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As schools in Kashmir stay closed, millions of children lose education

A high-achiever at her government school in Jammu and Kashmir, Nadiya Akbar wants to pursue her dream of studying medicine - Joe Wallen
A high-achiever at her government school in Jammu and Kashmir, Nadiya Akbar wants to pursue her dream of studying medicine – Joe Wallen

Pausing to catch her breath, Nadiya Akbar, 16, squats on a rocky precipice overlooking the miniature houses of her village of Wagoora nestled in the valley below.

Since last August, Ms Akbar has had too much time to think. A high-achiever at her government school in Jammu and Kashmir, Ms Akbar’s parents had pooled together their savings in anticipation of Ms Akbar pursuing her dream of studying medicine.

Now, one year on, her dream lies in tatters and she has been forced to drop out of school and herd her family’s livestock to make ends meet.

“I was developing a severe infection in my right ear and I used to go to a local hospital where doctors treated me,” explained Ms Akbar. “I think that was the

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31 Simple Ways Experts Stay Resilient, Hopeful, And *Happy* During The Toughest Times

Photo credit: D’Ara Nazaryan
Photo credit: D’Ara Nazaryan

From Women’s Health

  • This year’s been a doozy for your mental health, no doubt. Enter: the WH coping manual to help you survive and thrive through any emotional disaster (as well as the small stuff you still sweat)…and crush it every step of the way.

How are you? Seriously, check in with yourself. What was the answer? “Fine”? “Not great, but I don’t want to complain because people have it worse”? “Ready to blast off to space”? It’s no secret that 2020 has felt like an active volcano, in which spewing news cycles are followed by simmering states of despair.

Now for the good: There’s a ton of actions you can take to Keep. Moving. Forward. So fantasize for a minute here. If you want to learn to play tennis, you’d (in an alternate universe) call Serena Williams. Biz advice? You might go to Sheryl Sandberg.

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As More Schools Stay Online, One That Opened Now Has a Virus Problem

Greenfield Central Junior High School in Greenfield, Ind., where some students were ordered to quarantine for two weeks after a student tested positive for the coronavirus on the school's first day with students back, July 31, 2020. (A J Mast/The New York Times)
Greenfield Central Junior High School in Greenfield, Ind., where some students were ordered to quarantine for two weeks after a student tested positive for the coronavirus on the school’s first day with students back, July 31, 2020. (A J Mast/The New York Times)

One of the first school districts in the country to reopen its doors during the coronavirus pandemic did not even make it a day before being forced to grapple with the issue facing every system actively trying to get students into classrooms: What happens when someone comes to school infected?

On the first day of classes Thursday, a call from the county health department notified Greenfield Central Junior High School in Indiana that a student who had walked the halls and sat in various classrooms had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Administrators began an emergency protocol, isolating the student and ordering everyone who had come into close

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How to stay safe on vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic

How to stay safe on vacation during the pandemic
How to stay safe on vacation during the pandemic

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Summer is often the time for road trips, beach vacations, and camping getaways. But amid the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are understandably hesitant to travel, even as many states start to lift stay-at-home orders. Despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stresses that staying home is the best way to protect both yourself and others from getting sick, more and more people are choosing to get away this season after months in quarantine.

Over the last month, there’s been a surge in rental home reservations, campsite bookings, and even RV rentals. Airbnb says it’s received more bookings from May 17 to June 3 than it did in 2019 while campsites across the country continue to report

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Is it safe to stay in a hotel amid the coronavirus pandemic?

As travelers slowly begin to get back on the road and in the air amid the coronavirus pandemic, they may be wondering if it’s safe to stay in a hotel. 

Hotels have rolled out a slew of cleaning and safety programs, and last week the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the hotel industry’s major trade group, released a checklist for guests who plan to stay in hotels.

“Utilizing these best practices, including requiring face coverings and practicing social distancing in public spaces, will create an even safer environment for all our guests and employees,” Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA, said in a statement. “We applaud governors who have standardized the use of face coverings in all indoor public spaces and we urge all lawmakers to help make this a national standard by implementing this requirement in their states.” 

3 nights, 3 hotels: What it’s really like to

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Are you worried about your elderly parents? 8 tips to help seniors stay mentally acute in isolation

Fitness coordinator Janet Hollander leads session of Balcony Boogie from outside Willamette Oaks in Eugene, Ore. for residents isolated in apartments during pandemic, April 21, 2020.
Fitness coordinator Janet Hollander leads session of Balcony Boogie from outside Willamette Oaks in Eugene, Ore. for residents isolated in apartments during pandemic, April 21, 2020.

Just what we need: Another reason to fear and loathe COVID-19.

If your loved ones are old, ill and confined to an assisted living or senior care home, you already know they are especially vulnerable to the killer virus, as the devastating death statistics in nursing homes attest. 

But you might not realize the efforts to protect them by isolating them has potentially dangerous consequences, too.

This became alarmingly obvious to Mary Ann Sternberg after her longtime partner, Ron, a retired psychologist who has Parkinson’s disease, was confined to the grounds along with the rest of the residents of his high-quality assisted living community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after they all went into lockdown in March. 

The residents couldn’t go out and their relatives

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Scottish island asks visitors to stay away ‘for now’

eigg - Getty
eigg – Getty

The Scottish island of Eigg has closed all self-catering, hostel and guest house accommodation until August 31 to discourage visitors. 

A majority of locals were in favour of not opening up the island when Scottish tourism resumed on July 15, a vote revealed.

The 110-strong community-owned island in the Inner Hebrides said it has “agonised” over the decision, which was taken to protect vulnerable residents and because of limited capacity on ferries.

Scotland is marking its first weekend of the tourism sector reopening, and Nicola Sturgeon has urged people to not “drop their guard”.

Hoteliers in Scotland complained earlier this week that a growing number of English guests are calling to cancel their summer bookings amid ongoing uncertainty over quarantine rules.

The Scottish government had suggested it could impose a 14-day quarantine  on travellers from England. 

Follow all the latest travel news below.

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How to Stay Safe While Taking an Uber or Lyft, According to Experts

Photo credit: Thomas Tolstrup - Getty Images
Photo credit: Thomas Tolstrup – Getty Images

From Prevention

  • This week, both Lyft and Uber announced new methods of making their transportation services safer for drivers and riders.

  • Lyft will provide vehicle partitions to all of its drivers, while Uber is stocking up some drivers with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.

  • Medical scholars say all activities come with some risk these days, but one said she recently took a rideshare to the hospital and “didn’t worry about it.”

It’s understandable that you’re probably a little more nervous these days about doing formerly normal stuff, like swimming in a public pool, go to the hair salon, or use a rideshare service. And, while there are risks associated with doing pretty much anything outside of your home, services like Uber and Lyft are trying to make the experience as safe as possible for you.

Case in point: Lyft just announced that the company is

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Going back to the gym? Here’s what you need to stay safe

Is it safe to go back to the gym? Here's what you need to know
Is it safe to go back to the gym? Here’s what you need to know

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After months of being closed, gyms and fitness studios have started to reopen in 43 states amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s part of the first phase of the White House’s guidelines for opening up America, which state that gyms can open if they “adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols.” However, while many people are excited to finally get back to the weight rack or the yoga studio, some are understandably skeptical about how safe it is to return to the gym.

Whether or not you should go back to the gym right now is a hotly-debated topic. Some of the major concerns include shared equipment, reduced airflow, and the congregation of a lot

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Local gyms, yoga studios try to stay afloat as they sue NY, challenging indoor use ban

Charlie Link has run Phoenix Fitness from a large former warehouse in Tuckahoe, N.Y., for more than 18 years.

With about 1,000 customers, Phoenix has been a profitable passion.

But with his speech-therapist wife out of work due to the coronavirus and the state continuing to ban the operation of indoor fitness businesses, Link’s 19th year in business is in doubt and, moreover, so is his future in the area.

“I can probably hang on another couple of months, at most,” the Eastchester resident said of his business.

Despite some members donating funds to him, he added, “If this continues, I’ll probably sell my house and move.”

The “this” is both the coronavirus and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to it. 

Tobi Kundid, owner and director of Tovami Yoga in Mamaroneck for five years, demonstrates yoga poses in her studio July 14, 2020. Kundid is trying to stay afloat with virtual

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