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Are college COVID-19 cases the fault of campuses full of reckless partiers? Experts, students say no.

Sweaty, drunken revelers spilled into the street below Addy Miller’s campus-adjacent apartment on the Saturday after North Carolina State University’s first week of classes.

Miller, 20, viewed the late-night ruckus from her balcony, and others like it via news articles and viral videos. The locations vary, but the images are the same: throngs of college students partying like it’s 2019 — nary a mask in sight. 

Yet for Miller and her social circle, college in the time of coronavirus is an entirely different experience from the one playing out in news headlines. She and her friends wear masks outside their apartments — and sometimes inside — at small, socially distanced gatherings. 

Miller’s only face-to-face interactions are with friends she’s certain are taking COVID-19 safety precautions seriously, she said, though a stranger scanning her Snapchat stories might jump to different conclusions. She suspects many college students, like her, may feel misrepresented.

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10 Epidemiologists and Infectious Disease Experts On Whether They Are Sending Their Kids Back to School

An elementary school classroom in Royal City, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)
An elementary school classroom in Royal City, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)

An elementary school classroom in Royal City, Wash., on Aug. 13, 2020. Credit – Ruth Fremson—The New York Times/Redux

There are no easy answers to the questions about bringing kids back into classrooms this fall. Parents, school administrators and educators must instead weigh two bad options: isolate children at home or risk them getting and spreading COVID-19 through in-person contact.

That decision is daunting even for infectious disease experts and epidemiologists. Over the last few months, they have been forced to think about the pandemic not only as scientists and scholars, but as parents, and despite their wealth of knowledge, like any parents, these experts are grappling with uncertainty. There are ways to limit the spread of the COVID-19, including masks and ventilation, but there is no way to guarantee zero risk

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What to look for when buying a clear face mask, according to experts

There’s a new type of mask in town — and it’s about to make talking while wearing a facial covering a lot easier. After months of muffled conversations and covered faces, masks with clear windows that let you read a person’s lips are becoming more readily available.

We’ve learned a lot about how to shop for cloth face masks in recent months, but clear face masks are uncharted territory for many of us. With this in mind, Shop TODAY reached out to medical experts to find out how to shop for one.

Why are clear masks important?

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing and often rely on reading lips to communicate, face masks that cover the mouth can be a challenging and frustrating barrier.

“Wearing a mask is one of the recommended strategies to mitigate the current global pandemic. Unfortunately, covering the bottom part of one’s face

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How to cope during a time of social injustice, according to experts

Black mental health matters.

mental health of this community is vital.” data-reactid=”13″To say this is an exponentially tough time for black people in America would be an understatement ⁠– and that’s why protecting the mental health of this community is vital.

Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and now, Jacob Blake, among countless lives lost at the hands of police brutality — in addition to simultaneously experiencing a disproportionate rate of deaths from COVID-19 — have left many people of color fighting through psychological warfare.” data-reactid=”14″The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and now, Jacob Blake, among countless lives lost at the hands of police brutality — in addition to simultaneously experiencing a disproportionate rate of deaths from COVID-19 — have left many people of color fighting through psychological warfare.

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Everything You Should Know About the F-Factor Diet, According to Experts

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From Good Housekeeping

Editor’s Note: Good Housekeeping first covered the F-Factor diet in 2019, in advance of concerns that have surfaced around the diet’s influence on healthy eating habits as well as recent allegations that suggest F-Factor brand food products produce negative physical side effects. Below, we’ve updated our review of the information and advice shared in Tanya Zuckerbrot’s 2006 book, The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss. Our coverage has been vetted by nutrition experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute, and we are continuing to monitor claims made against the F-Factor program and its founder. As we always advise, it’s important to discuss any long-term changes to your diet with your primary healthcare provider before implementing lifestyle changes.

The “F” in F-Factor diet doesn’t stand for fad. Registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot’s book The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to

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Pelosi, experts calls new CDC guidelines ‘scary and dangerous’; Pennsylvania governor calls for legal weed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines and now says people without symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” – even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

The move comes a week after the CDC updated travel guidelines that no longer mandate a 14-day quarantine for anyone who’s traveled outside of their state or the country. The revisions to CDC guidelines have been met with concern by medical experts, who caution that less testing may lead to more cases and hinder contact tracing efforts. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also condemned the revised CDC guidelines on testing, saying Wednesday it “reinforces the lack of attention and understanding that we have to have in order to crush this virus.”

Meanwhile, efforts to learn more about how the virus spreads remain unwavering. Researchers in Massachusetts are tracking the number of cases linked to “superspreader” events — such

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Shop with experts: Sunscreens for dark skin

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.

There’s a plethora of different types of sunscreen to shop online and in-person — spray sunscreen, acne-prone sunscreen, sunscreen for indoors and so on. The only problem? My favorite sunblock (which I’ve been purchasing since 2018), recently changed its formula in order to abide by Hawaii’s reef-safe mandate. The mattifying sunscreen formula I loved no longer disappears into my caramel complexion and now leaves behind a dreaded white cast. Understanding the importance of wearing sunscreen, I began searching for a replacement. After spending weeks testing out new formulas, I wasn’t totally in love with any of the options I came across because they either

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Experts warn many schools should delay reopening, as data indicates virus resurgence across much of country

COVID-19 data projection dashboard and school reopening guidance released Thursday by the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia seek to help school districts and parents make informed decisions and lead to sustained school reopenings.” data-reactid=”12″As communities across the country grapple with whether to bring students back into the classroom, a new COVID-19 data projection dashboard and school reopening guidance released Thursday by the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia seek to help school districts and parents make informed decisions and lead to sustained school reopenings.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was granted access to Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data pertaining to county positivity rates for the project. The hospital uses its projections to provide ongoing information to the federal coronavirus task force, and its data is used to update states with information about the spread of the virus within their various communities.

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‘Long Covid’ is real and patients suffer for months, experts say

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Some patients experience symptoms months after contracting the virus – GETTY IMAGES
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“Long Covid” is genuine and leaves patients suffering debilitating symptoms for many months after their recovery from coronavirus, experts have confirmed.

Campaign groups supporting survivors of the virus have previously warned that doctors are dismissing ongoing problems or misdiagnosing the ongoing effects of Covid-19 as chronic fatigue syndrome.

But in the first study to show a conclusive pattern, researchers at North Bristol NHS Trust found that three quarters of virus patients treated at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital were still experiencing problems three months later.

Symptoms included breathlessness, excessive fatigue and muscle aches, leaving people struggling to wash, dress and return to work.

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Almost half of UK shoppers believe pandemic will permanently impact their habits

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Antiviral apparel? Here’s what experts say about clothing that is said to kill COVID-19

Brands are rolling out apparel made of fabrics with antiviral technology in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. But is the clothing necessary?

In March, Swiss textile group HeiQ announced it had developed a treatment for textiles called Viroblock NPJ03 that it says is antiviral and antimicrobial.

The company said the treatment — an “invisible film” for fabrics, per Vogue — reduces 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 after 30 minutes, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Artistic Denim Mills, a denim and garment manufacturer based in Pakistan, announced in June that it would partner with HeiQ to treat its products with Viroblock in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has reset the world,” Faisal Ahmed, CEO of Artistic Denim Mills, said in a news release. “This means we have to change how we live our lives. How our clothes protect us will be a key decision in what

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