The last year has been tough for everybody (an understatement) – and it's safe to say that millions of people around the world are wishing for a solution to the coronavirus pandemic. To date, the virus has claimed 1.21 million lives worldwide and has wreaked havoc on the economy, while negatively impacting on mental health for many.
Scientists around the globe have been trialling vaccines, developing more efficient antibody tests and searching for a cure, but could they be missing a trick? Obviously (to be very clear) she's a cooking pro, not a health professional, but Chrissy Teigen's joke about a COVID 19 'morning after pill' could actually be a little bit... dare we say... genius?
Of course, in true Chrissy style she tweeted her ingenious idea and it's really got us thinking (and saying "OH MY GOD, relatable!"): "Idea - COVID morning after pill. Like when that random ass person you barely know gets too close and you’re like hello please get the fuck away. Also a vaccine yes." Seriously, who are those people that still get a little too close to us in the supermarket queues and who linger next to us on the tube? Did they not get the whole pandemic memo?
idea - covid morning after pill. Like when that random ass person you barely know gets too close and you’re like hello please get the fuck away. Also a vaccine yes
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 4, 2020
We honestly feel Chrissy's pain when it comes to the whole personal space invasion.
In more serious news, many researchers are calling for there to be studies into links between vitamin D deficiencies and the severity of coronavirus on the body. Professor Adrian Martineau, lead researcher at Queen Mary University London, said of his ongoing work, "There is mounting evidence that vitamin D might reduce the risk of respiratory infections, with some recent studies suggesting that people with lower vitamin D levels may be more susceptible to coronavirus."
Others are urging scientists to turn their attentions to the impact of Long COVID – as it's believed around 12% of UK coronavirus patients suffer symptoms for longer than 30 days (according to estimates made by the COVID Tracker app). One in 200 have also reported that the effects of the virus lasted for more than 90 days.
Let's all continue keeping our fingers crossed for a big breakthrough soon... and in the meantime, if you're feeling anxious about the second lockdown, here are some tips to keep your mental wellbeing in check.
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