Travel

End of lockdown could trigger ‘extreme’ congestion and worse air quality as commuters swap public transport for cars

The significantly cleaner air being breathed in the UK in recent months is likely to deteriorate over the coming week as the lockdown eases on Monday, triggering a surge in road traffic.

Many other countries which have eased restrictions enforced at the height of the coronavirus pandemic have since seen numbers of vehicles on the roads soar to record levels.

As many shops and workplaces open for the first time since 23 March on Monday, pollution levels are expected to climb and the number of road accidents is likely to rise.

In China, as restrictions have eased and travel and industry resumed, air pollution is now overtaking the levels prior to the pandemic.

In Wuhan, where the outbreak began, car use is now hit levels higher than before the pandemic, and the same is true of Stockholm in Sweden.

As lockdown measures have eased, authorities in cities around the world

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Online scams due to COVID, protests, unemployment in 2020

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Online scams can come in many forms and via any kind of device. (Photo: Getty)

A worldwide pandemic, mass unemployment and nationwide protests over racial injustice — there are many important issues occupying our collective attention. Sadly, this kind of large-scale distraction is fertile ground for hackers.

“We have the COVID disaster combined with the economic disaster combined with the protests,” said Adam Levin, cyber security expert and founder of CyberScout, to Yahoo Life. ”We are now in the middle of what can be considered a perfect storm for scammers.”

Levin says that the current climate of our nation has set the stage for an online scam trifecta: motive, means, and opportunity.

“The motive for

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Airbnb Online Experiences lets you go on virtual travel or tours

If you’re starting to feel a little wanderlust right now, you’re not alone. I have been daydreaming of the day I can dust off my millennial pink AWAY suitcase, hop on a plane and get lost in the streets of a foreign city again. Normally, when there isn’t a global pandemic or widespread civil unrest and protests against police brutality and systemic racism, I write about travel and destinations around the world. Quarantining during COVID-19 has redefined how we connect with people and places around the world, both domestically and internationally — among lots of other things. Sheltering in place has forced us to adapt to many new norms and continuously discover ways to fuel our creativity, whether that’s learning a new language, cooking a new bread recipe or playing an instrument. And for world travelers like myself who are used to globetrotting during the spring and summer months, COVID-19

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What will holidays / travel look like after coronavirus lockdown?

Travel, the luxury most of us took for granted up until March, has never felt more needed, with many of us desperate to swap the four walls that kept us safe in isolation for the white-washed stone of a Spanish villa. But from self-cleaning hotel rooms to temperature checks at airports, what will holidays actually look like post-coronavirus lockdown?

The reality is that travel as we know it has changed for the foreseeable future. Gone are on a whim weekend breaks to European cities and nights in far-flung, cheap as chips hostels. As we all come to terms with lengthy quarantines, health checks and levels of accommodation hygiene that would put Queen of Clean Marie Kondo to shame, things are likely to look pretty different when it comes to your annual leave.

The good news is that the desire to travel hasn’t left us. Numerous surveys indicate most Brits can’t

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the best face coverings to buy online

Ministers have announced that it will be mandatory to wear facial masks and coverings when using public transport from June 15.

That means if you use trains, tubes, trams, ferries, planes or buses, you must cover your nose and mouth to help contain the spread of coronavirus. Those without an adequate face covering could be refused travel on public transport and may even face a fine.

Many people have already been wearing masks for walks or to shop for groceries, but now it’s official – and there’s more choice than ever.

Not to be mistaken for clinical medical grade face masks (or PPE), which NHS staff and frontline workers still need to stay safe, facial masks and coverings are typically made from cloth and elastic and sometimes feature a removable filter so that you can change it to keep it working effectively.

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the online hustle to be everywhere

Dave Basulto had a good business going with sales of his iOgrapher iPhone case for filmmakers, selling thousands to schools across the country, based on in-person demos and meetings with teachers. 

Then the pandemic hit, and he couldn’t travel, thus eliminating a huge chunk of his income. 

So he was forced to get creative, hustling from home to create a new gig, online seminars, and he turned to all the usual tools to sell them. Not just one – as in Facebook or Twitter, but everything: Instagram, YouTube, the “free e-book,” lead generator, blogging, vlogging, LinkedIn, you name it. 

“I was very stressed when this started,” he says. “Our bread and butter are schools. I had to get the word out on something different.”

Dave Basulto, the creator of the iOgrapher mobile video case
Dave Basulto, the creator of the iOgrapher mobile video case

And with working at home eliminating in-person calls or appearing at trade shows as he’s done

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2020 is ‘the perfect storm’ for online scams

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Online scams can come in many forms and via any kind of device. (Photo: Getty)
Online scams can come in many forms and via any kind of device. (Photo: Getty)

A worldwide pandemic, mass unemployment and nationwide protests over racial injustice — there are many important issues occupying our collective attention. Sadly, this kind of large-scale distraction is fertile ground for hackers.

“We have the COVID disaster combined with the economic disaster combined with the protests,” said Adam Levin, cyber security expert and founder of CyberScout, to Yahoo Life. ”We are now in the middle of what can be considered a perfect storm for scammers.”

Levin says that the current climate of our nation has set the stage for an online scam trifecta: motive, means, and opportunity.

“The motive for scammers

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Fear of Second Covid-19 Wave Sinks Travel and Leisure Stocks

(Bloomberg) — Travel and leisure stocks saw a third straight day of declines as a second wave of coronavirus cases emerged in the U.S. with the number of confirmed cases pushing past two million, according to data from John Hopkins University.

Airline stocks plunged Thursday, including declines of as much as 16% for Delta Air Lines Inc. and 14% for JetBlue Airways Corp. Hotels, cruise operators, online travel agencies and car rental stocks also traded sharply lower, along with restaurants, amusement park operators, casinos and boating stocks. It was essentially a sea of red in discretionary names.

Alaska Air Group Inc. tumbled as much as 15% after the company said the industry will make a slow recovery after the pandemic. President Ben Minicucci said the carrier could shed as many as 3,000 jobs from its work force of 23,000 employees, the Seattle Times reported.

The easing of stay-at-home orders across

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Free events and services to watch online while self-quarantining

As novel coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, millions of Americans are spending more time at home.

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But whether you’re doing so because of a job loss, working from home situation or otherwise taking part in the mass effort to stay safe, chances are you’ve been bored once or twice while living under quarantine.

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Thankfully, some very talented people have been creating extra-special performances and experiences that you can enjoy to help you cope with the new normal and that don’t break any social distancing rules. Additionally, some services are extending their free trial periods or dropping their paywalls in order for you to access their content.

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To help navigate the Golden Age of “Quaranstreaming,” “GMA” presents this guide of

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How much coronavirus risk is there in common travel activities? We asked an expert

Travel in the middle of a global pandemic presents challenges, with each activity carrying its own level of risk for coronavirus.

Joseph Khabbaza, a pulmonary and critical care physician at the Cleveland Clinic, said some of the biggest questions he’s getting relate to travel activities. 

Khabazza, who treats coronavirus patients, said the primary path of transmission is contacts with respiratory droplets produced by infected people. Face masks, physical distancing, frequent handwashing and cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces have become standard across the travel sector.  

“Every industry has interventions in place to make things safer,” he said.

The Cleveland Clinic has been helping United Airlines develop its coronavirus mitigation policies, including mandatory face masks, touchless kiosks and physical distancing.

“Companies are bringing in outside health experts,” Khabazza said. “That can be a little bit reassuring.”

Khabazza, who’s taking a 500-mile road trip with his family to Long Island, New York, offered

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