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The Key to Handling Stress and COVID-19 SF Gate – msnNOW

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By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, Michelle Williams, ScD, Ryan Castle, William C. Bushell, PhD, Kimberly Brouwer, PhD, and Paul J. Mills, PhD

Although COVID-19 is very easily transmitted from person to person, the risk of subsequent hospitalization and death primarily affects people who are already at risk because of old age, infirmity and/or chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune illness, obesity, and heart disease. All of these chronic illnesses are associated with measurable low-grade inflammation in the body. The chronic low-grade inflammation that develops with advanced age has become known as inflammaging. Most people with chronic illness unknowingly have low-grade inflammation. Recent research points to a second finding: these same disorders are often accompanied by persistent low-grade anxiety and depression.

All of this as a background increases the danger for a person when acute illness strikes. In addition to the elderly and chronically ill, COVID-19 is causing acute respiratory illness and stroke sometimes leading to death in seemingly otherwise healthy younger individuals. The transition from SARS-CoV-2 infection to diagnosed COVID-19 is typically accompanied by a cytokine storm. Cytokines are proteins that are major drivers of inflammation, and their rapid increase, or "storm is one of the bodys immune responses to acute threat.

In addition, studies have connected pro-inflammatory cytokines to the stress response; they regulate well-known stress hormones such as ACTH and cortisol. Three major systems are involved: the immune system, the central nervous system and the endocrine hormone system.

In the face of these connections, we are coming forward to suggest that complementary practicesdeep breathing, yoga, and meditationcan play an important role during this pandemic. These practices have been confirmed by hundreds of scientific studies to bring down over-activity of the autonomic nervous system, calm the mind from anxiety, reduce the stress response, regularize heartbeat, and lower blood pressure. Together, all of these diverse benefits are associated with reducing the invisible presence of chronic low-grade inflammation, especially if added to good sleep, exercise, and proper diet.

We dont fully understand how the immune response, linked to stress and inflammation, can turn lethal. As a response to cuts, wounds, invading pathogens, and other threats, prior to antibody formation, the body first responds with inflammation as a normal yet crucial healing function. But it has long been known that inflammation is paradoxical. Acute inflammation can over-react, harming or even killing the patient. (Instances of strokes and heart attacks among young COVID-19 patients might be linked to micro-cytokine storms in the brain and heart.)

The threat from low-grade chronic inflammation was not discovered until recently but seems to be widespread. It is unaccompanied by the swelling, burning, and redness of the skin that marks acute inflammation and therefore goes undetected by the patient or physician. Preventing and addressing chronic low-grade inflammation and its significant adverse consequences are urgent issues, even more urgent during a pandemic. There seems to be every reason to make the public aware how deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and other healthy lifestyle practices can help during this crisis and long afterwards.

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego

Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School/MGH

Michelle Williams, SM, ScD, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Kimberly Brouwer, PhD, Professor and Chief, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Division of Global Health, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, at the University of California, San Diego

Ryan Castle, Executive Director of the Chopra Library

William C. Bushell, PhD, medical anthropologist and research director of the Chopra Library

Paul J. Mills, PhD, Professor and Chief, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, at the University of California, San Diego

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The Intersection of Psychology and the LGBTQ+ Perspective – Pepperdine University Graphic

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The rainbow flag of the LGBTQ+ community celebrates themes of diversity, inclusivity and unity, encouraging kindness and acceptance. Yet for many queer individuals, their coming out experiences are anything but liberating.

With statistics showing LGBTQ+ youths being at an even greater risk for mental health struggles and queer youth suicide rates five times greater than their heterosexual counterparts, understanding how to support this community has never been more important.

[Its hard to] have to be the explainer, junior Grace Ramsey said. To just kind of always have someone give you this really, really blank look when you tell them about this super, super significant facet of who you are.

Bridging the Gap Between Societal Standards and Self-Acceptance

As a member of the asexual community, Ramsey said explaining their sexual orientation to others can be a challenge. Ramsey said if their orientation is brought up in conversation, they feel obligated to explain it; otherwise, others wont fully understand.

With explanation comes justification, because most of the time, people are like, Well, are you sure have you really just not met the right person yet?' Ramsey said.

Asexuality was only recently removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and is now recognized as a sexual orientation rather than a dysfunction. Ramsey said because theres such a conflation between love and sex in society, people forget that sexual and romantic attraction are vastly different.

No one understands what its like to not feel sexually attracted to other humans, except for other asexual people, Ramsey said. They cant wrap their minds around the fact that an asexual person could want to have a romantic relationship.

As Ramsey initially came to terms with their identity, they found the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), an organization that helped them to feel less alone. For many in situations similar to Ramseys, talking to a specialist can be beneficial.

Taking the time to get counseling and reflect on how that has shaped me has been imperative in my understanding, senior Chase Manson said. Knowing when to just not give up to ask for help thats really important.

Manson said his journey with mental health has been an ongoing process. Manson said there are difficulties in the gay community, specifically regarding confidence.

I think in the gay community, there is a tendency to demonize ourselves sexually because were not, like, good enough, and that can lead to body image issues that can lead to depression, Manson said. [There can be] misinformation about what a healthy lifestyle looks like.

Ever since he was outed as opposed to coming out on his own terms, Manson said finding his tribe, or friends who are also part of the LGBTQ+ community, has allowed him to find confidence in his identity.

I was able to relate to someone and have a friend who I could talk to about this stuff, Manson said. That, to me, has really shaped not only my mental health journey but also my personal journey.

Many people perceive coming out as a one-time occurrence. Pepperdine counselor Esther Lee said the exploration of ones identity is not a singular decision its a continuous process.

Feeling different can be really difficult, Lee said. Ive heard from many students that it was difficult for them to have no environment that validated or normalized their experiences.

Self-acceptance of ones orientation can also become a resilience factor, Lee said.

When individuals are committed to their identity exploration, and when theyre open to understanding who they are, it can become a strong resource it can become their strength and resource, Lee said.

Some closeted individuals within the LGBTQ+ community, however, may not feel safe to receive the help they need.

[Having] a part of yourself that affects the way you see the world that must be hidden from other people really causes high levels of depression and anxiety, Psychology Professor Steven Rouse said.

As the faculty adviser of Crossroads, Pepperdines LGBTQ+ club, Rouse said organizations like the Trevor Project and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) are helpful resources for those who are struggling. Even so, some individuals might not feel comfortable seeing a specialist.

A lot of people avoid going to counseling because theyre afraid that its going to be an experience thats going to actually increase their level of distress and increase their level of self-hatred, Rouse said.

History and Relationships of LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Diving deep into the background of the DSM, Rouse said the DSM-1 was created in 1952 and included homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disorder. During this time, Rouse said, research revealed that personality tests of gay and straight men could not be differentiated.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a comprehensive manual of all identified mental health disorders. It defines and classifies disorders and is used in the field by practicing mental health professionals. The most recent DSM is the DSM-5, which was published in May 2013.

In the DSM-3, which came out in 1980, the change was made so homosexuality was only a disorder if a person was attracted to members of the same sex but didnt want to be. A few years later, the DSM-3-R came out in 1987, and at that time, it was removed as a disorder.

Nearly three decades have passed, yet efforts to curb fluidity of sexual identities persist.

For many of those 30 years, there were many therapists who claimed to be able to change sexual orientation either under the name of reparative therapy or sexual orientation change efforts, Rouse said.

Ramsey said even within the LGBTQ+ community, there have been disagreements over recognition for each group. They said they have received comments over whether the A for asexuals within the LGBTQIAP+ acronym should be removed.

[People have said] its not a sexuality its a lack of sexuality, so we shouldnt be included in the community as well, Ramsey said. So it can be hard because sometimes theres not even a safe place for us in the LGBTQ+ community.

Lee said while the LGBTQ+ population is at a higher risk for emotional distress and mental disorders, many of these stressors come from external sources. Hate crimes, stereotypes, biased language and other microaggressions are just a few causes of declining mental health within the queer community.

If friends and loved ones are struggling to accept who they are, then, you know, those individuals might experience loss and grief because its such a loss of the relationship and trust, Lee said.

Speaking to Spirituality and Sexual Orientation

With mental health already a challenge, navigating religious rules, sexual orientation and external judgment can be a difficult journey for those in the queer community.

One of the biggest lies that the American church has told queer Christians is that they have to choose between one aspect of their identity or the other, Rouse said. Once a person comes to the realization that their sexual orientation is not something thats changeable a lot of people start then moving away from their Christian faith.

Rouse said finding a way to live a life that glorifies God while understanding the reality of their sexual orientation can be very challenging. Ramsey said as a Christian, they have learned to find strength in mindful meditation and prayer.

A big part of my mental health journey has been remembering that, you know, God loves me regardless of what other people say, even people who claim to have the same religion that I do, Ramsey said.

Overall, Ramsey said they have felt supported by the Pepperdine faculty and resources on campus such as the Counseling Center.

Manson said he is a big believer in mentorship and finding a spiritual or relational adviser.

If you know someone who is openly out or lives their life in a way that you find inspiring, talk to them gay or straight, Manson said. They have very good insightful knowledge that you can use to apply to your life.


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Remote working and home Wi-Fi strains – ITProPortal

Around-the-world, as we attempt to minimise the spread of the current pandemic, the new normal we now find ourselves in has truly impacted all aspects of our everyday lives. Millions of people globally have been thrown into new daily set-ups and routines. From children logging into virtual school lessons online, and limiting the time we spend outdoors, to finding new ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and well-being, and video-calling loved ones to check-in.

As we are asked to stay home and limit outings to absolutely essential, some of the most significant changes were adapting to is carrying on with our nine-to-five jobs from home, to keep connected with colleagues and clients, and create a productive working environment in the process.

The upsurge of remote working across the world is extraordinary and has served as a learning curve for us all. Naturally, this has put pressure on millions of people to ensure we have the right provisions at home that enable us to carry out our jobs successfully, and allowing businesses to continue as normal as possible.

At the same time, life and work in quarantine has exposed us to just how much we depend on the technology we use on a day-to-day basis. From a work perspective, we need our computers and laptops, email, video conferencing tools and smartphones to run as seamlessly at home as they do in the office. Though outside of this, when the working day is done, we rely on the same connectivity for streaming our favouring TV shows on Netflix, keeping connected with friends and family on social media, and connecting to the world and community outside of our homes.

What was once intended simply for browsing the internet, connecting with friends on social media, and streaming films online must now also the bear additional pressures that we are now putting on the home network. It is therefore inevitable that connection quality and overall performance will suffer, and from time-to-time, well all experience varying degrees of dropouts, buffering and patchy video calls when using home Wi-Fi.

As lockdown remains in place for the foreseeable future, we will continue to rely on our home Wi-Fi networks and smart home ecosystems more than ever before, to keep us connected as well as entertained. This period will also force us to require a deeper understanding of our home networks and how we can maintain optimum performance.

Understandably, one of the main concerns for those working from home is that Wi-Fi or internet connectivity wont be able to cope with the number of connected devices, or that buffering and dropouts will impact their ability to do our jobs. Before Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic, D-Link Europe conducted research to explore how much people across Europe depend on home Wi-Fi networks, what the modern home network looks like, and if we know how to maintain them properly.

What we found paints a clear picture of Wi-Fi usage before the pandemic, at which time, 30 per cent of people across the continent believed that general internet browsing consumed the most Wi-Fi data in the home. Around one-third of people (30 per cent) felt that streaming their favourite TV shows online used most of their broadband. In contrast to todays new normal, only a mere 6 per cent of people believed that working from home was where their data was most consumed.

As part of this, we also looked to understand the number of connections in the average smart home, and the impact this had on connectivity performance. Of this, and perhaps somewhat predictably, we found that smartphones took an overwhelming lead as the most connected device at home, as more than 92 per cent of households claimed to have one or more paired to their router at any one time. This was followed by one or more computers (87 per cent), and then tablets, such as iPads, at 70 per cent of homes across Europe.

In fact, at the time of our research, 66 per cent of Europeans admitted they understood that their home Wi-Fi performance sometimes suffers due to the number of devices they have connected. Leading us to believe that never before has home Wi-Fi been as strenuously tested as it is now, as whole households convene to work, play and live stream using the same connection.

We also explored how confident people across Europe were at maintaining their Wi-Fi connection. We found that 20 per cent of people across the continent felt that they wouldnt know the necessary steps to fix their Wi-Fi in fact, more than a quarter of those surveyed werent 100 per cent certain what a home router was at all. As dependence on home Wi-Fi continues to grow over the coming weeks and months, now is the time to learn about your network set-up, and understand what you can do to get the best of it.

A good Wi-Fi connection is crucial to working at home, but there are other essential steps to consider, as well. Working from home while using modern team applications, such as Google Suite or Office 365, it is easy to overlook things which in a work environment second nature, like remembering to take regular breaks, since it is easy to cascade from one call to the next, compared to being in an office where a trip to the coffee machine or water cooler is a habit.

Creating and sticking to routines is equally important, as is creating a dedicated work area. This creates routine and this normality. Weaving a few exercises into the working day during these uncertain times is also a worth considering. Even if it is as simple as doing a circuit of the living room, the act of walking and stretching has therapeutic benefits.

On top of this, there are also some small, simple, and quick changes to our everyday IT set-up we can take to improve and better maintain a decent connection in the home, such as:

If youre running a business or working from home, for example, you might want to consider separating work and home internet traffic. One way to do this would be to deploy a dedicated SSID for each and applying bandwidth restrictions; one for internal use and the other for business use (with higher bandwidth and better SLA). This prevents kids from hogging the whole wireless network bandwidth to watch a Video on Demand service during a critical conference call, for example.

Around the world, millions are acclimatising to new routines, and adapting technology to suit how they live and work from home is fast becoming a priority. Yet, as we demand more from our home Wi-Fi, we also have the opportunity to learn more about how they can be improved or updated to accommodate the requirements of today and tomorrow.

It is also important to understand that distinguishing work from home life whilst working from home is part of the challenge as the two become more convoluted than ever before. From running a business to maintaining internet for a busy household, it is crucial, in these times, to be as prepared as possible for the best work-life balance in quarantine.

Paul Routledge, Country Manager, D-Link

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Unexpected effect? Russians give up booze and sweets as Covid-19 causes healthy lifestyle kick – RT

When it comes to the coronavirus, good news is few and far between. But, in Russia, a sudden silver lining may finally have been found: some people are drinking less and eating healthier.

According to a new survey from Roskachestvo Consumer Behavior Research Center and Online Market Intelligence, during the Covid-19 lockdown, Russian people have significantly changed their shopping habits to avoid from more harmful food and drink.

The study, conducted between April 21-22, shows that 45 percent of Russians gave up alcohol, 38 percent gave up sweets, and 35 percent gave up sausages. Interestingly, those from older age brackets were more likely to stop buying harmful products, with two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents over the age of 55 putting down the bottle.

The research also brought up some little quirks about regional variations in the country, discovering that those from Russia's Southern Federal District were more likely than the rest to give up fish (39 percent) and cheese (32 percent). In the North Caucasus region, some people (six percent) even stopped buying fresh vegetables an anomalous not-so-healthy choice. On the whole, 35 percent of those surveyed said that their food shopping costs had reduced since the start of quarantine, with 35 percent saying that theirs increased. Earlier this month, it was reported by Izvestia that figures from fiscal data operator Taxcom showed that vodka sales had dropped 41 percent in the first week of April.

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The impact of zinc deficiency on our immunity – Times of India

As doctors, scientists and researchers globally are still studying the novel Coronavirus and discovering how the infection works and new ways to treat it, there is an avalanche of information that might be conflicting sometimes. However, doctors world over have to come to the consensus that building a robust immune system will give you a better chance of combating the virus should you contract it. Zinc is one such micronutrient that helps in building immunity and recent studies show that zinc inhibits coronavirus by blocking a key enzyme. Scientific evidence documented in the past few decades shows that consumption of zinc plays a significant role against viral infections including human respiratory infections because of its immuno-nutrient properties.According to a study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health- Inadequate zinc intake in India: past, present and future inadequate zinc intake has been rising in India for decades, causing tens of millions of people to become newly deficient in it. Zinc deficiency has caused a malnutrition problem worldwide. The study states that the highest rate of inadequate zinc intake was concentrated mainly in the southern and northeastern states of India with rice-dominated diets: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya. Thus, zinc intake for Indians is of paramount importance. Coronaviruses is the old common cold virus which causes 30-40% of common colds discovered in the Common Cold Unit in 1964 form UK .Zinc has been studied for more than four decades in common cold therapies . The odds of getting a cold with people taking zinc preventatively is one third less . Essentially Zincs properties help in reducing the severity and duration of the cold. It is an essential mineral that our body cannot make by itself, hence we need to make sure our diet is zinc-rich along with other nutrients. Zinc deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world, yet it is essential for healthy immune function. Zinc is needed for immune cell development and communication and plays an important role in inflammatory response. Zinc supplementation may prove beneficial against coronavirus infection by providing an additional immunity defense. This given point in time, keeping your immunity system strong and making healthy lifestyle choices is the need of the hour. Also, assessment of nutritional status of COVID19 patients before administration of general treatment is important as immune response is weakened due to inadequate nutrition. We all need to build strong immnunity in corona and covid times like a safety net or kavach around us.Fortifying your immunity system against colds and flus is essential now more than ever. A balanced diet and attention to macro and micronutrients is the basis of building a vigorous immune system. Your meal needs to have the right amount of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. Zinc also should be consumed judiciously because an overdose of zinc can cause indigestion, headaches and nausea. Zinc not only has immunity-boosting properties but also makes sure your metabolism is strong. Its important to have the right amount of zinc in your body.The article has been authored by Shashank R Joshi, Dean,Indian College of Physicians and Consultant,Lilavati Hospital Mumbai

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Panahgahs getting regular medical supplies to avert COVID-19 outbreak – The News International

Islamabad: The people at Panahgahs, with pre-existing health conditions, are at higher risk of catching the novel coronavirus, and thus, its management has ramped up its efforts to ensure uninterrupted supply of hygiene products to all the facilities of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Since the Panahgahs serve a number of people which may carry underlying medical conditions, so it was imperative to take extras steps to keep the places neat and tidy amid the global pandemic, Prime Ministers Focal Person Naseem ur Rehman told the media at Bara Kahu Shelter Home on Sunday.

He visited the facility to review the measures taken by its service provider to ensure observance of the cornavirus precautions like social distancing and mask wearing. Highlighting the managements major initiative, he said a cleanliness drive title Keep Panahgah Clean was launched to transform the scope of shelter homes from food and shelter towards promoting healthy lives at the facilities in the wake of coronavirus.

Under the campaign, he said politicians, civil society, private sector and affluent community members were being approached to procure soaps, sanitizers, gloves and masks for the shelter homes beneficiaries, which had been increasing with each passing day due to the reopening of construction sector and the advent of Ramazan.

Along with providing food and shelter, Naseem said, strong messages on promoting healthy lifestyle were being disseminated to a group of long neglected low income toiling migrant labour. Besides, provision of the medical supplies to every shelter home in the twin cities was a top most priority of the management to avert the virus outbreak.

The focal person said the shelter homes were being disinfected on regular basis. The teams of the district administrations are playing leading role in sanitization of the Panahgahs, he added. Pointing out an out of box solution to create awareness among the visitors on the coronavirus, he said large at each Panahgah to directly communicate the health massages to daily wage earners who were less-educated.

Special programmes on the COVID-19 were produced to broadcast on those radios daily, he added. We have deputed teams to impart information to the staff of Panahgahs on the coronavirus precautions so that they could make the residents about the deadly virus for their own and others safety, he said, adding the awareness sessions for the shelter homes dwellers were a routine activity.

The Focal Person said thermo scanners, hand washing booths and disinfection walk through gates were installed at almost each Panahgah of both the cities to promote healthy habits among the visitors, he added.

He said the residents were also being engaged in physical activities like grass cutting and tree plantation to enhance the green covers at the shelter homes. All the initiatives being taken under the Keep Panahgahs Clean specifically focus on protection of the residents lives through inclusiveness.

Keeping shelter homes open in the prevailing situation was a bold step which was a true reflection of Prime Minister Imran Khans vision of building a welfare state on the pattern of Medina, the focal person noted.

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Anushka Sharma Workout And Diet: Learn Fitness Secrets Of Bollywood Actress’ Healthy Lifestyle As She Turns – LatestLY

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Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma turns 32 on May 1, 2020. She is known for her remarkable acting and drop-dead gorgeous looks. Anushka Sharma is the wife of Indian Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli. The power couple is given a starry moniker,'Virushka' by their ardent fans. Now, what makes this pair incredibly happening is their good looks, charming personalities, never-say-die attitudes and above all their love for leading a healthy lifestyle. Anushka happens to be one of the fittest stars in the Indian film industry and in the company of her husband, she strives to be better. Shecompromises on nothing when it comes to fitness. As we celebrate Anushka Sharma's 32nd birthday, let us have a look at her workout and diet which helps her maintain a slim body.Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Urge People to Stay Indoors During 21-Day Lockdown; These Are Testing Times, We Need to Stand United, Says Celebrity Couple.

Anushka Sharma's Workout

The Bollywood actress incorporates strength training, pilates, cardio exercises in her training regime. Inspired by her husband Kohli's weight training, Anushka also does exercises like deadlift, barbell squat and clean. Apart from that she also concentrates on training her core. The PK movie actress dedicates time for yoga and meditation too.

Anushka Sharma's Training

Anushka Sharma's Diet

As per, Anushka is a big foodie, however, she ensures to burn off whatever she eats. She has also been blessed with a high metabolism, that itself helps her to stay ultra-fit. The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actress eats in every two hours. Anushka Sharma loves to eat home-cooked food that normally has dal, chapatti, salad and vegetable curry. Most importantly, the gorgeous lady always keeps herself hydrated, which in a way is a secret behind her glowing skin.

Anushka Sharma was born in Ayodhya and raised in Bangalore. Her first modelling assignment for the fashion designer Wendell Rodricks in 2007 and later moved to Mumbai to pursue a full-time career as a model. She made her debut in Bollywood opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the highly successful romantic film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). Now let us have a look at the actress exercise regime and eating habits.Anushka Sharma Yells 'Aye Kohli, Chauka Maar Na' To Give Virat Kohli The Field Experience And His Reaction Is Hilarious (Watch Video)

Anushka Sharma will be celebrating her birthday this time with her husband Virat Kohli at their residence, as an outdoor function cannot take place due to coronavirus pandemic situation. However, we wish Anushka Sharma a very Happy Birthday, may the coming year bring lots of happiness and success in her life.

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Fit and healthy spa businessman contracted COVID-19 – Stabroek News

With no pre-existing health conditions and for someone who lives a fit and healthy lifestyle, businessman Karan Mehra initially thought that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was not a threat to him until he developed symptoms and ended up in an isolation facility for 33 days.

I, being this strong person, I believed that in my lifetime nothing can happen like this. My breathing is amazing, everything is fine. I do my blood test, regular checkups, everything was good..I am very fit. I am very physically active. I always work out and maintain myselfThen all of a sudden something just comes in your body and it makes you feel like you cant do nothing, Mehra, told Sunday Stabroek in an exclusive interview yesterday.

Born and raised in India, Mehra, who is one of the Directors of the Vivaanta Ayurvedic Spa and Hair Salon, explained that it all started for him on March 19th, when he began to experience a terrible headache followed by shortness of breath.

I got normal flu and so before but all of a sudden, I got a like terrible headache and the headache was severe then I couldnt even like sleep in the night, I was suffocating. So all these things made me think that there was something wrong with me, Mehra said.

He is one of the 24 persons to have recovered from COVID-19 disease thus far. As of May 1st, Guyana recorded 82 confirmed cases with 9 deaths.

While Mehra has no other medical condition, he said he would experience sinus issues from time to time. I suffer with sinuses also, so what happens with COVID now is a respiratory illness so when that happens yours sinuses act up and then your nose gets blocked and all of that so I try because I use some stuff at home for my sinuses and that is what I was using, like the nasal flush out and so on, I used that but it wasnt so bad that I needed the emergency cylinder or like that but at least I was getting a feeling that I cant breathe properly.. All I took was just a normal Panadol and nothing else because I was not sure what my body was going through, he explained.

At first, Mehra was convinced that it was maybe just a normal flu. As a result, he monitored himself for about three days but the symptoms worsened, especially the breathing. I thought it was just maybe a flu or something, probably with a headachebut after that I couldnt even sleep in the nights, I was suffocating. I went out during the nights to check if I could get like you know some fresh air and all of that but then my breathing hurt the symptoms were getting crazy. The temperature was there. Everything was there, so I knew there was something wrong anyway, he added.

Mehra said he then decided to contact the COVID-19 hotline to enquire about the process to be tested. .The hotline, they said to monitor for two three days again..something was wrong because they were not doing the testing so regular. So they said Sir, are you okay? Are you okay? I said no I am not okay, Mehra recalled.

On March 27th, Mehra said a team visited his home and he was tested. The results revealed that Mehra was positive and he was taken into isolation at the Diamond facility on March 29th.

From the inception, Mehra said he isolated himself and took all the necessary precautions. The businessman, also travels a lot with the latest being in early February before Guyana recorded its first COVID-19 cases.

Mehra believes that he might have contracted the disease from either a gym which he attended on a daily basis or the Phagwah celebration where he had gathered at a popular city spot.

Three positives

According to Mehra, he was the first person to be placed in isolation at the facility set up at the Diamond Hospital.

Doctors kept the check every day because the routine was that they come in every day and do the required tests to see if your lungs are fine because lungs is the main thing here. So they do a testing on the lungs every day to check saturation and the oxygen level of your body. Initially it was less but gradually it picked up and my lungs functioning improved so that was very positive, he said.

Mehra spent a total of 33 days at the facility before he was discharged on April 30th.

During his isolation, Mehra was tested positive on three occasions. The fourth test yielded a negative result followed by another negative, which deemed him cleared of COVID-19.

Mehra explained to Sunday Stabroek that his second test was done on April 13th. The focus was to make sure it just gets better. After 14 days again, my symptoms actually got very less, it was like hardly anything and they did a retest to check if the virus was still in my body and the results came back positive again, he said.

Another seven to nine days passed before Mehra was tested again.

However, this time, he was not showing any symptoms. At that time, there was no symptoms. I was absolutely fine. All it was, of course, a little weakness. Body gets too weak. So I thought okay, I will be fine, I will be getting my test negative but it was again positive, Mehra added while noting, so the virus was still in my body but it was asymptomatic.

After another week in quarantine, Mehra was subjected to another test. And then when they checked me after seven days again, finally the test came back negativetwo negatives. One negative came and then after two days again, it came back negative again, he said.

Shocking and shattering

Mehra said that when he learnt that he was COVID positive, it was shocking and shattering.

When I learnt that I am positive, of course it was so shocking and shattering because it is such a new virus where you dont know what will happen to your body or how it will react. So all those thoughts came in and it was a very shocking day, he said.

He related that when he was being moved to the quarantine facility, he had to prepare himself mentally and try to remain positive. Because two things doctors and people are saying around this world, stay positive and dont take any stress. Me, being a businessman and I had to likeat that time Guyana wasnt in no lockdown, everything was operating. So I had so many things to deal with, I had to do some offshore work and this and that and then all of a sudden I realised, life is at standstill, I cant do anything, Mehra stated.

However, at this point, Mehra said he had to shift his perspective and focus solely on his health. I am a very strong minded and fit person, physically and mentally. So I mean, with this thing, you cant let something go on your mind and when your mind is negative, then your body gets negative. That creates a lot of problem. Even if you are fine, you are going to think what is happening, what is not happening, what will be the outcome? So all these things, actually deteriorate your health eventually. Its very important to keep calm and of course everybody gets worried but still keep calm, Mehra explained.

Mehra lives in Guyana alone. His parents reside in India.

He noted that the only person who had contact with him was his maid. However, fortunately, she was tested negative. Even at my workplace, my business, it didnt spread at all so I was very much thankfulMy close contacts, they didnt get infected and thats one good thing, Mehra said.

Once his breathing had improved, he did regular exercises. .I talk to the doctor and I said doctor I am feeling very crazy right now because just sleeping and doing nothing and I am feeling like so tired and he said if you are feeling fine and there is no breathing problems, do something. So I said alright, I will just do some, like maybe some pushupsjust to keep fit, Mehra further explained.

Herbal supplements

To date, there is no cure for COVID-19. The standard treatment includes Vitamins, particularly Vitamin C and Panadol.

.There is no medication, there is nothing, all that is recommended and I have been using that is of course about (a) thousand to two thousand milligrammes of Vitamin C a day and you need to drink a lot of fluids daily and of course fruits and food rich in Vitamin C. That is what will help you fight the virus because your immunity has to go up, Mehra said.

With his background and history, Mehra believes in herbal supplements, which he says he consumes on a daily basis.

He said he had proposed using herbal supplements to his doctor while in quarantine and after research, this was agreed to.

Two things work very well because we are from the background of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the ancient medicine from Indiait means all herbal natural elements. All is in use right now, no medicines were used here expect Vitamin C tablets and all my herbal supplements for my kidneys, for my lungs, everything. I use like six different supplements. So those have specifics of working in your body. So suppose, if your cells are killed by the virus and you want to regenerate them..I was taking a lot of herbal supplements, which doctors said yes you should use it because they advise me when I said doctor this is what I want. Can I use it right now? And he did a research online and he said yes, use it, he explained.

So I think all these things really helped me and people these days dont realise the importance of sticking to herbal medicines. People want a quick fix. If you go to a pharmacy, if you getting a headache, faster you will take any medicine and you are fine but same substitute you have in herbal also but it takes couple days to kick in your system but the efforts are pretty good than the normal medication, Mehra added.

Change in lifestyle

According to Mehra, his experience with COVID-19 has made him realise a lot, most importantly the way in which he viewed life.

In life, it made me realise that no matter how rich or poor, when situations like these arise, nobody can do nothing.I am accustomed to being in AC 24 hours, 365 days, with this there is no comfort. I had to share everything with persons I was staying with, he said.

Mehra said often people tend to be carried away by focusing on their responsibilities and make themselves less of a priority.

People get so carried away in this world that they forget themselves, their life and their healthfrom this I learnt one thing, of course you work and you do everything but of course you give time to your family, focus on yourself and people these days are forgetting that, he said.

While he has now returned home and is recovering, Mehra like every other patient who survived the virus has to continue taking precautions so as to avoid being re-infected.

Doctors had advised Mehra to take three weeks of rest. However, he plans to take the next month to recover. It takes time for me to recover, it causes a lot of weakness in the body and right now I am advised that I need at least three weeks of rest. This month I am just going to recover and rest. Strictly rest, Mehra said.

In the next two weeks, he plans on donating his blood plasma containing antibodies against the virus to help in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Mehra is urging persons to take COVID-19 more serious. People think that okay I am young, okay I am this, okay I am fit and fine. It might not happen to me. This sickness does not discriminate at all so it can happen to anybody. So people should not take it so lightly. And I feel in this country, people do take it very lightly and thats so sad, he noted.

Its very important for people to understand. Dont regret later if something happen to you so at least just follow the basic protocols, Mehra said.

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Symptoms of blood cancer: The sign in your sleep that could signal the deadly disease – Express

Blood Cancer UK states that over 250,000 Britons are currently living with the condition. How do you know if you've got the disease? The answer may be the sign in your sleep.

There are different types of blood cancers, each having different symptoms, treatments and prognosis.

Lymphoma affects white blood cells called lymphocytes which are an important part of the immune system.

This type of blood cancer can lead to night sweats that soak your clothes and bedding.

Other symptoms of lymphoma include a fever and unexplained weight loss.

There are three main types of lymphoma, depending on how the cells are affected and how the cancer behaves.

One type is Hodgkin lymphoma, the other two are types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: follicular lymphoma and diffuse large B cell lymphoma.

In Hodgkin lymphoma, the cancerous cells are called Reed-Sternberg cells.

When treated early, for the majority of people, Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured.

Follicular lymphoma is the most common "low-grade" (meaning slow-growing) type of blood cancer.

It isn't usually curable, but the aim of treatment is to have people experience remission.

Remission is when the amount of lymphoma is significantly reduced, so that people can enjoy a good quality of life.

Diffuse large B-cells lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common "high-grade" (meaning fast-growing) type of blood cancer.

Most people will be able to go into remission, but others may need further treatment.

There are more rare types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, one being Waldenstrm macroglobulinemia (WM).

WM is slow-growing and affects plasma blood cells. Then there's Burkitt lymphoma.

No matter the type of blood cancer, scientists are unaware of what causes the DNA structure in blood cells to mutate.

However, risk factors have been identified. These are:

These risk factors can vary between the different types of blood cancer.

In general, the older you are the more at risk you are of developing blood cancer.

This is simply because time allows for more mutations to occur within the body.

Unlike other cancers, lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise has little effect on your risk for developing the disease.

However, leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce a person's risk of developing many other diseases.

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Stayhealthy, Inc. and Joy of Mom Partner to Advance Children’s Healthy Lifestyle Habits – PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Stayhealthy, Inc., a healthcare technology company dedicated to addressing obesity and its consequent diseases as well as other disease and health states, today announced its partnership with Joy of Mom, a global, online community of over 2.5MM mothers. Originally prompted by the outcry for educational, engaging activities for children the need for apps that occupy restless children during the current coronavirus lock down has become even more in focus, the alliance between Stayhealthy and Joy of Mom has been created to provide blue-chip, state-of-the art resources for mothers concerned about their families' health and well-being.

"While we are living through the devastating effects of this pandemic, it is prudent to remember that obesity, and childhood obesity in particular, is also epidemic. Current trends predict that 250-300MM children worldwide will be obese by the end of the decade. Studies warn that if we don't reverse that trend, the consequences for individuals and society will be severe- the country could go bankrupt, and for the first time many children will not reach the same age as their parents,"stated John Collins, Founder and CEO of Stayhealthy. "Mothers have the most influence over children's eating and exercise habits, yet modern moms are stretched very thin, which is why a support community like Joy of Mom is so important. Stayhealthy is grateful to partner our healthcare technology and expertise with such a dynamic organization."

Stayhealthy's portfolio of science-based health apps will be made available to the Joy of Mom community. The augmented reality (AR) coloring app Color Quest AR, now the #1 educational app for children in 25 countries, teaches young children healthy lifestyle habits. Stayhealthy's FDA cleared Body Fact app integrates patent-pending AR and clinically validated data to accurately measure, track, and change body fat, and the upcoming, category-leading OWL (Own Your Wellness & Living) app combines AR and artificial intelligence (AI) to support breast cancer survivors and promote healthy behaviors for cancer prevention.

"Moms are on the frontlines every day doing all we can for our families. We were overextended before this pandemic. Now it is testing all we've got. During these unprecedented times, we need the best information, tools and resources available. We don't have time for anything less. That's why we're excited and grateful to partner with Stayhealthy for their unparalleled expertise, resources, passion, and commitment to our children's health and wellbeing," said Vicki Reece, Founder and CEO of Joy of Mom.

About Stayhealthy, Inc.

Founded in 1995, Stayhealthy Inc. is a healthcare technology company that has merged the most advanced science and digital tools to measure, track, engage, and change health and wellness for the better. Over the decades, Stayhealthy has learned what doesn't work in healthcare, and as a result, has identified engagement, education and retention as its core strategic initiatives. Stayhealthy's platform of lifestyle engagement mobile apps is based on highly accurate, clinically valid, FDA cleared screening tools delivered with patented augmented reality technology.

Led by its Chairman, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Governor Tommy Thompson, Stayhealthy's mission is focused on successfully addressing the growing epidemic of diseases that are linked directly to excess body fat such as many cancers, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

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About Joy of Mom

Vicki Reece, a mom on a mission, searched for a platform that she could trust. One that was true, non-compromising, and authentic. One where advice was shared mom to mom from real grit and experience. Where trust, transparency, and real friendship were the North Star. And, where moms were respected and protected. She couldn't find one, so she built it. Ten years in the making. One mom at a time. Every single day. Being there for the good and the bad, the celebrations and the unthinkable.

Today, Joy of Mom is over 2.5 million moms strong. Passionate, intimate, global. Grown 100% organically from earned trust. For moms, by moms.

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