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- On Black Friday 2020, you can save up to 51% off some of Garmin’s sporty smartwatches and fitness trackers.
- Runners should take a look at the Forerunner 645 Music, which is heavily discounted at less than half price.
- There are also some great deals for golfers on Garmin’s golf-focused Approach smartwatches.
- Garmin is a top pick in our guides to the best GPS watches for running and the best fitness trackers, so you can’t go wrong with one of these deals.
The Black Friday 2020 deals just keep on coming, and Garmin’s unique range of fitness-focused smartwatches and trackers make fantastic gifts.
You can snag discounts on some top Garmin devices that are focused on different activities, including running and golf. There’s also a tempting deal on Garmin’s fitness tracker for kids, which could be the perfect way to ensure your little ones stay fit.
The best tech deals obviously include wearables, and Garmin is one of the best manufacturers of smartwatches and fitness trackers, particularly if you demand rugged devices that can survive adventures in the great outdoors, or you want something a little more specialized for a specific sport.
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The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is a complete smartwatch with comprehensive fitness tracking features, GPS, contactless payment support, and more.
Among the best high-end smartwatches for running, Garmin’s Forerunner range is highly recommended, and at less than half price, the 645 Music might be hard to say no to.
With a fun, colorful design, and simple fitness tracking features, the Garmin Vivofit Jr. is designed especially for 4-to-9-year-olds.
You won’t get lost with the Garmin Instinct on your wrist, as this angular, rugged, outdoors smartwatch boasts GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, and a 3-Axis compass.
For the discerning golfer, the Garmin Approach S40 adds course maps, detects strokes, records shot distances, and comes preloaded with data on more than 41,000 courses.
Let’s face it, it’s been a challenge to get and stay in shape in 2020. Remember when gyms shuttered, and fitness equipment suddenly sold out in April? Luckily, over the past few months, brands have worked hard to restock fitness favorites that we’ve missed more than we ever thought possible.
Since many gym memberships remain in limbo, among the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are at-home fitness gear and equipment. Retailers aren’t holding back for 2020. We gathered the best Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday fitness deals on everything from gym equipment and activewear to fitness trackers, smartwatches, and other gear.
Whether you’re on the market for fitness tools, home gym equipment or a new pair of sneakers, the key to a successful Black Friday is to get most, if not all of your shopping done digitally. Ahead, we round up our favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to shop online right now. Just like in April, these deals will probably sell out soon, so we advise you act fast when you find a product you like. Whether you’re looking for a few accessories to spice up your home fitness routine or looking to turn your garage into an entire gym this year, we have you covered. Gone are the days of lining up on storefronts in the cold, haggling others, hoping to snag a doorbuster. Shop the best in fitness, ahead from the comfort of your own home (no shoes required).
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Looking for a budget fitness band to slap on your wrist? The new Amazfit Band 5 deserves careful consideration, and not just because it’s only $50. It’s because for a limited time, and while supplies last, the. That’s the best deal to date; just last week, it was $35. (If Amazon’s supply runs out, you can and with more color options.)
If this looks a bit familiar, perhaps you’re thinking of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5. You’re not wrong: The two are virtually identical. (Fun fact: Amazfit is owned by Huami, which is a manufacturing partner of Xiaomi.) I’d go so far as to say they’re indistinguishable, though there are a couple key internal differences:
The Band 5 — the Amazfit Band 5 — ticks an impressive number of fitness boxes. It measures heart rate, blood oxygen level, steps, sleep, women’s health and more. It can also monitor your stress levels and run guided breathing exercises.
On the watch front, you get a choice of over 45 colorful faces, plus the typical stuff like notifications, call alerts, meeting reminders and so on. You can’t reply to a text message, but you can decline a phone call. You can also control music playback and your phone’s camera shutter. Good stuff.
Amazfit promises up to 15 days of operation on a charge with typical usage, or 25 days of power-saving usage. (That means no HR monitoring or the like.) I wasn’t able to put the battery to the test, but even if those estimates are high, the Band 5 will outlast many other fitness bands.
Another notable feature: built-in Alexa. This was very much in beta during my tests, and it showed: A while after authorizing the Band 5’s app to work with my Alexa account, that authorization was lost; I had to set it up again. After that, I’d get “server is busy” or “could you repeat that” messages when trying to issue certain commands. It just didn’t work reliably.
Meanwhile, it’s not a hands-free implementation — to use it, you swipe right from the clock screen — and because the Band 5 has no speaker, you won’t hear audible responses. Of course, your phone needs to be in proximity as well, with the Zepp app running.
Yep: Zepp. That’s the new name for Amazfit’s app, just to keep things good and
The Black Friday deals period is a great time to finally invest in a good Fitbit. Obviously, we’d recommend you invest in a good Fitbit at any point in the year, but with the festive season fast approaching – and an inevitable bout of over-indulgence following in its wake – there really is no better time to nab a fitness tracker and prepare for your New Year’s resolution.
The good news is, you don’t need to wait until 29 November to start hunting for Fitbit deals. Retailers such as Amazon and Currys have kicked things off weeks in advance, so you can beat the virtual rush and start saving early. Amazon’s early Black Friday sale is running from 26 October to 19 November, with deals on tech, home and kitchen, beauty products and more being released every day.
Below you’ll find a guide to some of the best deals on Fitbit wearables that you can grab right now. The Fitbit Inspire and Charge 4 have both been reduced to their lowest ever prices on Amazon, and Currys is currently running a cracking discount on a Fitbit Inspire 2 and Google Nest Mini bundle.
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Although it’s only a small update to the Fitbit Inspire, the Inspire HR is undoubtedly one of the best fitness trackers you can buy. You get a whole host of great features including a heart-rate monitor, VO2 max estimates, a guided breathing app and connected GPS, allowing it to work on the back of your smartphone’s GPS for improved accuracy.
All this for £90 is not bad at all, but the Fitbit Inspire HR is now even better value at just £60 as part of Amazon’s early Black Friday sales. That’s £10 less than the RRP of the regular Inspire, so it’s really a no-brainer.
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Given what we’ve just said above, we wouldn’t ordinarily suggest buying the Fitbit Inspire when the Inspire HR is just £20 more. However, if you’re in the market for some especially low discounted prices this Black Friday, then the HR’s cheaper sibling has been cut down to its lowest-ever price on Amazon.
If you’re happy to forgo the heart-rate monitor and some of the more sophisticated features that you’d get with the HR, then you can’t go far wrong for £39.
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The Fitbit Charge 4 is still quite a bit pricier than the other trackers in this roundup, but it’s certainly got a lot more to offer in the features department.
The addition of Fitbit Pay, Spotify playback controls and a new piece of fitness tracking tech called ‘Active Zone Minutes’ helps the Charge 4 to earn its place at the top of
Let’s face it, it’s been a challenge to get and stay in shape in 2020. Remember when gyms shuttered, and fitness equipment suddenly sold out in April? Luckily, over the past few months, brands have worked hard to restock fitness favorites that we’ve missed more than we ever thought possible. Since many gym memberships remain in limbo, among the highly-anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are at-home fitness gear and equipment. Retailers aren’t holding back for 2020—expect Black Friday and Cyber Monday fitness deals on everything from gym equipment and activewear to fitness trackers, smartwatches, and other gear.
It’s time to say goodbye to excuses and usher in a healthier version of yourself.
What is Black Friday?
Let’s start with the basics. Black Friday—which is observed on the fourth Friday of November—is regarded as the largest shopping event of the year. This year, Black Friday will take place on Friday, November 27. Whether you’re on the market for fitness gear or home gym equipment, the key to a successful Black Friday is to get most, if not all of your shopping done digitally.
While online shopping continues to grow exponentially, expect Black Friday to function differently this year. In addition to newly-implemented in-store crowd restrictions, don’t expect to line up and camp outside retailers as the clock strikes midnight on Black Friday.
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is traditionally the biggest one-day online shopping event of the year with digital carts overflowing after (the last!) guilty long weekend of eat, sleep, and repeat. But Cyber Monday is also changing with the times. We’re expecting retailers to reveal steep fitness web-exclusive deals earlier than ever before. Due to the increased emphasis on digital shopping, from both retailers and consumers, this year, we expect many deals to last well-beyond Cyber Monday.
Fitness brands and retailers are continuing to extend deals beyond Monday and into the week of November 30, best known as “Cyber Week.” Last year, brand and retailer favorites generously extended deals and discounts to the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, according to Salesforce.
What Type of Fitness Deals Can We Expect on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
There are plenty of great fitness deals to expect for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, whether you’re building out your home gym and on the market for fitness equipment, or you’re looking for activewear, sneakers, fitness trackers, or smartwatches.
On the equipment front, Rogue Fitness typically holds their Matte Black Friday sale throughout the month of November. We expect that some sales this year will be limited due to higher-than-usual demand. Referencing previous years, we also expect deals from equipment brands like Precor, TRX, Titan Fitness, FringeSport and XD Fitness, among others. Like many of you, we’re also keeping our eye out for offers from interactive home gym favorites including Mirror and Peloton.
Universal Mask Wearing Could Save Some 130,000 Lives In The U.S., Study Suggests : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
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Universal mask wearing in public could greatly reduce the number of Americans who die by COVID-19 by February, a study published Friday in the journal Nature Medicine projects.
Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation made estimates based on some assumptions under different scenarios.
In what they describe as the worst-case scenario, they project that COVID-19 deaths could exceed a million between September 2020 and February 2021 if what they call “the current pattern of easing” restrictions continues in states.
In a second scenario that they think is more likely, they say 511,000 could die between September and February under the assumption that “states would once again shut down social interaction and some economic activity” for six weeks once deaths reach a certain threshold per million residents.
But in a third scenario where 95% of the population dons face coverings and social restrictions are in place, the projection is for deaths to be about 381,000 — or about 130,000 fewer than under the second scenario.
If that mask percentage changes to 85% of Americans with restrictions, it could still save some 96,000 lives, they say.
The study analyzed previous COVID-19 deaths and cases between Feb. 1 and Sept. 21. Researchers also pulled information from various surveys — including ones by Facebook and YouGov — to estimate that as of Sept. 21, only 49% of Americans reported always wearing a mask.
The study also assumed a 40% reduction in risk of COVID transmission due to a mask usage. Earlier studies estimated masks can reduce transmission by at least 30%.
Researchers also noted that changes in policies and behavior could affect outcomes and that epidemics progress in a way that is are “difficult to observe directly and at scale.”
“It is unreasonable to expect any model to do everything well, so each model makes compromises to serve a purpose, while maintaining computational tractability,” researchers wrote.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 224,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus.
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A long-predicted surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths has begun in the United States, but Americans aren’t changing their behaviors to slow the virus’ spread, according to an influential virus model.
The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released their latest model updates this week and they paint a bleak picture of the coming months: A surge in cases will create “enormous pressure on hospital capacity” and deaths will reach nearly 2,200 per day sometime in January.
But even as cases and deaths are currently rising, mask use remains consistent and Americans aren’t staying at home more. If mask use became nearly universal, 63,000 lives can still be saved, the model found.
Meanwhile on Friday, the U.S. surpassed its record for most daily infections when more than 83,700 new COVID-19 cases were recorded. The previous high was set in July when the U.S. saw more than 77,300 new cases.
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- In Europe, France surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and a patient from the Netherlands was airlifted to a German intensive care unit – the first such international airlift since the global pandemic began.
- Citing multiple COVID-19 clusters connected to indoor ice hockey, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health ordered a two-week “pause” for ice rinks and ice skating facilities.
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If 95% of Americans wore masks in public, more than 100,000 lives could be saved from Covid-19 through February, a new modeling study suggests.
The study — from the Covid-19 forecasting team at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation — notes that, in September, only about 49% of US residents reported that they “always” wear a mask in public.
If mask-wearing is 49% through February and states continue with removing social distancing mandates, the Covid-19 death toll across the United States could reach about 1 million deaths by February 28, according to the study, published in the journal Nature Medicine on Friday.
Yet under the assumption that states shut down when their daily death rate exceeds 8 deaths per 1 million people in the population but mask-wearing doesn’t change, the study’s model projections forecast the death toll could reach 511,373 deaths by February 28.
The scenario that 95% of people in each state wear masks — in addition to states reinstating social distancing mandates if their daily death rates exceed 8 deaths per 1 million people — resulted in the lowest death toll projection, with 381,798 deaths by February 28, according to the study.
For the study, the researchers analyzed data on Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States from February 1 through September 21. That analysis — along with other factors, such as pneumonia seasonality, testing rates and mask use — helped inform model projections for the course of the pandemic through February 28.
The study had some limitations, including that the findings are only forecast projections from models and not definitive about what the future holds — and mask wearing tends to fluctuate, so the 49% figure used in the study appears to now be outdated.
IHME Director Dr. Chris Murray also emphasized during a virtual press briefing on Friday that the institute’s weekly modeling projections provide more updated data than what is provided in the study. However, the study still helps offer insight into how mask-wearing can make a difference.
“We think the key point here is that there’s a huge winter surge coming and our models have been showing that for many months,” Murray said on Friday.
“You can see in the paper what universal masks can do and they blunt quite a bit of the surge or delay it,” he said. “I think it’s very difficult at the point where we are in the US — where there’s so much community transmission of the virus — to prevent some fall winter surge, but we can certainly make it much smaller.”
Murray said that “the long-range view” provided in the study “is
The U.S. could avoid a devastating number of additional COVID-19 deaths if more Americans wear masks to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, a new analysis published in Nature Medicine projects.
Researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimate in an analysis published Friday that the coronavirus death toll in the U.S. could surpass more than half a million by March without universal mask-wearing — defined as 95 percent of the population wearing face coverings in public. The total death count would hit the grim milestone even if physical distancing mandates remained in place in every state.
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With universal mask-wearing, however, nearly 130,000 lives could be saved. The analysis also estimates more than 95,000 lives could be spared if mask compliance was only at 85 percent. Researchers analyzed the number of cases, testing rates, mask use and cellphone data from the first confirmed case in each state through Sept. 21, then estimated the death toll until March 2021 for each state with or without social distancing and mask use.
“The potential life-saving benefit of increasing mask use in the coming fall and winter cannot be overstated. It is likely that US residents will need to choose between higher levels of mask use or risk the frequent redeployment of more stringent and economically damaging [social distancing mandates]; or, in the absence of either measure, face a reality of a rising death toll,” the analysis states.
Public health officials have stressed for months the importance of mask use in slowing the spread of COVID-19 as the race for a safe and effective vaccine continues. Officials estimate a viable vaccine likely won’t be broadly available until several months into 2021.
The projection comes as the U.S. is currently experiencing a new wave of infections heading into the colder months and flu season. The Washington Post reports the average number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has increased in at least 38 states over the last week, and 14 states have reported new highs in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
The U.S. has confirmed more than 8.4 million cases and more than 223,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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The most advanced trials for coronavirus vaccines cannot tell researchers if the shots will save lives, or even if they’ll prevent serious disease, a drug development expert pointed out Wednesday.
The ongoing trials are only designed to show if the vaccines prevent infection — and most infections are mild infections, Peter Doshi, an associate editor at the BMJ medical journal and a drug development specialist at the University of Maryland’s school of pharmacy, said.
“I think there are some pretty widely held assumptions about what we are getting out of Phase 3 studies,” Doshi told CNN.
“None of the trials currently under way are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospital admissions, use of intensive care, or deaths. Nor are the vaccines being studied to determine whether they can interrupt transmission of the virus,” Doshi wrote in the BMJ.
“Hospital admissions and deaths from Covid-19 are simply too uncommon in the population being studied for an effective vaccine to demonstrate statistically significant differences in a trial of 30,000 people. The same is true of its ability to save lives or prevent transmission: the trials are not designed to find out.”
Four vaccines being developed in the US are in the most advanced, Phase 3 stage of development: those being made by Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. They’re “event-driven” trials, meaning that the goal is to keep them going until a certain number of volunteers become infected. If more infections are seen among people who got placebo, or dummy shots, it’s an indication the vaccines prevented infection.
But that doesn’t mean the vaccines saved people from serious disease or death, Doshi argued.
“Severe illness requiring hospital admission, which happens in only a small fraction of symptomatic Covid-19 cases, would be unlikely to occur in significant numbers in trials,” he wrote.
The US Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meets Thursday to discuss the ongoing coronavirus vaccine trials and what members would like the FDA to consider when reviewing any applications for either emergency use authorization for a vaccine, or full approval.
Doshi said they should consider asking the companies to reconfigure their trials to include data on preventing severe illness and death.
“People expect that the most severe part of the Covid iceberg — the ICU admissions and hospitalizations and deaths — that’s what a vaccine would put an end to,” he said.
But the current trials will just look for early infections. It’s possible to keep these current trials going and add onto them so that they will, eventually, answer the question of whether Covid vaccines save lives and prevent severe disease.
“The trials are ongoing,” he told CNN. “There’s a chance for that. It’s not too late.”