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Some Car Insurers Giving Customers Discounts during Pandemic

Some Car Insurers Giving Customers Discounts during Pandemic

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  • Allstate ($600 million) and American Family Insurance ($200 million) have both announced they will send some customer money back because of coronavirus, and they’re also being more flexible about payment due dates.
  • The Center for Economic Justice and the Consumer Federation of America requested just such relief in mid-March.
  • We’ll update this story as more insurance companies make announcements.

    UPDATE 4/9/20: Insurance Journal reports that three more companies—USAA, Travelers, and Progressive—are reimbursing holders of their auto insurance. Progressive will credit customers 20 percent of their April and May premiums and suspend cancellations for nonpayment through May 15. For Travelers customers, it’s a 15 percent credit on April and May premiums, and for USAA, everyone with a policy in effect as of March 31 gets two months’ worth of 20 percent credits on their premiums.

    UPDATE 4/8/20: Geico, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, said

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    What I Spent On Self-Care During The Coronavirus Pandemic

    Welcome to Refinery29’s Feel Good Diaries, where we chronicle the physical and mental wellness routines of women today, their costs, and whether or not these self-care rituals actually make you feel good. Have your own Feel Good Diary about how you’re coping around the COVID-19 outbreak? We’d love to hear how you’re prioritizing your mental and physical health at this time. Submit your entry here!

    Today: A woman who’s trying to prioritize self-care while navigating social distancing and the anxiety that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic. She escapes New York to quarantine with her family. 

    Editor’s Note: This diary was recorded before cities mandated social distancing and shelter-in-place rules.

    7:30 am — I roll over and check the news for the latest NYC coronavirus count — It’s March 13 and more than a hundred cases are already confirmed. Typically, I give myself 30 minutes “sans technology” when I … Read More

    Amid coronavirus pandemic, black mistrust of medicine looms

    Amid coronavirus pandemic, black mistrust of medicine looms

    NEW YORK (AP) — Just as the new coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, gym members in New York City frantically called the fitness center where Rahmell Peebles worked, asking him to freeze their memberships.

    Peebles, a 30-year-old black man who’s skeptical of what he hears from the news media and government, initially didn’t see the need for alarm over the virus.

    “I felt it was a complete hoax,” Peebles said. “This thing happens every two or four years. We have an outbreak of a disease that seems to put everybody in a panic.”

    Peebles is among roughly 40 million black Americans deciding minute by minute whether to put their faith in government and the medical community during the coronavirus pandemic. Historic failures in government responses to disasters and emergencies, medical abuse, neglect and exploitation have jaded generations of black people into a distrust of public institutions.

    “I’ve just been

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    Ireland's prime minister to work as doctor amid coronavirus pandemic

    Ireland’s prime minister to work as doctor amid coronavirus pandemic

    Ireland’s prime minister plans to work one day a week as a doctor to help amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Leo Varadkar studied medicine and trained to be a doctor at King’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. He worked as a doctor for seven years before entering politics, according to Reuters.

    In March, Varadkar re-registered as a doctor to practice one day a week with Ireland’s Health Service Executive, his office confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY.

    “Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way,” the statement said.

    Varadkar’s father was a doctor and mother a nurse. According to the Irish Times, his partner, sisters and their husbands all work for the country’s health services, too.

    The prime minister will help with phone appointments, the Times reported. People in Ireland who believe they may have COVID-19,

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    10 pandemic movies that are worth streaming right now. (Photo: A24/CJ Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures/Universal Pictures/Fox Searchlight Pictures/20th Century Fox/Paramount Vantage/Yahoo Lifestyle)

    Pandemic movies that are worth streaming right now

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    There’s no more meta way to stave off cabin fever than by watching characters in a fictional world grapple with circumstances beyond their control — you know, like a pandemic.

    In fact, pandemic movies are trending: Google searches for “pandemic movies” have skyrocketed, while the hashtag #ContagionMovie is being used more on Twitter now than when the film was released in 2011. On Netflix, pandemic and disaster movies have surged, with films like Contagion and Outbreak leading the way, according to Business Insider.

    Sure, some of these movies may seem too uncomfortably real, but

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    Tyson Fury

    Tyson Fury believes he will be a ‘different person’ after coronavirus pandemic

    Tyson Fury has vowed to emerge as a “different person” from the coronavirus crisis and admitted the ongoing pandemic has put his future in boxing into perspective.

    Fury, who has fought a well-documented battle with mental health issues, says talk of a third meeting with Deontay Wilder must be put on hold as priority is given to coming through the current lockdown.

    Fury told talkSPORT: “You can take positives out of every negative, and the positive I can take out of this one is that I get to spend a lot more time with my family.

    Tyson Fury has urged his fans to stay positive (Bradley Collyer/PA)

    “People are really realising now what’s important in life. Sometimes we get lost in the ride of life, thinking about our ambitions and everything – and we forget about the really important things – families, friends, loved-ones, health.

    “It has awoken me

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    Is it safe to go grocery shopping? Helpful tips during the coronavirus pandemic

    Is it safe to go grocery shopping? Helpful tips during the coronavirus pandemic

    Businesses remain closed as the coronavirus spreads and more states issue stay-at-home orders in which residents are ordered to shelter in place except in limited circumstances.

    One of those exceptions is going to the grocery store. Many supermarkets have implemented new store hours to cater to the most vulnerable and have taken extra precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.

    But there’s still a chance of getting infected. The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, warned Tuesday that about approximately a quarter of people infected with the coronavirus may not show any symptoms.

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    Experts recommend shoppers take the following precautions to stay safe while grocery shopping:

    Best time to go to the grocery store

    Many grocery store chains have special hours for the elderly and

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    How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting Silicon Valley startups

    How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting Silicon Valley startups

    • Funding was already drying up for some Silicon Valley startups when the coronavirus hit, threatening their wild growth.
    • Some are now shutting down, laying off staff, or drastically changing their marketing plans.
    • Here are all the ways startups from Peloton to Convene are being impacted.
    • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

    Silicon Valley startups were already seeing investors tap the breaks after a series of black eyes for high-profile companies like WeWork and Peloton when the coronavirus hit.

    Now, many of these startups, some of which raised a lot of money on the promise of rapid growth, find demand is drying up as consumer spending stalls and unemployment is set to surge. 

    Business Insider has been reporting on how the coronavirus pandemic threatens these companies’ growth, the fallout so far on companies like Convene and sectors like AI, and how they’re pivoting in the face of the crisis.

    Go

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    Workout icon Richard Simmons is ramping up his YouTube channel for people under home quarantine. (Screenshot: Instagram/Richard Simmons)

    Richard Simmons is posting fitness videos during the coronavirus pandemic

    Richard Simmons, of “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” fame, is restoring his YouTube channel during the coronavirus pandemic with nostalgic workouts for people under home quarantine.

    “We have had an overwhelming request for Richard to return in some way as a comfort to all dealing with the pandemic,” a spokesperson for the 71-year-old told Fox News. “We thought we would start by re-releasing some workouts and other inspirational content on his YT channel. Richard is very touched by the outreach.” Representatives for Simmons did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.

    A few weeks ago, Simmons began posting classic content including “10 Minute Sweat with Richard Simmons,” “Five Minute Retro Sweat Workout” and a “Motivational Monday” segment in which he reads viewer mail and touts the health benefits of non-fat frozen yogurt. “But don’t fall into the trap of adding all those toppings,” he says. Before then, his last

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    Israeli apps helping contain pandemic

    Israeli apps helping contain pandemic

    One app tells you if you’ve been in the vicinity of a coronavirus carrier and another aims to assess whether you have COVID-19 based on the sound of your voice.

    In Israel, sometimes dubbed the “start-up nation” with nearly 10 percent of workers employed in high-tech, the coronavirus pandemic has seen a flurry of new technologies designed to contain transmission.

    Start-Up Nation Central, an NGO, has compiled a directory of some 70 Israeli technology companies developing responses to the new virus, which has infected more than 4,000 people in the country.

    One app that has stood out so far is Hamagen, Hebrew for “the shield”, launched earlier this month by the health ministry.

    Using geolocation technology, the app informs users about any points of contact with known COVID-19 cases.

    Available in five languages, Hamagen has been downloaded by more than a million users.

    The fortunate ones receive messages saying “no

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