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Don't Beat Yourself Up Over New Year's Resolutions

By Staff
Thursday, January 21, 2021 1:49 PM Now that we're firmly in the second half of January, some of us may be coming to terms with the fact that our New Year's resolutions were a bit too over the top—and that's totally okay. In fact, giving yourself a bit of break might help you achieve those goals in the long run. Head over to NPR to read what some mental health experts have to say about New Year's resolutions and being a little kinder to ourselves overall. 

In Times of Crisis, Americans Binged 'Comfort Food TV'

By Staff
Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:03 PM As people have been confined to their own homes for large parts of 2020, with restaurants, gyms and movie theaters closed and professional sports halted for months, video streaming has emerged as one of the most popular pastimes during the pandemic, according to a recent feature from Statista.com.

And while new, original formats such as Tiger King, The Mandalorian or Ozark tend to make the most waves, both on social media and in streaming platforms’ marketing efforts, consumers were drawn to the familiar in 2020, as real life was already nerve-wrecking enough for many people’s taste. Shows like The Office, Friends or Grey’s Anatomy offer a timeless blend of escapism in stressful times, which is why many people rewatch their favorite TV shows over and over again.

Answers to the Many Questions Surrounding New PPP Business Loans

By Staff
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:21 PM NEW YORK—The federal Paycheck Protection Program offers forgivable loans to small businesses, but it has been changed several times. CO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s helpful resource site, posted “23 Frequently Asked PPP Loan Questions, Answered” on its site last week. The article is posted here.

Is Double-Masking Worth It?

By Staff
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:30 PM There's a new COVID-trend on the block: doubling up on masks. Recently, both prominent Americans, like President-elect Joe Biden, and regular people have been wearing two face masks while out and about, to double up on coverage. But does it help, or does more fabric just make it harder to breathe? According to The New York Times, double-masking definitely isn't necessary for everyone. But those who wear flimsier face coverings, or those who just spend a lot of time in contact with others, can benefit from the practice. Head over to The New York Times for more.

CDC: New COVID Strain May Dominate U.S. by March

By Staff
Friday, January 15, 2021 11:03 AM The CDC is urging Americans to double down on precautions to thwart the spread of the coronavirus, as the new B.1.1.7 “super strain” takes hold in the U.S. New CDC modeling shows the new strain could cause more than half of new infections in this country by March, even as the U.S. races to deploy vaccines.

As Vaccines Roll Out, ECPs Get in Line

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, January 15, 2021 8:33 AM NEW YORK—Across the country, COVID-19 vaccine rollout has kicked off. Most states are still in the early phases of vaccination, which usually includes older, more vulnerable members of the population, and certain frontline and health care workers. In many states, those health care workers include ECPs. For many, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is a cause for hope, joy and celebration. To honor the science that got us here, many in the optical community have taken to social media to share the news of their vaccinations—and to share what The Cut is calling “The Vaxxie,” or the Vaccination Selfie. Here we take a look at The Vaxxie in the optical community. Read More

As Vaccines Roll Out, ECPs Get in Line

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, January 15, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Across the country, COVID-19 vaccine rollout has kicked off. Most states are still in the early phases of vaccination, which usually includes older, more vulnerable members of the population, and certain frontline and health care workers. In many states, those health care workers include ECPs. For many, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is a cause for hope, joy and celebration. To honor the science that got us here, many in the optical community have taken to social media to share the news of their vaccinations—and to share what The Cut is calling “The Vaxxie,” or the Vaccination Selfie. Here we take a look at The Vaxxie in the optical community.

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Jan. 10: An EssilorLuxottica Product Launch, New Year’s Resolutions and Product Winners at CES

By Staff
Friday, January 15, 2021 8:05 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at an EssilorLuxottica product launch, New Year’s resolutions and product winners at CES.

When Will The Vaccine Change Things?

By Staff
Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:57 PM Now that people are getting vaccinated againt COVID-19, it's only natural to wonder how long it will take before things start to go back to some semblance of normality. According to some experts, at least 50 percent of Americans will need to be vaccinated before we start to see a change in the infection rate—but that's not all there is to it. Head over to Fast Company for the rundown. 

AOA Hosts #AskAOA Webinar on Paycheck Loans

By Staff
Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:06 AM

Why You Should Still Wear a Mask and Avoid Crowds After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

By Staff
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:51 AM Once you've been vaccinated for COVID-19, you'll likely feel relieved and optimistic, and rightfully so. However, vaccination doesn't mean you should let your guard down completely. In fact, keeping up mask-wearing and social distancing will remain important for a while, still. Head over to NPR for more information.

De Rigo Closes the Year 2020 and Sets New Goals for the Year Ahead

By Staff
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:06 AM Having closed 2019 with a turnover of €446 million, De Rigo has risen to the challenge of managing the difficulties of 2020, reacting quickly to sudden changes in the market and dynamically to an ever evolving scenario.

Fatigue, Brain Fog Most Common in 'Long COVID'

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:00 PM Fatigue, post-exercise malaise and cognitive dysfunction (or brain fog) are the most common symptoms reported by COVID long haulers 6 months after contracting the coronavirus, according to a new preprint study published on MedRxiv.