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We Don’t Deserve Dogs: Our Furry Friends Are Helping Deliver Groceries In Colombia And It’s Too Perfect

Once again, dogs prove that they really are our best friend. And they’re proving themselves to be “essential workers” as the world continues to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

As social distancing measures became mandatory across Colombia – and the world for that matter – one market in Medellín enlisted the help of their dog Eros, who has helped deliver groceries to local residents who are high-risk of Coronavirus infection.

Dogs are essential workers in some Colombia towns as they help deliver groceries to high-risk residents.

Across the world, social distancing and no-contact delivery have become the norm as communities try to reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection. In Colombia, a dog has joined a force of ‘essential workers’ during the pandemic as he helps to deliver groceries to people at higher risk of Coronavirus complications.

Eight-year-old Eros trots through the streets of this hilly city of Medellín several times a day with a straw basket held in his mouth, plying vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers. The friendly Labrador Retriever has been helping the store owner and customers with deliveries in exchange for treats and and few scratches and cuddles.

OK, but a dog doesn’t know people’s addresses so how does he make deliveries?

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When the shop first opened, Eros would accompany the store’s owner as she made deliveries to local residents. Over time Eros remembered customer’s names and where they lived, since most greeted him with treats. With some fine tuning, he has learned to go to their houses on his own simply by telling him the name of the delivery customer. According to the store owner the four-legged delivery personnel is super adamant that he be rewarded for his work with a tip: he won’t leave your house until you give him a treat.

The dog knows the names of about five or six of the store’s regular customers and drops by their home to bring in items. The store’s owner sends Eros with a receipt in the basket and the customers pay the bill through a bank transfer.

Although numbers are high, compared to its neighbors in Latin America, Colombia has escaped the worst of the Coronavirus.

As of July 16, Colombia has recorded more than 165,000 cases of Coronavirus and almost 6,000 people have died. Although these numbers show that Colombia is experiencing its own Covid-19 pandemic, compared to other countries across South America, Colombia has fared quite well.

Many credit the lower numbers to the government’s strict lockdown orders at the beginning of the crisis. City governments had to impose strict social distancing measures, limiting the number of days per week that people can go shopping and even shut down their international borders to all travelers – including Colombians trying to return home from abroad. Many credit these strict measures with helping flatten the curve.

The country has also launched a pilot program using dogs to help sniff out the virus.

Aside from dogs helping to deliver groceries, the country has also launched a study – similar to others around the world – to use dogs to help sniff out the Coronavirus in humans.

Medellín has decades of experience training canines to sniff-out illegal drugs, contraband foods and explosives. While working the frontline of narcotics interception at airports and other entry points continue, researchers from the Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad Nacional and the University of Wisconsin have teamed up on a project to teach sniffer dogs how to detect the odor of COVID-19 in symptomatic individuals.

Joining other similar studies around the world in which dogs can detect infectious diseases, cancers and Parkinson’s with incredible accuracy, six dogs are in training sessions. The objective is to increase COVID-19 detection capacity among 100 dogs.

According to doctor and researcher Ómar Vesga Meneses, to carry out the project, saliva samples were taken from 12 patients infected with coronavirus and receiving treatment at San Vicente Fundación hospital in Medellín. Although dogs have outstanding metrics in diagnosing 99% of cases, the investigation is currently focusing on persons with confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Tourists To Mexico Are Getting COVID And Are Shocked They Can’t Return To U.S.

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Tourists To Mexico Are Getting COVID And Are Shocked They Can’t Return To U.S.

Since late-January, the United States has required a negative COVID test from anyone traveling to the U.S., including tourists returning from vacation in Mexico. So, what happens when you test positive while in a foreign country?

Well, many U.S. tourists are finding out the dark side of traveling during a global pandemic as those who test positive for the virus aren’t being allowed back into the country. And they are outraged.

U.S. tourists shocked they can’t return to the U.S. with a positive COVID test.

Even though the government has made it very clear that anyone traveling to the U.S. will require a negative COVID-19 test (at least anyone over the age of 2), many U.S. tourists abroad are shocked they’re not able to return to their home country once they’ve caught the virus.

Korey Mudd, who was on vacation in Cancun when he tested positive, told USA Today, he couldn’t believe this was happening. “It would have been better just to stay home, for sure, unfortunately,” he said.

The hotel initially told him he had to stay until he tested negative, which freaked Mudd out since people who get the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can test positive long after they’ve recovered from the virus. The resort they stayed at, which covers the cost of the extended stay for travelers stranded by COVID-19, eventually settled on 10 days after his first test if he had no symptoms.

The U.S. implemented the testing requirement shortly after President Biden took office.

Since late January, anyone traveling to the United States is required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination or recovery from the virus. However, this new requirement hasn’t stemmed the flow of tourists from the U.S. traveling to Mexico amid the pandemic, hoping to escape the tighter lockdowns that exist in some parts of the U.S.

But if you’re abroad and test positive, you can’t fly home until you are cleared by a doctor or provide proof of a negative test. Hotel and airline interpretations of the CDC rules vary, but travelers who’ve been stuck say they were told between 10 and 14 days in isolation.

When the requirement was announced on Jan. 12, travelers rushed to cancel plans or shift their vacation plans to U.S. vacation spots that don’t require COVID-19 tests. But the bookings rebounded as some hotels announced free testing and a free quarantine stay if they tested positive and vaccination rates have increased.

Do you need a test to fly?

Travelers don’t need a COVID-19 test to fly to Mexico, but they can’t board a flight back to the United States from the country or any international destination without showing a negative test taken no more than three days before departure or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

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