If you’re experiencing symptoms that could be caused by COVID, you want to get tested as quickly as possible. But brand-new findings from Nashville’s Vanderbilt University suggest that if you’re taking a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test (more commonly known as a PCR test), midday may be the smartest time to do so. Researchers found that folks released more infectious particles at 2 pm than they did at 8 pm, which means midday testing may reduce the chances of receiving a false negative. Tip: While waiting for your test results to come in, switch on a humidifier (or a slow cooker filled with water) to increase the humidity in your home to the “sweet spot” of 40% to 60%. This prevents COVID from hanging in the air longer than it does in dry conditions.
Permission to skip grueling workouts to bolster your bones in favor of having a little fun! It turns out, to encourage healthy new bone growth and stop further bone loss as you age, all you have to do is jump. The impact of simply hopping around for a few minutes coaxes more calcium into bones, which significantly increases bone density and helps prevent painful fractures if you ever take a tumble. For best results, do three sets of 10 hops each day, keeping a sturdy chair nearby for stability if needed.