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How To Keep Yourself Sane And Balanced While Self-Isolating And Working From Home

The COVID-19 health crisis is forcing millions of people around the world to shelter in place and self-isolate. For a fortunate percentage of that population, they can continue their fulltime jobs at home. Here are a few tips to balance working from home and self-isolation while not giving in to being stir crazy.

Make a routine to keep yourself to a schedule.

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Self-isolating and working from home can through your regular routine into a tailspin. That problem is compounded when you take into account the different businesses mayors and governors across the country are implementing. Find time to start a home workout if your gym is closed. Maybe use an hour a day to learn a start learning a new language. This could also be your time to start learning how to cook. Just try to keep a schedule so you know what you have to do every day and aren’t feeling aimless.

If you are working from home and have a family to care for, pick hours that work for you.

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For a lot of jobs that you can do from home, it is possible to pick hours that work best for you. If you have children, pets, or elderly parents to care for, prioritize their health and yours. Maybe that means working earlier in the morning or later in the evening than normal. It might not be what you want to do but it could help you find a better balance.

FaceTime your friends and family if you are alone and want to fight against the loneliness.

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Some people will have no choice but to self-isolate by themselves. For them, loneliness is can be a very real side effect of self-isolation. If you are feeling alone in this uncertain and scary time, create a virtual community with friends and family. Having some face to face with someone, even if it is virtual, can make your day that much brighter.

Go for a walk but maintain the social distancing recommendation of six feet separation from other people.

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You are still allowed to go for walks to stretch your legs and get out of your apartments and homes. It is worth taking a quick walk around the block to keep yourself moving and active. Fresh air and sunshine is good for you and will help to keep you feeling connected to the world and less isolated. Just make sure you follow social distance guidelines to make sure you help to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Download movies, books, or songs that will keep you distracted and entertained.

Is there a movie or tv show you have been waiting to see? What about that book everyone is talking about? Don’t forget your own pick-me-up songs. Now is the best time to make sure you download things for later. The number of people streaming shows and movies right now is pretty intense and are causing some issues with the services.

Netflix is having to lower the quality of video in Europe for the next 30 days as the streaming has overloaded the internet and is starting to strain it. It would be a good idea to have some downloaded and ready to go if streaming becomes unavailable due to overuse.

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As The U.S. Expands Vaccine Eligibility Here’s What You Need To Know

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As The U.S. Expands Vaccine Eligibility Here’s What You Need To Know

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Starting today, everyone 16 and older can get in line for the Coronavirus vaccine. This is a huge milestone that has been months in the making after a very ambitious plan by the Biden administration.

But with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine still on pause, many have been wondering what the vaccine program will look like – especially since nearly everyone is now eligible to receive a shot in the arm.

As of Monday, anyone 16 and over is technically eligible to receive the Coronavirus vaccine.

On Monday, every state in the U.S. expanded its vaccine eligibility to include all adults over the age of 16, meeting President Biden’s deadline which he established two weeks ago.

The country is now administering 3.2 million doses a day on average, and half of all adults have now received at least one dose. Additionally, 84.3 million people have now been fully vaccinated against the disease. These are truly encouraging figures in the fight against the pandemic but a lot of uncertainty remains.

Ok but can I get a shot?

Technically, yes, anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for the vaccine but your access to it really varies from state to state.

Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C., were the last to open up eligibility on Monday, after other states expanded access to the general public over the past month.

If the country’s present vaccination rate continues, 70% of the total U.S. population could be vaccinated by June 17 and 90% by July 25, the New York Times has projected. That timeline will likely depend on what happens with Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, however, as distribution is now paused following reports of blood clots, despite being statistically extremely rare.

So, what’s going on with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

On Sunday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said that he believed the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will likely be lifted on Friday. During interviews on talk shows, Fauci stated that he expected federal health officials to decide on the vaccine’s future by the end of the week and that he did not anticipate the vaccine being permanently banned.

One alternative to banning is to limit who is able to receive the one dose shot, perhaps limiting it to males over the age of 50. This is how Europe adjusted its strategy following similar blood clotting issues with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which was created using similar methods.

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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While the United States is as of publication, has vaccinated over 75 million people against COVID-19 since mid-December, the rest of the world is still catching up. Poorer countries, for example, are struggling to procure enough vaccines for essential workers–let alone their entire population.

Luckily, certain charitable business are making it their mission to get vaccines to the most needy. For example, anti-poverty organization Global Citizen has organized a charity concert with the aim of getting COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries.

Selena Gomez will be hosting the concert, called “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”. And none other than Jennifer Lopez will be headlining.

Selena Gomez took to Twitter to announce her involvement in the exciting project. “I’m honored to be hosting ‘VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,’ ” she wrote.

“This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Jennifer Lopez also took to Twitter to announce her involvement with VAX Live, saying that she is “calling for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution for all”. That’s a statement we can get behind!

Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only superstar performing. Other acts will include J Balvin, H.E.R., and the Foo Fighters.

Global Citizen has one goal: to raise $22 billion for global vaccinations via corporate and philanthropic donors. They’re hoping VAX Live will bring awareness to their efforts.

“There are 27 million healthcare workers globally who don’t have access to the vaccine,” said Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans to the Associated Press. “I’m 38 years old, and it’s not ethical for me to have access to the vaccine before these heroic first responders and community health workers. So we need governments to start urgently donating those doses.”

Tom Hart, the executive director for another anti-poverty organization, The ONE Campaign, also reiterated the importance of getting vaccine doses into the hands of developing countries.

“Low-income countries not only need this welcome fundraising effort; they need access to COVID-19 vaccine doses,” Tom Hart said.

“The United States has secured over 550 million excess doses that could be used to help end the global pandemic faster.”

You can catch VAX LIVE on ABC, CBS, and iHeartMedia stations on 8:00 p.m. ET on May 8th. It will also be airing on Fox starting at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT the same day. You’ll also be able to catch an extended version on Global Citizen’s YouTube channel on May 8th as well.

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