As I walked away from my parents at the Toronto airport last June, I desperately wanted to turn back to them. I briefly stole a look and noticed my father jerking his fist into the air, as if he were cheering me on for a marathon. My mother stood motionless, crying until her glasses became foggy. She had promised not to cry, but her “baby” — as she increasingly called me — was flying away.
I was returning to Boston to start business school, after completing two years of surgical residency in the early months of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, my parents continued to hunker down in their two-bedroom apartment in Toronto. My mother was 71 and my father almost 80, both with several high-risk medical conditions. To avoid catching the coronavirus, they rarely went outside. When they had to, they worshiped the “6 feet of social distancing” guidance as a Platonic truth.
When the pandemic hit, many Americans turned to vitamins and supplements in hopes of boosting their immune systems.
Scientists also raced to study them. Vitamin D, perhaps more than any other, captured the attention of researchers.
Even the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, embraced the idea of using the vitamin to help keep COVID-19 at bay, saying in September that he takes a supplement to avoid being deficient and “would not mind recommending” it to others.
There’s the small screen in our pocket, the big screen we watch our shows on, and the medium screen that many of us stare into for eight hours a day to help pay for those other screens. Are all of these screens ruining our eyes?
Probably not, although rumors abound. If you grew up with big ol’ tube TVs, you probably remember being told that sitting too close would ruin your eyes.
Scientific American traces that myth to a 1967 recall of early color TVs that emitted radiation (like, actual radiation) that were probably harmful to health, as well as to a misunderstanding about nearsighted kids who sat close to the TV.
Most likely, they sat close so they could see better; the TV didn’t cause their nearsightedness.
We can’t give you your hour back, but we do have some energy-boosting suggestions to help you get through the coming groggy week.
Nicole Clausing – March 6, 2020 | Updated March 12, 2021
We’ve heard it said that April is the cruelest month, but that thief of time we call March can be rough, too. Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend, meaning that Monday morning the alarm will go off at a time that feels extra early, and most of us will show up to work extra sleepy. (Renegades Arizona and Hawaii, we’re looking at you admiringly right now.)
Nothing completely makes up for losing that hour. (Well, except for that happy day when we “fall back” into sanity—but that’s not until November 7 this year.) But we can offer some suggestions to help you feel better rested and more focused.