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13 Best Southern Breakfast Recipes

Whether you live in the South or you’re just craving some down-home cooking, you can’t go wrong with a Southern-style breakfast recipe. From buttermilk pancakes to biscuits to grits, Southern food is pure comfort, no matter what meal you’re eating.

With that in mind, we rounded up some of the best Southern breakfast recipes out there. Dig in!

And for more, don’t miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

Copycat cracker barrel pancake recipe for breakfast with butter and syrup
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Cracker Barrel is a classic Southern chain, and what better way to start off your day than with a homemade version of the restaurant’s famous pancakes? They’re even better with homemade buttermilk, too.

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes.

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Low-calorie shrimp and grits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If your breakfast is more of a brunch, you can’t go wrong with one of the ultimate Southern foods: shrimp and grits. It’s delicious, and you’ll be full for hours.

Get our recipe for Shrimp and Grits.

Low-calorie flaky southern biscuits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Is it a Southern meal if there aren’t biscuits involved? Add some homemade ones to your breakfast table for an instant meal upgrade.

Get our recipe for Southern-Style Biscuits.

Healthy smokey deviled eggs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Deviled eggs are a delicious way to add protein to your meal. Our recipe takes things up a notch by adding bacon.

Get our recipe for Smokey Deviled Eggs with Bacon.

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Sweet tea is a favorite part of any Southern meal, no matter what time of day it is. This recipe is not too sweet–it’s just right.

Get our recipe for Iced Tea.

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

Serving up copycat Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole with coffee
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This is another classic Cracker Barrel dish that’s easy to recreate at home. It’s delicious served with eggs and bacon!

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole.

chicken and waffles
Courtesy of The Baker Mama

Don’t think fried chicken and sweet waffles go together? Think again! This is a tried-and-true combination that’s graced countless Southern tables during brunch hours.

Get the recipe from The Baker Mama.

cornbread slice with honey
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Cornbread is delicious alongside chili. But if you’re not a huge biscuit fan, why not add it to your breakfast spread, too? Cornbread with honey butter to go with your fried eggs? Say no more.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

fried chicken topped with white gravy
Courtesy of Sweet Phi

Come on, you need some gravy to go with those breakfast biscuits! This recipe uses just six ingredients, most of which are probably already in your kitchen.

Get the recipe from Sweet Phi.

cornbread waffle with turkey bacon egg and avocado
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Somewhere between corn fritters and cornbread are these waffles, which have jalapeno for an extra kick.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

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Bored with regular grits? Try making a grits-based casserole for an instant upgrade.

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home.

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It’s not all grits and biscuits. If you’re looking to add a hearty veggie to your morning meal, look no further than this easy recipe.

Get the recipe from Katie’s Cucina.

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From using it to top biscuits to adding it to a chicken sandwich, pimento cheese is a perennial favorite among southerners.

Get the recipe from Heartbeet Kitchen.



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Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage.

Walmart Just Ranked Last Among Grocery Stores For This Reason

New consumer data reveals that customer satisfaction in the retail industry is at a six-year low, and some of the country’s biggest grocery store chains like Walmart aren’t living up to industry expectations. In fact, the discount retailer finished last in the supermarket category in the American Customer Satisfaction Index and Retail Consumer Shipping Report.

Food shortages, new safety rules, and more changes left shoppers with “less to be happy about across the entire range of supermarket customer experience elements.” The report is based on interviews with approximately 70,767 shoppers, who were contacted via email between Jan. 13 and Dec. 27, 2020.

We pulled out your favorite supermarkets from the report, and this condensed list starts with one of America’s largest retailers. Speaking of food shortages, for more information about what groceries may be scarce on store shelves this year, here are the Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According to Experts.

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As mentioned, shoppers aren’t as satisfied with Walmart as they are with other grocery stores. The retail giant finished last in the supermarket category, and its satisfaction rate fell 3% since last year.

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart announced several big innovations in customer experience in 2020. The measures include new delivery methods (hello, drones and driverless trucks!), new ways of online shopping, and continued efforts to help with COVID-19 vaccinations. We’ll have to wait and see if any of these measures bump up Walmart’s ranking in 2021.

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This chain tied Walmart for last place, but it actually registered a steeper decline. Albertsons’ satisfaction rate plummeted 5% in 2020.

Albertsons (and other grocery stores under its belt like Jewel Osco, Safeway, and Tom Thumb) tested a new way to get customers their groceries, but this new innovation clearly wasn’t enough to combat growing dissatisfaction.

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Kroger tied with Meijer and ShopRite to come in sixth place in the American Customer Satisfaction Index rankings, but its satisfaction rate fell 4%.

In addition to issues related to the pandemic, Kroger was sued in 2020 for allegedly misleading consumers with a product name that sounds clean but isn’t.

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Though online shopping was up last year, customer satisfaction with Amazon’s Whole Foods fell 3%. The chain tied with Target for the #5 spot in the category.

Whole Foods expanded into a new state in 2020–Montana–and it also began the process of opening its first location in Wyoming. However, the chain was hampered by criticism of its handling of COVID-19 safety rules.

Related: 25 Best Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods

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Unlike other chains, Hy-Vee saw no change in its customer satisfaction year-over-year. It tied for the fourth spot with BJ’s Wholesale Club.

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Finishing in third place, Walmart’s wholesale retailer also saw no change in its customer satisfaction rating in 2020.

Related: The Best Sam’s Club Foods of 2020

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Aldi also tied for third place, but its customer satisfaction rating fell by 4%. Late last year, the company announced a huge expansion. Some of its products were also just voted as America’s favorites, so clearly this chain is doing some things right!

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This chain tied for second place with four other supermarkets. Even after enacting purchase limits on 13 items in November, it saw a 2% decline in customer satisfaction in 2020.

Related: 17 Foods You Should Never Buy at Wegmans

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Another second-place finisher, Publix only saw a 1% decline from 2019 to 2020. This beloved chain is currently ramping up COVID-19 vaccinations efforts in the states where it does business.

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H-E-B recently helped comfort Texans devastated by severe winter storms, cementing itself as a beloved local supermarket. It is also #2 in customer satisfaction.

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A lot of things changed about Costco within the last year (goodbye photo centers!), but the warehouse’s customer satisfaction rate only fell 1%. It also tied for second place with Wegmans, Publix, and H-E-B.

Related: 4 Things Suddenly Selling Out at Costco

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Not only does the top grocery store in customer satisfaction have low prices, but it also has a loyal fanbase. Trader Joe’s came in first place with a score that didn’t change from 2019 to 2020.

The chain just announced its Customer Choice Winners for 2020, and these products are literally the best-of-the-best. Here are America’s favorite beverage, cheese, dessert, and snack at Trader Joe’s.

The Worst Fast-Food Sandwiches in America

In the fast-food world, the word “sandwich” can mean many things. For some restaurants, it’s how they refer to their beloved burgers. For others, it’s the term tossed around for a piece of chicken that is perfectly dressed between two slices of bread. And then there’s the idea of, you know, a more typical sandwich loaded up with deli meats, cheese, and condiments galore. But no matter what type of sandwich you’re in the mood for, there is something important to know: some fast-food sandwiches are nothing but trouble.

What makes them so bad? Well, they’re shockingly high calorie and are overloaded in sodium, fat, and even sugar. Not so delicious after all.

So when your fast-food craving just can’t be ignored anymore and you find yourself heading toward the drive-thru, just be sure you don’t order and of the worst fast-food sandwiches. Instead, stock up on any of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

Arbys turkey bacon ranch sandiwch
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Per sandwich: 810 calories, 34 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 2,420 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (5 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 45 g protein

The classic turkey sandwich gets an overly dramatic makeover at Arby’s! This sandwich is overly stuffed with turkey, peppercorn ranch sauce, cheddar cheese, and thick-cut pepper bacon. It’s one of the most highly caloric options at the fast-food chain, and it has more sodium than the average person should have in one say. Yes, you read that right! The American Heart Association recommends most adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams per day, and well, this one sandwich blows that limit out of the water.

sonic breakfast toaster
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Per sandwich: 720 calories, 43 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,530 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 29 g protein

It is ideal to start your day off with a protein-packed breakfast, but this Sonic sandwich isn’t the move. Coming in at more than 700 calories and containing 43 grams of fat, just say no to this option and perhaps try to make your own egg sandwich yourself.

Subway chicken bacon ranch sub
Courtesy of Subway

Per footlong sandwich: 1,070 calories, 52 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 2,190 mg sodium, 81 g carbs (6 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 72 g protein

This Subway sandwich is oozing with melted Monterey cheddar and is topped with crispy bacon, but we would argue it’s not worth the more than 1,000 calories it’s packing.

wendys spicy pretzel bacon pub chicken sandwich
Courtesy of Wendy’s

Per sandwich: 840 calories, 42 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 1,790 mg sodium, 71 g carbs (5 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 42 g protein

Wendy’s really took things up a notch with the introduction of the pretzel pub sandwiches. Here, a chicken breast is marinated and breaded in a fiery blend of peppers and spices and is topped with warm beer cheese sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, smoky honey mustard, crispy fried onions, pickles, and a slice of muenster cheese. That’s a whole lot going on, so it shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise that it’s 840 calories and has as much sodium as 157 Lay’s potato chips.

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Per sandwich: 1,610 calories, 94 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 5,390 mg sodium, 120 g carbs (5 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 76 g protein

Oh, Blimpie. This sandwich really is a heart-stopper. It’s a giant mashup of turkey, roast beef, prosciuttini, salami, pepperoni, provolone, sweet peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion, mayo, vinegar, oil, and oregano. The fact that it contains nearly two and a half days’ worth of sodium is just scary.

Looking for more helpful tips? Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!

popeyes fried chicken sandwich
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Per sandwich: 700 calories, 42 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 1,473 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7.5 g sugar), 28 g protein

We know, Popeyes’ Spicy Chicken is beloved. But it’s the sandwich with the most calories out of all the options on the menu. Sad.

dunkin double sausage bagel sandwich
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Per sandwich: 900 calories, 54 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,980 mg sodium, 70 g carbs (5 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 33 g protein

You would think choosing a breakfast sandwich over a donut at Dunkin’ would be a better choice, right? Well, that’s not the case when it comes to the Double Sausage Sandwich. It’s coming in at 900 calories and has nearly 2,000 milligrams of sodium. Skip!

burger king chicken sandwich
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Per sandwich: 1,052 calories, (13 g saturated fat, g trans fat), 955 mg sodium, 74 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 33 g protein

Burger King went ahead and stepped up their chicken sandwich game in 2021. The chicken is said to be crispy-on-the-outside and juicy-on-the-inside, all while being served on a potato bun with Burger King’s savory signature sauce and deli pickle slices. Sounds delicious, but it’s simply over-the-top.

Chick fil a hashbrown scramble burrito
Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

Per sandwich: 700 calories, 40 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 1,750 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 34 g protein

OK, so we know this is a burrito and not a typical sandwich. But the fact that this breakfast burrito has more calories than any of the chicken sandwiches offered at Chick-fil-A is reason enough for it to be included on this list. This morning meal is loaded up with Chick-fil-A Nuggets, crispy Hash Browns, scrambled eggs, and a blend of cheeses.

Raising canes chicken sandwich
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Per sandwich: 780 calories, 39 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,470 mg sodium, 66 g carbs (5 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 48 g protein

Raising Cane’s chicken sandwich seems like it would be harmless enough, but don’t be fooled. One bite and you’re feasting on three chicken fingers, Cane’s sauce, and lettuce on a Kaiser roll. Together, this makes for a sandwich that is 780 calories. Yikes.

arbys half pound
Courtesy of Arby’s

Per half-pound sandwich: 740 calories, 39 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 2,530 milligrams of sodium, 48 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar) 49 g protein

Arby’s makes yet another appearance, thanks to the Beef ‘N Cheddar sandwich. The fact that you can still place an order at a fast-food restaurant and end up consuming this much heart-disease-promoting trans fat is just not OK.

IHOP Is Opening a New Brand of Restaurants This Year

After closing down more than 40 locations in the last year, IHOP has announced they will continue on their expansion trajectory. And among the new locations, customers will find a novel IHOP restaurant concept–a fast-casual eatery called Flip’d by IHOP.

According to Restaurant Business, plans for Flip’d were first unveiled at the end of 2019, when parent company Dine Brands planned on rolling out the new concept in urban areas. However, due to the pandemic, the opening of its first location in Atlanta, which was scheduled for April 2020, was postponed. But now that plans for the fast-casual are resuming, here’s what you can expect from a Flip’d location. (Related: McDonald’s Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

It will be much smaller than IHOP and mostly geared to off-premise eating. While you’ll find many of your IHOP favorites on the menu, some of them will be tweaked for on-the-go eating. For example, pancakes will come in takeout bowls which can be customized with toppings at the Build Your Own Pancake Bar. Bowls of oatmeal will work the same way.

Another strong emphasis at Flip’d will be on morning drinks. “We will have freshly brewed beverages, we will have freshly squeezed orange juice, we will have nitro-brewed coffee,” IHOP’s President Jay Johns said in 2019.

Besides breakfast, Flip’d locations will also offer lunch and dinner menus, with brand new options like burritos and ready-to-eat salads.

Details around the timeline and locations of the first few Flip’d restaurants remain under wraps. For more on the latest fast-food trends, check out 6 Most Anticipated Fast-Food Menu Items Launching This Year, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

The One Food to Eat After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine, Says Science

Feeling under the weather after getting the COVID-19 vaccine? When we’re not feeling 100%, it’s common to turn to the foods that always comfort us and make us feel better–like a mug of steaming tea or a bowl of chicken soup. If this is something you’re craving, take this as your sign to reach for those things. Why? Because chicken soup is the best food to eat after getting the vaccine.

Here’s why chicken soup truly is for the soul, and for even more healthy eating tips, be sure to check out our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

Your body will be in a state of inflammation post-vaccine.

According to the CDC, you may experience some adverse side effects of taking the COVID-19 vaccine. While this doesn’t happen for everyone, some vaccine patients have mentioned experiencing side effects for a few hours after taking the vaccine, including fevers, chills, tiredness, and a headache.

In a Q&A with Cleveland Clinic, Thaddeus Stappenbeck, MD, PhD, says that these side effects are coming from inflammation that is happening within your body. Your body is reacting to the spike protein and is working to fight off the simulated infection. Sore arms, fevers, muscle aches are all common when your immune system is fighting something.

This is why eating immune-boosting foods is important for your recovery, particularly foods with a high-water content. The CDC also states that drinking plenty of fluids is important for recovery after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This means any anti-inflammatory foods that can also hydrate your body will help immensely with your recovery–especially these 8 Best Foods To Eat Before and After Getting the COVID Vaccine.

Soup is a great anti-inflammatory food to turn to.

In particular, broth-based soup–like chicken noodle, minestrone, or a simple bone broth–is a great food to slurp on if you’re feeling under the weather. Plus, if your soup is full of good immune-boosting foods (like kale, beans, lentils, potato, broccoli) you’re giving your immune system even more of a boost with that meal.

This brings us back to the trusty ol’ chicken soup. If you have to pick any soup to have after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, chicken soup would be your best bet. According to CHEST Journal, chicken soup actually does have “beneficial medicinal activity” when consumed and has a “mild anti-inflammatory effect” on the body. While it’s unclear which particular element of the soup is helpful, The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine says that including all of those classic elements (chicken, onions, carrots, celery, parsley, salt, and pepper) have been proven to help fight inflammatory infection.

If you don’t necessarily feel like eating anything, sipping on a cup of bone broth can also be a great substitute. According to Healthline, bone broth contains an amino acid called glycine and arginine, which have strong anti-inflammatory effects.

So whether it be a steaming cup of bone broth or a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup, be sure to treat yourself to this best food to eat after getting the vaccine. Especially if you’re making our Cozy Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe.

One Major Side Effect of Drinking Green Tea

Important question! Do you start your morning with a mug full of piping hot coffee or green tea? Both have been shown to provide a wealth of potential health benefits to the body, in addition to giving you that necessary boost of energy in the morning. However, there’s one major side effect of drinking green tea (and a very good one at that) we think anyone and everyone could benefit from knowing.

So, ready for “the tea?” Drinking green tea regularly may reduce your risk of developing heart disease. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now).

Several studies from the past decade have shown that green tea may be able to shield the heart from disease. It reduces or levels your LDL “bad” cholesterol, the harmful type of cholesterol for your body. When LDL builds up in form of fatty deposits or plaque within the walls of your arteries–aka the all-important blood vessels that deliver blood from the heart to the tissues all over the body–it can harden and cause the vessels to thicken.

The thickening of the artery’s wall is a key sign of atherosclerosis, which is a form of heart disease. Then, if the artery becomes clogged from this plaque buildup, this can lead to a heart attack or even stroke. One 2013 study found that the higher green tea consumption was among participants, the lower their risk of stroke was.

However, in order to reap the heart-healthy benefits from green tea, you may need to drink a lot of it–especially if you already have atherosclerosis or have experienced a stroke or heart attack. A recent study published in the journal Stroke found that drinking at least seven cups of green tea a day lowered stroke survivors’ risk of death from any cause by a whopping 62%.

So why not brew yourself a steaming cup of green tea today?

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Cheyenne Buckingham

Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information.

I’m a Doctor and You Shouldn’t Go Here Right Now

Doom and gloom! The COVID-19, despite the vaccine rollout and optimistic predictions, is going to last into 2022, so we’d better get used to looking after one another. As a doctor, I’m practicing mitigation measures, as As a doctor, I’m practicing mitigation measures, as I hope you are–although bear in mind that my husband is being shielded as he has lymphoma, so I have to be extra careful. My decisions may be different from yours, but in principle, we all want to stay safe and not take any more risks than we need. So here are five places that I, as a doctor, wouldn’t go to right now. Read on, and to keep yourself and others safe during this pandemic, don’t miss this essential list of the Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

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Tempting as it may seem, taking a holiday overseas right now is fraught with potential problems. With great sadness, we canceled all the holidays we had planned for the entire year, right back in March at the start of the lockdown of the UK, where I live. We have not been tempted to reinstate them. Here are some of my reasons.

  • First and foremost, there is no doubt your risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 is lowest if you stay at home.
  • The CDC is advising that those at higher risk from the virus, including all older people and those with chronic medical conditions, avoid non-essential air travel.
  • At present, the UK advises against all but essential travel to the USA, and the USA advises against all but non-essential travel to the UK! So, I guess you and I will not be seeing each other soon.
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One of the riskiest things you can do right now is to visit a bar or a nightclub. Many venues have indeed tried hard to put measures in place to keep customers safe, which is to be applauded. But they vary enormously in how well they enforce these measures.

For example, a recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases, involving 140 people from 12 different counties, was traced back to visiting one particular bar in Michigan. In Korea, one 29-year-old asymptomatic man visited five night clubs, and unknowingly infected 246 people.

Going to a bar is the complete reverse of social distancing! It means going indoors, for what is likely to be a relatively long period of time and being surrounded by many people who are not from your household.

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It’s a complete paradox–we all need to get fit, do more physical exercise and lose weight, but the worst places to visit right now, are gyms and indoor sports centers. In the US, some of these began reopening in July, with strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place; however, it remains to be seen just how risky a visit will still be. When you go to a gym, you share all the equipment with other gym members. You might think the gym machines lend themselves to social distancing, as they each occupy their own space. The problem is, as soon as you start to use them, the physical exertion means breathing deeply and rapidly. The warm, moist environment is also well suited to viral transmission.

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I love Ballroom and Latin dancing, but I have not danced a step since lockdown. Dancing is a high-risk past-time for becoming infected with the virus. On August 8th, a letter was published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, reporting a cluster of cases of COVID-19 linked to a dance school in South Korea.

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Just like everyone else, I can’t easily get to see or speak to a doctor right now. I might like to, but the restrictions in place affect me the same as they do you. The medical profession has done what it can. When you arrive at a clinic or a hospital, anyone high-risk for COVID-19 is segregated on arrival. So, if you attend with a non-COVID related problem, you should be seen in a “clean area,” or better still at a “clean site.” Medical staff seeing COVID-19 patients are kept away from patients who are not thought to be infected.

If I had a medical emergency, I would not hesitate to phone for an ambulance.

RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci

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I think the pandemic has created stresses which are impossible to quantify or express, but, there have been good things too, such as teaching us kindness, slowing the pace of life, a sharpened focus on nature, being happy with the simple things in life, and being able to focus on those we love. We just have to get through this somehow … and there may be at least another 18 months to go!

And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Dr. Deborah Lee is a medical writer for Dr Fox Online Pharmacy.

Taco Bell Is Testing New Cheesy Menu Items

Customers, the media, and rival chains are all buzzing about Taco Bell‘s unusual taco-like chicken sandwich, but the fast-food giant isn’t taking a break for a victory lap. Instead, the brand is already testing two new menu items featuring its latest buzzworthy ingredient: cheese curds.

Crispy Cheese Dippers and Crispy Cheese Nacho Fries both feature fried cheese curds in a tortilla chip coating, which is the same breading used on Taco Bell’s fried chicken. A nine-piece order of the Crispy Cheese Dippers comes with a side of chipotle dipping sauce. If you order the Crispy Nacho Fries, your dippers come sitting on a throne of Taco Bell’s enormously popular fries. (Related: McDonald’s Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades)

While all of this sounds delicious, the initial rollout is unfortunately quite small. The two new items are only being offered at one Taco Bell location–131 E. Orangethorpe Ave. in Fullerton, Calif.–through March 10. Worry not, because they may eventually earn a spot on Taco Bell menus nationwide, according to Thrillist.

This latest creation was concocted as part of Taco Bell’s Learning Labs project, which is basically the chain’s test kitchen. Ranging from the logical to the outrageous, it’s responsible for frankensteining Taco Bell’s menu innovations, which it frequently tests out at the above California location. The company has been pretty tight-lipped about the novelties it has in store for us this year, but we do know that at least a few of them will involve fried chicken.

For more on the latest fast-food trends, check out 6 Most Anticipated Fast-Food Menu Items Launching This Year. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get all of the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID, According to the CDC

We were once told COVID would “just disappear.” For many Long Haulers, this is a bitter joke. They got COVID and still suffer debilitating symptoms, like fatigue, brain fog or shortness of breath, for months after–possibly years, possibly a lifetime. Even worse, “serious long-term complications…have been reported,” reports the CDC. “These have been noted to affect different organ systems in the body.” Read on to learn more about these severest of Long Hauler symptoms to see if you have them–and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

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This can include an “inflammation of the heart muscle,” warns the CDC. “There are three main types of heart inflammation: endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis,” says the National Institute of Health. “Endocarditis is inflammation of the inner lining of the heart’s chambers and valves. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is inflammation of the tissue that forms a sac around the heart.” “You may have different signs and symptoms depending on the type and severity of the heart inflammation that you have,” they continue. “Complications may include an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, and heart failure.”

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The CDC warns of “lung function abnormalities.” For example, “some patients who have been seriously ill from COVID-19 develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which can permanently scar their lungs,” reports UC Davis Health. “But it’s not clear if there is any scarring for long-haulers who have respiratory issues but not at the severe level of ARDS.” Many Long Haulers have shortness of breath.

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Like “acute kidney injury,” says the CDC. “Acute kidney failure occurs when your kidneys suddenly become unable to filter waste products from your blood,” reports the Mayo Clinic. “When your kidneys lose their filtering ability, dangerous levels of wastes may accumulate, and your blood’s chemical makeup may get out of balance.”

These dermatologic symptoms can include “rash, hair loss,” says the CDC. Long Haulers have complained of skin peeling or violent rashes. Actress Alyssa Milano, a Long Hauler, lost her hair and says: “It’s hard, especially when you’re an actor and so much of your identity is wrapped up in those things like having long silky hair and clean skin.”

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These can include “smell and taste problems, sleep issues, difficulty with concentration, memory problems,” says the CDC. Some Long Haulers are finding their sense of smell or test may never come back. Others forget where they left their car keys. Sleep is interrupted by vivid dreams or nightmares.

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“Depression, anxiety, changes in mood” are symptoms sone Long Haulers suffer. This is natural, since many previously healthy people are now bed-bound or unable to walk their dog, with no end in sight–but the psychiatric problems may also be neurological, as the brain chemistry is impacted.

RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We’d Get Back to Normal

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The list you have just read is of severe Long Hauler symptoms. According to the CDC, “the most commonly reported long-term symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain

Other reported long-term symptoms include:

  • Difficulty with thinking and concentration (sometimes referred to as ‘brain fog’)
  • Depression
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Intermittent fever
  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)”

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact a medical professional immediately. And to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

CDC Advises Don’t Do This After Your Vaccine

There’s one thing you should avoid doing on the day you get your COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says: Leaving the vaccination site without waiting 15 to 30 minutes after your shot. This is necessary to see whether you have an immediate allergic reaction to the vaccine. If you do, medical personnel at the vaccination site can treat it and call for emergency care. Read on to find out why–and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

Allergic reactions uncommon but stay just in case

Everyone should wait at the site 15 minutes after their shot, the CDC says. If you have a history of severe allergic reactions or an immediate allergic reaction to a vaccine, you should wait half an hour.

Severe allergic reactions to the vaccine can include anaphylaxis (a swelling of the mouth and throat) that can be life-threatening.

Thankfully, severe reactions are extremely rare. In the United States through Jan. 24, there were 50 reported cases of anaphylaxis among 9,943,247 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. That works out to 5 cases of anaphylaxis per million doses administered. For the Moderna vaccine, there were 21 reported cases of anaphylaxis out of 7,581,429 doses–2.8 cases of anaphylaxis per million doses.

Some people might experience a non-severe allergic reaction to the shot, which the CDC defines as an allergic reaction that doesn’t require medical attention. “CDC has also learned of reports that some people have experienced non-severe allergic reactions within 4 hours after getting vaccinated (known as immediate allergic reactions), such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress),” the agency says.

People who have severe or non-severe allergic reactions to the vaccine should avoid getting a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shots. (The newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine is just one dose.)

An allergic reaction is different than “COVID arm,” a red, itchy, swollen, or painful rash at the site of the shot. It can begin a few days to more than a week after the initial vaccination, the CDC says. If it’s itchy or painful, you can take an antihistamine or an over-the-counter pain reliever. COVID arm shouldn’t prevent you from getting your second dose.

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How to survive this pandemic

As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting–and spreading–COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.