Dear. Dr. Manny,
I’ve read that zinc supplements may help protect me against COVID-19. Is there any truth to that?
Thanks for your question.
Right now, the most important measure that you can take to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus is social distancing, washing your hands, not touching your face and following the guidelines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out for self-quarantine.
However, I do understand your question.
Zinc supplements have been touted for many years to be effective in shortening the phase of common colds, and there is data to support that impression.
There have been many randomized controlled trials that have shown that zinc supplements can inhibit replication of the common cold viruses and, therefore, reduce the average duration of a common cold.
HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – There are now 26 counties under Governor Tom Wolf’s Stay-At-Home order.
Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties join the 22 other counties, including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland locally under the order.
Wolf announced during a press briefing Monday that he is extending the Stay at Home order through April 30 for all counties affected.
The order that began on the evening of March 23, was originally scheduled to last for two weeks.
Wolf also announced that schools will remain closed indefinitely and he will no longer extend the deadline by two weeks at a time.
Non-life essential businesses remain ordered to close.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department says there are 25 new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total to 290 active cases.
Of those patients, 38 have been or are hospitalized.
The death toll remains at two. Both of those patients were adults.Allegheny County Health Department@HealthAllegheny
This is the COVID-19 Daily Update from ACHD for March 30, 2020. A map which shows where residents with confirmed COVID-19 live is available: http://bit.ly/ACHDcovid-19 . ACHD is working on making other information available publicly.The Health Department continues to do contact tracing for the cases that have tested positive, and instructing those people what to do next, like self-quarantining.
The majority of cases in the county remain in the 25-49 age group, with the 50-64 age group next, and then 65 or over.
More women in the county have been diagnosed with 147 cases, but cases in men are close behind with 143.
More information on the Coronavirus pandemic:
- CDC Coronavirus Information
- CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
- Pennsylvania Department of Health Information
- Allegheny County Health Department Information
Stay with KDKA for the latest on the developing story.
The city of Pittsburgh announced additional restrictions Monday morning to enforce social distancing rules that aim to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Public Works crews are removing basketball rims from the courts at parks. The Mount Washington overlooks are also being closed.
The press release from the mayor’s office said the areas were commonly filled over the weekend with residents who were not practicing social distancing.
“Park rangers and police will be out to remind people to observe social distancing,” Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri said. “We think that Pittsburghers are going to basically self-police and get the word and change the activity, because this weekend was sort of a step back, but we don’t think that’s going to be a problem moving forward.”
- Johnson & Johnson said Monday human testing of its experimental vaccine for the coronavirus would begin by September and that it could be available for emergency use authorization in early 2021.
- Shares of Johnson & Johnson rose more than 4% in premarket trading.
- The company said it is also increasing its manufacturing capacity with a new site in the U.S. and additions to previously existing sites in other countries to produce and distribute the potential vaccine quickly.
- The child’s death was announced on Saturday. It’s not clear what their age is
- Illinois Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike said: ‘There has never been a case of COVID-19 death in an infant’
- The child was among 13 new deaths in Illinois, raising the state’s toll to 47
- Last week, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued statewide stay-at-home order
- As of Saturday, 47 Illinois residents have died as total cases approach 3,500
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – KCRG-TV9’s i9 Investigative Team is checking rumors and speculation circulating about the Coronavirus.
One rumor a couple viewers asked us was whether blood type made you more or less susceptible to contracting the coronavirus.
The preliminary evidence suggests this is TRUE.
A study awaiting publication in medical journals looked at blood types of COVID-19 patients in China. It found people with type A blood are about 20-percent more likely to contract Coronavirus than other blood types. Meanwhile, people with type O blood had about a 30-percent lower chance of getting the virus.
The study did not look at whether those cases are more or less severe based on blood type. It’s important to note that these results are very preliminary because of how new this virus is.
(CNN)President Donald Trump said Saturday that he’s considering a short-term quarantine of “hot spots” in parts of the tri-state area — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — where cases of coronavirus continue to rise.“We’re thinking about certain things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot. … We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term, two weeks on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut,” he told reporters as he departed the White House for Norfolk Naval Station to send off a Navy hospital ship to New York.Trump’s suggestion comes after the United States this week became the epicenter of the global pandemic, with at least 111,000 reported Covid-19 cases across the country, and more than 52,000 of them in New York state alone. Officials forecast that the apex of the pandemic there is still 14 to 21 days away. But overwhelmed hospitals, in New York as well as across the US, working to treat coronavirus patients and curb the spread of the virus are facing a shortage of supplies and ventilators, a key piece of equipment.“I’d rather not do it, but we may need it,” said the President, who later tweeted that “decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.”
Although their physical locations are closed, many locally-owned fitness studios are offering online classes via Instagram, Facebook and other sources. While some have online memberships, other studios are asking for donations. Either way, you’ll be supporting a small business through unchartered territory.
With that in mind, here’s our roundup of online options.
This is an evolving list, so if you know of a local business offering virtual classes, give us a head’s up and we’ll add it.
It’s also worth noting that although there is a stay-at-home mandate in place for Allegheny County, residents are still welcome to take a walk, go to the park or visit other green spaces to take in a breath of fresh air with their fitness. Just, you know, stay a respectable distance from each other, OK?
The Garfield-based yoga studio is offering online classes on its website under the tab “1.1 at Home.” Users may subscribe for $20 per month or rent individual classes for $5 each. “Either way, you’ll be helping keep a small business alive in these scary times, and get to move and breathe while doing it,” a note on the 1.1 website says.
Located Downtown, Altus-HPO has online classes through its mobile app. “During this time of need everybody needs to do their part to help where they can,” a message on the website says. “We’re really good at coaching people towards getting real results so that’s how we figured we can help.” The first two weeks of classes are free. Users can sign up on the Altus-HPO website.
The yoga studio — which has locations in Wexford, Shadyside, Oakmont and the South Side — is offering practitioners a free 14-day trial of online classes, which include power flow sessions, meditation and “short and sassy” 30-minute classes. Sign up on the Amazing Yoga website.
Amarah Studio and Boutique
The fitness studio and retail shop in Brookline is hosting virtual pay-what-you-can, donation-based classes for practitioners. You also can still shop Amarah’s selection of purses, trays, jewelry and other accessories through its online shop. Items may be shipped or you can schedule a local pickup or delivery.
California Cycle Path
The North Side-based studio — which offers indoor cycling, rowing, dance fitness and more — is hosting virtual classes on Instagram and Facebook live. “The Workout of Shame – 10,000 meters same clothes as last night, hair not did, teeth not brushed, this is me!!!,” said one comical Instagram post from owner John Bratton after a home-based rowing session.
The Pilates studio — which has locations in Shadyside and Murrysville — is offering virtual face-to-face classes where students can receive correction and feedback from instructors. Students will need to set up a camera and tripod. Class size is limited to four to allow for individual instruction from the instructor. Dragonfly Pilates home kits, which include bands and balls, also are available for $25.
Elevate Fusion Fitness
The Strip District-based fitness studio, which offers versa-climbing classes and boxing as well as full-body classes, is hosting virtual classes on Instagram Live. Visit Elevate’s Instagram page for a schedule of upcoming classes.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A 20-year-old from Pittsburgh is now in quarantine after coming home from her study abroad program and testing positive for coronavirus.
For Jillian Lurie, there are only a few rooms in her parents’Squirrel Hill home where she can stand.
She’s been stuck inside for the last 13 days and counting.
“I’ve been quarantined for about two weeks now,” said Lurie.
The 20-year-old Florida State University student tested positive for coronavirus.
“We began to realize this was expanding and coronavirus was serious and that we need to get her home,” said Lisa Lurie, Jillian’s mother.
Jillian Lurie says she was studying abroad in Florence, Italy earlier this month.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Have the streets seemed emptier than usual around here?
Well, if it feels that way, it’s because it’s true. According to Unacast a data company that tracks insights on how people move around the world, Pennsylvania is one of the best states at social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.
Travel in the state has decreased by nearly 50% since March 1.
Here in Allegheny County, as cases have increased, travel has significantly decreased.
As of March 19, when cases began to spoke in the state, Allegheny saw a nearly 20% decrease, also receiving an A grade from Unacast.
To see the whole study and compare Pennsylvania to other states, head to Unacast’s website.
Pennsylvania and Allegheny County are among the best places in the country for social distancing.
Fitzroy Moss livestreamed the walkout to his Facebook account and accused the department of not alerting workers of potential coronavirus exposure after an employee’s wife allegedly tested positive for COVID-19. They said word got out on Monday when the employee was sent home and told to quarantine himself for 14 days.
The mandatory lockdown in Wuhan, China — the city where the global coronavirus pandemic began — will be lifted starting on April 8, the government announced Tuesday. China barred people from leaving or entering Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, starting January 23 and expanded the order to most of the province in the days that followed.
While Wuhan itself still has two weeks of lockdown to go, some local operations are beginning to get back to business. Two car factories in the city started their production lines again on Monday, according to South China Morning Post.
Strong showings from Chevron (CVX), American Express (AXP), Nike (NKE) and Boeing (BA) in the stock market today lifted the Dow Jones industrials to a gain of around 8.5%. The S&P 500 and Russell 2000 small-cap index rallied nearly 6.3% each, and the S&P 500 jumped more than 7%.
But one day of explosive gains doesn’t mean a new bull market is upon us. The stock market still needs to prove itself with a follow-through day.
Some of the worst performing industry groups in IBD’s database in recent weeks were some of the best gainers Tuesday. IBD’s airline group soared more than 20% amid hopes for a coronavirus stimulus package. American Airlines (AAL) was a top percentage gainer in the Nasdaq 100, up more than 25%.
Casino operators, which have been thrashed just as hard as airlines stocks of late, also rallied sharply. Gold miners and homebuilders also outperformed.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Giant Eagle is taking new steps in the name of safety as the coronavirus spreads across the state.
The company announced on Monday that it will be installing plexiglass dividers at checkout and customer service areas at Giant Eagle, Market District, pharmacy, and GetGo locations.
The company is also asking customers to refrain from bringing reusable bags in the store and installing floor indicators and signs at checkout lanes that indicate the appropriate social distancing.
A Giant Eagle spokesperson says the majority of the stores will have the new features by the end of the week.
“That’s most commonly where you push your cart up and start interacting with our team member, said spokesperson Jannah Jablonowski.”I think putting that divide right there was the most effective way.”
Shoppers KDKA talked to feel reassured.
Lisa Duffy thought the cigarette smoke in the casino of the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship was responsible for the nagging cough she developed late in her trip to the Caribbean.
When the ship docked March 14 in Port Canaveral, Fla., she felt great, with none of the fatigue she usually has after enjoying a cruise with her husband, Michael.
That changed quickly, while she was waiting for her husband to pick up their rental car. All of a sudden she was exhausted, aching and sweating.
“I just felt like I got hit by a truck,” said Duffy, 51.
She immediately suspected it was coronavirus.
“I just knew, it was everything they said,” she said.
A few days later, back home in Western Pennsylvania, a doctor confirmed her fears. Lisa and Michael Duffy, 53, are two of Westmoreland County’s first coronavirus patients.
PITTSBURGH — Huge traffic backups marked the first morning of the drive-thru coronavirus testing at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium parking lot.
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