Universal public mask-wearing helped “flatten the curve” in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. We can do it too–without taking clinical-grade masks from healthcare workers.

You’ve likely seen the chart below showing the rate of coronavirus spread around the world. Perhaps you’ve noticed that East Asian countries–especially South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and even China where this all began–have much flatter curves than Western countries.

Image credit: Financial Times

So what do these curve-flattening countries all have in common? Yes, their governments mandated system-level early testing, strictly enforced quarantine rules, contact testing, and tracing, social distancing and other hygiene recommendations like hand washing. But if you see photos from any of these countries you’ll notice something else: almost every single human out in public is wearing a mask.


A weekend digital detox(-ish)
600km from civilization

At age 36, Lee Abbamonte became the youngest American to visit every country in the world. When asked where he was most eager to return, his answer was a tiny island just 11km by 2km two hours off the east coast of Australia.

Southeast of the Whitsunday Islands, famed for white sands and the Great Barrier Reef, Lord Howe Island is not well known outside of Australia. It’s not even that well known among Australians. Those who have heard of the island speak of it casually but admiringly, like a famous second cousin they’ve never met. A rare UNESCO World…


How changing what we eat is key to managing California’s megadrought.

By now, you’ve probably heard that California is experiencing a historic megadrought. Even if you don’t live in California, this affects you. The golden state grows one-third of the vegetables, two-thirds of the nuts and fruits, and ninety percent of the wine cultivated in the United States each year.

Governor Brown just signed an executive order to cut 25% of water usage across the state, which included many restrictions for residences and businesses. Everyone should do what they can as individuals to be mindful and use less water. …


Culinary wanderlust at Fäviken Magasinet

Just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the tiny town of Järpen is a short flight and ninety minute drive from Stockholm. Åre, a ski town relatively uninhabited in the shoulder season between summer and snowfall, is its closest neighbor of any significance. And in this sparsely populated corner of northern Sweden is Fäviken Magasinet, now number 19 on the list of the world’s best restaurants. Seating only sixteen people per night, it may also be the world’s most remote and exclusive reservation.

I was in Stockholm with my cofounder Megan to represent our company Bitty Foods at an…

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