Demonized as the button-busting devil, carbs are often seen as responsible for out-of-control weight gain. Therefore, some people have cut out carbs entirely in an effort to shed a few. The problem? Carbohydrates—especially healthy complex carbs—are an essential part of a well-balanced diet.As one of your body's macronutrients, carbs are important for energy, brain function, and yes, even weight loss. The problem is this: Not only are people miserable when they go on low-carb diets (due to a lack of energy), but they're also more likely to gain weight.Sure, giving up carbs can help you drop pounds in the short term. But overall, it's not a healthy or sustainable way to lose weight and keep it off. We talked to dietitian Jim White, RD, ACSM, and owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios to find out why some people actually gain weight when they go on low-carb diets. Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, don't miss 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work. 1 You're missing out on fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient that helps your digestive system, keeps you feeling fuller longer, and can ultimately help you lose weight. The Institute of Medicine recommends women get around 25 grams of fiber per day while men need 38 grams. Since fiber is found in a lot of whole-grain foods, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, and brown rice, cutting out carbs will mean missing out on this valuable nutrient.A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who increased their fiber intake to 30 grams a day and made no other dietary or lifestyle changes lost just as much weight as participants who cut calories. Fiber also contains important B vitamins and can help lower cholesterol — all important reasons why carbs shouldn't be eliminated from your diet.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! 2 You eat too much protein. Getting enough protein in your diet can help you lose weight, and it's an important macronutrient that will help you build lean, fat-burning muscle mass and keep you full. But when people cut out carbs, that leaves only two macronutrients: Protein and fat. And as good as protein is for you, it's not a free-for-all."People think, 'I can eat as much protein as I want.' [But] protein still has calories. In fact, one gram [of protein] has four calories, so I see what people do is they lower their carbs and then they increase their fat and their protein to high amounts," says White. This means people are taking in way more calories than they intend to. For weight loss, men should shoot for 56 grams a day, while women need around 46 grams. For more, see 7 Ways Eating Too Much Protein Can Harm Your Health. 3 You eat too much fat. Same as overdoing it on protein, some people may eat way too much fat when they are giving up carbs. Sure, healthy fats such as omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and help you feel satiated, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing."Fat has double the amount of calories as carbs do," White says. "I think how [people] can gain weight in that sense is they overeat on the other macronutrients, causing them to gain weight. They over-consume calories." Although healthy fats aren't something you should be afraid of, you should try not to go over the recommended 60 grams a day. 4 You get low blood sugar. When your body goes without carbs for too long, it can start to affect your blood sugar levels. When you eat food with carbohydrates, your body breaks the digestible carbs down for energy. This causes your blood sugar levels to rise and your pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that helps your cells absorb blood sugar to use for energy.When your blood sugar is low, however, you can start to feel extra hungry and crave high-sugar junk foods so your body can replenish its energy source. Keep your blood sugar stable by combining a complex carbohydrate with a protein and a little healthy fat (think: Ezekiel bread with peanut butter), and you'll be sure to stick to healthy snacks instead of an all-out binge. 5 You have no energy to work out. Did you know eating healthy plays more of a role in weight loss than exercise does? According to a Frontiers in Physiology study, exercise will burn off between 10 and 30 percent of your total caloric intake. Meanwhile, food accounts for 100 percent of our total energy intake; hence, having power over your diet is more influential than your fitness routine. That being said, exercise is important for heart health, longevity, and can help accelerate your weight-loss efforts. The problem when you give up carbs, however, is that you have no energy to hit the gym. Because carbs are your body's preferred source of energy, when they're gone, so are your energy levels.White says people who give up carbs or severely carb restrict experience low energy. "A lot of times you even skip workouts or you don't give enough intensity to see a good result," he says. If you can't muster up enough energy to make it to the gym and end up sleeping in rather than working out, that will start to impact your waistline. 6 You get "hangry." Your body first feeds off of carbs for energy. They're so important for energy, in fact, that 90 percent of your brain's fuel comes from carbs, White says. So when you cut them out, it affects your mood. Some people might feel depressed and like they want to sleep all the time. Others might get super hungry and angry ("hangry,") which prompts them to lose self-control around food and eat everything in sight. In general, eating a diet rich in whole grains combined with lean protein and healthy fats will help stabilize your mood and ward off hunger. 7 It's not sustainable. Perhaps the biggest problem with cutting out carbs entirely on a low-carb diet is that it's not sustainable in the long run. White says people can lose weight on a no-carb diet, but it's usually temporary."Each gram of carb holds onto about one gram of water, so when we start giving up carbs from the diet, we can tend to lose a water weight," White explains. The problem is, people think they're actually losing body fat when they're not. Once people start to eat carbs again, White says, they gain all that weight back. Plus, with the moodiness and lack of energy that comes from eliminating this important macronutrient group, people who are giving up carbs completely feel miserable most of the time. That's no way to live. So, how can carbs fit into an effective diet? The reason why giving up carbs can be so effective for weight loss is because people tend to eat the wrong types of carbs to begin with. Foods like refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, white pasta, sugar, etc.) spike your blood sugar more than the healthier complex carbs that come from whole grains and fruit. White says sticking to portioned servings of those healthy complex carbohydrates is key; depending on your level of activity, he recommends your diet should be anywhere from 40 percent to 65 percent carbohydrates."I always recommend for men trying to stick around a cup of cooked starch per serving and women around a half a cup starch per serving," he says. If you do feel like you ate too many carbs for breakfast and lunch, then it's fine to skip them for dinner. But for overall weight loss (and to keep your sanity!), you're better off including carbs as part of a healthy diet. Read more: 24 Best Healthy Carbs To Eat For Weight Loss
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We might be in a better place with the coronavirus pandemic than we were in the late fall and early winter, but if we let down our guard now, things could get worse. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases joined political scientist Ian Bremmer on his show, GZERO, warning that unless certain actions are taken, the virus that is his “worst nightmare” could continue to ravage the world. Read on to hear what he had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Dr. Fauci Had This Urgent Warning: There Could Be a New Surge If not enough Americans get vaccinated, and do not follow public health measures, we could be in trouble, warned Dr. Fauci. “It is conceivable that if we fall short that we will have a surge, an additional surge. It's also conceivable if we do this correctly and everyone pulls together, everyone in the country, I mean, all regions, all states do it together, that we could suppress this to a very, very low level. And once you get the dynamics of the outbreak to a very, very low level, even when you get additional surges, it becomes much more effective to be able to identify, isolate, contact trace.” Keep reading to see how you can stay safe—and to hear Fauci’s “worst nightmare.” 2 Dr. Fauci Says COVID is His Literal “Worst Nightmare” Dr. Fauci started off explaining why COVID-19 is the virus he has been dreading his entire career. “I think we are living through much of that worst nightmare,” he revealed. “I remember multiple times responding, ‘A respiratory illness that jumped species from an animal host that has a high degree of efficiency and transmitting from person to person. Then as the high degree of morbidity and mortality, either on the general population or in certain groups of people.’ And in this case, we know we're at that landmark right now of 500,000 deaths, which is historic and horrible and it's proportion. I mean, people are going to be talking about what we've been through over the last year in decades and decades to come in the similar manner that we would often reference the 1918 pandemic flu.” In a second, you’ll hear about two tools we have to fight the virus. 3 Dr. Fauci Says We’re in a Race Between Vaccines and Virus Variants When asked if we are “winning” the race between vaccines and virus variants, Fauci confirmed “we are in a race for sure,” but pointed out that the “thing that's encouraging is that sharp slope of the downward trajectory of not only the daily cases, but the weekly averages.” He also confirmed that the variant “now taking hold” in the United States has “enhanced capability” of transmission, is “also a bit more virulent,” and will likely be dominant by the end of March. “So that race if you want to call it between a dominant virus that is clearly sensitive to the vaccine that we're using, but has a very strong capability of spreading and transmitted from person to person.” 4 Dr. Fauci Said We Have Two Tools to Fight the Virus Luckily, “we have two major tools in our arsenal,” per Dr. Fauci. “One is a vaccine which as the weeks and the months go by we get more and more available to put in people's arms.” However, he did admit that there is a “significant discrepancy between supply and demand,” but “if we had all the vaccine that we would need right now, and did mass vaccinations, I believe our chances of winning this war, metaphorically between the virus and ourselves, we would have a distinct advantage.”The other tool is “immediately available to us,” Dr. Fauci pointed out. “And that is everybody doing the kinds of public health measures that we've been talking about constantly: the universal wearing of masks, the avoiding close contact, the avoiding congregate settings, particularly indoors, the washing of hands. If we did that in a very assiduous way that everyone pulls together, even without a vaccine, you could be a pretty good defense against the spread.”RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 5 How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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If you're looking to lose weight, you probably think you have to change your diet, start a strict workout plan, or at least eat all the right foods. Even though all of these methods could jumpstart your weight loss efforts, it could definitely be a whole lot easier. It's likely you don't associate eating more food with losing weight, but if you eat a bigger breakfast in the morning, you could start dropping pounds fast. Dropping those pesky pounds is one of the major side effects of eating a big breakfast on the regular!Here's why you absolutely need to dig into that bowl of peanut butter overnight oats or whip up an omelet—if you're into the savory. And for even more healthy tips, be sure to check out our list of 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work.Big breakfasts get your metabolism going.You're probably wondering how this is possible—we can explain. It has a lot to do with our metabolism. By starting off your day with a big breakfast, you're revving up your metabolism, which allows you to continue burning calories as the day goes on.A 2020 study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology&Metabolism found that the participants who consumed a high-calorie breakfast and a low-calorie dinner metabolized their food faster than those who ate a low-calorie breakfast followed by a high-calorie dinner. The researchers were able to measure the participants' metabolisms through the body's diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT). They found that even with identical calorie consumption, those who had a bigger breakfast had a 2.5 times higher DIT than the other participants. That's a big deal when it comes to weight loss.Big breakfasts curb your hunger.The researchers also found that those who ate a higher calorie breakfast were less likely to snack throughout the day—just another reason that a big breakfast could lead to significant weight loss. Those who ate lower-calorie breakfasts were hungry sooner and ultimately ate more snacks.So, if you're looking for some suggestions to start your morning off on the right foot, we've got some tips for that, too. It's important to pack your breakfast with foods that are high in protein and fiber, and low in unhealthy fats. Some examples could be Greek yogurt with berries and granola, oatmeal with apples and peanut butter, flaxseed pancakes, or a protein-packed smoothie. The options are endless.The moral of the story? Make sure you're making time for your breakfast every day if you're looking to lose weight because apparently there's a lot of truth to the term "breakfast is the most important meal of the day."More Breakfast Stories on Eat This, Not That!91+ Best Healthy Breakfast Recipes37 Best Healthy Breakfast Foods for Weight LossThe 13 Best Breakfast Habits to Lose 10 PoundsThis Breakfast Mistake Is Making You Gain Weight, New Study Says16 Delicious Breakfast Sandwich Recipes You Won't Believe Are Healthy
One COVID-19 prevention method that health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci—has been attempting to reiterate time and again, is that outdoors is always better than indoors. Why? Air naturally circulates outside, making it less likely for virus particles to transmit from person-to-person. However, when indoors, there is one way you can take extra precaution. “Along with wearing masks&staying 6 ft apart, increased ventilation can help reduce spread of #COVID19 in schools,” the CDC tweeted this week, sharing guidance on how to safely reopen schools. They also offered a number of ways to maximize ventilation. Read on to find out what they are—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Open Windows “If safe to do so, open windows and doors,” the CDC suggests. “Even just cracking open a window or door helps increase outdoor airflow, which helps reduce the potential concentration of virus particles in the air. If it gets too cold or hot, adjust the thermostat. Do not open windows or doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (such as falling, exposure to extreme temperatures, or triggering asthma symptoms).” 2 Turn on a Fan To maximize the effectiveness of open windows, you can also turn on a fan.” Safely secure fans in a window to blow potentially contaminated air out and pull new air in through other open windows and doors,” they suggest. 3 Improve Filtration Another way to improve circulation is ensuring your HVAC settings are maximizing ventilation. They are specifically referring to schools, but at a more personal level this could simply mean ensuring “your ventilation systems are serviced and meeting code requirements,” providing “acceptable indoor air quality.” 4 Remember, Particles Can Live in the Air for Possibly Hours, Says the CDC “Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours,” says the CDC. “These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space.” In fact: “There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example while singing or exercising.”RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 5 Follow the Other Fundamentals So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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We were once told COVID would “just disappear.” For many Long Haulers, this is a bitter joke. They got COVID and still suffer debilitating symptoms, like fatigue, brain fog or shortness of breath, for months after—possibly years, possibly a lifetime. Even worse, “serious long-term complications…have been reported,” reports the CDC. "These have been noted to affect different organ systems in the body.” Read on to learn more about these severest of Long Hauler symptoms to see if you have them—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 You May Have Cardiovascular Symptoms This can include an “inflammation of the heart muscle,” warns the CDC. “There are three main types of heart inflammation: endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis,” says the National Institute of Health. “Endocarditis is inflammation of the inner lining of the heart's chambers and valves. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is inflammation of the tissue that forms a sac around the heart.” “You may have different signs and symptoms depending on the type and severity of the heart inflammation that you have,” they continue. “Complications may include an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, and heart failure.” 2 You May Have Respiratory Symptoms The CDC warns of “lung function abnormalities.” For example, “some patients who have been seriously ill from COVID-19 develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which can permanently scar their lungs,” reports UC Davis Health. “But it’s not clear if there is any scarring for long-haulers who have respiratory issues but not at the severe level of ARDS.” Many Long Haulers have shortness of breath. 3 You May Have Renal Issues Like “acute kidney injury,” says the CDC. ”Acute kidney failure occurs when your kidneys suddenly become unable to filter waste products from your blood,” reports the Mayo Clinic. “When your kidneys lose their filtering ability, dangerous levels of wastes may accumulate, and your blood's chemical makeup may get out of balance.” 4 You May Have Dermatologic Symptoms These dermatologic symptoms can include “rash, hair loss,” says the CDC. Long Haulers have complained of skin peeling or violent rashes. Actress Alyssa Milano, a Long Hauler, lost her hair and says: "It's hard, especially when you're an actor and so much of your identity is wrapped up in those things like having long silky hair and clean skin.” 5 You May Have Neurological Symptoms These can include “smell and taste problems, sleep issues, difficulty with concentration, memory problems,” says the CDC. Some Long Haulers are finding their sense of smell or test may never come back. Others forget where they left their car keys. Sleep is interrupted by vivid dreams or nightmares. 6 You May Have Psychiatric Problems “Depression, anxiety, changes in mood” are symptoms sone Long Haulers suffer. This is natural, since many previously healthy people are now bed-bound or unable to walk their dog, with no end in sight—but the psychiatric problems may also be neurological, as the brain chemistry is impacted.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 7 The More Common Long COVID Symptoms The list you have just read is of severe Long Hauler symptoms. According to the CDC, “the most commonly reported long-term symptoms include:FatigueShortness of breathCoughJoint painChest painOther reported long-term symptoms include:Difficulty with thinking and concentration (sometimes referred to as ‘brain fog’)DepressionMuscle painHeadacheIntermittent feverFast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)”If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact a medical professional immediately. And to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
There's one thing you should avoid doing on the day you get your COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control&Prevention says: Leaving the vaccination site without waiting 15 to 30 minutes after your shot. This is necessary to see whether you have an immediate allergic reaction to the vaccine. If you do, medical personnel at the vaccination site can treat it and call for emergency care. Read on to find out why—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. Allergic reactions uncommon but stay just in caseEveryone should wait at the site 15 minutes after their shot, the CDC says. If you have a history of severe allergic reactions or an immediate allergic reaction to a vaccine, you should wait half an hour. Severe allergic reactions to the vaccine can include anaphylaxis (a swelling of the mouth and throat) that can be life-threatening. Thankfully, severe reactions are extremely rare. In the United States through Jan. 24, there were 50 reported cases of anaphylaxis among 9,943,247 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. That works out to 5 cases of anaphylaxis per million doses administered. For the Moderna vaccine, there were 21 reported cases of anaphylaxis out of 7,581,429 doses—2.8 cases of anaphylaxis per million doses.Some people might experience a non-severe allergic reaction to the shot, which the CDC defines as an allergic reaction that doesn't require medical attention. "CDC has also learned of reports that some people have experienced non-severe allergic reactions within 4 hours after getting vaccinated (known as immediate allergic reactions), such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress)," the agency says. People who have severe or non-severe allergic reactions to the vaccine should avoid getting a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shots. (The newly approved Johnson&Johnson vaccine is just one dose.) An allergic reaction is different than "COVID arm," a red, itchy, swollen, or painful rash at the site of the shot. It can begin a few days to more than a week after the initial vaccination, the CDC says. If it's itchy or painful, you can take an antihistamine or an over-the-counter pain reliever. COVID arm shouldn't prevent you from getting your second dose. RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to NormalHow to survive this pandemicAs for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
As vaccination rates climb and some states loosen restrictions, health officials have repeatedly stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over. One group, in particular, can't yet put the coronavirus behind them: People who are experiencing long-term symptoms, also known as "long-haulers." Suffering from post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), many of the long-term symptoms are similar to those of a cold or flu. But one is fairly unique: "brain fog," or difficulty with thinking and concentration. Read on to see if you have it—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. Brain Fog Can Be a Sign You Have Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 InfectionAnna Nordvig, MD, a neurologist with Columbia University Medical Center, described COVID-related brain fog as "specific thinking and behavior problems—they forget the names of people they know well, they can’t follow along during business conversations, prioritizing and planning is suddenly difficult, they are inexplicably anxious and sleep poorly." She said some patients with brain fog only had a mild case of COVID and have no other long-term symptoms."These are young and middle-aged people who were previously thriving," said Nordvig. "Now they are having profound changes in the way they think and feel. They’re worried about their careers, if this persists." "The good news," said Nordvig, "is that most of the patients we’re seeing are getting better."RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to NormalWide Range of Long-Haul SymptomsAccording to the CDC, the most commonly reported long-term COVID symptoms are fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain and chest pain.Brain fog, or difficulty with thinking and concentration is in the CDC's list of "other reported long-term symptoms," along with depression, muscle pain, headache, intermittent fever and heart palpitations. "The long-term significance of these effects is not yet known," the CDC says.Experts have been aware of the long-hauler phenomenon since early in the pandemic, but they've named it only recently: PASC, for post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Congress has allocated $1.5 billion over four years for the National Institutes of Health to study long COVID, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease specialist, said during a briefing by the White House COVID-19 response team last week."Somewhat alarming" is what Fauci called a recent study from the University of Washington, which found that 30% of people who've had COVID have symptoms for as long as nine months after their initial illness.There are many questions to be answered about long-term symptoms; their exact cause is unclear. In the case of brain fog, experts theorize it could be due to the widespread inflammation COVID-19 seems to cause throughout the body. If you experience any combination of these 98 symptoms, contact a medical professional. Although there is no cure for PASC, doctors may be able to treat certain symptoms. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Coronavirus cases are plateauing, a dangerous sign after the recent drop. One possible reason: the new, more transmissible variants, which can jump from person to person quicker than the strain before. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been sounding the alarm this week, saying now is not the time to let your guard down—nor the time for cities to begin relaxing restrictions. Read on for the places Fauci says not to go now—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Dr. Fauci Has Warned of Gyms, and the CDC Just Agreed Dr. Fauci pointed to a CDC report that said COVID can spread in gyms, and a new CDC report says intense physical activity in that environment can lead to spread, and did in the Chicago gym they studied. According to their report: “In August 2020, 55 COVID-19 cases were identified among 81 attendees of indoor high-intensity classes at a Chicago exercise facility. Twenty-two (40%) persons with COVID-19 attended on or after the day symptoms began. Most attendees (76%) wore masks infrequently, including persons with (84%) and without COVID-19 (60%).” 2 Dr. Fauci Says Don’t Travel Right Now At a CNN Town Hall, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said: “I want to emphasize that now is not a good time to be traveling, period, internationally or domestically.” And Fauci agreed: “Getting vaccinated does not say you have a free pass to travel,” said Dr. Fauci. “Nor does it say you have a free pass to put aside all the public health measures that we talk about all the time.” 3 Dr. Fauci Says Don’t Go Anywhere Without a Mask—Even if You’re Vaccinated Why do you have to wear a mask even if you’re vaccinated? “You may be protected against clinically recognizable disease, but you could still get infected and have the virus in your nasopharynx that potentially could be spread to another person,” Dr. Fauci said. 4 Dr. Fauci Has Said to Avoid Restaurants and Bars Fauci orders take out and never enters a restaurant. “I feel badly about restaurants losing business,” Fauci told CNN recently. “And I feel it’s almost a neighborly obligation to keep neighborhood restaurants afloat.” “If you go indoors in a restaurant — whatever capacity, 25[%], 50%, or what have you — indoors absolutely increases the risk,” he told MSNBC. “If we want to get back to the normal existence of being able to enjoy being in a restaurant, the best way to do that is to get the community level of infection at the lowest level possible.”RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 5 How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Patter of tiny feet: dancers on leaping into motherhoodJuggling babies and a job is always difficult – what are the particular pressures for performers and how is the industry taking steps to improve? ‘I reached my limit’ … Elizabeth Harrod backstage with her children at the Royal Opera House. Photograph: Steven McRae
Costco and Walmart are ranked 6th and 7th on Greenpeace's best-to-worst list of the 2021 Supermarket Plastics Ranking. Costco scored 20.53 out of 100 and Walmart scored 18.10.To rank each grocery chain, Greenpeace looked at each major grocery store chain's policies, initiatives, reductions, and transparency in reducing plastic use. It also notes if a retailer declined to participate in the survey process. (Related: Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According to Experts.)Costco moved up three spots compared to last year, as it continues its commitment to reducing its plastic packaging in the next 10 years. The score breakdown applauds the wholesale retailer's sustainability website and promise to switch out plastics that are used in its food courts to compostable material. However, the company did not participate in the survey. Greenpeace also says Costco's strategy isn't bold enough, and that Costco does not reveal any information about its actual plastic footprint (Greenpeace says the company may be sending trash to "waste-to-energy" facilities that burn it, creating toxic fumes).Walmart dropped one spot compared to its ranking last year. Greenpeace actually even sued the company in 2020 for "illegally and incorrectly advertis[ing] its own brand throwaway plastics and packaging as recyclable." The giant retailer has made a promise to use compostable packaging for its own brands by 2025, but Greenpeace says the promise doesn't specify how much packaging will actually be reusable. However, Greenpeace's latest report does give Walmart credit for sharing some of its plastic footprint information publically, but says, like Costco, it isn't a complete assessment.Grocery store chain Giant Eagle took the top spot on Greenpeace's ranking this year, with just a 34.88 score. Aldi was next, followed by Sprouts, Kroger, and Albertsons. Publix and Hy-Vee were 15th and 16. Beloved Texas grocery chain H-E-B came in last place with a score of just 1.55 out of 100 due to its lack of plastic-reducing policies and not participating in the survey.Overall, Greenpeace says the results show much more work needs to be done, as grocers "must immediately remove unnecessary throwaway packaging, commit to eliminate single-use plastics, and transition to reuse, refill, and package-free alternatives. Simply swapping single-use plastics for another throwaway material doesn't cut it and will continue to pollute our communities and planet."It also notes that grocery store chains "need to correct misleading labels claiming packaging is recyclable when it is far more likely to end up in a landfill or incinerator." Why is this important? Well, for one thing (beyond saving the planet), three-quarters of everyday plastic products are toxic, one study says.To get all the latest grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!
Edna O'Brien to receive France's highest honour for the artsThe 90-year-old Irish writer will be named commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on Sunday Edna O’Brien, pictured in Paris receiving the Prix Femina special in 2019. Photograph: Isa Harsin/SIPA/Rex/Shutterstock
Over the last year, researchers have continued to study risk factors for COVID-19. One of them? Blood type. According to a number of studies there is one blood type in particular that seems to be more protective when it comes to the virus, and people with it, are less prone to severe infection and even death. Read on to learn about the latest major study linking blood type to COVID risk—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 This Blood Type May Develop COVID Antibodies A study published in late 2020 in Annals of Internal Medicine, revealed that people with type O or Rh−negative blood may be at slightly lower risk from COVID-19. 225,000 people who were tested for the virus were involved in the study, with researchers finding that risk was 12% lower for those with O blood type compared to those with A, AB, or B. Additionally, their risk for severe COVID or death was 13% lower. Additionally, those with Rh-negative blood type—especially O-negative—also seemed to have some immunity against the virus. Keep reading to see which blood type may put you at risk. 2 Other Studies Confirm the Connection Additionally, a November 2020 study published in the medical journal Nature also found that blood type influences COVID risk. “Recent evidence suggests blood type may affect risk of severe COVID-19,” it explained. This study involved 14,000 individuals in the New York Presbyterian hospital system and found that those with non-O blood types had a “slightly increased” infection prevalence. “Risk of intubation was decreased among A and increased among AB and B types, compared with type O, while risk of death was increased for type AB and decreased for types A and B,” researchers concluded. “Our results add to the growing body of evidence suggesting blood type may play a role in COVID-19.” 3 Your Blood Type Does Not Make You Immune to COVID “Recent data suggests that people with blood type A have a significantly higher risk of acquiring COVID-19 than non-A blood types,” reports Nebraska Medicine. “Blood type O seems to have the lowest risk. Yet these risks are relative, meaning people with type O blood are not immune to COVID-19.” "We do know that people of all types can get infected with COVID-19," cardiologist Daniel Anderson, MD, Ph.D. told them.RELATED: If You Feel This You May Have Already Had COVID Says Dr. Fauci 4 Other Facts May Complicate Your Chances of Infection “Blood type is not the only factor in disease severity,” says Nebraska Medicine. “How much virus you were exposed to, your age, plus any of your underlying health conditions also affects the course and severity of the disease. Say, for example, you and your friend who have the same susceptibility are both sharing a bus with someone who has asymptomatic COVID-19. Your friend sits next to the person infected. You sit 7 feet away from both of them. Your friend would have a worse case of COVID-19 because they were infected with more virus.” 5 How to Survive the Pandemic—and Save Lives As we said, no matter your blood type, you are not immune to COVID-19. So follow Dr. Anthony Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Bethnal Green library helped us win the war. Don't let a pandemic close it When German bombs crashed through its roof, the London library moved underground, providing books – and escapism – for children during air raids. Now the 99-year-old landmark is facing closure ‘I didn’t worry abut the bombs when I had my head buried in a book’ ... people sheltering, and reading, in Bethnal Green tube station during the second world war. Photograph: Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock