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Still going to the grocery store? With new virus variants spreading, it’s probably time to stop.

Vox: “…More cases mean more really sick people, more strain on hospitals and health workers, more rationing of health care — and more deaths, including the entirely preventable ones now firmly linked to ICU bed shortages. More cases will also give the virus more opportunities to mutate further and potentially escape our vaccines, perpetuating the cycle of doom. The implication is clear: If we want the pandemic to end as fast as possible, we need to pump the brakes right now. And we don’t have to wait for the vaccines to slow the spread of the virus. We simply need to do what we’ve been doing all along to prevent infections, just much, much better. At an individual level, that means avoiding optional gatherings with other people — even grocery trips — whenever possible, or cutting them very short.

Shopping for five minutes in the grocery store is a lot better — six times better — than shopping for 30 minutes,” said Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the odds of becoming infected rise the longer you’re exposed. “Picking up groceries at the curbside is even better, and having them delivered is even better still.” (If you’re able to get groceries delivered or pick up curbside, it will also help reduce the risk for those who aren’t able to take advantage of those options.)..”

How can I find out which company makes my generic drug?

Katherine Eban – investigative journalist, Vanity Fair contributor and Andrew Carnegie fellow (also see her TEDMED Talk here). “A: Typically, the manufacturer name will be listed on the pill bottle’s dispensing label. However, this isn’t always the case. If you can’t find the name of the manufacturer on the packaging, call your pharmacist and ask… Continue Reading

A Political Obituary for Donald Trump

The Atlantic –  The effects of his reign will linger. But democracy survived. “To assess the legacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, start by quantifying it. Since last February, more than a quarter of a million Americans have died from COVID-19—a fifth of the world’s deaths from the disease, the highest number of any country. In… Continue Reading

How Japanese People Stay Fit for Life, Without Ever Visiting a Gym

Medium – For people stressed or intimidated by fitness culture – try walking! – “In the United States, I’m often bombarded with images and ads of fitness culture. Athleisure is the craze, and it seems that the majority of people are members of gyms like Anytime Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, or LA Fitness. Any decent… Continue Reading

Documenting Global Travel Restrictions and Airline Policies

Center for Data Innovation – “The United Nations World Food Program has documented the country-level travel restrictions and airline policies that are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The dataset includes information such as which airlines are resuming domestic and international flight operations and which countries require self-isolation and a certificate that shows an… Continue Reading

DC Resources and Assistance Fund for Washington, D.C.’s Frontline and Essential Workers

“With the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, The District of Columbia has undergone a seismic shift in daily life. Residents are resilient, but many across the District and from all walks of life are feeling the impacts of the novel coronavirus physically, emotionally, financially, and otherwise. In order to help meet the critical and dynamic… Continue Reading

43 Books For Everyone On Your Holiday List

BuzzFeedNews: [Subjects include: food, travel, young adults, quarantine hobbies, pop culture, mysteries, the British monarchy and more] One selection as follows: “…Vegans and vegetarians, rejoice! Vegetable Kingdom, with over 100 recipes of plant-based goodness from the James Beard Award-winning chef Bryant Terry, is about to be their new food bible. And if you know someone… Continue Reading

Evidence of Long-Distance Droplet Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by Direct Air Flow in a Restaurant in Korea

J Korean Med Sci. 2020 Nov 30;35 (46): e415. English. Published online Nov 23, 2020.  https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2020.35.e415. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Background – The transmission… Continue Reading

WMO Provisional Report on the State of the Global Climate 2020

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – “Climate change continued its relentless march in 2020, which is on track to be one of the three warmest years on record. 2011-2020 will be the warmest decade on record, with the warmest six years all being since 2015, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Ocean heat is at record… Continue Reading

These are the charities where your money will do the most good

Vox: “Giving to charity is great, not just for the recipients but for the givers, too. But it can be intimidating to know how to pick the best charity, especially when there are thousands of worthy causes to choose from, and especially when the world’s in the midst of a massive pandemic and economic calamity… Continue Reading

Science and Scientists Held in High Esteem Across Global Publics

Pew Report – “Yet there is ambivalence in many publics over developments in AI, workplace automation, food science – As publics around the world look to scientists and the research and development process to bring new treatments and preventive strategies for the novel coronavirus, a new international survey finds scientists and their research are widely… Continue Reading