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How to Sew Comfortable and Protective Face Masks at Home

From Good Housekeeping

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Making a DIY face mask has become the top stay-home activity during the novel coronavirus outbreak – whether it’s for your own personal use or to donate to healthcare facilities. The CDC recommends wearing a face covering any time you go out in public, and several state and local governments are now requiring it as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. On top of that, medical face masks for healthcare workers have been running low due to high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Hospitals are asking for donations of N-95 respirators (the CDC-recommended masks for healthcare professionals working with infectious patients).

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Murphy Says We May Have To Stay Home Again

HOBOKEN, NJ — After saying on Saturday that the Hoboken Heath Department reported 13 new coronavirus cases Thursday and Friday, the most since mid-May, Mayor Ravi Bhalla sent out what he said was an “urgent appeal” on Monday.

“I’ve been in touch with Governor Murphy’s staff who have indicated to me that if rates of infections begin to rise, not only could certain re-openings be put on hold, but our state may again resort to stay-at-home orders to curb a further spread,” Bhalla said in a release. “According to the governor, today New Jersey had a rate of transmission (the rate COVID-19 spreads from one person to someone else) of over 1.0 for the first time in 10 weeks. In other words, every COVID-19 case is leading to at least one other infection, on average.”

Bhalla had a request:

“If you traveled to states on New Jersey’s quarantine list, quarantine

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Think WFH is a challenge? Not compared to WOFH: Working Out From Home

With many gyms closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, WFH is making way for WOFH: Working Out From Home.

“I use a lot of makeshift materials to work out,” says Anne Barreca, of Brooklyn, New York. Without access to a gym or swimming pool, she uses what’s in her environment for exercise, including the stairs leading to her third-floor walkup, groceries, resistance bands, furniture sliders, dish towels — even her 5-month-old son, Benjamin, whom she calls “the world’s cutest kettlebell.” He’s the perfect size for squats and lunges (“comes with the noises too,” her husband, Brian, jokes).

Image: Anne Barreca (Courtesy of Barreca family)
Image: Anne Barreca (Courtesy of Barreca family)

“It’s better than nothing,” Barreca said. “Something is always better than just being lazy or sitting around. … There’s no such thing as a perfect workout.”

Exercising using one’s body weight or with what’s available, of course, isn’t a new phenomenon.

In 1976’s “Rocky,” the underdog

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USC reverses robust fall reopening plans, asks students to stay home for online classes

USC students are being asked to stay home and continue their education online in the fall amid the coronavirus crisis. <span class="copyright">(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)</span>
USC students are being asked to stay home and continue their education online in the fall amid the coronavirus crisis. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Amid the alarming surge in coronavirus spread, USC announced it will no longer bring all undergraduates back to campus for the fall semester and will move to mainly online classes, reversing an earlier decision to welcome students back for a hybrid model.

The decision, announced by Provost Charles Zukoski late Wednesday night, came the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom announced tougher restrictions on indoor activities. Zukoski recommended that students not return to campus for the semester and instead continue their education online.

“The once-in-a-century COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of our lives — the way we interact, work, and socialize — and with each new permutation of the pandemic, we must find ways to thrive,” Zukoski wrote.

“Given the continuing safety restrictions and

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Daily Harvest’s New Flatbreads And Ice Creams Make Summer At Home Easier

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Summer is usually all about relaxation, but this summer has been anything but usual. You’ve probably been busy acquiring new sautéing, soufflé-ing and sourdough-baking skills after spending the past few months at home more than anywhere else. 

After a stressful few months of mostly staying at home, you’re likely pretty tired of your own cooking and craving a change — possibly even a healthier one, if your isolation eating habits have been out of the norm.

If the unrelenting monotony of quarantine cleanup has you dreaming of healthy prepared meals and fantasizing about dishes

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Tools to help you get those home workouts in gear

Just because you don’t have or want to share access to your usual equipment right now, doesn’t mean you have to skip your routine. It just means it’s time to consider a new one. With props like resistance bands and loops, ankle and hand weights, yoga balls, mats, sliders and more, you can create your own gym in the comfort of your own home. Check out these space-saving props and all the fitness moves you can do with them.

INDULGE Fitness Editor Ginger Harris.
INDULGE Fitness Editor Ginger Harris.

Mat About You

It’s probably the most important prop you’ll need for your home gym. The one that will happily let you walk all over it. It’s your mat. While most mats are long and thin, often you’ll find yourself spending more time on the floor than the mat, should you move in any direction that isn’t horizontal. Enter Babe + Co’s uniquely shaped mat, which

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COVID hasn’t stopped the housing market, but good luck finding a home you can afford

The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the competitive side in Laura Galeazzo as she searches for her forever home in Rochester, New York.

Galeazzo, a 33-year-old running coach at McKirdy Trained, an online coaching service for runners, has viewed a dozen houses and put offers on three of them, only to come up short as other buyers outbid her and her husband.

She fell in love with one of the first houses they bid on at an open house. The colonial-style, four-bedroom house with 2.5 baths was recently updated with a new roof, furnace and AC. 

But an older couple in their 50s stood in front of the open house during the entire time so they could beat other families to the punch as soon as it ended. 

“They stared people down to mark their territory,” Galeazzo said, adding that the older couple ended up getting the home when they

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10 Home and Away spoilers for next week

From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow for UK-pace episodes on Channel 5.

Next week’s Home and Away episodes see John Palmer suffer a sudden health scare, while Mackenzie Booth has a new love triangle and Jasmine Delaney’s strange behaviour around baby Grace begins to escalate.

Here’s a full collection of ten big moments coming up.

1. John is rushed to hospital

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

After collapsing during the Parata family’s housewarming party, John is rushed into hospital. Results confirm that he has suffered a brain aneurysm and his loved ones anxiously wait for further news.

Although John’s condition is later stabilised, his motor skills have been affected by his health scare and there may be a long recovery process.

2. John makes a difficult decision

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

Marilyn is distraught by John’s hospital dash and she can’t stop herself from constantly fussing over him. Although

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Domino’s expands delivery options, home buying moves online

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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FOOD SERVICE:

— Domino’s Pizza is now offering carside delivery service, allowing customers to stay in their cars while one of the pizza company’s workers delivers their order to them.

The chain said Monday that customers can choose the new contactless carryout option when placing a prepaid order online. It is available in U.S. stores.

When a customer places a carside delivery order online, they’ll be prompted to add their vehicle color, make and model, which will be used to identify them when they arrive at the store. Customers can also choose where they’d like their order placed — the passenger side, back seat, trunk or the option to decide when they arrive.

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Home and Away’s Jasmine Delaney posts strange messages an online forum

From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow for UK-pace episodes on Channel 5.

Home and Away’s Jasmine Delaney makes a worrying move next week, living out a fantasy that baby Grace is her biological child.

Jasmine (Sam Frost) has been focusing all of her attentions on Grace since suffering the tragic loss of her partner Robbo and experiencing a false pregnancy.

The nurse’s behaviour has sparked some suspicion from Grace’s uncle Justin Morgan (James Stewart), but the little one’s mum Tori is adamant that Jasmine can be trusted.

Next week, Jasmine continues to carry out babysitting duties after Tori (Penny McNamee) is called into work at the hospital.

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

Related: Home and Away reveals more concern over Jasmine Delaney in 30 new spoiler pictures

Justin is unsettled by the thought of Jasmine and Grace having time alone together, so he decides to take the baby back

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