Dos Equis Introduces 6 Ft Beer Cooler to Promote Social Distancing

Dos Equis 6 Foot Cooler
(Dos Equis/PETER ZLEBEK)

It’s truly wild to see all of the innovative ways in which businesses are working to accommodate these new frustrating pandemic social norms. One seafood restaurant in Maryland is keeping patrons at a safe distance by turning them to human bumper cars. Another joint in Germany is achieving the same effect with foam pool noodles strapped to customers’ heads.

(Facebook/Cafe Rothe)

But easily the most ingenious thing we’ve yet to see come out of this new 6-feet rule is from the Mexican lager, Dos Equis. You may remember Dos Equis as the beer brand behind those massively popular “Most Interesting Man In The World” ads.


But now, in addition to thirsty, Dos Equis is insisting you stay safe and healthy. Now you can drink a whole new kind of responsibly, as the makers of the pilsner-style lager unveiled the very first social distancing beer cooler.

(Dos Equis / PETER ZLEBEK)

The Seis-Foot Cooler is, as you’d guess, six feet in length, providing the perfect buffer zone between you and a buddy looking to pound a few cold ones in the back yard. It’s essentially two smaller coolers with no storage space in between, but this novelty cooler is still bound to be a hit at your next gathering of no more than six people.

(Dos Equis)

Dos Equis is graciously giving away a few of these coolers for free. All you have to do is buy any Dos Equis product and submit a photo of your receipt right here to enter!

Stay health-conscious, my friends.

 

FDA Allows Doctors to Prescribe a Video Game as Medicine

EndeavorRX
(YouTube/Sean Hollister)

Parents are conditioned to think that screen time is a bad thing for kids. There are benefits, i.e., it keeps our kids busy and quiet for hours so we can have a break and actually get something done for once, and there are even some aspects of gaming that are good for kids. But most parents consider it a leisure activity and try to limit how much time kids spend playing.

Not anymore!

For the first time, a video game has actually been classified as medicinal!

In a landmark decision, the Food and Drug Administration is authorizing doctors to prescribe a video game for children with ADHD.

EndeavorRX, formerly Project EVO, is an iPhone/iPad game from Akili Interactive that is officially the first video game that can legally be marketed as medicine, after having spent 7 years undergoing clinical trials with over 600 children. The game involves dodging obstacles and collecting targets, and kids in the clinical trials played the game 25 minutes a day, five days a week for a month. According to a study shared on the company’s website, a third of those kids “no longer had a measurable attention deficit on at least one measure of objective attention…Improvements in ADHD impairments following a month of treatment with EndeavorRx were maintained for up to a month.”

Sounds good to me! Although, like many medicines, there are some side-effects, including frustration and headache, which is pretty much to be expected from any video game, medicinal or not!

Check out the trailer:

Tips for Reuniting Your Kids With Grandparents During COVID-19

Grandparent Hug During Covid
(Getty/Mladen Zivkovic)

As the restrictions around COVID-19 slowly begin to lift around the country, people are excited to enjoy a somewhat normal summer. But there will still be plenty of limitations for many of us, especially in the pandemic’s hot spots and epicenters, and the anxiety around catching and spreading the virus – not to mention sparking a resurgence – remain.

Summer is not an ideal time to quarantine, especially after months of social distancing if not outright isolation, and people are eager to get back in touch with family and friends. Which should be possible, with precautions. My kids are dying to visit Grandma and Pop-pop; spending weekends with them is a summer tradition. But elderly people are among the most at-risk for infection, so any interaction with them is fraught.

How much concern should you have, and what can you do to help minimize the risk? The NY Times Parenting section consulted their ‘Well columnist’ Tara Parker-Pope for advice.

“So many [grandparents] told me that life on indefinite lockdown, without hugs and time with family, is just not worth living,” Parker-Pope said, before sharing a variety of tips for people planning to reunite with elderly family members.

Among her suggestions:

Let children hug you around the knees or waist⁣⁣; Hug facing opposite directions⁣⁣; Kiss your grandchild on the back of the head⁣⁣.

The Instagram post included some “don’t” tips as well.

 

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This one’s for the grandparents. After Tara Parker-Pope, the Times’s Well columnist, wrote about when it would be safe to see grandkids, she heard from many in anguish about not being able to hold them. “So many [grandparents] told me that life on indefinite lockdown, without hugs and time with family, is just not worth living,” she says. With that in mind, Tara turned to scientists, including one of the world’s leading experts on airborne disease transmission, to learn the safest way to hug during a viral outbreak. A quick breakdown:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ DO ⁣⁣ ✔️ Let children hug you around the knees or waist⁣⁣ ✔️ Hug facing opposite directions⁣⁣ ✔️ Kiss your grandchild on the back of the head⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ DON’T⁣⁣ ❌ Hug with cheeks together, facing the same direction.⁣⁣ ❌ Hug face-to-face⁣⁣ And try not to cry. Tears and runny noses increase risk for coming into contact with more fluids that contain the virus. ⁣ ⁣ The risk of a quick hug with these precautions is very low but not zero, so just be sure to choose your hugs wisely. Link in bio for the complete guide.| 🎨: @elenikalorkoti

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DO ⁣⁣
✔️ Let children hug you around the knees or waist⁣⁣
✔️ Hug facing opposite directions⁣⁣
✔️ Kiss your grandchild on the back of the head⁣⁣
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DON’T⁣⁣
❌ Hug with cheeks together, facing the same direction.⁣⁣
❌ Hug face-to-face⁣⁣
And try not to cry. Tears and runny noses increase risk for coming into contact with more fluids that contain the virus. ⁣

For more of Parker-Pope’s tips for having safe grandmother and grandchild reunions, check out the full article about how to hug during COVID-19.

Fitbit Unveils Emergency Ventilator to Support Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Fitbit Emergency Ventilator
(Fitbit)

When COVID-19 began to spread, hospitals realized they did not have nearly enough personal protective equipment or ventilators to handle a large outbreak. Physicians in the U.S. were reading heartbreaking stories from Italy about emergency room doctors forced to decide which patients would get to live because they didn’t have enough ventilators.

So communities began to shut down in an effort to “flatten the curve”, buying time for hospitals to build up their supply of PPE. Companies that used to make sporting goods started making face shields for healthcare workers. Toy companies started churning out masks. And now we can add Fitbit to the list of companies giving back during the pandemic, as they unveiled a new ventilator that hospitals can use in a pinch.

The Fitbit Flow is billed as an easy-to-use, low-cost emergency ventilator that the company said was designed with clinical input from healthcare experts. It’s not as effective as a conventional ventilator, but they are far cheaper and will get the job done until the necessary equipment becomes available for a patient.

The company said they are planning to use their existing infrastructure to start manufacturing a whole lot of these ventilators. It’s a terrific development for healthcare workers, as the Fitbit Flow can really help during a surge situation. And with plenty of talk of a second wave of COVID-19, these ventilators may be sorely needed by the time they are available.

And it’s not a permanent change for the company dedicated to counting your steps, but it’s what they can do to help the country during its time of need.

“COVID-19 has challenged all of us to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, and use everything at our disposal to more rapidly develop products that support patients and the healthcare systems caring for them,” said Fitbit CEO James Park.

“We saw an opportunity to rally our expertise in advanced sensor development, manufacturing, and our global supply chain to address the critical and ongoing need for emergency ventilators and help make a difference in the fight against this global virus.”

The new ventilator has been approved by the FDA for emergency use.

Restaurant Solves Social Distancing Problem With Human Bumper Cars

(Facebook / John Middlebrook)

Social distancing guidelines are tougher than ever to enforce as restaurants nationwide reopen their doors to the hungry, restless masses. Masks can be annoying unless you get one like this. Maintaining that mindful gap of six feet is at worst an inconvenience and at best a buzzkill. We’re all eating lots of take-out but how exactly do we make dining out fun?

One seafood restaurant in Maryland had an ingenious idea: mandatory rubber forcefields.

(Facebook / John Middlebrook)

The Fish Tales Bar & Grill in Ocean City has invested in “bumper tables,” which will allow patrons to roam freely without the lingering apprehension that comes with unwittingly violating CDC guidelines. Basically, Fish Tales has turned its customers in human bumper cars.

Owners Shawn and Donna Harman say the bumper tables will be available to anyone mingling at the bar or waiting to be seated. “If you put the two tables together, you can’t get within 6 feet of each other,” Donna said in an interview. “It’s fun.”

“It’s a novelty,” Shawn added. “It’s cool. It’s a great photo opportunity for them.”

Novel as they may be, the bumper tables are a hit with the bar regulars. And why wouldn’t they be? You’ve essentially converted the premises into a massive air hockey table.

Very rad, very responsible. We wish Donna and Shawn and all the heroic workers at Fish Tale Bar & Grill the best!

Mark Hamill Showcases Healthcare Workers’ Star Wars Cosplay

Star Wars Cosplay
(YouTube/Star Wars)

What’s the one thing better than real-life heroes? Real-life heroes who dress up as fictional heroes. Sometimes someone’s heroism is so potent that they can’t even express it all in their daily lives—they need a little cosplay to help them out. Lucasfilm is shining a light on this rare breed of awesomeness with a 2-minute long video highlighting the various women and men in healthcare who are battling COVID-19 on the front lines by day, and showing off their Star Wars looks at night.

They’ve brought in none other than Luke Skywalker himself to introduce these individuals by delivering an uplifting speech and letting them know that the force is with them during this difficult time.

Star Wars Cosplay 2
(Lucasfilm)

Check out Sarah Kozmin of the Mandalorian Mercs in Belgium looking like the baddest bounty hunter in all the galaxy. By day she works as a geriatric nurse in her hospital’s COVID unit.

Star Wars Cosplay 3
(Lucasfilm)

Francisco Santamaria has Palpatine’s look down perfectly. How cool is it to see these incredible people doing something they love?

Star Wars Cosplay 4
(Lucasfilm)

Check out the look in Juan de Dios’ eyes. He looks like he’s about to strike down every coronavirus cell one at a time. He’d probably tell you that he feels like he could take on the whole pandemic himself.

Thank you to these brave individuals who are staring down this virus and not letting it change who they are or the things they love to do. They are giving us the hope we so desperately need.

Sign of the Weird Times: Disney Is Selling Baby Yoda Face Masks

Baby Yoda Face Mask
(Disney)

The pre-virus world was marked by many a craze, but none carried the fall of 2019 quite like Baby Yoda (not his name) from “The Mandalorian” on Disney+. The BaYo obsession reminds us all of a much simpler time. But now there’s a way to bring Baby Yoda into the Coron-era: Disney’s new Baby Yoda masks.

To be fair, it’s not just Baby Yoda masks. Disney is selling four-packs of face masks featuring a variety of characters from Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.

As much as I’d like to make fun of this, being a website that treasures humor above all else, this is actually a cool idea. Now that the CDC recommends facial coverings for anyone in public over the age of 2, having masks with familiar characters on them will make the concept a whole lot scarier for kids. Tying a bandana around their face like you’re about to take the family to a bank heist can be intimidating, and the last thing parents need right now is more resistance.

Getting a kid to look more like Iron Man or Elsa before going to run an errand? A much easier task.

“We realize this is a challenging time for families and wearing any type of mask can be daunting,” a senior VP for the Disney Store said in a statement. “Our hope is that Disney’s cloth face masks featuring some of our most beloved characters will provide comfort to the families, fans and communities that are so important to us.”

Wearing masks routinely is a very foreign concept to most Americans, so it will take some getting used to. It may feel weird or silly, but it helps to remember that when you see someone wearing a mask – they’re doing their part to protect others. And given this seems like the new normal for the next while, finding a mask that’s both comfortable and fun can make a big difference, especially when it comes to kids.

You can buy a four-pack for yourself (or your people) online at the Disney Store for just 19.99. Disney will also be donating $1 million of sales to COVID-19 relief efforts and will be donating masks to underprivileged communities.

Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

Tom Hanks’ Blood Plasma is Being Used to Fight COVID-19

Hank-ccine
(Twitter/tomhanks)

Is there anything Tom Hanks can’t do?

He’s won two Oscars, he has hosted SNL 5000 times (including the first virtual episode of the show), and he befriends bullied boys.

And now, apparently, he helps solve a global health crisis! Maybe.

In early March, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first major celebrities to contract the coronavirus, while on location in Australia shooting a movie. They’ve since recovered enough for Tom to host the aforementioned Saturday Night Live episode, and now they’ve so thoroughly recovered that they’re helping fight the disease.

In a new episode of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, Hanks revealed that after discovering he and his wife had COVID-19 antibodies, he’s fighting back. His antibodies are being tested, and the long-time couple is donating their blood and plasma in the hope that it might combat the virus.

“We will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the ‘Hank-ccine,'” Hanks said on the show.

Host Peter Sagal responded with what everyone else is thinking, “There could be no better ending to this international catastrophe than if the cure turns out to be the blood of Tom Hanks.”

It also makes perfect sense that the man famous for playing Forrest Gump, a rube lucky enough to find himself at the center of countless historic events, should now find himself at the center of this unprecedented 21st-century plague.

He may not be a smart man, but he knows what a pandemic is.

Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

Mask-Less Mom Uses a Buzz Lightyear Helmet in Grocery Store

Mom Uses Buzz Lightyear Mask
(Facebook/Kelly Hogan Painter)

We have reached mask time in the coronavirus pandemic. Now that the CDC recommends cloth masks for anyone going out in public, in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you’re going to see people get creative with their facial coverings. They may use a favorite bandana or buy a mask sporting their favorite sports team. People will express their individuality with different colors and designs on their masks, making a statement for fashion as much as public health.

One North Carolina mom posted about her trip to the grocery store, where she was forced to resort to one of the only facial coverings she could find at home; her kid’s Buzz Lightyear helmet (it was either that or a Chewbacca mask, and she told the Huffington Post Buzz was more practical).

She described needing to go to the grocery to buy chicken nuggets for her child (who has sensory issues and will eat nothing else). A parent’s quest for chicken nuggets for their kid, this is a journey we have all been on in some form, only this time it was heightened dramatically by the virus and the CDC recommendation.

In a video Kelly Painter posted to Facebook, she is sporting the Buzz Lightyear helmet and recounting the conversation with her husband that led to the decision. She finishes the video by saying “going in” and closing the face shield dramatically.

What started out of desperation has morphed into more of a habit (more practical than no mask) as she’s worn it to run other errands.

The helmet has made trips to McDonald’s, Walmart, the gas station and more, as she has taken to posting videos of her trips on social media. Painter told INSIDER she’s happy to put a few smiles on people’s faces as she runs her necessary errands (insert some version of a “To Coronavirus and Beyond” joke, we can’t do everything for you here).

She said people will frequently stop her for a photo or discreetly take a video of her. Whether they are laughing with her or at her, she said she doesn’t care as long as they are smiling during these tough times.

“It’s really crazy that people are laughing so hard about it,” she said. “I think it’s neat that everybody is trying to share the smiles.”

Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

Man Supports Wife During Chemo Treatments Outside of Hospital

Albert L. Conner With Sign
(Facebook/Kelly Harrell Conner)

COVID-19 has disrupted so many facets of daily life, and one of the more heartbreaking examples is having to go through difficult medical procedures alone. Whether it’s a spouse in a locked-down nursing home, or not being able to be with loved ones during a hospital stay, people are finding creative ways to show their love and support.

One Texas dad is showing that in spades. Albert Conner had been dutifully by his wife Kelly’s side for every test and procedure after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. But, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he wasn’t able to go inside to keep her company during her latest chemo treatment. But he didn’t want her to think she was alone, so he held a vigil outside, with a sign big enough to let her know he was still there for her.

The sign, that he propped up near his car across the street, where he’d be fully visible to Kelly during her chemo treatment, simply read “I can’t be with you but I’m here” and a heart. It also included a thank to you all the staff, who continue to serve their community during the health crisis.


“I didn’t feel right not being a part of it because I had promised her that I would be there every step of the way and I felt like I would be breaking my word,” he told “Good Morning America. He said his kids helped color the sign.

Kelly said she didn’t know he was coming since she thought she’d be alone and drove separately to her appointment. When she got a text that he was in the parking lot, she looked out the window and immediately began to tear up. She wasn’t the only one, as her nurse also teared up at the gesture.

Her chemo treatments are supposed to extend through May when she will then have surgery. Albert said several nurses stopped him outside to say people like him were the reason they come to work.

And others around the globe have been getting creative with showing appreciation for healthcare workers.

Boy Scout Uses 3D Printer to Make Ear Guards for Healthcare Workers

Boy Scout 3d Prints Mask Strap
(Facebook/Heather Roney)

Masks have been a big topic of discussion over the past few weeks. Thanks to the global pandemic, people are forced to stay home and limit their contact with the outside world. But sometimes we have to leave, to procure items we can’t get so easily online. Grocery delivery can take weeks now that there’s such demand. When you do need to venture outside, it’s a good idea to protect yourself with masks and gloves, to limit the transmission of the illness either to or from other people.

Of course, healthcare professionals have no choice but to interact with others, many of whom do have COVID-19 and need treatment and care. Doctors and nurses all over the world are forced to wear protective gear all day long to try to keep themselves safe from the virus, and these hard-working men and women are experiencing some wear and tear from wearing masks 24/7.

They’ve been sharing images of their bruised faces, showcasing the areas where the masks are causing indentations and marks. One of those areas is the ears, which are often getting chafed by being pulled against the head, underneath masks.

One young boy scout in Canada heard a call from a local hospital, requesting “ear guards,” and decided to step up to help. Quinn Roney grabbed his 3D printer and got to work creating a plastic strap that ties masks together while leaving an opening for the ears. His proud mom, Heather Roney, shared his accomplishment on Facebook.

The ear guard functions as a strap that allows the mask to be strapped on in a different spot that’s less taxing to the ears.

Quinn has churned out dozens of ear guards already, and his mother’s post has been shared almost 500,000 times! The response has been so huge that Heather shared a link to the file Quinn has been using to create the ear guards in case anyone else wants to help.

Quinn may be the boy scout, but he is helping make sure that healthcare professionals are the ones who are prepared.

Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

Former NFL Player Now on COVID-19 Frontlines as Neurosurgeon

Myron Rolle Fighting COVID-19
(Getty/Boston Globe)

Six months ago, kids still used to call professional athletes heroes. Now, the H-word is reserved for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And there is a tiny, very small sliver of that Venn diagram, and in it lies Myron Rolle. Rolle is a former NFL cornerback and he is now a neurosurgeon, drafted into caring for COVID-19 patients.

Rolle was a college football star at Florida State before becoming a Rhodes scholar. Which is not normally something that happens. And then he went back to football, playing for a few years with the Tennessee Titans. That is definitely not something that happens. And then after retiring from football, Rolle just decided to move on to his next job. NEUROSURGEON.

Rolle’s neurosurgery floor at Massachusetts has been turned into a COVID-19 ward, handling the surge of patients suffering from the coronavirus.

Rolle told the Nashville Tennessean he volunteered to treat COVID-19 patients, even though it’s not his specialty.

“Just like in football, if you’re called to do something different that you weren’t expecting, you adjust. You adapt,” he said. “We have to meet the challenge, and I’m happy to be able to join the fight.”

It can be tough for a football player to move on to an entirely new career, let alone one that currently has a stage bigger than the one he had as a football star. Huge The Dad props to Rolle, and all of his colleagues in the healthcare field.

Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

Hand to Hold Launches Zoom Support Groups For NICU Families Amid COVID-19

Huggies and Hand to Hold Virtual Support
(Huggies/Hand to Hold)

If there’s one lesson COVID-19 has taught us, it’s that everything is harder now. The people and support we took for granted have never been needed more, and that stress and pressure is manifesting in ways we probably aren’t even aware of yet. But some people are trying to make a difference, even in the face of the stiffer challenge.

For the parents of premature babies and newborns confined to a NICU, this can be an especially crushing time. Not only are the routines, hours and processes at the hospitals different, but the parents are also isolated from family and friends that would normally carry them through something traumatic like that.

Huggies and non-profit Hand to Hold are doing something about that. The nonprofit for NICU families announced an innovative new project, launching virtual support groups for NICU families and nurses. The virtual support sessions will be free for caregivers and families and are modeled after the in-person groups Hand to Hold used to run.

Huggies, who already sponsors a plethora of game-changing charities for parents, is sponsoring the rollout of this national program.

This is the world we’re in now, and if we’re all living on Zoom, it’s important that support resources like this are available for NICU parents.

“NICU families are facing escalating mental health challenges due to virus infection fears, additional financial concerns, limitations on when they can visit their baby in the NICU and being socially isolated from their support system of family and friends,” said Kelli Kelley, NICU parent and founder/CEO of Hand to Hold, in a press release. She said providing a “hand to hold” and emotional support for parents is vital.

These days, we all need all the help we can get, so if you know a NICU family or a parent going through the experience of a premature baby or the loss of a baby, send them to the nonprofit’s website to sign up for a session.

You don’t have to fire up your Zoom game to get support either, as the group runs a series of private Facebook groups for parents as well.

Rebecca Dunphey, President of Baby and Childcare, Kimberly-Clark North
America said the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging everyone to help however they can. “We have Huggies hospital partners and NICUs top of mind right now, and ensuring they have Huggies products and services, like these virtual support groups, available to help care for their tiniest patients is a priority and privilege,” she said.