Day: June 25, 2020

No turning back for Florida, Texas? The next two weeks are ‘critical’ for US, Fauci warns

States have arrived at a crossroads that will define the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as half of the country struggles to manage rising COVID-19 cases, health experts say.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, told Congress on Tuesday that the next two weeks will be “critical” in how the country addresses the surge in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. 

Experts say states that don’t manage their case counts risk overwhelming the health care system again and infecting neighboring states that have already flattened the curve. While summer travel is expected to decline 15% from last year, AAA still projects 683 million road trips from July to September, which could spread the coronavirus.

All this could happen ahead of the fall, when the coronavirus may reappear in a second wave and likely be accompanied by the flu.

‘Grave concerns’: COVID-19’s

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After Years of Decline, the Military’s Commissary System Just Had Its Highest Sales Day Ever

Between an influx of veterans newly granted access to military resale stores and customers preparing for shutdowns during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Defense Department commissary stores saw a 26% increase in sales in the first quarter of 2020.

Now the DoD is trying to figure out how to retain these customers, looking at their shopping preferences and behaviors to guide future services and offerings at stores, DoD Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman told Military.com.

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While a boost in customers was not unexpected this year, given that 4.1 million disabled veterans became eligible to shop at military stores on Jan. 1, the jump in patrons just before and during the pandemic was unprecedented: On March 13 — the Friday before many states moved to stay-at-home orders — the commissary system saw its highest single sales day ever,

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No turning back for Florida, Texas? Why the next two weeks are ‘critical’ for US, Fauci warns

States have arrived at a crossroads that will define the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as half of the country struggles to manage rising COVID-19 cases, health experts say.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, told Congress on Tuesday that the next two weeks will be “critical” in how the country addresses the surge in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. 

Experts say states that don’t manage their case counts risk overwhelming the health care system again and infecting neighboring states that have already flattened the curve. While summer travel is expected to decline 15% from last year, AAA still projects 683 million road trips from July to September, which could spread coronavirus.

All this could happen ahead of the fall, when the coronavirus may reappear in a second wave and likely be accompanied by the flu.

‘Grave concerns’: COVID-19’s surge

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Doylestown Prepares For Green Phase: What To Expect

DOYLESTOWN, PA — The green phase of coronavirus mitigation is almost here in Bucks County, and Doylestown’s powerful local economy is starting to hum once again. On Friday, Bucks County will move into the green phase along with the rest of southeastern Pennsylvania, the most lax phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan.

For the first time since the pandemic brought the region and much of the world to a grinding halt in mid-March, indoor dining and drinking, barbershops, gyms, and more are allowed to open.

Green phase does not mean business as usual, however, officials are quick to remind the public. While coronavirus cases have steeply dropped around southeastern Pennsylvania, the threat of the virus remains, health officials warn.

All businesses must continue to abide by the state Department of Health’s guidance for operating in the COVID-19 disaster emergency.

“We’re very excited for all businesses to finally open next

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2020 Runner’s World Fitness and Nutrition Awards

Photo credit: Kory Kennedy
Photo credit: Kory Kennedy

From Runner’s World

These 31 products—every one of them rigorously evaluated by the RW test team—will take your running to the next level. To find the absolute best stuff, we vetted hundreds of options on grueling road and trail runs, during sweaty gym sessions, and to fuel our efforts and recovery. No matter what your fitness goals are, this is the gear that will help you reach them faster.

Injury Prevention

Bounce back with these high-tech devices, low-tech tools, and topicals that help treat and prevent aches and pains.

Hyperice Hypervolt

The handheld massage-device category has recently exploded, and there are now a ton of options ranging in price from $100 to $600. You might be tempted to reach for the cheapest, but the Hypervolt delivers the best bang for your buck. In the RW Test Zone, we weighed down the guns to see how much

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Helpful Tips for Anyone Experiencing Mental Health Issues for the First Time Right Now

If you’ve been feeling more anxious or depressed lately, you’re absolutely not alone. During stay-at-home orders, we have not only been sheltering in our homes all day but have also been cut off from spending time with loved ones, going out to eat, and enjoying many other simple pleasures that many of us use to take care of ourselves. Since our current political climate is so tense, we also spend a lot of time scanning the news and taking in a lot of intense information. The combination of living in chronic uncertainty and being isolated from friends and family is enough to make anybody’s mental health go south.

“The stress, anxiety, and depression that people are feeling right now in reaction to their environment is completely normal and understandable,” Amanda Sellers, a licensed psychologist based in Pennsylvania who specializes in women’s health and anxiety, tells Allure. “You’re having a

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Schools aim to reopen but have few solutions

With the next academic year less than three months away, and no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts face a daunting decision: Reopen the schools they shuttered, or continue to teach students remotely?

Educators across the United States are weighing their options, taking into account the quality of the education they can offer, the need for children to socialize and keeping safety in mind above all else.

So far, a hybrid model that combines some in-person learning and some remote learning has emerged as the most popular proposal for the fall, according to Dan Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, an advocacy organization for the 14,000 superintendents in the U.S.

That could mean a school has as little as 25 percent of its normal capacity in the building at once, which would give students more space for social distancing in their classrooms and

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Virus Cases Are Soaring in Texas. But Closing Down Again Is a ‘Last Option.’

HOUSTON — The coronavirus has been testing America’s governors. Few are being squeezed harder than Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas.

Abbott, the governor of the country’s largest Republican-controlled state, reopened Texas in May, eager to be part of President Donald Trump’s push to restart the economy sooner rather than later. But the reopening has backfired, creating the makings of a political and public health disaster that is putting the lives of Texans at risk, adding ammunition to Abbott’s long-running war with the Democrats who run the state’s biggest cities and drawing unusually sharp criticism from fellow Republicans.

As millions of Texans have emerged from weeks of isolation and headed to shopping malls, movie theaters and beaches, the governor, faced with an alarming number of new cases, did an abrupt about-face this week and urged people to go back home.

He imposed restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people

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8 women-owned small businesses to support right now

As the economy attempts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest ways we can help entrepreneurs stay afloat is by shopping small. This week, the 3rd Hour of TODAY is highlighting women-owned small businesses to consider supporting.

As part of the “She Made It” series, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite brands in fashion, food, beauty and beyond.

Read on for the small brands you should have on your radar right now.

1. Little Words Project

Inspired to create a community of kindness and inclusivity for women, Adriana Carrig founded Little Words Project. More than just a business, it’s a space for women to inspire each other and build community.

Each Little Words Project bracelet arrives with a code that, when registered online, enters you into the Nice Girl Gang. The core idea is to wear your bracelet for as long as you need the inspiration

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How do you foster ‘a good death in a racist society?’

Alua Arthur, a death doula, works with Beverly Leacock, whom she addresses as Ms. Beverly as "an important sign of respect." Death doulas work to support and guide the dying through a "good death," consistent with the values, Arthur says, of a good life. <span class="copyright">(Gen McKinney)</span>
Alua Arthur, a death doula, works with Beverly Leacock, whom she addresses as Ms. Beverly as “an important sign of respect.” Death doulas work to support and guide the dying through a “good death,” consistent with the values, Arthur says, of a good life. (Gen McKinney)

Death positivity, death doulas, death cafes — these may not be mainstream terms, but over the past 10 years, there’s been an explosion in what’s become known as death positive work.

And now the work of Black practitioners in the burgeoning field is intersecting with America’s racial reckoning and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Death positivity is an umbrella term covering many areas of the industry. Death doulas holistically support those who are dying or preparing for death. Feminist funeral directors are breaking down barriers in male-dominated funeral homes. Grief guides support families who have recently lost a loved one. Death cafes are cropping

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