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As the U.S. continues to panic as we struggle to combat the COVID-19 virus, paired with the national shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for the country’s healthcare providers and citizens, it’s easy to look over those who are most vulnerable. Ashley Lawrence, a 21-year-old senior at Eastern Kentucky University is making masks for the deaf and hearing impaired. Lawrence studies Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing so this is nothing short of a passion project. She told her local news station LEX18,...

It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that stress-eating Doritos at your computer probably isn’t going to help you finish your to-do list. But we’ve all been there, reaching for the quickest comfort food we can get our hands on when times get tough. Still, processed foods aren’t going to give your body the boost it needs to deal with day-to-day anxiety. Luckily, Gill Paul and Karen Sullivan, authors of Eat Yourself Calm, have some ideas for foods to nosh on when you’re experiencing...
In a shocking turn of events, a Reuters study has shown that men in the U.S. are not as likely to heed health warnings about COVID-19 as women are. Rather than listening to health professionals and practicing #SocialDistancing, men think that somehow, they are not in mortal danger and can, in fact, do whatever they want. Can you believe? Please understand that we are being sarcastic. It should come as a surprise to no one that statistically speaking, men might be less likely to take things...
Where did all the masks go? Since even before the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Coronavirus, COVID-19, had become a pandemic, masks have been flying off the shelves. Both civilians and corporate companies alike were buying masks in bulk. And now, health care professionals are scrambling for the minimum amount of personal protective equipment — gloves, gowns, eye gear, and masks — that they need to do their jobs, the New York Times reported. However, not all masks have been proven to protect against COVID-19...
As the nation tries to contend with the fallout of COVID-19, hospital personnel and doctors have been vocal about the shortages of vital medical supplies they’re experiencing. Medical professionals are tasked with making life or death choices in this unprecedented time. The lack of resources has been forcing many on the front lines to further endanger themselves. Some reports show that medical professionals have to reuse masks that should be getting tossed out after each use. This desperate time should be a clear indicator to...
I’m on day 12 of self-quarantining. Or is it day 15? Day 10? I can’t seem to remember when I last left the house — can you? Life has been kind of feeling foggy recently, with each day running into the next. People are saying that this is the time to think, reflect, and create, and maybe that’s true. But we also still need to move. My daily commute from my bed to the fridge to my desk isn’t cutting it anymore. I can’t remember the last time...
IN 2017, AMY QUICHIZ was a recent college grad from Queens, NY, who wanted to eat healthier after too much student-style sustenance. So she began collecting plant-based recipes from other Latinx people in her community. “People wanted to share how their kids are vegan, how they do gardening, or how they live a low-waste lifestyle,” she says. “And I was like, ‘Wow, this can be more than just recipes.’” With the help of her friend Mariah Bermeo, Quichiz launched Veggie Mijas (veggiemijas.com), a vegan-focused collective...
Right now, there are 42 million people living in the U.S. with outstanding student loan debt. On average, individuals who graduated college in 2017 still owe nearly $30,000. Even in the middle of a crisis, the government has done little to help. While Democrats have proposed a student loan debt reduction of $10,000 per person, it appears that the U.S. will only implement a short term pause on paying student loan debt during these trying times. In short, it’s highly unlikely that the United States...
None of us could have predicted we’d be here, in our homes, quarantining from a global pandemic the first third of the new decade. But here we are. Dow is down, kids aren’t in school, Trump is being Trump, there are no gloves, thermometers, hand sanitizer, or even mouth masks on the shelves. But of all the shortages, there is no damn toilet tissue. When the shortage hit and viral videos of shoppers fighting over packs appeared online, BUST’s own Debbie Stoller asked “Am I...
I’M A JEWISH WOMAN with mixed-texture hair. Wavy, often frizzy, and with inexplicable straight patches throughout, my tresses have long been a source of stress, because they become tangled so easily—but not anymore. Ever since I discovered the Genie Supreme hairbrush by Knot Genie ($22.99)—invented by 46-year-old Denver, CO-based mom Rikki Mor—detangling has been a breeze. Its bristles are different lengths, which somehow allows the brush to gently pick apart knots as it moves through hair without yanking the scalp. Plus, there are no little...