Day: July 1, 2020

American Airlines flights are about to get busier, but will they be safe?

Boarding a flight at Miami International Airport was a breeze March through June, with waiting times at security checkpoints as low as two minutes, mostly empty hallways and half a dozen rows of free seating at many terminals.

But that’s about to change, as American Airlines — the airport’s largest carrier — pushes to satisfy flight demand and fill up the airport.

American Airlines is set to increase its flight schedule by 10 percent in July by reversing its previous policy of keeping half of all economy middle seats empty for social distancing purposes.

Juan Carlos Liscano, the vice president of American Airlines’ hub operations in Miami, said the airline is confident that safety measures such as pre-flight COVID questionnaires, contactless check-ins, mandatory face masks, and deep cleans and hospital-standard ventilation in aircraft cabins could make up for the increased capacity on planes.

“One of the things that allows us

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Houston ICUs Surpass 100% Capacity As Texas Medical Center Makes Beds Available

Intensive care units in one of the world’s largest medical centers are operating at 102% capacity as coronavirus cases surge in Texas, according to a report Wednesday from Texas Medical Center in Houston.

An estimated 36% of the center’s 1,330 ICU beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients. The sprawling medical campus reported that there were 480 current patients with the virus in total.

As the medical center reached capacity, it enacted Phase 2 of a plan to address the surge by making 373 more beds available by reallocating hospital staff and equipment to ICUs in order to take in more patients, the Houston Chronicle reported.

This is the first time that the Houston medical center’s intensive care units have surpassed their capacity since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. The Texas Medical Center campus contains most of Houston’s hospitals, including Baylor College of Medicine, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann

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American, United Airlines to Lift Limits on Seating Capacity as Southwest and Delta Extend Policy

American Airlines and United Airlines plan to lift limitations on seating capacity on their flights this month, according to new reports.

A representative for American confirms with PEOPLE that the airline plans to allow full capacity on its flight starting July 1, after having it capped at 85 percent since April.

“We are unwavering in our commitment to the safety and well-being of our customers and team members,” the spokesperson says. “We have multiple layers of protection in place for those who fly with us, including required face coverings, enhanced cleaning procedures, and a pre-flight COVID-19 symptom checklist — and we’re providing additional flexibility for customers to change their travel plans, as well. We know our customers are placing their trust in us to make every aspect of their journey safe, and we are committed to doing just that.”

The carrier will also continue to notify customers and allow them

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Daily Harvest’s New Flatbreads And Ice Creams Make Summer At Home Easier

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Summer is usually all about relaxation, but this summer has been anything but usual. You’ve probably been busy acquiring new sautéing, soufflé-ing and sourdough-baking skills after spending the past few months at home more than anywhere else. 

After a stressful few months of mostly staying at home, you’re likely pretty tired of your own cooking and craving a change — possibly even a healthier one, if your isolation eating habits have been out of the norm.

If the unrelenting monotony of quarantine cleanup has you dreaming of healthy prepared meals and fantasizing about dishes

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Saving the lost boys of lockdown

Boys have swapped the physical exertion and stress relief of team sport for months of hunching alone in their bedrooms, gaming - The Telegraph
Boys have swapped the physical exertion and stress relief of team sport for months of hunching alone in their bedrooms, gaming – The Telegraph
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The eleven-year old son of a friend is back at school. Even as a key worker, his mother felt guilty requesting him a place, as her husband is currently at home. But as lockdown went on her boy seemed increasingly “lost”. Her daughters, 13, and 15, were flourishing in lockdown – 8am runs, cycle rides, baking, relishing some respite from the social grind – but George, who loves football and cricket and chess, missed seeing his friends. He was lonely, bored, and bereft.    

With three teenage sons aged 13, 15 and 18, it’s no surprise to me that, anecdotally at least, boys have fared worse in lockdown than girls; suspicions that seem set to

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Couple Married for 53 Years Hold Hands as They Die of Coronavirus on the Same Day

A couple who were married for more than half a century reportedly succumbed to coronavirus complications on the same day in Texas.

According to CNN, Betty and Curtis Tarpley, 80 and 79, died within an hour of each other on June 18 and held hands during their final minutes together.

The couple’s son, Tim Tarpley, told the network that Betty showed symptoms of the deadly disease just before she was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth on June 9. Curtis was admitted to the same hospital just two days later.

Tarpley said Betty phoned both him and his sister, telling them she was at peace with dying as her condition continued to decline.

“I just screamed, ‘No!’ I was like, ‘I’ve got too much, too many other things to do in this life that I want to show you, and I’m not ready,'” he recalled to CNN.

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Dirty Leeds? Fighting for the shirt is what the club is all about, says owner

Andrea Radrizzani says his club thrives off the “dirty Leeds” tag.

The Championship side are on the verge of returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

The club enjoyed great success under Don Revie in the 1960s and 1970s but were criticised by some for their physical approach, with their future manager Brian Clough describing them at the time as “the dirtiest, most cynical team in the league”.

The tag has stuck, but now Italian owner Radrizzani says it is one the club tries to use in a positive way.

“For Leeds, we have a history of being ‘Dirty Leeds’ and we actually channel that,” he told FIFA’s Professional Football Journal.

“We want to play great football and we are doing that but we also need to fight every time we go onto the pitch.

“All of our boys are willing to fight for the shirt

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Wondering What Kind of Face Mask to Buy? These Are the Most Effective Options, Study Finds

Scientific research has proven that masks are one of the most effective tools in stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The highly contagious virus can easily infect other people through respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezes or even just talking, if people are standing close together — and especially if they’re indoors.

While a tightly fitted respirator mask is best for protecting a person and anyone around them from spreading COVID-19, a nationwide shortage of those masks means they should be reserved for frontline workers. That leaves the average person with a few options for non-medical face masks. Which ones are most effective?

A group of researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science set out to answer that question, and found that sewn, multi-layered masks — like the ones readily available on Etsy and from many clothing brands — were most effective, followed by cone-style

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Tools to help you get those home workouts in gear

Just because you don’t have or want to share access to your usual equipment right now, doesn’t mean you have to skip your routine. It just means it’s time to consider a new one. With props like resistance bands and loops, ankle and hand weights, yoga balls, mats, sliders and more, you can create your own gym in the comfort of your own home. Check out these space-saving props and all the fitness moves you can do with them.

INDULGE Fitness Editor Ginger Harris.
INDULGE Fitness Editor Ginger Harris.

Mat About You

It’s probably the most important prop you’ll need for your home gym. The one that will happily let you walk all over it. It’s your mat. While most mats are long and thin, often you’ll find yourself spending more time on the floor than the mat, should you move in any direction that isn’t horizontal. Enter Babe + Co’s uniquely shaped mat, which

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Missing dance shows? Sacramento Ballet debuts online ballet-of-the-month club

The Sacramento Ballet has created a virtual subscription to sustain the company while live performances remain forbidden due to the coronavirus. The subcription, called the Fanster Pass, is priced on a sliding scale from $10 to $75 per month and includes access to virtual performances and discounts on online dance classes.

The Sacramento Ballet temporarily shut its doors on March 14, as Northern California theaters and community groups canceled events in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Although several Sacramento-area movie theaters plan to reopen in July, live theater, musical performances and dance shows must remain online-only for the time being.

“We’re trying to figure out how to serve our community in this time because we can’t do it the traditional way,” said Amy Seiwert, the Sacramento Ballet’s artistic director. “We also tried to make it accessible.”

Seiwert said she doesn’t know when live shows with an audience

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