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Zac Efron Reveals Why He Never Wants to Be in 'Baywatch' Shape 'Ever' Again

Zac Efron is keeping his beach body goals a little more realistic after having put himself to the test in Baywatch.

The High School Musical star, 32, opened up about enduring the extreme level of training necessary to prepare for his role in the 2017 film inspired by the 1980s television series while attempting to keep his cool on the Thursday, April 2, episode of Hot Ones. Though fans may have loved the results of his intense fitness regimen, the former Disney star wasn’t as pleased with the process.

“That was actually a really important time to do Baywatch because I realized that when I was done with that movie, I don’t ever want to be in that good of shape again. Really. It was so hard,” Efron admitted to host Sean Evans. “You’re working with almost no wiggle room, right? You’ve got things like water under your skin that you’re worrying about, making your six-pack into a four-pack. S–t like that it’s just not … it’s just stupid.”

Efron continued, acknowledging that the experience wasn’t all bad despite the heightened strain he was putting on his physical fitness. “I’m happy that it worked, I’m happy that it got me through it. I may do it again if it was something worthwhile but we’ll wait till it gets to that,” the 17 Again star added. “I’m good. Take care of your heart, take care of your brain and you’re good.”

This isn’t the first time that the Neighbors actor has spoken out about being a little too in shape during filming for Baywatch. When the Hollywood heartthrob was presented with a new Madame Tussauds wax figure on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April 2019, he made sure fans knew not to idolize the hyper-muscular statue.

“That’s too big,” he joked, standing beside the shirtless model of his Baywatch character. “For guys, that’s unrealistic. I’m telling you. I got very big and buff for that movie, but I don’t want people to think that’s the best way to be. Like, be your size … I don’t want to glamorize this.”

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Why is ITV off air? What’s happened to the channel tonight explained – The Sun

ITV will pause programming tonight (April 2, 2020) and it's for a VERY good cause.

We take you through what will be happening this evening.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

Why is ITV off air?

ITV will pause its programming tonight to Clap for our Carers –  giving the nation a chance to pay tribute to the enduring efforts of the NHS and other key workers across the country once again.

Ahead of The Martin Lewis Money Show at 8pm, ITV will switch off the channel as the broadcaster urges members of the public to stand on their doorsteps and balconies – keeping a safe distance apart – and applaud our key health care workers.

ITV’s regular programming will be replaced by idents specially created by ITV Creative, encouraging viewers to donate to NHS Charities Together.

Programming will be paused for two minutes.

What is the Clap for our Carers?

The first Clap for our Carers took place on March 26, and will now go ahead on a weekly basis.

Millions of people across the UK stood and clapped from their doorways in unison to honour staff and carers who have been working tirelessly throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Landmarks including the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arch joined in as they were lit up blue throughout the tribute and the hashtag #LightItBlue highlighted it on Twitter.

What has ITV said about pausing programming?

ITV has also urged the public to share messages of support and love amongst one another, and check on neighbours at this time of isolation, through their landmark mental wellness campaign, Britain Get Talking, which continues throughout the month.

Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive at ITV, said “ITV is joining the rest of the country in thanking everyone in the NHS and carers who are doing such a vital and fantastic role – so we will pause our programming at 8pm to applaud the heroes within the NHS for the remarkable efforts they are making, and raise as much money for NHS charities as we can thanks to our viewers’ generosity.”

  • To donate to NHS Charities Together Covid 19 campaign go to virg.in/ClapForOurCarers.

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Why I fear the toxic legacy of teaching children at home

Why I fear the toxic legacy of teaching children at home: Leading educationalist ANTHONY SELDON has a stark warning about the unchartered waters of home-schooling

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There are many drastic changes being made to our lives as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

But what few people appreciate is that Britain has embarked on one of the greatest educational and social experiments in our history.

In any normal year, schools would reconvene in two weeks’ time after the Easter holidays for the summer term. Not this year.

Millions of children of school age, with the exception of those who are considered vulnerable or whose parents are in key jobs, will have to adjust to working from home for as long as six months.

What few people appreciate is that Britain has embarked on one of the greatest educational and social experiments in our history, writes Anthony Seldon (stock image)

It is an eventuality for which we have had next to no time to prepare, the risks are beyond the imagination, and of all the toxic legacies bequeathed by this coronavirus crisis this one may prove to be the most devastating.

It is true that some 50,000 young people are already home-schooled, but their parents long ago worked out how to do it. In educational terms, the vast majority of young people have been abandoned in unknown territory.

Let me make this very clear. When it comes to home-schooling en masse, we have no collective memory of best practice, no historical evidence of the most effective techniques, and no bank of psychological research.

In short, we are embarking on a road without maps.

I write not as a psychologist nor a scientist, but as someone who was a school teacher for 30 years, 20 years of them as a head.

And for the past five years I have been running a university, which makes me the only person in Britain to have run both schools and a university — and I am worried.

In the worst-case scenario, too many of the most vulnerable children who are no longer in school under the watchful eye of teachers will, I fear, fall through the cracks. They are at risk of becoming victims and perpetrators of crime.

Sinister

They will be easy prey for the equivalent of the spivs and criminals who were spawned by the upheaval of British life during World War II — only their contemporary successors are far more sinister.

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, has already voiced her fear that criminal gangs will exploit school closures to recruit children as drug mules and street fighters. 

Let me make this very clear. When it comes to home-schooling en masse, we have no collective memory of best practice, writes Anthony Seldon (stock image)

She describes the drug-selling networks known as county lines as ‘sophisticated enterprises that have well-established hierarchies and use intense violence as part of their business model’.

We know already that these gangs are practised at targeting susceptible children and woo them initially by offering friendship, then money, then drugs. Many such children — and there is an estimated one million of them — live in households affected by violence and addiction.

‘For those kids, school is the place where they get their safety, stability and structure in their lives,’ says Longfield.

Threat

Without this support, the Children’s Society believes that more and more young people ‘will put their lives at risk, rob rival gangs for [drug] supplies’.

Let’s face it, schools find it hard enough to keep the disengaged in school and to secure their attention under normal conditions.

Imagine how much more difficult it will be to keep young people studying — and safe — without a structure that combines registration, routine and the threat of sanctions. The fear is that many of them will run amok.

After all, what is to stop young people leaving their homes, congregating out of sight, out of mind, and falling into all kinds of danger? 

We have only a limited number of police, they are already overstretched and their new powers to exercise control during this crisis are even now being questioned by judges.

Mental health problems will also proliferate. The past ten years have seen a steady rise in depression among the young, as well as an increase in suicide attempts.

And, only this week, the mental health charity MIND reported seeing a rise in concerns from those with existing conditions.

Even children lucky enough to live in secure and loving families often find that schools are unique in adding meaning and structure to their often anxious lives, as they negotiate the transition from childhood to adolescence.

Pictured: A teacher works from home on a video conference during the coronavirus crisis

The reassuring rhythm of the school year, the challenges it provides, and the aspiration it breeds all go towards engendering a sense of community and belonging. All that will be stripped away.

As for those who have worked for years to prepare for GCSE and A-level exams, suddenly hearing that those exams are to be scrapped has proved deeply traumatic.

And children are not the only vulnerable groups. Parents and guardians will be increasingly at risk of mental health problems, too, as they struggle to deliver home-schooling and to keep their children occupied and safe.

Tensions at home will become unbearable for some, leading to sky-rocketing rates of separation and divorce, and the pressures of living in lockdown could even spark an epidemic of domestic violence.

Meanwhile, social inequality will only be enhanced because not all children have parents equally willing and capable of overseeing lessons at home.

The tools they have at their disposal will vary, too, depending upon the resources they have at their disposal. 

While many middle-class households will be able to draw upon a wide range of tech devices to enable access to digital technology at home, others on low incomes will find it hard to give their children the equipment they need.

In the same way, children whose families live in cramped high-rise flats may struggle to find quiet spaces in which to study. 

Thanks to factors such as these, it may take years to make up the social disadvantages embedded by the loss of the long summer term’s study at school.

So what can we do? Here is my plan to address the crisis.

Every schoolchild must be set ambitious targets by their teachers. Even the most disengaged young person rises to a challenge, and revels in the feeling of success and pride when they achieve it.

A record of achievement, bespoke for every young person, should be drawn up, so that they all have something to show for what they have achieved in the summer term.

Those who were due to sit GCSE and A-level exams require particular care. Proxy exams should be devised, marked by teachers. These will not only give them a sense of purpose but could be a key contributors to the grades the Government says they will be awarded.

Those destined for university in the autumn, meanwhile, must be given suitably challenging academic work.

We should also use this enforced period of absence from school to broaden our understanding of what good education is.

We should give young people the entrepreneurial and coping skills they will need, not just in the weeks ahead, but for the rest of their lives.

All young people should be encouraged to volunteer: #iwill is a national charity that boosts volunteering for ten to 20-year-olds.

They have encouraged many community-centred activities. Children at Birmingham’s Woodhouse Primary Academy, for example, wrote letters to thank NHS workers. Other schools are encouraging pupils to write to people in care homes.

At my own university, the English Department has launched an online initiative to get children and adults to read Charles Dickens’s Hard Times — regularly a set text for GCSE and A-level — in its original weekly instalments and then join in an online discussion.

Over the next few months, our nation will be tested more than at any point since the dark days of 1940. We can and must come out of this on top.

  • Sir Anthony Seldon is Vice–Chancellor of The University of Buckingham.

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Why Colton Underwood Hopes Ex Aly Raisman Doesn't Get Offended By New Book

Colton Underwood addresses a lot of firsts in his new book — appropriately titled The First Time — including his first love: ex-girlfriend Aly Raisman.

“I felt like I’ve been very respectful of how I’ve handled a lot of that situation,” the 28-year-old former Bachelor says on Us Weekly’s Bachelor podcast, “Here for the Right Reasons,” about writing about his ex. “Hopefully she’s doing well, and she doesn’t take offense to anything I put in there.”

Underwood addresses his relationship with the 25-year-old gymnast for the first time in his memoir.

“Aly was easy to talk to. She was open, funny, bright, honest, and inquisitive,” the former football player wrote in the book, which was released on Tuesday, March 31. “The more time I spent with Aly, the more attractive I found her. She was funny, sharp, and cool about things. She was very mature for her age, no doubt from having to grow up fast. She was together. She worked hard in and out of the gym.”

While fans knew they dated before Underwood joined Bachelor Nation, Raisman was never mentioned by name on the ABC series. Months before Underwood first appeared on The Bachelorette in 2018, the Olympian faced disgraced coach Larry Nassar in court over his alleged abuse of hundreds of athletes.

“I think I came to the conclusion that I was OK to talk about it as long as it was from my point of view, and it was my story,” Underwood tells Us on the podcast. “I’m glad that ABC and Bachelor was OK with keeping her off limits during not only The Bachelorette and Paradise, but in my season as well, because you know, she’s such an incredible inspiration to so many people and she’s in many girls and many people’s opinions a hero and I can’t, you know, thank her and support her enough for what she’s doing right now for everyone out there and being the strong voice and leader that she is.”

He added: “The last thing I wanted to do is be some bimbo that went on a reality TV show that took away from you know, someone so impactful, and I wanted to be conscious of that and hopefully I didn’t take anything away from anybody.”

In the book, Underwood details how Raisman told him about Nassar.

“I wanted to find Nassar and rip his head off,” Underwood wrote. “I made it a point to listen rather than ask too many questions. … Just watching her go through that was painful. Her struggle with what had happened and the deep pain of the violation to her body and spirit and ability to trust only intensified as the case against Nassar took over the news. I felt helpless.”

For more from Underwood — including which exes he warned about the book, behind-the-scenes scoop about The Bachelor and more — listen to this week’s “Here For the Right Reasons” podcast.

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Why Chris Smalling is the WRONG transfer for Arsenal despite Man Utd defender’s resurgence at Roma – The Sun

ARSENAL are rumoured to be in the market for Manchester United star Chris Smalling this summer.

Like many fans, I'm wondering if the ex-England international, 30, is the right man for the job.

Smalling has been resurgent in Italy during his loan stint with Roma and has boosted his chances of getting a long-awaited Three Lions recall.

But is he the right man for Arsenal? I take a look at the pros and cons…

First and foremost, Smalling comes with a wealth of Premier League experience so wouldn't struggle to adjust to the physicality and pace of the Premier League like many players.

Smalling is a proven winner at Man Utd and with over 300 games and two league titles under his belt.

His maturity and mentality should rub off on Arsenal’s group of younger pros.

The former Fulham ace has a dominant aerial presence that has been lacking at the club for some time, too.

Still only aged 30, he should be at his absolute peak for a central defender and would be hungry to enjoy some first-team action at one more big club – particularly one closer to his family in the south of England.

Better yet, his passing game has improved in Italy, with his average pass completion this season over per cent.

However, that's not to say a move for Smalling would be right for Mikel Arteta's Gunners.

Whilst Smalling’s experience will be invaluable, he is right-footed, and I suspect Arsenal’s known new arrival William Saliba is pencilled into start on the right of Arteta’s defence.

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Why Lil Baby Isn't Interested in Comparing His Trajectory to Success to Jay-Z's

A lot of times in music, not only do artists get compared to their contemporaries, but they also get compared to the ones that came before them. In a recent interview with Ebro, Lil Baby responded to the fact that he’s around the same age when an iconic rapper dropped his debut work.

Lil Baby is one of the biggest hip-hop artists out right now

The Atlanta rapper is one of the most successful and popular hip-hop artists of the moment. He signed with Quality Control and started putting out several mixtapes in 2017. He collaborated with Lil Yachty and Young Thug and had a moderate hit with the single, “My Dawg,” which reached No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100.

He really started to break out in 2018 with the release of his single, “Yes Indeed,” which featured Drake, which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was taken from his debut album, Harder Than Ever. The album was just one of three projects from Lil Baby in 2018. He put out two mixtapes, Drip Harder with Young Thug and Street Gossip. Young Thug and Lil Baby’s Drip Harder included the hit single “Drip Too Hard,” which reached No. 4 on the Hot 100. Several songs from the album that weren’t singles became hits, such as “Close Friends” and “Never Recover.”

2019 didn’t include a project release for Lil Baby but it did see the release of the single “Baby,” one of his several collaborations with DaBaby, as well as the single “Woah,” which would be on his 2020 album, My Turn. The album has been a huge success so far, landing at the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Almost every song from the album has charted on the Hot 100.

The rapper isn’t trying to compare himself to Jay-Z

Lil Baby recently sat down with Ebro for an episode of the Rap Life podcast on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio. The radio personality discussed how Lil Baby is 25, which is around the same age Jay-Z was when he released Reasonable Doubt. Jay-Z was actually 26 when that album was released and it is considered to be one of the best debut albums of all time, one of the best hip hop albums of all time, and often regarded as one of Jay-Z’s best albums.

In response, Lil Baby said, “I can’t compare myself to nobody in that gap ’cause it is a lotta more sh*t nowadays. I got a whole Instagram with 10 million followers. No way Jay-Z and them had [that]. It’s so many different ways where I won’t even let that get ‘caught in my head.”

The rapper continued, “I’m smart enough to know it wasn’t the same avenues, either,” he added. “So I won’t even put that type of s**t in my head.”

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Why NYC’s restaurant scene is guaranteed to bounce back from coronavirus

It won’t matter whether the shutdown ends by Easter 2020 or Easter 2021. Once the plague has passed, New York City will have as many places to eat as before, and as many seats, customers, chefs, cuisines, and employees who were, in the blink of an eye, stripped of their livelihoods three weeks ago.

This is not magical thinking.

For sure, they might not be the same restaurants. The pandemic might, until nature sheathes its sword, pull the table from under the dining world we know and love and scatter it to the winds. Superchef Tom Colicchio said the crisis could permanently close 75 percent of New York City eateries. Dirt Candy chef/owner Amanda Cohen wrote in The New York Times, “After this shutdown, we’ll have to rebuild the city’s restaurant business from scratch.”

The current devastation includes the loss of 320,000 restaurant jobs and the incalculable toll on owners, landlords and food suppliers. Yet, for context, recall that before the coronavirus, there was 9/11 and nearly 3,000 dead in one day; the AIDS-related deaths of 58,000 New Yorkers from 1980-1985; the exodus of 1.5 million residents in the crime-and-decay 1970s-1980s; and the Great Depression that saw some of my less fortunate 1920s forebears, true to legend, selling apples on sidewalks to stay alive.

By the time the virus is contained, pent-up demand for the elemental need to eat and socialize, and for the human impulse to provide the experience, might well lead to the greatest restaurant-creation boom the Big Apple has ever seen. Tastes and trends might change, but the city’s irrepressible entrepreneurial energy and the sheer joy people take in feeding others guarantee a resurgence.

New York is providentially blessed with the spirit to make it happen. We bring tastes and culinary skills from earth’s every corner. We love to eat. We love to make money — which many, many restaurants still do despite the squeeze many faced even before the virus.

The scourge will leave many more storefronts vacant — fertile ground for restaurateurs when landlords will be desperate for rental income from north Bronx to the Coney Island boardwalk. But the chatter that top chefs will flee town makes no sense: Where would they go when other cities are also shut down?

It isn’t uncaring, in a time of widespread death and suffering, to root for a restaurant revival. For sure, cooks, waiters and dishwashers miss their paychecks more than I miss “destination” favorites Marea, Porter House and Olmsted — and the teacup-size sushi joint in Astoria whose name I never remember.

But eating and drinking among friends, lovers and strangers is not optional. It’s in the city’s DNA. The pleasure we take in our 26,000 eateries is as one with our need for every kind of human-to-human experience, from team sports to sex. It can’t be replicated by takeout and delivery. Men and women I saw noshing together at roadside stands in Tanzania, Martinique and the Golan Heights shared the same pleasure and social reinforcement as hedge funders at tablecloth temples across Manhattan.

Things look bleak right now. Owners are huddling with lawyers and accountants to calculate how long they can pay the rent before they go belly up. Restaurant gods such as Danny Meyer, Eric Ripert and Andrew Carmellini are making superhuman efforts to help laid-off employees and begging the government to rescue smaller restaurants. It isn’t clear how much of the $2 trillion coronavirus-relief bill’s $350 million in small-business paycheck support and a provision to forgive loans will trickle into restaurants.

We can’t guess where we’ll be in six months — or next week. But if history’s any guide — and if New Yorkers do what we’ve always done — we’ll again share tables together from Belmont to Bensonhurst. The names and menus might be different from what we knew. But, trust me — we’ll love them as much as the old ones. And just maybe, more of the old ones will make it through than we dare to dream.

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Mrs Hinch shows why cleaning rooms clockwise is the key to getting every spot spic and span

MRS Hinch has revealed the best way to get your house sparkling from top to bottom with a “clockwise clean.”

Taking to her Instagram story, the cleaning guru, real name Sophie Hinchliffe, shared a time-lapse video of her cleaning her dining room in a clockwise motion.

Captioning a snap of her cleaning caddy, she wrote: “I’ve put everything in the basket that I know I’ll need and the room I’ve chosen is the dining room.”

Explaining how to perfect a clockwise clean, the mum-of-one said: “Getyour Hinching baskets out walk into the room and start to your left (that’s your 12 o’clock) work your way around the room (1,2,3 o’clock)

“I love these cleans because I know I haven’t missed one thing in the room.”

She recommends carrying the baskets around the room with you as it makes things “so much quicker” revealing she purchased hers from Pound Stretcher.




She uses Elbow Grease spray on her PVC and Astonish window and glass cleaner on the mirror.

She uses a Pledge fluffy duster and Mr Sheen to polish the area before using Febreeze to freshen up the artificial flowers, curtains, rug and table runner.

Sophie was keen to remind Hinchers to clean their skirting board as they make their way around the room.

Once she had finished her clockwise clean, she added: “I’ll now hoover and mop throughout this room and I’m done.”

In other cleaning news, this handy guide reveals how often you should be washing your sheets to kill bugs.

And this mum showed off the huge cleaning haul she got for Mother's Day but was slammed for stockpiling.

Plus this Mrs Hinch fan drew a willy on her wall, but now she can't get it off.

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Why you need to wash your phone every time you put it down

Clean your phone NOW: Infectious disease professor’s urgent warning about mobiles and COVID-19 – and why you should be washing it as often as your hands

  • An Infectious Diseases specialist shared why we must wash our mobile phones
  • On average, we touch smartphones 2,617 times daily, meaning bacteria is there
  • Coronavirus can live on phones for up to nine days, depending on conditions
  • You should clean it with hand sanitiser that has 60 or 70 per cent alcohol daily 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

An Infectious Diseases and Immunology specialist has revealed that it’s not just your hands, fruit and vegetables and rings that you need to be careful with when it comes to COVID-19, but also your mobile phone.

Professor Nigel McMillan, from Griffith University, specialises in infectious diseases and the risk of transmission, as well as how the coronavirus compares to other diseases.

He told FEMAIL that while the virus can live on myriad surfaces, you need to be especially careful with your smartphone – which, on average, we touch 2,617 times daily.

Studies have found that coronavirus can survive on the kinds of smooth glass and plastic found in smartphones for up to nine days depending on the conditions.

An Infectious Diseases specialist has revealed why you need to be especially careful with your mobile phone, which we touch 2,617 times daily (Professor Nigel McMillan pictured)

‘COVID-19 can live on any surface and the more moist it is, the longer it will live there,’ Professor McMillan explained.

‘The safest thing to do is consider your phone an extension of your hand, so remember you are transferring whatever is on your hand to the phone.’

With this in mind, every time you put your smartphone down somewhere or do something and then touch your phone, you should be cleaning it.

‘Don’t put it down in random places if you can avoid it,’ Professor McMillan said.

‘Clean it every time someone else touches it, too, as the virus could be living on it far longer than you think.’

How can you best clean your mobile phone? 

* Use only a soft, lint-free cloth.

* Avoid excessive wiping.

* Unplug all power sources, devices, and cables.

* Keep liquids away from your device.

* Don’t allow moisture to get into any openings.

* Avoid aerosol sprays, bleaches, and abrasives.

* Avoid spraying cleaners directly onto your device.

* Apple is recommending the use of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to wipe down any hard, nonporous surfaces.

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To wash your device, Professor McMillan recommends you use either hand sanitiser or lens cleaner for glasses with at least 60 or 70 per cent alcohol (stock image)

How does hand sanitiser work?

The alcohol in hand sanitiser disrupts the outer coating of many, but not all, germs; the CDC recommends using a hand sanitiser that contains at 60 per cent alcohol to ensure effectiveness. 

However, these products are not very effective against bacterial spores or against viruses that don’t have an outer envelope. Sanitiser is effective against almost everything else.

Washing your hands is better than hand sanitiser, but this is the next best thing. 

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To wash your device, Professor McMillan recommends you use either hand sanitiser or lens cleaner for glasses.

‘They must have at least 60 or 70 per cent alcohol,’ he said.

‘Alternatively, they need isopropal alcohol or rubbing alcohol. Spray and wipe products will also do in a pinch as they have detergent.’   

Tech giant Apple have recently changed their position on using alcohol-based wipes and similar disinfecting products on their devices.

While the company still recommends using a slightly damp lint-free cloth to wipe your device clean, it has changed its previous advice to avoid disinfectants.

Apple now says those problematic wipes are safe to use, and recommends using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product.

The CDC’s hand washing guide follows WHO’s guidelines – which suggest people wash their hands at least five times a day with soap and water or hand sanitiser (pictured)

All of this will do little unless you are washing your hands well, however.   

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a proper method for washing your hands that will help to stop you and those around you from getting sick.

What is the five-step process to perfect hand washing?

Source: CDC

The agency recommends you wash your hands at frequent intervals to stay healthy, and advises that everyone follow five steps to ensure they are washing their hands the right way.

‘The first step is to wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap,’ the CDC said.

‘Then, lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.’

However the third step is where many people might be falling down.

The CDC recommends you scrub your hands ‘for at least 20 seconds’ – which is the same amount of time it takes to hum Happy Birthday twice.

‘Rinse your hands well under clean running water,’ the guide advises. 

Finally, you should use a clean towel to dry your hands or air dry them.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food 
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea 
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound 
  • After using the toilet 
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet 
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing 
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste 
  • After handling pet food or pet treats 
  • After touching garbage

Source: CDC

Coronavirus essential guide: Your top hygiene questions answered 

Does hand-washing really work?

Yes. A new study published by the highly-respected Cochrane Database which summarises and interprets numerous studies says that handwashing cuts the chances of contracting a respiratory illness such as coronavirus by 54 per cent – the best odds of any deterrent.

So wash your hands – scrubbing every bit of skin from your wrist downwards – at every opportunity for at least 20 seconds (or for however long it takes to sing Happy Birthday in your head twice).

Should I use public transport? 

Only if necessary. If you can work from home rather than commuting, and also minimise shopping trips, you will greatly reduce your infection risk.

One recent study in Nottingham found that people who contracted the flu virus in 2011 were nearly six times more likely than others to have travelled by public transport in the five days before developing symptoms.

 lanes, trains and buses are high-risk environments for easily transmitted viruses – and Covid-19 is particularly infectious – to spread on to our hands via surfaces such as handrails, seats and handles.

If I stay at home will I be safe?

No. Family and friends can easily bring in the virus. To reduce this threat, institute a handwashing rule for everyone as soon as they enter the house.

And make sure there is one hand towel for each person. If that’s not practicable, wash towels frequently.

 

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Why You Should *Definitely* Read ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Before Watching It

Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, the TV miniseries adaptation of Celeste Ng’s 2017 novel of the same name, premiered on Mar. 18, and it already has fans waiting to find out what’s coming to Shaker Heights, Ohio. If you’re not familiar with the original novel, you might be wondering: Should you read Little Fires Everywhere before watching the show? There are some pretty major changes between the book and adaptation that are worth exploring in the novel.

Little Fires Everywhere centers on Elena (Reese Witherspoon), a suburban mom of four with a picture-perfect life, and Mia (Kerry Washington), the artist and single mother who has just begun to rent a home from Elena. When Mia helps an undocumented coworker settle a custody dispute over her lost child — a baby Elena’s friends have already adopted — the two neighbors become embroiled in a legal battle as their teenage children’s lives become similarly enmeshed. As the opening to Little Fires Everywhere reveals, Elena’s home will be set ablaze before the novel ends, but by whom, and why, remain to be seen.

Hulu’s adaptation deviates from the book in some pretty major ways, while keeping the basic story intact. (From the first episodes on there have already been major changes to Izzy’s sexuality and Mia’s race.) Before you worry that Ng — who cameos in the show and served as its executive producer — isn’t happy with the changes Hulu made to Little Fires Everywhere, you should know that the author was perfectly happy to have the series’ creators adapt her novel in unexpected ways.

"I’m really not [feeling] possessive of it," Ng told the L.A. Times in an interview published Mar. 17. "I wanted it to have space to be its own thing."

Now, purists will tell you that you should always read the book first, before you even dream of watching the film or TV adaptation. And in the case of Little Fires Everywhere, you really should consider reading the book before you watch the miniseries. Changes are afoot, and you’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled for how the book and show differ.

You can watch Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu today.

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