3 people who survived the coronavirus describe what it's like and what they wish they would have known
Juan Perez, Amy Bobchek, Marcus Ferreira were all diagnosed with COVID-19 in March.
"I really wanted to work during my sickness," Perez told Insider. "But the most I could do was catch up on 'Better Call Saul' and take naps."
Ferreira, a 20-year-old sophomore at Vanderbilt University, is already back to his normal schedule, studying and taking exams, from home.
In mid-January, Juan Perez read a CNN article about the emerging novel coronavirus in China. Stunned, he posted a prediction on Twitt...
My friend, Laura Green, is frustrated.
Green, 58, who lives in Delray Beach, Fla. had always carried the health care insurance for the family. But about a year ago, she was laid off from her job as a controller for a small company, and her COBRA insurance coverage letting her keep that coverage temporarily, is ending soon. When Green found out how much a health care plan would cost for her husband and her (even with a high deductible), she was stunned.
Plus, over the past year, Green has spen...
Maybe it’s not fair to say that, before the coronavirus pandemic, my teenage daughter Zoe was a problem child; she was probably just a typical teenager. But, for a former teacher and a writer, you can’t help but feel like you are doing something wrong when your daughter is asked what her favorite part of school is and she replies, "Hanging out with my friends."
She didn’t have a favorite subject, a favorite teacher or even a favorite structured extracurricular activity. Her favorite physical ...
Construction workers across the US share their conflicting thoughts on still going to work during the coronavirus pandemic
Construction workers of various types from around the country share their thoughts about working during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some workers are outraged that states are requiring them to continue construction on what seems non-essential work while others say their work is absolutely necessary.
A couple of construction workers shared how efforts to make construction sites more sanitary has made them feel better about going to work.
When you're in pain, you may not always feel like going (or be able to go) to your doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor for help.
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The MELT Method promises natural pain relief at home, without using medication. Sue Hitzmann, a fitness professional and hands-on bodyworker, created the MELT Method, an acronym for myofascial energetic length technique, to allow people to become their own bodyworkers and eliminate their own pain.
But can the MELT Method really make nagging a...
Coronavirus has led to many changes in our lives. The quarantine that has forced people to stay inside has also led to an enormous jump in e-commerce sales -- a trend that will likely continue.
Many companies are rushing to capitalize on the influx of online shoppers, including some popular social media platforms. Recently, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest have announced new features that will help new and existing online sellers make more sales.
In order to understand the importance of the...
If it's been a few years — OK, maybe decades — since you hopped on a bike, there's no better time to take up this low-impact exercise. Even if you've been pedaling on a stationary bike for exercise, it doesn't compare to the actual experience of hitting the road.
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"Biking among people 50 and over has grown in recent years, especially due to the introduction of e-bikes and better infrastructure," Tim Blumenthal, president of the national nonprofit bicycle advocacy group People ...
Finally -- a sign that things are getting back to “normal” after the coronavirus outbreak: as of May 20, 2020, every state is now starting to allow the brick and mortar locations to open for business.
While that’s good news for many business owners, it also brings up a pressing concern: how do you help employees and customers feel safe at your location?
A good start for all businesses is to use the reopening guidelines released by the CDC: “As an employer, if your business operations were int...
Working out during the time of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, can be challenging. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend exercise as a way to cope with the increased stress many are feeling during the pandemic.
If part of your regular fitness routine includes using a stationary bike or attending an indoor cycling class and your gym is closed, you may be considering riding your bicycle outside. But biking outdoors is very different than riding indoors. It's import...
When my good friend, Nikki, told me a few days ago that her father had just passed away from natural causes, my first reaction was to offer sympathy. Then I asked, “What are the funeral arrangements?”
Her answer: “I’m not sure. We will have a memorial service, but we don’t know when. This pandemic is kind of getting in the way.”
Well, yes, it is.
Nikki and I are part of a group of friends who met playing tennis over 20 years ago. We’ve celebrated and helped each other over the years, through ...
Your kids and spouse are probably home, you hope to get to the supermarket today, and oh yeah, you still need to make a living during a pandemic that’s grinding everyone and everything to a halt.
While we are lucky enough to be able to work remotely during this crisis, economic uncertainty hangs heavy for freelancers, who are especially vulnerable during slowdowns. Absent long-term contracts, freelancers are easy targets for cuts. Plus many of us are sitting on a backlog of completed projects...
The world of work — the world, period — has changed dramatically since the onset of COVID-19. As businesses that had closed start cautiously opening back up, many office workers are starting to grapple with how they'll commute to their desk jobs.
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If you relied on public transportation prior to the pandemic, you might now be considering more socially distant alternatives. And one that can be both safe and beneficial for your health is biking to work.
Cyclists are unlikely to c...
Social distancing and self-quarantine can pose many difficulties for a person suffering from substance abuse.
There are a lot of resources that the recovery community can still offer those trying to fight addiction, like virtual alcohol-support meetings.
Other tips from experts include sticking to a schedule each day, avoiding too much news, and downloading a meditation app.
If you know someone who is fighting addiction, take it upon yourself to ask them how you can help. It might be as simpl...
But COVID-19 threw a wrench into many racing plans. Almost overnight, countless in-person events were canceled. To fill the void, some races have been reimagined as virtual events, and new virtual races have also popped up in the weeks since.
While virtual races only made up a small piece of the racing pie in years past, they're now part of our new normal — so we asked race organizers and experts to share details on what to expect.
In general, a virtual race allows you to race whenever you wa...
I’m a tech guy, so I was excited when chatbots became more popular. But even I was surprised to find that chatbox use is growing so fast. According to one report, the U.S. chatbot market was $2.6 billion in 2019 and is predicted to reach $9.4 billion by 2024.
You might be thinking that only large businesses use chatbots. For a time, that was true. Today, however, thousands upon thousands of small businesses use them. Many companies now provide chatbot services for a monthly fee, and sometimes...