From Dec. 2019 to Dec. 2020: A Timeline of Coronavirus Spread
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December 31 marks exactly a year since the World Health Organization first received reports of an unknown pneumonia-like illness spreading in Wuhan City, China. The virus, which would turn out to be SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, had soon spread worldwide, leading to an extraordinary year of living in the shadow of a pandemic, significant economic struggles -- and death. It's also been a year of remarkable achievements, including the development and release of a COVID-19 vaccine. As we prepare to enter the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, 24/7 Tempo reviewed news archives to create a timeline of more than 50 key milestones in the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes since it was first reported/discovered in December 2019. The novel coronavirus, which is thought to have surfaced in a Chinese seafood and poultry market, has spread to at least 191 countries, killing more than 1.6 million people and infecting more than 73.7 million. Going from noticing a mystery illness in the middle of New Year’s celebrations to having a never-before-seen coronavirus infiltrate the world took all but a month. The global public health emergency continued to unfold so rapidly, it has seemed uncontrollable. But public health measures, travel restrictions, and other steps taken have managed to at least slow some of the spread. And scientific efforts led to vaccines developed within nine months in an unprecedented achievement. SARS-CoV-2 -- the virus that causes COVID-19 -- is a novel virus. And although scientists have been studying it for about a year, there are still no treatments and many unknowns -- here are 20 major myths about COVID-19.
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20 must-read health books
The Health section of your local bookstore or online book retailer looks different than it did a couple of decades ago, when titles like Food-Free at Last: How I Learned to Eat Air or The South Beach Diet Supercharged were popular picks. Still today, authors—including would-be physicians, B-list celebs and underqualified fitness experts—dole out “health advice,” trying to convince readers that running themselves ragged with dieting and strenuous exercise will make them thinner, prettier, and happier. In fact, it has had an adverse effect, especially on women. The cruel dieting culture, incessant calorie counting, and little to no representation of health experts from diverse communities, along with the unrealistic standards set by the beauty and fashion industries, have led to eating disorders and severe mental health issues. Today, coupled with wellness, the topics covered in health and well-being books focus more on making healthy choices daily, keeping active, practising self-care, and being mindful of our mental health. Thanks to the body positivity movement, and some notable influencers in this space, we know that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. This is also a time when we are hearing from more underrepresented voices in this space, making health advice and wellness tips more inclusive and relevant for all. Start the new year off with motivation, stories, and advice on how to live a healthier, happier life that works for you. Get moving by adding these 20 must-read health books to your cart.
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