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good morning to our viewers in the united states and around the world. it is friday, december 31st. i'm kaitlan collins in with john avlon. happy new year's eve. >> happy new year's eve to you. let's make it a great one. >> it is going to be a great one. new zealand already ringings in the new year, leading the world in welcoming 2022 with a light show. you notice there are no fireworks this year. we are approaching a new year b but still dealing with the same pandemic. a spike in coronavirus cases fueled bit omicron variant.
doctors describing pabgtd emergency rooms, john. dr. fauci is predicting it could peak by the end of january. the u.s. is hitting a seven-day average of 355,000 new cases with record cases in new york, arkansas, chicago. pediatric hospital admissions are soaring to a record high with on average 378 children being admitted daily with covid-19. >> when it comes to ralph, the cdc is warning vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers alike to stay away from cruise ships. the agency has elevated cruise ship travel risk to its highest level. this amid a growing number of outbreaks in recent weeks causing some ports to even turn them away. and this morning airline disruptions surging with more than 3,000 flight delays and 23
one cancellations. weekend trips home are in jeopardy as thousands attempt to rebook. they expect 10 million more people to pass through airport screening again now and end of damon. in colorado, there is a state of emergency this morning. thousands have been forced from their homes and hundreds of structures have been burned to the ground because of two wind-fueled wildfires. 1600 acres scorched. but first let's get to cnn's polo sandoval live in times square where it's all going down tonight at midnight. polo. >> reporter: john, despite soaring covid numbers throughout new york state and new york city no exception, mayor de blasio said the show will go on despite those numbers. the high vaccination rate in new york state making that feasible
according to the mayor. in terms of what we can expect later, it might look perhaps a little bit more normal when you compare it to last year. nonetheless, expect a lot of not only security measures but some of the safety measures we have seen before. here's a rundown. the crowd has been greatly reduced from 58,000 to roughly 15,000. those people won't be allowed until later this afternoon to head into times square and prepare to ring in the new year. also, before folks get to security checkpoints, proof of vaccination once inside, once the events start, masks will be to be worn as a precaution. there is still a big concern that we could see the numbers continue to rise. for now, again, authorities say that they're able to put on this massive party because of those vaccination rates that remain high in new york. >> always a lot of safety concerns. the show will go on.
polo sandoval, thank you very much. >> yeah. might just look a little bit different. new this morning, we are told by sources any day now the fda is set to authorize booster shots of the pfizer vaccine for children age 12 to 15. children have been eligible to get the pfizer vaccine since may. now 4 million in the group would be age to get the booster shot as well. cnn's elizabeth cohen joins us live. when are we expecting this to come down from the fda? >> reporter: we're expecting this just within days. and it makes sense, as you said, kaitlan. the first group were allowed to start getting vaccinated in may. so really it's time to get booster shots. let's talk about why there's such concern about children right now. as you mentioned, we have broken a record and not in a good way. the peak of pediatric hospitalizations, the highest number of children in the hospital was, until now, back in
september. in early september, there was a daily average of 342 children in the hospital in the u.s. per day with covid-19. that was 342 n. now it's 378. omicron cases are going up, up, up. as or to the boosters, right now, if they would allow 12 to 15-year-olds to get boosters, that is is 12 million past their six-month shot. in the coming weeks and shots, 4.7 will be eligible. those are the less important numbers incident to show you the most important number. the most important number is that 39% have not even gotten a single shot. while boosters are crucial, the original vaccination, the first round, that's even more important. it is important that the u.s.
government figure a way to message this group of parents. 39%, 12 to 15, not even had a single shot. kaitlan. . >> yeah. that is certainly something we see the white house has been highlights since we have seen these pediatric hospitalizations going up. elizabeth cohen, thank you for that update. a state of emergency in colorado. with thousands of people fleeing their homes as two fast-growing wildfires fueled by hurricane-force winds destroyed hundreds of homes. more than 17,000 people are still without power across the state. cnn's lucy kafanov live in denver with more. lucy. >> reporter: john, this has been absolutely catastrophic and devastating for colorado. this is already being described as the most disruptive wildfire in colorado history with more than 500 homes burned. the expectation unfortunately as day breaks, the numbers may rise. two wind-fueled wildfires
sweeping through parts of boulder county, colorado on thursday. . >> this fire is frankly a force of nature. gusts of 100, 110 miles per hour can and have moved this fire down a football field in a matter of secretaries. >> reporter: prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency. forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. >> if's when i trying to load up my car, you could hear cars going through, leak police cars, fire trucks, going through the neighborhood on a bull horn telling everyone to evacuate. >> i grew up in louisiana. i have seen hurricanes. nothing like this. >> reporter: dry air, drought conditions, and hurricane-like winds from 80 to 100 miles per hour with gusts reported up to 115 miles per hour set the quickly spreading wildfires, unusual for this time in colorado. . >> this is uncharacteristic for december. everybody has been talking about just the crazy weather, lack of snow, lack of moisture. unfortunately, this is one of
the results you see from this, the dry conditions. >> oh, my god. on my god. >> reporter: videos posted to social media show fiery scenes. heavy smoke making visibility difficult. in a chuck e. cheese, parents grab their children and head towards the exits. >> this is the kind of fire you can't fight head-on. >> reporter: local officials estimate as many as 580 homes and other structures in and around superior destroyed. the real number likely to be much higher. >> we want there are structures, both homes and businesses, that have been burned and lost. i'm speaking about hundreds of structures. >> reporter: the governor offering support to those communities that have had their lives uprooted. >> know that you don't stand alone. the people of colorado stand with you. for those who don't know if they have a home to return to, our
prayers are with you for a safe return. for those who lost everything they have, know we will be there for you to help rebuild your lives. >> reporter: we are hours away from new year's eve as the fires continue to rage. hundreds of families eagerly awaiting word whether they have homes to go back to. we are expecting snow this afternoon, but for many families it may be too late. . >> lucy kafanov, thank you very much. more on that massive kwaoeuld fire in suburban denver. sam weaver, former mayor of boulder, colorado, former fire chief of sugarloaf, six miles from boulder. thank you for joining us this morning given this tragic news. based on what lucy was laying out there, how are people being evacuated, where are they being taken? what does that effort look like
right now? . >> well, people are going to three evacuation centers nearby. one is north boulder rec center. one at a ymca. i'm not sure where the third is. it looked like it was fairly orderly yesterday as people were leaving. hopefully everyone got out okay. the reports seem good on injuries. . >> sam, you know, this is permanent for you, i understand. your brother's house was affected. tell us what you saw and how your brother is doing and other people in the community you know. . >> my brother and his family are out of the country traveling for the holiday. so my wife and i went over to join a couple of friends at his place yesterday about 2:30 in the afternoon. and the winds were going crazy strpbg. we saw two different flame fronts about half a mile away. we spent a couple hours loading the animals into trailers and trucks and taking them away,
pulling out the computer and photo albums as the flames got closer and closer. by the time we left at 4:00, the flames were a few hundred yards away, 300, 400 yards away. so we had to leave. we hope the house is okay but have no word yet today. >> srubg able to speak to any neighbors or anything about what it looks like, or is it a situation where just no one knows in. >> well, we went back last night after we dropped animals off. we were able to see flames near the house after dark but not necessarily directly on the house. we have no direct word. we think the house is standing last night at midnight. that is unconfirmed. we are going out soon this morning. >> i know what that is like. we had a family lose a home in a colorado wildfire almost a decade over. tell us what's going on on the ground right now.
because these fires can move quickly. these seem to make them rocket through these communities. >> yeah. it's unbelievable. i would never have imagined the neighborhoods that were struck, being struck as hard as they were. the wind drove the flame fronts to the east. when you talk about what's going on on the ground, it was really about trying to stay away from the front of the fire that was being pushed forward and get everything out that we could. the focus was on life safety. the response was overwhelming and quick. the way it works is everywhere, many, many fire departments sent mutual aid out. it is a waiting game a little bit for people to see if their home is okay.
but so far no lives have been lost and that is the best thing. >> i know on the ground it must have been terrifying. it was blowing over 18-wheelers like they were nothing. they had to tell people to stop calling 911 to report the toppled vehicles because they were getting so many calls. can you confront this head-on, or do you have to wait until the wind sub sides to be able to properly respond? >> there is no way to be in front of a flame front like this. there is no way to attack it unless you have bulldozers can dig a line that is really high. the high wind speeds were driving embers and other flames forward so quickly that you had -- the grass fire was moving fast. they got into the trees near homes, and you would see crowning. there is no way to attack it head-on. even from the sides, you have to
be careful with the swirling winds nearby. >> has the fire been completely contained? have the winds died down? >> the winds have died down quite a bit. as we looked out this morning, they're clearly town from the 100-mile-per-hour winds yesterday than they were the from the 10 miles per hour, 20 miles per hour. when we went to bed last night at midnight, we could see multiple flame fronts from our balcony here in boulder. the winds have definitely died down. we expect moisture in three or four hours. the moisture of course will help stop the advance of the flames. for some people it will be a problem to try to retrieve belongings from burned homes. if the snow falls quickly, it can cause further damage to the home.
as these wildfires are spreading, officials are feeling hopeful because forecasters are predicting snow, like you heard sam say that. that could help ease some of the struggles they're facing. if you live in the midwest, it could affect new year's eve plans if you're out driving, flying. we have meteorologist jennifer gray. what are you seeing and what should people be expect something well, kaitlan, we are going to see snow fall across the front range. we could see anywhere from eight inches to more than a foot, depending on the elevation across colorado. denver received less than an inch in six months. the snow will be welcomed as far as helping the drought and helping are he leave the fire. but it is going to be bad, like he mentioned, as far as retrieval for belongings. this storm system is going to exit the rockies. and it is going to continue to build throughout the day. we're going to see quite a bit of rain across the lower
mississippi river valley, all the way through texas. the snow and ice will begin to set00. the areas in pink will make travel very difficult. and you can seep on saturday all the rain across the tennessee valley. this is going to possibly result in some flooding across this region as the storm system pushes to the east, not to mentioned severe threat we will see not only today but tomorrow. kaitlan. . >> some crazy weather out there. thank you for the update, jennifer gray. >> yeah. up next, south africa says it is past the fourth wave of cases offering maybe cautious hope on other nations still battling the virus with the omicron variant. we'll tell you what the data is now showing. with the new ww personalpoints program, you take an assessment, enter your goals, the foods you love and what fits into your lifestyle. you don't have to eat diet food. i can enjoy the things that i really love like wine, cheese. you can add points
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as the omicron surge rips through the united states, there is some hopeful news. south africa, where the new variant was first detected and those scientists there alerted the world, said they may have passed the peak without a major spike in deaths. the overall case counts plummeted nearly 30% just in the last week. joining us now to talk about this and whether this is going to happen in the united states is the biology professor at the university of massachusetts dartmouth. erin, thank you so much for being with us again this week. we really enjoyed having you on
earlier. i want to talk to you about this news coming out of south africa. we did hear dr. fauci saying he believes this peak could happen in the united states by late january. so i'm wondering if that's something you think as well. >> good morning, indicate rain. yeah, i do think that is what we are going to be as well, especially in places like new york where it's burning so greatly right now. being the other way town towards the end of january, early february. . >> well, obviously, i mean, that is great news looking to south africa's experience. because as hot as this burns, it does seem the deaths and hospitalizations were comparatively contained, highly contagious but less of the worst case outcomes. now comes the questions of how you ease pack and that is too soon. south africa's government is announcing they will be easing restrictions due to the decline, ending curfew, limiting gatherings to 1,000 people indoors, 2,000 people outdoors.
face coverings still mandatory, though. what do you think of the timing of this operationally? is it too soon? . >> yeah. it is a little too soon. we have to be cautious about using the data from south africa. the average age of their population is 28. they have gone through three very large waves of infections already. so their population looks very different to what it does in the united states. the u.s. side of things look different. we have very different levels of immunity and health. what is happening on south africa is not necessarily relatable to what's happening here. good signal, but we need to be cautious. >> what you are saying is so important. there's big caveats. they had some measure of immunity, vaccination or prior infection, maybe both that it could have protected this 'em from serious illness. how should people be taking this
with a note of caution. >> yeah. that's the important part. we always are looking for the good news, and so am i all the time with this. south africa up, down, very low peak in hospitalizations and death. that's great. the uk is showing a similar. they have had a two-month delta wave before we have. we look different. so we to need to be cautious. be cautious that, you know, even if it is only 25% as severe, we are seeing cases four or five times higher than what we were with delta, we could be in for the same stress/strain on the hospital system as we saw through the delta wave or the wave that happened last winter.
>> important 20 put all those caveats and cautions even as we look at the cautious optimism. i want to pivot to a new report. this may be on the other side of the equation. researchers reporting a traveler isolated for covid-19 at a facility in new zealand managed to infect, get this, three other people across a hallway. now, this is the other fascinating point. one person out of these four escaped infection, and that was the one person who was vaccinated. here's the deal. closed-circuit camera footage, genetic testing, careful contact tracing shows the only way the virus could have passed one way to the other is in the air that leaked out when both doors were briefly opened. this says an enormous amount how communicable this variant is. what is your reaction to this? >>. >> yeah. auto its a beautiful study. it was very elegantly done. they looked at every little piece. could it have been virus
surface, a different method. it very clearly demonstrates the virus holds up in the air. and given the opportunity to move, diffuse across the space, it can move far distances and infect people you have not been in contact with. i think this is rare in the sense of hotel rooms and moving across. but it is a very clear demonstration that the primary mode of transmission is shared air. it's in the air that we breathe out and somebody else breathes in. >> man. just crazy. and the fact that the one vaccinated person out of the four, despite sharing rooms and airspace, he was the one who walked away fine. that's the other thing to take away from that. >> yes. >> thanks so much, erin. really appreciate it. >> thank you. a 50-minute phone call. biden urged putin to ease its
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a strong message from president joe biden to vladimir putin as tensions are running high over russia's military buildup along the border with ukraine. in a 50-minute phone call, the white house says biden urged the russian president to deescalate tensions with ukraine, making it clear that the united states and its allies and partners will respond decisively if russia further invades ukraine. joining us now, cnn political analyst and managing editor at "axios", margaret talev and correspondent john harwood. good to see you both. happy new year's eve. this was a phone call that putin requested, despite the fact they had spoken earlier in the month. what was the urgency, the motivation for the call now that it's over. what do we know? >> reporter: john, there are two factors here. one is a series of meetings are
coming up starting january 10th between russia and the u.s. and different western organizations. this was sort of a setting of the table, setting of expectations or taking a pulse where the negotiations are going beforehand. but the other is the calendar. russia is widely expected to need to make a decision in the next couple of months about how aggressive they will get toward the ukraine. this is probably something that would need to happen in the winter months. russia has indicated it is very concerned about getting slow walked by the west here. there is some sense of urgency and timing for putin. primarily, it's that january 10th kick-off meeting, a series of meetings. and this was a call before then to try to figure out essentially whether the u.s. and nato were going to blink and begin to give in to some of russia's efforts to push the west back and regain more of those soviet-era, you know, approach to the countries
around them. >> well, and john harwood, it appears they're still in a standoff. no signs of de-escalation. the white house, when briefing reporters on how the call went, didn't seem confident that it had been resolved. on january 10th, the talks margaret is talking about, what are we expecting them to look like? >> well, look, i think they're kicking off as a result of the two phone calls. president biden warned if you invade ukraine, we may unplug you from the global system. he said, okay, if you do that, we may unplug our relationship with you, complete rupture are the words the kremlin used to describe what he laid out. you can see that as posturing ahead of the january 10th week meetings in geneva involving the u.s. and the russian side, nato, organization for security and cooperation in europe. all attempts to try to deescalate the situation. but the challenge is nobody
knows what putin's real intentions are. he has a clear record of aggression. he invaded georgia when george w. bush was president. seized crimea when barack obama was president. he could do it again. on the other hand, it would be painful to invade ukraine, militarily and economically. so he may be trying to get some leverage, trying to get nato to back off a bit. joe biden is not going to meet his demand to promise never to have ukraine join nato. but they could have other steps to try to reassure russia that the u.s. and nato are not trying to incur on russia's sovereignty. >> yeah. there are ways to de escalate this. all the sanctions and the strong condemnation, crimea is still under russian control. so when putin said to president
biden allegedly that if stronger sanctions are put in place, it will have a catastrophic effect on the relationship, that is the car to be played. this is a risk/reward ratio. why in the world would putin think biden would back down from that? >> reporter: the relationship is in a pretty tense state already. in fact, as you recall, russia kept violating this other weapons treat ya that it was just abandoned entirely during the trump administration. the "new york times" has good reporting and has real concerns about its own posture, vis-a-vis missiles. i think john is right. it's a little bit opaque still what russia is actually trying to get. are they trying to get in a more offensive posture in what used to be considered the satellite countries, or are they actually feeling vulnerable and trying to get some space for themselves?
obviously they could improve their own vulnerability by walking away from crimea. but that's not going to happen. we go in with this really tense situation. look, if you're biden or any western democracy, you are dealing with covid, dealing with the pandemic and dealing with an assault on democracy inside your own country. so getting into it with russia is the last thing anybody is looking for. this is a problem that will have to be top of biden's agenda as he starts the new year. >> john harwood, where are the ukrainians in all of this. president zelensky said when he was briefed on the sanctions they were threatening russia with, he didn't think they were enough to deter russia from invading. where are they, given all the calls about them are playing out? >> reporter: ukraine wants to be shielded by the west.
so, yeah, sanctions are not enough in the view of president zelensky. of course the u.s. and nato are promising to strengthen the military posture and provide some defensive weapons for ukraine to try to deter a russian attack. you know, russia, as margaret indicated, is longing for the lost days of the soviet union when they controlled a lot of that territory near russia, including ukraine. but the ukraine wants to move closer to the west. and that's the challenge. and so, you know, you had president trump, on behalf or vindicating the aims of russia, pressuring ukraine when he was president. joe biden is taking a different posture. he's supporting ukraine. but it's clearly a standoff that's very difficult. on the other hand, i will say one thing. russia knows that the united states is not going to deploy military forces to defend ukraine. . >> yeah. >> reporter: but the president is moving with the support of
nato allies. you've got nato there as well. and given all the other challenges president biden has, a foreign policy standoff in which he comes out on top with president putin, if putin backs down, that's not necessarily bad given the other challenges he's got for president biden. >> president biden, this has been in his portfolio for some time. margaret talev, john harwood, thank you for joining us this morning and happy new year. >> yes, happy new year. up next, omicron is now the dominant variant in france as well. what that country is doing ahead of new year's eve cancellations. and which mask is the best mask to protect you against covid-19? cloth, surgical, n 9 5? our next guest breaks it down, his top pick.
china is placing millions on harsh restrictions amid one of its worst outbreaks since the start of the pandemic in wuhan. it is one of the largest cities to be locked down since the coronavirus was first discovered. cnn has reporters covering the pandemic around the world. >> reporter: i'm steven jiang in beijing. friday marks the two-year anniversary of china reporting the first cluster of cases of what becomes known as covid in wuhan to the world health organization. despite beijing's claim of victory against the pandemic in the city of xian, 13 million residents are now living under
increasingly harsh lockdown conditions due to a new covid outbreak. officials have promised to ensure the distribution of food and medicines. some citizens who aired their grievances, intensifying the effort to cape the virus and control the narrative. >> reporter: i'm bill bitter man in paris where the new year will begin about the way it began last year, with people required to wear masks in public. and few or no large public celebrations. across the country, festivities and fireworks at the castle, disco techs closed and bars and restaurants will be required to shut their doors on at 2:00 a.m. similar measures in place at countries across europe with perhaps the most severe in austria, bars and restaurants are required to close two years before the new year begins. this year one french newspaper headline read, celebration
rhymes with resignation. >> reporter: i'm david mckenzie in cape town. authorities hearsay the country may have passed the wave of omicron-dominated infections. in fact, they are reducing the amount of restrictions in time for the new year, including ending a many months long curfew. there is new search coming out from private hospitals showing in the early stages of this wave people were far less sicker, especially around the issues of acute respiratory illness. again, indicating at least anecdotalitily that omicron in this country has been less severe. >> with the omicron variant spreading across the u.s. at a rate not seen since the pandemic first gripped the nation, there is a focus on what kind of mask you should be wearing. joseph allen, professor at harvard school of public health, and chair of the task force on safe schools, safe work and safe
travel for "the lancet" covid-19 commission. good morning, joseph. i guess the first question we have for you is which mask is the best mask? >> good morning. thanks for having me back on. i think we have to recognize all masks are not equal. i think most people know it at this point. there's still confusion about what to select if you need to wear a masks. better masks are n 95, kf 94, or kn 95. i want to drive home one thing here. the tower depends on the two fs, filtration and fit. the kf94 gets 94% filtration efficiency. you want the fit to work well too. you want this flexible bridge to keep it close to your face. and in addition to the ear loop, it has an adjustable strap, this second loop. filtration is good. but on top of that, i can make the fit better around my nose
and pull the extra straps to improve fit around my face. it is filtration and fit that are key. you want these better masks. >> any version of 95 is the way to go. folks should know cloth is nowhere near as effective. is there any variations of the 5s? there is an important caveats here. the kf94 is out of korea. i like it. i feel they are comfortable. kn95, you have to be careful. osha has been warning there are potential counterfeits. before you purchase, i highly recommend going to cdc to check the filter efficiency. some get less than 20% filter efficiency. find yourself a kf94 or n95. >> i think when the cdc updated new guidance when it comes to
isolation when you have tested positive for covid-19, they said wear a mask after the first five days if you're asymptomatic. some were surprised they did not recommend a certain kind of mask, like the one you are talking about that are most effective. do you think that played in they are just hoping some people who are reluctant will wear a mask at all. whether it's a cloth mask or whatever. >> yeah. i think that's exactly right. most would like to test on it of isolation. cdc went with wear a mask. yes, they specified what kind of mask. we should be careful about matters for what mask is most appropriate. all masks work. they work to varying degrees. if you're in a low-risk setting, fully vaccinated with friends, boosted in a small get-together, i think a low-level mask in that case would be fine. i think no mask is actually okay. if you're a health care worker,
absolutely wear a high-grade mask. you're around a lot of people who are highly infectious. i think we have to recognize the reality quite honestly, even where i am in boston, are not wearing a mask all the time. it makes sense to wear a better mask. there is a hierarchy of controls. first and foremost, get vaccinated, boosted. good ventilation, good filtration. and masking provides the extra layer of control. if you're unvaccinated, your risk is really high. you need to be wearing one of these better masks. >> those people are often not the ones not wearing a mask at all. joseph allen, that is great information ahead of this holiday. thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> thanks for having me. up next, you want to start the new year off on the right foot? dr. sanjay has his top health tips. this is the time of the year everyone can cannot get enough health tips.
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happy almost new year. what should folks be focusing on in the new year. >> yeah. you want to be realistic but audacious enough that you will actually make some changes. i'm a brain guy, so i do think from the perspective from the brain. what is good for the heart is also good for the brain. i break it down into three pillars from health, which will sound familiar to people. movement. i use that word instead of exercise. nourishment i use instead of diet. and rest. >> you are a runner which makes me jealous and deeply admiring. for the rest of us, is there a prescription for how much exercise we need to be getting? >> there are still guidelines. there are 150 minutes you should be getting of exercise every week.
it may or may not surprise you, john, to know 80% of americans do not hit that goal. that is just sort of a starting point. i am a runner, but i also am a believer that the human body wasn't supposed to sit and lie for 23 hours a day and then go run for an hour. we were designed to be moving all day long. that is whb we function best in terms of all of these different processes in our body. >> losing weight is at the bottom of all of this. always a popular new year's resolution. while more is key, what should we know about eating? >> there are some cultural shifts in this. one thing i would like to tell people and remind people is that when you eat, when you're actually consuming food, it is the most consistent message we are giving to our bodies, a message from our outside world to our inside world.
it's a signal to our bodies. there's an army of microorganisms in our gut, microbiome, which stand at the ready to interpret the signal and do something about it. i spent time talking to a psychiatrist, nutrition chef, a triple threat. just listen to how she put this. >> if the eating for the inside of our body, the outside will follow. because by taking care of our brain, our gut, the rest of our organs, the weight will come off. because we are going to be eating healthier foods. >> again, this is a way of thinking about it. let me take it a step further that a lot of people have told me the last couple of years. i want to increase my immunity. now, what does that mean exactly? well, 80% of our immunity lies within your gut. gut associated lymphoid tissue. the microbiome i am talking
about. there are ways that can help inoculate you from illness. it works so quickly. what you had for breakfast any given day could influence ow sick you might get to infection or something else later on that night. so when you're thinking about eating that way, you will eat better, the weight will come off if that's the goal. but you will get all these ancillary benefits. the best microbiome, a diverse one. eat different foods. >> that is fascinating. lastly, we come to rest. and i know you have confessed you don't always get enough sleep. i resemble that remark myself. so how important is shuteye to a holistically healthy body? >> well, can i just say, john, i do not brag about being able to get a lot done during little sleep now. it used to be a point of pride for a lot of people. i don't look at it that way. i'm in my early 50s. you start to think about things. when you auto at the data and say people who get less than six
hours of sleep, there is a significant correlation for those people potentially going from being prediabetic to diabetic. 40% increased risk. i'm doing pretty good so far. i'm not diabetic but worried about it. if you don't get enough sleep, it could push you of the edge. these are more concrete things that have come to light. the what and the why. i can tell you what you should do, but the why i think makes it stick. why do you sleep? it is a time when you consolidate memories. you have had these amazing experiences throughout the day, holiday season. three, four years you want to remember them very clearly. if you sleep well, that is when the short-term memories get imprinted into long-term memories. it's not that we forget things, it's that we never really remembered them because we're not getting enough sleep. the other thing i will add, we
have this constant rinse cycle in our lymph glands. the same thing happens in the brain, you are clearing away the waste. at night when you sleep is when you are typically clearing most of that waste away. you're constantly doing it, but the most efficient time is at night. cleaning out the west, consolidating memories, and people's moods and everything else improved as well. >> sounds like a pretty good deal all around. dr. sanjay gupta with crucial advice for mind, body and spirit as it turns out. be well. >> you too, john. great to see you. all right. coming up, health officials to everyone looking to celebrate this new year, do it safely and at your own risk. what they're also warning travelers about. plus, the college football playoffs are finally here, and the alabama crimson tide is looking for a repeat as national
we are just hours away from the college football playoffs. not sure if you've heard, but the alabama crimson tide kicks off this afternoon in dallas. we've got coy wire with more on this. coy, i don't know if you can see my mug here, but i am a little prepared for today. >> the sabanator. i love coach on mug. kaitlan, good morning to you. we have a new blue blood, cinderella looking to crash the party. orange bowl is featuring return to glory for michigan. huge win over ohio state. wolverines haven't won the title since 1998. coach harbaugh played were quarterback there. now a chance to win a title for his alma mater.
georgia's title drought lasted for decades. they have to bounce back by getting blasted in the title game. it takes us to the cotton bowl. crimson tide will collide with cincinnati. they are tpaoeuft y. only lost one game since 2019 barely to georgia in the bowl game last season. players feel shunned, often overlooked, so they play with a big chip on their shoulders. they have earned a date with the fighting kaitlan collins, defending national champs seeking their second title under coach saban. they took a while to get up to form. coach was asked if his patience was tested early on this season. here's what he said. >> i don't have any patience, so anything that happens is a test of my patience, including sitting in this chair right now.