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What to Know Before You Go to the Dentist During COVID-19

A visit to the dentist has always been a nerve-wracking experience for many people. But going to the dentist during COVID-19, elicits a new kind of fear. Social distancing and mask-wearing—the two most important actions you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19—are impossible when you’re in the dentist’s chair.

The good news: To date, there have not been any clusters of COVID-19 cases reported in dental settings or among dental healthcare personnel, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The caveat: We don’t yet have any data to assess the risk of transmitting coronavirus during a dentist visit.

So what should you do with that information (or lack thereof), especially if you’re due for a cleaning?

We asked the experts—American Dental Association (ADA) spokesperson Cheryl Watson-Lowry, DDS, owner of Watson and Watson Dental Association in Chicago, and Pia Lieb, DDS, founder of Cosmetic Dentistry Center NYC—whether

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26 Signs You’re Actually a Cheapskate

Although there’s value in being frugal, sometimes you can take it too far — and for minimal savings at that. Whether you engage in five-finger discounts or take more than your fair share of mints from the communal bowl, at the end of the day you’re simply stealing from business owners and sullying your image. Make sure you understand when you’re acting thrifty — and when you’re just being cheap.

Last updated: May 1, 2020

The Hotel Heist

Toiletries are among the many free luxuries that frequent travelers enjoy. But frugal folks sometimes cross the line by stealing extra soaps and shampoo bottles to take home.

If you have a habit of hitting up the housekeeper’s cart for extra bars of soap, you’re not only scamming the hotel, but you’re also wasting your time. After all, the savings on a sliver of soap are hardly worth writing home about.

Check

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Here’s a Complete Timeline of “The Kissing Booth” Stars Joey King and Jacob Elordi’s Relationship

From Seventeen

Netflix’s movie The Kissing Booth tells the super sweet and funny story of how Elle Evans (Joey King) and Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi) start secretly dating, which becomes a major issue when Elle’s BFF and Noah’s younger brother, Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney) finds out.

Without giving too much away, Elle and Lee made a list of rules when they were younger, and one of them (number nine to be exact) states that Noah is totally off limits.

If you haven’t watched the movie yet, get on that because you’re bound to fall in love with this love story, especially once you find out the characters were a couple in real life.

Yep, you read that right. Joey King and Jacob Elordi dated for some time, but the called it quits before the second movie was released.

Here are the biggest moments of their relationship so far…

July 24,

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Expert shopping: Coronavirus face shields

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Editor’s note: As we will report below, experts agree that face shields — and face masks — do not replace or relieve the need to wash your hands and social distance, and they absolutely do not alone prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As cases surge across the country, more than half of U.S. states require wearing face coverings while in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Many retailers have begun selling non-medical masks and masks with extra protection, like insertable filters or antimicrobial materials. Another new protective trend? Face shields. Shields comprise an often curved plate of plastic that hovers

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If you absolutely have to visit the DMV, here’s what to expect

People without appointments wait in line for the Hollywood DMV field office to open on July 16. <span class="copyright">(Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)</span>
People without appointments wait in line for the Hollywood DMV field office to open on July 16. (Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)

For most people who have been through the experience, darkening the doorstep of a bricks-and-mortar California DMV field office is not unlike a trip to the dentist — something to be done only when absolutely necessary and only after all other options have been exhausted. That desire for avoidance is stronger right now, with the Golden State recently setting a new one-day record for coronavirus cases.

Actually visiting the DMV wasn’t an option for a while. In late March, all field offices statewide shuttered in response to COVID-19 concerns. It wasn’t until six weeks later that 25 offices opened back up to appointment-holding customers, and it wasn’t until June 11 that the rest of the field offices were back open for transactions that needed to be completed

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Teachers are not the public-sector workers who most deserve a pay rise

Children stop for a socially distanced lunch at St Alban's Catholic Primary School - David Rose
Children stop for a socially distanced lunch at St Alban’s Catholic Primary School – David Rose

SIR – My daughter has not been at school for more than four months.

The evidence points to school-age children being among those least at risk from coronavirus. However, children’s charities have seen a vast rise in the numbers making contact during the lockdown, which strongly suggests that theirchildren’s mental health is suffering as a result of not being in school. Meanwhile, the public and independent school sector has continued to provide a far higher standard of pupil engagement and education than the state sector.

While most many thousands of people have just got on with things over lockdown – and many have served the public above and beyond the call of duty – so II therefore find it astonishing that teachers across the land are to be granted pay rises of between 2.75

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Unemployment showdown + Team Draymond gains allies on dentist bill + Assessors speak out on ‘split-roll’

Happy Wednesday! You’ve made it to the middle of the week. Treat yourself by taking a break and reading our latest newsletter.

LATEST ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

More than 4 million Californians are paying their bills with help from the special $600 weekly unemployment payments Congress authorized in March as the coronavirus outbreak took hold. That deal expires this week, and lawmakers still are not set on a plan.

Here’s the latest from the team in the McClatchy Washington Bureau:

Senate Republicans are seeking to reduce — but not eliminate — unemployment benefits related to the pandemic that are expiring at the end of this month, so that recipients are not making more money from the benefit than they did while working.

Republicans are rallying behind a reduction in the extra federal benefit. One idea under discussion is to lower the $600 weekly benefit to a flat amount. Another proposal

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50 Easy Things You Should Do To Save Money

If it seems like the world is getting more expensive, that’s because it is. The cost of consumer goods is rising, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on fun times just yet. There are still ways to live well in a higher-priced world. By using these strategies, you can keep more of your paycheck for yourself.

Just because something is really expensive right now, that doesn’t mean it will be in three months.

“Timing is everything when it comes to shopping,” said Jon Lal, founder and CEO of online coupon and cash-back website BeFrugal. “Time your purchases with the seasonality and popularity of items, and get it in the off-season or when stores have too much inventory.”

If you’re not taking advantage of a high-yield savings account, you are missing out on free money. When you’re putting money away for … Read More

Tesco starts online refillable container trial

Tesco is trialling a scheme in the UK where online shoppers will get products in reusable packaging.

The supermarket giant is joining forces with Loop, which styles itself as a “zero waste shopping platform”.

The trial covers 150 items, which will be delivered in reusable containers for which consumers pay a deposit.

Greenpeace said rising demand for home deliveries due to the lockdown gave “a real opportunity for innovation in reusable packaging”.

Tom Szaky, the chief executive of Loop, said the UK service would start off as a pilot, but would be delivering to the whole of the UK mainland, including Northern Ireland.

Customers will apply for the service by clicking on a link on the Tesco website, and will then be able to order their delivery, which will come in a bag via courier firm DPD.

After using the products, which include Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Persil washing liquid, Coca-Cola,

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Tesco launches online refillable container trial

Tesco is trialling a scheme in the UK where online shoppers will get products in reusable packaging.

The supermarket giant is joining forces with Loop, which styles itself as a “zero waste shopping platform”.

The trial covers 150 items, which will be delivered in reusable containers for which consumers pay a deposit.

Greenpeace said rising demand for home deliveries due to the lockdown gave “a real opportunity for innovation in reusable packaging”.

Tom Szaky, the chief executive of Loop, said the UK service would start off as a pilot, but would be delivering to the whole of the UK mainland, including Northern Ireland.

Customers will apply for the service by clicking on a link on the Tesco website, and will then be able to order their delivery, which will come in a bag via courier firm DPD.

After using the products, which include Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Persil washing liquid, Coca-Cola,

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