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Selena Gomez Announces Donation Efforts To Help Combat Financial And Health Impacts Of COVID-19

The world is focused on the growing spread of COVID-19. More than 1,300,000 people have tested positive for the virus as of April 7. People around the world are raising money to fight the spread of the virus and some people are getting creative. Selena Gomez is using her new music to help raise money to fight against the global health pandemic.

Selena Gomez is using her new music to raise money for an organization fighting COVID-19.

The singer announced on Instagram that she was releasing her “Rare” deluxe album. In the same post, Gomez addressed the global health crisis that devastated countries and impacted musicians. She made a personal donation and has pledged to donate $1 from every item sold in her shop to PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund is going to be helping musicians deal with the impact of COVID-19. The funds will go towards helping musicians with “medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.”

Jaime Camil is raising money to fight against the novel coronavirus.

Celebrities are stepping up and donating what they can to help fight this virus on several fronts. Lizzo is hosting meditation sessions on Instagram and Donatella Versace with her daughter donated €200,000 to a hospital in Milan. Camil is hoping that his partnership with Global Giving through Cameo helps others impacted by the virus.

For $100, you can request Camil to record a personalized message for you or someone you know.

Cameo is an app that connects fans with their favorite celebrities. For a price, people can have their favorite celebrities record video messages. Other celebrities on Cameo include model Aaron Diaz and “One Day at a Time” producer, writer, director, show-runner Gloria Calderon-Kellett.

Who wouldn’t enjoy a fun video from Rogelio de la Vega?

Rogelio de la Vega might be one of the most famous characters played by Camil. He quite possibly made “Jane the Virgin” the funny hit show we all love and remember. It’s even better because it is for a good cause.

READ: The ‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast Shared Their Final Goodbyes And We’re Not Crying, You’re Crying

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People Are Actually Giving Their Children Honest-To-God Coronavirus-Inspired Names

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People Are Actually Giving Their Children Honest-To-God Coronavirus-Inspired Names

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Inspiration truly does strike at the weirdest moments.

Even in a pandemic.

According to reports from India a couple by the name of Preeti and Vinay Verma, chose to name their newborn twins Covid and Corona in an effort to remember the current pandemic. But it’s not just the parents of India finding inspiration in these dark times. A report out of the Philippines revealed that a pair of parents named their child Covid Bryant– an homage to both the virus and the recently deceased basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

Speaking about their new baby names Preeti Verma said she wanted to ease anxieties related to the names.

“We wished to ease the anxiety and fear associated with these words and also make the occasion memorable,” Preeti said in an interview.

Of course, there’s no doubt COVID-19 will be a defining virus for people across the globe and for generations as well. Speculation that the pandemic will spark a “coronial” generation gained quite a bit of hype. The Brookings Institution, however, estimated that the U.S. birth rate will decline by another 7-10%  this coming year which equates to nearly 300,000 to 500,000 less births. A Guttmacher Institute survey found that “34% of women said they wanted to get pregnant later or wanted fewer children because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

But what about the babies that are being born during the pandemic? It turns out the pandemic might actually be inspiring more and more of their names. A survey, conducted by ChannelMum.com, recently revealed that 43% of parents believe the coronavirus outbreak will affect what they will name their newborns. The survey also found that 7% of parents have had a change of heart on what to name their children as a result of the pandemic.

For some less morbid name inspiration check out some of the best monikers inspired by lockdown that we could find, below!

Vida

Spanish for “life” which is pretty sweet and optimistic.

Anthony

Some parents might opt to name their children after the voice of wisdom during these strange times.

Cora

Less intense and direct than Corona.

Vira

Vira means “hero” in Hindi.

Tina 

Short for quarantine.,

Demi 

Short for pandemic.

Hope

Much more optimistic in these strange times.

Solita

Spanish for solitude, which a lot of us are experiencing right now.

Stella

Which means “light” and also draws hope.

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Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that 2020 has been, well, the year from hell. But, like with any terrible events, there has been a few silver linings. More flexible work schedules. More alone time with family members.

And now, the mother of all silver linings: hands-free Cholula dispensers.

No, we’re not kidding. Earlier this month, the cult-favorite hot sauce brand announced that they have partnered with appliance tech company simplehuman to develop a hands-free dispenser for restaurants. Per Cholula, the invention was made in response to the need for a safer way to dispense hot sauce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When restaurant operators began removing Cholula bottles from tabletops amid the pandemic, we needed to develop a solution that could adapt to their new environment,” said Cholula’s CEO, Maura Mottolese, in a press release. “The collaboration between simplehuman and Cholula combines the best in technology and taste to revolutionize the condiment station to meet the needs of the customer and the foodservice industry in the ever-changing landscape that is 2020.”

The invention is–dare we say–genius.

Various video demonstrations of the gadget show that a user need only to hover the hand over the Cholula dispenser to be gifted with a glorious stream of hot sauce coming out of its little faucet.

Additionally, the company revealed that the Cholula dispensers would be available for private commercial purchase. According to Cholula, the Touch-Free dispensers will be available for a limited time on Cholula’s website–just in time for the holidays.

“Cholula diehard consumers will have a rare opportunity to purchase a limited number of Cholula x simplehuman Touch-Free Dispensers, the essential gift for contactless holiday meals, starting December 1, 2020 at www.Cholula.com/handsfree,” wrote the hot sauce brand in a press release.

“Optimized for the best saucing experience, the flash sale promotion, priced at $130, includes a Cholula x simplehuman Touch-Free Dispenser PLUS a half-gallon jug of Cholula Original and free shipping.”

Cholula revealed that 100% of the proceeds will go towards the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which is a “nonprofit formed by notable chefs like Tom Colicchio to save independent restaurants affected by COVID-19.”

Naturally, people are hyped that Cholula is selling the hands-free hot sauce dispenser to customers.

This is the type of gift that keeps on giving.

Honestly, “hot sauce innovation” is exactly the type of innovation we need coming out of 2020.

TBH, we deserve good things right now. Thank you Cholula.

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