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The Best Face Masks for Running, Cycling and Working Out

While some cities have started reopening shops and restaurants, the majority of the country is still observing quarantine procedures that were put in place to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. One such measure that’s still in place is the wearing of face masks when out in public, with the CDC recommending cloth face coverings to help prevent the transmission of germs and viruses.

But while cloth face masks can keep you shielded on a walk, or quick trip to the grocery store, not all of these masks are designed for physical activity. Generic cloth masks aren’t always breathable, and worse, they can irritate or chaff the skin. They’re often heavy and saggy, and can fall off if not secured tightly, defeating the whole point of wearing a mask in the first place.

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Luckily, a number of manufacturers are now designing face masks specifically for

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This Face Mask Hack Is About to Make Your Life a Lot More Comfortable

Wearing a face mask is going to be a part of our reality for…well, who knows how long, but they’re definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. (And if for some reason you’re still not following the guidance of the CDC, doctors, and scientists to wear a mask, now would be a very good time to start.)

You can now find really chic and adorable masks in a variety of styles online and, with them, tips to make them easier and more comfortable to wear. Yes, the internet is sometimes still a good and useful place!  

One common issue many find with wearing a mask for any length of time is the irritation caused by the straps hooked behind your ears. Turns out, you probably have the solution to this problem somewhere in your bathroom: a couple of barrettes. The hack first bubbled up online earlier this spring thanks to Instagram

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CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google face congressional antitrust grilling

The chiefs of four of the biggest tech companies in the world — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — will face lawmakers Wednesday for a hearing on digital competition that could have cataclysmic impacts on an industry largely unhindered by regulators.

The grilling of tech titans Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai (the companies’ respective CEOs), will be done by the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee as part of its ongoing, year-long investigation into competition in the digital market.

PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are seen in a combination photo from Reuters files. (Reuters, File)

Here is the latest on how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.

1:10 p.m.: Cicillin kicks off hearing with opening remarks

Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline, D-R.I., kicked off the hearing with opening remarks, saying the “purpose of today’s hearing is to

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Could wearing a face mask trigger a cold sore and what to do if you do get one?

Even if face masks could trigger a cold sore, that's no excuse not to wear one. (Getty Images)
Even if face masks could trigger a cold sore, that’s no excuse not to wear one. (Getty Images)

You’ve got your supply of face masks and you’re gradually getting used to wearing it about town.

You’ve even figured out how to control ‘maskne’ and other face-covering skin issues. Oh, and how to stop your glasses steaming up.

But there’s one other potential mask-wearing side effect we hadn’t considered…cold sores.

“Some dermatologists have commented that wearing face masks may increase the risk of cold sores,” explains Dr Deborah Lee, from the Dr Fox Online Pharmacy.

“However, even if you do suffer from cold sores, you should still be following the recommendations to wear a face mask and help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

“The risk from becoming infected with COVID-19 is far greater than the risk of any serious repercussions from having cold sores.”

Read more: You can buy a personalised

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Fintechs face pressure to grow up as coronavirus casts a chill

By Iain Withers, Anna Irrera and Tom Wilson

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Aritra Chakravarty, founder of London-based online accounts and investments provider Dozens, admits it’s a tough time to be seeking up to 15 million pounds ($19 million) for a start-up.

“It’s definitely a bearish market” said Chakravarty, who is seeking funding for Project Imagine, the company behind his fintech ventures. He is looking to crowd funding and government-backed COVID 19-support schemes for technology firms to make up for any reticence from venture capital investors.

Data suggest his caution is warranted. Fintechs, which have been one of the hottest draws for venture capitalists in recent years, raised $6.3 billion in the second quarter, down 41% on the year, according to data from analysts at Forrester shared with Reuters.

Investors and entrepreneurs say that while the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted demand for fintechs in areas such as digital payments and online

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Tech giants Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon to face Congress

Unprecedented is a dangerous word in journalism, but this really hasn’t happened before.

On Wednesday, four of the biggest names in tech will give evidence to members of the US Congress.

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google), Tim Cook (Apple) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) will all be grilled.

Jeff Bezos – the world’s richest man – has never testified before either house. They have never all been quizzed together.

How these tech bosses do, how they stand up to scrutiny, could be a defining moment in their future relationship with government.

Central to the interrogation will be whether these tech giants are simply too big.

The Covid pandemic has put this into sharp focus. Where other companies have struggled, Big Tech companies have thrived. Together they are now worth $5tn dollars. It’s led to accusations that – just like the banks – they are simply too big to fail.


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200 allegations of sexual misconduct in gaming were revealed in a recent spreadsheet. Streamers say it reflects sexism they face every day.

Women who stream on Twitch say the gaming landscape remains sexist and leads to harassment.
Women who stream on Twitch say the gaming landscape remains sexist and leads to harassment.

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  • Recent allegations of sexual misconduct have rocked the gaming world.

  • Several women who use the popular livestreaming platform Twitch told Insider that the allegations represented a larger problem of sexism in the gaming world that makes harassment exceedingly common.

  • Though women are continually challenging the male gamer stereotype, research has found that sexism persists in gaming.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In June, dozens of women in gaming made waves with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against popular streamers as part of a new wave of the #MeToo movement that’s stretched across industries, indicting actors, media professionals, influencers, and more.

Most of those accused of misconduct in gaming were personalities on Amazon’s Twitch, the largest game-streaming platform.

As more details came out on various platforms, Jessica Richey, who streams

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Milwaukee schools face challenges with virtual learning plans

CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Joyce Peoples, a middle school English language arts teacher in Milwaukee, said she thought that she might spend a few weeks away from the classroom when Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers shut down schools in mid-March as COVID-19 started spreading across the country..

“We were thinking, OK, we’ll be closed for [a few] weeks and then spring break and then just going to wait for things to calm down,” Peoples said. Her students — and 75,000 others in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) — did not return to the classroom. 

When it was clear students wouldn’t be returning any time soon, challenges arose, including reaching students’ families, communicating plans for the road ahead and making sure students had devices and internet access for virtual learning. Peoples said remote online learning in the spring provided

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Which supermarkets are selling face coverings?

Many supermarkets are offering multipack deals, so you can pick up a mask for the whole family during your weekly shop: iStock
Many supermarkets are offering multipack deals, so you can pick up a mask for the whole family during your weekly shop: iStock

From 24 July, face coverings will be mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, but those who have certain medical conditions are exempt, as well as children under 11.

It has also been mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport in England since 15 June, with the same exemptions applying, including for anyone who is travelling with someone who lip-reads.

Face mask requirements also now apply to the rest of the UK. In Scotland, it’s compulsory to wear one in shops and has been on public transport since June – including the Glasgow Subway, Edinburgh trams and taxis – except for people with certain medical conditions and children under five.

In Wales,

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ADA does not provide blanket exemption from face mask requirements

The claim: The Americans with Disabilities Act exempts people from face mask requirements imposed by governments and retailers 

Face mask use has been a source of confusion and contention amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As new outbreaks of the coronavirus grow across the country, some anti-mask activists have claimed that policies mandating mask-wearing infringe on disability rights.

“According to ADA Mask Not Required Anywhere in America!” one flyer shared hundreds of times on Facebook reads.

The graphic cites the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirement for “reasonable accommodation to anyone who cannot wear a mask due a medical condition,” as explanation for why mask wearing is optional under the law.

Similar images and claims have been circulating online for weeks. Images of laminated “Face Mask Exempt Cards” from the fictitious “Freedom to Breath Agency” went viral after some attempted to use the cards to enter stores across the country.

Another viral

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