Coronavirus in Sacramento? Keep calm, trust science and eat some local Chinese food

The new coronavirus has reached Sacramento, creating serious concerns. Here are two important things we can all do to help stop its spread: keep calm and trust science.

Face masks? Forget them. Buying face masks may only hurt efforts to contain the virus’ spread. Want extra protection? Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your nose and mouth.

Hand sanitizer is always a good idea. After all, it’s still flu season.

Our community’s best defense against the virus is to avoid misinformation and panic – despite the understandable temptation to overreact now that the new coronavirus is here.

On Wednesday, local health officials learned “that a Solano County resident receiving care at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento tested positive for coronavirus, representing the first confirmed case of the virus in the U.S. that is of unknown origin,” according to a Sacramento Bee story by Michael McGough.

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Coronavirus forced Chinese food delivery to evolve. Will it do the same in the US?

Matt Maloney says he wipes down his airplane seat with disinfectant every time he flies these days.

Maloney, the CEO of food delivery company GrubHub, is exercising the same brand of caution as he watches Covid-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, spread across the globe. And he has every reason to be alert—what we know about the virus makes it an acute challenge for any company in the food delivery business.

Covid-19 is believed to have originated in a food market, and it appears adept at traveling on surfaces with lots of human contact. If China’s experience can serve as an example, the disease will continue to create opportunities and pitfalls for food delivery companies.

During the spread of a virus, there is an argument to be made that setting up a careful food delivery system is better than having infected people going into public places, or

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15 Traditional Chinese Food Dishes You Need to Try, According to a Chinese-Malaysian Chef

You probably know that the Chinese food from your go-to takeout spot isn’t actually traditional Chinese food. It’s heavily Americanized (though, we admit, tasty in its own way). Being the world’s most populous country, Chinese has an array of authentic cuisine that is incredibly varied and vastly different from one region to another. That means expanding your palate to the world of traditional Chinese food can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. We talked to Bee Yinn Low—author of the Asian food blog Rasa Malaysia and the cookbook Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites from Dim Sum to Kung Pao and an authority on traditional Chinese cooking—to find out what she thinks are the best dishes to introduce you to traditional Chinese food.

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“Rice is a staple in Chinese cuisine,” Yinn Low tells us. “Chinese fried rice is a

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5 Healthy Chinese Food Options That Aren’t Boring Steamed Broccoli

Story of our lives: We have a hankering for sesame chicken from our favorite Chinese takeout spot, then we can’t stop eating and wake up puffy and bloated from the sodium, sugar and deep-fried goodness. We swear off our craving for good, then repeat the vicious circle a few weeks later.

While we’ll probably never give up our takeout habit for good, we’re all for making some swaps in the name of our health. So we spoke with nutritionist Katie Boyd about the healthy Chinese food you can still enjoy without being bored to tears by steamed broccoli and plain snow peas. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that our options aren’t as limited as we expected. 

“There’s a vast discrepancy between real Chinese food and what we as Americans think Chinese food is,” Boyd says. “Most of the things we tend to order during our takeout sessions are actually

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