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Cornell says in-person learning is best for public health

As colleges around the country grapple with how to reopen in the fall, Cornell University’s president on Tuesday announced that it will welcome students back to campus — an option she said is best not only for their education, but also public health.

The Ivy League university decided that compared with holding classes only online, residential learning would be safer for students and the wider community because it can ask students to participate in a screening program to detect and contain any spread of the coronavirus, President Martha Pollack said.

“The key consideration in our decision to reopen is public health,” Pollack said in a statement.

In contrast, many other universities around the country, citing concerns for the health of students and faculty, have developed plans to bring smaller numbers of students to campus or emphasize online instruction. Dozens of others have announced plans to reopen with modifications to campus

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Doctors plead with holidaymakers to heed social distancing after public packed beaches

Crowds gathered on the beach in Bournemouth on Thursday, as temperatures soared. - PA
Crowds gathered on the beach in Bournemouth on Thursday, as temperatures soared. – PA

Doctors have pleaded with holidaymakers to practise social distancing ahead of the tourism industry reopening next weekend.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has set out guidelines for people in England, who will be allowed to visit hotels, bed and breakfast facilities and campsites from July 4.

It comes as thousands have flocked to beaches and beauty spots on Thursday – the hottest day of the year so far – prompting a major incident to be declared in Bournemouth.

The BMA has advised people not to travel if they are ill or have any Covid-19 symptoms, including a cough, temperature or loss of smell or taste.

The doctors’ union has also said holidaymakers should be prepared to self-isolate for 14 days if anyone in their “bubble” develops symptoms or is told to do so by the NHS

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Millions Are Unemployed. Crises Abound. Is It Time To Guarantee Public Service Jobs?

“Is there a limit to how much we can care for each other?”

That’s the radical question at the heart of economist Pavlina Tcherneva’s timely new book, ”The Case for a Job Guarantee,” due to be published this month. 

The 128-page book went to print in December when the U.S. unemployment rate was near a postwar low of 3.5%. Yet that figure obscured the harsh realities of the economy it’s so often used to describe. Hallowed growth of the economy was less a rising tide than a wave that pummeled most and allowed a select few to surf. 

Average real incomes for the bottom 90% of families fell from 2009 to 2012, the first three years of the post-Great Recession recovery. By 2017, that average was 2.2% lower than in 1997. And as wages continued their decades-long stagnation, planet-heating emissions soared and storms and fires grew more

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Kate Middleton Steps Out for Her First Public Appearance Since Quarantine

Kate Middleton just made her first public appearances since quarantining due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On June 18, The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Fakenham Garden Center while Prince William spent time at Smiths the Bakers to discuss how local businesses are dealing with the international health crisis. Earlier this week, the Duke of Cambridge thanked essential emergency workers in person at an ambulance station at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for their efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“As non-essential shops start reopening in parts of the UK, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited two independent businesses to hear how they have been impacted by coronavirus, and how they are returning to a new normal,” reps wrote on the official Kensington Royal Instagram page.

Kate Middleton reportedly wore a padded vest by Fjallraven, skinny jeans from Massimo Dutti, a linen shirt from Jaeger, and her famous Superga sneakers to

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Public health workers fighting COVID-19 are threatened, forced out of jobs

Emily Brown was stretched thin.

As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado, she was working 12- and 14-hour days, struggling to respond to the pandemic with only five full-time employees for more than 11,000 residents. Case counts were rising.

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She was already at odds with county commissioners, who were pushing to loosen public health restrictions in late May, against her advice. She had previously clashed with them over data releases and control and had haggled over a variance regarding reopening businesses.

But she reasoned that standing up for public health principles was worth it, even if she risked losing the job that allowed her to live close to her hometown and help her parents with their farm.

Then came the Facebook post: a photo of her and other health officials with comments about their weight and references

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Fox News and 25 More Companies That Faced Public Backlash

No matter how great the product or how strong the marketing, no company is immune to public backlash. For decades, consumers have used their wallets to make a statement, from the political to the personal.

And in the social media age, negative news spreads faster than ever. Here are 26 examples of companies that faced outrage for actions that range from launching thoughtless advertising campaigns to producing dangerous chemicals. Find out what these companies did that inspired public outcry.

Last updated: June 15, 2020. Pictured: Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018.

Host Tucker Carlson, in the June 8 edition of his Fox News program “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” said about the growing anti-racism protests across the country, “This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but it is definitely not about black lives, and remember that when … Read More

Public health workers fighting virus face growing threats

Emily Brown was stretched thin.

As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado, she was working 12- and 14-hour days, struggling to respond to the pandemic with only five full-time employees for more than 11,000 residents. Case counts were rising.

She was already at odds with county commissioners, who were pushing to loosen public health restrictions in late May, against her advice. She had previously clashed with them over data releases and control and had haggled over a variance regarding reopening businesses.

But she reasoned that standing up for public health principles was worth it, even if she risked losing the job that allowed her to live close to her hometown and help her parents with their farm.

Then came the Facebook post: a photo of her and other health officials with comments about their weight and references to “armed citizens” and “bodies swinging

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Public health experts ranked 36 American activities based on risk

As more and more states begin phases of reopening, many Americans are now wondering what is safe to do and what should still be avoided to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“There’s a huge amount of variation from business to business, from area to area, in how much transmission risk there is for resuming economic activity,” Dr. Katherine Baicker, of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, told Yahoo Finance’s The Ticker.

An analysis by MLive chose 36 American activities and asked four public health experts in Michigan to evaluate the risk of coronavirus exposure for each one. The doctors factored in whether the activity is inside or outside, proximity to others, length of potential exposure, likelihood of compliance, and personal risk level. 

Bars and large music concerts are the riskiest settings right now. (Graphic: David Foster/Yahoo Finance)

The experts gave a score to each activity, with

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