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As coronavirus cases surge across America, you may be worried you have it. It's essential to know that many of us may never feel symptoms—"It is now clear that about 40%-45% of [COVID-19] infections are asymptomatic," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert. This is why, to protect your fellow Americans, you have to behave as if you might be carrying it at all times. Making things difficult, those who do get symptoms may find them hard to identify, because they can resemble other medical issues. Read on for 11 factors that may indicate you have COVID-19 and don't know it, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 You May Have a Thunderous Headache Broadway star Danny Burstein recalled getting "migraines on steroids" during his terrible bout with COVID-19, and headaches are one of the CDC's most common symptoms. Since you might normally get them—due to stress, loud noises or body chemistry—you may not associate them with the coronavirus. But you should. "We're seeing a small subset of people who have prolonged headache symptom long after their acute illness is over," Dr. Valeriya Klats, a neurologist and headache specialist with the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Ayer Institute Headache Center in Fairfield County, tells Hartford Healthcare. "This can either be episodic or an all-day, everyday headache. The way we describe this is the new 'daily persistent headache.' It's very bothersome to patients." 2 You May Have Unusual Skin Issues While neither the WHO or CDC mentions skin rashes as a possible symptom of COVID, doctors across the country have reported various types of skin rashes—from COVID toes to rashes and lesions on the body—thought to be as a result of virus-related inflammation. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology has set up a registry where healthcare workers can report cases of skin conditions that develop in COVID-19 patients, in hopes of understanding exactly why the virus is causing these issues. RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 3 You May Be Feeling Extreme Exhaustion Was there a time over the last few months when you simply felt too tired to move? Maybe you thought it was due to a rigorous workout, or maybe a lack of sleep. But an overwhelming number of people who have coronavirus experience only mild symptoms, and a common one of those is extreme fatigue. As with any type of infection, your body uses energy to fight against it, and the result is feeling more tired than usual. This fatigue, for "long haulers," can last for months after the virus is shed. 4 You Had an Unrelenting Dry Cough It's easy to brush this symptom off: it's cold, and you're used to coughing a bit during the winter. According to Chinese researchers, 68 percent of coronavirus patients complain of a dry, continuous cough. "Considering that COVID-19 irritates lung tissue, the cough is dry and persistent. It is accompanied with shortness of breath and muscle pain," reports Science Alert. "As disease progresses, the lung tissue is filled with fluid and you may feel even more short of breath as your body struggles to get enough oxygen." 5 You Have Pink Eye Pink eye is one of those pesky eye infections that most of us experience at some point in life. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology points out that the condition, also called conjunctivitis, can be COVID-related. "Several reports suggest that SARS-CoV-2 can cause a mild follicular conjunctivitis otherwise indistinguishable from other viral causes, and possibly be transmitted by aerosol contact with conjunctiva," they explained in a statement. 6 You Are Plagued with Digestive Issues Did you experience diarrhea, nausea, or gas, and brush it off as something you ate or the stomach flu? "Some people have classic signs of COVID infection like body aches, fevers, headaches, cough and sometimes shortness of breath, but a lot of people are coming to the emergency department with nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain," Dr. Sharon Chekijian, MD, MPH, explains. "While we would usually think this is just a stomach bug, right now there's a good chance that it's COVID." 7 You Lost Your Sense of Taste or Smell Did you experience a weird stint where you couldn't taste or smell anything? Dr. Chekijian, a Yale Medicine emergency medicine doctor and assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine, says it could have been coronavirus. "One sign that you were likely infected is a loss of smell and sometimes taste," she explains. "Although other viruses or medical conditions can do this too, right now, it may mean you're infected—even in the absence of other symptoms." 8 You Experienced Breathlessness If you were having trouble breathing, it could have been COVID-19. Because the virus is an infection of the upper respiratory tract, breathlessness—especially at rest—may have been a sign you were battling the virus. 9 You Thought You Had the Flu Due to the fact that COVID's spread occurred during cold and flu season—and the symptoms are quite similar—it's very possible that what you think is flu is COVID. "Symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu appear at different times and have some differences," reports the Mayo Clinic. "With COVID-19, you may experience loss of taste or smell. COVID-19 symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure. Flu symptoms usually appear about one to four days after exposure. COVID-19 appears to be more contagious and to spread more quickly than the flu. Severe illness such as lung injury is more frequent with COVID-19 than with influenza. The mortality rate also is higher with COVID-19 than the flu." 10 You Were Around Others Who Had It If you attended a conference, church service, social event, protest or classes with others who were infected, you may not have dodged the infection bullet after all. Research has found that many people had COVID and never realized it because they were asymptomatic. 11 You Got a Positive COVID Test The only way to know for sure if you have COVID-19 is to take a COVID test. Although these are not always 100% accurate, it's the best tool we have now to identify the virus. (PCR testing is considered the gold standard.) "Unfortunately, outside of testing, there is no way you can determine if you've had COVID solely based on symptoms," says Shannon Sovndal, MD, board-certified doctor in emergency medicine. "Many coronaviruses (as well as the flu) can make you feel similar. Additionally, COVID-19 may infect an individual and cause little or no symptoms." 12 What to Do if You Feel You Have COVID Symptoms "If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider," says the CDC. "Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately." And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
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Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for the blessings we have in our lives. Yes, even this year. And despite the troubles facing the broadcast networks in recent seasons — especially the current weird one — with eroding audiences and the rise in streaming giants, there are some bright spots on each network’s lineup: the entertainment series that likely got a mention in executives’ recitals of grace before (nuclear family) dinner yesterday. Below are the three highest-rated primetime shows among adults 18-49 on each of the Big 4 free over-the-air channels. The numbers are from Nielsen’s “most current” ratings metric, and include a week’s worth of delayed viewing (mostly DVR catchup) where available. To avoid an anomaly sneaking in, we only included shows that have aired multiple episodes (so, at least two) so far this fall, which counts the eight weeks since Sept. 21. We excluded sports programming here, as the NFL would have gobbled up the top few slots for NBC and Fox. We also excluded news, which includes live news like the presidential debates, as well as CBS’ highly rated “60 Minutes” newsmagazine show. Note: We dragged them out to two decimal places to break potential ties....Read original story 3 Series Each Broadcast Network Is Most Thankful for This (Weird) TV Season At TheWrap
Actors love the opportunity to transform. There’s no better way to become somebody else than by looking nothing like the person you were when you arrived on set. This year might not have been one packed with mega-budget blockbusters and huge releases due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, but the world of movies has stepped up to the plate to provide plenty of excellent stuff for cinephiles to chew on.So, from blockbusters to Oscar-nominated dramas, here are the most dramatic and impressive transformations pulled off by actors in movies released in the UK in 2020.Read more: The most impressive transformations of 2019
Jude Law says he wasn’t “hugely surprised” by the way the coronavirus pandemic has crippled the world this year — due to his work on director Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 thriller “Contagion” that forecast how a virus could spread so quickly and so insidiously.“When 2020 started, and we heard about what was initially happening in China, what fast became apparent around the world, it rang alarm bells,” Law said in a video interview with GQ to promote his new film, “The Nest.”The actor recalled how Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns brought scientific experts on set to advise the production. “There was absolutely the sense that this was going to happen,” Law said. “They all said to us that this was going to happen — and it was a case of when rather than if.”Also Read: 20 Virus Outbreak Movies, From 'The Seventh Seal' to 'Contagion' (Photos)And Law, who played an anti-government conspiracy theorist who claims to have cured himself of the disease with a forsythia-based “cure,” said he has thought back to those on-set scientists frequently this year. “The way they described it, which is exactly as it has happened, just made sense. They painted out all the obvious areas and reasons why it would spread so quickly.”But he hasn’t been dwelling on those stark warnings in the decade since he finished shooting the film. What’s scary is that you learn on a set, on a film like that because you’re being advised by experts, but it doesn’t necessarily sit,” he said.“That maybe sat in my system and scared the hell out of me for, what, all of 18 months,” he added. “After that I don’t know that I was as aware of it as I probably was when I came off the back of it.”Also Read: 'Contagion' Screenwriter Scott Z Burns Imagines COVID-19's 'Infect and Tell' Journey to AmericaLaw also admired how Soderbergh and Burns predicted not only a global pandemic — but the influence of conspiracy theorists like his character who build huge online followings while sowing confusion and misinformation. “Scott and Steven had done a huge amount of research and really sent me all sorts of links to different characters online who were gathering and building followings of their rants and predictions,” he said. “What’s extraordinary, maybe more in a way than the virus spreading, is how characters like that have really started to pop up.”Watch the video above.Read original story ‘Contagion’ Star Jude Law Says Film’s Pandemic Predictions ‘Scared the Hell Out of Me’ – and Were Spot On At TheWrap
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