Take It From an Expert: Fauci’s Hierarchy of Safety During COVID

As a health journalist, a physician and a former foreign correspondent who lived through SARS in Beijing, I often get questions from friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know about how to live during the pandemic. Do I think it’s safe to plan a real wedding next June? Would I send my kids to school, with appropriate precautions? When will I trust a vaccine?

To the last question, I always answer: When I see Anthony Fauci take one.

Like many Americans, I take my signals from Dr. Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House task force on the coronavirus. When he told The Washington Post that he was not wiping down packages but just letting them sit for a couple of days, I started doing the same. In October, he remarked that he was bringing shopping bags into the house. He merely

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Family Mourns Man With Mental Illness Killed by Police and Calls for Change

Rulennis Muñoz remembers the phone ringing on Sept. 13. Her mother was calling from the car, frustrated. Rulennis could also hear her brother Ricardo shouting in the background. Her mom told her that Ricardo, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia five years earlier, wouldn’t take his medication.

Within an hour, Ricardo Muñoz, 27, was dead. Muñoz, who had a knife, was killed by a police officer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The incident has striking similarities to the killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia six weeks later but has received far less national attention.

According to a Washington Post tracker, as of Nov. 18, police had killed 987 people in the U.S. in the past 12 months. Like Muñoz and Wallace, almost a quarter of those people had a diagnosis of a serious mental illness.

Two Sisters, Two Different Calls for Help

Ricardo Muñoz lived with his mother

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How to curb the at-home snack attack | Health Beat

As snacks go, it’s hard to beat a concoction of yogurt, nuts and berries. It’s healthy, filling and always delicious. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Work a while. Take a break. Walk to the fridge. Have a snack.

And repeat.

If you’re among the many working from home because of COVID-19 restrictions, this routine might sound familiar.

Long hours working at home. Easy access to the refrigerator. The stressors of 2020.

They’ve all conspired to create a common problem: mindless snacking.

“It’s definitely something that people are struggling with,” said Holly Dykstra, RD, a dietitian with Spectrum Health Preventive Cardiology. “Increased isolation and stress can cause disrupted eating patterns. It’s easy to feel like you’re by yourself on an island. But if you know that the rest of humanity is also experiencing this, maybe you can give yourself some compassion, accept the situation, and then move on without using

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