Why is Hong Kong Doubling Down on its Covid Zero Strategy?
A Q&A with Hong Kong’s Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan on the territory’s struggle to balance safety with its role as an international financial center — and why stringent border controls may not be eased anytime soon.washingtonpost.com
15 things we all did in 2020 that became part of ‘quarantine culture’
So here is a list of the wild and crazy things that became a part of our quarantine culture. Many of us got really into baking when quarantine started, and one of the most popular things to bake was sourdough bread. During a time in which we didn’t have much control over our lives, it was certainly fun to have control over a sourdough starter. Just like feeding sourdough starter, accumulating an obnoxious number of house plants this year became very popular. What was your favorite (or least favorite) thing about quarantine culture?
Myra Arthur: My Life in Quarantine
She said she wanted to check for the flu and then asked if I would like to do a COVID test. It wasn’t the notorious COVID test that involves sticking the swab up your nose to nearly tickle your scalp. Then she checked my son’s COVID test result. My son’s symptoms mostly subsided the day after his first positive test. My husband has had no symptoms 7 days, and now 21 hours and 6 minutes, into quarantine.
29 moving images that paint the picture of an epic 2020
(2020 Getty Images.) (2020 Getty Images)A man holds up a sign near a burning building during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 29 in Minneapolis. (2020 Getty Images)A girl holds her fist in the air while visiting the memorial for George Floyd on June 9 in Minneapolis. (2020 Getty Images)An injured man rests in a chair after a large explosion on Aug. 4 in Beirut, Lebanon. (2020 Getty Images)
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff to self-quarantine after COVID-19 exposure with county employee
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced he is self-quarantining after coming into contact with a county employee who tested positive for COVID-19. Wolff says he is quarantining out of caution and will continue to work remotely while monitoring for symptoms. The judge says members of his office who were exposed will also be tested for COVID-19. The county employees who continue to work from the office will continue to follow health protocols, and county operations will continue as usual. KSAT will provide the latest COVID-19 county and city briefings here.
Staying at home and not exercising can be bad for your body, experts say
Experts with CNN say staying at home for long periods of time can weaken your heart, lungs and brain function. They say if you’re not exercising, you’re not raising your heart rate. In order to keep this from happening, experts recommend doing things to stay active and keep your body moving. Experts say exercising can also prevent weakened brain function. Experts suggest stretching and walking around after sitting for long periods of time.
11 times we were reminded there is good, despite the dud of a year we’ve had
Despite the fact that the entire world has been living through a pandemic, there has been a lot of good happening, and we have managed to find quite a bit of it. There are so many people doing good things, but we’ll start by sharing these 11 stories with you. It was some time before the two were reunited, but when they did, “they were laughing like teenagers.”Want to read more? Community raises $300K for injured, retired Army veteran’s new smart home: ‘Pam will never be alone’U.S. Army Sgt. “And I didn’t want to put anyone in danger.”Then, Knowles found out about some special face coverings for the deaf.
This time can be HARD. So tell us: Do you feel like you’re cracking?
Sure, some things have returned to a state of “normal,” or at least, as normal as can be expected. As the author of this story, and someone who writes/edits from home full-time while juggling toddlers and a recent out-of-state move, I usually just tell people I’m fine, when they ask. Tell us what you’re feeling. Loading…One final thing: It might feel good to fill out our form and vent a little bit (please -- I hope you do! ), but if you’re struggling or dealing with anything related to your mental health, or you’re feeling more than just “not OK,” please reach out to a trusted friend, family member or therapist.
A nationwide look: What’s happening at schools across the country?
Meanwhile, the largest district in the state that’s currently offering face-to-face instruction has now quarantined more than 1,150 students because of possible coronavirus exposure. According to numbers released Wednesday, around 70 students and staff members in the Cherokee County district have tested positive for COVID-19. Washington stateSeattle schools to start with remote teachingThe Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reported the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that directs the superintendent to explore creating outdoor classes.
Nothing new to watch on Netflix? Think again
At this point in 2020, you’re probably thinking that you’ve watched every movie, TV show and documentary on Netflix. (And with several streaming services -- Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, to name a few -- there was SO much to see). ‘The Last Dance’This ESPN documentary series about Michael Jordan’s time with the Chicago Bulls captivated America when it premiered at the beginning of the pandemic. In case you missed it, didn’t have access (or now you just want to relive all the magic again) you can finally watch it on Netflix. ‘The Umbrella Academy’The second season of “The Umbrella Academy” dropped on Netflix last month, and fans of the show can’t get enough.
Planning a trip? 12 states require Texans to quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns
Texas Many states have started requiring travelers to quarantine due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Texans, for example, are required to quarantine when visiting 12 states. Those states include:States with an asterisk (*) denote that travelers may bypass the 14-day quarantine if they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the 72-hours prior to arrival in that state. Greg Abbott lifted travel restrictions for visitors to Texas. More coronavirus headlines from KSAT:COVID-19 latest information for San Antonio, TexasMasks are encouraged but not mandated for Texas voters, election workers at polling locationsUS grapples with pandemic as WHO experts trace origins in China
Eminem wants you to wear a mask in new quarantine single alongside Kid Cudi
Both of the rappers are billed on this song, but after a listen, it seems like Eminem is the one being featured on a Kid Cudi song. Eminem, at one point, goes off about people not wearing masks in public:“Half of us walking around like a zombie apocalypse. Other half are just p----- off, and don’t wanna wear a mask and they’re just scoffing. 1 rapper advocating for public health in the middle of a pandemic. We didn’t expect to see Eminem becoming a public health advocate on our 2020 bingo card, but we are here for it.
NY, NJ, Conn. to quarantine Texans and other visitors from worse-off states
NEW YORK New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will require visitors from other states with high infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the travel advisory Wednesday at a briefing joined via video feed by New Jersey Gov. Cuomo said visitors from states over a set infection rate will have to quarantine. As of Wednesday states over the threshold included Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.
12 comfort foods you should totally make this month
This is the ultimate comfort food, right? Comfort foods are all about the casseroles (if you haven’t noticed, this is the third casserole on this list), and there is nothing better than this classic tuna noodle casserole. Subs are unequivocally considered comfort food, and the granddaddy of them all has to be a meatball sub. We haven’t had any breakfast foods featured yet, but there is no denying that breakfast is comfort food. Will you be making any of these comfort foods while enjoying the rest of 2020?
Why is San Antonio’s ‘Stay Home, Work Safe order’ being extended?
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council on Thursday morning unanimously voted to extend the coronavirus emergency orders. San Antonio City Council votes to extend ‘Stay Home Work Safe’ order through June 4One KSAT viewer said the 'Stay Home, Work Safe’ order was designed to flatten the curve, and wanted to ask the Mayor: Now that the curve has been flattened, why are you trying to extend it? According to the mayor, ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ orders allow accurate testing to continue and allows for proper responses to infected patients. Just because the curve has been flattened doesn’t mean coronavirus is gone, Nirenberg said. “If we don’t do that, then we risk more outbreaks and us potentially going backwards in terms of reopening,” Nirenberg said.
Longing for the Summer Olympics? This virtual Marble League might be the next best thing
Meet your newest obsession: Jelle’s Marble Runs. The idea for the Marble League was simple enough: What if marbles competed in a series of events? A man in the Netherlands made it happen, and now, his Marble League is getting so much attention that it deservedly got a shoutout from “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver. For all new fans, here are all the teams competing in Marble League 2020 and Marble League Showdown! But like most of us, Jelle’s Marble Runs has been facing some economic problems since the pandemic started.
Kim Kardashian Gives Off Major Christina Aguilera Vibes in Bikini and Chaps Quarantine Look
Quarantine's gotten so chaotic that Kim Kardashian West forgot to put on her pants! Her younger sister, Khloe Kardashian, poked some fun at the look, commenting, "Yeeeee haaaaaaawww." The pics are certainly giving off major Christina Aguilera vibes from her "Dirrty" era, when she wore chaps in her iconic music video. In fact, Kim's younger sister, Kylie Jenner, already recreated that exact look for Halloween in 2016, garnering Xtina's praise. Later that year, Kylie and Christina hung out at the "Beautiful" singer's birthday bash and the makeup mogul recreated the "Dirrty" look.
Rita Wilson on Naughty By Nature Remix and Getting Creative in Quarantine (Exclusive)
Quarantine has allowed Rita Wilson to tap into her most creative self. "In some ways, it's been a very creative time and in some ways, it's been a very reflective time. Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks, were among the first public figures to reveal they had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Proceeds of that remix will benefit MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will help members of the music community affected by the coronavirus pandemic. RELATED CONTENT:How Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Are Celebrating 32nd Wedding Anniversary After Recovering From CoronavirusTom Hanks Says Rita Wilson Had a 'Tougher Time' During Coronavirus BattleRita Wilson Remixes 'Hip Hop Hooray' With Naughty by Nature for COVID-19 Relief Fund: Listen!
Prince and the Revolution concert from 1985 to stream on YouTube all weekend
Well, in this case, party like it’s 1985, but regardless, you’ll be dancing to some classic Prince hits, thanks to his official YouTube channel. A live concert of Prince and his legendary band, The Revolution -- in Syracuse, New York in 1985 toward the end of their “Purple Rain” tour -- will be available to stream on YouTube all weekend beginning Friday, May 14 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. Viewers can donate money while watching the stream, and Google will match it. The concert was originally released as a VHS back in the day, so Prince fans who have been there from the very beginning might have seen this show. It should be a treat for newer Prince fans who never got to see the man himself in action, especially at the height of his career, when “Purple Rain” was first released.
How to cut your son’s hair at home -- for blondes, it’s a little different
We’ve showed you how to master the at-home haircut during quarantine, but cutting hair on people who are blonde -- well, it’s a whole other rodeo. A lot of mistakes can be hidden with people who have dark hair because, well, their hair is dark. It may be noticeable to them, but the average person walking down the street probably isn’t going to notice a chunk of hair not blended in. But for people with blonde hair, however, it’s a different story. That’s why StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan recruited busy mom Lauren once again to give one of her sons another at-home haircut, and luckily, her second son is a blondie.
Did you know you can give yourself a full spa treatment, with ingredients found in your own home?
The spa might be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself while quarantining, right? Believe it or not, there are tons of remedies for facial and hair treatments -- that you can do with ingredients that you probably already have deep in your cupboard or refrigerator. StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan had his friend Katrina show him just how easy it is to create a supple face mask and color correctors for hair with pantry item staples, such as milk, honey, and yes, even ketchup. It might seem a little strange at first, but using organic and natural ingredients like milk and honey can make a luxurious face mask -- and if your hair is damaged by the sun or chlorine from a pool, ketchup can take care of that right away. Obviously, nothing compares to a day trip to a spa, getting waited on hand and foot, but with a little imagination (and some at-home ingredients), you can turn your home into the spa of your dreams, even in quarantine.
Going gray a little sooner than expected? Join the ‘grombre’ movement
Meet Martha Truslow Smith, a graphic designer from North Carolina who got her first gray hair at the age of 14, as she wrote once on social media. Smith started coloring her hair to hide what was happening, but instead of gaining assurance, she felt anxious and misrepresented. Yes, Smith decided to stop fighting nature: by embracing the gray, and letting it grow out, regardless of her age. She started an Instagram account to document her journey -- you can find Smith @grombre -- and, get ready for this, at last check, the page had about 193,000 followers. Going “grombre,” by the way, isn’t so much a trend as much as it is a movement.
15 epic books you may finally have time to read now
Now might be the moment to dust off that book you've always vowed to read but never had time for. Yes, we all read these seven books years ago. There are classics and then there are classics, like these epic poems -- still read, taught and turned into Brad Pitt movies more than 2,500 years after they were written. Why not relive that epic series by going back to the source material -- the fantasy novels that put Westeros on the map? Two more books -- plus more seasons of the show -- are coming, which should keep “Outlander” fans fogged up through at least 2026.
How to fix a botched quarantine haircut? Buzz it
If you have short hair and your attempt to give yourself an at-home quarantine haircut didn’t go so well, your only option might be to buzz it. That’s what happened to StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan’s friend Scott, but luckily for him, a quick buzz cut (with the correct guard) fixed his botched hair in no time. Jordan also suggests using a guard that isn’t too short, so you can take away more hair if you desire. Once that hair is gone, it’s gone, so always be mindful of how much you’re taking off. You can watch the newest StyleWise video above, and make sure to like and subscribe to the StyleWise channel for more videos.
You can listen to Daniel Radcliffe read chapter one of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’
Having Harry Potter himself read them to you, of course! J.K. Rowling is gathering up some of her famous muggle friends to bring fans the ultimate Harry Potter quarantine entertainment. The entire first book in Rowling’s wizarding series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be available for fans to listen to, and each chapter will be read by a different celebrity once a week, starting off with Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter. The site is full of puzzles, quizzes and articles that focus on everything Harry Potter and Hogwarts. You can watch a video of Radcliffe reading chapter one of the book here, or listen to it on Spotify.
Residents enjoy Saturday at Riverwalk after new state orders to reopen Texas
San Antonio – Several people were out and about at the Riverwalk Saturday enjoying local businesses Governor Greg Abbott allowed to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some of those people stopped to answer a few questions in the middle of enjoying time with their families. I missed it.”“Looks like things are picking up a little bit, which is good,” said one resident. San Antonio businesses that will/won’t reopen this weekend under Texas governor’s planWhat things were you doing while you were stuck at home? “Fishing and stuff like that just to stay busy.”What activities are you doing at the Riverwalk?
Cleaning, sanitizing your makeup brushes has never been so important
If you’ve never thought about sanitizing your makeup brushes, now may be the time to do it. Hopefully you’re not sharing any makeup brushes while you’re quarantined, but even if you’re not -- making sure you have a clean makeup brush can help stop the spread of any kind of germs that may be residing on your face. Cleaning the brushes with soap and water is a step in the right direction, but Jordan suggests making sure you soak the brushes in isopropyl alcohol so they are fully sanitized. And if you’re worried about the brushes drying out, just soak them in some water and hair conditioner after the alcohol. Even when it comes to the packaging of makeup products, Jordan suggests finding ones that are in bottles or have pumps; that way, you don’t cross-contaminate while touching the product.
Disney selling face masks with beloved characters, donating proceeds to charity
Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people wear cloth face coverings in public settings, Disney is getting in on the face mask game, and making masks featuring your favorite Disney characters. Disney said the company would donate all profits from the sales in the U.S. of Disney’s cloth face masks to Medshare, now through Sept. 30. That’s right, you can have Baby Yoda on your face mask while you grocery shop at Trader Joe’s. In addition to donating the proceeds of these colorful masks, Disney said it will donate 1 million cloth face masks to children and families in vulnerable communities across the United States. From Elsa, Anna, Buzz and Woody, there is a face mask for every Disney fan.
5 banana bread recipes we’re drooling over
No, it’s just not you -- it seems that everyone is making banana bread during quarantine, and if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. Banana bread is really more of a cake than a bread, but regardless, it’s the perfect thing to make if you’re wanting to dip your toes into the wonderful world of baking bread. Most bread recipes are generally the same, but we searched the internet high and low to find the easiest-looking banana bread recipes, so you can impress your friends and family with your new-found baking skills. This is another easy banana bread recipe. It combines two of the greatest breads that have ever existed: cinnamon swirl bread, and obviously, banana bread.
How to get camera-ready for your next Zoom work meeting
With a lot of Americans working from their homes for the time being, meetings on Zoom have become the new normal. Just because you might be having your meeting from the comfort of your bed doesn’t mean that the professionalism of your workplace can’t exist at home -- so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re looking your best. StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan has a few simple ways you can easily transform your Zoom meeting aesthetic from casual at-home to business chic. Jordan says there are a few easy things you can do to improve the way you look on Zoom, including having a background with pop of color and having the perfect lighting. Check out Jordan’s latest StyleWise video, and make sure you like and subscribe to see more.
Everything you need to know before cutting your hair at home
But before you whip out the first set of scissors you see sitting around in the junk drawer, StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan has some helpful tips on what you need to know about giving yourself an at-home haircut. 1 Jordan recommends is having the proper scissors (or shears, if you’re fancy) to get the job done. Jordan recommends investing in a pair of thinning shears. The thinning shears are more forgiving and do a better job at blending the edges, as opposed to a regular pair of shears. You can check out the full StyleWise video, above, for some more advice.
7 concert films you should watch if you’re really missing live music
Some experts believe it could be more than a year until live concerts return to our daily lives, which is heartbreaking for people who love seeing live music. So until then, the next best thing to do is watch a concert movie from one of your favorite artists. Look no further than Beyoncé's “Homecoming,” her live concert that was filmed in 2018 when she headlined Coachella, the Southern California music festival. From the costumes, dancing and marching band music arrangements, Beyoncé transformed Coachella into “Beychella,” and we’re lucky enough that the entire show is documented. Not only is Timberlake’s music incredible catchy, but the production value that went into this show, especially the choreography, makes it worth visiting.
‘Little Fires Everywhere’ should be your next quarantine TV binge
Before we dive in on how this TV show is a masterclass on race, class and motherhood, let’s talk about how it came together. Based off the book by the same name by Celeste Ng, the TV adaptation stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as two mothers who live in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The co-stars are also executive producers on the show, having a heavy hand in the choices made to adapt the book into a TV series. The first few episodes are a slow burn as we get introduced to the residents of Shaker Heights, but by the middle of episode three, you are completely hooked and it becomes difficult to stop watching. and you can’t fathom watching another season of “The Office,” take a look at “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu.
Want the perfect 'quarantine haircut’? Make sure you’re choosing the correct clippers
If you’ve never given yourself (or a someone else) a quick haircut, you’ll soon realize why cosmetology school exists. Anyone who has gone to the barber knows that they use different clippers to measure how much hair comes off. Most people run into trouble while cutting their hair at home because they start with too short of a guard, Jordan said. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. As always, practice makes perfect to nail a quarantine haircut at home, so don’t beat yourself up too badly if it looks like you cut your hair with a weed whacker as opposed to an electric razor.
States have begun unveiling plans to reopen but whether it’s safe to do so is still unclear
President Donald Trump, who has said governors will call the shots on when to reopen their state, said Thursday the states with the lowest number of cases could begin reopening "literally tomorrow." Meanwhile, an influential model of the virus that's often cited by the White House says some states with a low number of cases could begin lifting measures starting May 4. Montana, still recording one of the lowest numbers of cases in the country, says it's not prepared to reopen. The governor also directed retail stores to begin reopening April 24 and instead deliver products to customers' cars and homes. He said the process of reopening the state will happen gradually and will be guided by medical experts.
You should revisit these 11 movie franchises while quarantined
Luckily for us, there are tons of films that have gone on to become major movie franchises, with sequel after sequel bringing back some of the most beloved characters of all time. So, if you want to take a break from binging “The Office” for the 10th time and want to dig in to some classics, consider watching these movie franchises from front to back. ‘Star Wars’Writer and director George Lucas created a movie about a team of rebels fighting evil in a galaxy far, far away, and it’s gone on to become one of the most influential movie franchises of all time. ‘Toy Story’A lot of the movie franchises are for teens and adults, but the “Toy Story” movies are great because the entire family can enjoy them. ‘Marvel’Anyone who has gone to see a Marvel movie knows that there are a ton of them.
This is how you make the internet-famous whipped coffee
You might have seen people posting about making a whipped coffee at home, otherwise known by its proper name, Dalgona Coffee. Dalgona Coffee is a whipped coffee concoction floating on top of your specific choice of milk with ice. You mix together 2 tablespoons of instant coffee and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Mix the ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer or by hand until the mixture is whipped and fluffy. Pour in hot or cold milk -- whichever you like -- and top it with the whipped coffee mixture.
Struggling to stay sober? Curious about cutting back? This app just might save you
It includes sober dating, travel information, community groups, booze-less guides, where to find the best mocktails; you name it. Gottlieb said there has been a lot of interest in Loosid’s “sober curious” groups. How can the app help? For example, select “I just relapsed and I need help” or “Weekend and holiday support,” and you’ll be linked with people and resources. “Some people are coming out of the hospitality industry -- people with no money, who need help now,” Gottlieb said.
You can watch these new movies from the comfort of your couch
Thanks to the power of video on demand with streaming services Amazon Prime and Apple TV, most of the movies that planned on hitting theaters during this time are now available to watch from the comfort of your own couch. The movie tells a story of a modern world run by mythical creatures who use magic to do amazing things. ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’The final installment of the “Star Wars” movies already hit theaters around the holidays, but it’s now available to buy digitally so you can watch it at home. Since the rest of the “Star Wars” movies are on Disney+, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up there soon. It’s a psychological thriller that probably isn’t for everyone, but it is available to purchase and watch at home.
We might be getting one more ‘Tiger King’ episode, according to show’s Jeff Lowe
One of the stars of the series, Jeff Lowe, made a personalized Cameo for Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner, and Lowe announced that one more episode is still to come in the epic “Tiger King” saga. So our friend @christie_dish listened to the podcast, @HoldingKourt and after last weeks episode decided to send us this!!! 🚨BREAKING NEWS FOLKS🚨There will be 1 more episode of #TigerKing on@Netflix pic.twitter.com/YeRSIlDKTJ — Justin Turner (@redturn2) April 4, 2020“Netflix is adding one more episode. Netflix hasn’t actually confirmed a new episode of the show, but given its huge popularity while everyone is stuck inside quarantining, it makes sense for the streaming network to capitalize on the “Tiger King” phenomenon while it’s still hot. Oh, and if you still haven’t hunkered down on your couch to watch “Tiger King” yet, what are you waiting for?
These YouTube tutorials might help with cutting your own hair
Snip, snip, it’s time to learn how to cut your own hair. With hair salons and barbershops shut down in many states across America during the pandemic, many people are looking for ways on how they still have a fresh haircut without leaving home. Do-it-yourself haircut tutorials have been on YouTube for years, but now, more than ever, people are looking for fresh content to help them feel a little bit more themselves during this unsettling time period. Here are a few different videos, if you’re brave enough to attempt something like this. Short hair:Long hair: