A face mask hack for runners

Many regions have started recommending, or even requiring, that citizens use face masks when leaving their homes. If you’re curious why we’re now being told to wear a face mask when, previously, we were told not to (unless we were sick), this Sci-Show video explains why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqu2I0x0UC8 I’m a runner, and I found it difficult…… Continue reading A face mask hack for runners

Strive for a bronze medal in parenting when you work from home

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Even though we parents are increasingly working from home during the current crisis (and even if you work from home anyway, like me), we still feel the pressure to be stellar parents to our kids. That pressure is intense, especially when our kids are trying to adjust to a new distance learning model, and all…… Continue reading Strive for a bronze medal in parenting when you work from home

Why soap is the nemesis of the coronavirus

Bar of soap. Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

You already know that we should wash our hands (frequently) for at least 20 seconds, but do you know why soap is so effective against the coronavirus? Here’s a great explanation from Vox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LKVUarhtvE On a related note, it’s also worth watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSQztKXR6k0 A quote from the video that stands out for me…… Continue reading Why soap is the nemesis of the coronavirus

COVID-19 Lockdowns and Exercise

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Update (2020-03-19): It seems that I read our Health Ministry’s restrictions a little too restrictively. For the time being, it seems to be possible to get out for a run, even if it should probably be closer to home to limit the risk of exposure to other people. As with many other countries, Israel is…… Continue reading COVID-19 Lockdowns and Exercise

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Our outing to Park Canada on Election Day.

We live in challenging times. Here in Israel we have the dual challenges of this new coronavirus, and having just had our third elections in the hope that our leaders will grow up, place Israel first, and form a sustainable government. Larger forces, and uncomfortable spaces The recent elections had been coming, so we knew…… Continue reading Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Possible oral vaccine for COVID-19 in months

An Israeli research team has developed an oral vaccine for COVID-19 that seems to be heading for testing, and could be distributed in a matter of months. According to The Times of Israel: Chen Katz told The Times of Israel that the new oral vaccine for adults and children could “turn this disease into a…… Continue reading Possible oral vaccine for COVID-19 in months

Facts and rational advice about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

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There is a lot of hype about the current coronavirus pandemic, much of it coming from the media. In times like these, you really want to focus on facts and rational advice about the virus, and precautions you can take. To slow the virus down, you need to act as if you already have it…… Continue reading Facts and rational advice about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

Switching from a Fitbit Charge to a Garmin Vivoactive 4

Garmin Vivoactive 4

Change happens As you may remember, I bought a Fitbit Charge 3 in October 2018. I hadn’t worn a watch, let alone a fitness tracker like this, before that. I soon came to enjoy having it, and the data it gave me. Unfortunately, the screen stopped working soon after the warranty expired on the device,…… Continue reading Switching from a Fitbit Charge to a Garmin Vivoactive 4