Day: August 3, 2020

Where to Buy Clear Face Masks Online

The face mask has become an everyday staple. Wearing a face covering can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. It can also make it harder to hear and impossible to read lips, which makes day-to-day life in the age of social distancing especially difficult for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

But there’s an alternative! Clear face masks are a great option to increase visibility of the face. These masks feature transparent, see-through panels that allow others to read lips and see facial expressions, while still protecting the wearer from excessive exposure.

Available in various patterns and colors, several brands and stores are now offering clear face masks. Now you can protect yourself and others and see their lovely smile.

Many retailers have started offering personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks for adults, face masks for kids, face masks with matching outfits and face masks for exercising.

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Some parents want to hire tutors, start mini schools this year. Most can’t afford to.

CHICAGO – Millions of parents across the nation are facing difficult decisions about what to do with their kids this school year. But the pandemic affects every family differently, for reasons that range from their socioeconomic status to their health to the fields they work in.

Some parents are in a better position than others to ensure their children stay healthy and keep up with schoolwork, and researchers are raising questions about how the pandemic may exacerbate existing educational inequalities.

“Kids who are disproportionately low-income are at highest risk for learning losses,” said Ariel Kalil, a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. “When these gaps in learning open up, absent some really serious and sustained intervention, the kids won’t (catch up). That will result in less academic achievement, lower lifetime earnings and even lower productivity in adulthood.”

USA TODAY spoke with more than a dozen

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Check Out Fall Plans For NoVA School Districts

VIRGINIA — With about a month to go before school resumes in the fall, many school districts across the United States continue to grapple with how best to offer instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Northern Virginia, the debate has ended, with all school districts in the region choosing to start the 2020-2021 school year with virtual instruction.

Many school districts considered a hybrid approach, where students could choose to spend two or three days a week at school and two days with remote instruction. Almost 43 percent of parents of children in the Fairfax County Public Schools system picked the hybrid option compared to nearly 41 percent who opted for 100-percent online learning. The 31,289 students whose parents did not make a selection were automatically given the hybrid option. In Loudoun County, a majority of parents in Loudoun County selected the all-virtual option for their children.

As the coronavirus

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What to know about sending your kids to college during the pandemic

How to go back to college safely during the pandemic
How to go back to college safely during the pandemic

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With the end of summer drawing near, college students and their parents are preparing for a new semester. But for most, going back to school this year will likely look a lot different amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Some colleges and universities are reopening as fully virtual this fall, while others will offer a mix of both online and in-person classes. Those that are choosing to invite students back to campus are doing so with strict sanitation procedures in place along with new changes, like reduced class sizes, solo dorm rooms, and limited dining options. Some are even closing campus after fall break to reduce any risk from out-of-state students who are traveling.

Hannah Grice, a junior at Stevenson University in

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The U.S. Health Care System Is Designed To Fail When It’s Needed Most

The American health care system leaves us all vulnerable to massive costs and uneven access, even under the best of circumstances. But when the economy goes south, things get really awful.

The novel coronavirus pandemic and the United States’ feckless response to the outbreak has triggered a historic economic downturn that has cost tens of millions of jobs. Because almost half of the country ― about 160 million workers, spouses and dependents ― get their health coverage through an employer, those lost jobs almost always mean lost health insurance

Between February and May, an estimated 5.4 million people became uninsured because of job loss, according to the liberal advocacy organization Families USA. The group describes this as the largest loss of job-based health benefits in U.S. history, worse even than during the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009. 

And job losses have continued to mount since May, meaning

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These Expert-Approved DIY Traps Will Actually Kill Ants in Your Home

Photo credit: Shayne Hill Xtreme Visuals - Getty Images
Photo credit: Shayne Hill Xtreme Visuals – Getty Images

From Prevention

It isn’t exactly ideal when you spot a line of ants traipsing through your place or hanging out on your kitchen counters. After all, you live there and, last you checked, you didn’t sign up for pests as roommates.

If you have kids or pets, though, it’s understandable that you might be wary of whipping out more conventional ant-killing methods, like pesticide-ladened sprays and bait traps.

So, what other methods can help kill them off? Below, pest experts explain why these tiny critters can be tough to eradicate, and the DIY ant traps that will actually get rid of them.

Why is it so hard to get rid of ants?

“Ants typically build large colonies, sometimes in hard to reach places,” explains board-certified entomologist Desiree Straubinger, market technical director for Western Exterminator. “It becomes a numbers game where even

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Engineered decoys trap virus in test tube study; healthcare workers at high risk even with protections

By Nancy Lapid

(Reuters) – The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Open in an external browser for a Reuters graphic on vaccines and treatments in development.

Engineered decoys trap virus before it can enter cells

The new coronavirus enters cells by attaching to a protein on the cell membrane called the ACE2 receptor. Scientists have now developed a decoy version of ACE2 that lures the virus and traps it, preventing it from infecting human lung cells in test tubes. “We have engineered our ACE2 Trap to bind 100 to 1,000 times tighter to the virus than normal ACE2 that is on victim cells. This provides even more potent blockage that is comparable to neutralizing antibodies,” Dr. James Wells of the University of California

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Can I go on holiday this summer and will I have to quarantine?


For many, it felt like summer was cancelled as soon as Matt Hancock said as much on ITV’s This Morning back in early May.

“I think that’s likely to be the case,” the health secretary answered when asked if sunny season would be off the agenda for the first time since the Second World War.

But there are now glimmers of hope that something could be salvaged as Britain’s lockdown restrictions continue to ease. Here are your questions answered…

Will I be able to go on holiday this summer?

Yes, if you want. It’s contingent on several factors: the Foreign Office travel warning being lifted; the host country being willing to accept tourists from the UK; no quarantine being imposed upon arrival or return to the UK; and the ability to fly or otherwise travel to your chosen destination.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a blanket warning

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Madelaine Petsch on Staying Sane During Quarantine and Designing Her Comfy New Fabletics Line

Courtesy of Fabletics

Even before she was quarantining at home because of coronavirus, Madelaine Petsch admits she still “practically lived in activewear” since she was often on-the-go traveling for work or working out. So when when the Riverdale star got the chance to collaborate with Kate Hudson’s athleisure brand Fabletics on a limited-edition line, she knew exactly what she wanted to design.

“It’s important to me to find leggings with a good hold so I feel supported but not restricted and a supportive sports bra that I can still breathe in. I want to feel good and confident in the whole outfit,” Petsch, 25, tells PEOPLE exclusively of her Fabletics collection, available online now.

“When I went to make this, I had those intentions and I truly feel like it does meet those needs,” the actress adds. “We all know the dance of trying to get on those leggings that

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All the countries UK holidaymakers can visit this summer

Alcudia beach, Majorca: istock
Alcudia beach, Majorca: istock

The government has added five destinations to its list of countries and territories where Britons will be able to go on holiday this summer without quarantining upon their return.

From 28 July, those travelling from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, in addition to 58 previously approved countries, into England will be exempt from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period imposed on all inbound arrivals.

Alongside this, the Foreign Office (FCO) has updated its separate list of destinations where it has lifted its blanket advice against all non-essential international travel. There have been 19 additions, including Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Cuba.

While the lists are not the same, there is a significant overlap of countries. For those looking to travel to one of the places where both elements of the “double lock” have been scrapped, there is another hurdle to overcome before holidays

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