Getting The Most Out of Your Mask

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:59 AM For some of us, wearing a face mask every time we go out will take a while to get the hang of. Once you get your hands on a mask, or make one of your own, it's equally as important to make sure you're wearing it correctly. Most importantly, it should cover your nose, mouth and chin. Head over to the New York Times for helpful illustrations showing the proper way to wear a mask, and what not to do once you get a hold of one.

Blindness and a Pandemic

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:56 AM Almost everyone's life has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but how has this "new normal" disrupted the lives of people who are visually impaired? This week, Mark O'Donnell, CEO of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded shared an article from the BBC that outlines the particular challenges this pandemic has presented to blind and visually impaired people. Head over to the BBC to read up on it. 

Apple to Donate Millions of Face Masks

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Monday, April 6, 2020 10:50 AM This weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to share the news that Apple has sourced over 20 million face masks through its supply chain, which the company will donate to healthcare professionals in need. In addition, Apple is developing its own face shield, and plans to ship one million shields a week. Head over to Tim Cook's Twitter to learn more. 

How That Coronavirus Image Came To Be

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Friday, April 3, 2020 11:33 AM You've probably seen this image more times than you can count by now, but where did it come from, and how did it end up as the de facto COVID-19 image? Head over to the New York Times to learn more about how the CDC's medical illustrators created the now famous image. 

Guide Dogs for the Blind's Puparazzi Photo Contest

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 11:03 AM Every dog is cute enough to be a model, and now's their chance. Until April 16, Guide Dogs for the Blind is accepting submissions for its Puparazzi Photo Contest. There are categories for both Guide Dogs and non-working dogs, and winning dogs will be considered for inclusion in GDB's 2020-2021 calendars. Head over to Guide Dogs for the Blind to learn all the details

Learn Braille While Making Cookies

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:11 PM Looking for a fun, educational quarantine activity to add to your list?  How about learning some Braille? The American Printing House for the Blind shared instructions for making Braille Cookies this week—the activity is technically for kids, but that's not to say adults can't get involved too. Head over to their website for the full run-down.

Helping Children Cope With Crisis

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:20 AM This time is scary for all of us, but it poses a particular kind of terror to young children who cannot fully understand what is happening, or why. Although it may feel hopeless, parents can help their children cope—and doing that might help parents cope as well. Head over to the National Institute of Mental Health for some tips and tricks on how to support kids through this crisis. 

Take a Break With Some Sea Lions

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:01 PM New York City is in crisis, but we can still find good in the world when we look for it. At the Bronx Zoo, zookeepers continue to head into work each day to care for the animals. Head over to the Bronx Zoo's Twitter account for a look at what the sea lions are getting up to in quarantine.

Hand Washing Without Running Water

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Friday, March 27, 2020 11:38 AM Hand washing is one of the most important ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, but there are millions of people around the world who lack access to running water. Last week, Sightsavers put the spotlight on the tippy tap: a device that those without running water can use to safely wash their hands. Head over to Twitter to learn how it works. 

Watch Out for Coronavirus Related Scams

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:21 AM Unfortunately, some scammers are capitalizing on the uncertainty, confusion and fear many people are feeling right now. While there is little we personally can do to stop these scammers, it's important for us to know how to spot some of the most common scams in order to keep ourselves safe. Head over to Forbes for a look at some of the more common scams emerging related to the Coronavirus, and how you can keep yourself safe from them.

Staying Active at Home

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:40 AM It's probably one of the last things many of us want to do right now, but keeping up with your exercise routine while self-isolating is important both for your physical and mental health. Working out from home is a different experience and it presents some new challenges—but it's incredibly doable and can even be fun. This week, the WHO shared some ideas for keeping active at home on Twitter, as well as some facts about why it's so important to keep those endorphins pumping right now. Head over to Twitter to read the full thread.

Parenting Through Self-Isolation

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:07 AM While everything about the current COVID-19 crisis is overwhelming for everyone, parents around the world are facing an additional layer of challenges right now. Parenting during self-isolation or quarantine can be scary, confusing and difficult, but there are ways to make it more approachable. Hansa Bhargava, MD, a medical editor and WebMD's expert pediatrician, put together a list of ways to help with parenting during self-isolation—head over to WebMD to read more.

Astronauts' Tips for Self-Isolation

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Monday, March 23, 2020 10:23 AM Already going a little stir crazy? How about taking some advice from astronauts? After all, there are few people who know more about social distance and self-isolation than those who have spent an extended amount of time literally not on planet Earth. Head over to Inc. to hear tips from NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

Life in Space During A Pandemic

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Friday, March 20, 2020 2:14 PM Obviously, we're all all practicing social distance and isolation right now. But for NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and his colleagues, distance takes on an even more extreme meaning. What's it like to be heading off to space in the midst of all this? Head over to Bloomberg's QuickTake to hear from Cassidy. 

Get Your Deep Clean On

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 10:07 AM Now that many of us are spending more time at home, we might as well get some cleaning done. But if you're going to spend all that time and energy deep-cleaning the house, make sure you're doing it right. Yesterday, WebMD put together a helpful, easy-to-follow list to help make sure you're getting the most you can out of your quarantine clean. Head over to Twitter to check it out.