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Do not wear a mask during exercise, says the WHO

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The World Health Organization says that wearing a mask during quarantine or bike rides can be harmful. Health officials recommend wearing face masks outdoors and in crowded indoor areas to curb the spread of the novel corona virus. However, the important preventive measure during training is to keep a physical distance of at least one meter from others. "People should NOT wear masks while exercising because masks can affect their ability to breathe comfortably," says WHO in its series of coronavirus mythbusters. Exercise, especially running or jogging, increases heart and respiratory rate, and a mask can prevent enough oxygen from getting into a person's lungs. The lungs then work harder to get oxygen, which can cause drowsiness and dizziness. In early May, there were reports of a jogger in Wuhan who ended up in a hospital after walking with a mask. One of the man's lungs had collapsed and needed surgery. The hospital that later treated him advised against wearing mas

Coronavirus Daily Digest: April 27, 2020

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A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19 The world’s death toll could be 60% higher than has been reported. Social distancing measures here should last through the summer. And New Zealand declares victory against the virus. Here’s what happened over the weekend at home and around the world: The world saw a large jump in the number of confirmed cases over the weekend -- we’re close to 3 million now. We hit a sad milestone in the number of deaths, too, sailing past the 200,000 mark to over 207,000 this morning. But 870,000 people have recovered. In the U.S. we also saw our numbers go up substantially in three days, to almost 966,000 confirmed cases, close to 55,000 deaths, and 107,000 recoveries. An analysis of the world’s mortality statistics finds the death toll could be 60% higher than official number show. Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House’s coronavirus task force said the U.S. needs a “breakthrough” on antigen testing to aid in reopening. She expects social distancing measures

How long does coronavirus live on metal? Plastic? Cardboard? We have expert answers

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Worried about how long coronavirus can stay on grocery-cart handles? Here, medical professionals advise on how to stay safe from infected surfaces. It’s been drilled into us by now: Wash your hands multiple times a day to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus. But what about the dangers of shared surfaces? The counter at the grocery store, the handle on the gas pump, the ATM keypad. According to experts, venturing out at all means coming in contact with surfaces that could carry COVID-19. “Droplets can stay on surfaces for several days, increasing the risk of infection,” says Susan Besser, MD, a primary care physician at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. “So, be careful what you touc Surfaces and the spread of infection According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. But the virus can also spread when someone touches an in

A French Health Official Said Ibuprofen May ‘Aggravate’ COVID-19, But Other Experts Raise Questions

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A French health official posted on Twitter that anti-inflammatory medication could be “a factor in aggravating” novel coronavirus infections. His Tweet received more than 42,000 retweets, but some doctors are questioning his advice. Because COVID-19 is a new virus, there is limited research about treatment options, and there is no cure. A Tweet from a French health official warning against taking anti-inflammatory drugs amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic is drawing scrutiny from other medical professionals this week. French health minister, Olivier Veran, tweeted on Saturday that taking anti-inflammatory medications like Advil “could be a factor in aggravating the infection. In case of fever, take paracetamol. If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor’s advice.” (FYI: Paracetamol is another word for acetaminophen). ⚠️ #COVIDー19 | La prise d'anti-inflammatoires (ibuprofène, cortisone, ...) pourrait être un facteur d'aggravation de

What Does Social Distancing To Prevent The Spread Of The New Coronavirus *Actually* Mean?

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Photograph by Freepik – Social distancing is recommended to help prevent the spread of  novel coronavirus . – Experts say staying at least 1.8m away from others whenever possible will help slow the new  coronavirus epidemic . – Going outside is still okay (and suggested for your mental and physical health) as long as you steer clear of highly populated areas. Ever since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, life looks… different. Sporting events, parades, festivals and concerts are being cancelled. Tons of people are putting travel plans on hold, and flights between the U.S. and Europe are temporarily banned. So. Yeah. What does this mean for those plans you had to meet friends for dinner, go to that house party, or, I dunno, go to the gym/a park/the movies/a grocery store this weekend? (You know, your normal stuff.) Since the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly spread via respiratory droplets (thanks to a cough,