COVID-19 cases continue to climb, with hospitalizations and deaths up 16% and 17%, respectively, from the previous week. That said, good news comes in the form of various studies published this weekend on COVID-19 variant BA.2.86, nicknamed “Pirola.” Despite the physical characteristics of the variant that led many to suspect it would be much more infectious than previous variants, it’s been found that Pirola is substantially less infectious than other variants.
While we can rest easy knowing that this strain isn’t virulent, rising transmissions combined with the approach of flu season means we need be vigilant if we wish to avoid getting sick. This means staying up to date on vaccinations and using products that will curb the spread of COVID-19.
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Symptoms of new Covid
Symptoms that are found across various COVID-19 variants, including Pirola, include:
Products to protect yourself and get better
Symptoms of COVID-19 often overlap with other viruses such as influenza or the common cold. Furthermore, you might not display symptoms if you’ve contracted COVID-19. For both these reasons, it’s a good idea to use an at-home rapid COVID-19 test to see where you stand if you’re feeling under the weather or if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test
This at-home test will give you your results in less in 20 minutes.
COVID-19 most commonly spreads via breathing in COVID-19 particles spewed by infected individuals. As such, the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 remains wearing a mask, specifically a KN95 or N95 mask, which effectively block 95% of airborne particles, including the ones responsible for the transmission of COVID-19.
White Powecom® KN95 Respirator Face Mask
Using a mask significantly reduces your chances of contracting COVID-19
COVID-19 can also be spread by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching a surface coated with COVID-19 particles. With this in mind, it’s good practice to wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when you cannot.
Germ-X Hand Sanitizer
This hand sanitizer comes in a travel-size bottle so you can clean your hands on the go.
Running a fever is one of the many symptoms of COVID-19, so if you feel yourself uncomfortably hot for no discernable reason, you should break out the thermometer. Our pick for the best thermometer you can buy is Femometer’s Digital Infrared Thermometer, since it gives accurate results in an instant.
Forehead Thermometer for Adults and Kids
Use a thermometer to determine whether or not you're running a fever.
Sipping a cup of tea can work wonders when you’re sick. To brew tea quickly and easily while you’re sick, we recommend using a quality electric kettle such as our favorite, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp. This kettle is intuitive to use, has several presets to make brewing even simpler, and boasts the fastest brewing times of the kettles we’ve tested.
Cuisinart 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
Our favorite electric kettle makes brewing tea a breeze.
A quality air purifier can filter pollutants from your home, including the ones responsible for COVID-19. Beyond COVID, an air purifier eliminates pollutants that can contribute to allergies and lung complications, making it a good investment for the home. The best we’ve tested is the Blueair Blue Pure 311i Max. This quiet purifier boasts excellent particle filtering, simple controls, and a washable prefilter, which reduces the frequency and cost of filter changes.
BLUEAIR Air Purifiers
Using an air purifier can curb the chance of catching COVID-19 in the home.
Mzoo sleep mask
Getting plenty of restful sleep will help you recover if you find yourself sick with COVID-19. If you need to sleep during the day (which you often do when you’re sick) we recommend using a sleep mask such as the one sold by Mzoo. This mask is the best we’ve tested, and it's great at blocking light. Unlike other sleep masks, it doesn’t put any pressure on your eyes.
MZOO Sleep Eye Mask
Get some rest no matter the time of day.
Make sure you throw your used tissues into isolated trash bags to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. To make the experience less uncomfortable, we recommend using the best tissues we’ve tested, Puffs Ultra Soft, which we love for their durability and, of course, softness.
Ultra Soft Non-Lotion Facial Tissues
Treat your nose to only the best when you're sick.
Using a pressure cooker, you can keep the chicken soup flowing even when all you want to do is lie in bed. The best pressure cooker we’ve tested is the Ninja Foodi OL701 which cooks well, has lots of features, and is easy to clean.
Another way to make sure you get the rest you need if you’re infected with COVID-19 is to use a weighted blanket. Studies show that using weighted blankets can lead to easier and more restful sleep. The best weighted blanket we’ve tested is the Gravity Blanket because it’s easy to clean, durable, and provides the perfect amount of pressure.
Gravity Blankets Weighted Blanket
The best weighted blanket we've tested will help you get to sleep and stay asleep.