Recommended Reading / Watching

Every Sunday morning, my phone displays a report of my screen time for the previous week. I am often astonished at how high the number is!

Yes, I read three newspapers online, which certainly adds to the total. But the truth is, I also spend countless minutes doing mindless things such as scrolling on Facebook and Twitter.

After watching this documentary and reading this article (admittedly, both on a screen), I was frightened on many levels, especially knowing how much more time my grandchildren spend on their phones during the pandemic. I think you will find these eye-opening too.

Recommended Reading: #itdidnthavetobethisway

#justdontgetit and #itdidnthavetobethisway

If you have read this newsletter over the past few months, you know I espouse the mantra of #justdontgetit as a point of emphasis about not contracting COVID-19 in the first place. Also, I often find myself angrily stating #itdidnthavetobethisway!

And so, it’s no coincidence that I was fascinated by a recent Politico article describing the power of anger and grievances:

“It turns out that your brain on grievances looks a lot like your brain on drugs. And that is a problem not just for the outgoing president, but for the rest of us.”

The work of these two journalists has been critical to my education during this pandemic:

Donald G. McNeil Jr

Laurie Garrett

Recommended Reading: Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court

In my opinion, should the Affordable Care Act be overturned, the result would be disastrous. Read about the implications:

The Affordable Care Act Faces Another Supreme Court Test

As an involved graduate alumna of Simmons University, I am a member of the Business Advisory Council for the School of Business and have been so pleased and impressed by how well Simmons University continues to manage the fall semester during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clearly, however, there is a lot of variation, as noted in this fascinating article: “In the time of COVID-19, it’s fair to say that no two institutions have come to quite the same conclusions about how to proceed safely.”


I continue to espouse the mantra of #justdontgetit as a point of emphasis about not contracting COVID-19 in the first place.

For those who think they will be fine if they get sick, the truth is you just never know. This article describes studies that reveal why certain patients may die from the disease.

Recommended Reading: Pre-existing Conditions

Pre-existing Conditions

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, we worked with many clients who had preexisting conditions, in order to help them successfully enroll in health insurance plans at reasonable costs. Many had no insurance at all, or if they did, they were being charged exorbitant premiums. As challenges to the ACA move through the courts, these clients are calling for advice and relaying their fears and anxieties at the thought of losing coverage.

Next month, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its decision will have major consequences in our lives.

More here.


Last month, #justdontgetit was a point of emphasis about not contracting COVID-19 in the first place. I recommended reading about Long-Haulers, those who are suffering long term implications even from mild cases of COVID-19.

This month, I can’t help but think, #itdidnthavetobethisway. This article discusses K, the overlooked variable, measuring the dispersion of the virus.

“It’s not always the restrictiveness of the rules, but whether they target the right dangers.”

More here.

Recommended Reading: #justdontgetit


As I listen to some of the rhetoric about the incidence and the severity of COVID-19 infections in certain demographics, I feel frustrated and find myself constantly saying, “just don’t get infected in the first place.”

Just this past week, Dr. Anthony Fauci said: “From a clinical standpoint, the thing that is the most perplexing to me as a physician is the extraordinary range in spectrum of disease severity.”

I hope these articles about “long-haulers” impact your decision making as we approach the fall and move inside to more confined spaces:

For Some, COVID-19 Symptoms Linger for Months

Long-Haulers are Redefining COVID-19

‘They’re Not Actually Getting Better,’ Says Founder Of COVID-19 Long-Haulers Support Group