In Debate, Pence and Harris Offer Conflicting Views of Nation’s Reality

The Trump administration’s pandemic response: decisive action that saved lives, or the greatest failure of any presidential administration? During Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence and the Democratic challenger, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, offered drastically different takes — from behind  plexiglass screens — on how the president has handled the COVID-19 crisis.

Pence touted problematic claims, such as that President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from China helped the nation respond to the coronavirus (PolitiFact rated a similar claim “False”) and that the country would have a vaccine in less than a year (the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a vaccine, yet to be approved, will not be widely available until next year).

Harris said the Trump administration misled the public about how serious the virus is, pointing to briefings Trump and Pence received

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The fresh-air solution | Health Beat

A fan serves well to pipe in fresh air from nearby windows, a great strategy to cut down on contamination. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Americans have by now fine-tuned their core approaches to good health amid the COVID-19 pandemic—washing hands, maintaining physical distance and wearing masks.

But one other area may be worth a starring role in this saga: air quality.

With cold temperatures on the way, experts say we may want to think carefully about the air we breathe at indoor locations where people gather.

A crowded and poorly ventilated space may up the odds of contracting COVID-19 or other viruses, such as the seasonal flu.

Proper ventilation can be a challenge, even in the most high-tech of contemporary buildings.

“Ventilation is essentially when you intentionally introduce fresh air—external air—into a space to dilute the potential particles that could be harmful,” said Gustavo Cumbo-Nacheli, MD, a Spectrum Health

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Food for the ages | Health Beat

A diet rich in the right kinds of foods is a leading defense against malnutrition troubles. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

There’s no disputing that a healthy diet delivers limitless benefits. It helps with weight management, mental clarity and overall health.

A lackluster diet, on the other hand, can put you at risk of malnutrition, a condition that can adversely affect your underlying health and limit your ability to recover from injury or illness.

One of the biggest problems with malnutrition is that it isn’t always easy to notice. It’s important to know what symptoms to watch for and when you need to talk to your doctor.

Malnutrition can occur at any age, in any body type.

Even people with excess weight or those who are obese can be malnourished. Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from some level of malnutrition.

The risk and rate of malnutrition can increase with

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