The Sars-CoV-2 virus isn’t the only way this pandemic threatens your health. According to a study published Monday in the peer-reviewed medical journal Circulation, blood pressure among U.S. adults has risen sharply during the pandemic – especially among women.
"Too much sodium or drinking more alcohol -- that's been well documented during the pandemic, and we know that increases blood pressure," Dr. Luke Laffin, one of the authors of the study, told CNN. “We choose to have that nachos and beer, rather than make that healthy choice of a salad, or we don't get as much sleep, or we choose not to go to the gym, we choose not to take our medicine. That's probably how stress actually manifests predominantly with respect to increased blood pressure."