Never Do These Things Now, Say Virus Experts — Eat This Not That

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As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, virus experts are warning people to avoid certain behaviors that could increase their risk of infection. In this article, we will explore some of the things that virus experts say you should never do now, as well as some tips on how to eat healthier during this time. We will look at how to make smart food choices, how to reduce your risk of infection, and how to stay safe while dining out. By following these tips, you can help protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus.

Never Do These Things Now, Say Virus Experts — Eat This Not That

As the world continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts are warning people to avoid certain activities and foods that could put them at risk of contracting the virus. Here are some of the things that virus experts say you should never do now, and what you should eat instead.

Avoid Crowded Places

Virus experts are urging people to avoid crowded places, such as bars, restaurants, and other public spaces. This is because the virus can spread quickly in these environments, and it can be difficult to maintain social distancing. Instead, opt for outdoor activities that allow for more space between people, such as hiking, biking, or walking.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Experts are also warning people to avoid touching their face, as this can increase the risk of contracting the virus. This is because the virus can enter the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth. To reduce the risk, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

Don’t Eat Raw or Undercooked Foods

Virus experts are also warning people to avoid eating raw or undercooked foods, as these can contain bacteria or viruses that can make you sick. Instead, opt for cooked foods that have been heated to a safe temperature. This includes meats, eggs, and seafood.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Finally, virus experts are recommending that people eat more fruits and vegetables. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help boost your immune system and protect you from the virus. Try to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet, such as leafy greens, citrus fruits, and cruciferous vegetables.

The Omicron wave seems to be receding. COVID case levels have begun to decline nationwide, very sharply in some areas. Everyone’s eager to get back to normal life. Although some experts are urging that restrictions be re-evaluated, they emphasize that it’s not time to throw all caution to the wind. There are some very easy things you can do to reduce your risk of catching COVID at this point—and not doing them are frankly some of the dumbest (and most dangerous) mistakes you can make, virus experts say. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

Close up shot of hands checking Covid-19 vaccine report card and ticking 3rd or booster dose after vaccination.

Although Omicron is highly contagious, study after study has shown that vaccines and booster shots have been highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID. If you’re not vaccinated, you’re tempting fate.

New data from the CDC found:

  • Unvaccinated people over 65 are 52 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID than people who are vaccinated and boosted
  • Unvaccinated people between age 50 and 64 are 46 times more likely to be hospitalized than the vaccinated and boosted

According to virus expert Michael Osterholm, another new study found that people who got a booster shot were four times less likely to test positive for COVID, and 97 times less likely to die from the virus, than unvaccinated adults.

And a different study found that half of this winter’s COVID hospitalizations could have been prevented if Americans had been vaccinated at the same rates as residents of major European countries.

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Group of friends having drinks at nightclub.

Health experts were quick to condemn recent online reports of people intentionally trying to catch the Omicron variant “just to get it over with” and obtain immunity. The dangers of that choice: Health systems in several areas are already stretched thin by the influx of cases. You could transmit the virus to people who are more vulnerable to severe illness. Even mild cases of COVID can result in potentially debilitating “Long COVID.” 

And when you catch COVID, there is a chance you could get really sick, even if you’re young, healthy and vaccinated. (The chance is slim, but there’s still a chance.) “The majority of people that get Omicron that are vaccinated really do have minor symptoms,” said Dr. Marc Larsen, an emergency physician at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City this week. “It’s still playing Russian roulette, though. If you get a really severe case, you can’t take it back. I still encourage everybody to avoid getting it and to do everything they can to avoid it right now.”

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The crowd of visitors to the festival.

Attending large gatherings and events where people from several different households are unmasked continues to be one of the most efficient ways for this respiratory virus to spread. While many localities are easing restrictions on large gatherings, experts say it’s too soon to abandon precautions altogether. 

Our worry is that lessening public concern about health risks, especially as case numbers decline from the absurdly high levels seen earlier this month — and more relaxed attitudes about mask-wearing, social distancing and quarantines spread — could fuel a deluge of long COVID this spring,” wrote two public health professors in a New York Daily News op-ed on Tuesday. “Continued use of protective measures for a few more weeks will mitigate the upcoming long COVID epidemic and the accompanying societal, medical and financial burden it may present.”

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woman with handmade cloth face mask.

Virus experts have been near-unanimous for weeks: Omicron is so contagious that cloth masks no longer provide efficient protection against the virus. They recommend upgrading to an N95, KN95, or KF94 mask, all of which provide about the same level of protection (blocking 95% of virus particles if properly fitted). Scientists have determined that cloth masks only filter about 37% of virus particles—leaving far too many to be inhaled and potentially infect you.

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A mid adult woman protects herself by placing an N95 face mask over her nose and mouth.

Follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.