Medicine

What Recovery From COVID-19 Is Really Like, According To Women Who’ve Had It

For the past six months, most of our attention has been focused on how to avoid catching COVID-19, and how to help the people who do contract it survive. What’s getting less attention is what happens after you’ve recovered from the disease. But as of press time, 2,153,726 people have recovered from coronavirus. And many are experiencing unexpectedly long-lasting and intense symptoms.

“This is a very real issue,” says Paul Pottinger, MD, director of the Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine Clinic at the UW Medical Center. “Infectious disease doctors around the country have known for a long time that certain viral infections can do this. It’s not unique to COVID, which is good news — it gives me hope.”

While there are no official figures yet on how common persistent symptoms of coronavirus are, Dr. Pottinger says that one in four people who’d had the SARS-CoV-1 virus (which is similar

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The 10 Best Pillows for All Sleeping Positions

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Photo credit: Courtesy

From Popular Mechanics

As more studies release startling numbers, such as one in three American adults not getting enough sleep, the more sleep technology continues to advance. Products like sleep-tracking smartwatches and even smart beds may make it seem like you have to spend thousands to improve the quality of your Zs; however, upgrading your pillows may actually be the most underrated, relatively inexpensive method. After all, we typically spend at least one third of our time with our head on one.

According to one study by the National Sleep Foundation, only 60 percent of respondents believed that their pillows had an impact on their ability to get quality sleep, while one in four reported that they never or rarely got a good night’s sleep in the past month. The respondents also averaged using two pillows, which indicates that many may use multiple worn out pillows, instead

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People are avoiding going to the doctor

Health experts fear a surge in preventable medical problems, such as high blood pressure, because people are avoiding going to the doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic. <span class="copyright">(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Health experts fear a surge in preventable medical problems, such as high blood pressure, because people are avoiding going to the doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

These days, Los Angeles acting teacher Deryn Warren balances her pain with her fear. She’s a bladder cancer patient who broke her wrist in November. She still needs physical therapy for her wrist, and she’s months late for a cancer follow-up.

But Warren won’t go near a hospital, even though she says her wrist hurts every day.

“If I go back to the hospital, I’ll get COVID. Hospitals are full of COVID people,” says Warren, a former film director and author of the book “How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love With You.”

“Doctors say, ‘Come back for therapy,’ and my answer is, ‘No thank you.’”

Many, many patients like Warren are shunning hospitals and clinics. The

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Some members of multilevel-marketing company Young Living are making questionable claims about ‘essential oils’ curing cancer and coronavirus

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young living health claims 5

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  • Some sellers of Young Living products are using social media to claim that essential oils are “tested and shown effective against corona viruses.”

  • That isn’t true. The $1.5 billion multilevel-marketing company has a long history of making unsupported medical claims. In 2014, it received a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • Insider interviewed more than 80 people connected to Young Living and reviewed thousands of pages of FDA and court records in its investigation of the company.

  • We found that Young Living members dispensed medical advice without scientific basis, and its members have repeatedly placed themselves at risk by following what sources say is the company’s advice.

  • For some, Young Living’s oils may have caused serious harm, from rashes and burns to a medically induced coma.

  • “Young Living is determined to prevent misleading claims relating to the COVID-19 pandemic,”

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P-Valley ‘s Nicco Annan: Inside My Self-Care Routine

Welcome to the inaugural meeting of the Nicco Annan fan club. Get comfortable ’cause it’s the first of many. 

In case you aren’t watching one of the best new shows of the year, Annan is the breakout star of Starz’ revolutionary drama P-Valley, starring as Uncle Clifford, the gender-fluid strip-club owner who happens to steal every scene he’s in  and looks flawless while doing so. 

And it turns out Annan is just as fabulous—if not more so—than his character. In this week’s installment of E!’s Wellness Wednesday series, the actor opens up about his self-care routine, revealing his go-to indulgences, his favorite way to break a sweat and what is making him happy right now.

Plus, his answer to what he can’t go to bed without doing every day will definitely cause your eyes to rain, just warning you now. 

Affirmation or Mantra You Tell Yourself: 
“I am enough.”

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Are Face Shields Better Than Face Masks For Protection Against COVID-19?

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, people are looking for ways they can protect themselves and others from infection.

While cloth facial coverings are now ubiquitous in many parts of the country, clear plastic face shields have been slower to catch on with the public. (The gear is most commonly worn in health care settings, on top of a surgical mask or N-95 respirator). But interest seems to be growing: Google Trends data shows a large spike in searches for the term “face shields” over the last two months. And the new curiosity about face shields has raised questions about how well they protect against COVID-19.

First, know that the novel coronavirus is thought to be spread mainly through the respiratory droplets produced when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or speaks. Transmission primarily occurs during close person-to-person contact and, less commonly, via contaminated surfaces. Now some experts say it may

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Trump praises doctor who dismissed face masks after viral video

Donald Trump has praised as “spectacular” a doctor who wrongly dismissed the use of face masks to combat the coronavirus as well as reportedly claiming that alien DNA is used in medical treatments and some gynecological problems are caused by people dreaming about having sex with demons.

A group of lab coat-wearing doctors posted an online video on Monday to make a string of inaccurate assertions about the coronavirus that contradicted official government guidelines. Among them was a woman who identified herself as Dr Stella Immanuel and said: “You don’t need masks. There is a cure.”

The US president tweeted a version of the video, which rapidly gained tens of thousands of views on Facebook and YouTube before both companies took it down for containing false public health information. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr had his Twitter account restricted by the company for 12 hours after calling the video

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Twitter removes tweet highlighted by Trump falsely claiming COVID-19 ‘cure’

WASHINGTON — Twitter removed a tweet that had been retweeted by President Donald Trump that falsely said that there was a cure for the coronavirus.

Late Monday night, Trump retweeted the tweet from an account with the handle “@stella_immanuel” that said: “Covid has cure. America wake up.”

Twitter soon after removed the tweet and replaced it with a gray box that says, “This Tweet is no longer available.”

A cure for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, doesn’t exist and scientists have been working on developing both a range of treatments as well as vaccines. They and the Trump administration are racing to have a vaccine ready by the end of the year.

Twitter said early Tuesday morning, “Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”

Trump also retweeted tweets defending the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine, including one that accused Dr. Anthony Fauci, a

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Sexism is alive and well when the competence of vascular surgeons is judged by what they wear on holiday

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Twitter/@ladaisysanchez

Straight off the bat, I might as well admit that I’m not an avid reader of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, but I’d be tempted to make a wild assumption (”ass”, I know… “you and me”) about its typical contents: veins, arteries, lymphatic vessels and ideas backed up by scrupulous peer-reviewed research with which to maintain the respective healthy functioning of each.

Which is why I was surprised to read about a study published in said esteemed journal on something quite different: the “prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons.” The study claimed to be concerned with the impact a surgeon’s public social media account might have on their professional reputation and a prospective patient’s choice of surgeon. What resourceful use of scarce scientific funding.

The scientists involved, from the Boston Medical Centre and Salem Health Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, compiled a list of 480 graduating

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Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine

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Fire Power Ministries/Youtube

A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone. Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald Trump himself retweeted the video.

Before Trump and his supporters embrace Immanuel’s medical expertise, though, they should consider other medical claims Immanuel has made—including those about alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams. 

Immanuel, a pediatrician and a religious minister, has a history of making bizarre claims about medical topics and other issues. She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches. 

She alleges alien DNA is

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