Well, isn’t that special.
During a campaign rally in Arizona, U.S. President Donald Trump said that “In California, you have a special mask. You cannot, under any circumstances, take it off. You have to eat through the mask.”
A special face mask? Really? What exactly did Trump mean by special, which incidentally is also the name of a song by the musical group Garbage.
Well, take a look at what Trump said in this AP News video of his campaign speech:
As you can see, Trump didn’t clarify what he meant by “special.” But he did add that eating spaghetti and meat sauce with a face mask on can make you look like you got into a fight with Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Of course, eating while wearing a face mask over your nose and mouth is not a good idea. Not only could it make you look like an axe murderer, which is not a great look on a date, getting your mask soiled with sauce and other food items could end up degrading the mask, thus reducing its protective effect. After all, as experience has probably taught you, ladling gravy into your swimsuit can make it more see-through, whether it’s your bikini or your Borat slingshot thong. That’s why all ladling of gravy on your body should be done in the privacy of your own home, regardless of whether mashed potatoes are involved.
In fact, in most cases, eating through your mask would not even be feasible, assuming that you don’t want to eat your face mask as well. That’s because you tend to eat through your mouth and not though another part of your body like your ear or belly button. And a barrier is a barrier. If a mask is supposed to block respiratory droplets, certainly a hot dog can’t make its way through either, unless you have somehow managed to get your hands on an inter-dimensional hot dog.
So who exactly has said that you should eat through your face mask? What public health experts actually recommended doing so? Why did Trump even claim that California doesn’t want you to ever take off your face mask?
Perhaps Trump was referring to the following October 3 tweet from the Office of the Governor of California:
Hmm. “Keep your mask on in between bites” is not the same as “eat through the mask.” That would like saying that “you can urinate when you can get breaks during a date” would be the same as “you can urinate throughout the date.” Doing the latter may not get you a second date and could get you thrown out of the restaurant.
That doesn’t mean that the tweet was perfect. Saying “keep your
By Andrew MacAskill
LONDON (Reuters) – The British government’s “Eat out to help out” discount scheme to boost spending at restaurants, cafes and pubs over the summer helped spread the coronavirus and contributed to a second wave of infections, according to a new study.
For the month of August, the government offered diners up a 50% discount of up to 10 pounds ($13.03) per head on meals between Mondays and Wednesdays to kick-start the economy and encourage people to spend money again after the pandemic lockdown.
Between 8% and 17% of newly detected infection clusters could be linked to the scheme during that period, according to the study by the University of Warwick. Areas where there was a high uptake of the scheme saw an increase in new infections about a week after it started, the study found.
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Meanwhile, the research said those same areas saw a decline in new infections a week the discount offer finished.
Britain’s finance ministry said it did not recognise the findings of the study.
“Many other European counterparts have experienced an uptick in cases – irrespective of whether similar measures for the hospitality industry have been introduced,” a spokesman for Treasury said.
Thiemo Fetzer, a professor of economics who published the study, said: “The Eat-Out-to-Help-out scheme, hailed as an economic cure for the ailing sector, may have substantially worsened the disease.”
The research highlights the difficult challenge balancing public health and economic growth during this crisis. The government subsidised about 100 million meals in August and the scheme was so effective some businesses continued offering the half-price discounts even after the government funding ended.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month defended the scheme for helping to protect millions of jobs in the hospitality industry but conceded that it may have had an impact on infections.
Watch: UK death toll rises to 45,675
(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill, Editing by William Maclean)
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has had a “large causal impact in accelerating” second wave COVID-19 infections, a Warwick University study has suggested.
According to the research, the “significant” rise in coronavirus infection clusters emerged a week after the scheme started.
It also suggests that between 8% and 17% of newly detected COVID-19 clusters could be linked to the scheme during that time period.
Regions where there was a high uptake of Eat Out to Help Out also saw a decline in new infections a week after the scheme drew to a close.
There were lower infection rates in places that experienced high rainfall around lunch and dinner-time than in areas that enjoyed nicer weather.
While restaurants that participated in the scheme saw an increase in visits of between 10% and 200% compared with the same period in 2019.
Academics concluded that the economic benefits of Eat Out to Help Out were short lived.
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The month-long scheme was launched as part of chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Jobs to kickstart the UK economy after the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to close during lockdowns. The government offered to cover up to 50% from customers’ bills, with firms able to reclaim the government’s payment through a HMRC portal.
Around 84,000 restaurants have signed up to the scheme, which offers a maximum discount of £10 ($14) per customer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
Brits enjoyed more than 64 million meals, in the programme’s first three weeks, according to government data.
Yahoo Finance has reached out to the Treasury for comment.
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The economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic is driving up food insecurity across America.
“What we’ve seen, has been, unfortunately, a steady level of greatly, significantly increased need, since the pandemic started,” said Katie Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer of Feeding America.
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, says more than 54 million people in the country could soon face food insecurity. That is 17 million more than before the coronavirus outbreak. The non-profit has seen a 60 percent increase in food assistance needs since March.
“About 40 percent of the people who are showing up for food distributions have never before had to rely on charitable food assistance,” Fitzgerald told CNN.
“People are really trying to figure out how they can access help with feeding themselves and their family,” she added. “It is a basic need that every human being has to be able to know when you wake up in the morning that you’re going to be able to eat.”
This food-access crisis is threatening to exacerbate the already glaring health disparities for vulnerable people including low-income families, children, and older adults.
Here is how you can get help if you are facing food insecurity today.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) runs a National Hunger Hotline to connect people to local food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services. You can reach them by calling their toll-free number 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (Spanish) to speak with a representative. You can also text 97779 with a question that contains a keyword such as “food” or “meals,” and the automated response will provide resources located near your address or zip code.
The USDA also operates an interactive map called Meals for Kids Site Finder to help children and parents easily find meal sites near them. The web-based application allows users to enter an address, city, state, or zip code to find up to 50 nearby locations along with hours of operation.
Non-profits with food distribution initiatives
Feeding America has a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in every county in the United States including Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. In light of the pandemic, the non-profit and its affiliates have various low or no-contact options available in many areas. Those include seniors-only hours, drive-through pantries, and expanded home delivery services. Type in your zip code or state in the food bank finder to find a location near you.
FoodFinder is a mobile and web app that helps food-insecure children and their families find free
Make, give, eat: Why dumplings are the medicine we need during a pandemic – Food and Dining – Austin American-Statesman
Every culture has a dumpling, and I want them all.
Pot stickers and pierogi, pasties and samosas, empanadas and ravioli. These are just a few of the hand pies and filled dumplings that people around the world reach for at family get-togethers, annual celebrations and weekday lunches.
The dumplings I knew as a kid weren’t really dumplings. Those thick, hand-cut noodles dropped into chicken stew dumplings are still a nostalgic comfort food, but those aren’t the dumplings that currently fill my freezer.
I’ve always tried to keep a little stash of Asian, Italian, Argentinean and Eastern European dumplings for quick dinners, but this year, that stash has grown into a stockpile. It must have something to do with the anxieties and uncertainties of the pandemic — plus all this time at home to cook — that have led to a larger-than-usual supply of dumplings that I can cook for a quick lunch or dinner.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been focused on making hundreds of Asian dumplings to give away to neighbors and friends, some of whom have welcomed babies during this year of the coronavirus. Reactions are almost identical each time I hand someone a bag, usually filled with some kind of frozen pork-and-scallion stuffed pot stickers: raised eyebrows, open mouth and some exclamation along the lines of “Oh, I love dumplings!”
During the past six months, I’ve written about making empanadas, pierogi and ravioli, but it wasn’t until this month’s one-person pot sticker parties that I started to wonder why I’ve been so drawn to dumplings this year.
So I reached out to C.K. Chin, the community-building restaurateur behind Wu Chow and Swift’s Attic. His downtown Chinese restaurant is now selling frozen dumplings by the dozens, and I knew Chin would help me sort out what it is about these little pockets of joy that makes them so magical.
Unlike lasagna, brisket or a big pot of soup, which are also definitely comfort foods, dumplings aren’t necessarily meant to feed a crowd — although they certainly can. Dumplings usually start the other way, with a group of people gathered around a table, with everyone putting their labor together to make something that can be divided and shared among them.
Once you’ve made all those dumplings — no matter what kind — you can store them in a freezer to feed your future self. Dumplings embody a certain kind of optimism, Chin says.
“In Asian cultures, dumplings carry deep symbolism. They are treated with a lot of reverence and good luck because they are shaped like gold ingots. Even if you don’t believe the mythos of it, it becomes a tradition in your house,” he says.
With humble origins, dumplings don’t need much to shine. In Asian cultures, the dough is usually made with flour, water and salt, and in the right hands, those ingredients can transform into an almost transparent skin that maintains a slightly chewy texture when boiled or fried. “It takes out-of-the-box thinking to make