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Coronavirus can spread indoors, infect people beyond 6 feet: CDC

In the update posted on the agency’s website, the CDC again acknowledged recent research showing people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after an infected person left an area.

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Flu shots during the COVID pandemic: everything you need to know

It’s more important than ever to get vaccinated because flu symptoms are similar to those of coronavirus and can put you at greater risk.

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Kevin Hart: Hosting MDA telethon is a ‘major level-up’ for me

It’s the first telethon in six years for the MDA, once known for its popular hours-long Labor Day broadcast hosted for decades by famed comic and actor Jerry Lewis. Lewis last hosted in 2010 and died in 2017.

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Chicago Century Club cyclists celebrate community, Black-owned businesses

As the club’s membership rises, founder Xaver Walton, an educator and basketball coach, curates ride themes centered around empowerment.

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Chicago area natives to receive $300K from the Elevate Prize Foundation

The Guitar Over Guns music program and the Naperville-born creator of an anti-cyberbullying app are among the foundation’s 10 first-ever award recipients.

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US resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid coronavirus pandemic

Roughly seven months after the coronavirus cut the ski season short at the height of spring break, resorts across the U.S. and Canada are picking up the pieces and trying to figure out how to safely reopen this winter.

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Attorneys general call on Hollywood unions to curb smoking and vaping on TV, protect young viewers

"Far too often, young viewers see their favorite characters vaping or smoking on screen and are influenced to start using tobacco," said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a statement.

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Ask the Doctors: Is herd immunity realistic when it comes to COVID-19?

The only path to herd immunity is for a significant portion of the populace to become infected. Based on the current U.S. population, we’re talking about almost 200 million adults and children becoming infected with the novel coronavirus in order to achieve herd immunity.

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North Lawndale restaurant owner Louise ‘Momma Lue’ Harper retiring after 60 years

West Siders continue to support the New Pine Valley Restaurant owner, who came from Mississippi and worked her way up. Some made sure the place was untouched during May’s unrest.

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Bronzeville eatery Pearl’s Place to receive Bud Light shoutout during Thursday’s Bears-Bucs game

During the NFL season, Bud Light is offering a platform to steer awareness toward Black-owned establishments across the country.

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Kim Kardashian opens up about caring alone for Kanye West’s COVID-19

"I had my four babies and no one else in the house to help," Kardashian West reveals.

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Menu planner: The whole family will enjoy roasted salmon fillets

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Ryan Gustis is only 13, but The Backpack Project he started is making a difference for Chicago’s homeless

It began in 2016 after his family ran into a homeless woman downtown. He and his volunteers have given out more than 700 backpacks filled with essential items to people in need.

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Ask the Doctors: Older adults still need regular exercise

Among the benefits at every age, it can improve cardiovascular health, lessen the risk of chronic diseases and help with balance, strength, flexibility and stamina.

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Yollocalli Arts Reach, a Little Village-based media incubator, teaches teen journalists to ‘avoid conforming’

During the social unrest in May, Lumpen Radio’s "Wattz Up!" broached two polarizing subjects: Black Lives Matter and Black and Brown allyship.

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Don’t have a Real ID yet? Everything you need to know, including new deadline

In March, Acting Homeland Security Director Chad Wolf announced that the department would delay the requirement to have a Real ID to board domestic flights in the United States to Oct. 1, 2021.

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1,362 new Illinois coronavirus cases as Chicago adds four more states to travel quarantine list

Officials also said the virus has killed 23 more Illinoisans, including a Cook County woman in her 30s.

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Hotel job losses will double without more federal help, operators warn

Michael Jacobson, president of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, is pleading for help from Congress and urging Illinois and Chicago to relax a 50-person ceiling on gatherings as a way to boost hotel room stays.

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Eat to glow — improving your food choices can lead to better skin health

Our skin takes a beating daily from environmental stressors, so it’s important to feed it what it needs.

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Man dies from eating bags of black licorice: health concerns you should know

Eating as little as 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause a heart rhythm problem, especially for folks over 40, the FDA warns.

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Common’s online class helps students find their voices while addressing social justice issues

The South Side native partners with Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students to experts in more than 3,000 subjects including history, science and broadcasting.

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Wisconsin re-joining Chicago’s 14-day travel advisory

Meanwhile, Illinois health officials on Tuesday announced 1,531 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, along with 30 additional deaths. That brings the state’s pandemic death toll to 8,486.

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Coffee drinking linked to longer survival in people with colorectal cancer, study finds

Study participants who drank more than 4 cups a day had an even greater benefit. These benefits held for caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.

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Dentists see surge of oral health problems, and the pandemic is likely to blame

Coronavirus shutdowns have interrupted routines, making it easy to put off ‘simple little things like oral hygiene,’ one dentist says. There’s all of that stress teeth grinding, too.

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Washington’s new Eisenhower Memorial opens Friday after decades of planning, ‘drama’

The memorial, meant to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy as the supreme allied commander in World War II and the 34th U.S president, has actually been more than 20 years in the making since Congress commissioned it in 1999.

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Shoppers are looking for organic dairy products to minimize antibiotics exposure

Residues of at least one antibiotic were found in 60% of conventional milk samples from retail stores across the U.S., none in any of the organic samples, a study found.

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Pandemic Halloween is a mixed bag all around

The family holiday so many look forward to each year is going to look different in the pandemic as parents and the people who provide Halloween fun navigate a myriad of restrictions and safety concerns.

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Free COVID-19 vaccines would be available under new federal plan

Federal health agencies and the Defense Department have sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or even late this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot.

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Wisconsin in danger of returning to Chicago’s travel advisory

City officials on Monday also announced the 31 community-based organizations that have been chosen to hire and train Chicago’s $56 million contact tracing corps.

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Brad Paisley and his wife fighting hunger with 1 million meal pledge

Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have pledged to donate 1 million nutritional meals this month. The initiative is billed as the Million Meal Donation Tour, which kicked off in Detroit last week.

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The ‘Quarantine 15’ weight gain is real — some tips on how to fight it

Even if you lack discipline, or a rowing machine, you can start as simply as bookending your day with a short walk in the morning and a longer one after work.

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Big drop reported in vaping among US teens in 2020

In a national survey, just under 20% of high school students and 5% of middle school students said they were recent users of electronic cigarettes and other vaping products.