The Abstract Podcast

The path to good health in 2021

In this episode, we explain how to avoid high-risk hot spots and embrace essential soft health drivers.

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Ahead of the holiday season — as we brace ourselves for a chilly, virus-laden winter — staying physically safe from the novel coronavirus remains a top priority.

By combing through a massive data set, researchers have pinpointed the most common superspreader sites to avoid. But while steering clear of certain locations could be lifesaving, you don’t have to take an all-or-nothing approach to health.

New research says some of the most powerful strategies for longevity are free and easy, and have nothing to do with giving up bread or suffering through a HIIT class. Soft health drivers like social networks, kindness, and volunteerism can make everyday living better — and add years to your life.

In this episode of The Abstract, we explain how to avoid high-risk hot spots and embrace essential soft health drivers for a stronger, healthier new year.

Our first story is about the massive data set that reveals the four risky superspreader sites to skip this winter. Experts suggest avoiding these areas can limit catastrophic transmission and keep cities from locking down.

Our second story looks at the soft health drivers proven to keep you mentally and physically strong — without costing you a dime. Whereas diet and exercise are important, the soft drivers of health — how you live your life mentally and socially — can be key drivers of wellness and longevity.

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Right now, facts and science matter more than ever. That's part of the reason for The Abstract, this all-new podcast from the Inverse staff that focuses exclusively on science and innovation. Three new episodes are released a week, and each covers one theme via two related stories. Each features audio of original Inverse reporting, where the facts and context take center stage. It's hosted by the Tanya Bustos of WSJ Podcasts. Because we're Inverse, it's all true but slightly off-kilter. It's made for people who want to know the whole story. Nick Lucchesi, executive editor, Inverse

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