Since its founding in Ypsilanti, Mich. in the early 1960s, Domino's Pizza has grown to be the largest pizza chain in the United States and a major player in the international fast-food scene, with more than 17,000 locations spread across more than 90 countries, according to data from Investopedia.It is also the #1 pizza chain in America based on revenue. For most of last year, Domino's managed to pull off the impossible—increase their year-over-year sales during the pandemic, when most food service businesses were struggling. In Q3, the company had seen a whopping 17.5% increase in sales, marking a decades-long record for the company. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)But the pizza giant's ambitions are even greater, as the brand is looking to become "a dominant No. 1," according to CFO Stu Levy. And indeed the company has plans to do just that in coming years, eyeing a rapid expansion in both domestic and international markets.As of late last year, Domino's Pizza had 6,239 locations in the United States, but according to company research, the domestic market is far from saturated, and the company sees room for a total of 8,000 Domino's restaurants across America.On the international scene, Domino's currently has approximately 8,550 stores, but is confident that number can be expanded to some 13,750 in the coming years, an increase of about 5,200 locations.In some markets, the plans for expansion are relatively modest. For example, Japan already has about 740 Domino's stores to which the company hopes to add some 260 for a total of 1,000 Japanese locations. In others, such as France, Germany, or China, the company sees an opportunity for hundreds of new locations."If you look longer term, we fully expect a market like China, at some point, [is] going to be our second-largest market behind the U.S.," said Levy.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
Hy-Vee has already done so much in helping customers get COVID-19 tests, and starting Jan. 18, the grocery store chain will be doing even more. Starting that day, more than 250 store locations will start offering fingerstick rapid COVID antibody testing in their pharmacies.The antibody testing is designed to tell a person if they've already had COVID-19 at some point (perhaps unknowingly), and by opting for the rapid testing functionality, Hy-Vee pharmacies will be able to tell customers their results in as quickly as 15 minutes.Hy-Vee cautions customers, though, to be aware that this specific fingerstick test is specifically designed for antibodies and that not only should you not come into the store if you feel COVID-19 symptoms but also this test won't tell you whether or not you have the novel coronavirus at all. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)To get a rapid COVID antibody test at Hy-Vee, you have to make an appointment online first here. The tests cost $25 at Hy-Vee pharmacies and results will be shared with you the same day. Testing is available in all eight states where you can find Hy-Vee stores: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.Hy-Vee has steadily been expanding its COVID-19 efforts to assist the public. They began with drive-up testing last summer before adding the rapid COVID-19 testing at many locations. Just recently, they started administering the vaccine, and now they're taking on antibody testing. They join other grocers, like Kroger and Publix, in making COVID-19 resources as available as possible to consumers.According to Supermarket News, Hy-Vee is also expanding the workforce in the stores' pharmacies to ensure they have enough employees to properly assist the public. They've reportedly committed to hiring an additional 1,000 pharmacy technicians across its nearly 300 locations.Get more details on all the testing options at Hy-Vee on their website and schedule your appointment there as well. Most locations are starting the rapid antibody testing on Jan. 18, though hours and availability may vary.For more health news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter.
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There is a new, more transmissible COVID in America, and it's part of the reason death tolls are hurtling past 400,000. "We're taking it really very seriously," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said of the new variant. Although it may not make you more sick, it will make more people sick, Fauci warned Sunday on Meet the Press: "The more cases you have, the more hospitalizations are going to happen. The more hospitalizations you have, the more deaths you're going to have." That's why we need to "double down," he told host Chuck Todd, on these key ways to avoid COVID-19. Read on to see 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 the Easiest Way to Avoid COVID is to Get Vaccinated ASAP "The easiest way to evade this negative effect of these new isolates is to just when the vaccine becomes available, people should get vaccinated," says Dr. Fauci. "Boy, if ever there was a clarion call for people to put aside vaccine hesitancy. If we can get the overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated, we'd be in very good shape and could beat even the mutant." Keep reading for four more essential tips from Fauci. 2 Dr. Fauci Says Everyone Must Wear a Mask A mask protects you from getting COVID-19 and also from spreading COVID-19, according to the CDC. Joe Biden will ask every American to wear a mask at least during the first 100 days of his presidency, which starts January 20th. "Be very compulsive, as the President-elect says, at least for the first hundred days, and maybe more—everybody wear a mask," Fauci told Todd. 3 Dr. Fauci Says "Keep the Distance" You'll still need to stay six feet away from others, even as the vaccine is rolled out. "The vaccine availability will go a giant step to controlling the infection, but you're not going to completely eradicate it or eliminate it," Fauci has said. "The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus." The CDC and WHO recommend following these precautions: Keep 6 feet (2 meters) of distance between yourself and people outside your household."RELATED: 7 Tips You Must Follow to Avoid COVID, Say Doctors 4 Dr. Fauci Says "Avoid the Congregate Settings" The virus does not spread on its own. It needs humans to infect. That's why group settings are so dangerous, be they in a bar ("Avoid bars," Fauci has said) or in your own home, where you're hosting people you don't shelter with. Gatherings like that—over the holidays—are fueling the current surge. "I can just say, it doesn't matter who you are, where you are—when you have congregate settings, particularly indoors, when people are not wearing masks, that is a considerable risk for acquisition and spread of infection. No matter what the circumstance is, that is a risk," Fauci told ABC News. 5 Dr. Fauci Has Said Don't Slack on Washing Your Hands Every expert agrees: "Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol," according to the Mayo Clinic. So please do that, 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.
Alongside the nearly 400,000 Americans who have died of coronavirus are those who got the virus and lived—but are maimed by it, their lives ruined. They are called Long Haulers and they suffer Long COVID, or Post-COVID Syndrome, and it happens to an estimated 10% or more of those who get the virus. Now, a new study in The Lancet has been published, aiming to "describe the long-term health consequences of patients with COVID-19 who have been discharged from hospital and investigate the associated risk factors, in particular disease severity," measuring the consequences after six months. Read on to see if you have any of the symptoms, ranked here from less common to most common—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 17 You May Have a Low-Grade Fever <1% Suffered ThisSome Long Haulers have a consistent fever; temperature fluctuations are not uncommon, as your body thinks it's still fighting the virus. "The degree of temperature elevation might reflect the severity of inflammation," reports a study in Critical Care. 16 You May Have a Headache 2% Suffered ThisRunner and Long Hauler Natalie Hakala "described having a rapid heart rate, brain fog, and consistent headaches unlike any headache she's had before," reports Runner's World. "One sign" she was doing better was that "she can finish her sentences now. Just a few weeks ago, she would have to stop after a few words to catch her breath." 15 You May Have Myalgia '2% Suffered ThisDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has mentioned myalgia is a common Long Hauler symptom. "Myalgia describes muscle aches and pain, which can involve ligaments, tendons and fascia, the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones and organs," according to Johns Hopkins. 14 You May Have a Skin Rash 3% Suffered This"The skin is really a window into how the body is working overall, so the fact that we could visually see persistent inflammation in long-hauler patients is particularly fascinating and gives us a chance to explore what's going on," Freeman told Medscape Medical News. "It certainly makes sense to me, knowing what we know about other organ systems, that there might be some long-lasting inflammation" in the skin as well. 13 You May Have a Sore Throat or a Difficulty Swallowing 4% Suffered ThisUSA Today tells the story of Diane Matikowski, 61, "a school nurse from Wallingford, Connecticut. Matikowski said she was exhausted for more than three months. Her symptoms also included sore throat, loss of smell and taste, leg cramps and twitches, fevers, a rash, hair loss and memory issues." "I would be watching something on TV and couldn't remember what happened in the last scene," she said. 12 You May Have Chest Pain 5% Suffered ThisThis could be a heart issue; many Long Haulers have heart damage. Or an inflammatory issue, like costochondritis. Or it could be a lung issue. "Marina Oshana's antibody test showed that the nasty flu-like illness she had back in February was actually COVID-19," reports FOX40. "My chest started to hurt and I couldn't breathe and I thought, 'This is not right,'" Oshana told the news channel. Now, "I get just out of breath almost immediately," she said. 11 You May Have Diarrhea or Vomiting 5% Suffered ThisCanadian Long Hauler Lauren Nichols has had it rough: "By mid-April, the previously healthy 120 pound 32-year-old with no pre-existing conditions developed walking pneumonia, experienced continued gastrointestinal symptoms, and developed hand tremors in her left hand and numbness in her left foot that lasted two months," reports Healthing.ca. "After four straight months of nausea, vertigo, and constant diarrhea, she'd lost 12 pounds." 10 You May Have Dizziness 6% Suffered This"Long haulers also have commonly described neurologic symptoms that include dizziness, headache, loss of smell or taste, etc. Carlos del Rio, at Emory University School of Medicine, wrote in a review that while stroke is not commonly reported acutely with COVID, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), seizures and 'brain fog' have been described several months post initial infection," reports Scientific American. 9 You May Have a Taste Disorder 7% Suffered This"Among the peculiar and alarming symptoms reported by individuals, who experts call long-haulers, are early signs of Parkinson's disease, scaly skin rashes and unpleasant tastes in their mouths," reports the Miami Herald. Many have lost their sense of taste and, for some, it may never come back. 8 You May Have a Decreased Appetite 8% Suffered ThisA decreased appetite is not uncommon, and hardly the weirdest symptom. "From my Facebook support groups I have heard laments of brain fog, dizziness, twitching eyes, GI issues, heat intolerance, migraines, nausea, neurological deficits, photosensitivity, pleurisy, poor appetite, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, tingling, yellow tongue, red toes, blue lips, bulging veins and curled fingernails," Long Hauler Lea Lane writes in Forbes. "My own symptoms now include fatigue, hoarseness, wheezing, fizzy nerves, numb limbs, leg aches, shortness of breath, varying blood pressure from very high to very low, night sweats, insomnia, and a strange buzzing in my body (I was relieved when I realized that many long-haul people also have this frightening feeling)." 7 You May Have Joint Pain 9% Suffered ThisJoint pain makes a certain amount of sense. "Most of the symptoms of COVID-19 are a result of an overactive immune system response resulting in cytokines (which are the body's anti-inflammatory cells) to indiscriminately cause inflammation and problems with many or all of the organs in the body," reports Arthritis Rheumatic Disease Specialists. "This is the same mechanism that occurs in many autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis and several other conditions." 6 You May Have Palpitations 9% Suffered ThisHeart issues are all-too-common for Long Haulers. "We absolutely see patients who are in complete recovery or near complete recovery and are thinking that they are in recovery and weeks later come down with symptoms," Dr. Hari Thanigaraj with SSM St. Clare Hospital tells KMOV4 in Chicago. "He says it is typically around 12 weeks after contracting COVID-19 that a patient may start to see symptoms of Post-COVID Syndrome. Those symptoms include dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations and leg swelling." 5 You Might Have a Smell Disorder 11% Suffered ThisLong Haulers can lose their sense of smell. Or develop an odd disorder. "People suffering from long COVID are reporting a strong smell of fish, sulphur and a sweet sickly odour, as further symptoms of the virus emerge," reports Sky News. "The unusual side-effect is known as parosmia – meaning a distortion of smell – and may be disproportionately affecting young people and healthcare workers." 4 You Might Lose Your Hair 22% Suffered ThisActress Alyssa Milano, of Charmed and Who's the Boss, is a Long Hauler who experienced hair loss. Her initial symptoms were "stomach issues," "a headache like I've never felt before in my life" and "overwhelming fatigue," she said on the Dr. Oz Show—and then she started losing her hair. "It's hard, especially when you're an actor and so much of your identity is wrapped up in those things like having long silky hair and clean skin," Milano said. She suffered "brain fog" as well. "That's when thinking clearly becomes hard," reports UC Davis Health. 3 You Might Have Difficulty Sleeping 26% Suffered This"Many people's sleep continues to be disrupted by predictable pandemic anxieties," reports the Atlantic. "But more perplexing symptoms have been arising specifically among people who have recovered from COVID-19. "We're seeing referrals from doctors because the disease itself affects the nervous system," Rachel Salas of Johns Hopkins' department of neurology tells the website. "After recovering, people report changes in attention, debilitating headaches, brain fog, muscular weakness, and, perhaps most commonly, insomnia," reports the Atlantic. 2 You are Most Likely to Have Fatigue or Muscle Weakness 63% Suffered This"Post-viral fatigue is completely different to 'normal' tiredness. As well as total exhaustion, people with post-viral fatigue feel generally unwell. It is sometimes seen among patients recovering from other viruses, such as the flu or mumps," says Dr. Sarah Jarvis, Clinical Director of Patient. "Add to this unexplained muscle and joint pain, poor concentration, sore throat, headaches and swollen lymph nodes and it's hardly surprising it can be extremely debilitating." 1 You Might Have Any One of the Symptoms You've Just Read About 76% Suffered ThisAs the new study found, Long Haulers usually have not just one symptom, but a rotating gallery of them. If you have experienced any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, contact a medical professional immediately. There is no "cure" but doctors can try their best to treat the symptoms—and to ensure you don't get sick in the future, 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.
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