For most of us around the world, the last six months have been, to say the least, difficult and confusing. And now many of us are experiencing “pandemic fatigue.” As a physician, I’m frequently asked by family, friends and colleagues, “How are you staying healthy during the pandemic?”

First, let’s set aside the politics of the issue. In a presidential election year, it is no surprise that issues around the pandemic have become political. Perhaps the surprise is how political every aspect has become. I prefer to look at the evolving facts.

As a physician and scientist, my personal decisions and recommendations to friends, families and patients are based on science. While the knowledge and science on this pandemic have continued to evolve, there are some things that we know. We should use these facts, and the recommendations that flow