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Now that we are many months into the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of the public is infinitely more aware of the precautions necessary to help curb the spread of the infectious disease — mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing. And as we near flu season ― which runs from about October to early May every year ― questions around expected flu rates during the pandemic are front of mind for many medical professionals. Hope around reduced flu rates are met with concerns of Covid-19 and influenza co-infection. Since the pandemic began, the world’s thought process around the spread of infectious diseases has changed, according to Ali Raja, executive vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.“Specifically, the things that we have done, from wearing masks to hand-washing to physically distancing ourselves to even the cleaning,” Raja said. As with almost everything with the coronavirus pandemic, there is a level of uncertainty around what to expect from this completely unexpected virus. But there is reason to believe that mask-wearing, along with other precautions, may help lower flu rates this year. Below, experts shared their thoughts on the impact of Covid-19 mitigation measures on flu rates this fall and winter.Mask-wearing, and other public health safety methods, are expected to reduce flu rates overall but may vary by region. Raja said he is hopeful flu rates will drop as a result of the public health safety measures that we’ve taken to prevent Covid-19. HHowever, speaking about the situation in the US, Raja noted that there is a unique set of challenges when it comes to virus mitigation.“We still have to be ready for a typical flu season,” he said. “A lot of the countries that are reporting their flu data going way down actually have much more rigorous and much more universal precautions in place than we do in the US. While I’m really hopeful that our flu rates will drop the same way we’ve seen other countries in the Southern Hemisphere drop, I’m worried that, at least in certain parts of the country, we may not see much of a drop at all.”Flu rates will only decrease if everything is done properly, especially within schools.James Cherry, distinguished research professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, stated that children are the reservoir when it comes to influenza. The virus most often spreads from children to adults. He voiced concern around in-person learning and the risks that school could bring if school systems ― and the students, teachers and staff within the school systems ― do not adhere to all government guidelines. “With school reopenings, if they don’t do things right, children could bring the flu home to parents and high-risk people,” he said. Cherry added that in order for schools to control influenza and Covid-19, students and teachers need to be wearing masks, social distancing and washing their hands frequently. Get your flu jab to help reduce rates of influenza.To further reduce the spread and risk of the flu, Raja encourages the public to get the flu jab. There are many uncertainties associated with the coronavirus and its emergence during flu season, including the risk of co-infection.“We don’t know what co-infection with Covid and the flu is going to look like. I’m worried patients may end up more sick than either disease alone,” Raja said.Protecting yourself, and those around you, from the flu will also only help protect other members of society, which is crucial as Covid-19 continues to increasingly impact Black communities. “We already know Covid has really hit disproportionately our communities of colour and places that do not have very robust healthcare systems in place,” Raja said. “And if we don’t ramp up flu vaccinations and other preventative measures, then those communities are going to get hit even harder.”Related...
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Last year, T-Mobile announced a plan to provide 10 million low-income households free broadband internet to close what then-CEO John Legere called “the homework gap,” pitching it as one of the reasons that the company should be allowed to merge with Sprint. The company has now revealed that it has allocated $10.7 billion for that “Project 10Million” program over the next decade, with the goal of making it available to K-12 students who participate in the national school lunch program for low-income families.
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Mariah Carey has shared her thoughts on an interview she gave on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show 12 years ago, in which the singer was pressured into addressing a pregnancy that she had been trying to keep private.In 2008, Mariah was being interviewed on Ellen, when the conversation quickly turned to rumours at that time suggesting the chart-topping star was pregnant.While the We Belong Together singer urged Ellen to “not discuss that”, the host then brought out some champagne, encouraging Mariah to drink some, and claiming they should toast to “not being pregnant”.In fact, the star was in the early stages of a pregnancy at that time, but miscarried shortly after the interview took place. Since allegations of a “toxic workplace” behind the scenes of Ellen’s show have come to light, a number of past interviews have resurfaced on social media, including the Mariah appearance from 2008.Asked about the moment during a new interview with Vulture, Mariah revealed: “I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath.”Mariah added that she was deliberately trying not to speak about the pregnancy because of a previous miscarriage, stating: “I don’t want to throw anyone that’s already being thrown under any proverbial bus, but I didn’t enjoy that moment.“[There’s] an empathy that can be applied to those moments that I would have liked to have been implemented. But what am I supposed to do?”Mariah became a mother in 2011, welcoming twins Moroccan and Monroe with then-husband Nick Cannon.Past Ellen interviews with Sofía Vergara have also come under scrutiny in recent times, though the Modern Family actor has insisted that she always felt like she was “in on the joke” whenever the presenter would poke fun at her.“Two comedians having fun with each other to entertain,” Sofía tweeted. “I was never a victim guys, I was always in on the joke.”READ MORE:
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Debate has been raging over the past few weeks among parents who are concerned about sending their children back to school amid the pandemic.It comes as kids are shown to have a milder experience of the virus than adults, with the risk of school outbreaks remaining relatively low, according to Public Health England. Despite government guidance, which says all children – both primary and secondary – must return in September or face fines, some parents are making the decision to homeschool their kids instead. Interestingly, a survey of more than 2,000 parents by Netmums revealed one in five parents in the UK are still unsure if they’ll be sending their children back, and 88% said they’d risk a fine to keep their children at home. In the poll, 45% of parents said it’s still “too soon” to think about returning children to school, 25% are still worried about the health risk to their children, and 19% are concerned about the health risk to the rest of their family from their children bringing Covid-19 back home.HuffPost UK spoke to mothers who told us they aren’t ready to send their kids back to school until they’re convinced it’s completely safe to do so. Related...
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‘I don’t want to risk the health of my children for an education’Aneesa Saleem, 32, from Lancashire, has two children: Fakhirah Zeeshan, nine, and Muhammed Saleem, six. “I’m not sending my children back this year, for sure. Not until I know the area I live in is safe and protected. I’m from Lancashire, where it’s hit the most – and the thing that matters most to me is the health and wellbeing of my children.“The school they go to is saying Years 1, 2 and 6 will be allowed to return – but how can I only send one child and not the other? Either the government needs to make extra measures to keep schools open, or have teachers teach from home. There are many I know who are studying from home, but they’re the privileged ones. What about people who are barely able to pay rent? How are those parents expected to get their children a tablet so they can learn from home?“I want a system where the school provides some sort of support at home for children. This pandemic is going nowhere – and yes, it can get extremely stressful, staying at home. But that’s where we as parents have to take the initiative to keep our children’s minds active.“I would love my kids to go school, but I know that when kids get together, they’re not going to think about distancing – and honestly, I don’t want to risk the health of my children for an education. Education is important but this issue needs to be addressed, first.”Related...
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‘It feels like a big decision, but the benefits are undeniable’Susie Ramroop, 44, has an eight-year-old daughter who she took out of school before lockdown began. They live in London. “I didn’t trust the government were acting quickly enough, so I took my eight-year-old out of school before lockdown began. I mostly love her school, but I felt they could’ve done a lot better during lockdown. Given I’m a complete rule follower, this was a big deal.“I always thought homeschooling would be hard, and considered I might not have the patience for it. But it’s worked well for us. I grew in confidence with the positive feedback from my daughter. She’s very self-disciplined and wanted to stick to the structure of the school day. When she grew tired of it by early July, I declared the summer holidays early.“My daughter loves me being her teacher. She misses her friends, but she doesn’t miss her teacher spending more time on disciplining other children, rather than helping her stretch intellectually. She likes to get her head down and concentrate. She’s become a voracious reader and even drafted her own children’s book under my tuition. I’m also acutely aware that in northern Europe, there’s evidence to suggest she doesn’t need to be in school at this age. I’d prefer she spent time doing outdoor activities, and playing music.“I’d like to move to the countryside. Since homeschooling I’ve realised we could create the schedule that works for all of us and not compromise at all. It feels like a big decision, but the benefits are undeniable.”Related...
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‘They’ll be home-schooled until I feel it’s safe’Charlotte Watson, 26, has two children and lives in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. She has two daughters, aged four and seven. “My children won’t be going back. They’ll be homeschooled until I feel it’s safe. I believe Boris Johnson wants all kids in school so their parents can go back to work, as school is a form of ‘free childcare’ for most parents.“Children can be carriers of the virus, and can be asymptomatic. They’re at risk of spreading coronavirus to their vulnerable parents or other family members. I think losing a loved one would mess with their mental health more than missing school. “I’m planning to homeschool, and wait for it to feel safe for them to go back. I’m very lucky to not have to work at the moment, as my partner brings home a comfortable income.“I have been battling with myself for weeks over sending them back to school, and the ‘mum guilt’ has come at me full-speed. But, children are so versatile and will bounce back from this – at such young ages, I think they will be completely oblivious to what happened in 2020 when they have grown up!”Related...
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Commenting on the school return, a Department for Education spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “Getting all children back into their classrooms full-time in September is a national priority, because it is the best place for their education, development and wellbeing. This will be particularly important for disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs.“We have always been clear in our guidance about the protective measures that schools should implement to reduce risks for staff and pupils as far as possible.“Parents are becoming increasingly confident in their children returning to school, which is testament to the work of school staff across the country who are putting in place a range of protective measures to prepare to welcome back all pupils at the start of term.”What happens if I don’t send my child back to school?Parents must return their children to school full-time in September – or risk being fined, the government states. A Department for Education spokesperson told HuffPost UK regular and full-time attendance at school is “essential” to help pupils catch up on time out of the classroom. “In all our decision-making, we have balanced the need to continue to control transmission of Covid-19 with the real and ongoing cost to children’s learning, welfare and health from being out of school. Schools should work with families to ensure children are attending full-time from September.”You should tell the school if you plan to educate them at home officially, the government states. You have legal responsibilities when educating your child at home. The school must accept if you’re taking your child out completely. They can refuse if you want to send your child to school some of the time. The council can make an ‘informal enquiry’ to check your child is getting a suitable education at home. They can serve a school attendance order if they think your child needs to be taught at school.Related...
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The coronavirus has put travel on hold for the foreseeable future, but there are still ways to see the world and scratch that travel itch. Expedia commissioned artists to create GIFs showing how seven ancient wonders looked in their prime, and the results are fascinating.
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