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Many studios and streaming providers are releasing new (and some old) movies you can now watch on-demand. Here are a few you are sure to enjoy.

Drama

  • Parasite
  • Private Life
  • Marriage Story
  • Moonlight
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Comedy

  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Lady Bird
  • Tommy Boy
  • Waterboy
  • Step Brothers

Family Friendly

  • The Incredibles 2
  • Space Jam
  • Inside Out
  • Shrek
  • Tarzan
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The Florida Department of Health is asking you to take a community action survey.

The anonymous survey asks for your age range, gender, and the county you live in.

The Florida Department of Health wants to know if you've traveled or been in contact with someone with COVID-19 as well as if you've felt any of the symptoms.

They are asking if you have preexisting conditions and the steps you are taking to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Click here to take the survey. 

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Some distilleries around the country, including one in South Florida, are converting their alcohol production into creating their own hand sanitizers.

Steel Tie Spirits in West Palm Beach is doing just that and donating them to hospitals, first responders and retirement homes.

Ben Etheridge, the co-founder of the company, says they are selling hand sanitizer to the general public for $10. Proceeds from those sales will help offset the costs for the distillery.

“We’re going to start making hand-sanitizer, we’re not trying to make money on it. We are just trying to pay our employees and do some good for the community. So to be able to put them to work, bottling a product that’s definitely needed in the community that’s huge to us, that’s

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As we begin another week in quarantine, the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting millions—both directly and in other ways. It’s important though, that we keep our heads up and remain strong. This doesn’t mean false optimism or burying your head in the sand. Strength comes from staring a problem directly in the face, seeing it for what it is, and concerning ourselves only with those things we have the power to control.

While each of us has a wellspring of strength, we all dredge that strength up in different ways. Some do it through music, others through meditation, and still others by reading and listening to sage advice.

Here are some of the most pertinent and useful aphorisms for helping get through and remain strong in this difficult time.

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One great way to keep the positive vibes flowing in your home is to listen to upbeat music. While the widely panned celebrity attempt at singing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ may not have done much to cheer you up, there are certainly many songs that will. Here are 15 great tunes we suggest playing to help improve your mood while you're in quarantine.

1. "Happy," Pharrell (2013): When bad news comes, talking this and that, this song brings the positivity.

2. "Better Be Good to Me," Tina Turner (1984): If there's a bad Tina Turner song, we've yet to hear it.

3. "Blessed," Elton John (1995): "I promise you that, promise you that, promise you that // You'll be blessed." Thanks, Elton.

4. "Good as Hell," Lizzo (2016): Lizzo knows her worth. Do you?

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While there is still no cure for the Coronavirus there are things we can do to help keep ourselves safe and limit the spread the disease.

Here are some suggestions that have been endorsed by the CDC and World Health Organization:

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain Social Distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are

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Yesterday health officials announced that the number of Floridians diagnosed with the Coronavirus has soared to more than 9,000, including 737 in Palm Beach County.

The 1,235 new cases are the most in any 24-hour period since the state confirmed its first case a month ago. The 121 new cases in the county are a 20 percent jump in 24 hours. Statewide, the number of confirmed cases grew by 16 percent in one day.

This all means that we in Palm Beach County need to continue to take social distancing seriously and avoid any kind of unnecessary physical interaction until we have successfully “flattened the curve” in our area.

Good News

Officials at the county’s Health Care District, which has been running the testing center at the FITTEAM

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Fort Lauderdale Psychologist Gretchen Heinsen recently shared some insights for mental health and wellness for those struggling in quarantine.

1. Stick to a routine.  Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have.  Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth.  Take the time to do a bath or a facial.  Put on some bright colors.  It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes.  If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and

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There are many questions circulating about the Coronavirus. Some of them we have already covered in other posts. But it’s still important to learn as much as you can and then use that knowledge to keep you and your family safe.

What happens when you get the Coronavirus?

People with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever, on an average of 5-6 days after infection (mean incubation period 5-6 days, range 1-14 days). Most people infected with COVID-19 virus have mild disease and recover.

What is the risk of my child becoming sick with the Coronavirus?

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been

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The CDC has released a self-checker for those questioning whether or not they should get tested for the Coronavirus. The best thing any of us can do at this point is self-quarantine and avoid as much physical interaction with others as we possibly can. With that in mind, the online CDC tool is meant to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.

Click here to try the CDC Coronavirus self-checker.

Coronavirus Symptoms

Among other things, the self-checker will ask you about some of the following symptoms:

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

When to Get Help

If you develop emergency warning signs for

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