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Lifestyle Budget for Friday, May 22, 2020

Updated at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 UTC).


^This Philly cop had the coronavirus and was on a ventilator for 20 days. Now, he's sharing his story of hope.<

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-PHILLY-SURVIVOR:PH — Bill Bolds knows what it's like to fight for his life.

He's spent 25 years working narcotics on the Philadelphia police force — the kind of work that tests even a man of Bolds' imposing size: 6-foot-8, 300 pounds.

But in late March, Bolds was fighting something even his perilous job could not prepare him for: COVID-19. He lay in a bed too small for his frame in the intensive care unit of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The virus ravaging his lungs made every breath feel like a battle.

Bolds, 53, was one of the first Philly cops to fall ill

1350 by Mike Newall in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Social distancing is particularly hard on those with eating disorders, experts say<

HEALTH-SOCIALDISTANCING-EATINGDISORDERS:PH — When Lauren Rowello, a 29-year-old freelance writer based in Moorestown, N.J., developed COVID-19 symptoms — a fever and severe cough — in early March, she didn't know that the infection would also disrupt the balanced, healthy routine she had established after 15 years of struggling with an eating disorder.

Rowello also lost her sense of taste — a hallmark symptom of COVID-19 — which made foods she normally enjoyed eating take on a sour, chemical-like flavor, making it hard for her to get through mealtimes without anxiety.

750 by Bethany Ao in Philadelphia. MOVED


^After losing loved ones to virus, woman makes her yard a lifeline for others<

CORONAVIRUS-FOOD-GIVEAWAY:SL — On a recent afternoon, Shana Poole-Jones set up her tables full of food in her yard, like she's done almost every day for more than a month.

"HELP YOURSELF," read handwritten signs attached to the three tables filled with everything from carrots and cucumbers to peanut butter and rice mixes on the lot near the corner of Bredell and Folk avenues in Maplewood.

850 by Erin Heffernan in Maplewood, Mo. MOVED


^Chalk artist brings smiles by drawing on different canvas<

CHALK-ARTIST:PH — Stefanie Heron-Birl will draw a pretty picture on your driveway.

Or your sidewalk.

Or the wall of your garage.

She would prefer to use your face as her canvas — especially if you are a giggling 8-year-old — but she has learned that the message matters more than the medium.

"My job used to be to bring a smile to someone's face," Heron-Birl said. "My job now is to bring a smile to someone's face."

650 by Phil Anastasia in Philadelphia. MOVED



^Should you fix that yourself? How to handle home repair during the pandemic<

^HOME-DOIT-YOURSELF-TIPS:LA—<Plumbers, electricians and handymen and -women are considered essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. They've continued to come to the rescue when a pipe bursts or the electricity goes haywire. It's frequently hazardous work, pandemic notwithstanding.

But what about when it's not life or death, but life and discomfort? If the washing machine won't wash or the screen door won't seamlessly slide, does it make sense to call a professional? Does bringing in a worker — or several — put your safety and theirs at risk? Do you try doing it yourself? Is fixing a sink as easy as baking bread?

1150 by Lila Seidman in Los Angeles. MOVED



HOME-HOTPROPERTY:LA — Moves later on Fridays.


^COVID-19: Tips for going out again<

^HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-GOING-OUT:MYO—<If coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stay-at-home restrictions are easing in your community, you might wonder how to visit public places and protect your health. Here's what you need to know.

1550 From Mayo Clinic News Network. MOVED


^Is it safe for your kid to attend summer camp during coronavirus? Here's what experts say<

^HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-SUMMERCAMPS:MI—<As the coronavirus continues to infect new people every day, summer camps are considering the best way to keep children safe this year. Some have decided to go virtual and others have been canceled entirely.

550 by Summer Lin. MOVED



^Quinn on Nutrition: More on calories<

^NTR-HEALTH-ONNUTRITION:MN—<Last week I addressed questions from a reader in Oregon on the subject of calories. A recent step on my own scale reminded me to pay a little more attention to his follow-up questions:

450 by Barbara Quinn. MOVED


^Elizabeth Wellington: What's up with my bad mask breath?<

^WELLINGTON-COLUMN:PH—<We know you've noticed.

'Cause we've noticed.

You're pushing your cart through the grocery store, breathing into your mask, and all of a sudden it hits you: Your mask smells funky. Oh wait, that's your breath.

The truth is, it's not the mask.

500 by Elizabeth Wellington. MOVED





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