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The Breakfast of Champions

You are probably familiar with the breakfast cereal Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Amazingly, that tag line must have worked pretty well given that Wheaties are still on grocery shelves 85 years after being introduced to America. Over the years, many athletes have been featured on the box.  The first athlete was Lou Gehrig, featured […]

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COVID-19 Update #10

            No matter how prudent a lockdown may have been as a precautionary measure, COVID-19 isn’t going away and smarter ways of living with the virus will have to be used.  A continued lockdown of activity only moves the country toward economic collapse.  Without economic activity businesses bankrupt, retirement savings disappear, and eventually, governments collapse. […]

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COVID-19 Update #9

By one recent estimate, over three billion people are currently under some type of lockdown and yet in some countries like Sweden, elementary schools, businesses, and restaurants are open. In Belarus, it’s business as usual with the President showing up at hockey games.  You might wonder, why such a difference in strategies? Indeed, there continue […]

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COVID-19 Update #8

When the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic became widely understood, a near worldwide decision was made to “flatten the curve” as a strategy for keeping the health care systems from being overwhelmed.  Although the total number of infections was expected to ultimately be the same either way, the health care system could hopefully meet […]

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COVID-19 Update #7

            As the days in quarantine go by, there is one question on everyone’s mind; “When will it be safe to return to something close to normal life?”             Unfortunately, the answer depends on data that, for now, can only be guessed.  Many estimates have been made; however, without accurate and widespread testing, the range […]

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COVID-19 Update #6

Most of us have been bombarded with information about COVID-19 for longer than we could have imagined.  The irony is that the majority of people have a weakened immune system due to the typical American lifestyle and aren’t getting the advice needed.  This is especially true if you are one of many that have a […]

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COVID-19 Update #5

This week Governor Kay Ivey announced a ‘Stay at Home’ order for the entire state of Alabama. She cited Alabama’s increasing numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases.  She emphasized that previous restrictions had not been adequate, and more has to be done. Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris issued the order for Alabama residents […]

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COVID-19 Update #4

            A reminder postcard from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was sent to homes last week.  The most important part of the message can be summed up in two sentences. “Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk, and your activities can increase the risk for others. It […]

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COVID-19 Update #3

            Based on recent information, COVID-19 is not the apocalypse. Granted, it’s a serious infection that could, in the short run, outpace the capacity of our hospitals.             The good news is that in China, where the problem emerged, new cases have fallen to a small number per day.  Unfortunately, this was after a significant […]

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COVID-19 Update #2

            In the news, you may see the terms coronavirus, Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, and SARS-CoV-2 used somewhat interchangeably. Strictly speaking, the new virus is called SARS-CoV-2.  Before the medical community fully understood the virus they were dealing with, it was referred to as Novel Coronavirus.  The disease the virus causes in people (fever, coughing, shortness […]