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February 26, 2021

Weekend reads: Your vaccine selfie might put your identity in danger

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    A 105-year-old woman credits gin-soaked raisins for her Covid-19 recovery, the trick to falling asleep at night, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    These parts of your brain decide whether you crave water or a sports drink. When you're thirsty, do you crave water or a sports drink? According to a report recently published in Nature, your craving may depend on two types of brain cells: one type that monitors salt levels in the body, and another that monitors minerals. The cells can determine whether you thirst for a sports drink, which typically contains salt and other minerals, or pure water.

    What this 105-year-old woman credits for helping her survive Covid-19. Lucia DeClerck is 105-years-old, and on Jan. 25 (the day after she received her second dose of Pfizer's and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine), she learned she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. According to Michael Neiman, the administrator at the nursing home where DeClerck is a resident, DeClerck showed few symptoms of Covid-19 and was back in her room within two weeks. For DeClerck's part, she credits her recovery to her daily ritual of eating nine raisins soaked in gin, which she's done every morning for most of her life.

    José Vasquez's reads

    Why treating yourself like a baby may help you fall asleep at night. "Covid insomnia" and "Why can't I sleep during quarantine?" are among the most-searched phrases on Google since the coronavirus pandemic hit, Jessica Grose writes for the New York Times. But the trick to falling asleep at night amid the stress of the pandemic is quite simple, Grose explains. All you have to do is treat yourself like a baby, according to Grose, and turn to the so-called "five S's" frequently used to calm babies: swaddle, side or stomach position, shush, swing, and suck.

    You may want to rethink posting that vaccine selfie. After getting your Covid-19 vaccine, you might be tempted to take a photo of yourself with your vaccine card and post it on social media, but "[p]lease—don't do that," the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned. That's because your vaccine card has your full name, birthday, and other valuable information on it that could make it easier for scammers to figure out most of your social security number, Maneesha Mithal, FTC's associate director for the division of privacy and identity protection, told the Times' Christine Hauser, who recently spoke with experts about the countless reasons why you should keep your vaccine card to yourself.

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