Larry King continues to battle COVID-19, but he’s out of the ICU. That’s the update a source close to the family shared with NBC News about the renowned broadcaster.
Larry King continues to battle COVID-19, but he’s out of the ICU. That’s the update a source close to the family shared with NBC News about the renowned broadcaster.
For a certain generation of TV viewers, Larry King, whose death at age 87 was confirmed Saturday morning, will always be the go-to guy for interviews with notable newsmakers—the man hosted a show called Larry King Now up until he died. Earlier this month, he made headlines himself, for an all-too-familiar reason: King had been hospitalized with COVID-19. King was what experts would call "high risk" because of medical issues like diabetes, and a history of lung cancer and heart attacks. How to know if you might be infected? 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've Lost Your Sense of Taste or Smell Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has called this a "telltale" sign of COVID-19, because it's so unusual. According to Harvard Health: "Our findings indicate that the novel coronavirus changes the sense of smell in patients not by directly infecting neurons but by affecting the function of supporting cells," said senior study author Sandeep Robert Datta, associate professor of neurobiology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS. 2 You Have a Fever A temperature of 100.4 degrees of higher can be a cause for concern; fever is often the first symptom of COVID-19, although it may not necessarily appear. "In my case, I'm 69 years old," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson told Fox News of his bout with coronavirus. "I know a lot of people think I don't look that old, but I am, and I have a number of comorbidities. Because of the comorbidities, I couldn't mount an appropriate antibody response and I deteriorated very rapidly," he said. "Fevers, chills, couldn't even keep water down, aches coughing respiratory problems….I think we need to emphasize that there are certain people in our society who are vulnerable," he said. 3 You Have a Cough—Especially a Dry Cough A COVID cough does not traditionally produce phlegm. The NHS also says a warning sign is "coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual." 4 You Have Muscle Aches COVID can cause aches and pains in your muscles, tendons and joints. You may remember King's fellow talk show host Ellen DeGeneres described "bad" back pain. "One thing they don't tell you is you get, somehow, excruciating back pain," the talk show host said in the video. "Didn't know that was a symptom, but I talked to some other people—back pain."RELATED: 7 Tips You Must Follow to Avoid COVID, Say Doctors 5 The Symptoms Go On "People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness," says the CDC. "Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:Fever or chillsCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFatigueMuscle or body achesHeadacheNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrheaThis list does not include all possible symptoms." Contact your medical professional if you have any of the symptoms you've read about here, get tested if you do, 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.
Avocados are referred to as a superfood for a reason—these powerhouses contain so many of the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy.Many of us already know that avocados hold a host of health benefits and have been shown to lower your risk of certain life-threatening diseases, increase your good cholesterol levels (HDL), and even improve your eyesight. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)Now, scientists have uncovered another potential benefit of this healthy food. A new study led by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine revealed that diets rich in the oleic acid, (which is found in various foods including avocados, olives, nuts, and cheese, for example) can help fight the effects of multiple sclerosis.The effects of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that damages the brain and spinal cord, can be mediated by the T cells in your immune system, Yale explains. These T cells can be activated by the presence of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid abundant in avocado as well as other foods such as nuts and olive oil.Conversely, the lack of this fatty acid can leave your T cells inactive, causing the immune system to attack your body. The researchers found that when they introduced oleic acid in vitro, they saw higher levels of the T cells needed to suppress dangerous symptoms associated with MS.Of course, this doesn't mean that by simply eating enough avocado, you can be totally safe from the autoimmune disease—or even fully manage symptoms if you already have it.As senior author David Hafler, MD, FANA, of the Yale School of Medicine, tells Eat This, Not That!, "We can't make recommendations based on these in vitro experiments, other than to say that a healthy diet, with low saturated fats and low salt…is probably a good idea. We plan to investigate in the future whether a diet rich in oleic acid changes immune function."Still, it's a promising sign—there may be a connection between the oleic acid you eat in various foods and the way your T cells combat the disease.For more science-backed nutritional recommendations for suppressing the effects of MS, check out The Foods To Eat and Avoid If You Have an Autoimmune Disease.
As soon as lockdown lifted and states started reopening, the question on most people's minds was the same: What are the riskiest places when it comes to potential COVID-19 infection? Nonprofit journalism outlet CivicMeter conducted a survey of 27 epidemiologists, asking them to rate the risk of contracting COVID-19 at each venue in the United States on a scale of 1-10. Whether you prefer the hair salon, church, your local watering hole, or your local Target store, you might be surprised how your go-to locales rank—click through to find out. And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Outside Gatherings (Socially Distanced) Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 3.73The least risky activity on the list is outside gathering where social distancing is maintained. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading coronavirus expert, has always maintained that "Outdoors is better than indoors." Recently, he even encouraged people to "get outdoors and interact" while wearing their masks and social distancing. 2 Hotels Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 4.42While many people worry about lodging in a hotel during the coronavirus pandemic, it is relatively safe. To make sure your overnight stay is as safe as possible, the CDC recommends making sure the hotel requires people to wear a mask, promotes social distancing, is using online or contactless reservations and check-in as well as contactless payment, and maintains enhanced cleaning procedures. 3 Restaurants (Outdoor Seating) Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 4.62If you feel the need to eat out, make sure your meal is al fresco. "If you're going to go to a restaurant, try as best as you can to have outdoor seating that is properly spaced between the tables," Dr. Fauci recently suggested in an interview with MarketWatch. 4 Museums Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 4.81Feeling like taking a stroll through a museum? According to the epidemiologists surveyed, it is one of the least likely activities to result in a coronavirus infection—although there is still risk. 5 Public Bathrooms Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 4.85While flushing a toilet can theoretically splatter tiny virus droplets around a room in the form of feces, you aren't very likely to get infected via that way. However, research has established that the most likely way you will come into contact with the virus is via others who are sharing the space with you. 6 Stores Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 5.0While going to the store was a big concern in the beginning of the pandemic, there have been few cases linked to shopping excursions. Even Dr. Fauci goes grocery shopping. "I do physically go to the grocery store, but I wear a mask and keep my distance. I usually go at odd times," he recently told The Washington Post. To stay safe, the CDC recommends following their usual protocol: wear a mask, stay six feet apart from other shoppers, and practice hand hygiene. 7 Offices Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 5.27Returning to work at an office doesn't come without risk, which is why many companies—including Google—have opted to keep theirs closed. Everything from ventilation inside of an office to the density of employees in the space can impact coronavirus risk in the office setting, according to the CDC. 8 Taxi/Uber (With Windows Down) Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 5.27If you need to get around, your best bet is taking a taxi or an Uber instead of public transportation. While it isn't risk free, at least you can avoid being close to strangers. However, the CDC does recommend making ventilation a priority. "Ask the driver to improve the ventilation in the vehicle if possible—for example, by opening the windows or setting the air ventilation/air conditioning on non-recirculation mode," they say. Also, avoid pooled rides, touching any surfaces, and make sure to sanitize your hands. 9 Salons Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 5.35While the safest way to get a cut and color is in the comfort of your home, salons aren't the worst place you can be during the pandemic. In fact, according to a report published by the CDC two symptomatic stylists exposed 139 clients to the virus without infecting anyone—likely due to the simple fact they were wearing masks. 10 Public Transportation (Socially Distanced) Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 5.54Should you hop on the subway, a train, or another form of public transportation? While getting from point A to point B isn't as risky as getting on an airplane, experts do encourage social distancing to reduce your chances of infection. "During travel, try to keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) from people who are not in your household—for example, when you are waiting at a bus station or selecting seats on a train," the CDC explains. They also suggest practicing diligent hand hygiene and avoiding touching any surfaces during the ride. 11 Schools Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 5.64How safe are schools when it comes to coronavirus? Depends on who you ask. Whether or not to reopen schools for in-person learning has been a controversial topic amongst educators, health experts, politicians, and parents. And, according to the doctors surveyed, the risk of catching the virus in an educational setting is pretty much dead center amongst other places. Dr. Anthony Fauci has said: "Close the bars, open the schools." 12 Hospitals Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 6.24While it might seem as though hospitals are hot zones for coronavirus infection, they are actually safer than many other places due to strictly enforced protocol. 13 Airplane Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 6.65You won't find Dr. Fauci flying the friendly skies anytime soon. "I don't fancy seeing myself getting infected, which is a risk when you're getting on a plane, particularly with the amount of infection that's going on right now," he recently told MarketWatch. However, due to how air circulates and is filtered on a plane, it isn't the virus in the air you should be worrying about. "Social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19," explains the CDC. 14 Airports Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 6.73While most people are more afraid of catching coronavirus on an airplane, airports are actually riskier. "Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces," the CDC points out. 15 Outside Gatherings (Not Socially Distanced) Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 7.38Outdoors might be better than indoors. However, if you aren't socially distancing you are putting yourself at a serious risk. Several of these types of social situations across the country — ranging from family barbecues to graduation parties have been linked to large outbreaks. 16 Gyms Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 7.50Fauci recently told The Washington Post that he would not visit a gym at this point—and most epidemiologists agree. A CDC study early in the pandemic found that certain types of workout situations are riskier than others when it comes to viral transmission. While many people opted to return to their favorite fitness studios, there have been virus outbreaks reported, including a recent one in California. 17 Outdoor Stadiums for Large Events Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 7.54"I put stadiums in the same category as rock concerts. Even probably higher perhaps than nursing homes and jails and cruise ships. They're similar because they're all congregate settings," Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, told WCCO. What this means is that there are a lot of noses and mouths close to other noses and mouths. Additionally, these kinds of settings can involve alcohol. "All of the sudden you lose your inhibitions. The way I talk about stadiums, when I talk with my colleagues, it's almost like an adult pre-school. It's not pre-school in a pejorative way, it's we have wild abandon, we're free to enjoy each other's company. It's that communal aspect," he said. 18 Restaurants (Indoor Seating) Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 7.54Dr. Fauci recently told MarketWatch to avoid indoor eating altogether. When asked if outdoor dining was really safer than indoor, he had no qualms about laying down the law. "Yes, absolutely. Indoors is much worse than outdoors," Dr. Fauci replied. 19 Indoor Theaters/Churches Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 8.15Churches have emerged as some of the most dangerous places for coronavirus. Not only do most services take place indoors, but involve a lot of speaking, shouting, and singing—as which makes for the easy spread of infected respiratory droplets. According to The New York Times, over 650 cases have been linked to nearly 40 churches and religious events across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic. 20 Nursing Homes Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 8.73When it comes to COVID, nursing homes are hot zones for the virus. According to statistics, more than 40 percent of all COVID-related deaths have been linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities and the CDC maintains populations in these types of residences are at a higher risk. 21 And the #1 Worst Place You Could Go is To….Bars Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 8.85The first venue to tie for the riskiest place for coronavirus is your local watering hole. "Congregation at a bar inside is bad news," Dr. Fauci recently stated. "We really got to stop that. Right now." A number of large outbreaks across the world have been tied to bars and nightclubs, places which make social distancing nearly impossible. RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci 22 Also Tying for Worst: Jails/Prisons Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 8.85Who would have ever thought that bars could be just as dangerous as jails and prisons? However, when it comes to coronavirus, the two are equally as risky. A number of large outbreaks have been linked to jails and prisons, due to the close proximity of those residing in them. "Incarcerated/detained persons live, work, eat, study, and participate in activities within congregate environments, heightening the potential for SARS-CoV-2 to spread once introduced," the CDC explains. 23 How to Stay Safe During COVID-19 No matter where you live: Wear your 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.
The coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 410,000 Americans, and that doesn't even count those who caught the virus and never got better, still suffering from Long COVID. In fact, these "long haulers" may never get better, and remain a shell of their former selves, tortured by a series of never-ending and ever-changing symptoms that debilitate them, with no cure yet available. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has witnessed Long COVID first hand and wants you to know: "This is a phenomenon that is really quite real and quite extensive." Read on to hear about one sure sign you may have it—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. You Might Feel Like You Have Myalgic EncephalomyelitisDr. Fauci has said that the effects of Long COVID are new and need further research—but that it resembles an existing syndrome. "You don't want to be scaring people and alarming them, but they really should know that we don't know what the long-term consequences are, even when it looks like a routine infection," Dr. Fauci told Medscape in July. "We better be careful. Even after you clear the virus, there are postviral symptoms. I know, because I follow on the phone a lot of people who call me up and talk about their course. And it's extraordinary how many people have a postviral syndrome that's very strikingly similar to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. They just don't get back to normal energy or normal feeling of good health."The other symptoms he has listed include myalgia—which are body aches and pains—and headaches, among others.RELATED: 7 Tips You Must Follow to Avoid COVID, Say DoctorsWhat is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis?A syndrome misunderstood by even some doctors, "ME/CFS is a multi-system disease that causes profound metabolic dysfunction and is accompanied by physical and cognitive limitations," according to the experts at #MEAction. Hallmark symptoms include:Post-Exertional Malaise, which #MEAction defines as "a reduction in functioning and a severe worsening of symptoms after even minimal physical or cognitive exertion."Unrefreshing SleepHeadaches of a New Type or SeverityCognitive Symptoms—some call this "brain fog," which Dr. Fauci calls an "inability to concentrate"And More."People experience symptoms on a spectrum from severe to mild, but 75 percent of people with the disease are unable to work and 25 percent are homebound or bedridden," according to #MEAction. "Based on past viral outbreaks, we are expecting 10-12 percent of all people with Covid-19 will go on to develop ME/CFS.""Unfortunately, we are still far away from a cure," Adriane Tillman, Editor of #MEAction, tells us. "The paramount problem is the abysmal lack of research funding allotted to ME/CFS by our government. The bottom line is that research funding for ME/CFS is absurdly deficient. If you add up all the funding that the NIH has allocated to ME/CFS research over the past two decades, it wouldn't even reach the total amount that the NIH should be spending in one year on ME/CFS based on the disease burden (the number of people who are sick and the effect on the quality-of-life)."Dr. Fauci has alluded to more research being done "now" on Long COVID, but no specifics have been mentioned. "It's essential for us to learn all we can about how SARS-CoV-2, which is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, leads to such widespread symptoms," wrote National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins last week. "It's also essential that we develop ways to better treat or prevent these symptoms. The NIH held a workshop last month to summarize what is known and fill in key gaps in our knowledge about Long COVID syndrome, which is clinically known as post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). In December, Congress authorized funding for continued research on PASC, including an appropriation of funds for NIH to support continued study of these prolonged health consequences."ME/CFS-like symptoms are also being studied in Post-COVID care centers at hospitals like Mt. Sinai. But we're still at the "tip of the iceberg," according to one scientist. "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, at the NIH workshop, which also included Dr. Fauci.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Be Back to "Normal"What to Do if You Feel You Have Myalgic EncephalomyelitisContact a medical professional if you feel you have Long COVID or ME/CFS. Note that they are likely to treat your symptoms but are still learning to understand both ME/CFS and Long COVID. Also, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. "The pathway to recovery or diagnosis for COVID-19 long haulers will not be uniform," reports #MEAction. "Some long haulers will recover, a subset will go on to develop chronic illnesses like ME/CFS or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and some will have long-term consequences due to organ damage alone. Some long haulers are reporting symptoms that resemble ME/CFS, including post-exertional malaise, as well as cognitive challenges and sleep issues." For the full list of 98 symptoms that COVID long haulers say they have suffered (not all are ME/CFS), don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
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You probably know that what you eat can have a huge impact on your mood. Considering the fact that 90% of serotonin receptors are located in the gut, it's no wonder that some gut-healthy foods can be real mood-boosters, while others can put a real damper on your day. Now, researchers have determined the number one food most likely to put you in a bad mood, and the Homer Simpsons of the world are going to be seriously disappointed.A study commissioned by the natural food brand Kallo and conducted by market research company OnePoll, asked 2,000 adults in the United Kingdom which foods or beverages have the most positive impact on their emotions, and which have the most negative. It turns out that the single worst food for your mood, according to the poll, is donuts.RELATED: Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According to ExpertsMaybe it's because we tend to eat them in the morning, with a whole day in front of us to experience the resulting sugar crash. Maybe it's the combination of simple carbs and heavy oils, two well-known gut health disruptors. Either way, if you're like most people, you're generally going to want to skip the run to Dunkin' if you want to feel your best.Many of the other bad mood–causing foods on the list are somewhat predictable. The silver and bronze go to alcohol and soft drinks respectively, with energy drinks coming in fourth place. Most of the foods on the list beyond that are highly processed meals and snacks, full of simple carbs and saturated fats which can cause inflammation, sluggishness, indigestion, and other negative physical side effects.When it comes to mood-improving foods and drinks, the study finds that coffee is the number one choice, with dark chocolate coming in second place, and grapes in third. For more foods that will help you live your best, happiest life, check out our 13 Mood-Boosting Snacks to Make Your Day Better.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest food and health news delivered straight to your inbox.
By now, you likely know that one of the first—and most unusual—signs of the unusual disease known as COVID-19 is a loss of the sense of smell (anosmia). A new study has found there may be an unusual—and thus, perfectly modern—way to measure its spread: Through Amazon reviews of a particular product.First, about that loss of smell being an indicator of coronavirus: An analysis of studies found that 77% of coronavirus patients reported a loss of smell when they were first tested for COVID-19 and that it was one of the earliest signs of the disease. Another study found that loss of smell was a more reliable indicator of COVID-19 than better-known symptoms such as fever and cough. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.Why COVID causes loss of smellScientists aren't sure why COVID-19 causes anosmia, but some theories are shaping up. "We have been researching this data for less than a year. Still, so far, it suggests that the primary attack of the coronavirus is in the nose, in the nasal epithelium, which is the skinlike layer of cells in charge of expressing odors," says Dr. Leo Nissola, MD. "It seems like the virus assaults support cells and stem cells in the nose."He adds: "These cells maintain the balance and signal the brain. In some patients, when infected with COVID, that balance is disrupted, and that leads to a shutdown of neuronal signaling, and therefore of smell. The cells also provide support to sustain the cilia on the nose where receptors that detect odors are located. If the virus disrupts those cilia, you lose the ability to smell."A July CDC study determined that this symptom lasts eight days, on average, but some people can experience it for weeks. RELATED: 7 Tips You Must Follow to Avoid COVID, Say DoctorsAmazon reviews = diagnostic tool?And as for diagnosis via Amazon: A study of Amazon reviews of scented candles may correlate to COVID-19's spread. According to the Washington Post, a Harvard researcher looked at Amazon reviews and ratings of scented versus unscented candles from 2017 to 2020, finding that buyer satisfaction with scented candles dropped off more precipitously than that of unscented candles and seemed to correlate with surges of coronavirus. Apparently, more buyers complained about scented candles having no scent, or an unsatisfactory one. "Negative reviews spiked during the pandemic's first wave in the spring, dropped off during the summer and are surging again as the country shatters records for new infections," the Post reported this week.As 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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The keto diet has long been touted as one of the best ways to lose fat, and while that may be true, a new study shows that there may be even better ways to shed pounds and cut your consumption. Research published in Nature Medicine examined both the keto diet and a plant-based, low-fat diet to see which is more effective, and the results might just surprise you.The study was led by a scientist at the National Institutes of Health named Kevin Hall. Hall took a group of 20 people and put half on a keto diet, which is a low-carb, high-fat diet, and he put half of the people on a high-carb, low-fat, plant-based diet. They all stuck with their designated diet for two weeks and then switched to the other one. This way, Hall was able to get the results of every subject for both diets to truly see which worked better for consumption, insulin levels, and fat loss overall.RELATED: 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually WorkAt the end of the study, Hall found that those on the low-fat diet had a larger cut in consumption: By about 700 calories per day, on average. On keto, the drop was closer to 300 calories a day. Hall also noted that the low-fat diet led to a little bit more fat loss than keto, but it was minimal. However, the study was only for a short period of time, so it's a bit unclear how much more fat could have been lost during a longer period of time.Hall primarily wanted to look at the insulin levels of the subjects, which he shared with The Washington Post. As The Post pointed out, your body processes carbs with insulin, and when you cut carbs, as you do on the keto diet, it affects your body's insulin level. In this study, Hall found that while the low-fat diet did cut down on consumption, he told The Post, the subjects' insulin levels were "through the roof." (Related: Is the Keto Diet Safe? The Real Risks and Rewards of Going Ultra-Low Carb)Every diet will work differently for every body, and if you're looking to make a lifestyle change to lose fat or trim some inches, your best bet is to work with your healthcare provider to figure out what will work best for you. While a keto diet is effective in helping people lose weight, it may not be the best choice for you, and it's certainly not a long-term diet. Thanks to this study, we now know a low-fat diet can be just as effective, if not more so, in helping you lose fat.As always, studies are constantly being done on all these diets, and scientists and researchers are learning more and more about them every day. For more health news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter.
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