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How Masks Protect Us From the Coronavirus

Masks protect us. That shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, but since there’s been so much confusion about what masks do, and there are a lot of myths floating around about them, it’s time for a little refresher.Read more...
Tags: Health, Safety, Masks, Lifehacks, Coronavirus


The Best Remedies for Common Headaches

Whether it’s the pulsating pain of a migraine or the behind-the-eyes pressure of sinus congestion, nobody likes a headache. And if you suffer from them, you may need to cycle through a dozen different treatments to find one that works. The thing is, headaches—and their causes—are all different. With that in mind,…Read more...
Tags: Health, Food, Science, Diet, Medicine, Top, Explainer, Lifehacks, Migraines


How to Laugh at Depression, With Humorist John Moe

This week, we’re finding the humor in our woes with help from John Moe, host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast. John helps us understand what is funny—and sometimes even good—about depression, how we can recognize depression within ourselves and others and what to do about it when we find ourselves…Read more...
Tags: Podcast, Advice, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, John, Lifehacks, John Moe


Should You Wear a Clear Plastic Face Shield?

Face masks are one of the essential tools we can use to keep each other safe as things reopen. But what about face shields? These are clear plastic and provide a splash-proof barrier for your face. They can be a good addition to face masks, but they aren’t a replacement.Read more...
Tags: Health, Safety, Lifehacks, Pandemic Life


Don't Use These Toxic Hand Sanitizer Brands

Hand sanitizers that are effective against the coronavirus are those that include at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. But there are a few brands that use methanol, a more toxic type of alcohol, and the FDA recently issued a warning not to use them. Read more...
Tags: Health, Recalls, Fda, Lifehacks, Hand Sanitizer


How to See a Doctor During the Pandemic, With Cardiologists Marc Eisenberg and Chris Kelly

We’ve seen a rise in preventable deaths since the start of the pandemic, largely because people are too afraid to go to the doctor. So we want to change that this week with the help of cardiologists Marc Eisenberg and Chris Kelly, who tell us all about the ease of booking a televisit, how to prepare for one, and what…Read more...
Tags: Health, Podcasts, Healthcare, Lifehacks, Chris Kelly, Medical Care, Marc Eisenberg, Covid 19


How to Make It Through Father's Day If It's Difficult for You

Like Mother’s Day—or most holidays, really—Father’s Day can be polarizing. For some, it’s a fun excuse to get the family together (well, maybe not this year) to have a barbecue and shower Dad with gifts. But for others, it triggers upsetting memories. If you fall into that second category, getting through the third…Read more...
Tags: Grief, Mental Health, Lifehacks, Fathers Day


Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

So you adopted a dog (or cat or bird). You’ve got the food, the bed and the toys, and now you’re wondering whether pet insurance is a good investment. What if your new companion gets sick or hurt? Could pet insurance help save their lives—and protect your wallet?Read more...
Tags: Health, Saving Money, Top, Pets, Insurance, Ask Lifehacker, Lifehacks


Donate to These Organizations Addressing Racism and Mental Health

In addition to the physical violence associated with systemic racism, it also has major implications on mental health. Generations of collective trauma is now combined with the anxiety of not only the threat of police violence, but also being in the middle of a global pandemic where people of color are…Read more...
Tags: Mental Health, Racism, Lifehacks, Donations


Use Your FSA Money to Donate Street Medic Supplies

If you tend to have cash lingering in your medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at the end of the year, you don’t have to wait until December to start spending it. You can use it to buy first aid supplies now, and consider donating them to groups that organize medical support for protesters.Read more...
Tags: Health, First Aid, Lifehacks


What Happens After You Leave the ICU?

If you’ve never been hospitalized, you might think of the day a patient leaves the hospital as a singular event in their recovery: a sign that they are either fully recovered from their illness, ailment or injury, or are very close to it. But an extended stay in the hospital takes its own toll, often resulting in what…Read more...
Tags: Mental Health, Healthcare, Lifehacks, ICU, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Critical Illness


How to Protest During a Pandemic

Avoiding large gatherings is part of how we’ve tried to stay safe for the past few months, but protests have something in common with hospital services and (apparently) takeout margaritas: They’re essential to our well-being as a society. Read more...
Tags: Health, Public Health, Violence, Lifehacks, Police Violence, Protesting, Coronavirus


What to Do If You've Been Pepper Sprayed

Pepper spray (including the brand name Mace) causes extreme stinging and burning in the eyes and nose. If you’ve been pepper sprayed, you’ll need to flush the chemical out. Water works, but it’s not the only option. Read more...
Tags: Health, Mace, First Aid, Lifehacks, Protesting


No, Wearing a Mask Isn't Dangerous

Myths about masks are running rampant, mixed in with and distracting from the critical advice and facts we all need to know to wear them responsibly. Many of these myths are directly tied to conspiracy theories that fall apart when you take a minute to think about them, but they still circulate because they seem like…Read more...
Tags: Health, Masks, Lifehacks, Coronavirus


Snap a Picture of Your Meds When You Take Them

If you take meds on a schedule, you probably have a system for remembering what to take when, whether you use an app or something low-tech like a pill organizer. But for those occasional doses—like the Claritins I take every couple days during allergy season—just snap a photo of the pill bottle instead. Read more...
Tags: Health, Medication, Lifehacks


How to Care for Your Child's Mental Health Right Now

Among many unanswered questions right now is what effect this pandemic will have on the mental health of children. A recent paper, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, documents elevated anxiety and depression in children under lockdown in China. Although it’s still early to know for certain what the exact toll…Read more...
Tags: Family, Parenting, Children, China, Mental Health, Lifehacks, JAMA Pediatrics


Think of Risk as a Spectrum

As rules relax, we must ask ourselves some strange questions: Is it safe to see a friend? Go to the park? Eat in a restaurant? No matter how many experts you ask, there’s not going to be a clear yes-or-no answer. Read more...
Tags: Health, Safety, Lifehacks, Coronavirus


Are We Really Fighting With Each Other Over Masks?

As far as I can tell from my daily walks, masks have quietly become more common over the last month or two. Some people wear them, some don’t, and we all cross the street to avoid each other anyway. But now that rules in some places are requiring masks, social media seems to have blown up with people arguing over…Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Safety, Lifehacks


Just Because You Can Go Out, Doesn't Mean You Should

Businesses are reopening in many areas, and it’s totally understandable if you feel tempted to visit every place you missed during the shutdown. But is this week really any less risky than last week, or even last month? In most places you’re still much better off staying at home. Read more...
Tags: Health, Safety, Lifehacks, Coronavirus, Reopening


Now Is the Time for a 'News Diet'

How often do you check the news? Once when you wake up, probably—and once again before you start working, and one more time when you need a break from work, and another quick glance at lunch, and ... well, you get the idea.Read more...
Tags: News, Mental Health, Lifehacks, Information Diet


How to Eat Healthy

Eating healthy is good for you, no matter who you are or what your goals. But it can be tricky to know where to start (especially if you don’t have a weight loss focus), so here are your basic guidelines for healthy eating. Read more...
Tags: Health, Food, Nutrition, Lifehacks


What We Know About Serious COVID-19 Symptoms in Kids

Recently, there have been a lot of news stories about a new condition called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which is similar to a rare childhood illness called Kawasaki disease. This new syndrome is starting to appear in children across the U.S. and is thought to be associated with COVID-19 infection. As…Read more...
Tags: Health, Children, Healthcare, Lifehacks, Kawasaki, Coronavirus, Covid 19


How to Spot a Conspiracy Theory

There are real reasons to distrust governments and corporations. There really are plenty of powerful people acting in their own interest, often to the detriment of others. There are, in real life, legit conspiracies and cover-ups. Tuskegee. Watergate. That weird thing where Volkswagen faked its emissions test results.…Read more...
Tags: Health, Volkswagen, Lifehacks, Misinformation, Coronavirus


Ask an Expert Your COVID-19 Testing Questions [Update: Ended]

Update: We’re done! Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern for a live Q&A with Constantine Kanakis, who is here to answer your questions about all types of COVID-19 testing. Read more...
Tags: Health, Medicine, Public Health, Lifehacks, Coronavirus, Constantine Kanakis


Live Now: Ask an Expert Your COVID-19 Testing Questions

Update: We’re live until 2 p.m.! Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern for a live Q&A with Constantine Kanakis, who is here to answer your questions about all types of COVID-19 testing. Read more...
Tags: Health, Medicine, Public Health, Lifehacks, Coronavirus, Constantine Kanakis


What to Do if You Think You're Having a Heart Attack or Stroke

These past few months, ER admissions have dropped between 40-50%, a fact that is causing doctors to worry that heart attack and stroke patients are putting off going the ER because of fears about contracting COVID-19.Read more...
Tags: Health, Stroke, Healthcare, Emergency, Lifehacks, Heart Attacks


Ask an Expert Your COVID-19 Testing Questions

Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern for a live Q&A with Constantine Kanakis, who is here to answer your questions about all types of COVID-19 testing. Read more...
Tags: Health, Medicine, Public Health, Lifehacks, Coronavirus, Constantine Kanakis


How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

Vitamin D is important. It helps your body absorb calcium, promotes bone growth and plays a role in your immune system. It’s commonly called the “sunshine vitamin,” as our bodies use the energy from sunlight to make vitamin D, which by definition is actually a prohormone. Given abrupt, pandemic-induced changes to our…Read more...
Tags: Health, Lifehacks, Vitamin D, Vitamins


How to Avoid Burnout in the Middle of a Pandemic

Burnout is defined as a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged stress. Given the nonstop barrage of stressors these past few months, many of us are probably well on our way to developing burnout, if we aren’t there already.Read more...
Tags: Stress, Mental Health, Burnout, Lifehacks, Self Care


How to Set Up Medical ID on Your iPhone

The imminent iOS 13.5 update includes a new feature that could save your life. Once the update drops, you’ll be able to opt into automatically sharing your medical ID with 911 dispatchers and first responders, which will then provide you with the best care.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Health, Ipad, Medical, Lifehacks



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