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"We're not out of the woods yet" is how the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention characterized the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. "Cases are increasing right now—slightly, but they are," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a briefing by the White House COVID-19 response team. "The goal is not to open up travel because we're scaling up vaccination. The goal in those first 100 days has always been to make sure that we are in a place to be out of this pandemic. At 70,000 cases per day, we're not in that place right now.""We all need to keep our eye on the fact that we're not out of the woods here yet," she added. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease specialist, replied with one word every American should hear: "Amen." Read on to hear why both experts are warning you to be more careful than ever, despite cases recently going down—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. New Variants May End Decline in Cases, Fauci and Walensky WarnA week ago, some commentators were celebrating the news that coronavirus cases had dropped nearly 80% from their peak in January. But then, as now, health officials like Walensky and Fauci sounded a note of caution, noting that the steep decline might not last in the face of new coronavirus variants that are spreading around the country. Some of these variants seem to be more easily transmissible and may make vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapy less effective.In fact, the drop in new daily cases has plateaued, and cases have begun to tick up in recent days. On Feb. 21, the seven-day moving average was just under 64,000. On Feb. 28, a week later, it was just below 67,000.It's a far cry from the pandemic's peak: 315,179 new cases on Jan. 8. But health officials worry about the potential for another big surge, at the same time that some states have begun rolling back restrictions and some Americans are becoming lax about protective public-health measures like mask-wearing and social distancing now that vaccines are rolling out.Fauci has said that the key to stopping the pandemic is to continue with public-health measures and for as many people to be vaccinated as possible. According to the CDC, as of March 1, 25.4 million people have been fully vaccinated, about 7.7% of the total U.S. population. To reach herd immunity, the goal is 75% to 80%.RELATED: 10 COVID Symptoms You Haven’t Heard AboutDr. Fauci Has Said "Amen" to CDC Warnings BeforeIt wasn't the first time Fauci gave an "amen" to Dr. Walensky. On CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, host Dana Bash played Fauci a clip of Walensky saying: "Things are tenuous. Now is not the time to relax restrictions. We cannot get comfortable or give in to a false sense of security that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. I know people are tired. They want to get back to life to normal, but we're not there yet." Fauci was asked if the re-opening of cities is premature."Well, I mean, I amen to what Dr. Walensky said," answered Fauci, "because if you look at the curve, it's coming down sharply, but the last several days, it's kind of plateaued at around 70,000 new infections per day….It is really risky to say, 'It's over, we're on the way out. Let's pull back.' Because what we can see is that we turn up, it isn't hypothetical data because just look historically at the late winter, early spring of 2020 of the summer of 2020, when we started to pull back prematurely, we saw the rebounds."RELATED: If You Feel This You May Have Already Had COVID Says Dr. FauciHow to Survive This PandemicAs for yourself, 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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If you have an allergic reaction to your first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get the second shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. That guidance applies to both severe and non-severe allergic reactions, the CDC says on its website. The mRNA vaccines are the two-shot regimens produced by Moderna and Pfizer; they're called mRNA vaccines because they use messenger RNA to prompt the immune system to create antibodies to the coronavirus. The newly approved one-shot Johnson&Johnson vaccine is not an mRNA vaccine—it uses a weakened, harmless adenovirus to provoke an immune response. Read on to see if you should get the vaccine—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. CDC Has "Learned of Reports" of "Severe Allergic Reactions" But They Are Rare"CDC has learned of reports that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions—also known as anaphylaxis—after getting a COVID-19 vaccine," the agency says. "An allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen or if they must go to the hospital." People who have an "immediate allergic reaction" to an mRNA vaccine that is non-severe—meaning, not requiring emergency care—also should avoid the second dose. "CDC has also learned of reports that some people have experienced non-severe allergic reactions within 4 hours after getting vaccinated (known as immediate allergic reactions), such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress)," the agency says. RELATED: 10 COVID Symptoms You Haven’t Heard AboutYou May Get "COVID Arm," Which is OKAn allergic reaction is different from "COVID arm," an red, itchy, swollen, or painful rash at the site of the shot, which may begin a few days to a week after the initial vaccination. If you get "COVID arm" after an mRNA vaccine, you should still get the second shot, the CDC says. The agency advises telling the person giving you the shot that you had "COVID arm;" they may advise you to take the second shot in the other arm. "CDC does not currently know whether people who experience 'COVID arm' after the first dose will have a similar reaction after the second dose," the agency says. "However, currently available evidence suggests that having this type of reaction after the first dose does not increase your risk of having a severe allergic reaction after the second dose."Allergic reactions to the vaccine are extremely rare. In the United States through Jan. 24, there were 50 reported cases of anaphylaxis among 9,943,247 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. That works out to 5 cases of anaphylaxis per million doses administered. For the Moderna vaccine, there were 21 reported cases of anaphylaxis out of 7,581,429 doses—2.8 cases of anaphylaxis per million doses given.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to NormalHow to Stay Healthy During This PandemicAs for yourself, 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.
For the foreseeable future, masks are going to be a part of everyday life in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, not all masks are created equal. Not only are some types of protective face coverings more protective than others, but certain types of masks can even up the chances of transmission, result in negative health consequences, or even have a negative impact on the pandemic altogether. “Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains on one of their pages devoted to mask safety. They also reveal which masks should not be worn. Read on to find out if your mask is on their list—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Avoid Any Mask That Isn’t Breathable There’s a reason masks aren’t generally made out of spandex, leather, or vinyl: they aren’t breathable. The CDC suggests staying away from masks that “are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe.” 2 Avoid Valved Masks At the start of the pandemic a lot of people were rocking valved masks, with the idea that the exhaust vents would make it easier to breath. However, the CDC says not to wear any masks that have exhalation valves or vents,w”hich allow virus particles to escape.” 3 Avoid Medical Masks Sure, masks intended for medical professionals work. But, the supply needs to be reserved for them—not the general public. The CDC urges against any masks “intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators.” 4 Face Shields May Not Be So Effective A face shield might seem more comfortable than a fabric mask, but the CDC specifically deems them “not recommended” as “evaluation of face shields is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time.” 5 Avoid a Single Layer Gaiter Sure, you can wear a gaiter, but make sure it isn’t a single layer. “Wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers.”RELATED: If You Feel This You May Have Already Had COVID Says Dr. Fauci 6 Avoid a Scarf, Ski Mask, or Balaclava “Scarves, ski masks and balaclavas are not substitutes for masks,” the CDC points out. However, they do mention that you can wear them over your mask. 7 Do Your Part to Stop COVID-19 and Save Yourself Follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, 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.
The coronavirus is a terrifying disease, in that so many people are asymptomatic, while others die—and still others live, but are maimed. These latter folks, dubbed long haulers, have symptoms after shedding the virus that have lasted a year, and may last for life. And it can ruin their life. “This is a phenomenon that is really quite real and quite extensive,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said at an NIH conference last month about Post-COVID Syndrome, or Long COVID. Read on to see if you have any of the hallmark symptoms scientists have discovered—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 You Will Most Likely Have Debilitating Fatigue The most common symptom of Post-COVID Syndrome is fatigue and it won’t just feel like you’re a bit sleepy. It’s an all-consuming smackdown that takes over your body, and can resemble Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis. WNBA star Asia Durr, of the New York Liberty, has been a long hauler for eight months and may never play the game professionally again. "There's days where I feel great, like I could go out and go to the store or I could clean up," Durr told Real Sports recently. "And then there's days where I'm like, 'I just have to stay in the bed,' and you just feel like you get hit by a bus." 2 You May Have Post-Exertional Malaise Dr. Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has himself agreed Post-COVID Syndrome is like ME/CFS, and one of the hallmark symptoms of ME/CFS is post-exertional malaise. Some days you may feel OK, and venture out of the house for a long walk, or even do some exercise. Then you may pay for this 24 to 48 hours later, with crushing fatigue, migraines, nausea or other issues that can last for hours, days or weeks. This pain can be caused by stress or work, too. “Post–exertional malaise is a worsening of these symptoms after a physical or mental exertion and is considered a central feature of the illness,” says one study. 3 You May Have Shortness of Breath COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, and as a result, one feature of Post-COVID for many is a shortness of breath. “Breathlessness is a common symptom of COVID-19 (coronavirus),” reports the HSE. “Some people describe it as feeling 'puffed', 'short of breath' or 'winded'. The feeling of shortness of breath may continue for a while after your illness.” 4 You May Have Myalgia Myalgia—or muscle pains and inflammation of tissue—can appear anywhere throughout the body. “For unknown thousands, surviving the virus has evolved into an anticlimactic misery of managing its cough, its fatigue and its pain on a daily basis,” reports NBC News. “There is no precedent for how long the symptoms may last or whether they are consistent with a grimmer, separate reality — a new kind of chronic disease, birthed from the remains of the original illness.” 5 You Might Feel Nauseous or Vomit "[I had] lung pain that was just so severe," Durr said. "It felt like somebody took a long knife and was just stabbing you in your lungs each second. I woke up, two o'clock in the morning vomiting, going back and forth to the bathroom. I couldn't keep anything down." 6 You May Feel Depression or Anxiety Long haulers may experience depression because their “old lives” seem over. "That's what's really hard for me because in life whenever something was hard, I would go and play," Durr said. "I can't even do that now. I can't even shoot a free throw."RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 7 Your Symptoms Might Change “Changing Symptoms” is a common feature of Post-COVID Syndrome. One patient had a buzzing feeling in his torso—likely inflammation—and costochondritis, a pain in the rib tissue. Then he has gastro symptoms. Then he had back pain. Then he got crushing migraines. The whole time, he had fatigue. “I’ve had a lot of the long COVID symptoms. I’ve had some cardiac changes, I’ve had the rash, I’ve had shingles for six weeks, which kept moving and changing, it was very strange. I had nerve pain,” patient Delainne Bond told ABC7 in Denver. 8 You Might Have a Number of Other Symptoms, Too If you have any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional or a Center for Post-COVID Care immediately. Although there is no cure for long haulers (yet), doctors may be able to treat your symptoms. “We need to dig in and do the work that needs to be done to help relieve the suffering and stop this madness,” said Dr. Michael Saag, an infectious disease expert from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told an NIH panel last month. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
“Amen.” That’s what Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said when Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the CDC, expressed concern about COVID-19 cases and deaths. “I want to really keep our eye on the fact that our cases are increasing right now slightly,” she said. “With 70,000 cases per day, “we’re not in that” good “place right now. I think we all need to keep our eye on the fact that we’re not out of the woods here yet.” With that in mind, here’s where Dr. Fauci says you should not go. Read on—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 Avoid Travel “The goal is not to open up travel, open up things because we're scaling up vaccination,” says Dr. Walensky. She and Fauci have both said to avoid inessential travel, although Fauci has also said, to Kaiser Health News: “It depends on your individual circumstances. If you are someone who is in the highest risk category, as best as possible, don’t travel anywhere. Or if you go someplace, you have a car, you’re in your car by yourself, not getting on a crowded subway, not getting on a crowded bus or even flying in an airplane. If you’re a 25-year-old who has no underlying conditions, that’s much different.” 2 Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Bars To quote Fauci: “Bars are really problematic. I have to tell you, if you look at some of the outbreaks that we’ve seen, it’s when people go into bars, crowded bars. You know, I used to go to a bar. I used to like to sit at a bar and grab a hamburger and a beer. But when you’re at a bar, people are leaning over your shoulder to get a drink, people next to each other like this. It’s kind of fun because it’s social, but it’s not fun when this virus is in the air. So I would think that if there’s anything you want to clamp down on, for the time being, it’s bars,” he told Kaiser Health News. 3 Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Indoor Restaurants The more restaurants open indoors, the greater chance of COVID-19 spread, believes Fauci. “When you have restaurants indoors in a situation were you have a high degree of infection in the community, [and] you’re not wearing a mask, that’s a problem,” Fauci said. He said if you must dine in one, check for proper ventilation—like, open windows or proper air filters—and sit at a distance from others. 4 Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Gyms and Group Workouts “In fact, the CDC just came out—if you go on their website—with a figure that’s really telling. It shows the odds of risk of different types of situations that give you a higher risk of transmissibility,” Fauci said, and one of them was gyms. In fact, a new CDC report studied COVID spread in gyms and witnessed in one Chicago facility: "Most attendees did not wear a mask during exercise class; infrequent mask use when participating in indoor exercise classes likely contributed to transmission. In addition, the potential for infected persons to infect others between their testing date and receipt of test results reinforces the need to quarantine while waiting for a COVID-19 test result and avoid gatherings while unknowingly infectious." 5 Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Gatherings—Unless it’s a Small Get-Together In Which Every Person Has Been Vaccinated Fauci, who got the Moderna vaccine, has said he allows people who were vaccinated into his house, but rarely. "If we have someone in the house that would be a non-occupant of the house, it's somebody that we know has either been vaccinated or tests themselves very, very frequently," he said. "So we're still very careful." “Like I use the example of a daughter coming in from out of town who is doubly vaccinated and a husband and wife who are vaccinated, and maybe a next door neighbor who, you know, was vaccinated—small gatherings in the home of people. I think you can clearly feel that the relative risk is so low that you would not have to wear a mask that you can have a good social gathering within the home.” He added that the CDC will make official recommendations soon.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 6 How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic Follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, 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.
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Walmart now has 38 free new cooking videos and shows featuring some of your favorite chefs and celebs all on the Walmart Cookshop website.Of the 22 new videos are more episodes of Veggie Boost with Jamie Oliver and Over the Top with Patti LaBelle, plus Interactive Tasty, and even the Perfect Party with Sofia Vergara and her son Manolo. They join others like Set The Table With The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond), Mystery Basket, and Shortcut Chef. (Related: 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make.)Walmart Cookshop "is like watching your favorite food shows but with an easy way to purchase any needed ingredients," the company says on its website. "You control the ingredients, flavors, and outcomes while learning helpful kitchen tips as you watch."The feature launched in 2018 in a partnership with Eko to "connect with new audiences in innovative ways." It now has almost 40 episodes to choose from with hundreds of customizable experiences. Celebs host and help you cook meals you can then purchase the ingredients for right on Walmart's website via the "Shop featured recipe" link under the video. You can also save your favorite videos to watch back later and perfect the dish.If you plan to order the ingredients used in your favorite videos, good news! Approximately 3,000 Walmart Locations Now Offer Delivery Service so you won't have to leave home to have what Jamie, Sofia, or The Pioneer Woman are having!To get all the latest Walmart and other grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!
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