More Posts On: Health and Environment

Headspace Meditation and Mindfulness Trial Offer With World of Hyatt

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic has turned the world on edge to the point at which nothing seems normal anymore — and the drastic change in lifestyle coupled with the uncertainty of what the final outcome of this pandemic has caused people to be mentally unsettled, stressed, nervous, scared, and even panicky…

…but if you are a member of the World of Hyatt frequent guest loyalty program, you have a tool available to you which you can try to nurture your well-being at no charge: Headspace purports to “help you wind down, stress less and sleep soundly” through meditation and mindfulness.

As a World of Hyatt member, two choices are now available to you through the new collaboration with Headspace…

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Delta Air Lines Extends Ability to Rebook Up to 2 Years on Travel Impacted by 2019 Novel Coronavirus

If your flight which was supposed to be operated by Delta Air Lines was impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, you now have the opportunity for the flight credit of your ticket to be extended for redemption through Tuesday, May 31, 2022 if it is eligible — which is up to a full two years.

Tickets normally expire one year after purchase, but Delta Air Lines is providing waived change fees and greater flexibility to travel through Tuesday, May 31, 2022, for customers who have…

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Cyber Security Scam Alert Issued by the World Health Organization

cams inevitably surface during a widespread disaster or emergency situation; and the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic is sadly no exception, as the World Health Organization has officially issued a cyber security scam alert. warning to beware of criminals pretending to be from the World Health Organization.

Beware that hackers, cyber scammers, and other criminals are taking advantage of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic by using fraudulent e-mail messages, Internet web sites, telephone calls, text messages, WhatsApp messages, and even fax messages to perpetuate their scams by attempting to trick you into clicking on malicious links or opening attachments, which can then reveal your user name and password in order to to steal money or sensitive information from you.

If you are contacted by a person or organization that appears to be the World Health Organization…

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Hyatt Extends Status and Points For Everyone; Flexible Reservation Policy Updates: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

The latest information from Hyatt pertains to updates with regards to the extensions of the expiration of points and elite level status — as well as improving the flexibility of the booking and cancellation policies of reservations in general.

Your benefits are automatically being extended with no effort or input required on your part as a World of Hyatt member — including…

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Return to the United States NOW or Stay Abroad Indefinitely, Department of State Warns Citizens

A revision to the Global Level 4 Health Advisory to reconsider travel was officially issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in response to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic; and it warns citizens of the United States to either return home as soon as possible — or risk staying abroad indefinitely.

The Global Level 4 Health Advisory to reconsider travel was originally issued on Thursday, March 19, 2020 — but it has been amended, as the ability for the Department of State to provide repatriation assistance for citizens who are overseas to return to the United States may become more limited or even unavailable until further notice.

The following text is repeated verbatim from the official revised advisory…

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Face Covering? No Face Mask? Why Seemingly Conflicting Information From Two Reliable Sources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory earlier today, Friday, April 3, 2020 with the recommendation of covering your face with a simple cloth face covering — such as a scarf as one of many examples — in order to slow the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States.

The new recommendation seems to conflict with information from the World Health Organization and add to the confusion which seems to prevail among millions of people as to what to do…

…but before the distinction is clarified, this is the official advisory which was issued by the Centers for Disease Control in its entirety pertaining to its recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings — especially in areas of significant community-based transmission…

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No New Passport Applications Accepted Except for Emergency Situations Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

If you need to apply for a passport, you are out of luck until further notice, as new applications for passports are no longer being accepted for the foreseeable future by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States, according to an update pertaining to passport services which was issued earlier today, Friday, April 3, 2020 — with emergency situations as the only exception to this policy.

The update is to an advisory pertaining to passport services, which was originally issued by the aforementioned agency on…

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What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 35

I have been walking a lot lately — think miles of walking, especially as the springtime weather has been conducive lately to being outside to enjoy a pleasant morning, afternoon, or evening — to escape from the continued madness which is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic…

…and as I was walking along a street, I found something which did not immediately catch my eye because…

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Should We Shut Down the World Every Three Years? Setting a Precedent With 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

“There’s nothing like a serial assault to heighten your awareness, and that’s what we’re looking at. We’re on a cycle of about every three years of getting something like this. And each time that happens, there’s more awareness that these investments need to be made and sustained. The problem is getting these monies as part of the annual regular non-emergency funding.”

The paragraph which you just read was attributed to…

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