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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Things you should and shouldn’t do after an acupuncture treatment

Traditional Chinese and Western medicine diverge over the idea of what acupuncture accomplishes. Eastern medicine sees acupuncture as a way of balancing life energy or life force, otherwise known as qi, by inserting needles into specific points along “pathways” called meridians. Western acupuncturists, on the other hand, see the procedure as a way to “stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue” in a way that fires up your natural painkillers, as noted by Mayo Clinic.

But no matter how pain-free or amazing you feel after your treatment, remember that things have been done to your body, whether you choose to see it as a rebalancing of your qi or the stimulation of your nervous system. In any case, HuffPost says you need to give your body a chance to rest and rejuvenate. Resting also allows your body to deal with whatever feelings the session might have caused, whether it is soreness, tiredness, itching, or bruising. Along with resting, you should consider giving any strenuous or difficult workouts a hard pass and should scale down your exercise plans until your body has had a chance to fully recover.

Use heat and avoid specific foods after an acupuncture treatment

Traditional Chinese medicine doctors aren’t fond of anything cold — this includes eating anything cold like ice cream and smoothies, taking a cold shower, and even using an ice pack in parts of your body that might feel sore or tender after a session. Indigo Healing Acupuncture says cold temperatures could actually undo the positive effects of acupuncture because it impedes both your energy flow and the healing process. Instead, soothe yourself with a warm bath and a hot pad on any part of the body that might need a bit of TLC after a session.

Because acupuncture helps your body get rid of toxins, it would be counterproductive to reintroduce other types of toxins into your body in the form of sugar or processed food; instead, pick healthy options that might allow your body to continue healing after your sessions. Also, if your system has been reset so that everything is in equilibrium, it may be a good idea to avoid anything that could trigger you and make you excited, and, because of this, HuffPost recommends you avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea. Another reason to avoid caffeine — at least for a while — is that your body needs to stay hydrated, which is something that caffeine, which is a diuretic, cannot help you do as well as, say, water.

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Here’s how you can stay in Chip and Joanna Gaines’ homes

Chip and Joanna Gaines first graced our television screens in the HGTV hit series Fixer Upper. In fact, its season four finale was so popular that it attracted more than 5 million viewers, according to Vanity Fair. Audiences were truly mesmerized by their fun banter and beautiful renovations. Homes across the country began to embrace their style of farmhouse chic with rustic accents, and of course, shiplap. At the height of this success, fans were shocked when the Chip and Jo announced they wouldn’t be coming back for a sixth season. 

We soon learned that they had even more ambitious plans than just their lifestyle brand Magnolia — they were creating their own TV network. As if that isn’t enough, they also have their own restaurant and bakery, home goods store, and have put out multiple books. Staying true to their roots, they have also continued their real-estate ventures with Magnolia Realty.

Which Gaines' homes you can stay in?

In 2018, Chip and Joanna Gaines purchased Waco’s Grand Karem Shrine building in order to turn it into a stylish boutique hotel, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. According to the newspaper, officials struggled to figure out what to do with the 92-year-old vacant building before the Gaineses stepped in. They vowed to revamp the historic three-story structure, which is set to debut in 2021. However, if staying here seems too far off, the pair also recently launched Magnolia Stay, which offers vacation rentals.

According to their site, you can rent multiple different properties they’ve renovated, including the Carriage House that was renovated on season three of Fixer Upper. It’s a peaceful getaway in Grapevine, Texas, that has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The weekday rate to stay here is $545, and the weekend rate is $695. 

However, if you want something a little bigger, the Magnolia House could be perfect. The renovation of this historic home was also featured on Fixer Upper. Each room is designed with Joanna’s signature style and is located just 20 minutes outside of Waco. The price to stay here on the weekdays is $795, and the weekend rate is $995. 

If you want to live life like the Gaines family, it will obviously cost you, but it’s sure to be an experience you won’t forget.

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Expert reveals you should be disinfecting your bank card

GP reveals you should be disinfecting your bank card once a week because it could be contaminated with bacteria from users all touching the same reader amid coronavirus outbreak

  • Exclusive:  Dr Chike Emeagi explained it’s possible for the coronavirus to survive long enough on the flat surface of a card reader to be transferred to your card
  • Compared to touching door knobs and explained that germs can hide in the nooks and crannies of watches, rings, credit cards and bank notes
  • He recommends disinfecting your cards and jewellery once a week
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A GP has revealed how debit and credit cards can carry microbes from those who have used the same card reader before you, including bacteria such as salmonella and E.Coli.

Former orthopaedic surgeon Dr Chike Emeagi, Medical Director of Hampstead Aesthetics Clinic and Dr Chike Clinics, told FEMAIL that while the risk is low, it is still possible for the coronavirus bacteria to survive long enough on the flat surface of a card reader to be transferred to your card. 

He explained that germs can hide in the nooks and crannies of watches, rings, credit cards and bank notes, and recommends disinfecting your cards and jewellery once a week.

Comparing credit cards to touching door knobs and handles, he suggested using disinfectant wipes to clean cards, and warm water and soap for jewellery. 

British GP Dr Chike Emeagi explained it’s possible for the coronavirus bacteria to survive long enough on the flat surface of a card reader to be transferred to your card (stock image used)

Dr Chike said: ‘I can certainly envisage a scenario where your card could be contaminated with microbes from those whom have used the exact same card reader previously. 

‘Germs can hide in nooks and crannies in objects including watches, rings, credit cards, coins and bank notes – things we ordinarily would not worry about.

‘Because of limited knowledge of this virus and how it came about extreme vigilance to hygiene is paramount.  

‘The issue is that from an infection point of view, handling a credit card is similar to touching any other surface – doorknobs, stair-rails etc.

‘Any surface has potential to harbour germs-bacteria and viruses.’ 

He explained that germs can hide in the nooks and crannies of watches, rings, credit cards and bank notes, and recommends disinfecting your cards and jewellery once a week

The World Health organisation recently released a statement describing the risk as ‘low’, adding: ‘With proper hand cleaning, the risk of being infected with the new coronavirus by touching objects, including coins, banknotes or indeed credit cards, is very low,’ World Health organisation-WHO. 

Various studies have confirmed that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to three hours, on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 72 hours.

Dr Chike concluded: ‘This suggests the virus could live on credit cards anything from hours to days.   

‘The bacterial bugs commonly found on cards include  staphylococcus aureus, the cause of staph (skin) infections, salmonella enterica and E.Coli, a common cause of food poisoning.

‘It important to note that the possibility of catching coronavirus through your card is low but theoretical. 

‘I would recommend using soap and water or just hot water for jewellery and disinfectant wipe for credit cards – especially the cards you use regularly. 

‘The frictional force of wiping is said to be sufficient to wipe away any virus, especially with soap or chloride -based cleaners.

‘You could also wear gloves when holding your card.

‘But the main consideration is to use caution. wash your hands after handling anything that you think could be contaminated’. 

Comparing credit cards to touching door knobs and handles, he suggested using disinfectant wipes to clean cards, and warm water and soap for jewellery


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The great rail trips you can do at home

From experiencing The Canadian’s trip through the Rockies to travelling around the world with Tony Robinson, the great rail trips you can do at home

  • Channel 5 is airing Around The World By Train With Tony Robinson on Monday 
  • Take a virtual ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad, New Hampshire  
  • Get some inspiration for a future trip from train buff Mark Smith 

Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at an important holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: How to go on a great train journey from the safety of your own home.

There’s always been something about a train journey that stirs the imagination. Today’s locomotives may not have the romance of steam trains, but the grandeur of city-centre stations has actually increased as renovations bring glamour back to great public buildings such as St Pancras in London, Cornelius Vanderbilt’s Grand Central in New York and the palm-filled Atocha station in Madrid.

The journeys themselves are as exciting as ever, and travellers can enjoy them all, even under the pandemic lockdown.

Plan for the future

All aboard: Experience The Canadian’s trip through the Rockies

Start with Mark Smith, the train buff whose Man In Seat 61 website ( began as a hobby in 2001 and became an award-winning travel phenomenon. Seat 61 is his favourite place to be on a First Class Eurostar train, and the website shows how to get from A to B by train all around the world.

Why not take a look now as inspiration for future trips? Then, for a fuller flavour, go to The Man In Seat 61’s series of short videos on YouTube. Most are step-by-step guides to different journeys.

You are led from concourse to platform as you make connections across the Continent and beyond, and you’ll see how trains differ as you head from France to Italy, for example. Images of a bottle of beer and a bowl of soup in the buffet car on the London to Vienna video bring home one of the small joys of travel. Seeing the sun bounce off the gleaming silver carriages of The Canadian does the same, as the classic train crosses the Rockies on the Toronto to Vancouver video.

 Read all about it

Let the power of the written word take you on a short trip on the White Mountain Central Railroad in rural New Hampshire, USA. The team which runs the railway’s heritage centre say it’s ‘where history meets fun’, and if you click on Virtual Tour – Steam Train Ride on the website (, you feel it straight away.

‘The engineer has just informed me that we have a full head of steam so I’ll give him the High Ball sign and we’ll be on our way,’ the text begins, as the endearingly old-fashioned travelogue describes almost every part of the trip.

Driver’s eye view

The trend for ‘cab-ride’ films was born in Norway in a ‘slow TV’ experiment 

Hop into a train cab for a driver’s-eye view of an entire journey. The trend for ‘cab-ride’ films was born in Norway in a ‘slow TV’ experiment that found a huge market for lovely but uneventful real-life films. The original, seven-hour Bergen to Oslo journey from 2009 is hard to find online, but YouTube has plenty of amateur alternatives, and once you click one you’ll be recommended many more.

Staying closer to home, you can enjoy the ride from Glasgow to Mallaig, or head to the other side of the world and follow the journey from Christchurch to Greymouth in New Zealand amid stunning mountain and ocean views. 

TV stations

TV fans are in for a treat for the next few weeks. Channel 5 is repeating Around The World By Train With Tony Robinson on Monday nights and is putting The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys on its Freeview service My5. A favourite is Episode 2, riding through Spain’s Picos de Europa and ending near Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum.

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You can get £15 cashback on orders from Just Eat – this weekend only

LOOKING to order a takeaway this weekend? Here’s how to earn money back on your order.

Quidco is offering new members a great takeaway deal – a £15 bonus offer for ordering through Just Eat.

The cashback site offers a percentage of orders and shopping made through it back.

But now you can earn a flat £15 bonus while picking up a tasty takeaway deal.

If you’ve been considering cashback, or if you want to earn some of your spend back this is a good way to start.

And you get the bonus of not having to cook while picking up healthy cashback on a treat – just as long as your order is £15 or more.

The takeaway offer is only open to new members to Quidco, but it’s free to sign up and easy to claim. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up to Quidco for free on offer page
  2. Complete your £15 spend with Just Eat through Quidco
  3. Receive £15 bonus cashback from Quidco
  4. Wait for the bonus to be tracked to your account
  5. Withdraw your £15 to your bank account

The offer is only available this weekend, and expires at 23:59 on Sunday, March 29.

And there’s also a redemption limit, with the bonus cashback limited to 2,000 new Quidco members.

To read the full terms and conditions, head to the offer page.

Quidco members can get a free month of NOW TV Entertainment access with £8 cashback.

McDonald's fans have been selling Big Macs and nuggets on Ebay after the chain's store closed its doors.

If you're looking for a meal delivery service, we've rounded up our top 5 on Sun Selects.

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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.

Source: Apple 

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. 

Source: Life Hacker

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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Beauty and Fashion

Celebrity Stylists Tell You How To Best Keep Your Color & Cut Maintained At Home – Expert Tips

Not being able to get to a hair salon during self-isolation can be super stressful but luckily, a celeb colorist & stylist revealed tips for maintaining your color & cut while under quarantine!

While in self-isolation, it can be hard to keep your hair color and cut in tip-top shape and the thought of keeping up with it yourself may seem stressful. Luckily, hairstylist, Jerome Lordet, and colorist, Giselle, of Pierre Michel Salon in NYC shared tips with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY, on maintaining your hair while under quarantine.

For tips on cutting your hair at home, Jerome shared, “If you have long hair and want to get rid of any dead ends you can trim by combing your dry hair (not wet!). Make sure your hair is straight down, parted in the middle and try to follow the lines that are already there, only trim the wispy hairs that are out of place rather than giving yourself a full hair cut as this is not an easy task and I would not recommend for short hair where you can’t see or pull all of your hair in front of you.”

As for how to keep your hair color looking fresher for longer at home, Giselle shared two easy-to-follow steps.
1. “Always use shampoos and conditioners that specify they’re for color-treated hair.
2. “Shampoo every other day instead of each day to keep color life going a little longer. You can use a dry shampoo in between washes like Cleo + Coco to absorb excess oil and boost volume.”

For maintaining your own at home hair color, Giselle revealed two tips:
1. “Choose a color within 1-2 shades of your own natural hair color and don’t try to mix colors and get creative. Leave that to the professionals.
2. “It’s better to choose a color a little lighter than you think because boxed hair color usually comes out darker. Also, leave highlighting to the professionals!”

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TV and Movies

'Ozark': You Could Get Paid to Binge On the Netflix Series Right Now

Think about the people in your circle who are watching TV nonstop this week. In light of the global health crisis keeping most folks indoors right now, do they have plans to stick to their routine?

Binge-watching on Netflix is up due to the coronavirus quarantine, but watching Ozark offers a unique opportunity to earn money. Season 3 of the Jason Bateman-led drama arrives on the platform on March 27, but it’s a not a bad idea to get reacquainted or introduced to the series before that date.

There’s a short-term gig available for the fan who has time to invest hours into watching Ozark. If you love the show or want to get into it, this could be for you.

What are the specifics of the Ozark job?

Timed to coincide with the release of Ozark’s new season,the campaign comes courtesy of a pressrelease, the company is seeking someone to watch 20 hours of seasons 1 and2 of the Netflix series and will pay the individual $1,000 to complete the task.

According to the job’s description, you will really need to pay attention to the finer details about the characters and story. This is so you can fill out the questionnaire. Here’s a snapshot of what they want:

“We don’t care what you do in life or even if you’re intomoney laundering – that’s not our problem. Are you fleeing from a scheme, didyou see your business partner get killed, or what lengths will you go to makesome money? If that’s you, we want you to apply.

How does it all happen? The lucky fan who lands this gigwill be given 17 days to watch 20 hours of Ozark Season 1 and 2 (combined 20episodes). Then you’ll have to complete a checklist to include several familiartropes that are present in each episode.

How many times does Wendy blackmail politicians and acquaintances by attending cartel parties, galleries, and funerals to get the voter’s approval for the casino? How much trouble is Marty in after Darlene Snell kills the cartel’s guy? Is this the end of Byrde family?”

In addition to earning cash, the selected candidate will receiveOzark-themed swag, a Netflix gift card, and the ability to work from home.

Are there special rules for this gig?

The job listing and its conditions are prettystraightforward, but there are rules in place. You must be at least 18 yearsold, reside in the US, and fill out theform online. There is no fee to enter.

Per InternetAdvisor, “There no restrictions whatsoever, no background checks for moneylaundering, and expect zero drug testing. The only thing you must abide by isto apply for yourself and not for someone else.”

The deadline is approaching

Interested parties should apply for the Ozark competition by March 27, 5 p.m. MST. The sole winner will be notified via email within seven days of the contest’s closing date.

If you’re a huge Ozark fan and wouldn’t mind scoring a few extra bucks, check out the website and contact Internet Advisor with any questions. Remember to catch the Byrdes in season 3.

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