What We Know About the Delta Variant: An Executive Guide


After more than a year of dealing with COVID, a newfound sense of optimism began to take over a few months ago. Vaccinations were available, case counts were low, and we seemed to have turned the corner on the pandemic. Since then, however, the Delta various has thrown us for a loop, bringing back the sense of unease that exemplified the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. This feeling of trepidation is only natural; while Delta is technically a COVID variant, it differs from the original disease in many major — and alarming — ways. With understanding, however, comes…

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Post-COVID Stress And Burnout Among Health Care Workers: How Does it Put Patients at Risk?


During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout was at an all-time high among health care professionals. This was abundantly clear in the survey “Coping with COVID,” which revealed that 61 percent of health care workers feared transmission. Alarmingly, over one in three of respondents also claimed to suffer anxiety or depression, while 43 percent noted an excessive workload. This wave of post-COVID stress is sure to have real implications on the quality of care delivered. Still, the work environment within medical facilities looks a bit different these days than it did one year ago. Equipment shortages are less common…

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Memorial Day Travel: What to Know


Memorial Day 2021 Travel Tips As Memorial Day approaches, many American families are making their first weekend travel plans since the start of the pandemic. Though holiday traffic is still not expected to surpass pre-COVID-19 volume, AAA research predicts a 60% increase in Memorial Day travel from 2020 to 2021. With millions eager to reclaim a sense of normalcy and leisure, it is as necessary as ever to keep safety a top priority this holiday weekend. Planning on driving? If your weekend plans entail hitting the road, you are far from alone. The same AAA report referenced above found that…

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COVID As a Metabolic Wake-Up Call: What Is the Relationship Between Insulin, Blood Sugar, and Immunity? Part II


COVID-19 can cause a wide array of short and long-term health concerns, ranging from temporary shortness of breath to enduring brain fog. Many of these are poorly understood due to the novel nature of the virus. Such is the case for the relationship between blood sugar and immunity to the disease, a pattern that becomes increasingly clear as more data becomes available. In the first part of this blog series, we examined the role of diabetes in COVID complications. Now, we’ll highlight the strange interplay of blood sugar and COVID in people who have not already been diagnosed with diabetes….

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COVID as a Metabolic Wake-Up Call: What Is the Relationship Between Insulin, Blood Sugar, and Immunity? Part I


After over a year of battling the COVID pandemic, we are beginning to understand the implications of general health and wellness on the disease. Concerns such as metabolism and blood sugar may play a significant role in determining who suffers the worst symptoms and what it takes to recover. In this two-part blog series, we’ll examine these concerns and uncover the metabolic wake-up call underlying the pandemic for many patients with pre-existing conditions. Diabetes Is a Huge Risk Factor for COVID Complications While more data is needed to determine whether diabetes truly increases the potential for contracting the coronavirus, the…

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Playing Spring Sports While Social Distancing — How to Have Fun AND Stay Injury-Free


  Competitive and recreational sports are starting to return after a long COVID-prompted break. Athletes are eager to hit the field, but even in outdoor environments, some element of risk remains. Still, it’s possible to get involved in spring sports without compromising your health, as we explain below: Avoid Locker Rooms So far, evidence suggests that limited spread occurs during actual athletic events. The bigger problem? Indoor settings such as restrooms and locker rooms, where athletes are more likely to be in close contact — often without masks. While changing prior to and after events may seem inconvenient, it’s the…

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Adjusting to Society Opening Up After COVID — Tips for Staying Safe And Sane


  The light has finally arrived at the end of the long tunnel that is the COVID pandemic. The vaccine rollout is going better than expected — and millions of the most vulnerable individuals have already been inoculated. Variants remain a concern, but we can finally begin to think about returning to the activities we took for granted prior to the pandemic. Nothing is risk-free, however, and even when the threat of spread is minimal, returning to normal life can feel scary. Keep these suggestions in mind as you make the adjustment: Wear Your Mask It should go without saying,…

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Understanding the Key Differences Among the Main Vaccines


With three main vaccines available in the United States, Americans are now being inoculated at a staggering pace. Some, however, are wary of the vaccines simply because they don’t understand the options. We’ve highlighted a few of the main differences below: How Many Shots? Perhaps the most noteworthy difference between the vaccines: how many times you need to show up. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine stands out due to its single-shot capacity. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses, spaced a few weeks apart. Vaccine Side Effects Many people are understandably worried about the potential side effects associated with…

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Vitamin D Deficiency During the Winter: Why It Happens And How to Avoid It


The ‘typical’ American diet includes excessive amounts of sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats, while also falling short on several key nutrients. Vitamin D, in particular, tends to be in short supply, with recent research suggesting that nearly six percent of Americans are severely deficient. A lack of vitamin D can lead to a variety of health problems, including reduced bone density, ultimately, osteoporosis. Alarmingly, deficiency also appears to play a problematic role in COVID recovery. Why Is Vitamin D Deficiency So Common During the Winter? For many people, vitamin D levels vary through the seasons, as sun exposure plays heavily…

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Long-Haul COVID: What Is It and Why Should We Be Alarmed? Part II


  With up to ten percent of COVID patients impacted by a long-haul version of the disease, it’s clear that pandemic concerns won’t be immediately over once the vaccine is distributed. At this point, the general symptoms of long-haul COVID are understood, but not why it persists in some people or how long we can expect the lingering symptoms to continue. Experts have a few predictions, however, as we highlight below: The Hunt for a Cause Medical experts remain stumped as to what, exactly causes some people to continue experiencing COVID symptoms months after they’re initially diagnosed. Identifying potential long-haul…

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