‘It’s Science, Stupid’: A School Subject Emerges as a Hot-Button Political Issue

At the top of Dr. Hiral Tipirneni’s to-do list if she wins her congressional race: work with other elected officials to encourage mask mandates and to beef up COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. Those choices are backed up by science, said Tipirneni, an emergency room physician running for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.

On the campaign trail, she has called on her opponent, Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), to denounce President Donald Trump’s gathering of thousands for a rally in Arizona and his comments about slowing down COVID-19 testing.

“I believe in data; I believe in facts,” Tipirneni told KHN. “I believe in science guiding us … whether it’s the opioid crisis or tax policy or immigration reform. Those decisions could be and should be driven by the data. Science is not partisan.”

Tipirneni is one of four Democratic physicians running as challengers for Congress in 2020, all in closely watched races

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COVID in the cold | Health Beat

Sending handwritten letters by snail mail is a wonderful way to comfort those who may feel isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

As the chill in the air brings an end to many outdoor gatherings and events, family and friends will no doubt be looking for ways to stay happy and healthy this winter season.

Spectrum Health infectious disease specialist Russell Lampen, DO, and clinical psychologist Lyndsay Volpe-Bertram, PsyD, offer some helpful tips to stay safer during the cold months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Embrace the cold

Take a walk. Learn to snowshoe or cross-country ski. But continue to maintain social distancing if you’re participating with friends outside of your immediate family. Be sure to dress warm and proceed with caution to avoid injuries.

Get a flu shot

Flu shots are especially critical this year.

Create a fire pit

Take the chill off while continuing

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