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As COVID-19 cases rise and temperatures fall, stockpiling season is officially in full swing. A new customer survey released by Deloitte this month found that tons of grocery shoppers are buying up far more food items than they actually need. According to store owners, there's been a sharp uptick in sales for meats, frozen pizzas, baking foods, and all sorts of dry goods. Canned foods, meanwhile, remain in high demand. A poll conducted by LendingTree found that canned goods rank high among the items consumers are snatching up at the grocery store right now.But there's at least one particular canned good that's even harder to find than others: Canned corn. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, there are several reasons that this pantry staple is suddenly in short supply. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)For starters, the corn that's grown specifically for the purposes of being canned is a very "small portion of the U.S. crop." It's only harvested once a year, and it's usually canned "right after the harvest in late summer, and that yield is the entire supply for the year." The number of farmers who specialize in canned corn for canned-good giants such as Del Monte and Green Giant is also quite small. According to the Journal, the previous surge in demand for canned goods after the coronavirus led "retailers [to] quickly [blow] through inventories."That's not all. The report cites supply chain issues as another driving force in the current scarcity of canned corn, noting that the trucking companies who distribute such goods downsized their fleets last year in an effort to boost their profits, which left the haulers in a bad position to meet the new surge in demand earlier this year.In other words: For canned corn, the coronavirus was something of a perfect storm, as suppliers didn't have enough supply, distributors didn't have a full force, and canning season—when stocks could be replenished—fell at the end of summer. Though canned-corn brands say they're going to boost production by 25 percent this year, it doesn't change the fact that you're unlikely to find it in abundance on stores shelves right now. And for more amazing shopping advice, make sure you read up on The Dirtiest Thing in the Grocery Store You Should Definitely Avoid!
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Pumpkin Spice Latte season is already in full swing and all kinds of restaurants have their own version, and grocery stores are running out of pumpkin. And a new deep-dive shows a "pumpkin spice tax" is costing customers more.Compared to non-pumpkin items, 80 pumpkin product prices are up almost 9%, according to MagnifyMoney. The site took a look at pumpkin products from Amazon Fresh, FreshDirect, Target, Trader Joe's, Walmart, and Whole Foods. They found what they call a "pumpkin spice tax" that raises the price of the seasonal item by up to 175.1%.The biggest difference between a pumpkin product and the regular version is Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value pumpkin spice cheesecake sandwich cremes that cost $3.99 and the 365 Everyday Value chocolate sandwich cremes that are only $2.99.Look at the cost per ounce and you'll see the drastic price increase. The regular chocolate sandwich cremes cost $0.15 per ounce. The pumpkin spice cheesecake sandwich cremes cost $0.41 per ounce. (For more on grocery prices and availability, here are the 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)At Target, the David all-natural roasted&salted pumpkin seeds are 103.2% more expensive than the David original salted&roasted sunflower seeds. The original sunflower seeds cost $1.39 and the pumpkin seeds cost $2.69.The counterpart to Trader Joe's tomato basil marinara, the Autumnal harvest creamy pasta sauce, costs 102.8% more. The original costs $1.79, or $0.07 an ounce, and the fall-themed version costs $3.49, or $0.14 an ounce.MagnifyMoney found no exact basis for the price increases, but it does note that some places, like Dunkin and McDonald's, charge the same, or nearly the same amount for their pumpkin-themed menu items. The same can't be said for Tim Horton's and Starbucks, though. Because of the "pumpkin spice tax," a PSL can cost you up to 20% more there.Some pumpkin products at these places actually cost less. The Paleonola grain-free original granola at Whole Foods is 20% more expensive than the Paleonola grain-free pumpkin pie granola. Target's Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix is $2.49. But the Betty Crocker pumpkin spice cookie mix is only $1.99. For the full list of products and their prices, here's MagnifyMoney's official list.One way to not pay more for pumpkin-themed foods this year is to make your own! Here are 30 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes.
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While the coronavirus case and death counts rise, many of those afflicted survive—but are damaged, potentially beyond repair. "Despite the high mortality seen among hospitalised patients, many have survived, with little known about the medium-to-long term effects of COVID19 after discharge," write the authors of a new study from Oxford University. "Although predominantly a respiratory illness, emerging data suggests that multiorgan injury is common, particularly in those with moderate to severe infections." Here are the symptoms that can last months after contracting the virus. Read on for the key takeaways, and don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Breathlessness Sixty-four percent of patients studied experienced "symptoms of significant breathlessness." This echos previous research. CNN had reported last month that "researchers from the Academic Respiratory Unit of the North Bristol NHS Trust in the UK looked at 110 Covid-19 patients, whose illnesses required hospital stays for a median of five days between March 30 and June 3. Twelve weeks after patients were released from the hospital, 74% of them reported symptoms, including breathlessness and excessive fatigue." 2 Fatigue Fifty-five percent of patients studied "complained of fatigue." "If you talk to a significant number of people, they will tell you that, for anywhere from weeks to months and possibly longer, that they have symptoms that are characterized by fatigue," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, told 60 Minutes on Sunday. Fauci calls the symptoms "highly suggestive" of Chronic fatigue syndrome, also called CFS, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, a debilitating syndrome that causes fatigue, migraines and other inflammatory symptoms—for which there is currently no cure. 3 Anxiety and Depression "Patients were more likely to report symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety and depression and a significant impairment in all domains of quality of life compared to controls." Needless to say, the symptoms can cause mental distress, but experts also believe COVID can infect the brain, causing delirium.RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to Get 4 Exercise Limitation "Exercise tolerance (maximal oxygen consumption and ventilatory efficiency on CPET) and six-minute walk distance were significantly reduced in patients," say the new study's authors. "The extent of extra-pulmonary MRI abnormalities and exercise tolerance correlated with serum markers of ongoing inflammation and severity of acute illness." 5 Abnormalities in Multiple Organs Says the study: "On MRI, tissue signal abnormalities were seen in the lungs (60%), heart (26%), liver (10%) and kidneys (29%) of patients. COVID-19 patients also exhibited tissue changes in the thalamus, posterior thalamic radiations and sagittal stratum on brain MRI and demonstrated impaired cognitive performance, specifically in the executive and visuospatial domain relative to controls." Dr. Fauci has also warned of cardiovascular damage.RELATED: 11 COVID Symptoms No One Talks About But Should 6 Final Word From the Doctors "A significant proportion of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital experience ongoing symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, anxiety, depression and exercise limitation at 2-3 months from disease-onset," they write. "Persistent lung and extra-pulmonary organ MRI findings are common. In COVID-19 survivors, chronic inflammation may underlie multiorgan abnormalities and contribute to impaired quality of life." If you experienced any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately—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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There are a lot of reasons we all know and love Walmart. Perhaps your favorite is the variety of items available (pick up a beer fridge, lemon Oreos, and even an engagement ring on their website). Or maybe you love all the things Walmart does that doesn't involve grocery shopping — like hosting free events and delivering COVID-19 tests right to your doorstep. Or maybe it's because of another perk like online ordering. If this is it, you're in luck! A new study ranks Walmart as the top grocery store in the U.S. for its curbside and delivery services.To understand which chains have the best buy-online-pickup-in-store methods, the survey from a research firm called Ipsos polls 2,000 customers. They are asked about how much they use curbside and delivery. In addition, the survey asks about the types of products available and whether or not the customers like it. Those scores are combined with the results of 150 secret shopping trips the researchers make to each store, according to Supermarket News. (Before your next shopping trip, take a look at the list of 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)Walmart delivery beat places like Target, Kroger, Aldi, and more to take the top spot in the grocery retail category. Good signage, grocery pickup areas at almost 90% of the stores customers and researchers visited, and easy online navigation are among the reasons why.A separate category for grocery delivery ranks chains for accuracy, notifications, and more. H-E-B, Whole Foods Market, and Aldi ranked in the top three. Sam's Club, part of the Walmart brand, took the top spot in the curbside grocery service category. This is thanks to marked parking lot spots at every store visited. Kroger was one spot behind because of quick service.The study is great for grocery store chains to see what aspects of online orders they can improve on. However, it's also helpful for customers looking for quick, safe, and easy service. In order to take advantage of Walmart's top-rated delivery, here are 15 store hacks so you get the best deals.For more grocery store news delivered straight to your email inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter!
Despite rosy pronouncements in some corners that "we're turning a corner" in the battle against coronavirus, many scientists used the weekend to warn Americans with cold hard facts: Things are about to get worse, with rising rases, rising hospitalizations and, therefore, possibly more deaths. Read on for the key takeaways, and don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. When Will COVID-19 Go Away?Dr. Michael Osterholm, an American epidemiologist, regents professor, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, went on Meet the Press with host Chuck Todd to dispute the fact that we're close to ending the pandemic. "We're not really telling the complete story," he said. "We do have vaccines and therapeutics coming down the pike. But when you actually look at the time period for that, the next six-to-12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic. Vaccines will not become available in any meaningful way until early to third quarter of next year. And even then, half of the U.S. population, at this point, is skeptical of even taking the vaccine. So what we have right now is a major problem in messaging. You know, people don't know what to believe. And that's one of our huge challenges going forward, is we've got to get the message to the public that reflects the science and reflects reality."He pointed to rising cases as proof of a communications problem."Right now, what we're about to go into, Chuck — when I was on this show last on September 13th, we had 33,000 cases reported that day. You may recall I warned that we were going to see a very dark fall. Friday, we had 70,000 cases, matching the largest number we had seen back during the really serious peak in July," he said. "That number, we're going to blow right through that. And between now and the holidays, we will see numbers much, much larger than even the 67,000 to 75,000 cases. No one has a good story about what to do there. And what I mean by a story, this is more than just science. This is bringing people together to understand, why are we doing this? This is an FDR Fireside Chat approach. And we're just not doing that."RELATED: 11 Symptoms of COVID You Never Want to GetAzar Has a Similar Message—With More OptimismOn the same show, Alex Azar, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, appeared to alert Americans about the surge—and how to stop it.Todd asked: "Who is leading the public health policy discussions on the federal government level," calling it "confusing right now," and Azar answered "the President" but called himself his emissary with a message we should all heed: "What matters right now is the message that we're trying to get across, which is: Cases are increasing. Cases are increasing and we're seeing this happen because we're getting colder weather and we're losing that natural social distancing that happens from being out of doors. And people are getting tired. The American people have given so much. We're seeing mitigation fatigue right now.""Please," continued Azar, "my message to the American people, please practice those three W's. Wash your hands, watch your distance, wear your face coverings when you can't watch your distance. Stay out of settings where you can't do those things. And really, please, Chuck, tell your viewers: be mindful of those indoor household gatherings. Just because you're related to someone or friends with someone doesn't mean you can't transmit or get transmitted to." So practice those fundamentals, to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says there's never been a disease he's seen that's quite as unpredictable and adaptable as coronavirus. That's evidenced by the pervasive way it infects you, but also in the symptoms it produces. Fauci mentioned some of the longest-lasting symptoms on last night's 60 Minutes. Read on for the key takeaways, and don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Fatigue Fatigue is the #1 most commonly reported symptom in a survey of "long haulers"—those who suffer symptoms for months after shedding the COVID virus. "If you talk to a significant number of people, they will tell you that, for anywhere from weeks to months and possibly longer, that they have symptoms that are characterized by fatigue," said Fauci. "This is something we really need to seriously look at because it very well might be a post-viral syndrome associated with COVID-19," he said at July's International AIDS Conference. In fact, Fauci calls the symptoms "highly suggestive" of Chronic fatigue syndrome, also called CFS, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, a debilitating syndrome that causes fatigue, migraines and other inflammatory symptoms—for which there is currently no cure. 2 Brain Fog "…which really means the difficulty concentrating," said Dr. Fauci on 60 Minutes. Here's more from the New York Times: "It's becoming known as Covid brain fog: troubling cognitive symptoms that can include memory loss, confusion, difficulty focusing, dizziness and grasping for everyday words. Increasingly, Covid survivors say brain fog is impairing their ability to work and function normally." 'There are thousands of people who have that,' said Dr. Igor Koralnik, chief of neuro-infectious disease at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, who has already seen hundreds of survivors at a post-Covid clinic he leads. 'The impact on the work force that's affected is going to be significant.'"RELATED: I'm a Doctor and This Vitamin May Reduce Your COVID Risk 3 Cardiovascular Abnormalities "The other thing that we're seeing that's a bit disturbing is that the degree of cardiovascular abnormalities by scans and by other diagnostics tests," said Dr. Fauci. "It may be insignificant, but I don't know that now." 4 Dr. Fauci Begs You to Wear Your Mask Fauci feels the proof of the effectiveness of masks to prevent COVID spread is in the data—and pointed to the President getting sick as a data point. "I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask. When I saw that on TV, I said, 'Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come outta that, that's gotta be a problem.' And then sure enough, it turned out to be a superspreader event."RELATED: 11 COVID Symptoms No One Talks About But Should 5 How to Avoid COVID-19 Observe Fauci's fundamentals: Wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with, practice good hand hygiene and, to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.