Tom Hanks Talks COVID

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:45 PM Back in March, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were two of the first big-name celebrities to be diagnosed with COVID-19. Thankfully, Hanks and Wilson recovered, and have been donating plasma to help doctors learn more about the virus. Still, there's much about COVID-19 that is unknown, and testimony from those who have recovered can be invaluable. This week, Hanks appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and spent some time discussing his experience, including how his symptoms differed from his wife's. Head over to Mashable to learn more.

Washing Your Fruits and Veggies

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:26 PM As we pay more and more attention to keeping ourselves and our surroundings as clean as possible, it feels natural to wonder if store-bought fruits and veggies are safe to eat after sitting out in a supermarket for hours. To make sure that's the case, the most important thing to do is wash your food—without soap or other chemicals. Head over to the CDC for a more complete look. 

#VMBrightSpots—Jenn Chinn, OD

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Monday, July 13, 2020 11:49 AM Last week, Jenn Chinn, OD, sat down for a Facebook Live event with VSP to show patients just what the new eye exam looks like today, from how everything gets sanitized to how patients can prepare to come in for a smooth, safe exam, without too much stress or unexpected changes. The talk is still available to watch on Facebook

The Science Behind the Mask

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Friday, July 10, 2020 3:07 PM Know someone who still doesn't quite want to wear a mask while outdoors? Or just curious about how, exactly, it helps keep people safe? Head over to Forbes for a look at the science behind wearing a mask, and what it does to lower the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19.

What If We Run Out of TV?

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:48 PM While staying at home, many of us have turned to TV and movies to stay occupied. But the people who make TV and movies have had to stay at home, too. The amount of things to watch seems endless, but what if it's not? Is Hollywood worried that we're going to run out of new TV? Head over to Vulture for a look at the new "pandemic protocols" for film and TV. 

Taking To The Skies? Here's What To Know:

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Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:38 AM As summer fully settles in, so does travel season. This year will look very different from what we're used to, but millions of Americans will likely still take to the skies to travel for work, or to visit family. When it comes to flying, guidelines differ between airlines and airports, but the takeaway remains the same: wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and wear a mask. Head over to WebMD for a breakdown of the major airlines' guidelines. 

What to Try Instead of Happy Hour

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30 PM Happy hours seem pretty out of the question this summer, but that doesn't mean all bonding is canceled. Instead, you and your friends, family or work team can try a variety of different activities, from virtual cooking classes to, yes, a virtual petting zoo. Head over to Fast Company to learn some more.

What's the Deal With Going Out to Eat?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:12 PM Across the country, many restaurants and bars are reopening—but as cases continue to rise in some states, is it actually safe to go out to eat? The short answer is: it depends. Head over to WebMD for an in-depth look at the risks involved in eating out, and what you can do to minimize that risk, if you do decide to go out.

What's Happening to Your Sleep?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:26 AM Have you noticed your sleep patterns changing over the past few months? It might be that you're reverting back to the primordial sleep state. Head over to TIME to learn some more about what lockdown is doing to our sleeping patterns. .

#VMBrightSpots—Optician Now

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Monday, June 22, 2020 11:55 AM Carissa Dunphy's mom made face masks with this fun, opti-themed print. Dunphy, who runs Optician Now, hopped over to Instagram to share some selfies from her mom's customers, who all look happy, safe, and very trendy in their masks. 

Discussing Racism At Work

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Monday, June 22, 2020 11:16 AM Many of us may find that we are having more open and honest coversations about race and racism both at home and at work right now. It is important to have these conversations, but it's also important to make sure we're doing it thoughtfully and respectfully. Head over to Fast Company for a look at some ways you can make sure you're doing exactly that.

Making Employees Feel Safe

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Friday, June 19, 2020 2:20 PM Being physically ready to reopen is one thing, but making sure you and your employees feel psychologically safe coming back to work is a different challenge. What can you do to ensure everyone in your office both is safe and feels safe? Head over to Inc. for some ideas. 

The Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:56 PM Today at 6:00 p.m., The Vision Council is hosting the Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue, an online frame auction with funds supporting the Equal Justice Initiative and the MBK Alliance. Tarrence Lackran, director of partnerships and programming for The Vision Council, will host the auction, which will include frames from over a dozen designers. Head over to Facebook to learn more, and join the event on Zoom

Learning About Juneteenth

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:30 PM Yesterday, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order making Juneteenth an official holiday for state employees. Other countries and states are also following suit. But what is Juneteenth (which falls this Friday, June 19), and why is it important for us to recognize and celebrate? In short, it marks the day that the last groups of enslaved people in the U.S. were informed of their freedom, two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Head over to Vox to learn more about Juneteenth through an interview with Karlos Hill, a professor of African and African-American studies at the University of Oklahoma and the author of Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory.

The Deal With Face Masks

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Monday, June 15, 2020 9:26 AM At first, the information about if we should be wearing face masks or not was pretty unclear. Now that we're four months into this battle against COVID-19, though, it's becoming increasingly more apparent that face masks can make a pretty big difference when worn properly. So how do they help, exactly? And why is it so important to wear them? Head over to WebMD for a look at a new study that explains everything.