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Fashion Designer Johana Hernandez Is Making Face Masks

The COVID-19 health crisis continues to rage as governments continue their attack against the virus. Regular civilians have also started to join the fight as best they can. One person is fashion designer Johana Hernandez, who is the powerful force behind Glaudi and Glaudi Bridal.

Fashion designer Johana Hernandez is using her company to create face masks.

These aren’t your regular face masks. They are super trendy and fun patterns to cover your face when you have to leave the house. For some cities and states, face masks are becoming a requirement for all people when they are out in public. Los Angeles has announced the measure and it is going to be going into effect on Friday, April 10, 2020.

If you have been laid off or don’t want to spend the money, Hernandez did post a video showing how you can make your own mask.

There are patterns all over the Internet showing people how they can create their own face masks. Now that they are required, businesses can refuse service to anyone who is not wearing a facial covering when they come to a business that is still opened and deemed essential.

The designer even teamed up with her mother and staff to create medical-grade face masks to donate to hospitals.

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“Friends been working with my Mom and team and have made hundreds of medical mask 😷 to donate to our hospitals specially PIH Downey as they saved my fathers life multiple times in the past from ICU,” Hernandez shared in an Instagram post.

Money raised from selling the Glaudi face masks is being used to acquire and donate medical masks to healthcare workers who need them.

Healthcare workers in the U.S. are seeing a severe lack of personal protection equipment (PPE) as the number of COVID-19 cases increases. The PPE include gloves, face masks, gowns, hats, and face shields used to protect healthcare workers from contracting the virus as they work closely with ill patients.

Hernandez and her staff are working hard to keep their inventory in stock.

According to some of her posts, the facial masks continue to sell out. The designer is making sure to keep things stocked up so everyone who wants a mask can buy a mask. It is people like this who go above and beyond their duties that show the best of humanity in times of crisis.

READ: Dominican Fashion Designer Jenny Polanco Dies From COVID-19 Complications

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In Cuba, Where Food Is Unreliable, Savvy Cooks Have Turned to Facebook to Share Recipes

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In Cuba, Where Food Is Unreliable, Savvy Cooks Have Turned to Facebook to Share Recipes

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COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for Cubans. Not only have Cubans been physically affected by the virus like the rest of the world, but the drop in the island’s gross domestic product has stymied local economic productivity. The island can no longer look to tourism to add to their GDP.

Because of this drop in GDP, food shortages on the island have become more severe than in recent memory. And Cuban cooks are feeling the effects.

Cubans must stand in line for hours at markets with no guarantees that the ingredients that they want will be available.

This way of living is especially hard for Cuban cooks, like 39-year-old Yuliet Colón. For Colón, cooking is both a creative expression and a stress reliever. “The kitchen is my happy place, where I am calmer and I feel better,” she recently revealed to the Associated Press.

Yuliet Colón is one of the creators of a Facebook page called Recetas del Corazón that has changed the cooking game for thousands of Cubans.

Now, thanks to Colón and other curious and generous Cuban cooks like her, Recipes from the Heart is now 12,000 members strong.

The goal of the page is to help struggling Cuban cooks cope with food shortages. Members of the page share creative recipes, tips, and food substitutions. Launched in June of 2020, the page was an instant success. Its success proves that Cubans have been desperate to find ways to adapt their cooking to the post-COVID-era.

To AP News, Yuliet Colón laments about the lack of rice, beans, cheese, fruit, and, most of all, eggs. “What I like the most is making desserts, but now it’s hard to get eggs, milk or flour,” she revealed.

The brightside is, however, that Cuban cooks are finally able to share food-related tips and tricks with each other on a much larger scale than they were before the internet became more widespread in the country.

Now that many Cubans have access to communication apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, they can now connect with one another and make the most of what they have–however little that may be.

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Mariah Carey Got Her First Dose Of The Vaccine And Made It Into An Iconic Moment

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Mariah Carey Got Her First Dose Of The Vaccine And Made It Into An Iconic Moment

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Vaccines are rolling out across the country. People are getting their shots so life can finally start getting back to normal after a year of quarantining and social distancing. Mariah Carey let her fans join on her first shot and it became iconic.

Mariah Carey got her first shot of the vaccine and hit that whistle note.

More and more Americans are finally getting vaccinated to get the world back to normal. More than 160 million vaccines have been given in the U.S. and people are starting to see the results. Life is slowly getting back to normal for families who haven’t seen each other in years.

The singer was “excited and nervous a little bit” about getting the vaccine. Her demeanor showed just how impactful it is for people to do their part to get us back to normal.

True to form, Carey was in her camera-ready pose when she was getting ready.

People receiving the vaccine are told to keep their arm relaxed but Carey clearly isn’t made for that. How do you just turn off your star charisma?

It’s important to keep your arm relaxed while you are getting your vaccination to save you from the pain. If your arm is tense or in an awkward position, it is more likely to move during the jab, which can be painful. Listen to your nurses.

Some people are very curious how someone so young got the vaccine.

President Joe Biden announced that all states must make vaccine eligibility open to all adults by April 19. Some states are allowing people as young as 16 to get vaccinated. This is an accelerated deadline from the previously called for May 1. President Biden has worked hard to push the vaccination rate up and he has delivered on his promises for various vaccination deadlines.

People want to know if the vocal skills are a side effect of the vaccine.

There are a lot of conspiracy theories circulating about the vaccine. Some people believe that Bill Gates is microchipping them using the vaccine. It is a conspiracy that persists despite people definitively debunking the theory.

Congratulations, Mariah!

The world is eager to get back to normal and the vaccination rollout across the world is going to get us there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is slowly releasing new guidelines about what fully vaccinated people are able to do.

For example, it is safe for fully vaccinated people to gather in small groups indoors without masks and social distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also fly on airplanes without much risk because of the effectiveness of the vaccine.

READ: This Is How Cuba Is Developing Its Own COVID Vaccine When It Can Barely Get Daily Necessities To The Island

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