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By Kanan Parmar
Coronavirus, a large family of deadly viruses has taken the world by storm. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain of disease that was first discovered in China in 2019.
The deadly virus is everywhere and not taking proper precautions to prevent COVID-19 can be proven dangerous for your lives. As of now, there are more than 250,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world. But what’s scary is that there are still many undetected cases around the world.
Coronavirus clearly doesn’t differentiate between the rich and poor and many famous personalities from around the world have been tested positive for having COVID-19.
Here’s a list of these popular faces from around the world, who are now COVID-19 patients:
1. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are both American actors and producers. Both of them were tested positive for having coronavirus in Austalia. The actor took to Instagram to annouce about his wife’s and his ill-health. The couple has been released from the hospital and are now in self-quarantine. Both of them are isolated and are recovering slowly.
2. Idris Elba
Idris Elba is an English actor, writer, producer, DJ, musician, rapper and singer. On the 16th of March, Elba announced that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 amid the pandemic. According to a video the actor posted on Twitter, he feels “OK” and is showing no symptoms of the disease.
3. Olga Kurylenko
Olga Konstiantinivna Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-born French actress and model. She is best-known for her role in the James Bond film, Quantun of Solace. The actress was tested positive from having coronavirus on March 15. The actress has noted progress and is slowly recovering now.
4. Kristofer Hivju
Kristofer Hijvu is a 41-years-old Norwegian actor, best-known for his role in the popular TV drama Game of Thrones. On March 16, the actor announced that he was tested positive for having the novel coronavirus. The actor reported mild symptoms of cold.
5. Rachel Matthews
Rachel Lynn Matthews is an American actress who is popularly known for her roles in the films Happy Death Day and Frozen 2. The 26-years-old actress took to Instagram to announce that she was tested positive for coronavirus.
6. Charlotte Lawrence
Charlotte Lawrence is a young American singer-songwriter and model who is 19-years-old. The teenage celebrity was diagnosed with having COVID-19. The singer has urged everyone to take self-isolation seriously and has advised her fans to follow all the necessary precautions to prevent this deadly disease.
7. Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Dae Kim is a 51-years-old actor, voice actor and producer who is popular for his roles in the movie Lost, Hawaii Five-0, Angel and the TV series Saints Row. The actor believes that he got COVID-19 while shooting for his upcoming series, “New Amsterdam”. Since then, the actor has been updating his followers about his health progress on Twitter.
8. Kanika Kapoor
Kanika Kapoor is an Indian playback singer. The singer was tested positive for COVID-19 on March 20. After her return from London to India, she threw a grand party with around 400 guests in Lucknow. The party was attended by prominent personalities and bureaucrats. The singer was criticised for not following the ‘self-quarantine’ advisory and not undergoing a test post-travel.
9. Itziar Ituño
Itziar Ituño is a Spanish actress who is best-known for a role as Inspector Raquel Murillo in the Spanish TV series Money Heist. The actress was tested positive for having Coronavirus on March 19 and since then she has been in self-isolation.
10. Indira Varma
Indira Ann Varma is a British actress who is populary known for her roles in the movie “Kamasutra: A Tale of Love” and the TV series “Game of Thrones. On March 19, the actress revealed that she was tested positive for having coronavirus.
1. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 31-years-old NBA star is kept under complete isolation after being tested for having COVID-19.
2. Daniele Rugani
Daniele Rugani is a profession Italian footballer. He plays as a centre back for Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. On March 11, the footballer announced that he was tested positive for COVID-19 but did not show any symptoms.
3. Rudy Gobert
Ruby Gobert is a French basketballer player who plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The payer was tested positive for having coronavirus on March 11. He was one of the first sportsmen to be diagnosed with the disease.
4. Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. The basketballer revealed about being diagnosed with COVID-19 and the star is being called the face of prevent of coronavirus.
5. Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta Amatriain is a Spanish professional football coach and is also a former player. Arteta was tested positive for COVID-19 and is now on the road to recovery. Around 100 Arsenal personnel, including the first-team squad and coaching staff, have been self-isolating since Arteta’s positive test.
6. Callum Hudson
Callum James Hudson-Odoi is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team. The 19-years-old sportsman has made a great progress after being diagnosed with COVID-19 .
1. Sophie Trudeau
Sophie Grégoire, also known as Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, is the wife of the 23rd prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. Sophie was kept on isolation after having mild symptoms of COVID-19 and being diagnosed with the same on March 12. She said, “Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon.”
2. Peter Dutton
Peter Craig Dutton is an Australian Liberal Party politician serving as Minister for Home Affairs since 2017, and has served as Member of Parliament for Dickson since 2001. The 49-years old politician was tested positive for having coronavirus on March 13. He was discharged from the hospital 5 days later and is now following the self-isolation norms.
3. Mario Diaz Balart
Mario Rafael Díaz-Balart Caballero is a Republican U.S. Representative for Florida’s 25th congressional district. The 58-years old politician was tested positive for having coronavirus on March 18. Balart said that the virus is really bad and the symptoms are very painful. “COVID-19 hit me really bad, he added.
4. Nadine Dorries
Nadine Vanessa Dorries is a British politician serving as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety since 2019. She has also authored many books. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 10. It is unknown how many meetings Dorries attended as a carrier of the virus.
5. Iraj Harirchi
Iraj Harirchi Tabrizi is an Iranian politician and physician. He is current deputy minister of Health and Medical Education. He was tested positive for COVID-19 on February 25 and has been self-quarantined.
6. Begona Gomez
Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, was tested positive for coronavirus on March 15. Her condition has so far been reported to be “good.”
7. Francis Suarez
Francis Xavier Suarez is an American attorney and politician serving as the 43rd mayor of Miami. Suarez confirmed that he was infected by coronavirus on March 15. He is the second person confirmed to be infected in Miami-Dade County.
8. Prince Albert II of Monaco
Albert II is the reigning Prince of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi. He confirmed that he was infected by coronavirus on March 15.
By Siddhi Jain
The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.
Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.
Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background
'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race and even differences in background. | Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash
Written for a global audience, the book is targeted at kids between the ages of five and 10, the reason it is embellished with colourful images of families of different types is to appeal to children's sense of sight and drive home the message at the same time. Borthakur believes children are the best place to start because the ages between five and 10 are the most formative, where little ones pick up habits, beliefs and perceptions.
The Guwahati-born author says, "With this book, I'm not trying to take away the job of parents in forming habits, I simply want to do my part as a parent. It is important that we impart the right values in our kids in a bid to build a better, more inclusive and tolerant global society that is fair to everyone." The author's first attempt at a book was an Assamese poetry 'Anubhav', published in 2010.
Set to be published under the label of Author's Channel, the book is like an adventure; a journey into uncharted territories, untouched subjects and matters long ignored. In her words. "The book takes a critical stand in defense of people in society who have had to undergo severe emotional torture for no cause of theirs. It is a terrible conception to think such people any less of a human just for being different," says publisher Aruna Naidu. By September 30, this title, priced at Rs 299, will be available online and in offline bookstores. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Book, children, Guwahati, Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories, moral, story, kids, discrimination, equality
If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs. Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India, gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home:
* Refrain from harsh soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. | Photo by Aurélia Dubois on Unsplash
* Clip your nails regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
* Good quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
* Stop the habit of nail chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. | Pixabay
* Exfoliate your hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. | Wikipedia
* Don't use your nails as tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters, or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Never use your nails to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. | Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash
* Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
(Article originally written by N.Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, groom, hand, exfoliate, chew, nail clipper, bite, cuticle
Bitcoin has become an essential crypto asset in modern portfolios and investment funds. The confidence generated in this cryptocurrency will depend a lot on the diversification that companies make in their balance sheets in Bitcoin and the increase of institutional investors that allocate a percentage of their funds in this crypto. American fund manager Cathie Wood makes some interesting predictions, both in the rise that the Bitcoin price will experience in the next 5 years, suggesting these institutional investors allocate 5% of their funds; this will help leverage the Bitcoin market.
Bitcoin will grow by a tenfold
Bitcoin is projected to grow by 10 times its current value in five years, i.e., it could reach $500,000. Of course, this will require companies to invest in cryptocurrencies. This makes it necessary to increase the weight of Bitcoin on balance sheets through investments. One of the investment gurus who supports this prediction is Catherine Wood. Contrarily, Ray Dalio, despite being clear that relying on cash is not a good strategy, views Bitcoin with suspicion, although he calls for its investment. This behavior is due to the actions of governments against the cryptocurrency market.
If something is undoubted is the vertiginous increase that cryptocurrencies have had in general, they have risen more than 60% so far this year. So, even when some governments are trying to regulate cryptocurrencies, they will fail. This attempt to regulate will end up triggering even more cryptos, especially Bitcoin, which is the oldest and most solid of that market.
Bitcoin, is the oldest and most solid of the market. | Photo by Executium on Unsplash
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The current Bitcoin price means is time to buy:
The current price of bitcoin invites you to buy, and perhaps it would be foolhardy not to. In either case, bitcoin will always represent money. Maybe some external factors generate some misgivings, but if you refuse to invest in cryptocurrencies, you are basically denying the near future, it would be as if you didn't have a cell phone or internet.
In India, more and more people are becoming convinced of the benefits of holding some Bitcoin. This can be clearly seen in the rapid increase in the number of new accounts at crypto exchanges such as WazirX and CoinDCX.
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Bitcoin, despite its fluctuations, represents an excellent financial strategy. The support users give is significant. The same cannot be said of the FIAT currencies, which have lost value and support, showing how fragile they are, being subjected to a constant devaluation. As long as confidence in cryptos grows, the foundations will continue to be laid to maintain their rise and to be able to continue making transactions. We know this by previous experience, as has happened with Ether, thanks mainly to the growing activity of Defi and NFT, i.e. decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens.
Remember that when you invest in Bitcoin, you can do it by buying or trading. When you want to make these transactions do it in a secure Exchange, study your finances to invest, manage the risk, and learn to manage your portfolio efficiently.