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Use Your Chair for a Home Workout

Welcome to the last of our fitness challenge posts for the month. I hope you’ve enjoyed these mini breaks from your day, even though they’re sometimes a little silly. Today, I have a challenge that’s even sillier: put something other than your butt on your chair. Read more...

Can Liquid Chalk Really Double as a Hand Sanitizer?

To protect ourselves from the coronavirus, the CDC recommends keeping your hands as clean as possible, including using hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is not possible. Liquid chalk, used by climbers and powerlifters to help with grip, often contains a significant amount of alcohol. So can…Read more...

We Still Don't Know All the Long-Term Consequences of 'Mild' COVID-19

Surviving COVID-19 is one thing. Becoming healthy again is another. Recent studies have found that even people who didn’t seem to have life-threatening cases show signs of damage to their heart. We don’t know what the future has in store for them. Read more...

How to Volunteer for a Coronavirus Vaccine Study

The first phase 3 trial of a coronavirus vaccine began this week, with plans to enroll 30,000 volunteers by the time it’s over—and more phase 3 trials are likely to begin soon. While we’re all hoping for a safe, effective vaccine as soon as possible, the only way to find out whether it’s safe and effective is for…Read more...

If We Can't Open Sports, What Hope Is There for Opening Schools?

As I read the many pages of our district’s return-to-school plans, I only had two questions in mind: How will you know if somebody has the coronavirus? and Assuming that the virus makes it into the school, because it will, how will you make sure that it doesn’t get transmitted to anybody else? The plan did not answer…Read more...

We're Still in the First Wave

Despite being told for months that the novel coronavirus is unlike anything we’ve dealt with in modern times, it’s still tempting for us to think of it in terms of influenza. (Even though they’re definitely not the same thing.) This makes sense because we’re familiar with the flu, and with flu season, and they seem to…Read more...

That Viral Video About a COVID-19 'Cure' Is Wrong

There’s a viral video out there—removed from many platforms, but there’s a good chance you’ll see it soon if you haven’t already—in which a doctor standing in front of the Supreme Court steps claims that “you don’t need masks” because “there is a cure” for the coronavirus. It’s wrong and dangerous. Read more...

HIPAA Doesn't Mean You Can't Ask People Why They Aren't Wearing a Mask

The law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is hugely misunderstood. And the latest people to misunderstand it are anti-maskers who claim that it’s illegal to ask them why they’re not wearing a mask. That’s not how the law works. That’s not how any of this works. Read more...

Get Out of Your Chair and Do Some Downward Dogs

The yoga pose known as downward dog is, I’ve always thought, one of the weirdest moves that’s considered relatively easy for beginners. Any intro yoga course is going to have a ton of them. But you’re upside down, you’re stretching parts of you that don’t often get stretched and your shoulders have to support a good…Read more...

It's Even More Important to Get Your Flu Shot This Year

I told you all in January: if you’re worried about the coronavirus—at that point it wasn’t in the US yet, but people were already freaking out—use that nervous energy to get off your butt and get your damn flu shot. Now that COVID-19 is here to stay, I repeat: get your damn flu shot. It’s even more important now. Read more...

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