Other top symptoms were loss of smell and difficulty breathing. And, of course, people with COVID-19 can be entirely symptom-free.
In Second Opinion, Susan Perry helps readers make their way through the thicket of health trends, studies and research.
“The COVID-19 crisis is amounting to much more than a temporary stay-at-home order,” the economists say. “It is leading to tremendous economic loss, uncertainty, and insecurity. That is why birth rates will tumble.”
The tests on 22 oils revealed that more than 80 percent of the products had significant quality problems. Fifteen were oxidized — or had gone rancid — before their expiration date.
“We were surprised by the overall remarkable resilience in response to COVID-19,” says Martina Luchetti, the study’s lead author.
Sleeping just 90 minutes or so less than usual can have a significant impact on how quickly and accurately our brains function the next morning, according to new research from Norway.
More than eight in 10 Americans (83 percent) say that the future of the country is a significant source of stress in their lives, the surveys found.
People in their 70s and 80s who adhere to four or five behaviors — a high-quality diet, regular physical activity, not smoking, light-to-moderate alcohol consumption and staying intellectually engaged — are 60 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the next decade of their life than others.
In the study, individuals who ate their last meal of the day at 10 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. burned less fat overnight. They also had higher blood sugar levels.
Three-quarters of the people surveyed said they were sleeping longer on most nights — from 25 to 51 minutes more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated COVID-19 pandemic guidelines to help people reduce their risk of either contracting or spreading the infection.
The perceived threat posed by COVID-19 was the strongest predictor of toilet-paper hoarding. The more people felt threatened by the pandemic, the more they crammed their cupboards with toilet paper.
“Americans have the right to speak and congregate publicly and should be able to exercise that right without the fear of blindness,” the American Academy of Ophthalmology says.
The guidelines also state that the American Cancer Society does not recommend vitamin and mineral supplements — or any other kind of dietary supplements — for the prevention of cancer.
“If you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, or are affected by another heart condition, I would strongly recommend adding tai chi to your recovery and rehabilitation,” says Ruth Taylor-Piliae, one of the study’s authors.
Those unsafe practices mostly involve washing food with bleach. But people have also done such high-risk things as intentionally ingesting or inhaling disinfectants or spraying household cleaners on their skin.
In the study, the suicide rate among people who owned handguns was almost four times higher than among who didn’t own a gun.
Almost three-quarters of parents misjudge how much time their preschoolers spend on smartphones and tablets, according to a new study.
These findings are troubling and suggest “a critical need for COVID-19 behavioral change interventions targeted at older men,” the study’s authors conclude.
In the study, by day seven of their hospitalization, 29 percent of the patients with diabetes had died or been put on a ventilator to breathe.
The more parents try to impose strict control over their child’s cuisine, such as by making them eat certain foods and restricting their access to others, the fussier the child is likely to become at mealtimes, the study also found.