Blog Archive

0

Expert shopping: Coronavirus face shields

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.

Editor’s note: As we will report below, experts agree that face shields — and face masks — do not replace or relieve the need to wash your hands and social distance, and they absolutely do not alone prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As cases surge across the country, more than half of U.S. states require wearing face coverings while in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Many retailers have begun selling non-medical masks and masks with extra protection, like insertable filters or antimicrobial materials. Another new protective trend? Face shields. Shields comprise an often curved plate of plastic that hovers

Read More
0

If you absolutely have to visit the DMV, here’s what to expect

People without appointments wait in line for the Hollywood DMV field office to open on July 16. <span class="copyright">(Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)</span>
People without appointments wait in line for the Hollywood DMV field office to open on July 16. (Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)

For most people who have been through the experience, darkening the doorstep of a bricks-and-mortar California DMV field office is not unlike a trip to the dentist — something to be done only when absolutely necessary and only after all other options have been exhausted. That desire for avoidance is stronger right now, with the Golden State recently setting a new one-day record for coronavirus cases.

Actually visiting the DMV wasn’t an option for a while. In late March, all field offices statewide shuttered in response to COVID-19 concerns. It wasn’t until six weeks later that 25 offices opened back up to appointment-holding customers, and it wasn’t until June 11 that the rest of the field offices were back open for transactions that needed to be completed

Read More
0

Teachers are not the public-sector workers who most deserve a pay rise

Children stop for a socially distanced lunch at St Alban's Catholic Primary School - David Rose
Children stop for a socially distanced lunch at St Alban’s Catholic Primary School – David Rose

SIR – My daughter has not been at school for more than four months.

The evidence points to school-age children being among those least at risk from coronavirus. However, children’s charities have seen a vast rise in the numbers making contact during the lockdown, which strongly suggests that theirchildren’s mental health is suffering as a result of not being in school. Meanwhile, the public and independent school sector has continued to provide a far higher standard of pupil engagement and education than the state sector.

While most many thousands of people have just got on with things over lockdown – and many have served the public above and beyond the call of duty – so II therefore find it astonishing that teachers across the land are to be granted pay rises of between 2.75

Read More
0

Unemployment showdown + Team Draymond gains allies on dentist bill + Assessors speak out on ‘split-roll’

Happy Wednesday! You’ve made it to the middle of the week. Treat yourself by taking a break and reading our latest newsletter.

LATEST ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

More than 4 million Californians are paying their bills with help from the special $600 weekly unemployment payments Congress authorized in March as the coronavirus outbreak took hold. That deal expires this week, and lawmakers still are not set on a plan.

Here’s the latest from the team in the McClatchy Washington Bureau:

Senate Republicans are seeking to reduce — but not eliminate — unemployment benefits related to the pandemic that are expiring at the end of this month, so that recipients are not making more money from the benefit than they did while working.

Republicans are rallying behind a reduction in the extra federal benefit. One idea under discussion is to lower the $600 weekly benefit to a flat amount. Another proposal

Read More
0

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

Read More
0

50 Easy Things You Should Do To Save Money

If it seems like the world is getting more expensive, that’s because it is. The cost of consumer goods is rising, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on fun times just yet. There are still ways to live well in a higher-priced world. By using these strategies, you can keep more of your paycheck for yourself.

Just because something is really expensive right now, that doesn’t mean it will be in three months.

“Timing is everything when it comes to shopping,” said Jon Lal, founder and CEO of online coupon and cash-back website BeFrugal. “Time your purchases with the seasonality and popularity of items, and get it in the off-season or when stores have too much inventory.”

If you’re not taking advantage of a high-yield savings account, you are missing out on free money. When you’re putting money away for … Read More

0

Tesco starts online refillable container trial

Tesco is trialling a scheme in the UK where online shoppers will get products in reusable packaging.

The supermarket giant is joining forces with Loop, which styles itself as a “zero waste shopping platform”.

The trial covers 150 items, which will be delivered in reusable containers for which consumers pay a deposit.

Greenpeace said rising demand for home deliveries due to the lockdown gave “a real opportunity for innovation in reusable packaging”.

Tom Szaky, the chief executive of Loop, said the UK service would start off as a pilot, but would be delivering to the whole of the UK mainland, including Northern Ireland.

Customers will apply for the service by clicking on a link on the Tesco website, and will then be able to order their delivery, which will come in a bag via courier firm DPD.

After using the products, which include Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Persil washing liquid, Coca-Cola,

Read More
0

Tesco launches online refillable container trial

Tesco is trialling a scheme in the UK where online shoppers will get products in reusable packaging.

The supermarket giant is joining forces with Loop, which styles itself as a “zero waste shopping platform”.

The trial covers 150 items, which will be delivered in reusable containers for which consumers pay a deposit.

Greenpeace said rising demand for home deliveries due to the lockdown gave “a real opportunity for innovation in reusable packaging”.

Tom Szaky, the chief executive of Loop, said the UK service would start off as a pilot, but would be delivering to the whole of the UK mainland, including Northern Ireland.

Customers will apply for the service by clicking on a link on the Tesco website, and will then be able to order their delivery, which will come in a bag via courier firm DPD.

After using the products, which include Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Persil washing liquid, Coca-Cola,

Read More
0

Online school? In-person? How parents are making their own fall 2020 decisions as COVID-19 squabbles continue

As officials play political football with K-12 school re-openings, parents such as Johanne Davis are formulating their own game plans for the fall.

“To exercise an abundance of caution, I’d like to keep my kids home with me where they’ll study online,” says Davis, a mother of three from Indian Land, South Carolina, one of countless states where COVID-19 cases have spiked in recent weeks.

“Health is the issue, not just for my children, but also school workers,” says Davis. “Teachers shouldn’t have to be frontline soldiers in this pandemic.”

Families across the nation are busy making their own calculations about whether to send children back to school. While Davis seems resolved, many parents are still mulling.

Johanne Davis, left, in a photo with her three children. Davis and her husband say they're both fortunate enough to work from home and can manage the children if they have to spend a lot of next year studying remotely. But she acknowledges that hers is a privileged position not afforded to lower-income parents grappling with child care in order to go off to work.
Johanne Davis, left, in a photo with her three children. Davis and her husband say they’re both fortunate enough to work from home and can manage the children if they have to spend
Read More
0

They might as well have put up barbed wire round the GP’s surgery

An app on a doctor's phone that remotely reads a stethoscope - Paul Grover for the Telegraph
An app on a doctor’s phone that remotely reads a stethoscope – Paul Grover for the Telegraph

SIR – I was reading the letter by Professor Martin Marshall, the chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, regarding the role of GPs during the pandemic, until I reached his remark: “It has been business as usual in general practice throughout the pandemic.” I nearly fell off my chair.

Short of putting up a barbed-wire fence round our local GP surgery, they have done just about everything else to dissuade patients from contacting them.

I have been bombarded with SMS messages, telling me what they weren’t prepared to do, which for most of the time was just about everything.

“Stay away,” was the clear message coming out, even if the surgery was actually open at times.

How can supermarket employees on a minimum wage continue to serve us, face to face,

Read More