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Since the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, health experts have been attempting to determine why exactly, becoming infected with the virus proves deadly for some, while others show mild or even no symptoms. Over the last several months, they have pinpointed a variety of risk factors, ranging from age to heart health. Now, according to researchers from the NHS and Imperial College London, there is another preexisting condition that can heavily influence your death risk if infected with the coronavirus. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.Obese People Are Twice as Likely to Die From COVID-19One study claims that people who suffer from the coronavirus who have Type 2 diabetes—the most common form of diabetes—are twice as likely to die than those who do not suffer from diabetes. Those with Type 1 diabetes—the autoimmune form of diabetes—fare worse if infected. According to the study they are more than three-and-a-half times more likely to die. In total, researchers found that one-third of all COVID-19 deaths have one thing in common—diabetes. Furthermore, those who are also severely obese, with a body mass index (BMI) above 40, are twice as likely to die than those who were obese or normal weight. "This research shows the extent of the risk of coronavirus for people with diabetes and the different risks for those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes," Prof Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England's national clinical director for diabetes and obesity and the study's lead author, said. "Importantly, it also shows that higher blood glucose levels and obesity further increase the risk in both types of diabetes."In other words, lifestyle choices can strongly influence your death risk when it comes to the highly infectious virus. "This can be worrying news but we would like to reassure people that the NHS is here for anyone with concerns about diabetes—and has put extra measures in place to help people and keep them safe, including online sites to support people to care for themselves, digital consultations, and a dedicated new helpline for advice and support for people treated with insulin."RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study FindsBut You Can "Prevent or Delay" ItA previous study conducted by researchers at Wuhan Union Hospital published in the journal Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews, established a link between people with diabetes who contract COVID-19, and severe illness. Researchers found that patients who had diabetes but no other serious health problems were "more susceptible to an inflammatory storm eventually leading to rapid deterioration of COVID‐19." This being at a "higher risk of severe pneumonia, release of tissue injury-related enzymes, excessive uncontrolled inflammation responses, and dysregulation of glucose metabolism" compared to patients without diabetes.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.2 million people of all ages—or 10.5% of the US population—have diabetes. The percentage of adults with diabetes increases with age, reaching 26.8% among those aged 65 years or older. The government health agency also points out that you can "prevent or delay" Type 2 diabetes even if you are genetically predisposed and at high risk via "proven, achievable lifestyle changes." 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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One of the biggest issues in slowing the spread of COVID-19 is that the highly infectious virus can be very difficult to identify. Not only do infections range in severity, with some people remaining completely asymptomatic while others end up fighting for their lives on respirators, but symptoms differ from person-to-person. If you are wondering if you have already been infected with COVID-19 without even knowing it, you aren't alone. We asked a few of the top MDs in the country to share insight regarding some of the signs that could signify you've already had COVID. (Remember: if you've had it, you're not necessarily immune!) Read on, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID. 1 You Are Feeling Lingering Fatigue If you have been feeling abnormally exhausted lately, it could be a sign you were previously infected with COVID-19. "A percentage of patients infected with COVID-19 are now reporting lingering symptoms, with the most common symptom being fatigue," Kathleen Jordan, MD, SVP of Medical Affairs at Tia and an infectious disease specialist, explains to Eat This, Not That! Health. "They likely incurred infection in the earlier months of 2020 when testing availability was sporadic and reserved for the most severely ill patients in many instances, so may not have had access to testing to confirm the acute diagnosis of COVID-19." 2 You Are Experiencing Shortness of Breath Shortness of breath is one of the most common COVID symptoms. However, if you have been experiencing difficulty breathing for an extended period of time, Dr. Jordan points out that you could be a long hauler. "While there is no formal definition of a 'long hauler' it is a term usually referring to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or very likely to have been infected by it, and has not returned to their pre-COVID level of health after several months," she explains. 3 You Have a Chronic Cough If your cough won't quit, it could be a sign you are suffering from long-term COVID, explains Dr. Jordan.RELATED: Unhealthiest Habits on the Planet, According to Doctors 4 You Feel Tightness in Your Chest Tightness in your chest could be another sign you were previously infected with COVID, says Dr. Jordan. 5 Your Body Has Been Aching Body aches are a common sign of an infection. However, if you are still experiencing them weeks after an illness it could signify a previous COVID infection, per Dr. Jordan. 6 You Have Been Experiencing Diarrhea Diarrhea could be a result of something you ate. However, it can also be a sign of a previous coronavirus infection, according to Dr. Jordan. RELATED: This is the #1 Way You'll Get COVID, According to Doctors 7 You Have Difficulty Concentrating One of the most common signs of long-term COVID according to sufferers and Dr. Jordan, is a difficulty concentrating. 8 You Test Positive for Antibodies "Antibody tests can be helpful to look for laboratory evidence of infection and help decipher the etiology of these chronic symptoms," explains Dr. Jordan. However, there is a catch. "There are people with symptoms consistent with being a long hauler with no laboratory evidence of an antigen test, nor antibody evidence of past infection," she points out. 9 If You Previously Suffered an Illness with the Following Symptoms Shirin Peters, MD, Founder of the Bethany Medical Clinic in New York, points out that if you have been sick in the last 11 months and experienced symptoms including fever and dry cough lasting about 1-2 weeks, diarrhea, headache, loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath at the same time and maybe longer, and/or fatigue at the same time and maybe longer, you may have been infected with COVID-19. RELATED: 7 Side Effects of Wearing a Face Mask 10 Remember, Even If You Had COVID, You Aren't Immune But keep in mind: even if you have already recovered from the virus, it isn't guaranteed that you won't catch it again. If you experience any of these conditions, it may or may not be COVID-19—contact a medical professional immediately. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss our special report: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order.
As coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to climb across the country, many people want to know what they can do to stop the spread of the devastating virus that has already infected more than 12 million Americans (and killed a quarter of a million). According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, if every one of us followed some simple "fundamentals," we could collectively flatten the COVID-19 curves and save lives. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said we must do these things—read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Wear a Face Mask Wear a mask and "wear it universally," Dr. Fauci said in an interview with Maria Shriver. "Sometimes it's impossible to always stay six feet from someone," he points out. "That's the reason why you wear a mask at all times." "I think that there should be universal wearing of masks," he told the New York Times this week. And with host Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, Dr. Fauci was over the moon about a new study. "I mean, obviously—if you put a mask on, you prevent the exhaling of droplets that would infect others," he said. "So it's very clear that you are protecting someone and their mask is protecting you." So what's the new news? "Recent data has now shown the added benefit [is that the mask protects] you from droplets and virus that's coming your way. So it's a two-way street in that the benefit of masks, right now, as people examine more and more of the data, it's very clear that it is very helpful." 2 Continue Social Distancing "Physical distancing is one of the most important things in addition and complementary to a mask," Fauci points out. "So when you're out, you can do many things and still maintain a six-foot physical distance." 3 Avoid Crowds "Avoid congregate settings, says Dr. Fauci, who has been advising against crowds since March. He says this is truer than ever this Thanksgiving week. "The travel, the congregate setting, not wearing masks—the chances are that you will see a surge superimposed upon a surge," Fauci warned. "What we're doing now is going to be reflected two, three weeks from now." 4 Stop Going to Bars Fauci has repeatedly warned that Americans should consider one place a no-go zone: Bars. "Bars: really not good, really not good. Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really have got to stop that," he said in a June 30 Senate hearing, and it still applies. "We should close the bars until we get this under control," he asserts. 5 Order Takeout—or at Least Sit Outdoors at Restaurants When it comes to dining, Dr. Fauci maintains that restaurants can not be operating at full capacity. "When you have restaurants, limit the seating of indoor restaurants," he says. He also emphasizes that "outdoor [dining] is always better than indoor." He says he would not set foot in a restaurant at this time, and instead orders takeout.RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 6 Prioritize Personal Hygiene Don't forget about personal hygiene. "Just wash your hands," Fauci orders. It can be a quick fix: Instead of wiping down every single shopping bag, for example, he says, "I do have a bag that I bring into my house. Instead of worrying about the bag, I'll open the bag, and then I'll just wash my hands thoroughly, which is what you should do." Do it for 20 seconds each time. 7 Do Things Outdoors More Than Indoors The evidence has shown that "outdoor is always better than indoor if you want to do any kind of a function," Dr. Fauci said. That goes for family functions also. "People have to make their individual choice, particularly who you have in your home," Fauci explained. "Are they vulnerable people? Are they elderly? Are they people with underlying conditions? Unless you absolutely know that you're not infected," he warns about the potential implications of being indoors with others, specifically, "if you want to have people who are going to be flying in from a place that has a lot of infection, you're going to an airport that might be crowded, you're on a plane," he continued. "There are many people who are not going to want to take that risk."RELATED: 7 Side Effects of Wearing a Face Mask 8 Fauci Says Don't Despair With a vaccine to come, starting next month for high-risk patients, Fauci says: "The cavalry is coming but don't put your weapons down, you better keep fighting because they are not here yet. Help is on the way, but it isn't here yet….So to me, that is more of an incentive of, 'Please don't give up. Don't despair, the end is in sight,' as opposed to: 'Hey, we are good to go, don't worry about anything.' We are not good to go. We have got to continue to double down on public health measures," he added.As for yourself: Follow his advice, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
A survey conducted by Dr. Natalie Lambert of Indiana University School of Medicine and Survivor Corps analyzed the long-term experiences COVID-19 survivors are having with the virus. The COVID-19 'Long Hauler' Symptoms Survey Report identified 98 long-lasting symptoms. "We're learning that once you get rid of the virus in a certain proportion of people, they still can not necessarily feel normal for variable periods of time," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, in a Q&A with the Washington Post on Monday. Read on to discover the top 15 symptoms from the survey—and also don't miss this essential list of the Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 15 Diarrhea 506 People Surveyed Reported This SymptomThis one was even more common than a respiratory problem for some patients. "Diarrhea was the most common GI manifestation of COVID-19 and the first symptom of COVID-19," in an analysis from Wuhan, China, where the virus began. 14 Heart Palpitations 509 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"The virus can harm the heart, and doctors are concerned about long-term damage," reports Science Mag. "How the heart heals after COVID-19 could help determine whether a patient develops an irregular heartbeat." 13 Joint Pain 566 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"If you're experiencing joint pain, it may be caused by inflammation in your body. Inflammation attacks joint tissues, causing fluid in your joints, swelling, muscle damage, and more," says Penn Medicine orthopedic surgeon, Christopher S. Travers, MD. "There are a few ways to manage inflammation in your joints from home. Just remember the useful acronym, R.I.C.E.: rest, ice, compression, and elevation." 12 Cough 577 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"The most prominent symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and fatigue, and you may feel like you have a cold or flu. Cough is present in about half of infected patients," reports Science Alert. "Considering that COVID-19 irritates lung tissue, the cough is dry and persistent. It is accompanied with shortness of breath and muscle pain. As disease progresses, the lung tissue is filled with fluid and you may feel even more short of breath as your body struggles to get enough oxygen." 11 Persistent Chest Pain or Pressure 609 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"Chest pain also can be the result of a cardiac issue or due to a non-cardiac cause, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a muscle or skeletal problem in the chest, or even a symptom of COVID-19," reports Practical Pain Management. 10 Dizziness 656 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"Loss of smell, dizziness, and rash are among the symptoms of COVID-19 that people may miss," reports Healthline. 9 Memory Problems 714 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"Because COVID-19 involves a massive release of inflammatory signals, the impact of this disease on memory is particularly interesting to me," writes Natalie C. Tronson, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan. "That is because there are both short-term effects on cognition (delirium), and the potential for long-lasting changes in memory, attention and cognition." 8 Anxiety 746 People Surveyed Reported This SymptomNearly half of Americans (48%) are anxious about the possibility of getting coronavirus, COVID-19, and nearly four in ten Americans (40%) are anxious about becoming seriously ill or dying from coronavirus, but far more Americans (62%) are anxious about the possibility of family and loved ones getting coronavirus," according to a poll conducted by the American Psychiatric Association. 7 Difficulty Sleeping 782 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"Sleep neurologists are reporting increased sleep disturbances and the misuse of sleep medications in people recovering from COVID-19 and people whose lives have been beset by fear and social isolation," reports Neurology Today. "Neurologists who specialize in sleep disorders are seeing an increase in sleep disorders associated with COVID-19, a surge they're terming 'COVID-somnia.'" 6 Headache 902 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"From the most recently available data," says Dr. Sandhya Mehla, a headache specialist with the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, "it is estimated that headache is a symptom of COVID-19 in about 13 percent of patients with COVID-19. It is the fifth most common COVID-19 symptom after fever, cough, muscle aches and trouble breathing." 5 Inability to Exercise or Be Active 916 People Surveyed Reported This SymptomAccording to a study published in JAMA Cardiology, researchers recommend that patients who suffered from severe cases of COVID-19 wait at least two weeks before resuming light exercise. Some can't.RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 4 Difficulty Concentrating or Focusing 924 People Surveyed Reported This SymptomSays the Advisory Board: "Up to one-third of people who had Covid-19 report lingering neurological and psychological symptoms due to the disease, ranging from numb limbs to a mental slowness some people are calling 'Covid fog'—a finding that 'reflect[s] a growing consensus that the disease can have lasting impact on the brain,' Elizabeth Cooney reports for STAT News." 3 Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing 924 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"Shortness of breath refers to unexpectedly feeling out of breath, or winded. But when should you worry about shortness of breath? There are many examples of temporary shortness of breath that are not worrisome. For example, if you feel very anxious, it's common to get short of breath and then it goes away when you calm down," reports Harvard Health. "However, if you find that you are ever breathing harder or having trouble getting air each time you exert yourself, you always need to call your doctor. That was true before we had the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and it will still be true after it is over." 2 Muscle or Body Aches 1,048 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"The inflammation that aggravates our muscles when we're fighting off an infection typically lasts a lot longer than soreness caused by physical exertion; even if they feel similar to each other at first," reports The Ladders. "When our immune system becomes stimulated we become more attuned to its activity. By and large, pains caused by our adaptive immune response persist for about two weeks. The physical manifestations of this are often sharp and incapacitating." And for "long haulers," they can last for months.RELATED: 7 Side Effects of Wearing a Face Mask 1 Fatigue 1,567 People Surveyed Reported This Symptom"A chronic disease, ME/CFS"—that's chronic fatigue syndrome—"can last for decades. It often takes root following some form of viral infection, for instance, Epstein-Barr virus or Ross River virus. The novel coronavirus is just one more virus that can potentially trigger the onset of this debilitating condition," reports CNN. "It's extraordinary how many people have a postviral syndrome that's very strikingly similar to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease specialist.If you experience any of these conditions, it may or may not be COVID-19—contact a medical professional immediately. 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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