No Santa This Christmas………… That’s What You Think!

Ho ho … hum: Santa to take video calls as lockdown keeps grottos closed

Covid 19 Santa Claus IS coming

With restrictions in place across the UK, Santa is making use of technology to reach children this Christmas

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Christmas hasn’t been cancelled yet but meeting Santa and his little helpers is going to look different for a lot of people this year, with video calls that take children to the north pole replacing many visits to local grottos.

Socially distanced events are still planned in some event spaces in England, although they will only be able to take place once the national lockdown has lifted, as businesses pivot to deal with coronavirus restrictions.

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I’m an epidemiologist. Here are 5 things you should do right now to ride the wave of new COVID cases and prepare for the long winter.

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Dr. Syra Madad is an infectious diseases epidemiologist in NYC. She’s senior director of NYC Health + Hospitals System-wide Special Pathogens Program and fellow for the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  The COVID-19 epidemic is making a turn for the worse in the US — and cold weather is on the horizon. Madad recommends forming small social bubbles now, and getting an emergency kit prepared. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The United States COVID-19 epidemic is taking a turn for the worse yet again. 

We don’t have just one pandemic, we have 50 epidemics playing out differently in each of the 50 US states. Key benchmarks to gauge the epidemic’s footing in a given state are all trending towards alarming levels of viral spread — including growing daily new COVID-19 infections in 48 states, with increasing positivity rate in over 30 states, increased hospitalizations in 39 states, and expanding epidemics with an Rt value of over 1.0 in 40 states. Needless to say, this may be the most challenging and dangerous peak in US COVID-19 history.

This insidious rise in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is occurring amid a precarious mix of factors that will further increase the risk of viral spread. 

Colder temperatures are affecting both the virus itself, in addition to driving more people indoors — thus increasing the potential for transmission. Holiday season is making more people want to travel, mingle, and gather. There’s pandemic fatigue – the rising sense of apathy, exhaustion, and impatience from the daily preventative measures. And, to top it all off, a forthcoming flu season.

Here are five things I’m doing to ride the wave:

1. Staying connected with family, friends, and loved ones

Let’s face it, we all need human interaction. Now is the time to begin thinking who you want in your social bubble. A social bubble is non-household contact(s) that can freely interact with one another indoors without social distancing or wearing a mask. I discuss in my recent article “How to celebrate Halloween with your kids while staying safe during COVID-19, according to an epidemiologist” how to safely merge social bubbles. Other ways to interact with people not in your social bubble is to keep the get-together outdoors, spaced out, and masks on.

2. Getting a home emergency kit ready

It’s always a good idea to keep essentials readily available in an at-home emergency kit. This is for all hazards – be it a hurricane, power outage, or an infectious disease outbreak which may necessitate you and your family hunkering down and limiting any out-of-the-home trips. Make a list of all household members and what their needs are, from a 30 day supply of medications, to diapers (I have a 9 month old and she requires more essential items than adults!) to non-perishable food and other supplies (please don’t buy all the toilet paper).

3. Staying informed

Staying informed about current events — including the rate of COVID-19 spread in your area and local public health guidance — will help you and your loved ones make informed decisions. If there’s high levels of community transmission occurring in your area, it’s best t-o limit contact with non-household members and choose activities with a lower risk of COVID19 transmission. There’s a lot of false information circulating; in my article “5 ways to determine if you’ve gotten accurate coronavirus information,” I cover how to evaluate your sources of information to ensure you’re receiving reliable, credible and science-based facts.

4. Keeping healthy

Our social, emotional, physical, and emotional well-being is very important. The COVID-19 health crisis is stressful, and is taking an enormous toll on our lives in more ways than one. Staying healthy is not only important for your general well-being, it can also help lower your risk of a severe outcome if you contract SARS-CoV-2. 

But it’s also important to note that the risk of a severe outcome from COVID-19 is not uniform, and while older adults and those with underlying health conditions are at increased risk for developing more serious complications, illness and hospitalization, no one is immune. If you have uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, there has never been athe better time to get it under control. Eat a healthy, nutritious diet, sleep well, exercise, and keep in touch with loved ones.

5. Not letting your COVID-19 guard down

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again (because that’s one of the tenets of good risk communication – repeating vital pieces of information that can lower risk and save lives). To prevent getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others, following the 4 W’s: wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands, and windows for ventilation. Prevention is our best approach — especially when the risk is a highly transmissible, and virulent disease. 

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Can you spot the hilarious 44 Coronavirus staysafe mistakes… 😂

Our lives are changing and we’re finding out that adapting to the “new normal” is harder than it looks on paper. While most of us occasionally slip up, there are some people who have completely left rational thought by the roadside the moment the quarantine came into effect.

Internet users can’t help but poke fun at how some people are clueless about how viruses work, so Bored Panda has collected some of the funniest photos of people doing dumb things during the pandemic. Scroll down, enjoy the coronavirus stupidity, and upvote your fave pics, dear Pandas. And let us know in the comments if you’ve encountered any Covidiots so far.

Avoiding products that have the name “Corona” in them is one thing, but microwaving money to “disinfect” it (pro-tip: don’t ever do this) and disregarding safe facemask and glove use is a whole ‘nother ball game entirely.

#1 Stupid Mask

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#2 That’s $11k In Fines Right There

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#3 $5000 Canadian After Someone Using The Microwave To Disinfect It

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Fear makes us do stupid, dumb, irrational things. No matter how cool a cucumber you might be in fair weather conditions, once the coronacrap hits the metaphorical fan, your true character comes out. And the fear of the virus has created public panic in some places.

For instance, in China, there have been reported cases of people hunting down pet cats and dogs due to misinformation about how the virus works. Meanwhile in Malaysia, some citizens were busy spreading rumors that coronavirus patients turned into zombies.

#4 All The Beans At My Local Grocery Store Are Out Except This One

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#5 Well, Thank Goodness The Virus Can’t Move Sideways#6 Just Your Typical Walmart Shopper

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McDonald’s in China apologized after one of the restaurant’s branches in Guangzhou stopped black people from going inside. The company temporarily closed down the restaurant when it found out about the notice. Online rumors about the coronavirus circulating in Guangzhou led to hundreds of Africans being evicted from apartments and hotels just last week.

#7 Well

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#8 Someone Tell Snorkel Lady That It Won’t Work

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#9 How To Put Your Mask Correctly

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We can judge all we want, but elementary human psychology tells us that fear changes the way that we see the world and react to things. In times of panic, we’re far more likely to conform and turn to herd-mentality so that we can feel safe.

If your friends, family, and neighbors are doing something, the odds are, we’ll be doing it as well. The best thing we can do is try to calm down and bring a bit of logic and common sense back into our lives.

#10 So, My Work Had A Meeting About The Importance Of Social Distancing Today

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#11 Someone’s Rooftop Party Is About To Get Raided By The Cops

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#12 If You Can’t Smell It, You Can’t Get It

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#13 5G —> Death = Science

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#14 This Guy Was Eating His Food Wearing The Same Gloves He’s Been Wearing Since He Walked In

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#15 Went To The Shop Last Night. Every Aisle Had Been Picked Clean Apart From This… People Are Idiots

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#16 Social Gathering At St Kilda Beach Today

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#17 To Make This Safe

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#18 I Don’t Think She Knows What “Quarantining” Means

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#19 Ladies And Gentlemen, The President Of Our Meatpacking Plant While Talking About The Plant’s Safety Procedures During The Virus

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#20 He’s A Little Confused But He Got The Spirit

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#21 To Protect Against COVID-19

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#22 To Shield The Face

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#23 Someone Brought These Bills To The Bank They Tried To Sanitize In A Microwave

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#24 How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

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#25 It Was Painful Watching This Happen

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#26 I Don’t Believe This Is Proper Glove-Wearing Protocol#27 Good To Know Coronavirus Only Travels Forward And Backwards

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#28 Protesters Against Quarantine Back Again At The Ohio Statehouse

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#29 She’s Wearing A Mesh Bee Keeper Type Helmet. I’m Not Sure She Gets The Point

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#30 Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Doesn’t Seem To Understand How To Put On A Medical Mask Either. Mayor, Your Nostrils Are Showing

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#31 No, I Don’t Use My Nose To Breathe

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#32 There Was An Attempt To Use A Mask

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#33 Wife Said To Wear A Mask In Public Areas?

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#34 N95s Filtering Improves If You Wear It As A Headband

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#35 I Don’t Think That’s How It Works

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#36 Apparently, We Have All Been Doing It Wrong


#37 Wrong Type Of Napkin

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#38 Seen Today In The Atlanta Airport – Babies In Comforter Bags

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#39 Not Sure This Counts As Social Distancing

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#40 I’ve Honestly Never Read The Instructions, But I’m Pretty Sure This Isn’t The Most Effective Use Of A Mask Right Now

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#41 A Group Of Friends Still Getting Together And Partying Regardless Of The Quarantine Rules. Obviously Standing Less Than 6 Feet Apart But It’s Okay Because They’re All Wearing Face Masks

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#42 You’re Wearing Your Mask Backwards

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#43 My Local Albertsons Trying To Keep The Buttons Clean… I Don’t Think They Get It

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#44 You Touch 4 Doors Before The Time Clock. This Is How Management Is Protecting And Caring For Us

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30 Of The Best Coronavirus Quarantine Haircuts and Beauty Fails :-))

There’s a small handful of things you can treat yourself with. Scented candles, self-help books, home-made nachos, and rewatching every season of Girls are fine for a while. Until you stumble upon that pale figure staring back from the mirror. Chipped nails and undyed hair hint that the line has been crossed.

And sooner than you know it, your quarantined home turns into a DIY beauty salon. It charges nothing and covers all essential services from fake tan, manicure, and hair trimming. All executed by you—a professional rookie. Surprise surprise, a quarantine beauty fail accomplished! Bored Panda has compiled a list of the best lockdown beauty disasters that will either inspire or curb your enthusiasm for good.


I’m reluctant to call what my wife did to me a haircut. But here it is. Well done wife, another string to your bow

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What could go wrong having my first buzz cut with the boys at 11PM without checking how much battery the razor has left

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Giving yourself some time to focus on you and relax may be exactly what you need the most. You may not have a better opportunity to focus on yourself than the quarantined days any time soon. But before getting yourself into a full-blown home-made spa, you might wanna know some tips about basic beauty treatments.

If you feel like you need a hair trim, you’d better take some time off from cutting altogether. Stay focused on your hair health and consider adding conditioning masks or moisturizing treatments to your beauty routine. After the crisis is over, you will be stunned to see your luscious locks well-rested and ready to take on the summer look.

Another great tip is to try washing your hair less. Start slow—skip days at a time and see how your locks are feeling. There are natural oils on our scalp that boost hair health, but we usually wash them all off in daily shampooing sessions.


Quarantine self cut gone wrong…

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Quarantine + boredom + overconfidence = this monstrosity

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My kiddo cut his hair yesterday, then agreed to let me have a little fun with it before we fixed it.

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Another great tip is washing your hair less. Start slow—skip days at a time and see how your locks are feeling. There are natural oils on our scalp that boost hair health, but we usually wash them all off in daily shampooing sessions.

You can definitely try out a quarantine nail salon at home. But it’s better to stay away from gel or dip manicures altogether. A regular polish of your fave color is a great way to get that lively look. Try out colors that you usually don’t wear—quarantine is a judgement-free zone, and it’s an excellent time to experiment a little.


Today my partner learned that you shouldn’t put off a haircut until the apocalypse when the only person left to do it (we’re in NYC) is your girlfriend who has never even trimmed her own ends. He calls this look “Cambodian garbage Hitler.”

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Is anyone else struggling to adjust to their new at-home beauty routine? I accidentally burned my lip trying to wax yesterday… so painful. Tell me I’m not alone

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These quarantine cuts are amazing

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Don’t use your beard trimmer to cut your hair

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Tried to cut my son’s hair during quarantine, now he’s gonna complain to the hotel manager

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Our son’s hair was in desperate need of a haircut during quarantine. Husband and I took a wack at it. We had to stop before it got worse

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My mom: “Don’t worry, I used to give haircuts all the time”

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My buddy’s wife convinced him to let her cut his hair while in quarantine. The results speak for themselves

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Uh oh, this looks weird. Maybe I should have googled how to give a haircut before jumping right in

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I’m not a hairdresser. Corona forced me to be a hair dresser. This is why I am not and should not be a hairdresser. (I had my phone in my hand and it accidentally took a burst pic which captured the “what have I done” look on my face)

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With the barbershop closed during quarantine, my wife tried her best…

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wife wanted to cut my hair for her birthday since I was overdue before quarantine started…

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Philippine President Orders Authorities To Shoot Coronavirus Lockdown Violaters

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You may survive the Coronavirus but not the lockdown if you violate!

Whilst results from social distancing would suggest that it is effective in slowing down the rate the virus is spreading, the President of the Philipines has a very different approach to a ‘lockdown’

Countries and citizens around the world are all navigating how to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, and how to avoid spreading the virus. The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has ordered his military and police forces to shoot anyone…

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Can I have sex? A guide to intimacy during the coronavirus outbreak

Among the many frequently asked questions about the coronavirus, one that is definitely linked to social distancing is that of intimacy.

What are the risks associated with intimacy in the time of coronavirus? Three experts weigh in

It’s nearly impossible to practice “social distancing” with the partners with whom we share homes – and beds. But what are the risks associated with intimacy in the time of coronavirus? Three experts weigh in.

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