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Health Tips for the New Normal
Plenty has changed since we first learned about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in early 2020. More than 200,000 Americans have died, and safety recommendations have shifted as scientists have discovered more about how the virus spreads.
After more than six months of living in the New Normal, we thought it was time to update with the latest news on COVID-19.
Take Your Vitamins (C and D)
We've grown familiar with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His friendly face and reassuring expertise have provided some degree of comfort as we've navigated the uncertain waters of the past few months together.
Recently, Dr. Fauci has advised that a few top vitamins may help boost your immune system and support your general health.
"If you're deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection," Dr. Fauci said in a recent Instagram Live chat with actress Jennifer Garner. "I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself, taking vitamin D supplements."
Vitamin D isn't the only recommendation Dr. Fauci made, either. "The other vitamin that people take is vitamin C because it's a good antioxidant, so if people want to take a gram or so of vitamin C, that would be fine," he continued.
It's important to note that while vitamins and supplements alone can't prevent or treat COVID-19, these two top vitamins can help boost your immune system. Of course, before making any changes to your routine, talk to your doctor first.
Consider Adding Zinc
As we mentioned back in March, zinc plays a vital role in immune function. It helps your body produce white blood cells, which you need to fight off infection.
While zinc's effectiveness in fighting COVID-19 is still being studied, zinc has been shown to decrease inflammation in the upper respiratory tract. If it can do so in the lungs and lower respiratory tract, it may prove a serious contender in the fight against COVID.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends 8 - 11 milligrams of zinc per day.
Practice Prevention First
The very best way to prevent illness is to limit your exposure. While recommendations have changed over time, the global medical community is united in offering these guidelines
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds at a time
- Avoid close contact with people outside of your household
- Clean high-touch surfaces regularly
- Wear a mask
Take Care of the Basics
Before you start adding new steps to your wellness routine, make sure you've already taken care of the essentials.
These simple steps to taking good care of your physical and mental well-being can be challenging at the best of times, but now more than ever, they're crucial.
To Your Continued Good Health
These are challenging times, but we're all in this together. With any luck, this historic event will soon be in our past.
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