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Survey says nearly half of all parents are battling “severe” stress because of COVID-19

ljubaphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — With them having to be caregivers, at-home employees, substitute teachers and, soon, replacement summer camp counselors, parents say the COVID-19 pandemic has them seriously stressed out. According to a new survey from The American Psychological Association and The Harris Poll, nearly half of the 3,013 parents with kids under 18 surveyed say they’re batting severe stress. The …

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Barack and Michelle Obama encourage grads in Dear Class of 2020: “Hold your heads high and celebrate”

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The graduating class of 2020 received a very special and powerful message from the Obamas in YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday. Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama issued a parental-like joint-speech at the start of the nearly-four hour ceremony, remarking how excited they were for the graduating class before telling them …

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Scottish golfers stow away on ferry to evade COVID-19 lockdown

Pakorn_Khantiyaporn/iStock(GREAT CUMBRAE, Scotland) — What does a guy gotta do to get in a round of golf these days? A group of golfers wee among the people recently caught trying to sneak off the Scottish mainland while the country is in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The stowaways were spotted hiding in a van on a ferry between Largs …

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US COVID-19 deaths surpass 110,000

iStock/PeopleImages (NEW YORK) — Numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. are on the rise as protests continue to erupt across the country.  According to data from Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 deaths surpassed 110,000 on Saturday. The nation officially surpassed 100,000 deaths on May 27.  The current death toll stands at 110,482 as of Sunday evening. The steady …

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Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Chris Pine and more hail the grads Sunday with YouTube’s ‘Dear Class of 2020’

iStock/sdominic(LOS ANGELES) — The class of 2020 has seen their real-life graduation ceremonies canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but really, would dozens of stars have shown up to their event without it?  That’s the idea behind the YouTube Originals event Dear Class of 2020, an online, all-star commencement extravaganza now taking place Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET. The …

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It takes a (COVID-19-free) village: Tom Cruise reportedly creating isolated base for Mission: Impossible 7

Paramount Pictures(LONDON) — Tom Cruise and Paramount are apparently sparing no expense to get the COVID-19-delayed Mission: Impossible 7 movie back on track — including transforming an old British military base into an isolated community for cast and crew.  The Sun reports the abandoned RAF site in Oxfordshire will shelter the movie’s cast, who will reportedly be staying in VIP trailers and interacting only with each …

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Digital life under lockdown: Survey says 75% would be “lost” without their screens

iStock/Lisa5201(NEW YORK) — A new poll shows that Americans spend more than 6,259 hours a year on their digital devices, an average of 382,652 hours and 48 minutes in an average lifespan.  And screen time has only grown during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The non-scientific poll of 2,000 adults, commissioned by for Vision Direct, also revealed that three quarters of all those Americans polled say they …

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Nursing home COVID-19 deaths as high as 32,000

wanderluster/iStock(NEW YORK) — After weeks of both anecdotal and verified reports of high COVID-19 mortality rates at U.S. nursing homes and assisted care facilities, new government data shows pandemic deaths there number nearly 32,000.  Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the week ending May 31 shows there were 31,782 COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, as …

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42 million Americans now out of work due to COVID-19, Trump to hit campaign trail next week

iStock/JLGutierrez (NEW YORK) — Since the first COVID-19 case was first reported in the U.S., the virus has devastated the economy and the American work force.  On Thursday, an additional 1.9 million workers filed for unemployment and pushed the total job loss to 42 million.  The country began shedding jobs around mid-March.  This is the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression.   …

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