What We’re Reading: 12/04/20

A few highlights from around the web that made it into our feeds this week.

Sorry to Burst Your Quarantine Bubble

Your pod, your bubble, that small select group of friends or family who live outside your home but remain essential. The core group committed to no indoor interactions (even masked and at distance) with people outside the pod. Well, that’s one interpretation of this rather nebulous form of risk management. The varying ideas around how to form a pod and how to set guidelines exist in a vast chasm. One reason: basic parameters for building a pod are still unclear.

This article does a nice job laying out hard truths in a practical way. Pods can be dangerous when a virus is spreading out of control, with new cases and hospitalizations soaring all over the country. The higher the infection rate, the higher the chance Covid can sneak into your pod. But podding still has benefits. Be smart, and don’t lose hope.  (From theatlantic.com)

C.D.C. Officials Shorten Recommended Quarantine Periods

If you haven’t yet heard, the CDC shortened the recommended quarantine period to 7 days from 14 days for those who have been exposed to the virus and have tested negative. It’s important to note that the recommendations on all holiday travel remain the same: stay home and avoid travel. It is the only way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.  (From nytimes.com)

I’m a Cardiologist, and This Is What I Want People To Know About Heart-Rate Training

Don’t worry, this one picks it up a notch. Cardiologist and marathon runner Dr. Jenn Haythe drops a little bit of wisdom on maximizing the efficacy of exercise by monitoring your heart rate. Her advice is simple and manageable yet specific—you can’t ask for more than that.   (From wellandgood.com)

Last but certainly not least, a podcast:

The Good News Is... Episode 1.5

The first episode of a newer show by TCTMD that is generally geared toward physicians, but this one is critical listening for everyone. The main topic: implicit bias. Specifically, how we can reconcile our biases to dismantle racism. In a short 15 minutes, Dr. Quinn Capers bridges science with personal commitment. A must listen. (From tctmd.com)

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