How can I get a plump pout at home?

Shh! Anti-agers no one but you need know about: How can I get a plump pout at home?

  • An anonymous reader asked for advice on getting a plump pout at home
  • Inge van Lotringen recommended a plumping facial massage and lip scrub
  • British beauty expert suggested Teoxane 3D Lip Nourishing & Plumping Care

Q: I was excited about getting subtle lip filler injections — but I’ll have to wait now. What can I do to boost my lips in the meantime?

A: Boosting your lip health and condition will enhance the fullness of your lips in the long term.

Skin therapist Pietro Simone (pietrosimone.com) does a brilliant plumping facial massage and says you can easily do this for the lip area yourself, even if you already have fillers (just be extra gentle).

An anonymous reader asked British beauty expert Inge van Lotringen, for advice on achieving a plump pout at home (file image)

Wash your hands, then ‘start in the middle of your top lip, with forefingers facing each other. Make gentle pinching and outward-rolling movements along the lip line, progressing in small steps towards the outer corners,’ he says.

‘Do the same for the bottom lip. It brings blood flow and nutrients to the lips to keep them youthful and plump.’

He advises a similar pinch-and-upward roll session along your nose-to-mouth lines to prevent them deepening.

‘Once a week, use a gentle lip scrub (try L’Occitane Delicious Lip Scrubs, £15, uk.loccitane.com) and every day, treat the lip area to a product rich with peptides, humectants and antioxidants and a rich, regenerating balm.

Great dedicated lip products that will do this job are Teoxane 3D Lip Nourishing & Plumping Care, £35 (dermacaredirect.co.uk), which is said to have a visible effect within 30 minutes, and Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment, £20 (merumaya.com). 

Inge (pictured) advised the reader to try a plumping facial massage and lip scrub

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Peter Andre asks Drake to get in touch as he jokes Princess looks exactly like his son – The Sun

PETER Andre asked Drake to get in touch as he jokes his daughter Princess looks exactly like the rapper's son.

Fans were thrilled earlier today when Drake shared the first photos of his two-year-old son, Adonis, while in self-isolation.

But Peter Andre spotted something similar in the little boy's looks: an eerie similarity to his now-12-year-old daughter Princess from when she was a toddler.

Both have blue eyes and a big head of curly hair.

Sharing a side-by-side image of Peter holding Princess and Drake holding Adonis, he wrote: "So Drake, we need to talk."

So Drake,we need to talk. Swipe across if you’re unsure 😂 @champagnepapi champagnepapi

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Fans were shocked by the comparison, with one person saying: "Oh my gosh they both look identical"

A second added: "Omg twins," whereas another remarked: "This soo cute!!"

The Hotline Bling rapper shared several photos of his son – with one of his parents – alongside a heartfelt message about being apart from his family during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time he's shared photos of Adonis, who he shares with artist and former adult film star Sophie Brussaux.



He wrote in the caption: "I love and miss my beautiful family and friends and I can't wait for the joyful day when we are all able to reunite."

Drake is reportedly staying in self-isolation in Toronto after he was exposed to the virus earlier in the by hanging out with NBA player Kevin Durant.

The rapper originally confirmed he had a son on his double album Scorpion, released in June 2018.

He went viral after rapping on track March 14: "I wasn't hiding my kid from the world / I was hiding the world from my kid."


Meanwhile, Peter shares Princess – as well as oldest Junior, 14 – with his ex-wife Katie Price.

He is also father to Amelia, six, and Theo, three, with wife Emily MacDonagh.

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Cardi B Wants to Get Joe Exotic Out of Jail: Carole Baskin Is An Evil B-tch!

All over the world, people are stuck in their homes with little do except worry about the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting global economic depression.

In times like these, unlikely heroes emerge — and because humanity is currently living out the weirdest possible timeline, the man who has come forward to offer us some much-needed distraction is an imprisoned, polygamous, mulleted, gun-toting redneck with a serious jones for big cats.

Yes, if you somehow haven’t heard of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King, we’d like to congratulate you on awakening from your 2-week coma.

The bad news is, humanity is coming to end.

The good news is, Joe Exotic is here to guide us through this troubled time.

It’s almost impossible to do justice to this absolutely bonkers series with a synopsis, but we’ll give it a shot:

Joseph Allen Schreibvogel-Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic was the owner and operator of a controversial Oklahoma zoo that specialized in tigers and other exotic creatures.

But his conflict with Carole Baskin — a Florida-based big cat enthusiast and possible murderer who took issue with Joe’s business practices — eventually landed Joe behind bars.

Now, that’s a bit like saying Titanic is a movie about a boating expedition that doesn’t go quite as planned.

You really have to watch Tiger King to fully grasp the insanity — just ask Cardi B.

Like so many of us, the rapper has developed a full-blown Tiger King obsession, and she’s taken it upon himself to see that Joe Exotic is allowed to roam free as a protected endangered species.

“They did Joe so dirty over and over again,” Cardi said on Instagram.

She also announced plans to start up a GoFundMe on Joe’s behalf, vowing, “He shall be free.”

Yes, it seems Cardi is unabashedly Team Joe — and anti-Carole.

It’s hard to come away from Tiger King without feeling at least a little sympathy for Joe Exotic, but one of the things that makes the doc so brilliant is that each of the central characters possesses a unique set of equally villainous traits.

In writers rooms all over Hollywood, professional scribes try and fail to come up with conflicts as nuanced and morally ambiguous as the battle for big cat supremacy.

Carole Baskin might run the most traditional operation, but there’s a very good chance she murdered her husband.

Doc Antle might be the most knowledgeable of the bunch, but he also might be the R. Kelly of the big cat world.

As for Joe Exotic … well, he’s a complicated man, but as so many have already said, it’s hard not root for him, despite his many, many faults.

Basically, Joe’s legless security guard, his arms dealer/campaign manager, and the woman who got her arm ripped off by a tiger and came back to work a few days later are the only ones who come away from this thing clean.

And if that description doesn’t have you pressing play on episode one of Tiger King, we don’t what to tell you.

You’re gonna be quarantined for another month, anyway; might as well join in on the discussion of what a repugnant POS Jeff Lowe is.

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Can pets get coronavirus? How to look after your dogs and cats

THERE has been a lot of confusion over whether pets can catch or carry coronavirus, with global officials saying that it wasn't possible.

Then two dogs in Hong Kong were diagnosed recently, with one of them even dying from it, and a Belgian cat caught it off her owner.

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Can pets get coronavirus?

Generally no. Experts have previously said that pets cannot contract coronavirus, but, as with humans, they could pick it up from surfaces just like we can.

Widespread advice has been given globally reassuring pet owners not to worry about their pets during the pandemic.

Official Government lines published on March 27 state that "There is no evidence of coronavirus circulating in pets or other animals in the UK and there is nothing to suggest animals may transmit the disease to humans.

"However, in line with the general advice on fighting coronavirus, you should wash your hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals."

There have been extremely rare cases, such as two dogs that contracted the virus in Hong Kong.

In both cases, the dogs contracted the virus from their owner, the first dog that caught it-died just two days after being released from mandatory quarantine on February 26.

There has also been a single case in Belgium of a woman giving her cat the virus a week after she started showing symptoms, but this is the first case in Europe and the cat is now fine.

The World Organisation for Animal Health has reiterated that there is no evidence to suggest pets can pass the virus to their owners.

A spokesperson from Belgium's National Council for Animal Protection said: “Let's not go back to a dark medieval period when ignorant people hunt and kill cats for fear that they will pass on the plague.”

Please do not abandon or stop giving your animals attention.

Can I still take my pet to the vet during lockdown?

All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided.

If your pet needs urgent treatment, you must phone the vet to arrange the best approach to meet your pets’ needs.

What should you do about walking the dog if you think you may be infected?

If your dog cannot exercise at home, you should ask someone outside of your household to walk your dog for you.

If you do not have symptoms of coronavirus:

You may leave your house to exercise once a day and you should combine this with walking your dog.

It is important that you minimise the time spent outside of the home and remain two metres away from anyone outside of your household.

Remember to wash your hands and remain 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

Walking someone else's dog:

This counts as caring for a vulnerable person, which includes those self-isolating or being shielded.

Remember to wash your hands before and after handling the dog and keep two metres away from other people and animals while walking, including when handing over the dog to the owner.

Have pets been tested for Covid-19?

A Pomeranian in Hong Kong was found to have traces of Covid-19 after its owner was diagnosed with the new virus.

The weak positive test "simply means that a small piece of viral genome was detected in a sample," says vet Sarah Caddy, a clinical research fellow in viral immunology at the University of Cambridge.

A test used to detect genetic material "is a highly sensitive method of testing but is unable to tell whether coronavirus was replicating in the dog or whether the dog had simply licked contaminated surfaces in the home", she added.

And Dr Jessica May, UK lead vet at video service FirstVet, explained: "The most likely reason for the dog to have mildly positive results was due to breathing contaminated air from the owner.

"However, the dog was not showing clinical signs."

In the US, IDEXX Laboratories Inc evaluated thousands of canine and feline specimens during validation of a new veterinary test system for the Covid-19 virus.

The lab reported today that results echoed "the current expert understanding that Covid-19 is primarily transmitted person-to-person and supports the recommendation against testing pets for the Covid-19 virus."

What if pet owners are still worried about Covid-19?

For dogs or cats with respiratory problems, the experts' recommendation is to contact a vet to test for more common respiratory pathogens.

Jay Mazelsky, CEO of IDEXX Laboratories, said: "Pets are important members of our family, and we want to keep them healthy and safe."

Dr Jessica May has recommended pet owners should seek advice "if you fear that your pet is infected with a strain of coronavirus."

To try and keep you and your pets safe, you should keep social distancing from others and follow any guidelines given by the RSPCA during coronavirus.

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Dr. Birx: Every city could get coronavirus outbreak like NYC

Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, warned Sunday that every city could be hit as hard as New York City as the virus continues to rage across the country.

“Every metro area should assume that they could have an outbreak equivalent to New York and do everything right now to prevent it,” Birx said on “Meet the Press.”

Birx called on leaders from every region to start preparing for major outbreaks, saying that it will be too late to contain once cases start reaching hospitals.

“No state, no metro area will be spared, and the sooner we react and the sooner the states and the metro areas react and ensure that they put in full mitigation, at the same time understanding exactly what their hospitals need, then we’ll be able to move forward together and protect the most Americans,” Birx said.

But Birx urged city dwellers not to try and flee once the virus starts spreading in their region.

“What we’re trying to say to everyone is ‘when this virus comes to your metro area, please stay in your metro area where your care can be provided,’ because it’s spreading virus more quickly around the United States,” she said.

The Big Apple reported more than 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Saturday afternoon, including 672 deaths, the city health department said.

Meanwhile, across the country, there have been at least 124,000 cases with more than 2,100 deaths, according to figures from John Hopkins University.

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Brits can go out to get pet food, give blood or volunteer during coronavirus lockdown – full list of exceptions


BRITS will be allowed to go out to get pet food, volunteer or give blood during the lockdown, it's been confirmed today.

As part of new laws which came into power today, the Government laid out all the exceptions to the three-week lockdown.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

Boris Johnson has said earlier this week that no one should be going out unless they wanted to get food, medicine, for exercise once a day, or to help a vulnerable person.

And they should only be going to work if they can't work from home too, he said.

Today Matt Hancock signed emergency rules into law to cover the lockdown, which force people to stay inside.

Police will have the power to slap people with a £60 on the spot fine – which could rise to up to £1000 for repeat offenders.

The Government has warned that they could raise this to unlimited levels if people still don't obey.

The new regulations laid out all the exceptions to the rules in black and white.

Brits are able to go out of the house to get necessities for anyone in the house – that includes beloved pets too.

And if anything vital for your home breaks too, you will be allowed to leave to buy things to fix it, or get a new one.

Thankfully, members of the public will be allowed out to volunteer, and to give blood too.

More than half a million Brits have signed up to be an NHS volunteer in the last 24 hours alone as the country clubbed together to do their bit.


Reasons you CAN leave the house:

– To obtain basic necessities, including food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including any pets) or for vulnerable persons
– To collect supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, the household of a vulnerable person, or to obtain money
– To exercise either alone or with other members of their household
– To seek medical assistance or attend medical appointment
– To provide care or emergency help to a vunerable person
– To donate blood
– To volunteer or do charity work
– To attend the funeral of family or someone you live with
– To go to court or satify bail conditions
– To access childcare
– To take kids to visit the other parent if separated
– To move house where reasonably necessary
– To go to a place of worship if a religious leader
– To access DWP services or victims of crime services
– To avoid injury or escape harm

Brits in the process of moving home have been told to stay put if they can.

However, if they are just about to move and have no other option, the new laws do allow it.

People will also be allowed out to go to court, access childcare, or take kids around to the other parents' if they are separated.

The rules also clarifies when you can gather in a group.

Boris this week banned gatherings of more than two people except in some circumstances.

When providing care to vulnerable people or emergencies, it is allowed.

And if you need to attend a family members' funeral or it can't be avoided for work, people won't face any action.

Business will also face fines if they stay open when they should have closed.

You can only meet more than two people if:

– You're part of the same household
– Where its essential for work purposes
– When attending a funeral
– When moving house
– When providing care to a vulnerable person
– When providing emergency help
– When participaing in legal proceedings or legal obligations

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Brits can go out to get pet food, give blood or volunteer during coronavirus lockdown – full list of exceptions


BRITS will be allowed to go out to get pet food, volunteer or give blood during the lockdown, it's been confirmed today.

As part of new laws which came into power today, the Government laid out all the exceptions to the three-week lockdown.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

Boris Johnson has said earlier this week that no one should be going out unless they wanted to get food, medicine, for exercise once a day, or to help a vulnerable person.

And they should only be going to work if they can't work from home too, he said.

Today Matt Hancock signed emergency rules into law to cover the lockdown, which force people to stay inside.

Police will have the power to slap people with a £60 on the spot fine – which could rise to up to £1000 for repeat offenders.

The Government has warned that they could raise this to unlimited levels if people still don't obey.

The new regulations laid out all the exceptions to the rules in black and white.

Brits are able to go out of the house to get necessities for anyone in the house – that includes beloved pets too.

And if anything vital for your home breaks too, you will be allowed to leave to buy things to fix it, or get a new one.

Thankfully, members of the public will be allowed out to volunteer, and to give blood too.

More than half a million Brits have signed up to be an NHS volunteer in the last 24 hours alone as the country clubbed together to do their bit.


Reasons you CAN leave the house:

– To obtain basic necessities, including food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including any pets) or for vulnerable persons
– To collect supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, the household of a vulnerable person, or to obtain money
– To exercise either alone or with other members of their household
– To seek medical assistance or attend medical appointment
– To provide care or emergency help to a vunerable person
– To donate blood
– To volunteer or do charity work
– To attend the funeral of family or someone you live with
– To go to court or satify bail conditions
– To access childcare
– To take kids to visit the other parent if separated
– To move house where reasonably necessary
– To go to a place of worship if a religious leader
– To access DWP services or victims of crime services
– To avoid injury or escape harm

Brits in the process of moving home have been told to stay put if they can.

However, if they are just about to move and have no other option, the new laws do allow it.

People will also be allowed out to go to court, access childcare, or take kids around to the other parents' if they are separated.

The rules also clarifies when you can gather in a group.

Boris this week banned gatherings of more than two people except in some circumstances.

When providing care to vulnerable people or emergencies, it is allowed.

And if you need to attend a family members' funeral or it can't be avoided for work, people won't face any action.

Business will also face fines if they stay open when they should have closed.

You can only meet more than two people if:

– You're part of the same household
– Where its essential for work purposes
– When attending a funeral
– When moving house
– When providing care to a vulnerable person
– When providing emergency help
– When participaing in legal proceedings or legal obligations

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Get Your Best Smile Ever With These Teeth Whitening Kits

Look at the smiles of your favorite celebs and influencers and you’ll likely notice that they have one thing in common: dazzling white teeth. Unfortunately, for many of us mere mortals, coffee, wine and food stains — or just our genetics — may have left us with a less-than-gleaming grin.

Of course, many dentists offer teeth whitening treatments, but they’re often costly and time consuming — not to mention inconvenient. Luckily, at-home teeth whitening kits are a safe, effective and less expensive alternative to those professional in-office services. Often containing the same active ingredients as the whitening services offered by professional dentists, these over-the-counter options can give your dull, yellowed and stained teeth a whiter, brighter appearance.

Ready to try one? We’ve rounded up the best teeth whitening treatments to use at home — from LED activated gels to whitening strips to charcoal powder —  to help you get a pearly white smile you’ll be proud to flash. The only downside: the paparazzi may mistake you for a VIP!

Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

1. AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Kit

AuraGlow’s blue LED accelerator light is designed to deliver fast whitening results. Simply use the syringes to apply the 35% carbamide peroxide whitening gel to teeth, and cover top and bottom teeth with the one-size-fits-all mouth tray. The LED light attaches to the mouth tray and shines directly onto the teeth to accelerate the whitening process. The light beeps in 10 minute intervals so you can easily keep track of time during each whitening session. Each kit contains enough whitening gel for 20 treatments of 30 minutes each (when .5ml of gel is used per treatment as directed), but you can get noticeable results after just one treatment.

2. Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects promise to whiten teeth like a professional-level treatment — removing 14 years of stains in just 30 minutes a day. The thin, flexible strips are coated with the same enamel-safe tooth whitening gel used by dentists, and the “Advanced Seal Technology” helps ensure that they mold to the shape of your teeth and also come off cleanly and easily. Plus, the no-slip grip means the strips stay put until you take them off, allowing you to talk and even drink water while you’re whitening your teeth. You can expect to see a whiter smile after three days, and full results in 20 days.

3. Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder Natural

Active Wow’s teeth whitening powder contains a natural formula that’s designed to detoxify the mouth, remove bad breath and gently polish away stains quickly and easily. Organic coconut activated charcoal works by pulling stains off your teeth through a process called “adsorption.” Bentonite, a type of clay, helps remineralize your teeth due to its high mineral content. It’s also easy on your gums. The addition of Orange Seed Oil adds numerous anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. Best of all, it’s free from chemicals, artificial flavors and colors.


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This Mom Can’t Get Enough Food To Feed Her Kids Because Panicked Shoppers Are Buying All The WIC-Eligible Food

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As the coronavirus spread around the world over the past few weeks, panicked shoppers have been filling their grocery carts with cans of beans, loaves of bread, and anything else they think they might need to weather weeks in quarantine or lockdown.

But for one group of Americans, the panic buying and hoarding has only added stress to their trips to the grocery store.

Participants in the federal program Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) tell BuzzFeed News there is often not enough food left on the shelves that they are allowed to buy under the program.

“I’m scared that we’re going to run out of food quickly since it’s four mouths that my mother is trying to feed, including herself,” said one 20-year-old college student in California who asked to remain anonymous and whose mother receives WIC benefits for her half-sibling. “Food runs out quickly at the house, and we can’t always trust that the stores are going to have WIC-approved food during this pandemic.”

WIC participants — which include low-income pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children under 5 — are granted a monthly check, voucher, or card which they can use to buy food staples such as cereal, beans, eggs, milk, rice, and more.

There are, however, strict guidelines for what groceries can be bought through WIC, and only certain brands and sizes are eligible. That means if the specific brand of WIC-eligible canned black beans is all sold out, WIC users are out of luck — they can’t just buy another brand.

Kelli Sullivan, a 30-year-old teacher in La Crosse, Wisconsin, told BuzzFeed News she relies on WIC each month to buy milk, cereal, bread, yogurt, juice, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, beans, and fresh fruits and vegetables for her two young children.

The working mother has fine-tuned a system for how to stretch the food she buys with her benefits to last the entire month. But with grocery store shelves suddenly cleared out of WIC-eligible items, that strategy has been upended and she’s now struggling to feed her family.

“Before, I could just pick a store and know there would be no issues getting what we need,” said Sullivan. “Now, I have to stop at several stores, often with my kids, hoping to find eggs, bread, and cheese.”

Since supermarket shelves started being emptied of WIC-eligible items, advocates have been urging non-WIC users to pay attention to price labels that denote which ones can be bought through WIC and instead to buy other items.

But with many of her go-to WIC products selling out rapidly, Sullivan must now prioritize what food items her family needs most.

“Before, I didn’t have to pick and choose which food items to get my kid, [but] now I have to prioritize what they need more of — milk or fresh fruit, for example,” she said.

And sometimes, that means forgoing eating those things herself so her children have enough.

“It’s difficult as a parent to not know if what we need will be at the store. And what we are able to get, I make sure most of it goes to my kids,” she said. “So I skip having a glass of milk with them at dinner, or not have any fruit, so I can make sure they are getting enough.”

During this pandemic, WIC users often have to stop at several stores in order to find all the things they need, thereby risking more potential exposure to the virus as they encounter more and more people.

The 20-year-old college student, who lives in San Fernando, said she worries about her mother “constantly putting herself out in the open” and exposing herself and their family to the coronavirus.

“Because everyone has been panic-buying ever since Trump declared that the coronavirus is a national emergency, my mom has been struggling to find WIC-eligible food at almost every single store she’s been to in our city,” the 20-year-old said.

Her mother has been having trouble finding WIC-eligible milk, eggs, whole grains, cereal, and fruits and vegetables, the 20-year-old said.

“When my mom went to the stores yesterday, she was only able to find some junk food — some small bags of chips and ice cream pops,” the student said.

For now, they’re making do thanks to some family friends who gave them some extra fruits and vegetables. Her mom also has a few canned goods and some rice and beans saved.

“I also have some food back at my college up in Santa Cruz that I’m going to bring back this weekend to help my mom out,” she added.

With the intensive restrictions on WIC items facing new issues during the pandemic, advocates are pushing states to request waivers from the Department of Agriculture, or USDA, to allow different brands and sizes of food items to be purchased through WIC.

Tony Craddock Jr., a USDA spokesperson, told BuzzFeed News,“States have the flexibility to modify their WIC-approved foods lists at any time to include any foods that meet federal standards. However, WIC participants can only purchase foods approved by their state.”

“Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, states can begin submitting waiver requests to allow for additional substitution options, as well,” Craddock added. “USDA is prepared to assist states, as needed, to ensure that WIC participants receive the nutritional support that they need.”

Rev. Douglas Greenaway, the president and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), told BuzzFeed News those waivers will be crucially important in getting low-income mothers and children the nutrition that they need.

“We’re absolutely, 100% behind the need for those waivers, recognizing the possibility that some food items may not be available on retail store shelves,” Greenaway said.

Greenaway said stores and manufacturers have told NWA the issue is less about shortages than it is about stocking. In other words, there’s enough food to go around, it’s just being snagged off the shelves too quickly and store staff can’t keep up with the crowds.

Greenaway believes there’s also the “issue of neighbors not respecting the needs of their neighbors and hoarding products” that’s leading to apparent shortages.

“We really need to be respectful of those most in need, and not simply load the grocery cart up with every possible item we think we need to survive for months on end,” he said.

The 20-year-old college student who spoke with BuzzFeed News hoped shoppers will be more mindful of buying non-WIC food items if they can.

“I wish people knew that my mother can’t get other foods that don’t have the WIC label on them,” she said. “I would like people to leave the foods that have the label and get a different brand of food instead…because my mom doesn’t have much of a choice.”

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'You can get through this': Mother's reassurance over coronavirus

‘If I lost focus on my breathing, I felt like I was drowning’: Father-of-two, 29, in later stages of coronavirus recovery gives stark warning to Britons ignoring social distancing advice

  • Laura Jacobs caught coronavirus from her mother following a holiday in Italy
  • The NHS admin worker, 31, fell ill with the virus alongside her husband, Matthew
  • Assured families they can ‘get through this’ as pandemic worsens across the UK 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A father-of-two recovering from coronavirus has issued a stark warning to young people who think they will not be affected by the disease.

Daryl Doblados, from Littleport in Cambridgeshire, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 19.

He woke up aching, with a high temperature, sore throat and shortness of breath, before being taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. 

The 29-year-old said it felt like his lungs were ‘filling up with smoke’ as he struggled to breathe. 

Warning others to take care and abide by social distancing guidelines, he said: ‘Do not take this for granted, it’s really not a joke.’ 

Daryl Doblados, from Littleport in Cambridgeshire, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 19.

The 29-year-old said it felt like his lungs were ‘filling up with smoke’ as he struggled to breathe. Warning others to take care and abide by social distancing guidelines, he said: ‘Do not take this for granted, it’s really not a joke.’

Mr Doblados said that even as a healthy 29-year-old he was still ‘floored’ by what the doctors considered a mild case of coronavirus.

He is now self-isolating, staying away from his partner and two young children.

Mr Doblados said: ‘I was consistently trying to focus on my breathing because once I lost control of the breathing, I felt like I was drowning. 

‘It feels like your lungs are filling up with smoke or liquid and it’s a real struggle to breathe. I’ve never felt anything like this.

‘I really feel for those who contracted a severe or critical case. It’s really the breathing problem that gets to you and I’ve only got a mild case. I’m in seven days of isolation in my bedroom.’ 

NHS worker Laura Jacobs, 31, with her husband Matthew and their children. The couple were struck down with Covid-19 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?

Like other coronaviruses, including those that cause the common cold and that triggered SARS, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness.  

  • The most common symptoms are: 
  • Fever 
  • Dry cough 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 

Although having a runny nose doesn’t rule out coronavirus, it doesn’t thus far appear to be a primary symptom. 

Most people only become mildly ill, but the infection can turn serious and even deadly, especially for those who are older or have underlying health conditions.  

In these cases, patients develop pneumonia, which can cause: 

  • Potentially with yellow, green or bloody mucus
  • Fever, sweating and shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Rapid or shallow breathing 
  • Pain when breathing, especially when breathing deeply or coughing 
  • Low appetite, energy and fatigue 
  • Nausea and vomiting (more common in children) 
  • Confusion (more common in elderly people)
  • Some patients have also reported diarrhea and kidney failure has occassionally been a complication. 

Avoid people with these symtpoms. If you develop them, call your health care provider before going to the hospital or doctor, so they and you can prepare to minimize possivle exposure if they suspect you have coronavirus.  

 

Meanwhile, a mother who recovered from coronavirus is also sharing her experience to reassure other parents and help them deal with the illness.  

NHS worker Laura Jacobs, 31, caught Covid-19 from her own mother after she returned from a holiday in Italy last month.

The mother-of-two, from Neath in South Wales, quickly fell ill alongside her husband and suffered a fever, aches, a tight chest and tiredness. 

She battled coronavirus alongside her mother Melissa Powell and husband Matthew.

The 31-year-ols said: ‘My symptoms came from nowhere. I felt absolutely fine at work and then bang, all of the symptoms arrived at once.

‘I had a high fever, shivers, intense aching pains in my back and neck, sore throat, painfully tight chest and fatigue.’

The mother-of-two, who works in admin at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, South Wales, said her five-year-old daughter Ava and 10-month-old Miles were also tested.

She added: ‘I wanted people to see that you shouldn’t take it lightly but I think people just want reassurance.

‘My mum had been to Italy and went to an area that wasn’t infected at the time, there were no reported cases.

‘They came back on February 22, and within three days started showing symptoms and then I caught it off her.’

But her mother suffered with worse symptoms because she has a history of pneumonia.

Mrs Jacobs added: ‘At first I thought I had the flu, I knew it wasn’t a cold.  

‘A community nurse came to the house in protective clothing, a mask and visor. 

‘She tested me, my husband and children at the same time. 

‘The kids came back as negative and we were surprised because we are round them all the time, giving them hugs and kisses.’ 

Mrs Jacobs caught Covid-19 from her own mother after she returned from a holiday in Italy last month

She added: ‘The worst was the fever for days, high temperature shivers, horrible aching up my back and around my neck, you feel like you can’t move, you’re exhausted. 

‘The fever is definitely the worst bit.’

Her husband Matthew, 35, was also hit worse as he has asthma and developed viral pneumonia so was admitted to Morriston Hospital overnight.

Mrs Jacobs said: ‘He is on the mend the past two days, he’s eating more. 

‘My consultant is quite confident that once you have had it once you won’t have it again.’

In other major developments today: 

  • The government has suspended rail franchises to maintain services, as operators faced collapse with passenger numbers tumbling;
  • Mr Hancock has insisted he will ensure that NHS staff get all the personal protection equipment they need, amid fear they are currently ‘lambs to the slaughter’ when treating patients;
  • The government has formally warned Britons flocking to campsites and holiday homes away from cities that it does not count as ‘essential travel;  
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak is preparing a fresh economic bailout for five-million self-employed amid warnings thousands of sole traders will not survive the crisis;
  • The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett, has said no new trials will start and that ongoing trials will be paused while arrangements are put in place so they can continue safely; 
  • Health minister Nadine Dorries, the first MP confirmed with coronavirus, has returned to work after recovering from the illness; 
  • The government is pushing emergency legislation through the Commons today, but Tory and Labour MPs have secured more checks on the measures including a fresh vote in six months; 
  • Research has suggested that the government’s current policy could still result in up to 70,000 deaths from coronavirus; 

    WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS?

    What is the coronavirus? 

    A coronavirus is a type of virus which can cause illness in animals and people. Viruses break into cells inside their host and use them to reproduce itself and disrupt the body’s normal functions. Coronaviruses are named after the Latin word ‘corona’, which means crown, because they are encased by a spiked shell which resembles a royal crown.

    The coronavirus from Wuhan is one which has never been seen before this outbreak. It has been named SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. The name stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2.

    Experts say the bug, which has killed around one in 50 patients since the outbreak began in December, is a ‘sister’ of the SARS illness which hit China in 2002, so has been named after it.

    The disease that the virus causes has been named COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.

    Dr Helena Maier, from the Pirbright Institute, said: ‘Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that infect a wide range of different species including humans, cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats and wild animals. 

    ‘Until this new coronavirus was identified, there were only six different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of these cause a mild common cold-type illness, but since 2002 there has been the emergence of two new coronaviruses that can infect humans and result in more severe disease (Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses). 

    ‘Coronaviruses are known to be able to occasionally jump from one species to another and that is what happened in the case of SARS, MERS and the new coronavirus. The animal origin of the new coronavirus is not yet known.’ 

    The first human cases were publicly reported from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where approximately 11million people live, after medics first started publicly reporting infections on December 31.

    By January 8, 59 suspected cases had been reported and seven people were in critical condition. Tests were developed for the new virus and recorded cases started to surge.

    The first person died that week and, by January 16, two were dead and 41 cases were confirmed. The next day, scientists predicted that 1,700 people had become infected, possibly up to 7,000. 

    Where does the virus come from?

    According to scientists, the virus almost certainly came from bats. Coronaviruses in general tend to originate in animals – the similar SARS and MERS viruses are believed to have originated in civet cats and camels, respectively.

    The first cases of COVID-19 came from people visiting or working in a live animal market in Wuhan, which has since been closed down for investigation.

    Although the market is officially a seafood market, other dead and living animals were being sold there, including wolf cubs, salamanders, snakes, peacocks, porcupines and camel meat. 

    A study by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, published in February 2020 in the scientific journal Nature, found that the genetic make-up virus samples found in patients in China is 96 per cent identical to a coronavirus they found in bats.

    However, there were not many bats at the market so scientists say it was likely there was an animal which acted as a middle-man, contracting it from a bat before then transmitting it to a human. It has not yet been confirmed what type of animal this was.

    Dr Michael Skinner, a virologist at Imperial College London, was not involved with the research but said: ‘The discovery definitely places the origin of nCoV in bats in China.

    ‘We still do not know whether another species served as an intermediate host to amplify the virus, and possibly even to bring it to the market, nor what species that host might have been.’  

    So far the fatalities are quite low. Why are health experts so worried about it? 

    Experts say the international community is concerned about the virus because so little is known about it and it appears to be spreading quickly.

    It is similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and killed nearly 800 in an outbreak in Asia in 2003, in that it is a type of coronavirus which infects humans’ lungs. It is less deadly than SARS, however, which killed around one in 10 people, compared to approximately one in 50 for COVID-19.

    Another reason for concern is that nobody has any immunity to the virus because they’ve never encountered it before. This means it may be able to cause more damage than viruses we come across often, like the flu or common cold.

    Speaking at a briefing in January, Oxford University professor, Dr Peter Horby, said: ‘Novel viruses can spread much faster through the population than viruses which circulate all the time because we have no immunity to them.

    ‘Most seasonal flu viruses have a case fatality rate of less than one in 1,000 people. Here we’re talking about a virus where we don’t understand fully the severity spectrum but it’s possible the case fatality rate could be as high as two per cent.’

    If the death rate is truly two per cent, that means two out of every 100 patients who get it will die. 

    ‘My feeling is it’s lower,’ Dr Horby added. ‘We’re probably missing this iceberg of milder cases. But that’s the current circumstance we’re in.

    ‘Two per cent case fatality rate is comparable to the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 so it is a significant concern globally.’

    How does the virus spread?

    The illness can spread between people just through coughs and sneezes, making it an extremely contagious infection. And it may also spread even before someone has symptoms.

    It is believed to travel in the saliva and even through water in the eyes, therefore close contact, kissing, and sharing cutlery or utensils are all risky. It can also live on surfaces, such as plastic and steel, for up to 72 hours, meaning people can catch it by touching contaminated surfaces.

    Originally, people were thought to be catching it from a live animal market in Wuhan city. But cases soon began to emerge in people who had never been there, which forced medics to realise it was spreading from person to person. 

    What does the virus do to you? What are the symptoms?

    Once someone has caught the COVID-19 virus it may take between two and 14 days, or even longer, for them to show any symptoms – but they may still be contagious during this time.

    If and when they do become ill, typical signs include a runny nose, a cough, sore throat and a fever (high temperature). The vast majority of patients will recover from these without any issues, and many will need no medical help at all.

    In a small group of patients, who seem mainly to be the elderly or those with long-term illnesses, it can lead to pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection in which the insides of the lungs swell up and fill with fluid. It makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and, if left untreated, can be fatal and suffocate people.

    Figures are showing that young children do not seem to be particularly badly affected by the virus, which they say is peculiar considering their susceptibility to flu, but it is not clear why. 

    What have genetic tests revealed about the virus? 

    Scientists in China have recorded the genetic sequences of around 19 strains of the virus and released them to experts working around the world. 

    This allows others to study them, develop tests and potentially look into treating the illness they cause.   

    Examinations have revealed the coronavirus did not change much – changing is known as mutating – much during the early stages of its spread.

    However, the director-general of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, said the virus was mutating and adapting as it spread through people.

    This means efforts to study the virus and to potentially control it may be made extra difficult because the virus might look different every time scientists analyse it.   

    More study may be able to reveal whether the virus first infected a small number of people then change and spread from them, or whether there were various versions of the virus coming from animals which have developed separately.

    How dangerous is the virus?  

    The virus has a death rate of around two per cent. This is a similar death rate to the Spanish Flu outbreak which, in 1918, went on to kill around 50million people.

    Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they’re tested, so only the more serious cases get discovered, making the death toll seem higher than it really is.

    However, an investigation into government surveillance in China said it had found no reason to believe this was true.

    Dr Bruce Aylward, a World Health Organization official who went on a mission to China, said there was no evidence that figures were only showing the tip of the iceberg, and said recording appeared to be accurate, Stat News reported.

    Can the virus be cured? 

    The COVID-19 virus cannot be cured and it is proving difficult to contain.

    Antibiotics do not work against viruses, so they are out of the question. Antiviral drugs can work, but the process of understanding a virus then developing and producing drugs to treat it would take years and huge amounts of money.

    No vaccine exists for the coronavirus yet and it’s not likely one will be developed in time to be of any use in this outbreak, for similar reasons to the above.

    The National Institutes of Health in the US, and Baylor University in Waco, Texas, say they are working on a vaccine based on what they know about coronaviruses in general, using information from the SARS outbreak. But this may take a year or more to develop, according to Pharmaceutical Technology.

    Currently, governments and health authorities are working to contain the virus and to care for patients who are sick and stop them infecting other people.

    People who catch the illness are being quarantined in hospitals, where their symptoms can be treated and they will be away from the uninfected public.

    And airports around the world are putting in place screening measures such as having doctors on-site, taking people’s temperatures to check for fevers and using thermal screening to spot those who might be ill (infection causes a raised temperature).

    However, it can take weeks for symptoms to appear, so there is only a small likelihood that patients will be spotted up in an airport.

    Is this outbreak an epidemic or a pandemic?   

    The outbreak was declared a pandemic on March 11. A pandemic is defined by the World Health Organization as the ‘worldwide spread of a new disease’. 

    Previously, the UN agency said most cases outside of Hubei had been ‘spillover’ from the epicentre, so the disease wasn’t actually spreading actively around the world.

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