Pence Announces New Travel Bans on United Kingdom and Ireland as Coronavirus Pandemic Spreads

Pence Announces New Travel Bans on United Kingdom and Ireland as Coronavirus Pandemic Spreads

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Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that new travel bans would be implemented on the United Kingdom and Ireland as the novel coronavirus pandemic spreads.

At a White House press conference, the vice president said the ban would take effect from midnight Monday, but that Americans would be allowed to return to the country through several airports. Pence also encouraged individuals returning from those countries to self-quarantine for two weeks.

The decision came after the US restricted travel to Europe earlier this week in the wake of growing cornavirus outbreaks in several major European countries.

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The New JLab Go Air Earbuds Are Incredibly Affordable and Easy to Use

Any time I see someone with AirPods, I worry for their sanity if they ever lose one. I’ve had a friend drop one down a subway grate in NYC and I just shake my head, without feeling sorry. But the idea of truly wireless earbuds has always intrigued me. That’s why the new JLab Go Air True Wireless Earbuds feel like they were made especially for me and my strong opinions.

When it comes to headphones, I am not at all fastidious. I once bought headphones while waiting in line at Duane Reade to throw into my bag and ended up using them for an entire month before they broke. The ones I use at my desk are hand-me-downs from my boyfriend and the ear covering is peeling off. That’s why the JLab Go Air piqued my interest when I was first sent a pair to test out. The sound quality is pretty great (you can even customize the EQ balance with a couple taps) and they’re $30. Normally, I don’t talk about the price of things, but I feel like I have to in this case. They cost less than the three pairs of drugstore headphones I’ve bought in my life and will probably last 300 times longer. 

The actual earbuds are surprisingly comfortable. I have fairly small ear canals, something I wasn’t aware I was subconscious about until I went to an event to test out headphones and the person didn’t believe me that the cushion tips that fit “most people” were too big and they had to send a two-person team to find a smaller pair somewhere. It’s cool, I’m totally over it. The smallest size of tips they provided fit me perfectly and they don’t feel like they’d get annoying, even after a full commute. The charging case is easy to keep fully charged, with an attached cord and indicator light. You can pause, play, skip, adjust the volume, answer calls, and more just by tapping the right or left bud.  

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This Headlamp From Black Diamond Has Made Flashlights and Most of My Lamps Obsolete

From things that are worth spending a little more on to products you never realized you needed, The Case For reviews make  compelling arguments for products that’ll upgrade your life. 

When I first bought my headlamp, I thought, here’s another cool camping accessory that I’ll use a few times a year for a very specific reason (camping). How wrong I was. My headlamp is in the top five of favorite things I own because of just how much I use it (too much, some might say). Sure, it performs excellently by the fireside and for star-gazing, but it’s great for everything, from reading in bed, walking the dog, and taking out the trash. Now, I’ve gone as far as buying two headlamps. One for home, and one to throw in my backpack, so I never have to go anywhere without it. Just in case. 

SO, WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO?

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Boris Johnson Has Turned Britain Into a Petri Dish For Coronavirus

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LONDON—On Thursday, Boris Johnson delivered the most chilling warning from a British prime minister since Winston Churchill prepared the country for potential destruction during World War Two. “I must level with you,” Johnson said, looking like a man who had just emerged from a doctor’s office after receiving a terrible diagnosis. “Many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.”

His message was stark, and somehow seemed to hit even harder coming from a man who has built his political career on flippant clownery. The novel coronavirus can no longer be contained in the United Kingdom, he said, and all that can be done now is to mitigate the worst effects of it to give the doctors and nurses in the country’s already creaking national health service a fighting chance to save as many lives as possible.

But the strict containment measures now familiar around the planet—population lockdowns, prohibition of mass gatherings, and travel bans—were notable only by their absences. Johnson’s government has diverged with the rest of the world and decided to take a much less draconian approach, and his scientific advisers have admitted the strategy could see as much as 60 percent of the population catch the coronavirus.

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Trump Sat Next to Second Mar-a-Lago Coronavirus Patient but White House Doc Won’t Test Him

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A second person who dined with President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort last weekend during a visit by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for COVID-19, according Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley.

The first person who interacted with the president was Fabio Wajngarten, a top communications aide to Bolsonaro who posed in photos next to Trump. The White House doctor insisted there was still no need to swab or quarantine the president. The president had earlier suggested that he would “most likely” be getting tested “fairly soon.”

The now toxic dinner took place last weekend when the Brazilian delegation visited the president’s Florida getaway. “This evening we learned of another dinner guest, this one sharing the table with the President and White House delegation, who was symptom-free until this morning and has since tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement from Conley said. “These interactions would be categorized as low risk for transmission.” 

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Right Wing Can’t Decide If Virus Is No Big Deal, or Big Deal and China’s Fault

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Team Trump has finally found itself in a crisis it cannot propagandize its way out of. Unfortunately, this has not led Team Trump (the administration and its various Fox News-based media arms) to pivot to the brash notion of telling the truth. No, of course not. 

For the first time ever, though, Team Trump is very confused about which lie to tell. Historically, the Trump administration and Fox News have been meticulous messengers, able to turn almost everything into a way to “own the libs.” But COVID-19 is providing Trump very few opportunities for lib ownership.

Previously, before we hit the crisis stage, we got weeks of obfuscation, and the president’s conviction that “it’s going away. We want it to go away with very, very few deaths.” Now, Trumpists are trying to grapple with the possibility that the global pandemic may in fact be real. As COVID-19 has decimated Italy, killed thousands of Chinese nationals, and spread like a brush fire through at least 47 states, it’s becoming harder and harder for Trumpists to deny the truth.

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Thank You, Meghan Markle, for Showing Us How to Set Boundaries

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Did anyone have a better Monday than Meghan Markle? Doubtful. The former actress spent her last day at what some might call the most thankless job she’s ever had looking positively giddy, as one tends to when leaving a toxic gig. (Except she did so looking less business casual and more Downton Abbey revival in an emerald cape dress and fishnet fascinator.) For many, it served as a victory lap for a woman who had placed her happiness and sanity above any perceived duties. 

“The smile of a woman who set boundaries and won her happiness back,” the life coach and author Michelle Elman wrote on Twitter, utilizing a b-word that has been dominating the online therapy-speak world and pop culture for much of this emotionally fraught year. 

You can see boundary-setting in action from Meghan’s decision to prioritize her personal life over her allegedly miserable professional one. Or on The Bachelor, which always has a finger on the pulse of pop psych culture, when Hannah Ann first told Peter how wrongly he had behaved, and later when Madison Prewett stood up to her boyfriend’s overbearing mother. And after spending much of her adulthood in front of a reality TV crew, Kourtney Kardashian has decided to film less of herself and young children. 

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No, Your Dog Won’t Give You the Coronavirus—and More Advice From the Most Controversial Doggy Doctor

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The dictionary definition of quack is “an ignorant, misinformed, or dishonest practitioner of medicine.” 

“In the eyes of conventional, strict science, I could be considered a quack,” veterinarian Dr. Martin Goldstein readily admits. That’s entirely the point. 

Dr. Marty, as he’s become known to his legions of fawning, loyal patients—well, technically to their owners—was one of the first holistic veterinarians to come out publicly in the 1970s, preaching the values of incorporating supplements, nutrition, homeopathy, and even acupuncture into conventional treatment plans for the most hopeless of animal cases

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Is Soap or Hand Sanitizer Best for Stopping Coronavirus?

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SEATTLE—Shoppers had ransacked the shelves of isopropyl alcohol. Clorox bleach or Lysol disinfectant? Nothing at one store, and selling out fast fast at another. Hand sanitizers, Purell wipes, Wet Ones? All a distant memory.

But worried shoppers at stores across Seattle’s King County, the site of the vast majority of 2019 novel coronavirus deaths in the United States, haven’t emptied out what might be the most effective preventive tool in the game: hand soap.

Erin Sheets, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Minnesota Duluth, told The Daily Beast that the exterior of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is coated in proteins and lipids, or fat-containing molecules. This lipid envelope provides a protective cover, while the embedded proteins help the virus attack our cells, enter them, and replicate, she said.

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Your Health Care Is the Love Child of Science and Insurance

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Justin Ford Kimball had to wonder if he was crazy for taking the job as vice president of Baylor Hospital in Dallas. It was 1929, and hours into the job, he realized that his new employer was about a month away from insolvency. Kimball and his team needed an infusion of cash, but where to get it?

Fortunately for all involved, Kimball—a lawyer by training—had previously been the superintendent of the Dallas school administration. In the midst of his tenure, the influenza pandemic of 1918 had ravaged the world, killing more than 50 million people. More Americans died from the flu (675,000) than perished in World War I. While fewer than one thousand died in the Dallas area, the plague rattled an already fatigued populace in the midst of war.

Kimball had a knack for actuarial sciences—the mathematical and statistical analysis of risk—and after a bit of number crunching, he realized that if the Dallas teachers each contributed just $1 a month, they could “insure” themselves with an in-house disability benefit of $5 a day if they fell sick. The sick benefit plan was very popular, but most important, it taught him how to think about risk and disease.

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