Day: May 19, 2020

Coronavirus restrictions ease across America

Coronavirus restrictions ease across America

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Monday marks a new beginning for droves of U.S. communities that are loosening restrictions meant to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

At least 14 U.S. states are easing lockdown restrictions on Monday, including Florida, which will allow gyms and fitness centers to reopen at 50 percent capacity and restaurants and retailers to increase their volume to 50 percent.

In Maine, restaurants in various counties are allowed to reopen with added safety precautions including physically distancing customers, ensuring employees follow enhanced hygiene and sanitation practices, and controlling customer flow through reservations, according to Gov. Janet Mills. These counties include: Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc.

MODERNA’S EXPERIMENTAL CORONAVIRUS VACCINE SHOWS PROMISE IN EARLY-STAGE STUDY

At the same time remote campsites as well as sporting camps, are

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‘The Present’: L.A. Theater Review

‘The Present’: L.A. Theater Review

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Before the coronavirus pandemic forced us all into isolation, Donald Trump told America, “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” Well, in the absence of a miracle, or medicine, the next best thing we can count on is magic, and while it won’t beat COVID-19, Portuguese illusionist Helder Guimarães’ one-man sleight-of-hand show “The Present” sure makes isolation a lot more bearable.

Last year, Guimarães debuted an intimate monologue called “Invisible Tango” at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, performing card tricks for crowds of no more than 100 guests on the theater’s smaller stage. Now, reteaming with director Frank Marshall for an inspired reaction to exceptional times, he and the Geffen have hastily pulled together a program uniquely suited to the present moment in which magic works remotely, overcoming social distancing to create a communal sense of shared awe

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Amazon's sale on this luxe Garmin smartwatch saves you nearly 50 percent

Amazon’s sale on this luxe Garmin smartwatch saves you nearly 50 percent

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Save up to 49 percent on Garmin Forerunner 645 Music and GPS Watches, today only. (Photo: Garmin)
Save up to 49 percent on Garmin Forerunner 645 Music and GPS Watches, today only. (Photo: Garmin)

A fitness tracker can be super motivating and help bring your workout to a new level. But most trackers have to be paired with a smartphone to do their thing, which means lugging around extra tech while you’re trying to move. It’s a bummer.

Who wants to worry about dropping their phone while doing squats or worse, while running? No one. That’s why there’s the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music (30.4mm), an all-in-one fitness smartwatch that tracks heart rate and calories burned, plays music, counts steps and mileage, and offers GPS. No phone required. It’s the lightest, easiest way to

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Faced with an appalling US coronavirus death toll, the right denies the figures

Faced with an appalling US coronavirus death toll, the right denies the figures

<span>Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

As Donald Trump agitates for the US to reopen, the American right appears to have found a novel way to deal with the rising coronavirus death toll: deny it altogether.

Related: ‘Obamagate’: Fox News focuses on conspiracy theory rather than Covid-19

Top Trump officials, huddled in the White House, itself the subject of a coronavirus outbreak, have according to reports begun questioning the number of deaths – and the president is among the skeptics.

It’s a handy thought process for an administration desperate to send Americans back to work even as deaths from the virus rise each day, with marked surges in some traditionally Republican states.

Trump is said to be coming round to the idea, pushed in the rightwing media for weeks, that hospitals, coroners and medical professionals across the US have been mislabelling deaths.

As far back as early April, Fox News personalities were casting

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Beauden Barrett sets fitness record as Super Rugby training resumes in New Zealand

Beauden Barrett sets fitness record as Super Rugby training resumes in New Zealand

Beauden Barrett marked the return of Super Rugby team training sessions in New Zealand after lockdown by breaking a Blues record in fitness testing.

The 28 year-old All Blacks star, yet to feature for his new franchise since moving from the Hurricanes, clocked a time of four minutes and 12 seconds for a shuttle run known as a ‘bronco’.

This entails players lining up on the try-line before running 20 metres and back, 40 metres and back and then 60 metres and back. The circuit is then repeated four times continuously.

Barrett, renowned as one of the quickest members of New Zealand’s squad over the taxing 1.2km drill, finished two seconds in front of scrum-half Jonathan Ruru and was one of eight Blues players to have clocked a personal best according to a video posted on social media.

Rieko Ioane and England international Joe Marchant were among a “backs bubble”

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Emergency Medical Workers Are Integral to the Fight Against Coronavirus. Just a Few Decades Ago, America's EMS System Didn't Even Exist

Emergency Medical Workers Are Integral to the Fight Against Coronavirus. Just a Few Decades Ago, America’s EMS System Didn’t Even Exist

EMS Week, which takes place in 2020 from May 17-23, is an annual time to recognize the life-saving efforts of emergency medical services personnel. While celebratory events won’t take place in person this year, EMS personnel are getting more recognition than usual: even before EMS week, virtually and during daily cheers for healthcare workers, they are widely hailed as heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But though sick people have always needed someone to help get them to medical attention, the modern American EMS field is only about five decades old — and can be traced to what one scholarly report called a “neglected epidemic.”

As driving, especially highway driving, became a central part of American society, so did accidental injuries and preventable deaths due to inadequate care after car accidents. Doctors were overextended and new types of medical personnel were needed to take some pre-diagnostic tasks

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Amazon Tummy Control Shorts Might Be Your Ultimate Workout Buddy

Amazon Tummy Control Shorts Might Be Your Ultimate Workout Buddy

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We love our workout leggings — but we can’t help but think about what else is out there. As the summer heat starts to creep up on Us, it’s hard to stay completely covered while working out. Who wants to pile on extra layers when the temperatures are already hot enough as it is?

If you want to get the same shapewear sensation that leggings provide without the extra coverage, then these workout shorts could be the ideal addition to your activewear drawer. They are high-waisted, just like many of the top-rated full-length leggings on the market, but the fabric stops at the top of the thigh region. Talk about a seasonal win!

Kamo Fitness High Waist Athletic Yoga Shorts (Butter Blue)
Kamo Fitness High Waist
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Should I Wear a Mask in the Car to Protect From COVID-19? (VIDEO)

Should I Wear a Mask in the Car to Protect From COVID-19? (VIDEO)

In our series “What’s the Risk?” experts weigh in on what risks different scenarios pose for transmitting COVID-19.

When it comes to getting sick with COVID-19, you might be thinking about this, and we have too. Brooke Wylie asks: 

“I went on a walk the other day and saw a bunch of people wearing masks while inside their cars. What’s the risk of driving around in my own car?”

We asked the experts: Dr. Irfan N. Hafiz, an infectious disease physician and Northwest Region chief medical officer for Northwestern Medicine; Katie Cary, vice president of infection prevention for HCA Continental Division; and Dr. Jasmine Marcelin, an infectious disease specialist at Nebraska Medicine.

Their take — contracting COVID-19 in your car is low risk. 

“There’s really no need for that. That’s extremely low risk to get anything,” Dr. Hafiz said. 

“You’re in your own environment. I think of it as being

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Key West gyms reopen after coronavirus shutdown with some new tools of the trade

Key West gyms reopen after coronavirus shutdown with some new tools of the trade

Dan Reynen reopened his WeBeFit Personal Training gym in Key West on Monday with copper coating the dumbbell grips, the door handles and the front desk.

Copper, known to kill the novel coronavirus along with other bacteria, was added just in time for the governor’s decision to reopen gyms and fitness centers throughout most of Florida. Broward and Miami-Dade counties were excused. Fort Lauderdale planned to allow gyms to open.

In these uncertain days, Reynen is not taking any chances that any of his six trainers or list of clients getting sick. And he’s done his homework on copper, ultraviolet light sanitizers and even face masks.

“Our average client age is 52 years old,” Reynen said. “There is no excuse for any facility to open up and risk their employees’ health or their customers’ health because they want to make a dollar off a session.”

Fitness trainer Josh Carter, left, takes the tempearture of client Nathan Gay, before starting a session at WeBeFit Personal Training in Key West on May 18, 2020.
Fitness trainer Josh Carter, left,
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Brazil loses second health minister in less than a month as Covid-19 deaths rise

Brazil loses second health minister in less than a month as Covid-19 deaths rise

<span>Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil’s health minister has abruptly resigned after less than a month on the job – and a day after the country announced it had recorded nearly 14,000 deaths.

The sudden resignation of Nelson Teich was announced in a curt WhatsApp message from the health ministry on Friday morning, and is likely to deepen the turmoil around Brazil’s flailing response to the pandemic.

Teich was Brazil’s second health minister to leave office in less than a month.

His popular predecessor, Luiz Mandetta, was fired by he country’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro,on 16 April following disagreements over social isolation measures, which Bolsonaro has dismissed as unnecessary.

News of Teich’s resignation was greeted with dismay by doctors fighting the virus. Albert Ko, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine blamed “the lack of leadership and poor governance”.

“To lose two health ministers will really

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