5 ways eating in a pandemic is improving your relationship with food – and why you should stick with them

A nutritionist shares five habits becoming more common during the pandemic that she hopes will continue. Eating family meals together is just the start.

Stephanie Meyers, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Instructor in Nutrition, Boston University • conversation
today ~7 min

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How coronavirus contact tracing works in a state Dr. Fauci praised as a model to follow

Since the state's first coronavirus case surfaced, trained case investigators have traced the contacts of every person who tested positive. Here's what else South Carolina got right.

Jenny Meredith, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, University of South Carolina • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Lyme disease symptoms could be mistaken for COVID-19, with serious consequences

What might look like a mild case of COVID-19 could actually be a bacterial infection from a tick bite, with potentially debilitating symptoms if it goes untreated.

Jory Brinkerhoff, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Richmond • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Is your neighborhood raising your coronavirus risk? Redlining decades ago set communities up for greater danger

Neighborhood characteristics like pollution from busy roads, widespread public transit use and lack of community-based health care are putting certain communities at greater risk from COVID-19.

Sarah Rowan, Assistant Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease, University of Colorado Denver • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~11 min

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Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Increasing screen time during the coronavirus pandemic could be harmful to kids' eyesight

With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.

Olivia Killeen, Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, University of Michigan • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

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How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert

It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Increasing screen time during COVID-19 could be harmful to kids' eyesight

With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.

Olivia Killeen, Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, University of Michigan • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: education health children play coronavirus school vision online-learning social-distancing screen-time eyesight computers myopia outdoors eyes

How to stay safe from coronavirus while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert

It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus food pandemic social-distancing economy restaurants cdc disease-transmission

A perfect storm for medical PTSD: Isolation, intensive care and the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scott E. Hall, Program Coordinator & Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Dayton • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health medicine mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression anxiety psychology trauma social-distancing ptsd medical-care hospitals social-isolation patients

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