World Cancer Day 2021: ‘I Am and I Will’, 10 Ways to Make a Notable Contribution during Covid-19!

In a couple of days, the international cancer community and its associates will share the stage to honor the importance of World Cancer Day. The 4th of February will be marked as the final year of the “I Am and I Will” campaign – this year with even greater significance relied upon the efforts to control cancer amidst a pandemic.The pandemic has impacted the plans initiated by several UICC members and health organizations from around the globe. As a result, all activities designed for World Cancer Day have been modified – we now have zoom talks instead of face-to-face discussions and webinars instead of conferences. Furthermore, all kinds of events, like fundraisers and celebratory talks, have been virtualized.  Related: World Cancer Day 2021: How to Create Awareness among Kids!Ever since its foundation in 1933, the goal of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is to urge global leaders to take action and become the controlling pads of cancer – by investing in treatment centers, researches, patient groups, screening and prevention programs, diagnostic rounds, etc. It makes us optimistic and better prepared to fight cancer. As a matter of fact, this has been the highlighted priority for the organization as the world collectively fights the pandemic.  The -19 pandemic has magnified the challenges faced by cancer professionals, patients, and global societies. Last year, a QA-based survey was conducted by the UICC and it was passed around in 172 countries by the 1200 members. The idea was to get a better understanding of the pandemic and find a holistic grip on the way activities and operations are carried on. Out of the 108 organizations that replied from 55 countries, 77% of the results conferred that there have been reductions in their income whereas 80% claimed that there have been reductions in the activities and services. But despite it all, it’s incredible to witness the cancer community fight back with resilience. It has now come to understanding that a large number of the organization members continued their advocacy within their personal capacity and provided essential cancer services like the HPV vaccination along with the screening and diagnostic treatment for cancer patients. In addition, the conduction and publication of scientific researches during the pandemic is crucial. It’s normal to see the eagerness of the public to be more prone towards acquiring scientific information regarding Covid-19 prognosis, diagnosis, and its treatment. Some even try to grasp information on the impact of the Coronavirus on cancer care. It’s important to give a special round of applause to the researchers, scientists, and other health professionals who’ve stood out as inspirational to many. We’ve witnessed their tremendous efforts and medical breakthroughs at the cost of their own health sometimes. The definite breakthrough moment was in the lab, when SARS-CoV-2— that was undertaken via international collaboration— resulted in the availability of a vaccine now progressively rolled out to the entire world. Science and innovation must go hand-in-hand if we truly aim to make progress in cancer control. This mindset has enabled us to gain information needed to fight and reduce the burden put on the cancer community worldwide. In the last few years, we’ve managed to witness grave advances in the diagnostics, treatments, and serving facilities of cancer patients. Additional efforts have been granted to liquid biopsies, robotic surgeries, advanced radiotherapy, immunotherapy and other therapies and treatments that help the patients in the earlier stages to fight and come out victorious.Basically, innovation in health and development can yield more productive and fulfilling results. There has been an effort at large and a mission envisioned to make cancer services accessible and affordable to each and every one who needs them. Hence, there’s added stress on the matter of equity when visualizing the goals.Innovation, at large, refers to the Research & Development of new medicines and healthy-related technologies. However, it also refers to the organization and creative propositions in delivering healthcare responsibilities. The bracket includes the management of information, response to the needs of users, and development of business models to ensure sustainability and productivity.UICC believes that cancer communities around the globe must partner up with their respective governments and invest in controlling the illness and finding innovative approaches to fight it. Hence, they must inform themselves and improve prevention and detection techniques alongside the treatment of cancer. With that in mind, the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit (WCLS) has also scheduled a conference in Boston, USA, in October 2021. The theme of the event will be “Driving innovation to advance cancer control equitably”,which aims to explore different models of cancer controls like the value-based care model. The event will highlight the needs that must be acknowledged while implementing the health policies and innovative practices in the health-care system. In the event, the WCLS will also shed light on the experiences of the participants in the response of cancer communities during the pandemic. However, more focus will be put on the innovative approaches that can be implemented to optimize and facilitate the care of cancer patients.  World Cancer Day has been conceptualized by the UICC as an attempt to raise awareness of cancer and promote its prevention measurements, early detection methodologies, and effective treatments. This year, on the 4th of February, there will be a slight modification as the virtual issue will be focused on Covid-19 and cancer and the research studies on patient care. There will be biological insights on patients who contracted the Coronavirus while battling cancer. This will amplify the significance of cancer control policy during a full-blown pandemic. This year, the theme of the World Cancer Day is “I am and I will”, stressing on the role each and every individual can play in reducing the impact of cancer. On this day, the organization attempts to recognize the challenges that are currently being faced by the global health community in light of the pandemic. Moreover, the day is dedicated to the courage and achievements of front-liners and the people living with cancer. The event will highlight the importance of volunteers, advocates, and anyone who takes this initiative to improve the working conditions and treatment facilities of cancer patients. UICC will also highlight the stories of real-life heroes who’ve won their health battles and shown remarkable progress by adopting these innovative responses. The idea is to engage people in a conversation about collective efforts, sustainability, and equity. “The pandemic revealed the enormous ability of the cancer community to adapt and unify under a crisis. This World Cancer Day more than ever underscores the need for all of us to come together as we push forward progress in 2021.”– Dr Cary Adams, UICC CEOHere’s what the UICC members have lined up for the international cancer community for World Cancer Day 2021:Launch of Cancer Control Plans In the last few decades, every country has tried to level up and launched their respective national cancer plans. Last year, three governments – Malawi, Poland, and Rwanda – were the last to join the bandwagon as they launched their new national cancer control plan.The French National Institute of Cancer will launch a 10-year strategy to fight cancer. This event will be held virtually and anyone can attend it. Virtual Talks, Conferences, and ExchangesThere have been countless summits in the previous years, shedding light on the importance of cancer prevention and tobacco control. This year, it seems inevitable that the link between cancer and covid-19 will be highlighted and most debated on. The World Cancer Day is a hub where there is exchange of information, debates, and enlightening conversations.  This year, Cancer X will be hosting a week – sharing and exchanging ideas in Japan. Meanwhile, there will be joint conferences by the American University, Beirut Medical Centre, and the King of Hussein Cancer Center. Together, they’ll allow experts from around the world to share the stage and discuss cancer control in light of the pandemic. Community Engagement and Mobilizing SupportersThis day is an opportunity for cancer organization from around the globe to engage and raise awareness about cancer and to motivate people to take action. Several musical groups will be performing to raise funds and promote the lesson of love, strength, and hope. The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) will also be seen hosting a virtual session on “Eliminating Cervical Cancer” – Speaker, Dr. GhinaGhaziri (Obstetrician and Gynecologist) working with the American University of Beirut Medical Center will be conducting an interactive session dedicated to cancer survivors, patients, staff, and their families. Virtual Wellness and Physical ActivitiesThere will be a number of group activities like walks, runs, dances, and dragon boating to boost awareness. A lot of these will be live streamed and conducted virtually. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has announced a full day of online yoga and meditation sessions in an attempt to raise funds that will be used in conducting medical research and making progress in the treatment. Thus, a lot will be happening on the 4th of Feb, 2021, and if you care about the cause, do ensure that you make time and effort to not just attend these events online but also make donations. Like our page on Facebook to stay informed on the latest happenings from around the globe! Thus, the 10 ways to make notable contribution to UICC community on the World Cancer Day 2021 is via creating engagement – participate in virtual activities designed for raising awareness! 

Coronavirus New Mutation| Everything We Know About the New Strain of COVID in the UK

Covid infections are spreading like wildfire but in the United Kingdom, there's a new Covid strain growing - this is everything we know so far!COVID-19 has waged a war against humanity, stopping the entire world in its tracks. Scientists, doctors, policymakers, and the public is doing everything they can to emerge victorious in this battle. What’s scary is that with every strike it makes, the virus is getting stronger and stronger, leaving all of us in a state of fear and uncertainty.Check out the Pzifer's Covid-19 vaccine and what patients have experienced so far! A new strain of coronavirus, known as the VUI – 202012/01, has been detected in the UK, and with it came harsher restrictions for the people to observe social distancing at Christmas. Some countries have also decided to put the UK on a travel ban. Scientists in the country are currently researching if the new strain of the virus is causing it to spread faster. The Public Health England (PHE) has stated that a total of 1,108 new cases have emerged that have been caused by this new variant. While much remains a mystery, here’s everything we know so far about the new strain of COVID in the UK. It’s Spreading Fast According to a report on BBC, 60 local authorities in the UK including the South and East of England have recorded several cases that have been caused by the new strain. While efforts are being made to determine if it’s contributing to increased transmission, scientists have confirmed that the strain has a large number of mutations. One of these called the N501Y is especially dangerous as it’s found in the Spike protein, which is the site where coronavirus gets attached to the host cells in the victim’s body. What’s the biggest cause of concern regarding this is that it’s rapidly replacing other versions of coronavirus. It Has Happened Before Viruses are constantly mutating which is why it’s extremely important to keep an eye on its changing behaviour. The virus that first emerged in Wuhan, China isn’t what’s detected in other parts of the world. According to BBC, the globally dominant form of the virus, which is D614G, was first seen in Europe in February. Moreover, another mutation, A222V, emerged in Spain and quickly spread across Europe.Here's the US travel guide during Covid-19 and winters!Where Did It Come From? Scientists state that this new variant is highly and unusually mutated. Chances are that it emerged in a patient with an extremely weak immune system. The patient’s body became a breeding ground for the virus because of its inability to beat it. There Are 17 Different Mutations An analysis published by the UK scientists in December states that there are 17 different mutations of the new coronavirus strain or variant. These include changes in the Spike protein as mentioned above. The N501Y alters the ‘receptor-binding domain’ and makes it easier for the virus to get inside, giving it an edge, it didn’t have before. Moreover, another mutation called H69/V70 deletion has been detected which is responsible for increasing infectivity two-fold. In this mutation, a tiny part of the spike is removed, and it makes antibodies from COVID survivors less effective in combating the virus. Does This Make COVID-19 More Deadly? There is no concrete evidence to suggest that the new variant has made the virus more deadly. However, it’s the ability to spread faster is a cause of concern. When the virus will spread a high speed, it’ll infect more people. As a result, an increased number of patients will rush to hospitals and the death rate will also rise. In this sense, yes, the new variant can cause more deaths. The Symptoms Are the Same One of the most common questions asked about the new coronavirus strain is that if it causes any different symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms differ in every one. While some patients suffer from fever, cough and headaches, others might face breathing difficulty, diarrhoea and more. However, nothing indicates that the new variant leads to any new kinds of symptoms. The testing and clinical outcomes for these strains are also no the same as before. Preventing the Spread As the new strain of COVID-19 is spreading faster, it’s important that we take proper measures to stop it. With Christmas and New Year’s coming up we need to make sure that we follow all the necessary SOPs and maintain social distancing. While it can be difficult to decide not to meet up with family and friends during the holidays, it’s what’s best for all of us right now. While the new strain of the coronavirus might have emerged in the UK, it’s quickly spreading to other countries as well, these include Denmark and Australia. It’s important to note that no one is safe from the virus, so whether you live in the US, or any other part of the world, celebrate the December holidays in a responsible manner.If you are planning to celebrate New Year then here's some New Year's Eve ideas 2021 to celebrate safely at home! Political Fallout The UK has urged its citizens to keep their Christmas festivities low key, this has caused a sort of political fallout in the country. Political rivals of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson have accused him of breaking millions of hearts because of these restrictions. New Strain and Vaccines There are three major vaccines for COVID-19, developed by companies that include Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. The question here is whether these vaccines work against the new strain of the virus or not and according to the BBC they do, at least for now. The function of the vaccines is to develop an immune response against the virus. It does that by attacking different parts of the virus including the spike. So even if the spike has been mutated, the vaccine should still be able to do that. The scientists are not sure if it’ll remain effective should the virus keeps mutating. COVID-19 has changed the world in many aspects, to prevent it from altering our life more than it already has it’s important to stay diligent and keep our defences up against the virus. Coronavirus is getting stronger, so should our surveillance. If you found this article informative and would like to read similar pieces, like our Facebook page and stay up-to-date with our latest publications.

19 Quarantine New Year's Eve Ideas 2021| How to Celebrate NYE at Home

This year, New Year's Eve is going to look a little different than usual (here's why). There will be no grand celebrations and the worst part is, we won't be able to go see the ball drop at Times Square either. Well, not unless you could see it from your home or window. But what you can see is from your window is the Christmas Star!Hey, there's no need to feel so bad about it. It's essential to lower the risk of COVID-19 spread and it's for our own safety. However, that doesn't mean that you can't still celebrate New Year's Eve in style (yet don't forget to avoid these fashion mistakes). Here are 19 amazing ideas on how to celebrate the coming year at home. Plus 23 MP3s to elevate your mood on this holiday season! 1. Arrange a Brunch Who doesn't love a light yet delicious brunch? We think it's the best meal of the day. So why not include it in your plans for the last day of the year. Gather your family around the table and enjoy some festive snacks such as strawberry cheesecake, sandwiches and drinks. Get yourself a glass of champagne, as it's never too early for that on New Year's Eve. 2. Decorate the HouseNew Year's Eve isn't New Year's Eve without disco overload. It doesn't matter if you're not going to host a big New Year's party this year, you can still decorate your house with glittery goods. Blow up some over-the-top balloons and ribbons. If you're someone who loves taking pictures, then you can also consider getting a photo backdrop. See: White House's most controversial Christmas decoration!3. Make a ScrapbookIt's not likely that we'll forget 2020 anytime soon. The year was full of priceless memories, even if they were made over zoom. By making a scrapbook, you can collect all those memories and put them together. You can open it up and go through it whenever you feel like re-living all those memories. Here's are some great card ideas for you!4. Dress Up Get dressed up even if you have nowhere to go. It'd be a terrible idea to spend New Year's Eve 2021 in pyjamas; you'll only end up feeling sad and lonely. So, trust us, and put on one of your best party dresses, throw on some makeup and turn up the music! Spend the night doing your own count down to the new year and dance till the clock strikes 12.Do you know that Balenciaga debuted his clothing line in a video game! 5. Have a Photoshoot It would be a nightmare not to have an eye-catching post for Instagram on New Year's Eve! Here's an idea. Make your own props and a photo booth to take some of the most amazing pictures for your social media. You don't want your cat to be the only one to see you in that amazing dress. Besides, taking cute pictures is one of the most fun ways to celebrate. 6. Write Down Your Resolution (but please not this one) We're sure there are somethings on your mind that you would like to accomplish in the new year. Even if you have never done it before, this year write down your resolution. Try to include everything from your personal life and your career to the list. It'll motivate you to strife for your gaols when you look at them later in the year. 7. Play a Game Ask your family members to get together. If everyone lives in the same house, that's great. If not, then zoom can do a good enough job. When you have everyone together, propose to play a game (here's some amazing games for you). It could be a board game such as Bingo or Scrabble or something like Family Feud. It'll help you bond with your family and everyone will have a blast on New Year Eve. 8. Mix a Cocktail It's no secret that New Year's Eve is all about drinking and partying. But this year drink something other than a mimosa. You can experiment with drink mixing. Look up recipes of different cocktails and make some for yourself. The good thing is, you'll be in the safety of your home, so you'll be fine even if things get a little crazy. 9. Create a Memory Jar One of the simplest yet fun New Year's Eve ideas is to create a memory jar. Don't know what that is? It's pretty simple. Take a mason jar or a regular one and put in a piece of paper with your favourite New Year memory for this year. Continue doing that over the next 12 month and on the Eve of 2022; you can open the memory jar and relive the best moments from 2021. Here's the most heartbreaking moments of 2021 that will make you cry!10. Make a Festive Dinner Welcome the new year while having an extravagant dinner. We're not suggesting that you dine out at some fancy restaurants, that would go against all our safety tips. What we're saying is, whip something up at home. Maybe roast a chicken and have some sides dishes with it. When you're enjoying a delicious dinner, you'll forget all the grievances about not going to a raving New Year's party. 11. Watch a Classic Watching a classic like the Bridget Jone's Diary or About Time can be the perfect end to the year. While the New Years movie genre might not be as established as the Christmas one, there's a long list of movies you can watch. So, pick one of your favourites, light a few candles and put it up on a big screen and enjoy. We promise you it'll be one of your best New Year's Eve party ideas ever.Here's the list of 87+ most anticipated books and movies in 2021! 12. Bake a Delicious Dessert Sweeten up the celebrations with a delicious dessert. After surviving such a hectic year, a sugary treat is something we all deserve. Go online to check some recipes and start baking. Once you have the mountain of desserts ready, dig in as soon as the clock strikes 12 and the ball drops. 13. Virtual Chat with Friends It's okay if you can't meet up with your friends and family as you do every year on New Year's Eve. This year, things are a little different, so why not adapt to these changes. Ask all your close people to come online at the same time and have a fun and loving group chat. You all can count to midnight together as well. 14. Create a Video Montage A great idea would be to create a video montage of your memories from the past year and play it at midnight. You can even play it in your virtual chat with friends. Things are bound to get emotional but it'll be memorable. 15. Make a Toast It doesn't matter if you're alone, a great New Year's Eve idea would be to pop a bottle of champagne. Dedicate the glass to all the incredible, happy, and sad experiences you've had over the past year. Extra points for you if you serve the drink in a statement glass. 16. Have a Treasure Hunt One of the best things to do when waiting for the new year to arrive is to have a treasure hunt. If you're living with your family, it can be very interesting. List down all your favourite memories from the past year as a family and write clues related to them. You're bound to have a great time. 17. Get Loud When the clock strikes 12, you'll want to make some noise. A great New Year's Eve ideas 2021 is that you invest in some noisemakers – those pots and pans won't be enough this year. And don't forget to play these classic MP3 songs made for holiday season!18. Watch the Ball Drop Huge crowds are restricted to gather because of the pandemic so this year the Times Square ball drop will also go virtual. You can tune in on your TV and watch the incredible performances of all the artists from the comfort of your home. It'll be a great way to count down till midnight, along with other people, so you don't feel lonely. 19. Create your own Confetti As you'll have a lot of free time being at home alone, why not use it to make your own balloon filled Confetti. All you'll need is some balloons and ribbon that can be cut into tiny pieces. Fill the balloons with the Confetti and blow them up, and when the ball drops, you can have your own confetti shower at midnight. Now that you've gone through this article, we're sure you won't have any problem with staying at home and celebrating New Year's Eve while being safe from the virus. If you liked this article and would love to read more of our pieces, like our Facebook page and stay connected.

PFIZER COVID 19 Vaccine Side Effects| Everything Patients Have Experienced So Far And Vaccine’s Intensifying Concerns!

For almost a year, we were praying to get a vaccine for Coronavirus, and now that we have one, it’s made things a bit more complicated!Two healthcare workers have apparently developed intense reactions just a few minutes after getting the Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine last week. As a result, one of the two staff members has been hospitalized until Thursday. However, a decision has been made that these cases will not hinder the process of vaccine rollouts. The information has been shared publicly just for the sake of ethics and transparency. One of the workers who developed further complications is a middle-aged woman with no allergies' history. She happened to develop an anaphylactic reaction only within 10 minutes of receiving the Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She started experiencing a strange rash all over her face as well as torso along with shortness of breath and an increased heart rate.  How do you support your teen's mental health during COVID-19?According to Dr. Lindy Jones, Director of hospital’s emergency department – the worker was given a shot of epinephrine first, which is actually a standard treatment for severe allergic reactions. Fortunately, her symptoms reduced but they re-emerged soon, after which she was put on steroids and an epinephrine drip. The minute doctors stopped giving her the drip, the symptoms re-emerged. Due to this reason, the woman was shifted to the ICU, where she was observed overnight. By Wednesday, the drip weaned off. Although the woman was supposed to be discharged by Wednesday evening, the hospital insisted her to stay another night for observation. The 2nd worker was male and he received his dose on Wednesday after which his eyes developed puffiness and he experienced scratchy throat and lightheadedness. The standard protocol was followed and he was given a shot of epinephrine, Pepcid, and Benadryl. The worker was normal after a few minutes and was released in about an hour or so.The hospital went ahead with the initial plan and administered 144 total doses by Wednesday night. They claim that the workers didn’t wish to force negative implications on others who were lining up for the vaccine. In fact, the chief medical officer at the hospital said that they don’t have plans to cancel their treatment schedule, dosing, or regime. In the clinical trial – 44,000 participants – the Pfizer was shown to have 95% effectiveness and security. The cases observed at the hospital in Alaska are likely to have intensified due to side effects. Experts have said that the developments may urge them to make prompt phone calls to tighten the guidelines so that the side effects can be reduced and monitored.Here's how to stay mentally healthy during social isolation!The vaccine expert who served as the member of the outside advisory panel for Food and Drug Administration said that appropriate precautions are already in place. He continued that the patients are supposed stay back for at least 15 minutes after getting the shot. The medical community asserts that due to minor side effects, the entire process can’t be stopped. But it is essential that they find the vaccine's component that is creating this reaction. Dr. Jay Butler, a leading infectious-disease expert with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has said that it’s better that doctors continue to monitor the patients for 15 minutes after the recipient of the shot. This technique of administration worked in Alaska. Furthermore, there must be supply of epinephrine and oxygen to manage possible anaphylactic reactions. By the end of the year, it is being predicted that millions of Americans will be lined up to take the Pfizer vaccine. Its unclear how many people have taken the shot so far but the number is positive for sure. Alex M. Azar II, the health and human services secretary, has promised that his department will release the data soon enough. However, we know for sure that it won’t be out for several days – could also take a week. The reaction that the worker in Alaska experienced was the same anaphylactic reaction that workers in Britain experienced. And just like her, they recovered. However, these cases will be unraveled by Thursday after the FDA scientists sit down for a meeting with an agency of outside experts. They will decide whether or not to approve the Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine just in case of an emergency. Bother Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are developed from similar type of technology and have the same ingredients, so nobody is sure what is causing the allergic reaction so far. It is being said that both vaccines are composed of genetic materials called mRNA, that are encased in a bubble of oily molecules known as lipids. However, the combination of the lipids is different.Check out what social isolation means for children? In both vaccines, the bubbles are coated with a molecule known as polyethylene glycol that he considered as the leading contender. Apparently, it could be the one triggering the allergic reaction. Some experts believe that more investigation is required on this. After the workers in Britain experienced side effects of COVID-19 vaccine, main authorities warned against the vaccines to people who may have allergies. In addition, authorities made sure that vaccines are not given to people who have experienced anaphylactic reactions related to food, medicines, or vaccines in the past. It is rarely experienced, but it is better to take precautions than be sorry later. Pfizer officials have claimed that two British people who experienced the side effects have a history of severe allergies. One of them happens to be 49 year old and is allergic to eggs, and the other is in her 40s and is allergic to several medicines. This is actually interesting, because Pfizer doesn’t have eggs in its components. British have also confirmed that there is a third patient with a possible allergic reaction but they’re unable to describe it completely as of yet. With all said, it is important that we tell you that anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition that can leave you with impaired breathing along with drops in blood pressure. It usually occurs minutes after exposure to allergies. 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The US Winter Travel Guide

Fall is generally considered one of the best seasons to travel around the USA but 2020 is different – mainly due to COVID – a virus that has transformed the way holiday traveling operated around the world. This blog isn’t going to be your typical annual holiday travel guide. In respect to the pandemic, we’re going to address the important guidelines that will reduce travel anxiety and help you enjoy your trip entirely. We’re also going to recommend the top places in the USA that you must visit at least once in your life, if not this winter. As already discussed, traveling is excessively nuisance this year so you have to take several additional steps to ensure safety. For example, you’ll be asked to reach the airport extra early and also pre-book the parking spot at the airport in case you’re coming in your own car. Furthermore, if you were planning to wrap the gifts for your friends and family on your way back, forget about it. Currently, there are a lot of unnecessary restrictions that will only add to your frustration if you try and argue. At the start of this pandemic, most of the planes in the sky were empty. By the time summer arrived, airlines started blocking the middle seats and flew with limited capacity. However, that was then – fall is here and so is the holiday seasons, and no matter what the government says, people will try and travel back to their hometown to spend quality time with their families. What this essentially means is that airlines will be fully booked, even if they are booked on a limited capacity. Moreover, it is being predicted that most airlines won’t even block the middle seats anymore.Source: BBCMake sure that you book your flight now because the popular holiday travel dates are most likely booked. To be mentally prepared, you should, in fact, call the respected airline and inquire the level to which flights are getting booked. You should also ask if they’re offering any potential leverage, like flexible charges or rebooking policy – in case you change your mind last minute. At first, the terminal you’re waiting in will seem busy. However, you’ll soon figure out that most of the retailers and food options around you are not open – and the ones that are open would have long lines and limited functionality and/or working hours. Regular travelers wouldn’t find any difference in the airport lounges, but in reality, many lounges are closed. Therefore, you need to adjust and travel with tempered expectations. The most challenging restriction that may force you to drop your traveling plan altogether is that you may have to quarantine in a hotel for at least 14 days. The odds will obviously increase if you’re an international traveler. Source: Al JazeeraThe right way to travel under these circumstances is this:Take your COVID-19 tests before leaving for the trip.Spend 14 days at your home, quarantining, instead of risking the extraction of the virus.When you travel, have travel insurance and a back-up plan to cover unexpected costs.Now we already know that airlines and hotels have ramped up their cleaning efforts, but you still need to be careful. Don’t take unnecessary risks and bring your own sanitizing wipes. Some people traveling to Turkey pointed out that many airlines and hotels aren’t vigilant enough and have shown poor efforts to protect their customers. They’re not following the safety measures recommended by the World Health Organization. Another factor that could potentially postpone your plans until next year is that you may not return to work immediately. Therefore, it’s essential that you keep official holidays, sick leaves, and 14-day quarantine in mind while devising your traveling plans. No matter what happens, you won’t be permitted in-door before your results come out negative. Of course, it may all work out in your favor if you’re still working and/or studying remotely by that time.Source: NPRSource: NS Medical ServicesRecently, an unreasonable trend is being exposed to social media. People who’re sharing pictures of their trip abroad or anywhere in the country, they’re being travel-shamed by Instagram. It’s true that the COVID-19 cases reduced significantly a couple of weeks ago, but there’s another surge in the number in the last few days, indicating a second wave.   Something that’s most bothersome and anxiety-provoking is that rules and restrictions can change at any time. You might be midair and they’d change the traveling requirements. The travel destination could either reduce or increase the mandatory 14-day quarantine.  Some areas are increasing restrictions meanwhile others are uplifting them – you could step out of the plane and be asked to isolate, even if it wasn’t initially part of the protocol. Many hotels have opened for business or are at the stage of reopening. However, many hotels have also decided that they’d prolong their closure or shut down again as they want to be responsible. For example, in Hawaii, the Four Seasons Lanai closed only a few days after opening because the cases surged intensely. There are some new additions to your regular traveling bags. You can’t just carry clothes and headphones and be on your way. This time, packing requires attention and vigilance. You’ve got to bring your face masks, medical documents declaring negative test results, and sanitizers. You’re also recommended to travel with face-shields, pens, official forms, etc. because you never know when you’d need what. Face-shields are especially hard to carry because they don’t fit in small spaces, keeping them in your travel bags just seems impossible.   Initially when lockdown started and virus spread, health departments weren’t experienced and struggled to manage large-scale lists of patients in quarantine. Ten months into the pandemic, technology and other resources have come to our rescue and made the management more aligned. This also means that you will be caught if you try to scratch your way out of quarantine. You may feel overwhelmed and overworked but technology can’t let you get away so easily. You’ll easily get busted to not following the strict quarantine instructions. Another recommendation from us is that you talk to your family and friends to approach you with safety. It’s better to be prepared than sorry – thus, set boundaries and make plans beforehand. Make sure that you’re all on the same page otherwise conflicts can arise and you don’t want that. Ask them what they’d be comfortable with, like what’s the right way to meet when you’re all together? Regardless of what you conclude, make sure that you don’t put yourself in danger just because you don’t feel comfortable saying no. Now that we’ve concluded what to expect when you’re traveling during a global pandemic, let’s come to the actual conversation: where should you travel to? USA is a beautiful country with a variety of climates and hotspots. You can enjoy true diversity and gain unimaginable cultural insight by touring around the continent. Winter is a great time to snag worthy deals on hotels and restaurants that are the center of attraction during summer. No matter what you decide and wherever you go, the beauty of the USA shall surpass all expectations. Hibernation is for the bears, so put on your traveling pants and explore the big wild!Yellowstone National Park, WyomingSource: Travel WyomingWinter is considered to be the best time to get a full-blown Yellowstone experience. During summer, most of the park roads are occupied with regular traffic but by the time November arrives, this mode of transit is filled with snow, leaving an opportunity for cross-country skis and snow coach tours.You’ll be mesmerized by the view of frozen lakes, white-frosted forests, and beautiful steaming geysers. Obviously, you’ll only get to witness this remarkable scenery if you choose to brave the frozen weather. You must also head over to the nearby Jackson Hole – it hits the slopes at one of the three mountain resorts. Moreover, there is a lively après-ski scene where you may find lodgings varying from cozy log cabins to luxurious 4-star hotels. Magic Mountain Ski Area, Vermont Source: New England Ski historyIt opened back in the 1960s as a throwback to the small-scale ski resort which existed before treeless trails got normalized. This New England classic in Londonderry, Vermont is difficult for people who’re unaccustomed to traveling on steep, winding slopes as well as wooden areas. However, if you’re used to adventure and consider yourself an average skier, then you’d enjoy this challenge. The lift tickets are surprisingly low-cost, along with other customaries compared to the price of mountain resorts anywhere else in New England or the Rockies. This place is children-friendly as there is a learning center and a place for adults post the slope to enjoy drinks in the tavern with live music overlooking gorgeously-standing scenery.New OrleansSource: NOLAIf you’re planning to visit New Orleans this winter, make sure you plan your visit in the month of February because that’s when the lively city celebrates its annual Mardi Gras tradition. If you’re hearing this celebration for the first time, then you should know that this celebration is basically a street party that is held one day before Ash Wednesday. The celebration includes beads and booze, of course! At Bourbon Street, you’ll also find a colorful and traditional parade. Moreover, pageantry, krewes and king cakes will occupy the party – not only on Tuesday but you’ll see these rich celebration weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday!  During this time, hotels are solidly booked so you’re advised to plan and book your room in advance. New Orleans is known as a place with a rich culture as you get to visit French Quarter that is filled with jazz history and neighborhoods like the Treme and Marigny. The weather will be pleasant and gorgeous all over!Fairbanks and Anchorage, AlaskaSource: ExpediaHere the nights are long and cold but if you enjoy playing winter sports and absorbing the gorgeous snowy scenery, Alaska is a must-see! There are various ways you can explore the frosty surroundings of Anchorage – there are glacier hikes, dog sledging tours, and Iditarod race! When you ride further in, you get to see the Aurora Winter Train that looks like it came right out of your Christmas card landscape! You’ll also find heavy snow and occasional moose leading up to Fairbanks. Alaska has a beautiful human history at Museum of the North where you get an educational experience so you must take your children with you. Next up you can give a feast to your eyes by setting eyes on the grand Northern Lights that are often visible only between September and March.Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MichiganSource: Pinterest The place is named for its set of multicolored sandstone cliffs that reside long the Lake Superior in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula. The National Lakeshore is completely transformed by the snow in winters fiving us an otherworldly landscape right out of our fairytale imagination. The caves are covered in icicles and give us crystal ballrooms meanwhile there are frozen waterfalls and towers of ice which climbers just can’t resist. There’s also an annual Michigan Ice Fest that is specifically designed for climbers – so you must book your tickets for February. You have the choice to either watch the scenery from sidelines or enjoy by getting in on the action – you get free classes even if you’re a total beginner!Breckenridge, ColoradoSource: PinterestInterested in enjoying sights with a 19thcentury charm? This town is full of it! From gold mining to skiing Mecca, this area is occupied with restaurants and shop that preserve the building back from the Victorian era.The main attraction is, of course, the long shot in Breckenridge Ski Resort. It is North America’s most popular spot as far as the winter recreational activities are concerned. There’s something for everybody in this town – making it a perfect place for family vacations.Bottom line Traveling is a crucial part of your being – when you grow up that’s exactly what you remember the most from your childhood experiences, especially when there are so many beautiful places to visit in winter in the USA or in fact best places to visit in December in the USA during winter holidays in the USA! Therefore, don’t let the pandemic stop you from creating memories for your kids and the rest of the family. In fact, enjoy your youth to the fullest with winter visits with friends! However, keep the restrictions and regulations in mind because the pandemic is serious and having up-to-date information and triple-checked information never hurt a soul. Dodge all curveballs this season and have the best winter of your life by visiting any of the aforementioned places!

Face Mask Shortage Alert! Ways To Grab Face Mask During Current Supply Shortage

With the continuous surge in coronavirus cases and another lockdown looming over our heads, it’s no surprise that the personal protective equipment (PPE) has once again been swept off the shelves.As the healthcare system still struggles to fight off the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus outbreak, many healthcare personnel on the front lines do not have adequate protection or they fail to get the face mask.It’s like they are in a war with no ammo…Borris Johnson has already announced a month-long lockdown in the UK and people have started panic-buying AGAIN making things to go short on supply, including face mask supplies! While it may seem that this small piece of clothing over your face can’t really prevent you from contracting the virus, the C.D.C advise of wearing a mask is mostly based on recent studies showing that a large number of people with COVID-19 don’t show any symptoms. And even those who eventually show symptoms usually pass the virus to others before their symptoms appear. As a result, wearing a face mask, alongside other necessary precautions such as social distancing, helps stop the transmission and keep coronavirus at bay!In response to the increasing surge in face masks’ demand, many designers have started rolling out face masks (stylish ones, especially) with some of those taking into account CDC recommendations of an ideal face gear.So, if your local store runs short on face masks, and you have nowhere to find them or you are wondering where to buy one then don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Here’s where you can still find facemasks according to your need:1. Cryalo If your child throws a fit on you and refuses to wear face masks, Cryalo’s colorful masks will definitely make them have a change of heart!2. OnzieOnzie, an activewear company, used its yoga clothing material to produce breathable and quick-drying face masks. They are extremely comfortable with thick-layered covering, which is also reusable and has elastic ear straps to hold it firmly in place. 3. Perry Ellis Reusable Pleated Woven Fabric Face Masks4. Levi’s The denim pundits at Levi's have whirled Americana twists into their reusable face masks, as they produce paisley prints similar to ones we’ve seen on bandanas.5. Etsy Etsy is featuring multiple varieties for cloth face masks with a variety of styles, colors, and designs. So make sure you’re reading descriptions thoroughly on their website before purchasing one.6. Cotton Cute Mouth Face Mouth Cover amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "gizmocircle00-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B0884T6LRN"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "bfd852de2c818264d1400554ac74e60b"; 7. House of Perna Made with cotton and two layers of non-woven interfacing, Amanda Perna wants buyers to design their own DIY mask for everyday use. The brand has also decided to donate masks to medical workers on behalf of their clients. 8. Reformation Reformation, a popular clothing brand among celebs, launched a new line of face masks earlier this month. The multi-pack comes with 5 reusable face masks made from a lightweight rayon and viscose fabric fusion. The brand is also committed to donate face masks to ‘LA protects’ with each purchase of the pack. 9. 5 Pack Protective Covers amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "gizmocircle00-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B0876MZRWJ"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "cfd75f59fac9931c86cc6df2f1eedcca"; 10. Casetify This face mask has a special pocket dedicated to insert an optional filter. The filter blocks several harmful particles from smog, pollen, and vehicle smoke with 5 added layers of filtration. Casetify includes two disposable filters with each face mask.11. Tory Burch This face mask comes with the brand's signature peppy prints with an adjustable clip to keep it firmly placed on your nose. You know, Tory Burch won’t be making a profit on these masks! Each face mask is available for only $10, and that too, will divide among the International Medical Corps and the Tory Burch Foundation, a firm for empowering women across the country. 12. Vida Available in 9 colors, the face masks are made with two cotton layers with a pocket space for an optional filter. With adjustable ear straps and a metal nose bridge, this mask guarantees a snug fit for every wearer from ages 5 and up. 13. Custom Ink These face masks are made with a blend of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The best part is: you can even customize your own face mask’s design. A pack of 12 is available for only $30!Regardless of whatever mask you end up purchasing, make sure that it complies with CDC recommendations! Don’t forget to wear your masks when going out for groceries and other outdoor activities. Make sure to wash your hands after removing your mask. Be safe! amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "gizmocircle00-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B08G11Y2XK"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "d7141c087d5f65c1afe2ebc6472cc73c";

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