Medicine

How To Navigate The First Kiss During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Debbie C., a self-employed 20-something from Washington, D.C., had a standard criteria for men she was dating prior to the coronavirus pandemic: Has he been married ― and if so, for how long? Are they officially divorced? Does he want children? Does he have children? Is he voting for Donald Trump? Does he have a soul patch? 

Three months into the pandemic, Debbie’s list has gotten a lot more complicated. New, safety-minded questions have come up: Who does he live with? Do any of his roommates work in a hospital or at a grocery store? Has he been to the hospital in the last three weeks? Who has he interacted with in person in the last few months? Is a mask-wearer? 

Even if a man does squeak by Debbie’s criteria, she isn’t raring to go on a first date anytime soon (even if she admits to being a little sexually

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Scientists want UK city to lift lockdown completely to see what happens

Shoppers in Southampton after restrictions were lifted on non-essential stores: Alamy Live News
Shoppers in Southampton after restrictions were lifted on non-essential stores: Alamy Live News

Scientists have proposed lifting lockdown completely in a UK city about the size of Southampton to see if coronavirus can be controlled through the weekly testing of residents.

A demonstration study is needed on a “medium-sized city” of around 250,000 people to see if regular testing and local quarantines could tackle Covid-19 outbreaks, according to a paper published in the Royal Society Open Science journal.

“It is a deep mystery to me why this idea has not gained traction,” said Julian Peto, professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who co-authored the paper with 10 other experts.

The group argued new saliva tests could make it possible to conduct mass weekly testing – with a full household quarantine imposed on anyone that tests positive.

Professor Peto told The Times that people forced

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3 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Feet Safe While Shoe Shopping

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Long before COVID-19 became a health concern when shoe shopping, foot conditions such as Athlete’s foot and plantar warts posed safety concerns. While the impact of the coronavirus continues to loom large, these more commonplace foot issues can still pose a health risk to the public and should not be ignored.

As retail continues to open up across the country, stores are taking a range of precautions to protect shoppers. At independent shoe stores, for example, footwear is often quarantined or disinfected after being tried on and sales associates are asking shoppers to refrain from touching the merchandise unnecessarily.

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However, when shopping at one of the many self-serve shoe chains today, monitoring try-ons is not as quite as practical or manageable. So, in order to protect the public from viruses or fungi that might be lingering inside a shoe,

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Mask shaming men won’t work. Here’s what will

A maskless Vice President Mike Pence visits the molecular testing lab at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., this spring. <span class="copyright">(Associated Press)</span>
A maskless Vice President Mike Pence visits the molecular testing lab at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., this spring. (Associated Press)

Darth Vader, the Minnesota Vikings and Mike Pence, who’s wearing a “Make America Great Again” face mask, walk into a bar.

That may sound like the setup to a very funny (and perhaps risqué) joke, but it also hints at how to solve a deadly serious problem: getting more people — particularly the swaggeringly toxic mask-averse males of the species — to don face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Although there’s certainly no shortage of antimask women out there (including a few in my own family tree), we’re focusing specifically on men here for two reasons. First, men are statistically more adversely affected by COVID-19 than women.

Second, a recently released study authored by researchers Valerio Capraro of London’s Middlesex University and Hélène

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The Future Of One-Night Stands In The Age Of Coronavirus

A 2017 survey of 500 Americans and 500 Europeans from Zava, an online doctor service, found that 66% of respondents have had a one-night stand at least once in their lives. But how comfortable will people be having more casual sexual encounters in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the new potential health risks involved?

First, it’s important to note that the virus is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets emitted when an infected person sneezes, coughs, breathes or speaks. Because sex typically involves close physical contact — like kissing and heavy breathing, for example — you’re at risk for contracting or spreading the virus. While the virus has been found in the semen of some COVID-19 patients, there’s currently no evidence that it can be transmitted this way. 

And while states have started opening up, social distancing guidelines are still in place — and likely will be until an effective

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The coronavirus isn’t done with us yet

Unlike the virus itself, COVID-19 relief is nearing an end. Temporary work visas will soon be harder to come by. And President Donald Trump has a new target: mail-in voting. 

It’s Alex, filling in for Ashley this week. 

But first, what’s the deal with Stonehenge? Researchers have discovered a ring of at least 20 “shafts” more than 32 feet in diameter and 16 feet deep in the United Kingdom, which could shed new light on the origins of the mystical stone circle.

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Second wave? We’re still riding the first

The World Health Organization on Sunday recorded the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases: more than 183,000. Brazil and the United States experienced the biggest increase at 54,771 and 36,617 cases, respectively. More than two-thirds of new deaths were also reported in the Americas. Some believe the

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‘You Step Up and Do It’

For New Orleans emergency nurse practitioner Carolyn Storck, putting others’ needs ahead of her own has always been second-nature — and nothing was going to change that, not even surgery during a pandemic.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic in March, Storck tells PEOPLE she had to undergo surgery after developing a severe case of Achilles tendonitis and a Haglund’s deformity.

Less than two weeks later, Storck — who is in her 40s — was back on the frontlines caring for COVID-19 patients, while also managing to keep the weight off her injured leg during 12-hour shifts by using a hands-free crutch.

“I might just be crazy, but it really did not feel that out of the norm,” she says. “I felt an obligation to my colleagues, and when people started calling out sick and we started looking for back-ups and on-call lists, there still was a gap.”

“If there is a

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Routine Pediatric Care During the Pandemic

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Pediatrician Shelly Vaziri Flais, M.D., discovered something surprising while caring for young children during the coronavirus pandemic. In normal times, she’ll smile at her infant patients, and they’ll often smile right back, a typical reaction for babies. Now, she keeps a mask on during every patient visit, to protect herself and her patients from potential COVID-19 transmission, and she didn’t expect her patients to be able to see her smiling at them from behind her mask. But they do.

“They still sense your smile in your eyes,” she says. And they smile right back.

Unfortunately, Varizi Flais, who practices in the Chicago area and is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, hasn’t been seeing enough of those infant smiles, or infants at all, lately.

Visits to her office for regular childhood checkups and

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how K-pop fans trolled Trump in Tulsa

K-pop band BTS performing on Jimmy Kimmel to adoring fans - GC Images
K-pop band BTS performing on Jimmy Kimmel to adoring fans – GC Images

The K-pop community on Twitter and other social media platforms seemed oddly silent in the last few weeks. Usually fervently chatting about their favourite pop idols in public, they were instead talking about Donald Trump. They had honed in on the fact that the US president, campaigning for re-election, would be hosting his first set piece event of the 2020 campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they had a plan to spoil it.

Lovers of South Korean pop music, also known as K-pop, have claimed the scalp of the most powerful man in the world, taking partial credit for poor attendance at a presidential campaign rally held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the weekend. It was the worst-kept secret: despite seemingly every teenager knowing about the plan worldwide, the Trump campaign seemed oblivious to what was going on, boastfully

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Politics latest news: Germany’s Covid R-rate rise is ‘concerning’

Boris Johnson's plans to liberalise Sunday trading laws look to be in trouble - JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Boris Johnson’s plans to liberalise Sunday trading laws look to be in trouble – JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The UK Government is closely watching the situation in Germany, where the reproduction rate of coronavirus has almost tripled in just a few days, with a minister saying this morning it was “concerning”. ​

Boris Johnson is expected to update his most senior Cabinet colleagues on the result of the two-metre rule as he prepares to reopen the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors early next month. The Prime Minister is expected to finalise plans with his C-19 strategy committee, setting out how pubs, restaurants, cafes and hairdressers can reopen in some form from July 4

But James Brokenshire, the security minister, told BBC Breakfast the international experience and understanding of the virus had evolved in recent weeks and the decision would be informed by “the best, most up to date science” and

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