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Will We Ever Have Sex Again? An Investigation

One sunny day in May, a man named Ashrita Furman took a samurai sword and sliced 31 watermelons open on his own stomach in under one minute, making it one of 600 times he has set a Guinness World Record. 

I have set zero Guinness World Records, but I’ve been thinking about how much I have in common with Furman lately, whom I first learned about in a New Yorker profile in 2011, which stated, “He has never driven a car, and he is celibate.”

But that’s me, I thought, taking a swig of skim milk and checking my powder-blue Baby-G watch to make sure I wasn’t missing Gossip Girl. “I don’t know how to drive a car. I’ve never had sex with anyone.”

Almost 10 years later, I’m exactly where I was when I first read about Furman: living in my parents’ house, still totally unable to

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Fauci says new cases could hit 100,000 daily; new ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; Arizona delays school openings

A new pandemic threat could be simmering in China while at home the nation’s leading infectious disease expert warned that new cases could reach 100,000 per day if the trend isn’t averted.

“I think it is important to tell you and the American public that I’m very concerned because it could get very bad,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

More states are tightening restrictions aimed at tamping down the alarming boom in coronavirus cases. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut doubled the number of states on its quarantine list, to 16. Arizona delayed the start for in-class learning for the 2020-21 school year. Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

In China, researchers are concerned about a new swine flu strain in pigs that could have “pandemic potential.” Fauci, however, said the

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LloydsPharmacy and Deliveroo launch partnership to deliver medication to your door within 30 minutes

Many restaurants and takeaway services are offering discounts and delivering free meals to NHS workers: Getty
Many restaurants and takeaway services are offering discounts and delivering free meals to NHS workers: Getty

LloydsPharmacy and Deliveroo have teamed up to help bring medication to your door within 30 minutes.

The partnership means that customers will be able to order more than 50 medical essentials, including over-the-counter medicines, for delivery from 16 LloydsPharmacy stores across the UK.

The two companies state that the delivery service will prove especially important for those who are isolating at home due to Covid-19 and the elderly.

Starting this week, delivery is available to customers from shops in cities, including Southampton, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Bristol, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge and Coventry.

The partnership will then roll-out to a further 24 stores across the UK.

A range of LloydsPharmacy’s 50 best-selling products will be available to purchase via Deliveroo’s app, such as PPE including face masks, hand sanitiser and gloves, as well as hay fever

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Will We Ever Have Sex Again? An Investigation.

One sunny day in May, a man named Ashrita Furman took a samurai sword and sliced 31 watermelons open on his own stomach in under one minute, making it one of 600 times he has set a Guinness World Record. 

I have set zero Guinness World Records, but I’ve been thinking about how much I have in common with Furman lately, who I first learned about in a New Yorker profile in 2011, which stated, “He has never driven a car, and he is celibate.”

“But that’s me,” I thought, taking a swig of skim milk and checking my powder blue Baby-G watch to make sure I wasn’t missing Gossip Girl. “I don’t know how to drive a car. I’ve never had sex with anyone.”

Almost ten years later, I’m exactly where I was when I first read about Furman: Living in my parents’ house, still totally unable

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New ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; Arizona delays opening of schools; kids sports march on

A new pandemic threat could be simmering in China while at home more states are tightening restrictions aimed at tamping down an alarming boom in coronavirus cases.

Arizona delayed the start for in-class learning for the 2020-21 school year. Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. “The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter.”

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced late Monday that the state would pause its planned reopening for indoor dining and banned smoking and drinking at Atlantic City casinos set to reopen this week.

And in China, researchers are concerned about a new

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Students react to colleges’ reopening plans with mix of optimism, fear

Arriving on campus kick-starts a year of firsts for college freshmen, and Abbey Shea was excited about all of them. Her first introduction to new roommates who may become lifelong friends, first semester away from home, first foray into independence.

And then her Port Orange, Florida, high school postponed its graduation ceremony because of the coronavirus. Uncertainty set in, and Shea braced herself for “a new normal,” she said — a college experience far different from the social mecca she’d imagined. 

“I’m trying to open myself up more,” said Shea, 18, who selected Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale as much for its diverse student population as for academic reasons. Now, she worries pandemic-related rules will smother her interpersonal goals. “I know it’s not going to be the same.”

Though Nova, a private university, has yet to publish a comprehensive outline for the fall semester, the Florida State University System’s

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How To Properly Dry Your Hands To Stop The Spread Of The Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to reevaluate a lot about our hygiene habits ― including how we dry our hands in public. 

Experts we spoke to recently said drying your hands is almost as important as washing them, and the method you use has an impact.

Are paper towels preferable in a public restroom ― or are air-dryers the way to go? Although some experts still debate this topic, more often than not, they say paper towel is king.

“I’d say the best way to dry your hands is with a paper towel that you discard afterwards,” said Sandra Kesh, a deputy medical director and infectious disease specialist at Westmed Medical Group in Westchester, New York. 

Kesh explained that the goal of washing and drying is to remove as many viral particles as you can while also avoiding passing those germs on to any environmental surfaces nearby.

Air dryers

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Dinosaurs, fossils and other homeschooling resources

As your new-found role as a teacher, there's plenty of free online help to make it as smooth as possible: iStock
As your new-found role as a teacher, there’s plenty of free online help to make it as smooth as possible: iStock

Primary schools in England are now open for pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6 in smaller class sizes, as well as all children of critical workers and vulnerable children, thanks to the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

From 15 June, teachers from secondary schools and further education colleges have been providing face to face support for year 10 and 12 students too, who are preparing for exams next year, however, only a quarter of these pupils will be in school at any one time.

While this has alleviated the role of teacher for parents, if you’re child is continuing to study from home, we’ve found all the best resources to help.

In April, the BBC launched an extended version of its Bitesize educational website. Students can now

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Online Summer Classes Discounted for Coronavirus

Keep learning from home this summer.

Online classes can teach learners of any age new skills, aid in a career transition or offer an accessible way to explore a new topic. This summer, some online platforms — including those that provide massive open online courses, or MOOCs — are offering discounts to users because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even as states begin to lift stay-at-home orders, many families will remain close to home this summer and millions of Americans are still unemployed or facing reduced hours at work. Consider browsing the online classes on these platforms this summer to make use of any free time and pick up some new skills or credentials.

Coursera

Since June 1, Coursera, an online learning platform, has offered free access to more than 3,800 courses and numerous guided projects, specializations and certificates for current undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates. Students must enroll

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we answer 6 common face mask problems

Masks
Masks

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport in England, to slow the spread of coronavirus as things start to come back to normal. But wearing a face mask presents a couple of annoying problems: taking a sip of water on a hot train is tricky, as is keeping your make-up neat underneath. Read on below for some answers.

How to stop your glasses steaming up

Wearing a mask can cover more than your nose and mouth: water vapour from your breath can get funnelled upwards and cloud your glasses, making it difficult to see. 

Alisdair Buchanan, the owner of Buchanan Optometrists in Snodland, Kent, has a couple of tips to stop this happening. The first is to stop your glasses from coming into contact with moisture in the first place, by sealing the top of the mask to your face with micropore tape.

Placing your glasses on top of your mask will also help to seal the gap shut - EMILY NATASHA ZINKO
Placing your glasses on top
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