How can I stay safe while grocery shopping? And answers to 24 other coronavirus questions | Live Well

ealth impacts and death, and now, the emerging science on how it can spread through people who do not know they are contagious, it helps to know how to keep yourself and others safe while doing what were once routine tasks.

Fear is a natural response to new information about threats and their risks. But with accurate information on how to take action to protect yourself and loved ones, fear naturally causes humans to become more efficient in responding to danger. This can lead to action, agency, courage, creativity, and much more. In fact, the upwelling we’ve seen around the world of compassionate, urgent, and brave responses to the pandemic is part of this process.

Almost all of us are experiencing changes to daily life we couldn’t have imagined at the start of 2020. The overall approach to all tasks and functions, whether you are sheltering at home or going outside for essential work, lies with keeping yourself and others safe from the dangers of COVID-19.

Stacker scoured other news outlets and public health resources—and surveyed our families and friends—to compile a list of 25 common questions about COVID-19 and provide answers for each. A few of the most important takeaway points are staying away from others, keeping yourself and surfaces clean, and knowing what to do if you get sick. With accurate information that allows for informed action and protection in place, people will find ever more creative ways of expressing their support, love, and compassion for others during this global health crisis.

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Pharrell Answers Beauty World’s Prayers, Announces Skin-Care Line

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Plenty (like, pleeeeenty) of celebrities have gotten into the beauty business over the better part of the last decade, each with varying degrees of demand serving as the impetus for their product lines. But if there’s one celebrity brand the beauty world, specifically, has been clamoring for for years, it’s one from Pharrell Williams. And it’s finally coming.

On Thursday, Williams announced via a cover story in Allure that he will be launching his own skin-care range — a three-piece edit called Humanrace — later on Nov. 25. The genderless, vegan, fragrance-free and “clean” brand comprises a trio of products intended by Williams to create the effect of a “three-minute facial”: Rice Powder Cleanser, Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator and Humidifying Cream. 

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The legendary music producer and recording artist’s decades-long career has been punctuated by his passion for skin care and wellness. Back in 2013, Williams made waves among beauty circles when he shared his Top Self with Into the Gloss, mainly because, well, he knew his shit. Since his mid-20s, he’s been focused on maintaining his complexion — and to look at how little the intervening years have done to shift his appearance (he’s now 47), those efforts haven’t gone unrewarded. 

Williams once noted in an interview that he’s not, in fact, a vampire (a nod to his ageless appearance). Williams began seeing dermatologist Dr. Elena Jones more than two decades ago, and it’s her expertise he sought when creating and formulating the Humanrace products, tapping her as a consultant.

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“This routine is formulated from Pharrell’s skin-care experience,” said Dr. Jones of the line, in a press release. “We adhered to the European standard of 1,300 banned ingredients as an important starting point and then we went further to develop our own restrictions. We worked to create products that had no rocks, nuts, seeds or plastic particles in our formulas to ensure no microtears occur which can result in damaging your skin.”

Williams also sought to highlight sustainability in choosing the product packaging; Each component is refillable and reusable, as well as made from more than 50% post-consumer recycled landfill plastic.

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A main focus of Humanrace — and Williams’s own skin-care routine — is hydration. Some of his descriptions of the Humanrace line seem to be paraphrased from “Zoolander”: Williams tells Allure, “Water makes me feel free. Water is very inspiring to me… I’ve always been obsessed with the idea that water falls [from] the sky as evaporation.” It’s fitting, then, that Williams’s Allure photo shoot, lensed by Ben Hassett, appropriately depicts Williams in a watery, glowy, reflective setting.

It’s also clear that Williams is philosophical about his approach to skin. In his Allure interview, he tells writer Brennan Kilbane, “Sometimes you need to cleanse your spirit… Sometimes you need to cleanse your mind. Sometimes you’ve just got to get rid of some dead skin.” There is perhaps no more apt beauty philosophy for

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Three couples seek answers, and their footage, after wedding videographer doesn’t deliver | 1 NEWS

When the big day is over, some brides and grooms want to relive the magic of their wedding again. That includes three Kiwi couples, who organised a video recording of all the key moments. Or so they thought.

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Donna and Jason King were the first of the three to hire Christchurch videographer Alexei D’ath of ‘AD Productions’ after she put the feelers out on a wedding Facebook page.

D’ath offered them a package that covered the ceremony, speeches, guest messages and a highlights reel for $1000. They paid him an additional $300 for the raw video of their wedding.

Donna King told Fair Go they weren’t after “a perfect, polished piece”, rather raw footage that captured the ‘history’ of the day.

Not long after their wedding in October 2019, the couple received a short, one-minute social media teaser from Alexei D’ath. But he didn’t deliver anything else.

D’ath had a contract with his clients that stated it would take up to eight weeks to edit the wedding footage. Donna continued to wait and gave him more time around Christmas because she didn’t “want to be one of these bridezillas”.

But Donna had every right to get her ‘bridezilla’ on. A whole year passed and the couple were still waiting and wondering.

“We paid for a gatecrasher, a wedding crasher to come to our wedding,” says Donna.

Another couple, Nikki and Alan have been waiting more than 40 weeks for their footage.

Nikki said it’s “really bizarre” how D’ath would spend the entire day and night filming their wedding, but have nothing to show for it.

“The first red flag was when we got back from a little trip away with our family and just hadn’t anything heard from him. When I emailed him, he took forever to respond and then it took me chasing for him to finally say he had been under the weather and that he would get the video to us, like that week.”

Kristen and Kayden Skilling have been waiting months too, even threatening D’ath with legal action.

“I said, ‘Look, if you’re not going to email me back or text me back, you’ve given me no other choice,’ and basically after that message I had no contact from him,” Kristen told Fair Go.

The AD Productions website and Facebook page went down but Fair Go managed to get in touch with D’ath.

He told the programme that he did still have the footage from all three weddings but said that Covid-19 and personal health issues limited his ability to deliver it to the couples.

He also said that “some brides expect more than what the videographer or photographers give them”.

“When they contacted me and saying, ‘Oh actually, we want this, this and this now, I was suspicious at why they were asking that”.

Fair Go pointed out that wasn’t the case

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Australia demands answers after women taken from Qatar Airways flight and strip-searched

The Australian government has registered “serious concerns” with Qatari authorities after women on a flight from Doha to Sydney were ordered to disembark the plane and subjected to a strip search and a medical examination.



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Flight QR908 to Sydney was due to leave Hamad International airport at Doha at 8.30 on Friday 2 October, but was delayed for four hours, apparently after a newborn infant was found dead in the airport.

Among the 34 passengers on board was Dr Wolfgang Babeck, who was returning to Australia after spending a month in Germany with his ailing father.

Babeck told Guardian Australia that, after about three hours of waiting on board the plane, the airline requested that all the women on board disembark. They returned some time later, and “most of them were very upset”, he said.

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“At least one of them was crying, they were discussing what had happened and saying that it was unacceptable and disgusting.”

The plane was then allowed to take off. Babeck said he then spoke to some of the female passengers, who said they had been taken off the plane and led into a non-public area of the airport and subject to a medical examination.

“They were taken by security personnel into the cellar, not knowing what was going on,” he said. “And then they were presented to a female doctor and they were basically strip searched and had to take everything downwards off, all their clothes, even their underwear.

“And then the doctor would try to feel in the uterus and stomach area or lower abdomen to see whether they may have given birth recently.

“Someone had been told that a baby had been found in the toilet and they were trying to find out who the mother was.”

Channel Seven, which first reported the story on Sunday, said the inspections involved 13 Australian women, and took place in an ambulance on the runway.

A spokesperson for the Australian department of foreign affairs and trade told Guardian Australia earlier the department was “aware of concerning reports regarding the treatment, in Qatar, of passengers on a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney”.



a large passenger jet flying through a cloudy blue sky: Australian women were allegedly taken off a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Sydney and strip-searched.


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Australian women were allegedly taken off a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Sydney and strip-searched.

“DFAT is seeking further information from the Qatari authorities and Qatar Airways.”

On Sunday night an updated statement from the department said the Australian government had “formally registered our serious concerns regarding the incident with Qatari authorities and have been assured that detailed and transparent information on the event will be provided soon”.

Qatar Airways told Guardian Australia it had not been contacted by any of the passengers on the flight and said it could not comment.

“We appreciate the concerns and distress expressed to you by the Australian passengers who you have spoken to, and will be investigating these matters with the

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