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As the COVID-19 pandemic evolved, fears of contracting the disease and overcrowding in hospitals resulted in many people delaying medical treatment.
As he world starts a New Year ― and hope of an end to the coronavirus pandemic, health care professionals say it’s important not to ignore symptoms that may require emergency medical care.
"It is incredibly important to keep in mind the types of symptoms, whether you think they are related to COVID-19 or not, that are severe enough and concerning that should bring you to seek emergent medical care," says Dr. Michael Boniface, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician. "If you experience these types of severe symptoms, you need to go to the closest emergency room."
Dr. Boniface says such symptoms include:
Shortness of breath.
Severe chest tightness or pain.
Weakness or numbness, especially on one side of the body.
"If you think you are experiencing symptoms concerning for COVID ― like fever, body aches, joint aches, diarrhea, the loss of the sense of taste or smell ― but they are not so severe that it's an immediate threat, I would strongly encourage you to call your doctor's office or local health department to get tested for COVID," Dr. Boniface says.
He adds that while news of COVID-19 vaccines has given people hope for the future, it's still important to be vigilant and continue modeling safe behaviors.
"We still need to be mindful because it's going to take many months before we get a sufficient population vaccinated to have the intended effect," says Dr. Boniface. "I urge you and encourage you to be careful and maintain the precautions we have, including limiting in-person contact, social distancing and masking whenever possible. We've made it this far. We just need to make it a little further."
The total number of recovered cases of coronavirus has reached 41,714 with 993 cases recovered on Tuesday after receiving treatment.
Men tend to check in with their doctors far less frequently than women, and experts say that reluctance might be one of the key reasons that more men are losing their lives to coronavirus.
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Almost mid-way into Ramadan and you're running out of innovative recipes for Iftaar? Well, how about ditching the innovation and sticking to classic dishes that are hit amongst the young and the old.
Shiitake mushrooms have a dark brown cap and meaty texture. They’re available in most markets year-round, but you can use any type of dried wild mushroom or portobello mushrooms.
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