Lithuanian protestors decry COVID health passes

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Some five thousand people rallied outside Lithuania’s parliament to protest COVID-19 health passes that Lithuanians will need shortly to enter cafes, shops, public transportation and other venues as the Baltic government ponders new restrictions. The government in Vilnius plans to impose the restrictions mid-September that could also […]

How to buy a house remotely amid COVID

Rachel Layne  |  Special to USA TODAY Tim and Alison Harris were living in Houston when he was recruited in 2016 to work in the Spokane, Washington, area. After researching neighborhoods, banks and a real estate agent online and through colleagues, the couple found themselves in a bidding war for […]

8 Tips for Winning the COVID Homebuying Season

You might be wondering how to buy a house right now. With COVID-19 vaccinations well underway, the end of the pandemic appears to be within reach. But the real estate market may not return to pre-pandemic normalcy anytime soon, if ever. With continuing uncertainty about coronavirus variants, in-person schooling, and […]

The power of touch: Boutique stretching thrives amid COVID

Pandemic-weary Americans starved for human interaction and physical touch are taking advantage of a growing wellness option once reserved for Hollywood actors, rock stars and elite athletes: boutique stretching. Vaccine_Outbreak-Boutique_Stretching_56001 Tara Albarron, 32, works with client Ron Bryant, 55, of Beaver Creek, Ohio, during an assisted stretching session at StretchLab […]

Boutique stretching thrives amid COVID

Kory Floyd, a professor of communication and psychology at the University of Arizona, said activities that provide social interaction and some relief for “skin hunger” can help people manage stress better. A lack of casual touch — holding hands, hugging, putting one’s arm around somebody, shaking hands — can have […]

Jobs That Didn’t Exist Before COVID

Doctor’s hands in protection gloves holds Testing Kit for the coronavirus test. If anything positive has come out of the pandemic, it’s the creation of new jobs that didn’t exist before 2020. Granted, some of the jobs increase one’s risk of being exposed to the virus; however, these are jobs […]