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    With about 5% of Americans having received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, many are wondering: Can I finally give — and receive — hugs or host a dinner party? It would be safest to wait until everyone getting together is vaccinated, health experts say. The current approved vaccines both require two shots for them to work most effectively, and full protection may not come until a week or two after the second dose. While scientists are confident that the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines for COVID-19 are 94% to 95% effective in preventing clinically recognizable disease, they don’t yet know whether vaccinated people can be asymptomatic carriers of the virus. “We don’t know yet whether [the vaccine] prevents asymptomatic infection,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious diseases expert, said on the “L.A. Times Today” program regarding the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. “So it is conceivable and theoretically possible that...
    PREGNANT women or new moms could be eligible for Medicaid - and it can help to cover some important costs. The federal public health insurance programme helps around 72.3million Americans. 1If you're pregnant or a new parent, you might be eligible for MedicaidCredit: Getty - Contributor Pregnant women are often covered by Medicaid because they are classed as “categorically needy”. You will also be covered up to 60 days after your baby is born. But whether you can access the scheme will vary depending on what state you are in, and your household size, income and immigration status will be taken into consideration. When using Medicaid to cover your care, you’ll be given a list of medical providers who accept patients under this programme. How to apply for MedicaidTHERE are two ways to apply for Medicaid, the first of which is by speaking directly to your state Medicaid agency....
    LOW income families, pregnant women and Americans aged over 65 struggling to pay for medical insurance can get cover through Medicaid. The federal program will cover most medical expenses and currently helps around 72.3million Americans through the benefit from the scheme. 1Around 72.3million Americans currently benefit from the Medicare programCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here, we take you through everything you need to know about getting on the program, from how to apply to what it covers. Who can apply for Medicaid? Medicaid provides free or low-cost medical benefits for millions of Americans who are in certain circumstances. To be eligible, you must meet at least one of the following criteria: Adults on a low income Children Pregnant women People who are age 65 or over People with disabilities The healthcare system is a federal program that's administered by individual states. Funding...
    More On: madison square garden When Rangers fans can start attending home games Madison Square Garden exec says arena reopening ‘earlier than expected’ Knicks rookie can’t wait to have fans back at Garden Knicks, Rangers parent MSG Sports reports steep losses due to COVID With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that New York arenas are allowed to welcome fans at 10 percent capacity at the end of this month, Madison Square Garden released more-detailed guidelines for health and safety protocols on Tuesday. Season ticket-holders for the Rangers will be allowed to begin purchasing tickets for “socially distanced seating pods” to the Feb. 26 matchup vs. the Bruins, the Feb. 28 matchup vs. the Bruins and the March 2 game against the Sabres. Knicks season ticket-holders can purchase tickets for the Feb. 23 matchup vs. the Warriors, the Feb. 25 game against the Kings and the Feb. 27 matchup vs. the...
    Including carbs in your diet is essential for performing high intensity exercise. Getty/Alexander Spatari Performing high intensity exercise on a low-carb diet can lead to various negative consequences. These include "exercise flu," limited performance, and muscle loss through gluconeogenesis. This is when the body breaks down muscle and converts it to energy due to lack of carbs. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. From keto to carnivore, paleo to Atkins, there are plenty of diets that require eating very low carb. And while many of these diets are popular among fitness fans, cutting carbs out of your diet is actually detrimental for people who work out a lot. According to Dr. Mike Molloy, a nutrition coach who works with Olympians and CrossFit athletes and is the founder of nutrition coaching business M2 Performance Nutrition, your body needs carbohydrates to perform at high intensity, so if you don't...
    MOST of us, both male and female, remove hair from areas of our body, which can lead to ingrown hairs.  While most instances resolve themselves, they can become infected and need medical assistance. 3Ingrown hairs can occur anywhere we remove hair from our bodies Credit: Getty Images - Getty What causes an ingrown hair? An ingrown hair is one which has grown in on itself, back into the skin, rather than to the surface.  You’re more likely to get ingrown hairs on areas where you remove hair, and they can be caused by shaving, waxing, threading or plucking. The most common areas are the legs, armpits, chest, back, bikini line and the face and neck.  After removing hair, when it regrows it can curl back down, grow sideways or the pore can close over the hair.  3You're more likely to develop ingrown hairs if you have coarse hair Credit: Getty...
    Jamie McMurrays son offers priceless reaction to Daytona 500 news 10 Celebrities Who Were Raised as Scientologists If You’re Following #FinTok or #StockTok on TikTok, Look Out for This Bad Advice When TikTok launched, it was largely the domain of teens and Gen Z performing viral dances. But now that the social network appeals to larger demographics of followers, you can find everything from life hacks to cooking videos to home crafts and cleaning tricks. © filadendron / Getty Images Young man addicted to social media texting in the dusk at home. See: How to Cook a Perfect Steak at Home Without the Restaurant Price Tag Load Error Find: These Beauty Hacks Will Save You Big Bucks As the stock market continues to rise, #FinTok, or #StockTok, the personal finance segments of the social app, have taken off as well. And while picking up life hacks like how...
    This article was medically reviewed by Benjamin Bert, MD, an ophthalmologist at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA.   Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. Visiting an eye doctor can help you diagnose any vision problems like being nearsighted or farsighted. andresr/Getty Images Nearsighted means you can see objects nearby, but far away objects are difficult to see.  Farsighted means you can see objects far away, but it's more difficult to see objects close to you.  Both nearsighted and farsighted vision can be treated with glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK eye surgery.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more...
    WE all have our off days, especially during what's been a difficult 2020. But how do you know if your feelings of tiredness, irritability, or panic are not something more serious? 3Britain was already facing a mental health crisis before the pandemicCredit: Alamy The NHS has created a mood assessment tool to reveal if you have signs of anxiety or depression. It asks a broad set of 18 questions about your feelings in the past two weeks with multiple choice answers. The questions include: "How often have you been bothered by feeling tired or having little energy?", and "How often are you restless?". Then the tool will give you a score for both anxiety and depression at the end, and what steps you should take next, perhaps encouraging you to see your GP. Click here to take the test 3The NHS has created a mood assessment tool which asks about...
    (CNN)As a personal trainer and yoga and Pilates instructor, I like to provide a wide variety of exercises and workouts that people can do regardless of their situation, health limitations or mood. So my clients ask me this question all the time: If I feel sick, should I exercise or rest? The immediate answer is complicated, but with an assessment of your symptoms, you'll have the confidence to decide more quickly. And, if the answer is to skip your workout, there is still an exercise or two that you can do to help you feel less sick. With cooler winter temperatures in full force, cold and flu season is here. On average, Americans have two or three colds every year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control or Prevention. This may wipe you out for seven to 10 days per cold. If you add in other symptoms, like an...
    HAVE you been paying attention to love and lust in lockdown? Take our 2020 sex quiz to find out if you’re a bedroom stud or more of a dud. 8Have you been paying attention to love and lust in lockdown?Credit: Getty - Contributor 1. Who won Love Island 2020?A. Paige Turley and Finley TappB. Curtis Pritchard and Maura HigginsC. Luke Trotman and Siannise Fudge 2. Which 47-year-old British actress hit the headlines after splitting from her 23-year-old toyboy lover?A. Lauren GoodgerB. Kate BeckinsaleC. Ulrika Jonsson 3. Which member of the Royal Family got married in private this year?A. Princess CharlotteB. Princess EugenieC. Princess Beatrice 8Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins were popular in the Love Island villa, but what year did they appear?Credit: Rex Features 4. A colouring book that paid homage to women’s private parts is currently on sale for £12. Which A-lister designed it?A. Gwyneth PaltrowB. Kourtney KardashianC. Victoria...
    SEATTLE officials are considering changing the city’s criminal code to excuse misdemeanor crimes if the offense can be linked to poverty, mental health, and addiction. The idea, referred to as the poverty defense, has not been written – but would allow for people accused of crimes including theft, trespassing, and assault to be found not liable for their alleged crimes, KUOW reported. 5Seattle officials have proposed changes to the city's criminal code in which defendants could be absolved of alleged crimes if linked to povertyCredit: Getty Images - Getty The proposed legislation would exclude misdemeanors related to domestic violence and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the outlet reported. The changes were first proposed in October by Lisa Herbold, a member of the Seattle City Council, and discussed at a committee meeting on Tuesday, KOMO reported. Supporters of the legislation said a jury would hear a defendant’s reasoning...
    DEPSITE the coronavirus pandemic causing record numbers of unemployment in the US, these are some industries that will see a hiring explosion in the next 10 years. Hard-hit industries such as the restaurant, oil and gas businesses have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. 5This is a list of some industries that will see a hiring explosion in the next 10 yearsCredit: Getty Images - Getty However, these are some prospects that should be on a hiring spree once the pandemic is behind us. Animal Caretakers Expected growth 2019-2029: 23 percent 2019 median pay: $24,780 per year Animal trainers teach furry friends numerous skills such as obedience and assisting people with disabilities Caretakers also help animals become familiar with humans and respond to commands. 5Assistant cooks and line cooks will be among the positions that will see a hiring spreeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Solar Photovoltaic Installers positions will also...
    PREGNANT women and the elderly are being warned not to eat cold meats. It comes after an outbreak of listeriosis which has killed one person and left 9 others in hospital across three states in America. 1Pregnant women and the elderly are warned not to eat cold deli meatsCredit: Getty - Contributor The exact source is currently unknown, but US health officials are advising those who are pregnant, over 65 or have a weakened immune system not to eat Italian-style deli meats. Listeriosis is a rare infection caused by bacteria called listeria, which can live at refrigerator temperatures. Certain foods, including processed meats like salami and soft cheeses made with unpasteurised milk, may often be contaminated. In recent years, listeria outbreaks have also been linked to lettuce and other produce. HIGH RISK For most people, it can cause mild but unpleasant symptoms such as fever, chills, aches, sickness and diarrhoea....
    Getting a new phone is exciting, but it can also lead to spending an annoying amount of time adjusting settings, permissions and notifications for all your apps. Cloud backups are supposed to make this process easier, but they don’t always catch everything – for instance, you’ll want to double-check that COVID-19 exposure notifications are still enabled on your new iPhone 12 if you restored from a backup. They might not be, according to BBC News. If you’re concerned you might be affected, you can re-enable exposure notifications in iOS by opening the Settings app, selecting Exposure Notifications, and clicking “Turn On Exposure Notifications.” Users first noticed issues with the official National Health Service (NHS) contact tracing app in the UK. When some iPhone 12 and 12 Pro owners tried to open the app after restoring an earlier iPhone backup, they were presented with an error message. Deleting and redownloading the...
    (CNN)Here's a scary idea: Even if you have the legal right to vote and have done everything to prepare yourself for casting a ballot this year, you could still be intimidated at the polls. But here's the key thing to know: Under federal law, you should always be able to cast what's known as a provisional ballot, even if your registration status is not clear.That's right. The federal government requires that a person whose registration is challenged be able to cast a ballot that can be counted once the voter's eligibility is established.That doesn't mean voting will be easy. If you're voting at the polls early or on Election Day, you still might have to brave long lines, pass by campaign activists or face challenges from credentialed poll watchers. President Donald Trump has encouraged his supporters to monitor polling places on his behalf as he spreads unfounded conspiracy theories about...
    Skidding ex-champ Robbie Lawler meets returning Mike Perry at UFC 255 Introducing the New Power Suit If You’re Unemployed, Working From a New State or Freelancing Due to the Pandemic, Start Preparing Your Taxes Now You’re probably eager to put 2020 behind you, but unfortunately, at least one aspect of this tumultuous year is going to linger into the next one. © Rangely Garcia / Money Working-From-Home-Tax-Deductiable Tax season 2021 is primed to be a confusing one, with a laundry list of new considerations to take into account. For the millions of Americans who lost their jobs, were relegated to working from home or taking on gig work to make ends meet, there are potential tax ramifications to the changes we made in our lives to accommodate COVID-19. Come April, your income taxes might look a little (or a lot) different. Here’s what to keep in mind...
    The number of online workout options available can be overwhelming. Crystal Cox/Business Insider With gyms in many areas closed for the foreseeable future, both exercise enthusiasts and newbies have turned to online workout videos for inspiration.  Although Youtube, Instagram, and beyond have plenty of free, convenient videos, not all of them are led by qualified professionals and some won't be as effective long-term.  A quality workout will help you build muscle and strength over time, and doesn't make unrealistic promises, according to fitness expert Alex Koch.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. If, like many of us, you've taken to the internet to find a way to work out during the pandemic, the number of options and programs available can be overwhelming. And without a prior background in fitness, it can seem impossible to know which one to choose, or tell if a workout is worth your...
    Crystal Cox/Business Insider People use the phrase "emotional affair" to describe when someone is unfaithful to their partner in a non-physical way. But "emotional affair" has no agreed-upon definition, which can make discerning one from jealousy difficult. Therapist Rachel Wright told Insider that couples need to define "emotional cheating" for themselves and be able to discern a true betrayal from uncomfortable feelings like jealousy. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The term "emotional affair" has become a buzzy way to describe when someone has a non-physical but emotionally close connection with someone other than their partner.  But there's no consensus on what emotional cheating entails, which can cause confusion over whether your partner is crossing boundaries, or if you're overreacting to their other perfectly normal relationships. That's why Rachel Wright, a New York City-based therapist, said she's not a fan of the phrase. "I find the concept...
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