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New Covid-19 Lockdowns Are Coming To Parts Of The U.S. And Here’s What You Need To Know

Thanks to a high-stakes presidential election that gripped much of our attention over the past couple of months, it seemed that much of the country had seemed to forgotten that we were still in the midst of a global pandemic.

Unfortunately, highly contagious viruses do not stop spreading just because we prefer to focus on something else. For months, experts have been warning us about the potential for a second (and worse) wave in the United States.

That wave has arrived – and lockdown measures are slowly being implemented from coast to coast. Here’s what you need to know just as we head into the busy holiday season.

Just as we approach the holidays, the U.S. is seeing a record number of new cases and deaths.

Right now is a difficult time to be in the U.S. The country is experiencing a nationwide spike in Coronavirus cases. So far there have been more than 10 million Covid-19 cases and over a quarter of a million deaths.

Over the past month, the country has been breaking the daily records for new cases with the seven-day average at more than 123,000 new cases per day. As of Wednesday, 65,368 people were hospitalized around the country with Covid-19, which is the largest number at any point so far during the pandemic.

With the rising numbers only expected to get worse, many states are reversing course and putting lockdown measures back in place. How strict the limits become and how many states adapt them is yet to be seen, but with cases spiking the way they are, people across the country should expect their state to follow suit with at least some new restrictions.

“You should be prepared for how bad it’s going to get,” infectious disease doctor William Haseltine told The Daily Beast, adding that “we’re not even near the peak.”

From Los Angeles to New York, local governments are taking action to limit the surge.

California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, has announced he was pulling the “emergency break” amid a troubling surge in cases across the state. Much of the state – about 94% of residents – will now return to the most restrictive tier of rules: including a new requirement on face masks whenever outside your home.

The new statewide measures come as some county officials in Los Angeles said they were considering implementing a curfew in order to slow the spread of the virus.

A curfew would mean that “businesses do not have to close again, but would instead have limited hours for essential activities”, said Mark Ridley-Thomas, a member of the county board of supervisors, in a statement.

On Wednesday, New York announced new restrictions and paused elements of their re-opening process. “This is our LAST chance to stop a second wave,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter. “We can do it, but we have to act NOW.” The new restrictions include limiting gatherings to 10 or less people indoors, and closing restaurants and bars at 10 p.m.

Chicago’s mayor is asking residents to skip Thanksgiving and avoid seeing family – in order to save lives.

Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a sweeping stay-at-home advisory to help slow the spread of the virus. The order is set to last 30 days and will include other restrictions on gatherings and public activities. At a press conference, Lightfoot said she “calls on all Chicagoans to follow clear measures to protect their community and help us flatten the curve.”

The measures, scheduled to take effect 6 a.m. Monday, urge Chicago residents to only leave their homes for essential activities, such as school or grocery shopping, not hold gatherings with anyone outside of a person’s immediate household, avoid all nonessential travel and to not gather in person with friends and extended family on holidays such as Thanksgiving.

In Arizona, the Navajo Nation is taking its surge in cases seriously and instituting a curfew.

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The Navajo Nation, which spreads across parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, is warning of “uncontrolled spread” of Covid-19 throughout the community.

In an effort to stop infections, the nation has entered a strict lockdown: nonessential businesses are closed, schools have been moved to online learning, roads within the nation are closed to visitors. The lockdown will last at least three weeks according to tribal health officials.

“Unfortunately, it appears that this pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better. The projections from our health care experts indicate that the Navajo Nation, as well as the country, is on an upward trajectory in terms of new cases of COVID-19,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a Sunday statement. “Please hold yourselves and your loved ones accountable and please pray for our Nation.”

The government had ordered a lockdown for the entire nation of over 170,000 people between March and August as the reservation saw some of the worst conditions in across the U.S. Now, as cases are rising again, the government has shifted its reopening status to code red, invoking its strictest lockdown protocols.

The U.S. isn’t alone as parts of Mexico are also going back into restrictive lockdowns.

On Monday, Mexico City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced that although the city would remain at an orange alert level, she was instituting additional restrictions for the capital.

Under the country’s phased restriction plan (which is color coded with red being the highest alert), restaurants, clubs, theatres, gyms, museums, and many other businesses were allowed to reopen under the orange level – with capacity restrictions.

Under the updated guidance, businesses will now see their operating hours slashes from a closing time of 10pm to 7pm and further reduced capacity. Many in the capital suspect it’s only a matter of time until the city is placed back in the red alert level – which would force all non-essential businesses to close once again.

Across Mexico, cases continue to rise. As of mid-November, the country has recorded more than one million confirmed cases and almost 100,000 deaths.

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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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