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This Latina’s Chanclazo Costume Has Us All Terrified And Really Made Halloween A Time To Remember

Makeup artist Yvette Marie Gonzalez dished a collective clap back to all the Latina mamis who terrorized us with their chanclas. Gonzalez has been dishing gory zombie, creepy clown, and even adorable candy-corn-crowned Halloween looks all season. Yet, she saved the best, no, worst, for Halloween. What happened that fateful day? “I forgot the beans and my mom gave me el chanclazo,” she captioned a photo of an actual chancla bloodily embedded into her head. Fake blood is splattered around her scalp and down her temples as she serves lewks.

Every Latino knows the only thing we ever needed to fear on Halloween was the chancla.

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Did you forget the beans were on the stove and they got burned? Chancla. Did you forget to take the chicken out of the freezer to thaw? Sinking, sinking, pit in your stomach because you know the chancla is coming. Gonzalez, based out of Donna, Texas, recreated our worst childhood fears in just two, horrifying hours. Since sharing the look on social media, it’s gone viral. It’s been shared over 22,000 times, and has nearly 5,000 comments and likes. The 24-year-old made a follow-up post to share her shock, saying “This is absolutely crazy! I would’ve never thought that a small concept I had when I started my 16 Days Till Halloween would reach this many people is beyond me! ???? Thank you for all the shares, likes, & comments! Happy Halloween ????????”

“This really is for the culture sis,” commented one fan.

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“A true Hispanic Halloween,” commented another admirer. “Even scarier than La Llorona…..La Chancla! You KILLED IT with this one,” a friend writes. Dozens of comments are telling Gonzalez that she “won” Halloween. Basically, we Adult Children of Latina Moms (ACLM) feel seen as heck. “I get PTSD just looking at this ???????????? you definitely killed it!!! ????????,” commented one obvious ACLM. A knowing father decided to loop us all in, saying, “*olvidaron* sweetheart. I love the chanclaso right in the forehead. It’s all our mama’s dream comes true but also their guilty nightmare hahaha.” Of course, Latina moms are already commenting, “Yes! I’m showing this to my kids as a warning! ????” Oh, no, Gonzalez, what have we done.

Gonzalez has basically raised all our childhood horror stories from the grave.

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While employing our gifted sense of denial of child abuse, Latinos are filling the comments with funny stories from their childhood. “Then your mom’s like “Ay no te paso nada eres bien exagerada. Tu tienes la culpa por no hacerme caso si te hable muchas veces” (she only called you 1 time and you were busy with another chore????????????????),” commented one fan, who accurately describes our moms telling us we’re overexaggerating how hard they hit. Typically, the vast majority of our experiences with la chancla was the simple threat of a mom taking off her chancla. She’d point it at us and threaten, “Te calmas o te calmo.” Usually, that was enough to get us to stop with the pendejería but it’s safe to say we all may have narrowly missed a scene like this one.

Gonzalez didn’t wear the chancla for Halloween, fearing it would strike too much additional trauma on the younger members of her family.

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Gonzalez did more than apply makeup to get the look just right. We all know, exactamente, how heavy a chancla is when it’s flying across the room or repeatedly in your face. Gonzalez had to shave down the sole of the chancla to make it light enough to stay upright on her head, according to a local news outlet. Then, she used liquid latex to get the chancla to stick to her head, and cotton balls and tissue paper, presumably, to prop the chancla up. Given Gonzalez’s finesse with fake blood in previous looks, we’d say she was made to perfect the chanclazo horror look.

The lesson here: mamis, keep giving us el chanclazo and we’ll grow up to be talented makeup artists that put your savagery on full display to The Internet.

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Thus far, Gonzalez’s mom has not spoken out, but we’d like to file a petition to view the video we hope Gonzalez recorded of her mom’s reaction. Were there chanclas involved? Or was she scared straight? Maybe we’ll never know. Regardless, we’re with the Latino Internet. You win Halloween 2019, Yvette.

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Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 started to spread in the U.S., hand sanitizer became a hot commodity. Stores sold out of the product needed to clean your hands while on the go to prevent catching and spreading the virus. But, did you know that a Latina nursing student in the 1960s created hand sanitizer?

Lupe Hernandez, a nursing student in California in 1966, is the woman behind hand sanitizer.

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Hernandez was in nursing school in Bakersfield, California when she thought about a gel form of rubbing alcohol. Hernandez realized that a gel form of alcohol would make it possible for people to clean their hands while on the go with no access to water and soap.

Hernandez knew she was on to something so she reached out to an invention hotline and submitted a patent.

While washing your hands is the best way to avoid contracting COVID-19, hand sanitizer is an important tool for those that still have to work. It is also a good option for people who are still healthy but have to go to the pharmacy, grocery store, or bank.

Hand sanitizer was just an industry product until the H1N1 viral outbreak in 2009.

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The 2009 outbreak of H1N1 drove up the demand for hand sanitizer among the public and it was soon packaged for consumers. According to The Guardian, the value of the hand sanitizer market has grown exponentially since the time before and after the H1N1 scare.

In 2018, the global hand sanitizer market value was $2.6 billion. The Guardian reports that the U.S. market value of hand sanitizer was $28 million in 2002 and $80 million in 2006.

Viral outbreaks like H1N1 make hand sanitizer a highly-prized commodity and some people try to profit off that fear.

Matt Colvin faced severe backlash after he and his brother bought out thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer in Tennessee and Kentucky after the first COVID-19 death in the U.S. The two covered 1,300 miles driving through Tennessee and Kentucky buying all of the hand sanitizers they could find in various dollar stores.

The brothers then started selling the hand sanitizer on Amazon for as much as $70 a bottle. Amazon shut them down and the attorney general of Tennessee launched an investigation into them for price gouging. They pledged to donate the product and Tennessee officials are making sure they follow through with the promise.

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American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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A number of states and cities across the U.S. are taking drastic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues, gyms, and schools are all shutting down to limit the spread of the virus that has infected more than 179,000 people globally. The death toll for COVID-19 in the U.S. continues to climb as more cases are discovered. Major cities are taking the virus seriously and taking extra steps to keep their residents safe and healthy.

COVID-19 has been detected in 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

There are currently more than 3,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with more than 70 deaths reported. Most of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities in Washington state among elderly people. California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia have also reported deaths from the novel coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Trump’s COVID-19 response task force, doesn’t doubt that we are still waiting for the peak of infections and deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19.

“Well, it’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better and the kinds of mitigation strategies, containment, and mitigations that you’re talking about, is to do that kind of physical separation of people, which is one of the very effective ways you really mitigate the spread of the virus,” Dr. Fauci, an official with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on ABC. ” If you look at the pattern of viruses, particularly these kinds of viruses, and even look at what’s gone on in China and in Italy and in South Korea, you go along like this the way we were then you have this big spike that goes way up. Then after a while, after much disease and suffering and death, it comes back down again.”

Dr. Fauci added: “The purpose of the mitigation is to get that peak and to blunt it so that it’s a bit of a hill as opposed to a mountain. We’re at a critical point now, more in some regions of the country than in others, the kinds of things that are going on will hopefully make that blunting of that peak so that we can save a lot of lives and save a lot of illness.”

Major cities across the U.S. are shutting down businesses and telling residents to self-isolate to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Update on COVID-19 Response from Mayor Eric Garcetti

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I’m taking executive action to temporarily close bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues, and other establishments in the city of Los Angeles. These orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will stay in place until March 31 unless extended. There is no food shortage and grocery stores will remain open. We’re taking these steps to help protect Angelenos, limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, and avoid putting a dangerous strain on our health care system. This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together.———————————————————Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19, estoy tomando medidas ejecutivas para cerrar temporalmente los bares, discotecas, restaurantes (excepto comida para llevar / a domicilio), lugares de entretenimiento y otros establecimientos en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. Estas órdenes entrarán en vigor a la medianoche de esta noche y permanecerán vigentes hasta el 31 de marzo al menos que se extiendan. No hay escasez de alimentos y los supermercados permanecerán abiertas. Estamos tomando estos pasos para ayudar a proteger a los Angelinos, limitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus y evitar una tensión peligrosa en nuestro sistema de atención médica.Este será un momento difícil, pero no es para siempre. Los Angelinos siempre se han levantado para enfrentar momentos difíciles, y lo superaremos juntos.

Posted by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday, March 15, 2020

West Virginia, Washington D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, Washington state, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Diego have all shut down schools.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sunday night that entertainment venues, gyms, fitness studios, bars, movie theaters, and nightclubs would be closed until March 31. Bars and restaurants can only serve take-out orders in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expanded measures to the rest of the state to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state to close all nonessential government offices and putting a stop to all nonessential business. Health experts are calling for Americans to do a better job od self-isolating and hunkering down to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further.

“This isn’t a decision that I take lightly at all,” Gov. Wolf told the press during a briefing. “It’s one that I’m making because medical experts believe it is the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients.”

Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York joined together to pass similar lockdown provisions to tackle COVID-19 together.

‘”Our primary goal is to slow the spread of #Coronavirus so that the wave doesn’t crash our healthcare system,” Gov. Cuomo tweeted. “Social distancing is the best way to do that. I have called on the federal gov’t to implement nationwide protocols, but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, closed senior city centers, and postponed an election in Queens. Visitors are also no longer to go to Rikers Island.

Health experts are urging all Americans to take the necessary steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Social distancing and self-isolation are important tools Americans can utilize to make sure the COVID-19 outbreak is curbed. It is going to be a very tough time for millions of Americans who are hunkering down and waiting not the next few weeks as the global community tries to get this virus under control. Everyone has a part to play. Now’s the time.

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