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Washington state in an ‘explosive situation,’ as Spokane County sees exponential growth of cases – The Spokesman-Review

More than 50 patients with COVID-19 are being treated in Spokane hospitals for the virus, including 32 county residents.

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Large gatherings in backyards or at local parks, without masks or physical distancing, are putting Spokane County in danger of forced closures and new restrictions.
Its a distinct possibility, Spokane Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz said on Monday, noting the continued increase in cases.
The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed 91 new cases on Monday, which does not include the 146 cases confirmed over the weekend. There are now 2,809 confirmed cases in the county, and last week only 36% of…

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Fauci says if people won’t wear masks, maybe it should be mandated – Axios

“We’re not uniformly doing [measures that work] and that’s one of the reasons we’re seeing surges.”

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Friday evening that if “people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it.”
Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.
What he’s saying: The infectious disease expert said in September that a national mask mandate “probably would not work,” citing difficulties with enforcement.
He again noted to CNN on Friday that “there’s going to be a difficulty enforcing…

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CDC: 7 out of 10 cases of listeria outbreak linked to deli meats are from Mass. – Boston 25 News

The CDC says 7 out of 10 cases of listeria outbreak linked to deli meats are from Massachusetts.

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BOSTON — A listeria outbreak linked to deli meats is affecting Massachusetts.
Everyone who became ill has gone to the hospital, and one person in Florida has died.
According to the CDC, all 10 individuals reported eating Italian-style deli meats such as salami, mortadella and prosciutto–both pre-packaged and sliced at the deli counter.
A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available….

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Light box therapy: How to combat seasonal depression with the power of light – Insider – INSIDER

Light therapy uses a very bright device to help regulate serotonin and melatonin levels in the body to combat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

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Light therapy is considered a first-line treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs during the fall and winter. Here’s more about this treatment and how to use it effectively.
What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?
About 4%-6% of American adults have SAD, which comes on in the fall and winter, and usually abates in the spring and summer. Research has linked SAD to changes in the amount of daylight and found that it’s more common in areas that are far from…

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