Things like this weren’t supposed to happen in 2020

The late Peter Jennings of "ABC World News Tonight" noted that, whenever news teams cover disasters, reporters often ask questions that sound like this: "How did you get through this terrible experience?" Survivors frequently reply: "I don't know. I just prayed. Without God's help, I don't think I could have made it."

Perimenopause can last months to years for some patients

Dear Doctor: I’m a healthy and active 42-year-old, but I’ve been noticing a change in my periods lately. They’re not as regular as before, and they’re a lot shorter. Could this be perimenopause? What’s going on, and what else is going to happen?

Invitations to parties overwhelm friend

DEAR ABBY: I’m in my mid-40s, and a LOT of my female friends are involved in multilevel marketing companies. Whether it be for eyelashes, supplements, jewelry, antiaging products, candles, leggings, etc., I receive nonstop “invitations” to buy their products.

Husband won’t take health warnings seriously

DEAR HARRIETTE: My husband thinks that he is invincible. He never gets sick — or so he says. He is not afraid of the new coronavirus. Meanwhile, my three kids and I suffer from asthma. Reports say that anybody with asthma should be extra careful right now. We have been staying at home and following the rules, but it’s hard to know if we will be safe when my husband goes out every day without a mask or gloves and seems oblivious to the health risks. Am I being overly paranoid? How can I get him to be more cautious — if not for himself, then for us? — Fair Warning

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DEAR ABBY: I live in a densely populated luxury high-rise apartment building in a busy downtown neighborhood that has a diverse mix of residents. I have lived here for four years and have never really had many issues, until recently.

Dear Doctor: It seems like gut microbes are part of every kind of health issue now. I just read that having the wrong bacteria causes pulmonary hypertension, which is something our dad had before he died. Is that really true? How can it be fixed?


These are challenging times. Like everyone, you are concerned about keeping your family safe and healthy, and you're doing your part to help protect your community from the effects of the coronavirus. And if you're an investor, you must also address your financial situation. How should you respond to the current market volatility and recent declines in investment prices?