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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institutes for Allergies and Infectious Disease, shared updates on the coronavirus during a talk with Dr. Francis Collin, director of the National Institutes of Health, on Monday, one day after CBS News host Margaret Brennan accused President Trump of preventing him from appearing on TV.
Dex Geralds was 26 when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and he didn’t fit the physical stereotype of someone with the disease. “I did work out quite bit,” the fitness trainer, actor and model tells Yahoo Life. “My body looked great on the outside, so I never thought about what it was doing to me on the inside.” At the time, Geralds managed a restaurant and ate on the job a lot. The food he ate was “low-quality... carb-heavy, super-sugary.” Geralds started having some unusual symptoms. “I was always thirsty, drinking a lot of water — so much water that when I walked, you can hear the water slushing in my belly,” he says. He also experienced mood swings. “I would become irritable out of nowhere,” Geralds explains. “I'm naturally a positive person and I always try to keep myself levelheaded. So that was a little bit strange as well.” Geralds finally decided to see a doctor after watching a CrossFit video featuring someone with type 1 diabetes. “The person on the video was talking about some of the symptoms they had,” he says. “I was going through the same thing.” Diabetes is a disease where your blood sugar, aka blood glucose, is too high. Glucose is your body’s main source of energy and it’s carried to your cells to be used for energy by insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough or any insulin, and glucose stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells. Over time, that can cause health problems, including heart disease, stroke, eye problems and nerve damage. “My life changed quite a bit after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.” Geralds says he started to prioritize sleep after his diagnosis: “That’s one thing I wasn't getting a lot of, especially because the job I was working in at the time.” He also changed his diet, and started to cook at home. “I was able to understand exactly what I was consuming and what it does to my body,” he says. And, while Geralds worked out regularly before his diagnosis, he “really got into fitness a little bit more.” Geralds ended up leaving his restaurant job, which he “hated,” and became a fitness trainer. “Now I have this awesome job where I can help people live better, longer lives,” he explains. “My life changed quite a bit after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.” Geralds’ days usually revolve around health. He wakes up around 4 or 4:30 a.m. and immediately checks his blood sugar. If it’s higher than Geralds prefers, he’ll drink a big glass of water. Then, he’ll do stretches to wake up. Next, he has breakfast, which usually consists of avocado spread onto sourdough toast, with bacon, eggs and pepper jack cheese. He also likes to have mixed greens on the side. Geralds sees private fitness clients around 6:30 a.m. and then works out for about two hours. “Sometimes my blood sugar can spike, depending on what kind of workout I do,” he says, so he may have a shake with protein and creatine to try to help. When Geralds returns home, he’ll have dinner, which might consist of grilled meat and vegetables like asparagus. “I know sauces can be pretty sugary, especially BBQ sauce, so I just control it by keeping sauce on the side,” he explains. Now, Geralds is trying to clear up misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. “Some of the misconceptions people have about type 2 diabetes is that it comes from people who don't take care of themselves — they don’t exercise, they don’t eat well,” Geralds says. “My diet might have not been the best when I was diagnosed, but I was exercising regularly and I ate well for the most part when I could.” Geralds says he was diagnosed because of genetics, pointing out that both his mother and father had diabetes. “Understand that it’s not your fault that you have type 2 diabetes,” he says. “Genetics is a big factor.” Now, Geralds dedicates his time to helping others with their own health. “I’ve always just enjoyed helping people, especially people living with diabetes or have prediabetes,” he says. “Knowing that I can touch someone in a way that helps improve their quality of life, that’s my job on Earth — to be able to give back.”
Dr. Taz Bhatia, an immune support and wellness physician, offers seven tips parents can follow to help keep their kids healthy: Add foods high in vitamin C: Citrus fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C like: oranges, grapefruits and beets support and help build a strong immune system. “With children, we really want them to get their vitamins through food, so the earlier you can establish some of these healthy eating habits, the better for their overall health,” Bhatia says. Make chicken soup a weekly option: Another immune-supporting food for kids is chicken soup. It isn’t just an option when children are sick. “It’s a great food to bring in maybe a couple of times a week to keep the immune system primed and supportive,” she explains. Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Check out the video above for more tips.
Of all the mysteries that remain about COVID-19, how exactly it spreads is arguably the most contentious. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization assert that it’s transmitted mainly through large respiratory droplets and rarely via surfaces. But this week, in a letter to WHO, 239 scientists and environmental experts expressed concern about another, more elusive route of transmission: tiny particles in the air.
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As much as we look forward to sunnier skies and longer days, summer brings along with it other things we could do without — namely, sweaty skin and swampy conditions down there. Now, factor in workouts and we've got a dire situation between our legs if the proper underwear isn't being worn. If moisture-wicking is the name, then soft and breathable fabrics are the game: think natural fibers like cotton, sustainable textiles like bamboo that allow for maximum airiness, or techy-performance materials like nylon that absorb and repel moisture. To help, we went ahead and rounded up 13 of these moisture-wicking styles. Click on to cart up the top options for keeping your intimate areas cool, comfy, and swamp-free on the hottest summer days. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?27 Cooling Products At The Top Of Our Summer CartsThe Most Breathable Sheets For Super Cool SleepTrust Us, Denim Skirts Are Definitely Still Cool
Kanye West’s bid for the 2020 presidency has everyone up in arms — including Will & Grace‘s Debra Messing. Messing, a vocal supporter of former vice president Joe Biden, tweeted on Wednesday saying that West’s run for office, in her expert opinion, will result in some young Black voters casting their ballots for him instead of Biden, who currently has a sizable Black supporter base. Retweeting singer and activist Ricky Davila who describes West as “a redhat wearing MAGA lunatic” who is engaged in a plan with Trump to “strip whatever support they can away from Biden as a last ditch effort,” Messing replied, “Absolutely.”> Absolutely. He’s playing Jill Stein. He’s trying to take you g black voters from Biden. It’s disgusting. https://t.co/9tlAkn3JxU> > — Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) July 5, 2020Messing’s take did not sit well with former Ohio State Senator and Bernie Sanders campaign co-chair Nina Turner who responded to Messing’s tweet calling the connotation racist. “1. Black voters are not owned by anyone. Our vote should be earned every election cycle. 2. We can think for ourselves & don’t need your help. 3. Sometimes it’s best to stay out of family business,” Turner wrote. “Oh PLEASE, Nina,” Messing replied. “Kanye is an avowed Trump supporter. Trump’s numbers have plummeted, Trump doubled down on his racist platform at Mt Rushmore, and 100 days before election Kanye is going to announce NOW? I thought you were smarter than than Nina. Clearly it is an attempt to help.” West detailed in his Forbes interview that he is no longer supporting Trump.Messing then doubled down, saying, “It’s not racist to say that Kanye can take Biden leaning voters from him.” She went on to tell Turner, who is a Black woman, “If you really care about the AA Community having their vote counted, I’ll have Stacey Abrams call you when I speak with her this week.” But there is an apparent issue with Messing’s tweets that the actress continues to overlook: She is pitting two Black woman politicians against each other, and she is speaking for a community of Black voters that she doesn’t belong to. In a thread calling out her behavior, Turner said that Messing’s response and “lack of awareness” is part of the problem. “For Black women I like, I use the ‘Black friend card’ and demand that they go check another Black woman. Moreover, I don’t respect the agency of Black people,” Turner wrote in tweets from the perspective of Messing. Turner says one of the key issues she finds in Messing’s rhetoric is that there is a perception that “all the suffering in the world started in 2016” when in reality “Black people, poor people, working-class people and other marginalized groups were catching hell well before 2016.”“You prefer conformity & illusion over righteous critique & substance. You are dazzled by a type of politics that celebrates being ‘better than Trump’ without understanding how critically dangerous & low that bar is,” Turner wrote to Messing, after equating her behavior to being a stereotypical Karen.> Now I’m a bitter Black woman who can’t comprehend, @DebraMessing you are well out of your depth baby. You need to read this moment, but you can’t even do that. Stop using other people to cover for your ineptness. Repeat after me: I @DebraMessing am a racist and I need help. 1/ https://t.co/dMtDQe4VUh> > — Nina Turner (@ninaturner) July 8, 2020Others replied to the exchange in support of Turner, saying that Messing’s position was out of line to begin with. “What people need to understand about my big sis Senator @ninaturner is that she’s an incredibly kind, good spirited woman. She is patient. She is brilliant. She is also incredibly magnanimous. She is making time to educate @DebraMessing because the moment demands it,” wrote Winifred Wayward, Bernie Sanders’ former senior advisor.As messy as Messing’s take is, this isn’t the first time the actress has been called out for supporting racist rhetoric. In September, Messing issued an apology for “recklessly supporting” an Alabama church sign that read “a Black vote for Trump is mental illness.” She has historically gone to bat for other centrist candidates, like Hillary Clinton, in other major Twitter feuds, too. But Messing isn’t the first white celebrity with an influential platform to try and tell Black people how to vote. She likely won’t be the last, either. Her concern over Kanye West’s candidacy may very well be shared en masse with Democratic voters — or at the very least, the “anyone but Trump” voters. But imposing concerns about West on Black voters is not only marginalizing and racist, but completely out of Messing’s depth as a white woman. Rather than using her energy arguing over what is best for Black people — or Black voters — Messing should reevaluate her messaging, and maybe take a beat to listen to the Black women in politics instead.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How Black Women Are Reclaiming Joy Right NowWho Will Protect Black Women?Black Women Are Fighting Cash Bail During COVID-19
After losing count of the number of days we've now spent locked down at home, we began to notice a few quarantine archetypes emerging from these unusual times. There are the hungry bookworms plowing through every best-seller list, the green-thumbed plant parents growing their own apartment gardens, and then there are the bread-baking newbies just now discovering their way around an oven. If you fall into this newfound-foodie category and plan on keeping your culinary passion alive post-pandemic, you're going to need the right tools to get cookin' (literally). Where does one begin with building the foundation for a well-equipped kitchen? With Dominek Tubbs and Molly Yeh: two gastronomic goddesses behind successful food blogs Dom N' The City and My Name Is Yeh. We consulted the pair for their expert advice on the actually essential items that every home cook should own (peppered with a touch of their personal tips and tricks, too). Tubbs' and Yeh's resulting hit-list includes everything from spoonulas to scales and eight other tools that belong in the cabinets of any kitchen — whether you're the most basic of beginners or a highly seasoned pro. Scroll on to take stock. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Sustainable Swaps For A More Eco-Friendly KitchenAll Those Trendy New Kitchen Brands, HereThe Best Herb Garden Kits To Buy Now
When Congress passed the CARES Act back in March, it granted $669 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a loan intended to help small businesses maintain their payroll. The loan is special in that it’s fully forgiven if at least 60% of it is used on payroll costs, as it was designed specifically to prevent layoffs during a time of historic unemployment. MarketWatch reported this week, however, that over 500,000 businesses received the PPP yet retained zero jobs — leaving questions about how the government will make sure that the funds are being used properly. On Monday, the Small Business Administration — which implements the PPP — released data on who exactly had received a helping hand. And some recipients in particular raised eyebrows, given their apparent celebrity wealth or powerful political connections. Ahead, we’ve compiled a list of some recognizable names that have received COVID-19 relief from the government.Kanye West Among the biggest PPP-related headlines this week is the news that Yeezy, the fashion line of nascent presidential candidate Kanye West, had received millions in PPP loans. Kanye became a billionaire earlier this year and recently secured a ten-year collaboration with Gap. Pearl Jam and other rockers Classic rock band Pearl Jam also received a loan of somewhere between $350,000 to $1 million in order to help pay its touring company employees. Other famous musicians to receive the PPP are The Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, Imagine Dragons, Tool, Nickelback, and My Chemical Romance, according to Rolling Stone.Jeff Koons Reportedly one of the richest artists alive, Jeff Koons received $1 to $2 million in PPP loans. Last year, one of his works was sold for $91 million to Robert E. Mnuchin — yes, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s father.Soho House Soho House is a ritzy private members club with locations around the world and a valuation of $2 billion. An annual membership in the U.S. is over $2,000, unless you’re under 30, and then it’s slightly less than that. The data released by the Small Business Administration shows that Soho House chapters have received up to $22 million in loans. Major restaurant chains The restaurant industry has undoubtedly been hit hard by the pandemic — but much of the worry has been for restaurants that aren’t major chains with locations all around the country. After all, the PPP is intended to help small businesses. But famous chains like TGI Fridays and P.F. Chang’s have also received loans to help them get by during this difficult time.The Church of Scientology and other religious institutions The Daily Beast reports that three branches of the controversial and ultra-rich Church of Scientology received PPP loans. But it was far from the only religious organization to receive government aid. According to Newsweek, “nearly 10,000 Catholic churches to hundreds of Jewish groups, received 88,411 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans since the program began April 3.” The Diocese of San Bernardino received between $5 to $10 million in loans. The diocese is currently facing legal proceedings on allegations of sexual abuse by one of its priests, and a report released last year named over 80 clergy members who have been accused of sexual abuse.Ayn Rand Institute The institute founded on the ideas of Objectivist thinker Ayn Rand, who believed government handouts were immoral and who influenced Libertarianism in the U.S., received a check from the government — as well as a lot of mocking and backlash for accepting it. Tal Tsfany, president and CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute, responded in a YouTube video that “all of us are forced to support the welfare state whether we agree with it or not. If the government offers to return some of the money taken from us by force, each of us is entitled to reclaim some of what was taken.”Family of Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Mitch McConnell’s wife A business run by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s family — specifically her father and sister — has received between $350,000 to $1 million, saving 38 jobs according to the company. Elaine Chao has been married to current Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, since 1993. McConnell and the Senate have so far opposed proposals including a second direct stimulus payment to Americans, though on Monday he said a second stimulus check was now possible.Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s husband A company that Paul Pelosi, husband of the Speaker of the House, is an investor in also received PPP money between $350,000 to $1 million. According to USA Today, he’s a “minor, passive investor” with an 8.1% stake in the company and didn’t realize it had applied for a PPP loan.Various people connected to President Trump People are wondering whether favoritism played a factor in some businesses receiving the PPP loan. Several businesses that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have been connected to got some federal relief aid, including Observer, a media company that Kushner was once in charge of. Now his brother-in-law runs it. A lettuce farm backed by Don Jr. has reportedly also received some PPP money too.Since the PPP first launched, big public companies revealed to be taking a PPP loan have faced criticism. Notably, it led food chains like Shake Shack and Ruth’s Chris Steak House to announce that they would return the loan. They were able to receive it because, while being a small business technically means you employ fewer than 500 employees, a loophole allowed franchises in the food and accommodations industries to receive the loan if they had fewer than 500 employees per location. Media company Axios also announced that it was returning its PPP loan in late April. NBCNews has a running list of companies that are returning their loans. The scrutiny over which well-known people, companies, and organizations have received federal COVID-19 aid is coming at a moment when economic inequality is at the forefront of the national conversation. While it’s true that not every company with ties to a rich, well-connected person is thriving financially, the PPP data shows how relatively easy it is for bigger companies to receive a loan that, in spirit, was created to help independently owned small businesses without deep-pocketed investors or VC firms backing them. There have also been reports that businesses tied to politicians who voted against publicly disclosing PPP data received some loans. Still, the PPP isn’t finished yet — there’s still around $130 billion left to be distributed. While the original deadline for PPP applications was June 30th, the deadline has been extended to August 8th.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?COVID-19's Impact On Art World Small BusinessesIvanka Trump Plans To Tackle Small Business ReliefHow To Help Small Businesses & Stay Busy At HomeHow You Can Help Small Businesses Survive COVID-19