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Staying Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic -- Couple at Home, Looking Out the Window


With the coronavirus pandemic, we are all learning new ways to stay healthy. The CDC recommends that people protect themselves by wearing a mask, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, washing hands often, staying 6 feet apart, and getting vaccinated.

However, if you are going to be indoors, research conducted at MIT has shown that limiting the amount of time spend indoors is critical to reducing risk. Sign in to learn about and access an online tool to calculate, based on a variety of risk factors, approximately how long it is safe to be in a room with other people — assuming one is infectious. Also, learn the symptoms of COVID and what steps to take if you get COVID. In addition, find out if getting a flu vaccine or shingles vaccine can help reduce COVID-19 risks (including hospitalization or complications) after getting the shots, and learn if and when kids should get a flu shot.

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At the same time, we know that our readers are an astute group of individuals who continually seek useful and accurate information and employ this information in their lives. So, at this precarious time when we each face challenges to our physical, mental, and social well-being, we welcome you to share with others any special advice or tips that you have on staying healthy in the face of coronavirus.

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October 10, 2021

If people develop COVID they should also monitor their blood oxygen level since oxygen levels can get very low without signs of shortness of breath. I'm an MD MPH

October 10, 2021

Received original shingles shot in 2013ish. Merkel Cell cancer surgeries, including groin lymph node dissection, and follow-up radiation in 2020 and 2021. No medical team mention nor comment regarding shingles vaccination prior to treatment. Toward end of second surgery/radiation events, (18 days after getting 2nd Moderna Covid shot) got shingles... bad. Medications provided no relief. Four months of misery. Asked GP if I should get the new vaccine. At first he said not likely I would get shingles again regardless of getting new shots. Later, he encouraged me to get the new vaccine.

Had the medical team - GP, oncologists (2), surgeons (2) - mentioned the new 2 shot shingles vaccination, I may have been able to avoid 4 months of misery.

June 21, 2021

At this point in time...seems everyone thinks the game is over...but I'm getting the impression it isn't. The Delta variant out of India is increasing rapidly in the US from 2.7% to around 10% in 2 weeks (and this doesn't include the last 2 weeks).

Children are probably the most likely carriers along with some "adults" who fail to vaccinate.

I generally stay out of circulation most of the time anyway and I'm thinking at some point I'll start wearing a mask again when grocery shopping (study out of UK says this is most likely point of transmission?).

The areas of the world where there are the lowest vaccination rates and poorer hygiene are where the more infectious variants will spread or develop...obviously the variants that that are more transmissible spread the fastest and become predominant. Some of them are more likely to result in a more serious infection.

I'm not exactly "Mr Clean" but I'm expecting that this fall and winter to be challenging...we might get lucky...but I'm not throwing my masks away yet. Plus there is likely to be some value in wearing masks during flu season anyway. So you need to ask it more sensible to wear a mask in "iffier" situations or to try to be more socially acceptable and not wear one?

My general impressions of Covid is that you obviously don't want to "get" it and you sure don't want Long Covid....seems to me that Covid will turn out to be a chronic disease with long term negative effects...along with herpes and other chronic infections. And as you age these will wear you down...?

Not old yet? Well I'm pretty sure you will be at some point....

September 13, 2021

These are some interesting thoughts. Don’t want to jump the gun and agree with everything in that last paragraph, but suspect for sure. My husband has had intermittent transient rib and sternum pain since we had it in January. And I have had worse brain fog that waxes and wanes. I am a frontline worker so I’m probably exposed a lot. When I contracted it and gave it to my entire family (thankfully no one died), I had been caring for 5 covid patients, 3 with dependent needs (bathing, feeding, incontinent) and 4/5 with aerosolizing oxygen delivery devices. I wore goggles, a face sheild, an n95 (a real one) and a simple mask over that and a gown w gloves. I sanitized the face sheild and got a new simple mask everytime. Unfortunately we were unable to change our n95 due to Ppe shortage. I did everything I could. I admit going from covid room to covid room without taking off or cleaning my face shield and other stuff bc of being busy and time management. But I didn’t touch anything. I think the virus was just airborne in that environment and somehow got around my sheild and goggles? Anyway, proning and deep breathing exercises if you do get sick.

October 13, 2021

Nurselz, thank you so very much for your selfless care and dedication. We owe you a debt that can never be repaid. Stay safe.

April 28, 2021

I've noticed that when my cloth mask slides half way down my nose, it gets harder to breathe. Instead of constantly readjusting it up my nose over the hours, I'll put on a nose strip. The kind that mechanically opens your nostrils so you don't snore at night. And on I go with my day with one less annoyance to worry about.

And I'd like to give a plug for the app Down Dog (Yoga Buddhi Co) (I got it on Google Play, though I imagine you can get it other places like Apple related places.) I was enjoying the free version as an occasional backup to my yoga classes when the pandemic hit, when I decided to spring for the full version ($45 for a year back then, I believe it was. A little more expensive now, it looks like). I love how you can tailor the yoga to your needs. There's full-on yoga, gentle yoga, stretching focus, even chair yoga. You can select what type of music you listen to. Select length of session, your experience level, speed of session, how much guidance you get or don't get, video or pictures, and seemingly on and on. Been loving it. (I have no relation to the company. Just a random user.)

October 14, 2020

Besides following the mask/social distancing/handwashing protocol religiously, I'm keeping up with exercise at home using the excellent selection of videos on the AARP website plus a 6-minute workout from the New York Times. Only equipment needed is a chair and some hand weights. Taking my vitamins and supplements suggested to me by my naturopath faithfully. At the first sign of coldlike symptoms, I've been taking zinc lozenges and andrographis tablets for a couple of days, and so far have fought everything off, as has my spouse. Limiting alcohol to one beer or glass of wine/week. Also limiting news consumption! (This may be the healthiest thing we do!) At night, my husband and I listen to soothing music as we go to sleep (the CD series Liquid Mind we find very relaxing). We miss socializing with various groups and volunteer activities we participated in very much, but try to keep in touch with friends to meet outside when weather permits. I'm 65, my spouse is 68.

October 7, 2020

Stay physically active, as active as you can. Do lots of steps. Taking 2 at a time on the incline is great if you can (work up to it).

Exercise is a 3 pronged approach: strength, aerobics (I'm a fan of interval aerobics), and stretching. I stretch and strengthen head to toe. The mental and physical are very closely connected. Your mental state WILL improve if you stay fit no matter the situation.

Do what you can but work up to it so you don't overdo and get hurt. I'm 71 and do ring dead hang pullups, climb rope, etc. You will be amazed at what you can do if you don't limit yourself. Good luck and best wishes!

August 20, 2020

Walking while I talk to friends---I fastidiously keep and update a list in my smartphone of friends to call. This is key because all of your loved ones don't usually download at once!
*Top of the list are elders As soon as I make or answer a phone call to them i put on my shoes and walk==I sometimes lose track of the time and over exercise and 'trick' myself into exercise. I 'power walk' moving my upper body while I walk--it looks goofy but is good for you!

I also send people pictures of themselves or them with me with notes of support or to tell them I love them. Sometimes I have Walgreens send prints to them (you can have them directly mailed to your friend if, when you are checking out, you change the mailing address to theirs.

I have a hypnotherapist who custom made a guided visualization progressive relaxation type of recording for me (I used my iPhone during our session to make my own recording).
There are many versions of this type of recording on youtube etc

I use a white noise machine made by homedics (available at Bed Bath and Beyond) if there is noise keeping me awake or youtube has white noise fan and other relaxing nature sounds you can play

I love ConsumerLab!

Hope it helps, friends!

July 29, 2020

I’m almost 70 and live alone. I do not socialize indoors and I only shop for groceries. I have always eaten a healthy diet ( limited meat & carbs) and maintained a slim weight & healthy lifestyle before Covid, so this hasn’t changed. I now only socialize with 1to 4 friends at a time OUTSIDE wearing masks and maintaining social distance during our walks, bike rides, hikes and tennis (several days a week). I don’t smoke or use drugs, but do have an occasional glass of wine. I regularly text and/or talk to my daughter and her husband who live on the East Coast and I also talk to my local, older sister and at least one close friend daily. I practice mindfullness & meditation for stress, read, play with my 2 dogs, Zoom, and check in with an elder neighbor. Fortunately I am a retired professional who is financially very secure and I have a comfortable home & yard that offers serenity during these uncertain times. I am trying to keep a positive attitude but it’s hard when so people are suffering physically, emotionally and financially; and Covid-19 infections are spiking in so many areas.

October 10, 2021

I have been living similarly. 73 years old, ride horses, camp self contained. Grateful everyday. I'm the oddball out of my friends who seem to have a higher risk tolerance than I do. I really really don't want to get COVID even if a mild case. My son is an ENT and he deals daily with folks who will never regain smell/taste from this virus. He says that is reason enough to avoid infection. I just received a jury summons, I DO NOT WANT TO BE TRAPPED inside with people vaccinated or not "wearing" masks. I've not been in a restaurant or similar since Feb 2020. I'm giving away my James Taylor concert tickets at an indoor venue. Vaccination not required, and we know that doesn't protect 100% anyway. I truly don't trust others to protect me. Cooking via Zoom with my grandkids who live 1500 miles away. I am going to my college reunion. Vaccination required, masks indoors and outdoors, smaller numbers, outside gatherings. My sister will test before coming for the winter. I'm treating my ranch like an island~

June 3, 2020

Signing up for health newsletters from Consumer Lab, Medpage, NY Times and Washington Post Coronavirus newsletters, etc --a list of my favorites can be found on my Coronavirus Tips and Prevention webpage here:
2) Also I take the supplements recommended on Consumerlab's supplement pages, linked above!
**I LOVE Consumerlab!

June 3, 2020

In January before it became a pandemic I purchased N95 masks. When ever I go to a store I wear my mask and a face shield. I also wash my hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer.

May 13, 2020

I've begun taking a daily tablespoon of Fire Cider Tonic (I have no financial interest), which is apple cider vinegar infused with turmeric, ginger, garlic, lemons, peppers, horseradish, honey, and oranges. I don't know what it does, but it'll wake you right up.

April 26, 2020

In addition to sheltering at home and wearing a face mask to go grocery shopping to protect others in case I'm asymptomatic, I have continued my healthy lifestyle practices that I've done for many years. I eat a healthy, colorful diet of fruits and vegetables daily, along with lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. I limit my added sugar intake, and I avoid processed and fast foods. I cook all my meals at take out or delivery. I also exercise at least one hour per day walking daily at a fast pace, running three times a week for a total average of 15-20 miles and strength train 2-3 times a week in addition to that for about 15 or 20 minutes each time. I have cut down my running mileage which used to be between 20-30 miles per week since the pandemic because high mileage running can reduce your body's immunity. I take a multivitamin, probiotic, D3 + K2, Vitamin C, Ubiquinol, zinc, fish oil and curcumin supplements each day that have been tested and approved by ConsumerLab. I have taken these for many years, long before the pandemic, because I'm a competitive runner/age group athlete who is also in menopause. What I will say is it's getting harder to find these supplements due to the pandemic. I am fortunate to be very healthy with no medical conditions, healthy biometrics and have no need to take any prescription drugs. At age 57, I still have nearly perfect vision. I think my healthy lifestyle is the main reason for that.

April 22, 2020

Our largest contribution to ourselves and others during this time, is to shelter in place. Fortunately, we've been able to continue working from home with only a modest loss to our income. We're still able to continue in-home exercise routines, eat whole foods, get plenty of sleep, make music, watch the beautiful spring process bud out around us, and to walk safely around our property and neighborhood.

In an emergency, we wear a mask, keep disinfection cloths in the car or in a baggie in a pocket. Our groceries are delivered to our door, where everything is wiped down then set inside. Once dry, items that must be chilled get a second wipe and are refrigerated, while items that can sit inside the house remain for a couple of days before being moved to the kitchen.fruits and vegetables are thoroughly soaked in a vinegar water solution and wiped dry.

We use gloves to get the mail and open it in the garage. Most goes directly to recycling, the rest is moved to the house. We do sanitize gloves during some of the process. Parcels are delivered to the front door, wiped down, brought in and left for a couple of days.

I have no financial interest in Garden of Life elderberry immune gummies which also contain echinacea, zinc, and vitamin C to support immunity. I attempt to wean myself from too much news, and choose pleasurable projects like cooking and puzzles, reading and making music. Lots of house cleaning, too!

I have a question: We are due to pick up two new puppies from a breeder mid-July. The CDC says we can't get sick from pets, but I am concerned that a dog's fur can transmit virus if it has been present. Is there any new information on this, and do you have suggestions about how to handle the pups before I have them home?

April 16, 2020

At 78 years old, I'm fortunate to be in good health with no need to take any medications. My annual physical exam shows no underlying conditions. Also fortunate to not suffer from any joint pain or stiffness and have very good flexibility. My overall approach has been to eat clean organic foods, essentially simple meals. Fruits, veggies, little red meat. No processed foods. I also bake my own sourdough bread using a mix of whole grains. I get in at least 45 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, do strength training with hand weights, and balance training. My BMI is 19.6. While I live alone, I do all my own housework, lawn care, home maintenance, gardening and snowblowing in the winter.

I have been taking the same supplements for years; in the winter months I add Echinacea and Vitamin C. Am thankful for ConsumerLab as while I haven't changed the types of supplements, I have changed brands based on your tests and recommendations.

As I live in the country, I don't need to take precautions while working outdoors or walking alone in the woods. When I do go into town to shop, I wear a ballcap, N95 mask (which I had purchased a couple years ago to deal with leaf mold when blowing autumn leaves), glasses, and gloves. I stay far away from other shoppers, sometimes waiting until an aisle clears or taking a different, empty route. I don't carry a purse; I use Apple Pay when available and if not, I'll carry a credit card in my pocket. I use self check-out and have my own stylus if interaction with a screen or buttons are needed. Bottle of hand sanitizer is in my car which I use when I remove my gloves and bag them. Stylus gets sanitized then as well as my iPhone case. I wash my hands with soap and water for at least a minute when I get home, then sanitize what needs refrigeration. The rest sit for a few days.

Much appreciation for the information CL has shared about sanitizing masks and other equipment. I used my N95 today then put it in my 170F oven for 30 minutes, with some ice cubes in a pan to provide humidity. Nothing melted thankfully. It then went into an empty room where it will stay until I need it again in a couple weeks.

The government doesn't keep us safe. We as individuals have the responsibility to do that and by trying very hard not to get careless and by being careful when we must leave our homes, I believe we can protect ourselves.

Best wishes for good health to CL, its staff, and all members.
April 16, 2020

Sounds like you’re very on top of things! Great for you! One little comment: The ice cubes seem like an interesting way to maintain humidity, but be sure to include some water so that there is humidity early on.

April 18, 2020

Thanks for that tip!

May 13, 2020

Outstanding informative post Linda. I'm. 77 and in good health also. Will adapt some of your procedures..

May 22, 2020

Linda, you sound amazing! Your advice is some I will take! Blessings to you, Jeannie

April 15, 2020

I caught a cold in the beginning of March. My doctor does not think it was coronavirus because I didn't have fever or shortness of breath. The oregano oil did not work for me this time and the the wet cough was persistent. After some research, I started taking olive leaf extract ( from Gaia, I have no financial interest ). I think olive leaf supplement is about the most perfect supplement you can take. Not only does it kill bacteria and virus, it also lowers blood sugar and blood pressure. My BP is now 115/65, and a heart rate of 63, which are both 10 points higher than before. And the lab test showed improvement in my kidney function. Needless to say I was very happy about this. And I am very glad this cold has led me to a wonderful supplement.
I do want to point out the olive leaf supplement helped but did not get rid of my coughs completely, I have to add another mushroom supplement on top of what I am taking to rid the coughs.
I just read online some 45 year old woman who is vegan and very fit physically caught the virus and was very sick for 3 weeks. She said she was surprised that her healthy lifestyle did not protect her from this virus. I believe people should take supplements like mushrooms and/or olive leaf extract for a strong immunity on top of having a healthy lifestyle.

April 13, 2020

I am recovering from the virus. I took courses of medication given me by a physician at a medical facility (NOT by my own GP, who said there was nothing that could be done and to simply take over-the-counter meds for a simple cold). There were no test kits at the time, but the symptoms I exhibited were far worse than any flu, and I was tested for run-of-the-mill influenza and tested negative. The ER doc I saw had the foresight to have done enough reading that he gave me appropriate courses of meds and explicitly told me "stay home, stat in bed as much as possible, take all the meds on time, every time - if you can't, then go straight to the hospital". I took his advice. I am now nearly recovered (24 days later). I also adhere to the governor's request to "stay home", "stay away from people", "don't go out if you don't have to", etc. It's pretty simple really. Aside from all the conspiracy theorists out there, it makes sense to just stay clear of people, don't go anywhere you don't have to, and stay in (or around) your own property if you can. Oh, and mask, gloves, and goggles if you have to go somewhere - don't worry about how you look (you don't look cool), but DO worry about what you'll pick up otherwise.

April 22, 2020

Curious as to what was the medication the doctor gave you that helped you beat the virus.

April 8, 2020

I'm the family health czar for my elderly parents and middle-aged sibling. My primary health regimen focuses on good sleep, healthy diet, exercise and basic supplement regimen. Re: COVID-19, I skimmed clinical studies on influenza, rhinovirus, and the limited information on coronavirus in humans. I also reviewed recommendations from integrative/functional physicians and requested review by an ER nurse friend to put together the following:

Prevention (to bolster immunity):
*Elderberry or Astragalus
*Vitamin C (low dose)
*Probiotic (i.e., strains that support respiratory health)

Mitigation (if exposed):
*Zinc gluconate, to disrupt viral replication (15mg tablet dissolved in mouth, 5-6x/day)

Treatment (if symptoms develop):
*Sudafed (original formula with pseudoephedrine works best for me)
April 9, 2020

Hi Jennifer - Thank you for sharing this. You can see our review of the evidence for each of those supplements here:

April 12, 2020

Jennifer, thank you for sharing. Very detailed and practical. Happy Easter to you and your family.

April 19, 2020

I greatly appreciate your reviews and your willingness to provide this information. It's a breath of fresh air amidst the tired repetition of "stock" information about washing hands, etc .CL's review of the scientific literature is one of many reasons I've been a subscriber for so many years. Thanks for all you do!

April 19, 2020

You're quite welcome - glad it's helpful. Happy Easter to you & yours as well!
April 19, 2020

Thank you for your kind words Jennifer. We're glad to hear you're enjoying CL and finding it helpful!

April 8, 2020

eggs from magic chickens. Specifically

My CRP, a measure of inflammation, is down to less than .3 (See inflammation and COVID 19). When I "get sick", my single symptom is fatigue and I sleep for about a day. No other symptoms. Also had several weeks of chemo after removal of a malignant tumor. Two side effects chemo brain for two days, and really bad hiccoughs cured by a shot of apple cider vinegar. Other than that --- nothing.

No inflammation = excellent health

April 8, 2020

Keep informing me. Prevention is our best way and following the distancing rules.

April 8, 2020

I work on immunity. Sauna, cold shower, sauna daily. One hour walk early in the morning. One hour walk in the evening. Arobic exercise at 80 percent of max heart rate on a rower twice a week. Squat, deadlift, and bench twice a week. I'm 72, so immunity boost is what I think is best for me.

April 7, 2020

When the tidal wave swamped Japan and it's nuclear reactors a few years back we were told that radioactive debris would be washing up on California shores. I didn't know if that was true (as far as I know it never happened) but using an "abundance of caution" I bought a dozen N95 masks, gloves, and other PPE equipment. The masks came in handy. I now use them daily, carefully putting them in an already open paper bag after use (to avoid contaminating the outside of the bag), putting the bags in an unused closet and then reusing the masks on a 9 day - sometimes more - rotation. I also use gloves by wearing one on my "contamination" hand for touching possibly contaminated things, and keeping my "clean" hand in my pocket unless I know I'm not dealing with contaminated objects. When I take off my (potentially) contaminated glove I use my clean hand and then wash both hands immediately.

April 16, 2020

You can clean gloves by using hand sanitizer as you go about your day so you don't have to sanitize your poor dry hands all the time. Sanitize the gloves when you get home and you can resuse,

April 5, 2020

Whenever I start getting a sore throat, which is frequently the first symptom from a virus, I take Dr. David Williams' probiotic "Oral Sinus" once or twice per day, and can usually keep from going into a full-blown illness. It presumably introduces friendly bacteria into the sinuses to crowd out harmful microorganisms. For me, and other members of my family, it works about 90% of the time to head off a cold.

(I don't have any financial interest in Dr. David Williams' products.)
April 7, 2020

Hi Lee - Thank you for sharing your experience with this product (which we have not tested).

There is some evidence that one of the probiotic strains in this product (which is a lozenge) may have anti-viral activity as it was shown to reduce the incidence of viral throat infections in children (see the "What It Does" section of the Probiotics Supplements Review However, we are not aware of studies investigating the other strain in this product (Streptococcus salivarius M18 — BLIS M18) for viral or respiratory infections.

The lozenge also contains a moderate amount of vitamin D (400 IU) and zinc (5 mg), both of which are important for immune system health. Maintaining adequate levels vitamin D and zinc may reduce the risk of respiratory infections (see and Interestingly, however, zinc lozenges that have been shown to reduce the severity and duration of colds have generally provided higher doses of zinc, and in different forms of zinc than used in this lozenge (

April 5, 2020

Eating my usual whole food, cooking from scratch, lots of fresh veggies, fruit, minimal meat, outdoors daily for fresh air and walk with dog; yoga. Taking my supplements, breathing, getting plenty of sleep. No sugar, no processed foods, minimal if any alcohol. Not reading or listening to too many headlines, always questioning and not taking everything we are fed with a grain of salt. Being willing to consider other well-researched viewpoints besides mainstream media and government. They are not always right nor do they always have our best interests at heart - in spite of what they tell us. Respecting mine and other's space and rights. Loving every day - watching spring unfold, birds dancing, singing, wildflowers popping, working in yard. Staying connected to friends and family as best as possible through internet and phone.

April 8, 2020

Great and sound advice!

April 5, 2020

First of all~ I am so grateful to have the resources and community that ConsumerLab provides. I would like to say thank you for always keeping us up to date on supplements and the facts/cautions and concerns about them, especially now during these challenging times.
Here in this household we have focused on supporting and strengthening our immune systems mainly through a whole food diet plan as much as possible. Very little refined and processed foods. Limiting the sugar. Taking a reputable mult-vitamin, Vitamin D3 1000-2000IUs, and a Vitamin B Complex. We keep it pretty simple. We cannot necessarily control this virus but we can control improving our health as much as possible so that as a potential host we may have an immune system that works when called upon. (PS) I do feel for those that have to isolate alone. Thank goodness for our computers and virtual connections these days. I'm not always a huge fan as we are such a virtual world that can feel very disconnected but during these times it is actually the opposite and giving us a chance to connect outside our homes. We will make it through having learned a bunch! Stay well all.

April 1, 2020

My husband and I are lucky to be in a place where social distancing is not a problem, we manage to get outside and hike or bike everyday with an occasional exercise video. My husband has asthma so I do the grocery shopping and make sure to wash my hands regularly. We take our vitamins and cook healthy meals every day to keep our bodies well nourished. So far so good, fingers crossed

April 1, 2020

Three years ago this winter, I experienced a season of illness...dyspnea from some random respiratory virus followed by Type B flu that put me out for 6 days. It was a long winter. I decided my immune system was tanked and went in search of help. I found Natrol whole food vitamins (sold only at Costco apparently) and started a daily regimine. I also found Ridgecrest Herbals Clear Lungs sold at the Vitamin Shoppe and started a reginme as well. 100% turnaround. The past 2 winter seasons (including this one) have been completely different. My breathing is dramatically improved...I was diagnosed with asthma as a kid and while I have improved, I still have to yawn or push down to open up my diapgram to get a "good breath". No more! Clear Lungs has cleaned out all the mucous in my lungs and I breathe clear. My immune system is the strongest its been. And ironically enough I started working in a school two years ago! I've also noticed my system tends to dip during monthly cycles, in which time I add zinc and Emergen C to my daily regime. My kids don't take Clear Lungs daily so when they have had respiratory issues, I have employed good old fashion "steam breathing" with a drop of essential oil (peppermint or eucalyptus). Works like a charm to keep bronchial tubes less aggitated. Equal parts ACV and honey used every 3 hours as a cough syrup does the trick.
April 1, 2020

Be aware that ClearLungs, which we have not tested, is a proprietary blend of more than one dozen herbal ingredients. Many of these can interact with medications and some may not be suitable for people with certain medical conditions. You may want to check each ingredient on our site for potential interactions. Of course, the potential for interaction is a function of dose, but the amount of each ingredient is not listed on the product.

April 29, 2020

Julie, You might want to include a stretching exercise to open your rib cage I learned from going to PT. Stand in a doorway with arms raised to the sides and keeping elbows level and hands at a right angle on the door frame. Meanwhile step through the door with your whole body with one foot, then come back, alternating feet and repeat using the other foot to step forward. Your elbows will not allow you to go farther than a step through the door, but it will open up your rib cage and allow your lungs to stretch, which allows deeper breathing. Do it regularly for best results.
April 29, 2020

Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any stretching or exercise regimen.

April 1, 2020

It was time to get more Heartgard for my dog, but the vet wouldn't prescribe it until they did a heart worm test. Since I know how busy they are and how many other people are usually there, I asked them to come out to the car to draw the blood. They agreed.
Actually, they came to my car, took my dog inside for the blood draw and test and brought him back out in just a few minutes. They also brought out the Heartgard. We're all safe and still healthy!

Cat America
April 1, 2020

Lauretta, I had to take my cat to the vet this Monday for a scheduled abdominal ultrasound. They called me last week & said I should call them from the parking lot when I arrived to drop her off. They are doing this with everyone now. I think it's wonderful. The person who came outside got my cat out of the car very quickly, and when I went to pick her up, I called again & they took my credit card info & then brought her back out. Seems like a very smart way to do business.

April 1, 2020

I have trouble remembering not to touch my face because of seasonal allergies here in our warm southern climate, so my daughter recommended wearing rubber gloves as a reminder not to touch my face -- but I don't have any and couldn't buy them. So my son recommended buying a clear plastic veterinary collar for dogs and cats and starting a new fashion trend. Instead, I decided to take Zyrtec or Claritin to stop the itchy nose and eyes. So far, so good. A third option would be to wear boxing gloves, but personally, I'd rather wear the clear vinyl vet collar instead.

April 5, 2020

Haven’t been to hair stylist in weeks but hair keeps growing. To keep from brushing unruly strands reflexively and touching my face have bought packs of hairbands at dollar store to match outfits. They can go into the washer (net bag!)and always clean.

April 1, 2020

I agree with Stephen19249's comment completely. Walking, gardening, bike riding--any way to get outside is helpful, and it's easy to maintain social distancing. Also, a caution about using CBD oil...I tried ingesting CBD oil for cancer-related anxiety but learned that for me taking it internally is NOT a good idea because (like taking 1/2 baby aspirin) it makes me bleed much too freely. So fellow subscribers, do be cautious with ingesting CBD if you are on blood thinning drugs (I am not) or have had issues with bleeding from taking baby aspirin.
April 1, 2020

FYI, we mention in the Concerns and Cautions section of our CBD Review that CBD may increase the blood-thinning effects of warfarin and provide references for that. See:

April 1, 2020

My husband and I are very strong advocates of Vitamin D3 and since we have been taking 5,000 IU a day (10,000 IU during flu season) for years now, we have not gotten colds or flu!! Our doctor feels it is important to have a Vitamin D blood test once a year and for older people, their blood count for D should be between 50 and 70. We are in our early 80's, only medicine we take is Armour Thyroid, other supplements, Chia seed, organic natural coconut oil in our coffee and cooking, probiotics and Kefir and Greek yogurt. We try to eat a healthy diet and have very little sugar. Also exercise, yoga, and a little Happy Hour is a part of our daily routine! Sadly many medical doctors are not that knowledgeable about nutrition or vitamins--one has to do their own research. We also go to a naturalpathic doctor as well for balancing our health.
April 1, 2020

Glad you're keeping healthy but please note that the amount of vitamin D that you are taking is far more than is necessary to maintain levels known to be beneficial and could be harmful. You may already be aware of this but, if not, please read the How Much Is Too Much section of our Vitamin D Supplements Review at

April 4, 2020

Hi Mary Jo, I enjoyed reading your post and found it inspiring. I agree with your approach. Thank You. Sincerely, Cheryll

April 4, 2020

I love this web site. Thanks so much, Cheryll

April 1, 2020

I live alone, and I feel that's both an advantage and a disadvantage, in that I can more easily limit my exposure to the virus, but at the same time, I an more isolated with less social interaction than a family would enjoy.

That being said, I exercise daily, including both long walks alone and weight-lifting at home since my gym has closed. I am truly looking forward for warmer weather ahead, and plan to increase my vegetable growing, along with annuals for pollinators. Natural beauty is a balm when anxiety or discouragement strikes.

I subscribe to an online meditation app, but there are also many free resources available online for practicing meditation and mindfulness, or simply playing soothing music.

I am practicing cooking more mindfully, because focusing on the details of what you're doing now can also be very helpful in controlling anxiety.

Probably my greatest challenge, aside from hitting the local supermarket, is not relaxing my usually high standards when it comes to eating high quality and preferably organic plant-based foods. There seem to be temporary shortages of all sorts of things, but I believe these will ease as people realize the sky will not fall.

Stay safe, everyone.

April 2, 2020

You are never alone when you have your self. Pet work wonders in a person live.

April 12, 2020

Dawn, what you said about controlling anxiety, "focusing on the details of what you're doing now," is a simple and perfect definition of mindfulness, I will adopt it as my mantra! Thank you!

May 6, 2020

I an an 85 year old with lots of vitality, have also lived alone for years and have no problem with social isolation because I use interactive media such as Skype, FaceTime and Zoom and especially my virtual world ( to join) to stay in touch with friends, family and organizations. I have had NO physical contact with anyone for a few months and don't seem to mind it.
I also do a lot of art, music activity, reading, digital jigsaw puzzles, word games, watching uplifting movies and TV, writing, dancing and walking outside (no people around) when the weather is good. I get my Vitamin D from 10 minutes of sun. Helpful, healthy neighbors shop for me and leave the groceries at my door.
I have not had a cold, the flu (no shots) or any illness for years and do not take any extra supplements except CoQ10 and turmeric (followed ConsumerLab's recommendations). I eat a healthy diet, have substituted stevia for sugar, and take low doses of meds for hypothyroidism (born with it), borderline BP and cholesterol control (genetic inheritance).
I think that one's mental attitude and engagement with life, however possible, helps with general well-being. I am a happy person.

April 1, 2020

Raw garlic, loads of it. Garlic has been shown to have powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-protozoan activity, both in vitro and in vivo--and it is expressed (profoundly) in the lungs--which also helps with social distancing!

Crush garlic and let it sit for 15 minutes to develop the allicin, and then add to already cooked food.

Richard Collier in The Plague of the Spanish Lady cites anecdotal evidence that alliums were efficacious during the 1918 pandemic. I like garlic, and it couldn't hurt...

Garlic's also been shown to improve lipid profiles (blood cholesterol) and high blood pressure. It's a win/win.
April 15, 2020

Hi Diana - See the Garlic section of our CL Answer about supplements and natural remedies for COVID-19 (

April 1, 2020

This doesn't just apply to the current crises, it has also helped in everyday life, but I feel lots walking and meditating has helped me control my anxiety.

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