Health & safety

6 summer 2021 family vacation ideas, ranked from most to least risky

You’ve been stuck in the house for — what? — a year now and you’re itching for a vacation. A break from the Zooms, the hybrid schedules, and frankly, your house. Really, we get that on a spiritual level. While summer travel has the potential to be safer than it... more

Time to double mask against new COVID-19 strains, experts warn

By now, most Americans are used to wearing a face mask whenever they step out, but new warnings from health experts suggest one mask may not be enough. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a physician and the current director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is telling Americans to... more

How to say ‘no’ to holiday gatherings during the pandemic

Enter a caption... Let’s face it, for many, the holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without a little family drama. This year, though, thanks to COVID, there’s an entirely new tension-filled topic to sort out with relatives: eschewing family gatherings.  Instead of butting heads about politics with Uncle Jim (or... more

Schools are shutting down again and parents are fed up

COVID-19 cases are surging in the U.S., and leaders are scrambling to fight back. The U.S. is averaging more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day. As a result, more than a dozen states have implemented new mask mandates, limits on gatherings and curfews to try to... more

New tool gauges COVID-19 exposure risk based on your location and gathering size

With the holiday season upon us, many people are trying to make tough decisions about whether it’s safe to gather with family and friends. A new tool that helps analyze and predict the risk of being exposed to the virus in real time might take some of the guesswork out... more