This National Bakery Chain Is Debuting a Mac&Cheese Sandwich
Panera is a go-to destination for comfort food. The chain's newest menu item combines two classics—the Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich.Panera is a beloved destination for comfort food, with offerings that range from bread bowls and soup to pasta and pastries. Here to kick the comfort up a notch is a recent menu addition that combines two classics: grilled cheese with mac and cheese.
As the world rushes to determine how much of an impact the omicron variant will have on the pandemic, experts are urging people to exercise caution around higher-risk activities like dining indoors.
Since the early stages of the pandemic, indoor dining has been considered one of the riskiest activities, since there's no way to wear a mask while eating or drinking. Restaurants have installed plexiglass barriers and some cities have required proof of vaccination to make the activity safer, but there are still questions about the new variant — such as if it's more transmissible or if it will evade vaccines.
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Dr. Bruce Hirsch, an infectious disease specialist at Northwell Health, said that he would urge people to be cautious while scientists work to answer those questions, but emphasized that right now, people will have to rely on their own personal risk calculations and consider factors like their vaccination status and the strength of their immune systems.
Related: One epidemiologist said that unvaccinated indoor diners increase the "level of risk of transmission" for everyone.
"I think it depends on who the person is and how vulnerable that individual is," Hirsch said. "If a person has not been vaccinated, I don't think they should go out to indoor dining, in terms of their own vulnerability and addition to the vulnerability of others. If a person has been fully vaccinated and they are free of some of the risk factors for severe COVID and they're not immunosuppressed, I think indoor dining would be kind of a reasonable option."
This Low-Cost Grocery Store Is Expanding to a New State
Dollar General already has over 17,000 stores, but is expanding to its 47th state when the newest location opens in Idaho in 2022.The low-cost chain sells a range of goods including household necessities and beauty products but has recently ramped up its commitment to becoming a destination for cheap and healthy supplies and food.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not currently issued specific guidance about indoor dining and omicron, but continue to recommend that people "follow prevention strategies such as wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission." So far, there have been no restrictions put in place on indoor dining due to the omicron variant.
Related: All adults are now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots, which means more people than ever have already or will soon be experiencing side effects from their
The CDC also recommends following preventative strategies like frequent hand washing, maintaining social distance, and getting vaccinated if you are eligible. Currently, those over the age of 5 are eligible for a vaccine, and those over the age of 18 are eligible for a booster dose.
Hirsch emphasized the importance of vaccination, especially during this stage of the pandemic. He also said that potential diners should consider the specific regulations and coronavirus situation in one's area: Some communities are experiencing severe rates of community spread and have few mitigation strategies in place. Other places, like New York City, require proof of vaccination status to dine indoors.
"I think having confidence that the people around you are vaccinated is a huge aspect of the calculation," Hirsch said.
Walmart, Kroger, and Other Grocery Stores Are Meeting With the White House to Address Shortages .
President Biden is meeting with leaders from Walmart, Kroger, and other grocery stores to combat potential shortages ahead of the holidays.Leaders of Walmart, Kroger, Food Lion, Todos Supermarket, CVS, and other major retailers are meeting with the White House either in person or virtually on Monday, Nov. 29 to hear about President Biden's plans to curb inflation, delays, shortages, and low supplies ahead of Christmas, Bloomberg reports.