She Documented the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. But Filming Inside a Hospital Battling Coronavirus in Her Native Italy Was a Tougher Challenge

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Patients lie motionless in a hospital ICU ward, as doctors hurry around their beds. The patients’ faces are concealed by ventilators; the doctors’ by masks. The death rate is rising so quickly that doctors can no longer keep count. “The beds don’t even have time to cool before they are taken up by other patients,” says ICU nurse Cristina Pilati. Yet over the sound of stretchers rolling and monitors beeping, Pilati starts singing the lyrics of ‘Angel’ as she cares for a teenage boy in the ICU. ‘Spend all your time waiting, for that second chance,’ she sings. ‘For a break that would make it okay.’

This scene is one of many intimate moments in Inside Italy’s COVID War, a PBS’ FRONTLINE documentary premiering Tuesday that takes us inside a hard-hit hospital in Cremona, a city in northern Italy. Directed by Emmy and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Sasha Joelle Achilli,

What’s kept cases officially at zero in these 200 counties?

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In just four months, the deadly COVID-19 virus has infiltrated every state and major U.S. city. But a scattering of remote counties continue without a single reported case, according to a USA TODAY analysis.

As of May 15, a total of 231 of 3,143 counties had no reported cases.

The list is getting shorter by the day, though. In the first half of May alone, 40 counties went from zero recorded cases of the virus to at least one.

Georgia started the month with two zero-case counties. Now there is none. Tennessee also had two counties with no reported cases on May 1; two weeks later, only one remained. Iowa went from eight counties with no cases to only four by mid-May.

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Counties where there are no reported cases of COVID-19*

The long stretch without coronavirus cases in some counties likely reflects

How your hair salon or barbershop could be different after coronavirus

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No reception area. No walk-ins. Empty booths.

Those are some of the changes customers can expect to see as hair salons and barber shops begin to reopen across the USA.

Jalainna Ellis, owner of All That Jazz salon and spa in Cheyenne, Wyoming, said taking the temperature of arriving customers became part of the new protocol when she reopened her business May 1.

The magazines and lookbooks are gone, too. Customers head directly to their respective hairstylist rather than waiting in a reception area that no longer exists. Face masks are required, for customers and members of the 17-person staff, Ellis said.

“It’s nerve-wracking,” Ellis told USA TODAY. “We are not trained to wear masks and work. Your vision is skewed, so it takes more concentration.

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Beaches, parks busy as Europe heat wave and U.S. spring test new coronavirus rules

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By Lisa Shumaker

(Reuters) – Summer weather is enticing much of the world to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns as centers of the outbreak from New York to Italy and Spain gradually lift restrictions that have kept millions indoors for months.

People are streaming back to beaches, parks and streets just as a heat wave hits southern Europe and spring-like temperatures allow Americans to shed winter coats. As they venture out again, most are keeping their distance and some are wearing masks. However, protests are also heating up from Germany to England to the United States, arguing the government restrictions demolish personal liberties and are wrecking economies.

Greeks flocked to the seaside on Saturday when more than 500 beaches reopened, coinciding with temperatures of 34 Celsius (93 Fahrenheit).

Umbrella poles had to be 4 meters (13 ft) apart, with canopies no closer than 1 meter as the country sought to walk

A State-by-State Guide to When Beauty Supply Stores Will Reopen After the Coronavirus

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Professional makeup brushes set and tools.
Professional makeup brushes set and tools.

Just a few months after the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) brought everyday life to a halt, dozens of states are introducing plans to reopen their economies. That includes reopening certain businesses like nail salons, hair salons, and beauty retailers that were forced to temporarily close their doors back in March in order to slow the spread of the virus.

The state of certain nonessential retailers is largely dependent on where they are located, and while many are still grappling with having limited access to hairstylists and other beauty professionals, the question still remains on where beauty supply stores fall into the equation. Ahead, we’ve compiled a state-by-state breakdown of when you can expect these retail stores to open their doors again as stay-at-home orders slowly begin to lift around the country.

Alabama

After the state’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30, Alabama adopted

Do Your Nails Like This, and Everyone Will Think You Spent the Day at the Salon

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I don’t know about you, but these uncertain times have taught me an important lesson: I’m a lot more self-sufficient in the beauty department than I thought. Now, I’m not brave enough to cut my own hair, but I’ve taken the plunge with at-home facials, chemical peels, and even eyebrow lamination (sort of) without any disasters to speak of. I have to admit that this hot streak has got me feeling cautiously optimistic that I can take on the next treatment on my wish list: an at-home gel manicure.

Typically, having this shiny, chip-resistant varnish applied to our fingernails means spending lots of time and money at the nail salon. But now that visiting such places has been complicated by events outside our control, it’s high time we get familiar with carrying out this task at home. Traditional nail polish is great (and, in fact, I’ve been