COVID-19 Boosters Are Now More Popular Than First Shots

Booster rates are now exceeding first-shot rates across the United States

COVID-19 Boosters Are Now More Popular Than First Shots

When Americans divide themselves into camps, they stick to them fiercely: Democrats versus Republicans, pro-life versus pro-choice, gun rights versus gun control. Add to that, as has become apparent over the course of the past year, those who are pro- versus anti-coronavirus vaccines. As with so many other polarizing issues, your position on getting or not getting inoculated against COVID-19 has become more than a medical question. It’s morphed into a form of cultural identifier, a sign of your membership in one tribe or another.

More than ever, that’s becoming clear as booster shots are rolled out around the nation, with about 70 million Americans now eligible for an additional dose and tens of millions more set to join them as the eligibility age inevitably falls. The extra dose comes as very good news to a lot of the population—people who are mindful of the way vaccine-induced antibody levels fall over time and anxious to bump them back up. But that doesn’t remotely include everybody, with resistance to even initial vaccinations keeping the country far from the much hoped-for herd immunity.
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All of this is playing out as the government looks beyond first doses and encourages Americans to step up for their extra dose. Plenty of people are responding. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), booster rates are now exceeding first-shot rates across the country. In the week ending October 24, just over 400,000 people per day were getting boosters, compared to just over 200,000 receiving their first shots.

Those numbers have been moving in a sort of Newtonian, equal-and-opposite dance since late August, when more than 400,000 people daily were getting first doses and boosters were just being rolled out to the immunocompromised. The lines crossed in late September, when the CDC recommended Pfizer-BioNTech boosters for at-risk groups, and the upward trend for boosters and downward trend for first shots has continued since. Boosters got another bump on October 21, when the CDC approved additional doses of the Moderna and J&J vaccines.

Those recommendations, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement last week, “are another example of our fundamental commitment to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19.” When it comes to the boosters, the government’s pro-vaccine message is apparently being heard. When it comes to first doses, not so much.

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6 Tips For Gaining And Maintaining Lean Muscle Mass

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6 Tips For Gaining And Maintaining Lean Muscle Mass

Written By Mikkie Mills / Reviewed By Ray Spotts

Lean body mass is your total weight minus the weight of fat. There are many health benefits to having and maintaining a high lean body mass, including increased metabolic rate, naturally reduced inflammation and easier weight control. Creating and maintaining lean mass takes intentionality in many areas.

1. Eat More Protein

Protein is vital for creating muscle mass. It helps build and repair muscle and creates a positive nitrogen balance in the body which helps keep the body in an anabolic state, conducive to improved lean mass.

Ideally, you’ll want to consume some form of lean protein just before working out, during training, and within an hour of finishing your training session. This is where protein supplements like isolate protein come in handy since you’re unlikely to munch a steak between sets at the gym.

Finding the right amount of protein to meet your goals will take some trial and error. This is where working with a nutritionist familiar with increasing muscle mass is helpful.

2. Eat More Often

Eating frequent meals at regular intervals will help manage your blood sugar and control insulin production. There are times you want some sugar in your bloodstream, like during resistance training, especially if you’re training to failure, but most of the time you want to keep the insulin levels from spiking and dropping. This is why eating six meals a day is helpful and supports lean mass.

There are other benefits to eating six smaller meals a day including:

  • Managing cravings
  • Controlling appetite
  • Shrinking the stomach

3. Limit Complex Carbohydrates

You definitely need carbohydrates and eating fruits and vegetables with your meals provides a valuable source of nutrients including fiber, which helps digestion and managing blood sugar.

However, when it comes to complex carbs like rice, pasta and potatoes do your best to limit these to your post-workout meal. This will help your body utilize fat as energy rather than the sugar from the carbohydrates.

4. Stay Hydrated

Water helps support digestion, prevents dehydration, and helps control appetite. But there’s a caveat, when you’re sweating, you’re not only losing water, you’re losing electrolytes, and those electrolytes need to be replaced, too.

Adding ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, ¼ teaspoon of No Salt (potassium), and 1/8 teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium) to 32 ounces of water will replenish your electrolytes and help your body utilize the water better than it could if you were drinking plain water.

5. Train for Your Goals

If you want to maintain your lean mass, doing weight training a couple of times a week is usually fine. But, if you want to build lean mass, you’ll want to train more often and mix up the types of training you do. For example, you may do weight training three to four times per week and add some cardio on one or two days.

While it might seem like a good idea to max out your workout every session, it’s ideal to mix it up so you allow your body a chance to recover. Doing a combination of maximum effort training and dynamic effort training, while alternating the parts of the body being worked to failure, can improve resilience and training capacity.

Also, while it may be tempting to focus on single muscle movements, compound movements that work multiple muscle groups will give you more bang for your buck. Consider incorporating the bench press, overhead presses, deadlifts and squats to improve your results.

6. Allow Your Body To Recover

Proper recovery is crucial to developing and maintaining lean mass. And recovery is about more than chugging a recovery drink after a training session. It includes what you eat, drink, and how much sleep you get, as well as what you do activity-wise between training sessions.

While it may sound like a lot of work, putting in the effort to build or maintain your lean muscle mass is well worth the time and the benefits will last you a lifetime.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks and DIY. When she's not writing, she's chasing the little ones around, walking her dog, or can be found rock climbing at the local climbing gym.

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Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed , a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at .

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