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As the pandemic response heads into
month two, the path forward remains unclear. The one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t seem to be working as intended. But, a larger problem looms on the horizon. The economic crisis the world presently faces could be more deadly and last longer than the virus itself. Also, the potential impact on mental health from extended isolation cannot be understated. As states cautiously reopen for business and greater social interaction, a few truths emerge. First, humans are resilient. We will make it happen. Second, humans are social animals. Third, there is an inherent goodness in most people. These characteristics are what will help our global society recover. Regardless of the experiments in restriction that seem to keep popping up around the country, people are finding a way to get it done. We must continue to meaningfully engage with each other, or there will be greater problems than just the virus. Societies recover after widespread disease — look at history. Humans are a powerful force of nature. Let them work.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since January, you know all about COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, and the global chaos it has caused, including massive quarantines, flight cancellations, and medical supply shortages. Understandably, people have since picked up new habits to avoid contracting the illness, like washing hands more thoroughly, wearing masks outdoors, and avoiding big crowds. Those are all good precautions, but according to The New York Times, there might be another strategy you can employ year- round to boost your immune system: regular exercise. If that surprises you, you’re not alone! Back in the 1980s, misleading research conducted on marathon participants spread the myth that a tough workout suppresses your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. However, in recent years, new studies on both mice and humans debunked that theory. In 2014, scientists at Umeå University in Sweden found that elite endurance athletes — the people you’d think would be sick all the time if hard workouts really did reduce immunity — actually took fewer sick days than athletes who exercised less. And in 2005, a study on mice showed that jogging for 30 minutes a day over several weeks made them more likely to survive rodent flu. What’s even more interesting is that according to The New York Times, a 2008 study conducted on mice in Germany suggested that rather than dying off during exercise, immune CAN EXERCISE STAVE OFF SICKNESS? Why Your Workout Routine Might Protect You From Infection
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