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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“We Want To Make Sure It’s Safe For Them & For Us”

TAMPA, FL – JULY 16: Middle school teacher Brittany Myers, stands in protest in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – JULY 16: Middle school teacher Brittany Myers, stands in protest in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

It’s late July and across the country, tense conversations are taking place between teachers, parents, politicians, and state officials about reopening public schools. Coronavirus cases are spiking across the country, especially in states like Arizona, Florida, Texas, California, and Mississippi, and as reopening plans nevertheless push forward, there’s real fear that it’s only going to get worse. For teachers, this means coming to grips with the reality that they may be forced to re-enter the classroom before case numbers significantly decrease in their cities and states. Some are so scared of this that

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Black Reddit moderators say onslaughts of racism and abuse have become the norm. Now, they’re hoping new, stricter policies can make their spaces safe.

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  • In June, Reddit issued a new content policy that explicitly banned “communities and users that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability,” following pressure from users.

  • Several moderators of Black-designated subreddits spoke with Insider about their experience on the platform, which they say brings community, entertainment, and an onslaught of harassment. 

  • In the past, moderators of Black communities on the platform have had to implement their own safeguards against hate speech. Tactics have included going private, banning users, and, in one case, implementing a privacy feature called “country-club mode.”

  • While many say Reddit has not been sufficiently responsive in the past, recent measures are a “good first step” in moving forward, according to some moderators. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When the Reddit user TheYellowRose joined the platform in 2012, she was simply looking to “pursue memes.” But the now 30-year-old

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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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What’s Safe To Do Right Now? The Most Common COVID-19 Questions, Answered

With states in various stages of reopening, coronavirus cases are increasing across the country. And without standardized guidelines on how we’re supposed to behave, everyone seems to be living by their own rules.

Many of us are wondering: What is actually safe to do right now? Is it safe to fly or stay at a hotel? What about a road trip? Can you go to the dentist, restaurant or gym? 

HuffPost hosted a COVID-19 Q&A with Dr. Kavita Patel, HuffPost’s medical contributor and a practicing internal medicine physician in Washington, D.C., and Lindsay Holmes, HuffPost’s senior wellness editor, to get answers during this confusing time. Below are the most common questions readers asked during the event and some guidance on what to do:

Is it safe to go to restaurants right now? 

Patel: While there have been no reported cases of contracting the virus from prepared food, there have

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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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With a growing number of children infected by COVID-19, is it safe for kids to go back to school?

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, sixth-grader Salih Tas wears a mask as he has his temperature checked by a teacher during a STEM summer camp in Wylie, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, sixth-grader Salih Tas wears a mask as he has his temperature checked by a teacher during a STEM summer camp in Wylie, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

It’s a huge, huge topic with parents, teachers and school staff right now: Is it safe for kids to have in-person schooling in the middle of a global pandemic?

The decision has been left up to states and even individual school systems, and there’s a wide range of options that are planned for the fall. California Governor Gavin Newsom released strict guidance on Friday stating that public schools in counties being monitored for rising coronavirus cases cannot hold in-person classes and requiring school staff and students in grades 3 to 12 to wear face coverings. Others, like the state of Florida, are requiring all school districts to open for in-person instruction in the fall. And then there

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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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American Airlines flights are about to get busier, but will they be safe?

Boarding a flight at Miami International Airport was a breeze March through June, with waiting times at security checkpoints as low as two minutes, mostly empty hallways and half a dozen rows of free seating at many terminals.

But that’s about to change, as American Airlines — the airport’s largest carrier — pushes to satisfy flight demand and fill up the airport.

American Airlines is set to increase its flight schedule by 10 percent in July by reversing its previous policy of keeping half of all economy middle seats empty for social distancing purposes.

Juan Carlos Liscano, the vice president of American Airline’s hub operations in Miami, said the airline is confident that safety measures such as pre-flight COVID questionnaires, contactless check-ins, mandatory face masks, and deep cleans and hospital-standard ventilation in aircraft cabins could make up for the increased capacity on planes.

“One of the things that allows us

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‘Brandon Act’ Would Give Troops a Safe Word to Access Mental Health Care

Former Marine and Iraq War veteran Rep. Seth Moulton introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday that would make it easier for service members to seek mental health care outside their chain of command.

The Brandon Act, named for Navy Aircrew Aviation Electrician’s Mate Striker Brandon Caserta, who died by suicide two years ago this week in Norfolk, Virginia, would give service members a safe word that would trigger an immediate automatic referral to a mental health specialist for evaluation.

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According to the bill, H.R. 7368, if a service member uttered a selected phrase, it would trigger a referral “as soon as practicable” and in a confidential manner similar to the restricted reporting option available to victims of sexual assault in the U.S. military.

Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat who has spoken openly about his own struggles with post-traumatic

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