Link Between Exercise and COVID-19
Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 4/30/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
There is much that we don’t understand about the COVID-19 virus. What we do know, however, is the high death percentage associated with this virus is the result of a hyper response of the immune system. Immunologists call it a “cytokine storm”. Cytokines are proteins released by immune cells that modulate the immune response. There are two types of cytokines, pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory ones. When our body is exposed to a foreign invader such as COVID-19, cytokines are activated to neutralize and immobilize the invader.
CBD & COVID-19
CBD is touted as the "miracle supplement" curing everything from arthritis to cancer. It was only a matter of time before unscrupulous marketers began promoting CBD as a cure for COVID-19. Their rationale for this unsupported claim is that CBD is a strong antioxidant and there is evidence that it can reduce inflammation, a factor which plays a primary role in the severity of COVID-19 infection. The major problem with this irresponsible advertising claim is there is not a shred of evidence that CBD offers any benefit in the treatment of COVID-19. And there is the danger that individuals who develop symptoms of COVID-19 may rely on CBD rather than seeking medical help.
High Stress and COVID-19