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What You Need To Know About The Great Face Mask Debate

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A growing number of public health experts are arguing that people should wear masks while in public to help prevent spreading the coronavirus, as new data shows people without visible symptoms are likely spreading the disease more than previously believed.

Just this week, the Trump administration announced the CDC was considering the idea. “The idea of getting a much more broad community-wide use of masks outside of the health care setting is under very active discussion,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, told ABC News.

As Americans wait for more guidance from the federal government, we’ll tackle three questions currently at the heart of the fast-changing mask debate: Who can spread the virus? Can the virus be airborne? What’s the difference between the types of masks? But first, some overall context:

The debate over mask use — happening inside the Trump administration, academia, and hospitals whose workers are caring for COVID-19 patients — is getting increasingly heated. Public health experts have been pushing back against the narrow federal guidelines stating that face masks should only be worn by healthcare workers, people caring for the ill, or those who are actively displaying symptoms.

What it means for the general public is still confusing and ethically murky. There is a lethal shortage of medical masks — both the rigid, snug-fitting N95 respirators and the looser fitting surgical masks — for healthcare workers, and there will be even fewer if the general public buys them en masse. And as people turn to making homemade masks from craft kits or old t-shirts, it’s still unclear how much these even help prevent the spread of the disease or prevent the wearer from contracting it.

Part of the confusion stems from misleading messaging in the early days of the US outbreak. In late February, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams forcefully said that the public should not wear masks. His widely-shared tweet made the contradictory argument that masks would not protect the public against the virus — but that, at the same time, health care workers needed them for protection. He also didn’t specify what counted as a mask. An N95? A surgical mask? A fabric mask?

Similarly, the CDC’s guidance has been unchanged from the beginning: healthy people do not need masks. “You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers,” the agency’s website says.

Even the World Health Organization still does not endorse widespread mask use.

Meanwhile, countries where widespread mask use predated the pandemic — including China, Japan, and South Korea — are embracing masks more than ever. George Gao, director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told Science the biggest mistake countries like the US were making in response to the outbreak “is that people aren’t wearing masks.”

In recent weeks, some US hospitals have changed their guidelines, requiring all of their staff to wear masks, instead of just those interacting with COVID-19 patients. And US public health experts are pushing back, including Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, who co-wrote a report recommending “everyone, including people without symptoms, should be encouraged to wear nonmedical fabric face masks while in public.”

The subsequent mask debate inside the federal government, first reported by the Washington Post, is a stark departure from previous federal recommendations.

When asked about whether the public should wear masks on Wednesday, President Trump said: “We don’t want to take them away from our medical professionals, but I don’t see it hurting.” And Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti this week recommended everyone in the city wear a non-medical mask, such as a home-made mask or bandana.

Public health officials consulted by BuzzFeed News declined to criticize the CDC’s decision-making on masks, saying it was appropriate based on what we knew about the coronavirus at the time. But now that our understanding of the spread has shifted, they said, so too should our guidance on masks.

“The first reason to wear a mask is so we all protect each other,” said Roger Shapiro, a Boston doctor and an associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard, the best rationale for wearing a mask “is so you don’t infect someone else.”

There may also “be a small benefit” to a non-infected mask wearer, he added, “since we don’t know everything about how this disease transmits.”

All sides of the debate still agree that masks will only be effective in helping to slow the spread of the coronavirus if used in addition to regular handwashing and social distancing.

Here’s what we know so far:

Passengers wear face masks as they wait in line to check in for their flights on March 24 at JFK airport in New York.

People with no symptoms can spread the virus — so more masks could help stop the spread.

According to the early information coming out of China, where the outbreak began, the virus was predominantly being spread by visibly sick people who were coughing and sneezing into the air close to others and on surfaces.

If those sick people self-isolate, or at least stay six feet away from others, and wear a mask to cut down on the germs they are spewing, they would cut down on their chances of infecting others.

Since then, a growing body of data suggests that some percentage of people who test positive for the virus never display any symptoms, but are likely to still be capable of spreading the disease (though such transmission hasn’t been confirmed). In the cases of people who do develop symptoms, they can be contagious for a few days before that happens, other research shows. This means people who the CDC currently says should not wear masks could be spreading the disease without knowing it.

It’s for this same reason that some hospitals have started mandating widespread mask use among health care workers.

The new policy was put in place at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare hospitals in recent weeks “based on our recognition that there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19, as well as our recognition that there is significant asymptomatic spread — in other words, COVID-19 can be spread by people who don’t feel ill at all,” Paul Biddinger, chief of emergency preparedness for both MGH and Partners, told the Globe.

Shapiro, whose hospital also changed its guidelines, said that new policy shifted his thinking on masks more generally. “If I’m going to do it in the hospital, it raises that question of why not do it in other settings,” Shapiro said. “But I can tell you I haven’t changed my personal practice.”

There are also questions about whether the virus can be airborne.

When an infected person is coughing, sneezing, or likely even talking, they are spewing both small particles and large droplets into the air. This is how the virus is most likely transmitted, public health officials say, which is why they recommend staying six feet away from others to be outside the possible splash zone, as well as washing your hands and avoiding touching your face in case you touched an infected surface.

But new research suggests the virus can sometimes spread through the air, where small particles have stayed aloft for up to 3 hours in a lab setting. That’s much longer than originally thought. But it’s important to stress that experts don’t actually know whether the virus is really spreading this way in the real world, unlike well-known airborne diseases such as measles.

There’s at least one case where local officials are considering the possibility of airborne spread, at a choir recital in Washington state. No one was visibly ill at the event, but afterwards at least 45 choir members likely got COVID-19, and at least one died.

But most masks wouldn’t protect against airborne exposure.

Not all masks offer equal protection.

For the purposes of the coronavirus outbreak, there are three main types of masks: respirators, surgical masks, and fabric, or home-made, masks.

Zahra Hirji is a science reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC

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The truth about Bray Wyatt’s ex-wife

In and out of the ring, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt’s life is filled with drama. Just like other professional wrestlers, Wyatt — real name: Windham Lawrence Rotunda — has made headlines in the past few years due to his scandalous love life.

In 2017, Wyatt’s wife of five years, Samantha Rotunda, filed for divorce, alleging he cheated on her with ring announcer and former wrestler, Joseann “JoJo” Offerman. At the time, he denied the allegations and claimed his ex was simply trying to defame him (via Pro Wrestling Sheet).

Eventually, however, the truth was exposed via Rotunda’s lawyer, who claimed there was proof that Wyatt had a close relationship with Offerman, according to the Daily Mail. Things got ugly, and the pro wrestler reportedly walked out on Rotunda and began dating Offerman.

In 2018, the WWE star even made their relationship Instagram official (while turning off the comments feature on his posts to avoid the backlash). And in 2019, the lovers welcomed a child of their own: a son named Knash.

Bray Wyatt's ex-wife Samantha Rotunda has moved on

Despite her heartbreak following Bray Wyatt’s affair, Samantha Rotunda has also moved on. The Florida real estate agent is now dating a man named Dan Pixley, a landscape laborer, according to his Instagram bio. Things seem to be going well between the two, since in June 2019, Rotunda wished both him and her ex a happy Father’s Day.

“I’m so thankful for their daddy @thewindhamrotunda who blessed me with the two greatest treasures in my life and continues to help raise these beauties and to @danpix54 who stepped in to this crazy life, not knowing what to expect, and truly loves my girls as though they were his own; protecting and supporting them each and every day,” she wrote alongside a photo of her daughters holding hands with Pixley, and another of them holding hands with their dad.

“I am truly so thankful for both of these men and because of our team effort, that we are working on each and every day, my girls are growing into amazing little woman (who will never ever date….ever, if these guys have any say). It’s not always easy, but it’s our life, and they are what matters!,” Rotunda continued, even throwing in the hashtags #coparenting and #myheartissofull. 

Bray Wyatt's messy divorce battle

Prior to the dissolution of their marriage, Bray Wyatt and Samantha Rotunda’s love story was rom-com worthy, per Heavy. The two met as students at Troy University in Alabama and fell deeply in love. While Rotunda stayed to earn her degree, Wyatt — who was there on a football scholarship — left early to pursue a career as a professional wrestler. He signed with WWE in 2009. Two years later, in 2011, the couple welcomed daughter Kendyl. In 2012, they tied the knot, and in 2013, they welcomed daughter Cadyn.

When Rotunda filed for divorce, she asked for full custody of their girls and child support. She also asked to keep their family home in Florida’s west coast (via Heavy). In 2018, however, Daily Mail reported Wyatt was avoiding paying his ex child support, and instead spending money on jewelry for his girlfriend, JoJo Offerman. He’d also reportedly been staying at the Total Divas star’s apartment in Miami, rather than in West Florida, near his daughters.

After being forced into mediation, Wyatt agreed to pay his ex $14,765 per month in maintenance and child support. According to both Wyatt and Rotunda’s Instagram posts, they’ve seemingly reached a co-parenting agreement since.

As for his wrestling career, Wyatt is set to challenge John Cena at WrestleMania 36, scheduled to take place from April 4 to 5, 2020. 

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The truth about Prince Harry and William’s step-sister

The royal family has been in the spotlight a lot recently. With Meghan Markle and Harry stepping down from their roles as senior members to her majesty Queen Elizabeth taking abundant caution in the face of a growing pandemic, they’ve faced extra attention. That health-related caution is nothing new though, since the Queen apparently always keeps an extra bag of blood on hand when she travels because… you know… just in case anyone needs some extra blood to go around.

Overall, the royal family has had its fair share of run-ins with the media, and rumor has it that ruthless tabloid coverage even had a hand in Markle and Harry’s final decision to step down. In the past, Prince Harry hinted his decision to step away from the throne was in part due to the media coverage that he called “a powerful force,” according to the Associated Press.

Harry even drew parallels between the media that followed his wife and the coverage that followed his mother, Princess Diana, to her grave. Markle and Harry at one point got into legal altercations with the press, suing over intrusion.

But with all the media attention following the royal family, there’s one member who has successfully evaded it for a long time: William and Harry’s sister.

Laura Lopes works in the art world

Technically a step-sister to the royal brothers, Laura Lopes is the step-daughter of Prince Charles and biological daughter of his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, according to Oh! My Mag. Her biological father, Andrew Parker Bowles, was Camilla’s first husband before she married Prince Charles.

When Prince Charles and Camilla officially married in 2005, Laura came with. She’s also got a brother named Thomas Parker-Bowles, who works as a food critic and tends to keep a low profile, per Hola! magazine.

Lopes has since married her now-husband, Harry Lopes. The couple has three kids: Eliza, Gus, and Louis (yes — that means there’s another Louis in the family besides our favorite Prince Louis). This would also mean the three children are technically cousins to Princes George and Louis, Princess Charlotte, and baby Archie.

Besides being a mother and wife, 42-year-old Lopes is an art curator, who has managed art galleries in the past and even co-founded her very own in London, according to Hola! mag.

Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have taken a step back, does that mean this could be Lopes’ time to shine?

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What we know about Prince Charles’ coronavirus diagnosis

When Grace Kelly’s son, Prince Albert II of Monaco, announced he had tested positive on March 19, there were fears for Britain’s Prince Charles — and today our worst fears were confirmed. His office has announced that the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, and the father of Prince William and Prince Harry, has tested positive for COVID-19 (via Daily Mail).

A spokesman for Clarence House said, “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.” In reporting the diagnosis, the Daily Mail says Charles was displaying “mild symptoms” over the weekend before he was finally tested and diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The spokesman also said that the tests, which were conducted by Scotland’s National Health Service, has shown that Charles’ wife Camilla is virus-free. “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.”

Charles has spoken to William, Harry, and Queen Elizabeth

The British Press Association says Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are both “in excellent spirits,” and Charles is not bedridden. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail says Charles’ condition is not expected to get worse, and that he has already spoken to Prince William, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth.

Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip are both still in Windsor and are doing well. “Her Majesty the queen remains in good health,” the palace says. “The queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”

The COVID-19 coronavirus plays no favorites. People who have come down with COVID-19 include celebrities like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, as well as Idris Elba, sportspeople like Kevin Durant, political personalities like Canada’s Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (wife of Justin Trudeau) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (via Vulture).

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John Mulaney Jokes About Quarantined New Yorkers Binging on His Netflix Standup

Netflix is getting quite a workout now that most Americans are staying home and catching up on their favorite television shows. While some people lean into horror films about pandemics, others prefer light comedies or standup comedy performances.

One Netflix comedy standup favorite is a John Mulaney performance. Mulaney has three delightful standup performances ripe for binging and apparently people are diving in. Mulaney himself had a funny moment, which he shared from his New York City apartment.

He snapped a photo of his neighbor from across the street who too was binging on a little Mulaney. “Caught ya,” he wrote along with a photo that displayed the neighbor’s TV lit up with Mulaney in his signature smart suit and microphone.

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From afar, it appears the neighbor was digging into John Mulaney The Comeback Kid. The 2015 standup was a breakout performance for the comedian where he recounted getting married, buying a home, dog training and his encounter with Bill Clinton before he became president. Mulaney was nominated for an Emmy for that performance.

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Other standups to sink your teeth into include his earlier work, John Mulaney New In Town and his newest standup, John Mulaney Kid Gorgeous at Radio City. Both standups are crammed with endless life stories, along with hilarious observations of society. Mulaney won an Emmy for Kid Gorgeous.

But binging Mulaney doesn’t stop with standup. His acclaimed new kid’s variety show, John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch has appeal to kids and adults. The show features his signature dark humor and guest appearances from heavy hitters like David Byrne from The Talking Heads and actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Mulaney’s Broadway breakout hit with Nick Kroll, Oh Hello on Broadway is also on Netflix. Mulaney’s quirky faux documentary series, Documentary Now! is also streaming.

Will he finally make that Toronto show?

Productions took a pause while the world deals with a global pandemic. And while no one knows when it will be safe to return to normal life, one Toronto theater is optimistic. Mulaney is scheduled to perform at Meridian Hall in Toronto on April 10. According to the site, Merdian Hall canceled performances from March 14 through April 4. Does that mean that this endlessly scheduled and rescheduled date will finally move forward?

The show’s trajectory is almost comical. Mulaney’s original date was slated for September 22. But, Mulaney rescheduled the September show for January 18. “TORONTO Very bummed to report Sunday’s show is POSTPONED to January 18. I’ll be there Saturday night but have to get home right after. Wouldn’t cancel it if I did not have to. I hope I see you in January. John,” Mulaney tweeted in September.

However, the weather made him once again reschedule for February.  “TORONTO SHOW POSTPONED: Weather says no way. Venue says no way. It is safer for everyone to stay off the roads and out of the air. Your tickets will be honored for new date to follow.” And then came the “demand to serve his country” and host Saturday Night Live in February prompted him to move the date up to April.

“A letter from Lorne Michaels to the people of Toronto,” Mulaney shared on Instagram. “Please read and understand I am terribly sorry to move the show again. It is now rescheduled for April 10 and I will be there no matter what. I love you Toronto I hope you know that I won’t let you down again. Also I’m afraid of Lorne so I do what he says.” Who knew the world would run into a pandemic?

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Puffed-out Brits joke about how unfit they are as they tune in to Joe Wicks’ PE lessons while homeschooling their kids

FITNESS expert Joe Wicks has stepped up to be the nation’s PE teacher, as the UK goes on lockdown and schools have shut.

Joe is hosting live fitness sessions aimed at kids on his YouTube channel every weekday at 9am, and parents have joked how unfit they feel after joining in with their children.

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So far, his Monday and Tuesday 30-minute-long videos have racked up nearly 3.5million views on his TheBodyCoachTV channel. 

And many adults shared their dismay that they were unable to keep up with their kids. 

One person tweeted: "Just done the Joe Wicks PE class! Safe to say I am seriously unfit I feel f***ed haha."

Another said: "Did the Joe Wicks workout with my little sister and it's safe to say I've never felt more unfit in my life #PEwithJoe."



Announcing the news on Twitter, Joe said the sessions were for “little kids right up to secondary school”. 

He said: "It's a workout designed specifically for kids because when the schools are closed there is no PE.

"Don't worry, I've got you. I'm going to take this over.

"I'm going to get your kids moving, feeling energised, positive, optimistic."

JOE WICKS' PE LESSONS FOR THE NATION

The lessons called "PE with Joe" are streamed live on Wicks' You Tube channel at 9am.

'The Body Coach TV' channel has 1.2million subscribers and Monday's first episode had over a million views.

There's no need for any equipment with Wicks' lessons designed to be done in living rooms using only bodyweight.

Wicks' sessions will provide relief for parents who are indoors with children all day while they're off school.

While the sessions have been a wake-up call for some adults, others raved about them and said Joe has inspired them to get fit. 

Someone else tweeted: "Just did the #joewicks 30 min workout. Kids laughing at how unfit I am.

“Going to do it everyday and when football starts again join a team. Feel knackered but happier."

Someone else said: "Thanks Joe Wicks for confirming how unfit I am. Here's to tomorrow."

Another added: “Kids said this was the most fun part of their day yesterday! Looking forward to joining you again today. Thank you.”

Here's how you can watch Joe's videos during the lockdown.

It comes after Britain's schools were closed indefinitely as the government battles to control the spread of coronavirus.

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This update about Colton Underwood’s coronavirus diagnosis is really promising

Following his coronavirus diagnosis, Colton Underwood is doing just fine. The former Bachelor star, who revealed on March 20, 2020, that he had tested positive for the virus, gave fans an update on his condition during an Instagram Live with Bachelor host Chris Harrison’s on March 21, 2020. “I’ll be fine, I’m lucky enough to have it under control for the most part,” Underwood assured fans (via E! News). While the reality star showed some signs of the illness during the interview — such as slight fatigue and coughing — he looked more or less like his usual self! 

Speaking to Harrison and Entertainment Tonight host Lauren Zima (who also happens to be Harrison’s girlfriend) during their nightly “Group Date” Instagram Live show, Underwood said that out of all the symptoms he’s experienced, “shortness of breath is the most crippling one, and for me at least, the most challenging one.” He added, “For me, the fever was gone within two days, but I’ve been taking Tylenol and staying on that.”

Colton Underwood opened up about his coronavirus diagnosis

As Bachelor Nation knows, Colton Underwood disclosed his coronavirus diagnosis in an Instagram video shortly before appearing on Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima’s Instagram Live show. “We got this,” he wrote in the caption. “I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week. My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results today. For anyone out there that is hesitant to self quarantine… please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay home. We will all beat this and come out stronger on the other side. I’ll keep you posted, Love y’all.”

In the clip, he explained that he has experienced shortness of breath since contracting the virus and that he can’t even walk up a flight of stairs or go to the bathroom without feeling exhausted.

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Luckily, the reality hunk and former NFL star has girlfriend Cassie Randolph to care for him. For the past few days, he has been self-isolating at Randolph’s parents’ home in Huntington Beach, Calf. as he combats the novel coronavirus.

Colton Underwood is self-isolating to keep Cassie Randolph safe

In order to help prevent Cassie Randolph and her immediate family from contracting the coronavirus, Colton Underwood is staying on the third story of her house, while his leading lady, her parents and her siblings are occupying the other floors, per Entertainment Tonight. According to E! News, Randolph — who was Underwood’s finalist on season 23 of the ABC show — opened up about boyfriend’s condition on her Instagram, admitting that she’s bringing food and medicine to his room when he needs it, but is otherwise staying away. 

In an Instagram Story on March 21, 2020, Randolph told fans that she isn’t quite sure where or how the Bachelor alum contracted the virus, saying (via E! News), “It could have been anywhere that he was the past 2 weeks.” She added, “Whether it be from a stranger that he touched the same door handle as, or from a friend, [or from] someone in my family.”

For now, all Underwood can do is keep boosting his immune system and wait to recover. At the time of this writing, he is one of many celebrities who are known to have tested positive for COVID-19. Others include Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Andy Cohen and Kevin Durant. 

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People Rave About These Storage Containers That Will Extend The Shelf-Life Of Your Produce

Okay pardon the rant, but: It’s incredibly frustrating when you buy fresh fruit and produce, only to have it go bad in just a few days. Am I right?! I, for one, can never accurately gauge when my food is about to expire. That’s why these Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Storage Containers from Amazon are lifesavers.

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These produce saver containers extend the shelf life of your produce using a vent that allows for a constant flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The containers also come with a tray that keeps moisture away from the produce in order to prevent them from spoiling. To give your produce the best shelf life possible, it’s best to store it in these containers before you wash them.

It can be a little annoying to have to constantly wash these containers by hand, so don’t worry, you can throw these right into the dishwasher. The Rubbermaid containers come in a 3-piece set that includes one small container that holds up to 2.5 cups of smaller fruits and veggies and two bigger ones that hold up to 17.3 cups of larger veggies like kale and broccoli florets.

Customers on Amazon love the fact that they’re not throwing away money on spoiled veggies.

“I was running to the grocery store every other day before I came across these babies. I successfully kept baby bok choy and mustard greens for over a week! I couldn’t believe it! Such a money and time saver!,” wrote one customer.

One person in Montana got their spinach to last a whole nine days.

“We bought one of these just to try them out. We live in Montana and the veggies just don’t seem to last as long as they did when we lived in AZ or WA. I put some baby spinach in one of the containers and 9 days later the spinach literally looks as good as the day I bought it.”

You can get these Rubbermaid containers for $26.99 on Amazon, basically a steal when you think about all the money you’ve thrown away on produce that’s gone icky and bad in less than a week.

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Freeform’s New Show About Military Witches Will Get You Through Self-Quarantine

Freeform’s newest show has a fascinating premise. Motherland: Fort Salem posits a world where witches work with the U.S. government to fight on behalf of the country. The Motherland: Fort Salem cast includes several such witches as they advance from basic training to combat at the titular Fort Salem. The full cast is rounded out by generals, drill sergeants, and more.

According to Den of Geek, the show follows what happens when witches of hundreds of years ago promised to fight in the army instead of being burned at the stake and the deal never expired. Now, in modern day America, magical witches are still fulfilling their end of the bargain. Creator Eliot Laurence explained to Den of Geek how the idea developed. "Originally I was thinking about a witchy Gossip Girl with some sort of secret witch school in New York City that was very fancy," Laurence said. "And it just wasn’t interesting to me. Then the military thing happened and it just had that kind of electric vibe that tells you you have something cool."

He initially thought the story would work best as a book, but when publishers continued to pass, he developed the idea into the Freeform TV show. Here are all the characters fans will meet when the show premieres.

Taylor Hickson As Raelle

Raelle is a recruit who doesn’t want to be in the army, because her mom just died in combat. Her issues with authority drive much of the drama in the series.

Before Motherland, Hickson was known for playing Meghan Orlovsky in Deadpool, Brianna Copeland in Aftermath, and Petra in Deadly Class.

Jessica Sutton As Tally

On the flip side to Raelle’s story, Tally’s mom didn’t want her to join the military service but Tally was just too curious and stubborn to listen. Will she find herself in over her head?

Motherland fans may have previously seen Sutton in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth or the movie Escape Room. This new Freeform show is one of her biggest roles to date.

Ashley Nicole Williams As Abigail

Abigail is even more intense about joining the military than Tally. Her witch family has long been in the army elite, and she’s eager for a chance to prove herself.

Williams only has one other credit to her name, the lead role in the 2020 movie Shepard. Between that and Motherland, her 2020 is off to a big start.

Amalia Holm As Scylla

The last of the witch recruits is Scylla, who is hiding secrets from even those closest to her.

Prior to taking on this role, Holm starred in many Swedish projects including The Inspector and the Sea, Jägarna, Saltön, and more. This is going to be her big introduction to American audiences.

Demetria McKinney As Anacostia

Anacostia is a drill sergeant who is tough but also willing to share a laugh with her young recruits. She’s very protective over her team.

McKinney is probably one of the best known actors in this bunch, having appeared on shows like House of Payne, Superstition, The Quad, and more.

Lyne Renee As General Sarah Alder

General Sarah Alder is the highest-ranking officer and the fearless witch leader. Trust her to take no nonsense from her crew.

Viewers may recognize Renee from other roles like Madoff, Madam Secretary, Deep State, and Mercy Street.

Annie Jacob As Glory Moffett

Not much is known yet about Jacob’s character Glory Moffett, but the actor herself is a bit more well known. She’s previously been on Star, Superstition, and the TV movie In Broad Daylight.

Kai Bradbury As Gerit

According to Deadline, Gerit is a witch who enters the Fort Salem program and soon becomes a love interest for Tally.

Before this show, Bradbury had small roles on shows like Lucifer, The Man in the High Castle, Altered Carbon, Supernatural, and more.

Sarah Yarkin As Libba Swythe

Deadline reported that Libba Swythe is a well-to-do ruthless character on the show, with a deep grudge against Abigail. We smell a villain…

Before Motherland: Fort Salem, Yarkin could be found in Single Parents, Happy Death Day 2U, American Horror Story, Transparent, and more.

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Cricket stars worried about their futures and livelihoods while in lockdown over coronavirus pandemic – The Sun

THE chairman of the players’ union says many cricketers are worried about their futures and livelihoods.

As the ECB effectively shut down the amateur game yesterday for the foreseeable future, Daryl Mitchell expressed the fears of professional players.

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And he says the Professional Cricketers’ Association is seeking urgent clarification from the ECB over funding for counties and whether wages can be paid if no cricket is played for several months.

The PCA’s chief welfare officer Ian Thomas has already said he expects a rise in mental health cases along with concerns over addictions such as online gambling because players have more spare time.

And Worcestershire batsman Mitchell, chairman of the PCA since 2017 and a hugely-respected figure, said: “Players are worried, absolutely. Everything is uncertain and uncertainty can bring anxiety.

"The PCA is seeking clarity from the ECB on a number of things and one is contractual security and whether the money from Sky will still reach the counties so wages can be paid.

“Players have bills to pay. Cricket is no different to any other industry and we take some heart from the Chancellor pledging money to businesses. Cricket clubs are businesses.”

Surrey and Middlesex are the only two counties still practising this week but could call a halt at any time. Batting and bowling in the nets looks a futile exercise with the season potentially delayed for several months.

The ECB have now recommended that all forms of recreational cricket are suspended – including training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity – and are vowing to help clubs hit by the loss of revenue in areas such as subs and bar takings.

Mitchell is part of the Worcestershire squad instructed to stay at home.

He added: “It’s a general precaution rather than anyone showing symptoms. Being in close proximity in a gym or changing-room breaks most of the recommendations on social positioning. We might not be able to re-start for a long while.

“Most cricketers were back in training last November with everything geared towards pre-season and the first match. Our start date was April 12. To have that taken away is quite difficult. It’s a tricky situation not to know what you’re aiming or planning for.

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"We’ve been given an isolation programme by our fitness coach. It involves bodyweight circuits, HIIT sessions that we can do at home. I have a bike set up in the garage and can go for a run.

“So we can keep on top of fitness but there’s no cricket-specific stuff. When we do start, bowlers will need time to get overs in their legs. We’ll need some sort of pre-season again.”

Worcestershire had problems before the coronavirus with their ground flooded an incredible six times this winter and their opening fixture moved to Kidderminster.

But Mitchell believes it could be the bigger counties who are hit worse.

He explained: “It’s only my opinion, but I think the smaller counties might be more sustainable because the £3m they receive from the ECB is a hell of a big proportion of their turnover.

“Test venues such as Surrey, Warwickshire, Lancashire, Notts and Yorkshire rely heavily on revenue generated from big matches and things other than ECB funding.

"They have bigger grounds, more office staff, higher wage bills and the £3m is not such a large part of their budget.”

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