect that low calcium and vitamin D can have on us as we age. It is most common in post-menopausal women, and both genders after age 50, however it can be found in young people as well. Our peak bone density is found in the second and third decade of life, typically around age 30. Nearly 50% of all people are deficient in vitamin D, which can lead to osteopenia, osteoporosis, and has been linked to breast, prostate and colon cancers, as well as hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Many people don't feel the effects of vitamin D deficiency until it's too late." 24 We Run For Our Lives "Though any exercise is better than no exercise at all, the type of exercise makes a difference when it comes to bone health," says Dr. Kouri. "From the age of 30, we begin to lose bone mineral density. Studies have demonstrated that moderate-impact exercise is ideal for maximizing bone mineral density as we age. Moderate impact running and jogging in the elderly leads to a significant increase in bone mineral density when compared to those who do minimal activity. Preventing osteoporosis or osteopenia from occurring is the best way to avoid big, life-altering problems in the future." 25 We Are People Persons "Spend as much time with close friends and family," recommends Dr. Springer. "Loneliness is closely tied to poor health (over time) and certainly decreased longevity. It is epidemic in many areas of the world (especially the 'Western' highly developed countries) it is a killer of spirit and life, literally. Intimacy (in person!) is a great human need. This connection is vital to the health if humans and its absence is probably a major factor in the global epidemic of anxiety and depression. People with whom you can be yourself and not hold back for fear of judgement. To understand the importance, think about how you feel mentally and physically after a few hours talking or laughing or just sitting with someone close to you." 26 Like State Farm, Be a Good Neighbor—From a Respectful Social Distance "Develop a sense of ties to the community around you: this could be semi-regular block parties, clubs, service organizations, religious or spiritual groups," advises Dr. Springer. "This ties together both a sense of purpose and intimacy." 27 Stimulate Your Brain "Keep learning: whether crossword puzzles, Sudoku, a new language, instrument, or hobby—expressive ones such as art/ performance may be best," says Dr. Springer. "Again, group activities are ideal."RELATED: Simple Ways to Never Age, According to Experts 28 Check Your Hearing Leslie P. Soiles, Chief Audiologist at HearingLife, recommends visiting a hearing health center to get your ears assessed, as side effects from hearing loss can impact living a long and healthy life. Hearing problems can lead to other serious physical and mental health issues such as, balance issues, dementia, depression and Alzheimer's. 29 Don't Eat Your Kids' Leftovers "My non-obvious health tip: don't eat your children's leftovers," says Dr. Edna Ma, MD. "I grew up eating all the food from my plate before being allowed to leave the dinner table. This was probably due to our family's poor economic status at the time. My parents were first generation Chinese immigrants who grew up during China's worst famine. This aversion to food waste also deepened during my time as a Survivor (yes, the TV show!) contestant. Now that I am a parent, it's still hard for me to see food waste. As adults, our nutritional needs are different that children's. And eating their leftovers will lead to unnecessary caloric intake and weight gain." 30 Try to Love Life "Living longer isn't just a recipe to eat this, use this cream, or do crossword puzzles everyday," says Dr. Jacqueline Darna, N.M.D. "Instead longevity of life is about a state of mind. I have heard countless friends who stop doing what they love, working as a physician, and start to decline in health. Do what gives you purpose and love life. As a physician I want my patients to see I live a healthy life by example, I cycle every morning so I can enjoy food and not count calories, I don't put poisons in my body and choose natural remedies, I dance everyday (from the shower to the car), and I always look on the bright side." 31 Don't "Click to Buy Now" "The cliché is true: 'The things that you own are the things that own you,'" says Dr. Will Kirby, a board certified dermatologist and the Chief Medical Officer of LaserAway. "And no one was ever on their deathbed and said, 'I wish I spent more time buying stuff on Amazon.' So recognize that physical possessions only make you happy very temporarily while less tangible pastimes will give you a more stable, long term endorphin boost! I'm not naive enough to think that we aren't consumer but I sold my expensive car and walk it bike or use ride-sharing. I don't own an expensive watch, and I try to minimize the physical possessions I own. After all, I don't own them… they actually own me!" 32 Eat More Fiber "Fiber is an excellent way to stay healthy and lose weight" states Dr. Conrad. "People who regularly eat a lot of fiber have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, and fiber is a healthy low sugar option for diabetics. Foods high in fiber include oatmeal, flax seeds, chia seeds, broccoli and beans."RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci 33 Mentor "Contribute to society through mentorship: Humans are social creatures and for tens of thousands we worked in collective groups to benefit our cause," says Dr. Kirby. "In modern society, that has all but disappeared—we are no much more selfish and driven to only accomplish quantifiable persists. So it's my contention that one of the best things that you can do to live a long life is to find meaning and purpose by helping others in your community or profession." 34 Don't Avoid Stress "Don't avoid stress: So many people want to minimize stress for longevity but not only is stress is terribly misunderstood and it is a mistake to attempt to avoid it," says Dr. Kirby. "Many people who live though incredible hardship live a long time. And I'm not advocating monthly trips to Everest but embracing the concept that stressful events eventually pass and you often because emotionally (and even physically!) stronger following stressful events." 35 Listen to Your Spouse "I listen to my wife," says Eric Branda, AuD, PhD at Signia. "All jokes about marriage aside, many of us put the well-being of our families and significant others above our own health. Consequently, we may neglect being as attentive to our own health needs. It's important to remember that those significant others in our lives may pick up and call attention to changes in our health that we may be slower to act on." 36 See the World—When It's Safe to Do So "I personally travel to a least a new country every year alone," says Colin Zhu, DO, DipABLM of the Thrive Bites podcast. "For me, solitude gives me stress relief and balance and clarity. Also, it helps me to re-engage my five senses again. On a daily basis, it would be cooking at home. It's very therapeutic for me and also reinforces social connection especially when I cook with others!" 37 Lift "Weight-bearing exercise can help slow bone loss," says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of The Magnesium Miracle. "Putting weight on your bones by walking, running and/or lifting weights stimulates the growth of new bone. Exercise can also help keep joint cartilage healthy. Strong muscles support joints and reduce the load on them." As for yourself: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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When McDonald's added a new spicy version of Chicken McNuggets to its menu, few were left indifferent. The Spicy Chicken McNuggets that came with a side of Mighty Hot Sauce were so popular, in fact, that you may have missed out on them completely—they were sold out a mere two weeks later.But as many were secretly hoping, McDonald's has heard its fans' prayers and decided to bring back the ultra-popular limited-time offer for a second round. The company just announced in a Tweet that the Spicy McNuggets would be available again on Feb. 1, hot sauce and all. (Related: The Saddest Restaurant Closures In Your State.)And let's hope that this time around, Mickey D's is better prepared for the hordes of customers that are about to descend on their spicy nugget supplies. The news created a major hype on Twitter, with fans expressing overwhelming approval for the move.thank you so much, I'm going to spend my life savings on spicy chicken nuggets! woah— Eva | #PISSBESTIES 💿 (@EvasMellohi) January 25, 2021thank u for giving the world what we need— Kaleigh Boone (@kaleighb09) January 25, 2021The popularity of the temporary menu addition is partly due to the fact that this is the first time ever McDonald's has upgraded their iconic Chicken McNuggets with a new flavor profile."When we introduced Spicy Chicken McNuggets last year, it marked the first-ever McNugget flavor innovation since this iconic menu item was introduced in 1983," the company said in a press release.But it isn't just the nuggets people are excited about. In fact, the Mighty Hot Sauce may secretly be the real star of the show. According to the company, it is the chain's hottest available sauce and the first new dipping sauce introduced since 2017.As an added bonus, McDonald's will be running a sweet (or spicy?) nugget promotion from Feb. 2 to 6. Using the code SPICY, you'll get a free 6-piece of Spicy Chicken McNuggets when you order via DoorDash and spend at least $20.For more on all the new things happening at McDonald's this year, check out McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, just about everyone knows the symptoms to be on guard for, including cough and fever. But another thing is thing is clear: When it comes to signs of infection, there's a lot about this virus that's obscure and even downright strange. "Of all the emerging infections that I've had to deal with in the 36 years that I've been the director of the institute — starting off from HIV in the early '80s with Ebola and Zika, and anthrax attacks — this is clearly the most challenging," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the President's chief medical advisor, has said. Here are five strange signs of COVID you may not have heard about before. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 You Might Get Pinkeye In some people, coronavirus is accompanied by eye issues, including conjunctivitis (pinkeye), swollen eyelids, excessive watering and increased discharge. A study in JAMA Ophthalmology found that nearly one-third of hospitalized COVID-19 patients reported eye problems. 2 You Might Experience a Loss of Appetite According to the Mayo Clinic, COVID-19 can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, including a loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea. These symptoms might only last one day, the experts note, and in some people might appear before fever or any respiratory symptoms. 3 You May Feel Confusion "COVID-19 also has been reported to cause confusion in older people, especially those with severe infections," says the Mayo Clinic. This may be caused by the virus's tendency to cause inflammation throughout the body, including in the brain. 4 You May Notice Rashes About 20% of people with COVID-19 report skin changes, such as a red, bumpy rash; hives; or breakouts that look like chickenpox. Some people have reported rashes on their toes ("COVID toes"), which can last for months. 5 You May Experience Hair Loss Some people with COVID experience shedding of hair all over the head. Experts say this type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium, which can be caused by stress, fever, or illness. Luckily, it seems to be temporary. 6 How to Survive This Pandemic If you experience any of the Symptoms symptoms mentioned here, call a medical professional. And do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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For some people, recovering from an initial COVID-19 infection is just the beginning of their health crisis. A year after the first cases of the virus were detected in Wuhan, China, it has become clear that many struggle with Post-COVID Syndrome as a result of an infection for months on end. Some researchers—including Dr. Natalie Lambert—have made it their mission to study the disease and the long haulers who suffer from it, including the many symptoms associated with it, how long they tend to last, and even the severity of their initial infection. Here are some patient testimonials about a few key long hauler symptoms. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 You Might Have Symptoms That Keep Changing From her initial infection to the long-term symptoms she experienced for months on end as a long hauler, nurse Shauna Rankin experienced many manifestations of the virus. One of the most notable was a group of several symptoms long hauler experts refer to as "changing symptoms." In Rankin's case, she would experience six weeks of heart palpitations. Then, her blood oxygen levels would tank, and her heart would race. Next up would be brain fog, "that made everything disjointed, like when she had a concussion in high school," she told East Idaho News. According to Dr. Natalie Lambert's Long Hauler Survey, out of the many symptoms experienced, this was one of the most common and long-lasting. 2 You Might Have Tachycardia A month after being diagnosed with COVID, Travis Smith started experiencing tachycardia, a racing, pounding heartbeat. "My heart was going crazy. The only way I've been able to describe that night was, it felt like my heart was trying to tear through my rib cage," he revealed to East Idaho News, adding that he experienced it "multiple times a day and throughout the week." It got so bad, he was forced to visit a cardiologist. 3 You Might Have Brain Fog Natasha Wingerter, 36, experienced a slew of long hauler symptoms. One of the most debilitating? Brain fog. "I would go and teach for four hours on Fridays, and then the whole weekend I would be stuck in bed because it just killed me, physically and mentally and everything," she told East Idaho News. "It would take me like three hours to write an email … just because, like, it wouldn't make sense in my head." It was so bad, she was unable to work on her Ph.D. for six months. "You want to say the word ball, and you're searching for the actual word 'ball.' You can think of it in your head, the word you're trying to say. You can see it, but you can't make the connection of what the word is. You'll say, like, 'Earth.' … I keep on messing up saying, like, spoon instead of cup, still today," she described it. "It was like dealing with someone who was really hammered. You would use a similar but very different word," her partner added. "And I still do that," Wingerter said. "It's like I have a ping-pong ball in my head." 4 You Might Have Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing Shortness of breath is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. However, months after their initial diagnosis, some people are still struggling to breathe. Dan George, 43, described his experience as a long hauler with Big Sky. "My symptoms steadily got worse. The main symptoms were fatigue and low blood oxygen level," George, who was first diagnosed with COVID in October when he was admitted to the hospital with a 105 degreee temperature, explained. He was released after 10 days, then spent more than seven weeks on oxygen while recovering at home. "I've always been pretty active: an athlete and coach, do a lot of hunting out West. To have to be toting around an oxygen line, that was a little limiting," George said. Several months later, he still struggles to breathe. "When I breathe deeply, I still have a heaviness in my upper chest and I still get fatigued with strenuous activity. It's getting better every day but it is going to take time." 5 You Might Lose Your Hair or Teeth Kim Oakes contracted COVID-19 in the spring and spent several weeks in the hospital sedated and intubated. However, her health struggle wasn't over when she returned home. "My teeth went bad, and I had to have 17 teeth pulled all at once," she told Big Sky. "I had to get dentures because my teeth were gone. My hair started falling out rapidly. I don't really have a whole lot left." 6 You Will Most Likely Experience Fatigue Extreme exhaustion is one of the most common symptoms reported by long haulers. 37-year-old Kelly Hickman explained to The Seattle Times that she suffered a mild initial infection, followed by a cycle of "crushing fatigue" and brain fog so impenetrable leaving her unable to read a book or follow the plot of a movie. She was so exhausted she could barely get out of bed and was forced to quit her job for several months—and she still isn't back to normal. "Is this chronic? Is this my life now?" she asked. "I don't know and the doctors don't know." 7 You Might Suffer Respiratory Changes Months after battling an infection, James Valdez still has an occasional cough and reveals that respiratory system is affected by extreme temperature changes, such as getting in and out of his truck in frigid climes. For example, his system will be "so sensitive and dry and burning, and a minute later, I'll be stuffy," Valdez told Overdrive. "It's like I have allergy season every day."RELATED: 7 Tips You Must Follow to Avoid COVID, Say Doctors 8 You Might Lose Your Sense of Smell or Taste David Wheat is just one of many people who lost his sense of smell or taste when he was infected with COVID. And, like many long haulers, they didn't fully return. He revealed to Overdrive that his sense of taste is about 75% back, but he's lost all sense of smell. "I literally had my face a foot in front of these brakes and I couldn't smell nothing," he said, revealing that it was smoking. 9 How to Avoid Becoming a Long Hauler—and What to Do if You Are One If you experience any of the symptoms you've just read about, contact a medical professional immediately. To avoid catching COVID and becoming a long hauler yourself, follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
If the $4.99 rotisserie chicken from Costco is a favorite at your house, you're not alone—the grocery chain sold 101 million in 2020, CEO Craig Jelinek said recently.In a virtual shareholder meeting, Jelinek recapped the year for Costco, detailing new warehouses, new delivery methods, the most popular items of the year, and what customers can look forward to in 2021. Meat sales in general went up 21% in a year heavily weighed down by a global pandemic, according to Winsight Grocery Business. (Related: Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According to Experts.)But the rotisserie chicken has been a popular item people have in their carts at Costco for a while. Before 2018, 60 million were sold, according to NPR. So even though it's actually a loss leader for the company, meaning the under $5 price is below market value, it's still an important asset in the warehouse.Even with that low price—which hasn't changed since 2009—Costco was able to officially open a chicken processing plant, hatchery, and feed mill in Fremont, Neb. in 2020. It can process more than 2 million chickens per week. Good thing, since every time the bell rings at the Costco deli, that probably means a new batch is ready.Like the rotisserie chickens, the food court is a big income driver for Costco. Winsight Grocery Business says last year 151 million hot dog and soda combos were sold all over the world. Not to worry, though, because like the chicken, this $1.50 deal hasn't changed in price, and never will.To get all the latest Costco and grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!
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