How To Wash Your Hands Properly Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak

Hand-washing is one of the key ways to protect against coronavirus and other winter bugs – but chances are, you’re not doing it for long enough. 

Experts don’t fully know how the latest type of coronavirus spreads, but based on other coronaviruses, it’s believed to be via droplets in the air. If you touch a surface where these droplets have landed, you’ll get a virus on your hands – quite literally.


And hand-washing, or at the very least using hand sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available, is key to getting rid of these unfriendly germs.

Coronavirus aside, knowing how to wash your hands properly is important for everyday life. Public Health England (PHE) previously warned that faecal contamination, which can cause gastrointestinal infections, has been found on a wide variety of surfaces including bank notes, kitchen taps and mobile phones.

You should be washing your hands after going to the toilet or changing a nappy, before preparing and eating food, after handling raw meat, after touching animals, and after using public transport.

So, how do you wash your hands properly?

Because yes, there’s an art to it. 

The NHS says we should wash our hands with warm water and soap for as long as it takes to sing the song ‘Happy Birthday’, twice. That’s about 20 seconds, if you’d rather count.

First up, wet your hands with warm water, then apply enough soap to cover all of your hands (three pumps should do the trick).

Next, rub your hands together swiftly ensuring you clean the back of each hand with the palm of the other hand, and paying attention to getting soap between the fingers.

Rub your palms together and clean in between your fingers again. Make sure you clean each of your thumbs, too. Then rub the tips of your fingers on your palms, almost like you’re lightly scratching each palm with the other hand, and rinse. 

Dry your hands completely. If you used a paper towel to dry them, use the towel to turn off the tap (if it’s not an automatic one), and throw the towel in the bin.

Lastly, make sure you use hand cream at least once every day – possibly even more if you struggle with dry skin.

Meghan Markle’s September Issue Set 2 Crazy Records For British Vogue

Meghan Markle is setting style records. 

Last year, the Duchess of Sussex guest-edited British Vogue’s iconic September issue ― becoming the first guest editor in the magazine’s 103-year history. The issue’s theme was “Forces For Change” and featured 15 women on the cover, including Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more.  

British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful revealed last week that Meghan’s issue set two major records for the publication: It became the fastest selling issue in the history of the magazine and also the “biggest-selling issue of the past decade.”

“I’m thrilled to report that newsstand sales of @BritishVogue are up in the second half of 2019, but the real highlight for me is the performance of our September 2019 issue,” Enninful wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.

″#ForcesForChange, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal, was our fastest-selling issue in the history of #BritishVogue ( sold out in 10 days) and the biggest-selling issue of the past decade,” he added.

In honor of the issue’s success, Enninful posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Meghan at his home, talking about the poignant issue and the women featured in it. The video was also shared on the SussexRoyal Instagram account. 

In the video, the two talk about how their collaboration came to be and why it was important that anyone who read the magazine issue “should be able to see themself in it,” the duchess said. For that very reason, the cover included a blank space ―  meant to represent a mirror ― next to the 15 women featured on the front. 

During the 2½-minute clip, Meghan breaks out celebratory party hats for her and Enninful, whom she calls “E,” before they call some of the women featured on the cover. Many of them were surprised to hear the duchess on the phone and thanked her for her work.

“Meghan, I’m so proud of you for using your amazing platform and your strong voice, and I’m so honored to be a part of it with all those other amazing women,” Jane Fonda can be heard saying over the phone. “Thank you so much for including me.”

When the news of Meghan’s role as guest editor broke, the duchess said in a statement on her SussexRoyal Instagram page that it was “rewarding, educational and inspiring” to work on the issue.

“To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created,” Meghan said at the time. “A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover.”

People Are Having A Viral Debate About This Guy’s Behaviour On A First Date

“You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh…” But can we get an edit on that “Casablanca” soundtrack classic that makes it clear that two cake pops are meant to be shared, dammit?!

On Friday, romance novelist Alisha Rai tweeted about a very disappointing date she’d been on the day before. Cake pops figured prominently in her story.

“Yesterday I met a guy for coffee and he asked what I’d like to drink and went and fetched the order,” she wrote. “And he came back with two cake pops and I was like aw that’s cute! and then he ate them both. in front of me. ………….so like he’s clearly a monster right” 

yesterday I met a guy for coffee and he asked what I’d like to drink and went and fetched the order. And he came back with two cake pops and I was like aw that’s cute! and then he ate them both. in front of me.

………….so like he’s clearly a monster right

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 15, 2020

More than 350,000 people favorited Rai’s tweet, seemingly confirming the dude’s monster status. But a day after the date, Rai was still thinking of the guy:

it’s a whole day (almost twenty four hours) later and I am still marveling over this man who is on a date and buys two whole cake pops—which is equal to the number of people on this date—and doesnt offer a single cake pop. to said date.

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 15, 2020

i never want to feel that way again.

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 15, 2020

One fun, depressing little detail made the story even better/worse:

I should add they were Valentine’s cake pops with little hearts on them 🥺

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 15, 2020

Naturally, a Twitter debate ensued on this Important Issue Of The Day: Was this cake pop-hoarding man a veritable monster, as Rai suggested? Or should she have just gotten her own damn cake pop?

People in the “he’s a monster” camp were firm in their conviction: 

That’s the type of monster who wouldn’t share a floating door when the Titanic stinks. Cut him loose.

— Lillie (@lillie_80) February 15, 2020

Every day I wake up.
And I’m like, “surely men have run out of ways to be trash, right? There are no more ways.”

One scroll later, and I see shit like this.

— Benjamin Young Savage (ᐱᓐᒋᐱᓐ) (@benjancewicz) February 15, 2020

This guy gave you an instant snapshot of what marriage to him would be like.

— Karen Stivali (@karenstivali) February 15, 2020

Others read the anecdote and thought, “Really? What’s the problem here?” 


The whole debate seems very strange to me. Am I the only person who simply orders what she wants without expecting someone else to cater for me? I would never expect someone else’s dessert 😳

— cornelia grey (@corneliagrey) February 15, 2020

Yall sound entitled to something you could just as easily go up and pay for yourself

— Easy (@easyainteasy) February 15, 2020

Meanwhile, one guy was so stumped by the story, he concocted an alternative reading of it: 

I may be wrong, but given the valentines hearts, I’m going for ‘comedy genius’ over ‘monster’.

— Graham Thompson (@GT270913) February 16, 2020

Eventually, a still cake pop-less Rai responded to her critics. (Also jeez, am I the only one who really, really wants a cake pop now?) 

If you’re a part of Humorless Twitter and have decided to spend days berating me for being (clearly the world’s least ambitious) gold digger, you may not like my books. Or really anything, I imagine. I’m sorry. 😔

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 16, 2020

Who knew cake pops could be so polarising? Given the strong opinions on both sides here, we figured we’d ask dating coaches and etiquette experts what they thought of this guy’s behavior. 

“Honestly, I thought it was rude,” said Marni Kinrys, a dating coach and host of the “Ask Women” podcast. “I’m all for female independence and girl power but this was a date, not a Me Too rally.”

Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert and author of “Modern Etiquette for a Better Life,” said double-fisting cake pops would be rude in pretty much any scenario, not just a first date. 

“Whether it was a date or just a friend and you have offered to buy them something to drink, you would also at least offer to share,” she said. “It’s common courtesy.”

Kim Seltzer, a dating coach in Los Angeles and the host of Charisma Quotient podcast, said she’d need to know more about the date before she could label cake pop guy a cake pop monster. 

“It’s not really about ‘sides’ but about knowing the bigger picture,” she said. “Did he get her the coffee he asked about? What was her response and what was communication like in that moment?”

The guy is clearly lacking in social grace, though, Seltzer said. 

“The proper etiquette here is to ask if your date would care for a bite to eat if you are eating as well,” she said. “The sad part for the guy is that he would have totally won her over had he surprised her with that cake pop!”

Indeed. This could have been Rai and her date…

His and hers... but not for the guy in this story. 

…but someone needed two whole cake pops.



‘Bachelor’ Finalist Victoria Fuller Apologises For ‘White Lives Matter’ Photo

“Bachelor” finalist Victoria Fuller apologised on her Instagram page Saturday for posing in “White Lives Matter” attire for an ad campaign that aimed to discourage the overfishing of white and blue marlin.

As part of the “Marlin Lives Matter” campaign, the 26-year-old model posed in that said “White Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter.” Many people objected, noting that the phrases were rooted in the racism that was part of the response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Expressing her regret, Fuller said her participation was “only to support an endangered species.” She said “unequivocally” rejects “the beliefs of the white lives matter movement or any propaganda that supports racism of any kind.”

She added:

“I would like to specifically apologize to people of color that are affected by racism daily. It was never my intention to add fuel to the racial fire in this country.”

Fuller also said the controversy she has faced as a result “has been an educational moment,” and she hopes “to be a voice against racism moving forward.”

Since Fuller posted her apology as an Instagram story, it disappeared after 24 hours. But a screenshot appears below.

Victoria Fuller instagram apology

HuffPost reached out to Fuller to find out why she chose to apologize in a format that disappeared after 24 hours,, but she did not immediately respond.

ABC, the network that airs “The Bachelor,” also declined to comment.

Fuller’s photos came to light after she won a challenge on the show in which several of the bikini-clad contestants posed for a fashion spread in Costa Rica.

The prize was to be a cover photo on the digital edition of Cosmopolitan. But after the episode aired, her participation in the Marlin Lives Matter campaign became more widely known.

As a result, Jessica Pels, Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief published a letter distancing the publication from Fuller. 

“It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I found out that the woman [Fuller] I’d chosen had, in her past, modeled in an ad campaign wearing White Lives Matter attire,” Pels wrote.

“In my view, the nature of the organization (involved in the ad campaign) is neither here nor there — both phrases and the belief systems they represent are rooted in racism and therefore problematic,” Pels said. “Unequivocally, the White Lives Matter movement does not reflect the values of the Cosmo brand. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and any cause that fights to end injustices for people of color.”

 The Bachelor” star Peter Weber responded to the magazine’s decision by telling HuffPost’s Leigh Blickley, “She’s not perfect, I’m not perfect, no one’s perfect.”

He added that he didn’t know about the “White Lives Matter” photos until after the episode aired.

“All I can speak on is the time I was able to spend with Victoria throughout this experience, and I truly enjoyed my experience with her,” he said.

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