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  • The Upside of a Pandemic

    I’ll say it—the first half of 2020 is trash. The Voldemort of viruses has claimed lives, devastated economies, financially crippled families, and canceled thousands of special occasions from graduations to weddings. There’s a lot of bad in this pandemic. But as we look towards the reopening of America, there’s no denying that some good happened,…

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  • Unemployment and Race in the Age of Covid-19

    All over the news we see headlines about the projections of those who will suffer unemployment related to the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 response. As of May 4, 2020, 30 million people filed claims for unemployment, suggesting that the unemployment rate could reach a projected 32 percent next quarter —well above the rate…

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  • Viruses May Not Discriminate, But…

    Systemic inequality and institutional racism are great contributors to the high number of African American deaths during the Coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Black families were already struggling. Many in these communities lived in poverty, with issues related to housing and food insecurity, as well as many medical conditions that could be…

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  • What do Covid-19 and the Tiger King Have in Common?

    The #1 Netflix documentary the week of March 29, 2020 was the Tiger King; Murder, Mayhem and Madness, a bizarre docuseries about big cats and the people who collect them.  The rise of popularity of the series was attributed to the fact that most Americans were under stay at home orders related to the COVID-19…

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  • Ableism Puts Lives at Risk During Coronavirus Pandemic

    Christina Knorr is always up for a new adventure. Living with Spina Bifida, she’s completed a Bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University and will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She’s gone skydiving, has an effervescent personality, is a loyal friend with a contagious smile, and yet, she is terrified during this Pandemic. “It’s…

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  • FFH’s Unofficial, Unverified Coronavirus Wellness Hacks

    Here at FFH, we are all very focused on health and wellness. We are very concerned about what  impact COVID-19 will have on ourselves, our love ones, and our community. We have been sharing suggestions within our group about possible ways to protect ourselves from this, as well as other viruses and thought we would…

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  • Coping Strategies for the Involuntary Shut-In

    Without a definitive end in sight, social distancing can be a recipe for stress. Unfortunately, self-isolation has taken away for many of us some of our means to manage our stress. In less than a week, without the means to manage our stress productively, most of us are now home eating, drinking, streaming videos, and…

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  • The Connection Between Vaping and Coronavirus

    The rising popularity of vaping has been dramatic, especially among youth in America. Originally marketed as a device for smoking cessation, over the years they have acquired a more fashionable status and have become commonly available in retail stores and through websites. This is in part due to companies’ aggressive marketing campaigns.  Also, it is…

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  • Coronavirus Deepens the Economic Divide in America

    The news is rife with articles about people hoarding supplies in order to both safely weather a “shelter in place” (food, toilet tissue) and buy things needed to combat the spread of illness (Lysol, bleach, medicines). But what about those who simple can’t afford to do so?  In the recent hysteria, it’s easy to lose…

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  • Ten Ways to Ensure Your Coronavirus Food Supply Doesn’t Go to Waste

    So you are home “quarantined” with a six-month supply of groceries, and your perishables are perishing. What can you do? Here are some quick tips to help you not waste food during self-isolation: Milk that Starts to Sour: Make Cheese! Pour 1 half-gallon of sour milk into a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a…

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