LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Here are five things to know before you go to bed Dec. 29, 2021.

COVID-19 cases spiking

Covid cases skyrocket nationwide medical experts are advising people to upgrade their face masks.

Some doctors say people should replace cloth masks with N-95 and three-layer surgical masks to help curb the spread of COVID.

Experts say those masks mold more closely to the face and filter up to 95% of particles.

Christmas shopping returns

Shoppers in the U.S. are expected to return $112 to $114 billion worth of merchandise purchased for the Christmas season. That’s a record.  

The estimate comes from B-Stock Solutions which manages liquidation for Walmart, Costco, and others.

Some stores have extended the return period to 60 or 90 days.

Sweets and fried foods

A new study says people should give up sweets and fried foods in order to save the planet.

Researchers at the University of South Australia say those two groups of foods use more land compared with healthier alternatives.

The study also found foods such as sweets, processed meats, fried and fatty foods contribute to greenhouse gases, and water and energy overuse.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are on the menu for some zoo animals in Germany.

Animals living at a zoo in Berlin enjoy a belated Christmas dinner.

Reindeer and other animals such as elephants and bison feasted on unsold fir trees.

The trees also turned into toys for the deer… who used their antlers for some antics.

Betty White

From a movie to a magazine cover, Betty White is celebrating her 100th birthday in style.

People magazine’s new cover story about the “Golden Girls” star features toasts from famous friends and White sharing secrets to a long happy life.

White turns 100 on Jan. 17.  

A one-day-only film event will also mark the date in 900 theaters.