“My workplace is in the bedroom. I get up from bed – and if I'm honest, sometimes I don't even bother to shower – and then literally go to the chair and sit there for most of the day, ”said Ryan Taylor, a New York software developer who now Has pain behind the shoulder.
"The body needs exercise," said Heidi Henson, an Oregon-based chiropractor who, like the other chiropractors surveyed, said pandemic inactivity caused injury and pain. "Even if you have perfect ergonomics and are in the same position for too long, your body will not respond well."
A longer screen duration on our phones – such as B. Twitter with Doom scrolling – just ignites inactivity. "Cell phones are a big deal," said Dr. Erickson, explaining that we tend to bend our necks to look down at our phones. Instead, she recommends holding the phone at eye level with your elbow resting on your body for support. Scott Bautch, president of the American Chiropractic Association's Council on Occupational Health, says that as screen time explodes, we're at greater risk for "text neck" and "selfie elbow".
College students, teens, and even younger children are also at risk. "Teens already tend to be on their screens a lot," said Dr. Henson. "And then we took away everything that was good for them in terms of exercise – sport is gone, gyms are gone." She calls young people and students an “overlooked population” from a health point of view.
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frequently asked Questions
Updated September 4, 2020
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
- In the beginning, the coronavirus appeared to be primarily a respiratory illness – many patients had a fever and chills, were weak and tired, and coughed a lot, although some people don't show many symptoms at all. Those who seemed the sickest had pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome and were given supplemental oxygen. By now, doctors have identified many more symptoms and syndromes. In April the C.D.C. added to list of early signs of sore throat, fever, chills, and muscle pain. Gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea and nausea have also been observed. Another tell-tale sign of infection can be a sudden, profound decrease in your sense of smell and taste. In some cases, teenagers and young adults have developed painful red and purple lesions on their fingers and toes – nicknamed "covid toe" – but few other serious symptoms.
Why is it safer to hang out together outside?
- Outdoor gatherings reduce the risk as the wind spreads viral droplets and sunlight can kill some of the virus. Open spaces prevent the virus from building up and being inhaled in concentrated quantities. This can happen when infected people exhale in a confined space for long periods of time, said Dr. Julian W. Tang, virologist at the University of Leicester.
Why does it help to stand three feet away from others?
- The coronavirus spreads mainly through droplets from your mouth and nose, especially when you cough or sneeze. The C.D.C., one of the organizations using this measure, bases its six-foot recommendation on the idea that most of the large droplets that people make when they cough or sneeze fall within six feet of the ground. But six feet has never been a magical number that guarantees complete protection. For example, sneezing, according to a recent study, can trigger droplets that are much farther than two meters away. It's a rule of thumb: it is best to stand six feet apart, especially when it's windy. But always wear a mask even if you think they are far enough apart.
I have antibodies. Am i immune now?
- As of now, this seems likely for at least a few months. There have been scary reports of people appearing to be suffering from a second attack of Covid-19. However, experts say these patients may have a lengthy course of infection, with the virus taking a slow toll weeks to months after initial exposure. People infected with the coronavirus typically produce immune molecules called antibodies, which are protective proteins made in response to an infection. These antibodies may only last in the body for two to three months, which may seem worrying, but that's perfectly normal after an acute infection subsides, said Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at Harvard University. It may be possible to get the coronavirus again, but it is highly unlikely to be possible in a short window of time after the initial infection or make people sick the second time.
What are my rights if I am worried about going back to work?
Dr. Erickson agrees, adding that college students are "absolutely at risk", particularly for neck tension, shoulder pain and headaches. Most middle school students through college age, said Dr. Erickson, "do their work in bed, sit around on the piano like Linus and bend over their laptop or phone for hours." Thanks to the longer screen duration and inactivity, even small children report more headaches and complaints. "It is not normal for an 8-year-old to have neck pain," said Dr. Erickson, but now she's seeing it in her practice.
There is some good news: the solutions can be simple and cheap. For laptop users, the only purchase the experts strongly recommend is an external keyboard and mouse. You can get a simple one for about $ 20 and then put your laptop on a pile of books and raise the monitor to eye level. If your chair is too high for your feet to rest comfortably on the floor, use a footstool. If it's too low, use pillows to make it higher.
Two other important fixes are free: more breaks and more exercise. Dr. Bautch suggests setting a timer every 15 to 30 minutes to remind yourself of the movement and recommends three different types of breaks: frequent "microbreaks" of as little as five seconds where you have been changing your posture in the opposite direction ( so if you were looking at the screen, for example, look at the ceiling for five seconds); then periodic “macro breaks” of three to five minutes, e.g. B. deep breathing or shoulder stretching; and finally “the big workout” of at least 30 minutes of training (ideally in one session), regardless of whether you ride a bike or ride an elliptical.