Host William Lou recaps the Toronto Raptors' 115-102 win over the Orlando Magic.
- Three stars: Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Yuta Watanabe/DeAndre' Bembry
- Gerald Henderson award: Dwayne Bacon
Host William Lou recaps the Toronto Raptors' 115-102 win over the Orlando Magic.
- Three stars: Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Yuta Watanabe/DeAndre' Bembry
- Gerald Henderson award: Dwayne Bacon
Certain coronavirus restrictions are relaxing, even as new mutations threaten to cause more cases. In case you are curious about whether or not it is now safe to return to your go-to haunts, the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force and Committee on Infectious Diseases have created a ranking of activities on their risk level for COVID-19. “The levels are based on input from the physician members of the task force and the committee, who worked from the assumption that–no matter the activity–participants were taking as many safety precautions as they can,” they explain. Read on to find out 8 places they warn against going even if they are open—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Eating at a Buffet—Risky Buffets used to be incredibly popular eating establishments. However, over the last decade they have been slowly diminishing as concerns about hygiene and the spreading of germs have surfaced. Over the course of the pandemic, most establishments have done away with their salad bars and buffets for good reason—COVID-19 can be spread via infected droplets, that can travel from a person and into food. If you do happen to come across a buffet, it is probably best to avoid it to stay on the safe side. 2 Working Out at a Gym—Risky There has been quite a bit of controversy about whether working out in gyms during the pandemic is a good idea. While exercise is an important component of health—both mental and physical—most experts share the concern that shared workout spaces provide the perfect type of situation for the virus to spread. For one, social distancing can be tricky in a gym, making it possible for direct person-to-person transmission. Additionally, if equipment isn’t properly disinfected between every use and people fail to practice recommended hand hygiene, the virus could also live on surfaces and spread that way. 3 Going to an Amusement Park—Risky Amusement parks are great fun for the entire family, but according to the Texas Medical Association, they are pretty risky for COVID-19 spread. Obviously, the degree of riskiness depends on various factors, including whether they are indoor or outside. Regardless, before you go, make sure they are following the recommended COVID protocol, requiring masks, limiting the number of guests, and making sure common spaces—including lines—maintain social distancing. 4 Going to a Movie Theater—Risky Movie theaters were one of the first types of establishments to shut down during the pandemic, as they check off many of the “danger zone” boxes seeing as though they are generally indoor, involve a large group of people in a small space, and shared surfaces. A less risky way to see a movie? Head to a drive in or take advantage of a theater’s “private showing” policies, where you can rent out the entire theater for your family. The AMC chain offers private shows as low as $99. 5 Attending a Large Music Concert—Very Risky Since March 2020, there have been very opportunities to take in live music in a group setting. Unfortunately, any time a large number of people congregate, there is ample opportunity for a super spreader event. 6 Going to a Sports Stadium—Very Risky Similar to large music concerts, sports stadiums are also very risky for COVID transmission. Stadiums that are offering fans an opportunity to cheer on their favorite team are doing so in a much more limited fashion, only allowing a specific number of people, maintaining social distancing, and requiring the use of face masks. 7 Attending a Large Religious Service—Very Risky While religion is an important part of life for millions of Americans, worshipping in a group setting is one of the most dangerous activities according to experts. This is due to shared surfaces, the likelihood of expressing virus particles via singing, shouting, and talking, and the close proximity of worshippers. In fact, these types of large religious services have been linked to a number of super spreader events and the deaths of many people. 8 Going to a Bar—Very Risky Time and again, health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci—has warned that bars are incredibly conducive to COVID-19 spread. In addition to social distancing being nearly impossible in these types of settings, most people aren’t wearing masks in bars because they are drinking—making it incredibly easy for the virus to spread. RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci 9 How to Stay Safe No Matter Where You Live Follow the public health 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.
As Texas rolls back restrictions to open up “100%” of businesses, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says, wait! “We continued to see troubling signs and the trajectory of the pandemic among us with the most recent declines in cases and deaths continuing to show signs of stalling,” she said at Wednesday’s White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing. President Joe Biden was more direct: “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask and forget it,” he told reporters at the White House. “It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science.” Read on to hear more of Walensky’s warning—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 The CDC Chief Said the Variants Are Reaching More People “We knew this could happen as variants emerged and reach more people and more communities, but we can still reduce their impact,” said Dr. Walensky. “The most recent seven day average of cases, 66,000, is an increase of 3.5% from the prior seven days. The most recent seven day average of deaths also increased 2.2% from the previous seven days to now slightly more than 2,000 deaths per day. Today,” she continues, “we are at a critical nexus in the pandemic so much can turn in the next few weeks. On the one hand cases in the country are leveling off at rates just on the cusp of potential to resurge and the B117 hyper-transmissible variant looms ready to hijack our successes to date.” 2 The CDC Chief Warned That Fatigue May Be Winning “Stamina has worn thin,” said Dr. Walensky. “Fatigue is winning and the exact measures we have taken to stop the pandemic are now too often being flagrantly ignored”—she was likely speaking of Texas there—“all the while, we are just on the verge of capitalizing on the culmination of a historic scientific success—the ability to vaccinate the country in just a matter of three or four more months.” 3 The CDC Chief Says You’re in Control of the Pandemic “How this plays out is up to us,” said Dr. Walensky. “The next three months are pivotal. I'm asking you to reach deeply to protect our nation's health and to protect your loved ones, whether they're mandated or not as individuals and as communities, we can still take the right public health action to protect ourselves and others wearing a well-fitting mask, avoiding travel and crowds, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene. Now more than ever, we must do all we can to stop the spread of the virus.” 4 The CDC Chief Implored That You Get Vaccinated ASAP “We now have a third safe and highly effective vaccine following the emergency use authorization by the FDA,” said Dr. Walensky of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine. “We saw footage of the first dose is being administered yesterday. This is a remarkable achievement with the additional vaccine. More vaccine doses are making their ways into communities, making it possible for more people to get vaccinated and protected from COVID-19. And because this vaccine is a single shot and it's easier to store and transport, we can provide vaccines in more communities and mobile sites.” Get yours ASAP, she implored.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 5 How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic “Wash your hands, hot water. Do it frequently, wear a mask and stay socially distanced. And I know you all know that. I wish the heck some of our elected officials knew it,” said Biden. So follow the public health 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.
You have received the COVID-19 vaccine, so you might be wondering when life can go back to normal. In other words, when will you be able to attend sporting events, go to social gatherings, and walk around without a mask. During an interview with Ian Bremmer on his show, GZERO, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discussed what you can do after you are vaccinated. Read on to hear what he had to say—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 Things Aren’t Going to Change Overnight You might be vaccinated, but what you are going to be able to do isn’t going to change overnight, according to Dr. Fauci. “It'll change gradually because you want to accumulate data to make sure there are two elements here: you yourself, and the danger to you. If you're vaccinated versus what is outside in the dynamics of the outbreak outside of your own individual situation,” he explained. In other words, if you are in the minority of the people who have been vaccinated, and there are still a lot of active COVID-19 cases, “what you can do outside, what society will allow you to do, just because you're vaccinated restaurants are not going to open, ball games are not going to be played necessarily. So what you're going to be able to do is really going to be reflective of what your own degree of safety, what you yourself can do,” he said. 2 The CDC Will Be Issuing Guidance Soon To clearly answer this question, the CDC will soon issue guidance. “What we're going to be trying to do very soon, I hope, is to come out with some specific statements about ‘If you are in this category, this is what you likely can do.’ But right now, the way things are right now, given the degree of infection and the dynamics of the virus in the community, that's the reason why we say you still have to wear a mask.” 3 And, Even Though You Are Vaccinated, You Might Be Able to Spread COVID to Others He also pointed out that while you might be protected from the virus, you might still be able to spread it to others. “Even though you're vaccinated, because you could get infected, not know it, and be completely without symptoms because the vaccine is preventing you from getting symptoms, but you can have virus in your nasal pharynx and then inadvertently and innocently, pass it on to someone else who’s not vaccinated. That's the problem we’re facing,” he continued. 4 Normal Could Return Sooner Rather Than Later Dr. Fauci believes that “normal” could be right around the corner. “I hope it's soon,” he said. “I hope it's within the matter of several weeks to a month or more. So when you start to get really a larger proportion of the population vaccinated, people are going to say more and more, ‘Hey, wait a minute. What can I do? And what can I do now that I'm vaccinated. It's a very reasonable question."RELATED: If You Feel This You May Have Already Had COVID Says Dr. Fauci 5 How to Stay Safe in the Meantime So 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.
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: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 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.
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Don't "declare victory" over COVID-19 just yet—the number of daily infections is still too high, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, on Wednesday. New infections in the U.S. have declined sharply from their early-January peak. But the decline has leveled off in recent days, stalling at slightly above 60,000 cases. At the same time, a number of coronavirus variants are making inroads in several states, including one identified last week that began in New York City. Read on for his warning—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. "Let's Not Declare Victory," Warned Dr. Fauci"Let's not declare victory yet, right?" said Fauci in an interview with Wired. "You don't want the decline that we're seeing to plateau at an unreasonably high level. Right now, the level of daily infections is somewhere between 60,000 and 70,000 a day. That's absolutely too high a level to be acceptable."Fauci had previously said that an acceptable daily baseline would be 10,000 or less."I don't want to be a downer on all of this," he said. "But you've got to continue to practice public health measures until the level of infection goes way, way down."RELATED: If You Feel This You May Have Already Had COVID Says Dr. FauciVaccinations and Public Health Measures Key, He SaysAnd vaccinate in high numbers."There is a tenet in biology that viruses do not mutate unless you give them the opportunity to replicate," said Fauci. "The easiest way to prevent the spread in the community is to vaccinate as many people as possible at the same time that you stick to the public health measures of wearing masks, of avoiding close contact, of avoiding congregate settings."Vaccinations have ramped up significantly in recent weeks—an average of 1.9 million shots are now being administered daily nationwide. But health officials are in a race against a mutating virus whose offshoots are more contagious and seem to reduce the effectiveness of both vaccines and monoclonal antibodies, one of the few treatments for severe cases of COVID-19."It is our task now to, as quickly and as expeditiously as possible, get as many people vaccinated as we can, in a very organized, quick, and efficient manner," said Fauci. "When you do that, you suppress the virus enough that the threat diminishes and diminishes and diminishes."RELATED: 10 COVID Symptoms You Haven’t Heard AboutHow 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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