Experts say the CDC’s Thanksgiving guidelines are too lenient

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It’s good public health policy to tell people how to reduce the chances of getting sick even if they decide to do a Thanksgiving gathering, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell them it’s a bad idea. American Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but Canada celebrated its Thanksgiving in early October. Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s calls to cancel in-person gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus, celebrations went on, and led to now-documented outbreaks . The experience of our northern neighbor, which has significantly lower COVID-19 cases, could serve as a warning for how Americans treat the event on November 26. Read Full Story

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Racism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight back

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Police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic are two health crises that disproportionately impact black Americans. Architects, who take an oath to protect the “health, safety, and welfare” of the public, must be part of the solution. I am an architect. I’m also the daughter of a man who lost his life to the coronavirus. My father was an African American artist from Detroit who was just shy of his 80th birthday when he died in April. We’ll now have to celebrate his birthday without him. Over 100,000 Americans will not be celebrating their next birthday with their families as a result of this pandemic. The statistics tell us that COVID-19 is disproportionately infecting and killing black Americans. Read Full Story

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How big will my third stimulus check be? This calculator tells you

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The biggest stimulus check yet is coming thanks to President Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill. Use this calculator to see how much yours will be. Over the weekend the Senate finally passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, better known as the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. While the bill provides for many things to help Americans weather the ongoing pandemic, the most anticipated for many Americans is the third stimulus check. Read Full Story

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This will be a year of financial reckoning. Here are 3 things to do to take control

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Regardless of where you are on the income spectrum, Jane Barratt of MX says there are a few things to consider to bring some control to personal finances, even in chaotic times. At the beginning of each year, like clockwork, personal finance pundits tell Americans how to make the most of their money. It’s usually a great time to capitalize on New Year’s resolutions by reinforcing the basics: Read Full Story

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