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How Should You Take Care of Yourself After You’ve Had COVID-19?
What is the best way to care for yourself when recovering from COVID-19? After infection, there are many things to consider, including how long you should isolate; whether you should get vaccinated (particularly if you have long COVID); when is it safe to undergo a surgery; how to spot and, possibly, improve lingering "long COVID" symptoms (such as fatigue, loss of smell, difficult concentrating, headache); and whether or not supplements can help.
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Supplement for Post-COVID Fatigue?
Did supplementing with oxaloacetate reduce symptoms in people with post-COVID fatigue in a recent study? Find out in the Strategies for managing long COVID section of our article about How to Take Care of Yourself After You’ve Had COVID-19.
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Which is the best mask to prevent COVID-19 and how do cloth, disposable, N95, and KN95 masks compare? How can I stop glasses from fogging?
See our Top Picks for masks. Learn how to make COVID-19 masks from materials at home that can be almost as effective as surgical mask and N-95 masks.
Do any treatments reduce the risk of infection after you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
REGEN-COV, a combination of two monoclonal antibodies (casirivimab and imdevimab) is currently the only FDA authorized treatment for post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19. Learn more about this treatment to reduce the risk after exposure to COVID, how well it works, safety, who can take it and how to get REGEN-COV.
How do the COVID-19 vaccines compare in terms of efficacy, safety and side effects? How, when and where do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Find out how the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna compare and learn how when and where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Is it safe to fly and how can I avoid getting COVID when flying?
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Which air purifiers are best for reducing the spread of COVID-19?
Find out if portable air cleaners can remove the virus that causes COVID-19 infection from the air and learn which type air cleaners work best.
Which is the best pulse oximeter for home use?
Best pulse oximeter for home use (COVID-19, asthma and COPD). Differences between home use and FDA-approved medical pulse oximeters.
How can I get tested for the coronavirus? Can I get an at-home test for COVID-19? Which are the best tests? Are any tests free?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tests: Where to get COVID-19 tests, including information about free testing, home testing and more. Information about SARS-CoV-2 virus tests, antibody tests and FDA approved tests.
What face shield is best to protect from COVID-19 and when should I wear one?
Review of face shields and information about face shields to help protect against coronavirus (COVID-19). If properly made and worn, face shields provide extra protection for close interactions with individual who may be infected.
I read that famotidine (Pepcid) may help treat COVID-19. Is this true? Might a proton pump inhibitor, like Prilosec, help?
Pepcid (famotidine) was reported to improve outcomes in people with COVID-19 in China. But is there evidence that Pepcid really helps to treat COVID-19?
Do UV light sanitizing wands and boxes kill coronavirus (COVID-19)?
UV light is promoted as an effective and convenient alternative to chemical disinfectants, but can it work against the coronavirus? Learn the the pros and cons and see our reviews and comparisons of popular UV devices on the market.
Does heat kill coronavirus (COVID-19)? Can it disinfect face masks and packages?
Find out if heat kills the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 infection. Learn what temperature kills the coronavirus and more. ConsumerLab explains.
How are you staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic?
Tips for staying healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Tips from ConsumerLab members for maintaining physical health, mental health and social well-being during COVID-19.
Do any supplements help with COVID-19? Do supplements like vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?
Find out if natural remedies & supplements for coronavirus such as zinc, vitamin C, garlic, or elderberry help to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Can I get the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from supplements from China?
Information about catching the coronavirus from supplements from China, plus info on contamination with heavy metals like lead and more.
Since the COVID-19 drug, Paxlovid, works by blocking a protease enzyme, should I be concerned about taking digestive enzymes that contain proteases?
Find out if taking digestive enzyme supplements that contain proteases might interact with medications that work by blocking a protease enzyme, including the COVID-19 drug Paxlovid.
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