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School closings, sports-event cancellations, food hoarding… . We live in a new, Coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply social distancing, sanitize surfaces, wash your hands, don’t touch your face. But, there’s more …

Does anyone wonder why uncounted numbers of infected people develop no symptoms and only 20 percent of symptomatic people require hospitalization? It’s because they have an effective immune system able to fight off the virus. But the CDC does not talk about that, perhaps for fear of offending powerful animal-food industries.

Fortunately, good advice on boosting our immune system is readily available on the internet from trusted sources like WebMD and Healthline. And the advice is always the same. 

Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and leafy greens.

Refrain from dairy, other fatty animal products and sugar-laden foods.

Maintain daily exercise of 30–60 minutes.

Minimize your stress level and get adequate sleep.

Did I mention that this advice works great for all other nasty bugs as well? 

Larry Rogawitz

Santa Rosa

SMART Fail

Voters dealt a punishing blow to the North Bay’s two-and-a-half-year-old commuter rail system Tuesday, March 3, rejecting an early renewal of the sales tax that funds SMART.

Although the Chronicle recommended approval, Santa Rosans and Marinites had lost confidence in the board, including D. Rabbitt, D. Fudge and, in particular, S. Zane. Moreover, the arrogance and incompetence of the General Manager, F. Mansourian, has only fueled this lack of confidence. 

While we want and need coherent mass transit; an expensive, single-lane boutique railroad that only directly connects to Golden Gate transit in San Rafael and will not connect to San Francisco needs to be re-thought. 

There is NO way to recoup our losses so far, but perhaps with a new board and management team this may still work. 

Gary Sciford

Santa Rosa

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