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Leos are most likely to get vaccinated, say Utah officials. Is it written in the stars?

Health authorities compared vaccination rates with Zodiac signs, but the results may require further investigationExciting news for people who believe in science enough to want mass vaccination, but not enough to think horoscopes are made up: Utah’s Salt Lake county health department says there’s a big difference in vaccination rates depending on your Zodiac sign.At least, that’s what officials found when they analysed anonymised data on 1.2million residents, providing a table of the least and m...
Tags: Health, Utah, Science, Life and style, Society, US news, Vaccines and immunisation, Salt Lake County, University of Texas Austin, Leos, Coronavirus, Utah 's Salt Lake county


Owners offload dogs bought in lockdown by pretending they are strays

Rescue centres say they are seeing more and more pets their owners are now too busy to look afterPeople are pretending that dogs they acquired during lockdown are strays so that rescue centres take them in, after failing to sell them online, animal rescue charities and shelters have warned.Figures from March revealed that more than 3.2m pets were bought by UK households during lockdown. Since Covid restrictions were lifted and people have started to return to the office, charities have reported ...
Tags: UK, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Life and style, Society, UK News, Charities, Coronavirus


How to retrain your frazzled brain and find your focus again

Are you finding it harder than ever to concentrate? Don’t panic: these simple exercises will help you get your attention backPicture your day before you started to read this article. What did you do? In every single moment – getting out of bed, turning on a tap, flicking the kettle switch – your brain was blasted with information. Each second, the eyes will give the brain the equivalent of 10m bits (binary digits) of data. The ears will take in an orchestra of sound waves. Then there’s our thoug...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Life and style, Meditation, Mindfulness, Health & wellbeing, Coronavirus


Homeowners ‘jab’ at anti-vaxxers with grim Halloween displays

One Twitter user showcased a series of human skulls situated next to front-yard gravestones inscribed with epitaphs such as, "Trusted Ivermectin more than science."
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Homeowners ‘jab’ at anti-vaxxers with divisive Halloween displays

One Twitter user showcased a series of human skulls situated next to front-yard gravestones inscribed with epitaphs such as, "Trusted Ivermectin more than science."
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Halloween, New York Post, Design, Technology, Lifestyle, Radio, News Brief, Tiktok, Coronavirus, COVID


These adults moved back in with their parents during the pandemic. But did they regret it?

Little did they know that ‘boomeranging’ back home would change the way they saw their parents, foreverWhen David and Linda Ellis sent their daughter Juliette, the youngest of their three children, off to college in 2019, they figured they had become empty-nesters for good. In short order, the couple downsized from their family home in Raleigh, North Carolina, to a much more manageable three-bedroom apartment rental nearby. Little did the Ellises know that, in under a year’s time, two of their t...
Tags: Life and style, US news, David, Brooklyn, Vancouver, Gregory, Justin, Raleigh North Carolina, Ellis, Juliette, Chapel Hill Continue, Coronavirus, Linda Ellis, Ellises, Juliette Ellis


I took the Covid vaccine while pregnant – let’s not pretend it’s an easy decision

Only 31% of pregnant Americans are fully vaccinated. I felt responsible for this bean-like bundle forming in my body. But the conflicting advice made it hard for me to decideThese are the first three things I did when I found out I was pregnant in February. I took about six more tests. Then, I called the doctor’s office to make an appointment. A few days later, I signed up for a Covid-19 vaccine. I stood in line, freezing, at a high school in Coney Island to get my shot.Deciding to get the vacci...
Tags: Family, Gender, Science, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Coney Island, Coronavirus


Why are so many pregnant women not taking the vaccine?

Only 31% of pregnant Americans are fully vaccinated. I felt responsible for this bean-like bundle forming in my body. But the conflicting advice made it hard for me to decideThese are the first three things I did when I found out I was pregnant in February. I took about six more tests. Then, I called the doctor’s office to make an appointment. A few days later, I signed up for a Covid-19 vaccine. I stood in line, freezing, at a high school in Coney Island to get my shot.Deciding to get the vacci...
Tags: Family, Gender, Science, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Coney Island, Coronavirus


‘Zoom dysmorphia’ is here to stay despite a return to the office

Staring at their own face in video meetings has people fretting over imagined flaws: ‘Zoom has made me want to be invisible’Jane, a 40-year-old mental health professional from Cork, never worried too much about how she looked. But when her job went fully virtual, she found herself dreading Microsoft Teams meetings. Her face looked rounder, her nose looked bigger, and her top lip looked thinner than she’d ever noticed in the mirror.“I’ve always thought I was attractive, and people would always co...
Tags: Microsoft, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Mental Health, Cork, Coronavirus


Fear on the ward: UK mothers threatened with social services for refusing maternity care

Women who turn down advice from health service staff say they are being coerced with threats of referrals to agencies and policePregnant women and new mothers are being referred to social services by midwives for refusing to follow their advice, patient advocacy groups have warned.Expectant parents who have declined care, including opting out of scans, refusing inductions or failing to attend antenatal appointments, are among those who have faced threats from healthcare professionals amounting t...
Tags: Family, UK, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, Health & wellbeing, NHS, Parents and parenting, Childbirth, Women's Health, Coronavirus, Association for Improvements, Maternity Services Aims Continue


Dining across the divide: ‘He said: don’t go there. So I was like, we’ll definitely go there’

Rights, royalty, relationships: can two strangers find common ground over dinner?Click here to take partAlex, 32, Isle of WightOccupation Social worker Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Transgender, Sexuality, Monarchy, Vaccines and immunisation, Social trends, Coronavirus


‘I’ve been dead so many times’: the life and times of New Orleans’s blues king

Little Freddie King has survived three shootings, stabbings, a near fatal bike accident, a stomach ulcer, an accidental electrocution, Hurricane Katrina, and now a pandemicIn a dark, wood-panelled room, thick with humidity and reeking of smoke, the bluesman sits on a battered red couch that droops in the middle. He takes a moment to reflect before walking to the stage. He’s dressed in a pair of shades, a straw fedora, and a technicolor suit jacket splashed with turquoise, pink and peach. His fla...
Tags: Music, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, New Orleans, Blues, Jazz, Bywater, BJ, Little Freddie King, Coronavirus


I canceled my Amazon Prime subscription right as the pandemic lockdowns began. Nearly 2 years later, I don't miss it at all.

Amazon cofounder and former CEO Jeff Bezos. Alex Wong/Getty Images It turns out Amazon Prime isn't necessary, even if you're ordering from Amazon frequently. I canceled my subscription in 2020, and it has had zero impact on order speed or pricing. I'm saving at least $120 annually on the expensive membership fee. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In April 2020, just as the pandemic lockdowns took effect in New York City, I canceled the Amazon Prime subscri...
Tags: Amazon, Life, New York City, Trends, Amazon Prime, Culture, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Jeff Bezos, Subscriptions, Staten Island, Delivery, Amazon Prime Video, Andy Jassy, Netflix Hulu


‘I feel a bit rusty’: Has Covid killed our sex lives?

The end of lockdown was supposed to herald an explosion of pent-up desire and a bonkbuster of a summer. But it’s been way more complicated than thatThis year was meant to be a replay of the roaring 20s, your hot girl or boy summer. We’d be hedonistic, bacchanalian and, above all, getting laid. All the pent-up energy of lockdowns, the only time it has ever been illegal for people from different households to have sex, would explode in one helluva bonkbuster summer. But has it panned out that way?...
Tags: Sex, Relationships, Life and style, Coronavirus


Crash and burn: the intense and fleeting romances of the Covid era

The unspoken rules of dating went out the window as people found themselves deeply alone – perhaps it’s no surprise these couples didn’t make itOn 4 July 2020, 34-year-old Samantha Higdon, a tech worker in Austin, Texas, was swiping through the dating app Hinge when she came across a profile that made her thumb pause and hover over the screen.His smile struck her as warm and somehow familiar: “He just felt right,” she says. And so it began. Continue reading...
Tags: Relationships, Life and style, Dating, Austin Texas, Coronavirus, Samantha Higdon


The Silicon Valley wealthy have become super doomsday preppers by buying remote New Zealand properties, getting eye surgeries, and stockpiling ammo and food

Peter Thiel. Shutterstock and Neilson Barnard/Getty Some of Silicon Valley's wealthiest have developed a penchant for prepping for the apocalypse. They're turning to Lasik eye surgery and multimillion-dollar real-estate investments in New Zealand. Investing for the end of the world has been embraced by the uber-rich, many of whom exist in Silicon Valley. The so-called doomsday prepper community has been preparing for disaster, especially since the pandemic hit in March 2020.A divis...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, News, Nbc, Life, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Joe Biden, Features, New York Times, New Zealand, Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel


I left a dream job to be closer to my autistic twin

The pandemic has forced many of us to rethink our lives, not least of which is how we work. For me, it meant returning homeTen days before our birthday, I drove my 2005 blue Nissan Sentra over the Verrazano Bridge and let the tears roll out. He didn’t know it, but I was almost home. The Verrazano spills into Brooklyn, where Scott and I entered the world.We were born a little after 11am on 28 July 1994 in Maimonides hospital, fraternal twins. “Two boychiks!” my father boasted, still in his blue s...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Brooklyn, Parents and parenting, Siblings, US work & careers, Nissan, Scott, Maimonides, Verrazano Bridge, Coronavirus


Is it ethical to travel right now? Experts on flying in the age of Delta

Questions to consider before you inflict the ‘moral injury’ of a risky, nonessential trip A new season is here and, with it, seedlings of holiday escape plans to some sun-drenched beach or snowy mountain ski slope. In view of passenger data from the US and the UK, air travel is on its way toward recovering from the slump of a pre-vaccine Covid-19 pandemic – despite the rise of the Delta variant.But does that mean it’s a good idea to buy that plane ticket, even if you’re vaccinated? And if you’re...
Tags: Travel, UK, US, Life and style, World news, US news, Ethics, Health & wellbeing, Delta, Coronavirus


UK workers on returning to the office: ‘No point if I end up doing video calls’

Some welcome the routine, while others are concerned about how it will work without everyone in at the same timeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWorkers in the UK have gradually been returning to offices in recent weeks, after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. While many firms have adopted a flexible arrangement that combines remote and office work each week, many others have called their employees back full time.For some, it is a welcome return to normality, bu...
Tags: Business, UK, Money, Life and style, UK News, Work & careers, Working From Home, Coronavirus


Life being put on hold was just the spur this writer needed to fulfil her youthful ambition

Charlotte Northedge wrote a new novel in lockdown. She considers others who have realised the dreams of their youthI wrote a novel in the last lockdown. To be clear, it wasn’t one of those creative outpourings some people had in between yoga with Adriene and baking banana bread. I had a deadline. Some days, I thought I’d never cut through the brain fog brought about by living through a pandemic. But gradually, as the initial panic subsided and the usual distractions of daily life fell away, I fo...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, London, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Creative writing, Adriene, Coronavirus, Charlotte Northedge


Are you office ready as WFH comes to an end?

Maybe you’re desperate to go back – or clinging to the kitchen table. Either way, the workplace beckons. Our writers are on hand to dispense orientation, sympathy and new lanyardsFor anyone in charge of a school-age child, this is “school supplies” season: queueing in the only shop that sells your scratchy uniform, picking a pencil case, the narky crush in Clarks. (If you think that’s stressful, try living in Belgium, where school supplies demands are as esoteric and difficult to parse as the Vo...
Tags: Business, Money, Life and style, Work & careers, Working From Home, Belgium, Helena Morrissey, Emma Beddington, Voynich, Coronavirus


Ready for the roaring 20s? It’s time to re-learn how to have fun, says happiness professor

A conscious decision to bring more joy into our lives can boost both mind and bodyAfter a year-and-a-half of loss, sickness and stress caused by the pandemic, burnout is high and morale is low. But in some positive news, according to Laurie Santos, Yale’s “happiness professor”, the way to feel better need not depend on restrictive diets, gruelling fitness regimes or testing mental challenges, but in something far more attractive: fun.The American psychology professor and Happiness Lab podcaster,...
Tags: Life and style, Coronavirus, Laurie Santos Yale


‘A kick in the teeth’: British mothers and pregnant women fear return to workplace

Companies recalling staff this month have been accused of not offering flexitime and failing to protect employeesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBefore the pandemic, every morning and night was a cycle of stress and rushing around for single mother Emma Woodburn, getting her two young sons to and from school, childcare before and after work and staying on top of housework.But when, 18 months ago, the 39-year-old from Lancashire was told by her employer she could work ...
Tags: Business, Family, Money, Children, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Charities, Working From Home, Parents and parenting, Lancashire, Coronavirus, Emma Woodburn


Vaccine wars: how the decision not to get the shot is tearing loved ones apart

When friends and family disagree about getting vaccinated, close ties can fray. Some siblings have even stopped talking to each otherMegan, a 30-year-old from rural Nebraska, feels torn. She hasn’t been vaccinated against Covid-19, but if left to her own devices, things would be different. She worries about what would happen if she caught the virus and passed it on to her toddler daughter, whose history of health complications includes hospitalization for lung problems. Megan feels a responsibil...
Tags: Life and style, World news, US news, Nebraska, Megan, Coronavirus, COVID


‘I opened it and I just started laughing’: the pitfalls of pandemic shopping

From accidentally over ordering, to products that bear no resemblance to their description or photographs, buying everything online has its downsidesWhen Sam Bowker and his partner moved into their new rental, they planned to buy a couch the same way they usually did – with a trip down to the local op-shop.But Covid-19 scuppered this. The Salvation Army was no longer offering delivery services, so after a couple of drinks one evening, Bowker turned to eBay. There he found a “sleek looking black ...
Tags: Fashion, Internet, Life and style, Consumer affairs, Homes, Salvation Army, Bowker, Sam Bowker, Australian lifestyle, Coronavirus


Disinfection robots and thermal body cameras: welcome to the anti-Covid office

A workplace in Bucharest filled with anti-virus innovations could become the new normal in office design, its creators hopeExplainer: what are UK workers’ rights when asked to return?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNot so long ago it may have seemed more like a futuristic vision of the workplace – or a hospital.But the hands-free door handles, self-cleaning surfaces, antimicrobial paint, air-monitoring display tools, UV light disinfection robots, and 135 other measure...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Real Estate, UK, Science, Technology, Money, Life and style, Society, World news, Financial Sector, Commercial Property, Work & careers, Infectious Diseases, Romania


Disinfection robots and thermal body cameras: welcome to the Covid-free office

A workplace in Bucharest filled with anti-virus innovations could become the new normal in office design, its creators hopeExplainer: what are UK workers’ rights when asked to return?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNot so long ago it may have seemed more like a futuristic vision of the workplace – or a hospital.But the hands-free door handles, self-cleaning surfaces, antimicrobial paint, air-monitoring display tools, UV light disinfection robots, and 135 other measure...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Real Estate, UK, Science, Technology, Money, Life and style, Society, World news, Financial Sector, Commercial Property, Work & careers, Infectious Diseases, Romania




‘Hidden pandemic’: Peruvian children in crisis as carers die

With 93,000 children in Peru losing a parent to Covid, many face depression, anxiety and povertyWhen Covid-19 began shutting down Nilda López’s vital organs, doctors decided that the best chance of saving her and her unborn baby was to put her into a coma.Six months pregnant, López feared she would not wake up, or that if she did, her baby would not be there. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Education, Children, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Poverty, Mental Health, Disability, Infectious Diseases, Social exclusion, Global development, Peru, Child Labour


CDC urges pregnant women to get Covid vaccine, finding no increased risk of miscarriage

Updated guidance comes after a CDC analysis of new safety data, as vaccination rates remain low among pregnant women in the USThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention urged all pregnant women Wednesday to get the Covid-19 vaccine as hospitals in hot spots around the US see disturbing numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus.Expectant women run a higher higher risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications from the coronavirus, including perhaps miscarria...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Pregnancy, US, Life and style, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, USThe Centers for Disease Control CDC



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