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California’s Poorest County Is The State’s New Epicenter For Covid-19

Adolphe Edward is the CEO for El Centro regional medical center, which is one of the only two hospitals in the entire county; which houses 181,000 California residents.

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Easy Exercises You Can Do At Home

Staying indoors has become the new normal for all of us as we endure the coronavirus pandemic. While remaining isolated is the best way to curve the spread of the virus, it’s still important to be doing things that will improve your physical and mental health, especially during times of global uncertainty. 

Exercise has long been one of the greatest things an individual can do to improve upon their physical and mental wellbeing. However, many are struggling to adjust their lifestyles to remain active and healthy while stuck inside during a public health crisis. Additionally, research shows that living an inactive life for an extended period of time can lead to an increase in depression, anxiety, and a decrease in physical health/motivation as well. 

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The main goal is simple, do something to keep your mind and body engaged for at least 30 minutes everyday. This means doing some sort of physical activity besides pacing around your house. Exercise is also an amazing way to keep your bodies systems running smoothly and efficiently, which is of the utmost importance especially during a pandemic. 

If you own an exercise ball, stairmaster or treadmill, maintaining a solid cardiovascular workout routine is easy. If not, you want to look for activities that are specifically meant to increase your heart rate; jumping jacks, sprints, climbing up and down the stairs, etc. Covid-19 aside, heart disease is normally the number one killer in the world, so these types of exercises are imperative for everyone, regardless of age or health status, to do.

Jumping rope and setting up a hopscotch course to run back and forth through are just a couple of other easy solutions for ways to get your blood pumping and heart rate going at home. YouTube is also an amazing free resource to use.

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There’s a multitude of actual fitness instructors who have accounts and upload full workout routines for their subscribers. For individuals with televisions that are WiFi compatible, you can easily pull up any of these videos on the screen so you’re not bending over the phone or computer to really see the instructor. 

If you’re more interested in developing mobility/flexibility and strengthening your muscles, you’re going to want to look for more resistance-based exercises. Typically in a gym setting these exercises would use weights and resistance bands to help your body work even harder, both of which can be found online. If you’re not looking to spend any money, push-ups against the wall, squats, lunges, and wall-sits are just a few easy at home exercises that will lead to successful results. 

Online cardio dance classes like Zumba are also available online for low prices, and you can find other hip hop choreography/exercise classes on YouTube as well. These types of classes are especially great for engaging your mind and motivating yourself to continue to exercise because it’s fun. Dancing along to popular music in sync with another person while also getting a full-body workout is just as enjoyable as it is effective. Plus, if you’re the type of person who gets shy about dancing in front of other people, this type of online exercise is perfect to do alone from the comfort of your own home. 

As the world continues to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we remember to take care of our physical and mental health. Make a routine, write out a weekly schedule, choose exercises that can be fun and impactful, and of course, keep health and safety as your number one priority.

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Arizona Among States Shutting Down Again After Massive Spikes In Covid-19 Cases

The coronavirus pandemic is still very much a major health crisis for the entire world. Worldwide, over 500,000 individuals have died, and over 10.3 million have contracted the virus. The unpredictability of Covid-19, along with a complete disregard for safety measures enforced by healthcare professionals as opposed to government bodies and law enforcement, has led to America in particular seeing a massive surge in cases when compared to the rest of the world. 

Arizona, to be more specific, was one of the many states to prematurely reopen while the rest of the world continued to remain indoors to curve the spread. Now, the state is dealing out major rollbacks on all of the re-openings, as the state has seen one of the most “brutal” increases in Covid-19 cases within the past 30 days of being opened again. 

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Before the end of this month, Arizona had reopened its bars, gyms, and businesses. Now, Governor Doug Ducey is claiming all of those establishments, along with any others that reopened, will be closing yet again. Events with more than 50 individuals have already been prohibited, however, many are wondering if that’s enough considering the fact that the state saw an increase from 46,000+ cases to 75,000+ cases in a matter of 10 days. 

“Our expectation is that next week, our numbers will be worse. It will take several weeks for the mitigations we are putting in place to take effect,” Ducey said.

The largest increase in case numbers is among individuals who are anywhere from 20 to 40-years old; that demographic makes up about 22% of all hospitalizations for the state. However, Arizona is not alone in this, in fact, sixteen other states that have also prematurely reopened all major businesses, bars, restaurants, etc. have pulled back and begun closing down again due to Covid case numbers rising.

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Bars in Texas and California that never even fully closed down are now officially shutting down business while South Florida recently got an order to begin closing down its beaches. This upcoming fourth of July weekend has many healthcare officials essentially begging their government officials to close everything down to avoid mass gatherings of celebration. 

Arizona is already enforcing that for this weekend in particular groups of 10 or less are allowed to gather if they remain outside and socially distanced. The major drawback, however, is that even with these rules enforced, many still ignore them, and local officials aren’t enforcing them seriously enough for individuals to actually worry about getting reprimanded. 

Arizona schools in particular have also pushed back all dates to start the school year until at least August 17th; that date is also subject to change. The governor said that is a facility that’s been affected by Covid-19 wants to reopen, individuals running said facilities must enforce public health regulations and post it largely for the public to see. The governor’s goal is to open up again in 30 days, however, as we know this virus takes 2-3 weeks to appear sometimes, so who’s to say what the world will look like in a month, let alone a state that already reopened and closed again once.

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Seattle Police Want To Return To Vacated Precinct Located In ‘Autonomous Zone’

Seattle’s Mayor, Jenny Durkan, has addressed the group of protesters who have an established autonomous zone in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood this week, and told them all that “it’s time for people to go home.” While the mayor ensured that no one would be removed by force, she would be meeting with Black-led community organizations as a means of persuading them to leave the area while they continue out their peaceful protests. 

Police were initially pulled out of the Seattle Police Department precinct located in the neighborhood as tensions rose amid the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police. This past weekend, however, three separate shootings occurred at night in the same area as the autonomous zone, motivating officials to get all protesters out at least during the nighttime hours of the day.

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“We can still accommodate people who want to protest peacefully. But the impacts on the businesses and residents in the community are now too much,” Durkan said

The East Precinct was boarded up and abandoned by officers after protesters set up an autonomous zone directly outside of the building. Police Chief Carmen Best said that the decision to leave the precinct was not her idea and expressed her anger to citizens when the decision was made. Mayor Durkan, on the other end of it, told media outlets that she thought the autonomous zone could be “seen as the Summer of Love.” 

However, while the message behind the zone is strong and powerful, Durkan still believes she needs to get her officers back in the building, and claims it’s literally a matter of “life or death.” There’s been over 100,000 emergency calls since the creation of the zone that could’ve been more easily responded to if first responders didn’t have to work though a “hostile crowd,” according to officials.

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Protesters view the hostility as coming more so from the side of authority, as Durkan herself even pointed out, the victims of the three shootings that occurred near the autonomous zone were all black men; one of which was just 19-years-old, who unfortunately ended up passing away from his injuries. 

“It is not unnoticed that the victims were Black men, there have also been reports of rape, arson and property destruction. We cannot walk away from the truth of what is happening here. This is about life or death,” Mayor Durkan said.

Chief Best has since denied claims that her department was not responding to calls in the zone purposefully, and emphasized to the public that Seattle itself is “not under siege” and officers are “responding to every call in every area of the city.” This specific statement, however, came out directly after Seattle Police officers received a department wide email that instructed them not to respond to calls for service within the autonomous zone unless they were responding to a “mass casualty event such as an active shooter or fire.” 

Seattle Police spokesman Detective Patrick Michaud confirmed to media outlets that the email was in fact authentic but officers were still responding to any significant safety issues within the neighborhood. Other minor calls from within the zone are responded to by requesting the caller to meet first responders outside of the area.

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‘They’re Finally Starting To Get It’: Angela Davis Reflects On Her 50-Year Fight For Racial Justice

Angela Davis famously gave an interview in 1972 from her cell in a California state prison and during, viewers claim she branded herself as an intellectual individual who represented millions of other black american women who simply wanted to be seen as human beings.

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Minneapolis City Council Announces Support For Disbanding Their Police Department

Protests have erupted all over the United States, and the rest of the world, in response to the unjust killing of George Floyd at the hands of one former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, and four others who were complacent during the nine minute killing. Now, after a major call to action from millions of people all over the world, and the constant efforts of various celebrities and others with major social media followings, justice is beginning to be served.

All four officers involved in Floyd’s death have since been arrested and charged for their involvement in the incident. In response to Breonna Taylor’s unjust killing, in which officers knocked down the door to her apartment while she was sleeping and murdered her in her sleep, Mayor of Louisville and the Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee passed “Breonna’s Law” which limits all no-knock warrants used by the police; the officers involved in her murder have yet to be charged. 

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Most recently and specifically involving the George Floyd case, nine members of the Minneapolis City Council announced their support for disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department. City Council President Lisa Bender said at a rally on Sunday, “our commitment is to end our toxic relationship with MPD and to end policing as we know it to recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”

Jenkins took to the stage with other council members Alondra Cano, Philippe Cunningham, Jeremiah Ellison, Steve Fletcher, Cam Gordon, Andrew Johnson and Jeremy Schroeder, who all pledged their support and intent to end the Minneapolis Police Department “through a budgetary process.”

“Decades of police reform efforts have proved that the Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed and will never be accountable for its actions. We are here today to begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department and creating a new transformative model for cultivating safety in our city,” one council member’s banner read as all nine held up various posters of support at the rally. 

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Alondra Cano, who represents the 9th ward, committed herself to creating a “fear free future” where every single life is protected and respected, especially black ones. The council plans to take the funds that previously went into the police department and distribute them towards a community-based public safety model. 

The members also emphasized that while they may not have all the answers as to what a police-free future would be like, they have faith in their community to help them organize and rebuild such a broken system. 

“We’re committing to engaging with every willing community member in the City of Minneapolis over the next year to identify what safety looks like for everyone. We’ll be taking intermediate steps towards ending the MPD through the budget process and other policy and budget decisions over the coming weeks and months,” other banners read. 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, however, made a surprise appearance at a protest this past Saturday, however, he reaffirmed his support of the police department, and when asked by a protester if he would defund the police, he gave a long complex answer that basically meant no, prompting the crowd to boo him out of the protest. 

The nationwide call to dismantle all of America’s police departments and reform them so that individuals who are more highly educated in the law and all of its specifics has echoed loudly after Floyd’s murder, however, as we know this battle for racial equality is centuries years old. Now, the fact that Americans are seeing white officers held accountable, laws being passed, and the total abolition of police departments, there’s a lot of hope circulating throughout the country, and this is only the beginning according to most. 

 

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Foods That Provide Immune Support During A Pandemic

With the coronavirus pandemic still deeply impacting this planet, many are searching for ways that they can help keep themselves healthy from home. Obviously, immune support is one of the biggest concerns in terms of avoiding infection of this virus, and luckily there are a multitude of foods that have specific nutrients and vitamins that directly help your immune system function and grow stronger. 

It’s important to note that if you do contract the coronavirus, flu, or any other sort of viral infection, obviously medicine and seeking professional medical attention is the only real option for recovery. These foods in general are just known to boost your body’s immune response and can help your body strengthen in the case that you do get infected; but again, foods are not cures. 

Elderberries have been used as a homemade flu remedy for decades. The small berries are mainly known for being saturated in antioxidants. Any foods with antioxidants in them are extremely beneficial for fighting inflammation within the body. When you contract a virus such as Covid-19 or the flu, your immune system’s initial response is to heat up; hence the fevers, body chills and internal inflammation of your organs. Elderberries can help combat that heat and help your immune system respond to the virus quicker. 

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Button mushrooms are commonly eaten in salads or pasta dishes and they actually contain a lot of beneficial vitamins within them. Selenium, to be more specific, is what keeps your body feeling strong and functional throughout a given day. If you’ve ever had a really bad cold and have felt extremely weak and achy, it’s likely because your body is suffering from a selenium deficiency due to the infiltration of whatever virus your body is fighting off. Selenium has been proven to especially help your body when you have the flu, hence why it’s recommended for immune support more so now as well. 

Any sort of citrus fruit directly benefits your immune system as well. Oranges, lemons, limes, clementines, etc. they all contain a large amount of vitamin C in them. Vitamin C is known for helping your body create more white blood cells (the cells in your body that fight off infections). This is why it’s always recommended to drink some orange juice when you’re sick, to provide your body with even more nutrients and vitamins. It’s recommended that men should get at least 90 mg of vitamin C per day and women need at least 75 mg. 

Red bell peppers are also loaded with vitamin C and have the same impact as eating a citrus fruit. However, red bell peppers actually contain even more vitamin C than the average citrus fruit. 

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Garlic can be used as the base for practically every meal and luckily it contains certain nutrients that specifically aid the body in artery function. Your arteries tend to work less efficiently when your body’s busy fighting off a foreign virus, so eating garlic everyday can help ensure your arteries and veins are always strong and running smoothly. 

Broccoli is obviously one of the healthiest foods for you. It has a ton of essential vitamins in it that all directly impact your immune system. It also maintains these nutrients more if it’s eaten uncooked, so pick up some fresh broccoli next time you’re at the market!

Finally, having yogurt in the morning is an amazing source of protein, but more importantly, vitamin D. Vitamin D can also be absorbed into the body through sun exposure (always remember to wear an SPF or sunscreen). Vitamin D is similar to vitamin C in the sense that it’s often taken when one is sick with the cold or the flu. 

As previously stated, all of these foods are meant to help keep your immune system functioning properly and can definitely help your body fight off viral infection, however, if you or a loved one begins experiencing any sort of flu or Covid-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

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These Companies Are Planning To Keep Working From Home Post-Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many workplaces to convert to remote environments for obvious health and safety reasons. For some companies the transition from office to at home has been a struggle, but for others, the transition went so smoothly that many big businesses are debating keeping their staff at home permanently even after this pandemic comes to a close; whenever that may be. Here are some of the companies who announced their new permanent stay-home work orders:

Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg announced recently that up to 50% of all of Facebook’s employees could be working remotely for the rest of the decade as a matter of satisfying employee requests, and for financial reasons as well. 

“When you limit hiring to people who live in a small number of big cities, or who are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, have different backgrounds, have different perspectives,” Zuckerberg said on a livestream posted to his Facebook page.

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Twitter: Along the same social media lines, Twitter executives also recently announced that they would allow a majority of their workforce to continue working from home for as long as they choose; even if that’s for the rest of their career. Like any major company, there are some roles that will need to be fulfilled in an office environment once non-essential businesses re-open, however, for now this is easing a lot of employee anxieties who know that they’re in a job position that wouldn’t require them to do so. 

“If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen. If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return,” said Twitter’s vice president of people, Jennifer Christie, in a statement.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, recently announced that his other company, Square, would also allow their employees to continue working remotely indefinitely after the pandemic for the same reasons he implemented the new policy for Twitter employees. 

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Box: Box is a cloud-storage company that has nearly 2,000 employees working throughout the United States. In a recent blog post from the company’s CEO, Aaron Levie, he informed his entire workforce that they’re free to work “from anywhere” until the end of 2020 at least. Before the pandemic, Levie says that 15% of his employees already worked remotely, and while having that in-office community is important, the fully virtual way of working would be just as successful. 

Shopify: The CEO of Shopify, a small business ecommerce platform, Tobi Lutke, recently released an entire statement about his thoughts on the world of work being “turned on its head.”  

“Office centricity is over. As of today, Shopify is a digital by default company. Until recently, work happened in the office. We’ve always had some people remote, but they used the internet as a bridge to the office. This will reverse now. The future of the office is to act as an on-ramp to the same digital workplace that you can access from your #WFH setup,” Lutke tweeted

Lutke continued to claim that all offices for Shopify would be closed until 2021 and the remainder of this year will be dedicated to digital reworking and transitioning into this new world of work. If there’s one thing all big businesses could learn from these major corporations, it’s that listening to your employees and transitioning into a period where everyone feels completely safe and able to do their work to the best of their ability should always be the main goal, but especially in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

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How To Manage And Relieve Your Stress During A Pandemic

Amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, it’s no surprise that we’re all feeling a lot more stressed than usual. On top of working from home, taking care of our families/loved ones, and having to worry about an infectious virus that spreads easily, there seems to be no time to just take a minute and breathe. However, now that we’re all home for an indefinite amount of time, there’s never been a better time to practice effective ways of managing and relieving your stress levels. 

When we’re more aware of how stressed we become throughout the day, it’s much easier to figure out ways to combat those feelings and recognize them before it builds up into an overwhelming cloud of anxiety. Make a note of what things are triggering a stressful response in you everyday, and then try to work on those specific areas. While this can be as specific as receiving an email from one particular coworker who never gets anything done, there are a multitude of general ways to help separate ourselves from the situation and calm down. 

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Getting exercise or at least some sort of movement in everyday life is a requirement for being quarantined. Even if it just means going outside and walking a few laps in your backyard, it’s essential that you’re at least stepping outside, breathing in some fresh air, and stretching out your muscles and bones everyday. 

It can be so easy to get wrapped into binge marathons on Netflix, especially now, but we can’t get too comfortable with making that a habit. The more you’re sitting around and just watching mindless TV shows or movies, the more likely it is you’re going to put off the things you have to do which will only lead to even more stress being added onto your already full plate. 

Learn how to create boundaries between your work and personal life. This is imperative for those who are currently working remotely. It can be challenging to turn your work brain off and casual at-home brain on when you’re just home all the time. This is why it’s recommended that you set up your remote working station in an area of your home that’s as separated from the rooms that are known for inducing relaxation (such as the living or bedroom). 

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Another easy way of separating your work and personal life at home is to make sure you’re filling your personal time with activities that you want to and enjoy doing. This could include cooking, gardening, knitting, reading, and anything else that you consider relaxing. By filling your free time with things you want to do, and your work time with the things you have to do,  it’s easier for your brain to make that distinction, even if you are just moving from room to room everyday. 

Make sure you’re staying hydrated as well. Getting enough water everyday is obviously imperative for your physical health, but it also is for your mental health. According to Amanda Carlson, the director of performance at Athlete’s Performance, “studies have shown that being just half a liter dehydrated can increase your cortisol [stress hormone] levels. The National Academy of Medicine recommends that you drink one milliliter of water per each calorie of food consumed.”

Make lists of all your daily, weekly, and monthly goals. It’s easier to break down what you have to do for work, your family, and yourself when you have the general guideline in front of you. Daily duties can include things like returning emails, making phone calls, baking a cake for your brother’s birthday, etc. Weekly duties can include more generalized things such as going to the grocery store, ordering more dog food online, and basically anything else that isn’t an immediate need but should get done within a matter of days. Finally, monthly goals can more so pertain to you personally and how you’d like to see yourself grow in the near future, which includes managing your stress. This list can include things such as starting to exercise at least twice a week, or learning how to cook a new dish every week, etc. Have fun and be creative! This is your own personal list of goals, so make it personal. 

Finally, and arguable most importantly, you have to make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night. Not getting enough sleep is one of the number one causes of stress, as we all know, when we’re tired, we’re a lot more irritable, which makes it so much easier for us to get stressed out. The Sleep Foundation recommends getting between 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Try going to bed at the same time every night and turning off all your screens at least one hour before bed. This will start getting your body into a proper sleep schedule and can help ensure that once you’re asleep, you’ll stay asleep until the morning.

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