How to cope if you feel like you're existing rather than living at the moment

Hours, days and months are going by, but many of us are getting that repetitive ‘Groundhog Day’ feeling.

Time is passing yet nothing is really happening. Instead we are in a limbo where we are not living our lives to the full and we are faced with a limited amount of freedom.

Restrictions on socialising, going into the office, dining out, travelling and more are making it difficult for people to feel satisfied with their lifestyles. Simply put, most of us are just existing, rather than living our lives.

And, perhaps the worst part is that there’s no knowing when this will all be over. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel, instead we are coming to terms with a pretty long and bleak winter ahead.

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Babylon GP, Dr Claudia Pastides tells ‘Humans thrive off connecting with one another. Being together, laughing, holding each other. Meeting new people. What makes this even harder is the fact we remember how it was and feel as though something’s been taken away. This “new normal” definitely does not feel normal, despite seven months having passed.’

So, here are a few ways to make day-to-day life more meaningful and satisfying in the current coronavirus climate…

Be more mindful of little things

Psychology and coach trainer Rebecca Lockwood says: ‘If you are currently feeling like you are existing rather than living, it’s time to check back in with yourself. Often when we feel like this it is because we are not currently paying attention to what we already have in our lives and tapping into the feeling of being grateful for what we have already got. 

‘We are constantly being shown marketing messages (whether we are aware of it or not) that program our minds to think we have to be doing something and getting something to actually feel like something good is happening. 

‘The key is to truly tap into the things around us to spark our purpose in life.’

It’s therefore important to adjust our thinking to the smaller things that really makes us happy and satisfied.

The big things, like travelling and social events, might be off the table for now, but it’s great to be mindful of the simple pleasures like hobbies and TV shows.

This is something backed up by anxiety therapist Zoe Clews. She says: ‘Really it’s about getting creative with “experiences” within the parameters we currently have set: connecting with anything you enjoy like laughing with friends, meeting up with those you can and getting outside of the house.’

Switch up your routine

When life becomes a bit monotonous, it’s easy to think you’re not living life to the fullest. The simplest way to break this negative thinking is to switch up your routine and to incorporate some fresh activites.

Life coach Carole-Ann Rice tells ‘It is all about a change of routine. If you are on the same track everyday you should change it up a bit and do some new things, maybe even with a friend. It is all about thinking what your joy is, what is the sweet spot in your life, what is something that I absolutely love, and focus more on those. 

‘You can’t just sit and wait for your life to happen for you, it’s about grabbing it and deciding what it is you love.’

Set yourself small goals and reflect

Life coach Michael Cloonan says that because life has become so repetitive, fewer things excite us right now. He tells ‘Many of us have been there, walking around doing the same thing, day in day out, nothing excites us, nothing gets our juices flowing, nothing energises us anymore.’

A way to combat this is to set small, achievable goals to work towards.

Michael adds: ‘Set yourself a goal and set a deadline to achieve it and when you do reward yourself, this will give you something to look forward to and will be a anchor for yourself.’

He also stresses the importance of reflection time.

‘Spend time each night reflecting on your day what has worked for you? What was your three biggest wins for the day? This will give you that inner happiness knowing you have succeeded and that you matter,’ he says.

Acknowledge how you’re feeling

When we feel a bit wobbly or anxious, the most important thing to do is to acknowledge how we are feeling and not put pressure on ourselves to snap out of it.

Rebecca Lockwood says: ‘Take each step at a time and don’t put any pressure on yourself if you don’t feel like it. It’s not about rushing yourself out of feeling like this, as that can cause a negative loop. 

‘You have to allow yourself to feel human and feel the emotions that are coming up, as they are normal and are a call to action from your subconscious mind that you need to do something. You have to trust yourself.’

Also, it’s worth pointing out that this ‘existing-not-living’ phenomenon is a feeling that lots of people are experiencing right now – so you’re certainly not alone.

Really tap into what brings you enjoyment

One way to make each day feeling like you’re ‘living’ a little more is to do things which bring you happiness – and these don’t have to be big.

Carole-Ann Rice says it’s important to be mindful of the smaller day-to-day tasks which could be contributing to your happiness and schedule them into your routine.

She says: ‘If you feel like you are existing on a hamster wheel, you need to be more mindful of your day-to-day tasks. Start planning some mini bliss points during the day, so being mindfully aware that you are having a nice shower, that you are loving what you are hearing on the radio, etc.

‘It is also good to make an effort – wear your best clothes, your best scent and just love what you are wearing. Make yourself a lovely lunch, full of gorgeous things and the foods that you adore.’

Even though we are limited in the things we can do, there’s still plenty which can bring us enjoyment. Don’t hold yourself back from experiencing it just because life isn’t as exciting as it used to me.

Practice gratitude

Dr Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist and co-founder of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic, says it’s normal to feel disappointed that we have had to put parts of our lives ‘on hold.’

She tells ‘Because of this, it’s important to be practicing self-compassion and validation as much as possible. Put your focus on living each day, moment by moment. 

‘Practice gratitude for all the things you do have in your life right now, rather than focusing on the things that are missing. You can do this by noting down just five things you’re grateful for everyday, in your phone or in your diary. These might be as simple as having a roof over your head, a warm, cosy bed, a supportive family etc. When we make a conscious decision to note what we’re grateful for (no matter how small), we’re training our brain to focus on the positive rather than the negative. 

‘Remind yourself that this moment won’t stay static – things will change. So it’s about finding appreciation for the simpler things, for what you have in your life right now.’

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Trump says he may do this if he loses the election

Even if you’re not all that political, the upcoming 2020 election is hard to ignore. While the outcome is still hard to predict even just weeks out from when voting closes on Nov. 3, 2020, President Donald Trump has a plan for if he loses the election — and it’s not what most people might expect from the Republican incumbent.

The 2020 election is particular in many ways, not the least of which is that many states offered mail-in ballots and opened up for early voting to allow for social distancing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That means counting all the votes could take a little longer than usual, and Trump already suggested that he would take the results to task if he loses, citing possible voter fraud with the mail-in ballots, per the New York Times

Per the outlet, experts say that voter fraud is extremely rare, and even more so when it comes to mail-in voting. Nonetheless, the president claimed that his administration would be monitoring the vote count more closely than ever. “We have people watching. We have U.S. attorneys watching. We have sheriffs watching. We have U.S. marshals watching,” Trump said.

Despite the unlikelihood of voter fraud and his promise to be “watching” as the votes come in, Trump has a plan if he loses the election to former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Donald Trump seemingly changed his tune about how he'd react to the election results

Although President Donald Trump suggested in September 2020 that he wouldn’t commit to leaving office even if he lost the election, per Vox, he’s now singing a different tune. At a campaign rally in Georgia in mid-October 2020, via Business Insider, Trump suggested he would take a seemingly drastic measure if he lost to Joe Biden. “Could you imagine if I lose? I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know,” the president said, although it’s unclear if he was joking.

At the time, per CNN, Biden was ahead of Trump in polls and campaign contributions, but Trump added that he wasn’t worried about money: “I could raise more money. I would be the world’s greatest fund-raiser, but I just don’t want to do it.” According to another CNN report, Trump has more to worry about if he loses office than just booking a trans-Atlantic flight. The outlet reported Trump could run into legal issues with a number of ongoing investigations.

“In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him,” Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, told CNN. “For example, he is claiming a higher protection from subpoenas in the criminal cases and also in the congressional subpoena cases, [and that] is based largely on the fact that he is President.”

Several celebs wanted to leave the country in 2016 if Donald Trump won

Threatening to leave the country depending on the outcome of an election is all too common, especially when it comes to President Donald Trump. Back in 2016, his opponent Hillary Clinton never tossed the idea around (at least in public), but many celebrities did, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Back then, dozens of celebs were triple-checking their passports, including Lena Dunham, Snoop Dogg, Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Schumer, Bryan Cranston, Barbra Streisand, and Chloe Sevigny, among others. For the record, many of them never actually packed their bags and left America for good, though some did. Raven-Symoné for example had an entire special about a temporary move to Canada with her family. 

The 2020 election is arguably even more contentious than the 2016 election, and no matter what side you come down on, the election results are going to matter. Most of all for the president and his family, it seems. 

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FBI investigating if Hunter Biden ‘Ukraine, crack and sex’ emails are ‘Russian disinformation’ aiming to bring down Joe

THE FBI is investigating if Hunter Biden "Ukraine, crack and sex" emails are "Russian disinformation" aimed to bring down Joe Biden.

The officials are set to determine whether the information is linked to a foreign intelligence operation, two sources told NBC.

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The investigation was launched after the New York Post uncovered several emails and a "smoking crack during a sex act" video, amid scrutiny over Hunter's job at oil and gas giant Burisma.

Explosive emails appear to show that VP Biden met with Burisma exec Vadym Pozharskyi while the Ukrainian was in the US, reports the Post.

A spokesperson for Joe Biden denied any such meeting in a statement on Wednesday.

The emails come from a trove of files found on a damaged MacBook Pro, which was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden's home state of Delaware.

Among the files is reportedly a 12-minute video of Hunter engaging in a sex act with an unidentified woman, according to The Post.

He is apparently seen smoking crack in the video.

The 50-year-old has been open about his struggles with addiction.

The laptop was also said to have other files, including sexually explicit pictures.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is also investigating the trove of documents, The Post reported.

According to the outlet, the senate is working with the repairman to verify the documents.

Hunter joined the Burisma board in 2014 on a salary reportedly up to $50,000-a-month, despite having no prior experience.

Emails published The Post reveal Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for introducing him to his dad in a message sent on April 17, 2015.

It reads: "Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.

"It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure."

And in another email from May 2014, Pozharskyi asks Hunter for "advice on how you could use your influence" on behalf of Burisma.

Biden had claimed he had "never spoken" to Hunter about his overseas business dealings – something which the emails appear to refute.

FBI agents seized the computer and hard drive last December after the shop owner alerted the feds – and he also gave a copy of the files to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.

The New York Post reports ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon alerted the newspaper of the existence of the hard drive, and Trump ally Giuliani provided a copy of the files on Sunday.

Trump claims Hunter's job was instrumental in Biden pressuring the Ukrainian government into firing prosecutors Viktor Shokin who he claims was investigating Burisma.

The allegations are disputed – with officials claiming Shokin was actually fired for failing to investigate corruption.

Ukrainian prosecutors also said earlier this year there was no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden.

In a statement on Wednesday, Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates hit back at allegations detailed in The Post.

"Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as 'not legitimate' and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing," Bates said.

"Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath."

Bates added: "Moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden's official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place."

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How to know if your relationship is worth saving after they cheated

Infidelity is unfortunately a common issue faced by countless couples.

But since no person or relationship is exactly the same, cheating is a nuanced issue.

Sure, it might be easy to just call all cheaters garbage and wash your hands of anyone who dares be unfaithful to you. It might even be the right call.

But how do you know if your relationship is actually worth fighting for after an affair? The public declaration of love between Dominic West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald in the wake of those pics of Dominic with Lily James has us wondering: can a couple who’s gone through infidelity ever truly be happy again?

Counselling Directory member Dr Daniela Hecht tells us that, while discovering a partner’s infidelity is ‘probably one of the most painful experiences you go through in a relationship’, there are questions you should ask yourself before you throw in the towel.

She says: ‘Before you call it quits, it might be helpful to look a bit further into your shared past and your relationship thus far.

‘Have you noticed anything different lately? Has either one of you changed, becoming less involved in each other’s lives?

‘Has there been pressure on one or both of you, and how has your communication been?  Has your relationship suffered in any way?

‘How did you feel towards your partner before you found out and now? How do they feel towards you?

‘What has been their reasoning for cheating? What did it mean for them – was it a fling, only physical, or something meaningful?

‘And finally, would you like to make it work again and, does your partner?

‘Of course it makes sense that you feel betrayed, angry, devastated and hurt, but trying to answer those questions might help you to make a decision that doesn’t feel impulsive or reactive. On top of that, it may help you to look further into your relationship if you decide to work it out and explore how you would like to be as a couple in the future.’

On the other hand, Jessica Leoni, sex and relationship expert at the affairs dating site IllicitEncounters, says that sometimes your gut instinct is the right one.

She tells us: ‘I am a big fan of using gut instinct to determine your future choices when you discover your partner has cheated.

‘Dominic West’s wife Catherine Fitzgerald will have been devastated when she saw the pictures of him getting intimate with Lily James in Rome.

‘But even before hearing his explanation for what happened, she will have known in her heart what she wanted to do and whether the relationship was worth salvaging.’

It’s worth assessing whether the relationship was already dead, with cheating just the final nail in the coffin.

‘We all know when a relationship has run its course and we are both going through the motions and are a little bored of each other,’ says Jessica. ‘That is the usual scenario when some errant behaviour happens.

‘The signs when a relationship is dead are equally obvious. Frankly, you don’t really care if they are cheating. They have done you a favour in bringing things to a head and initiating a split by their betrayal.

‘The clearest sign that a relationship has died is if you stop having sex. The majority of splits start with a cessation of physical intimacy. This impacts all aspects of your lives together.

‘Couples who don’t have sex don’t tend to talk either. They become like strangers passing in the night and stay together for the sake of convenience.’

Instinct aside, Dr Daniela highlights some red flags to keep in mind when deciding whether to give your partner another chance, telling us: ‘There are warning signs that giving your relationship another go is not a good idea.

‘Your partner might not be remorseful or worse gaslight you into believing it was your fault.

‘They may not be truthful or forthcoming once you find out or worse, this isn’t the first time they cheated.’

Rebuilding trust will be hugely important, but you have to work out if this is someone who deserves to be trusted.

Jessica says: ‘You should be ever-alert to changes in behaviour when deciding whether or not to trust your partner again.

‘You will know their regular routine and, if they divert from that markedly, the chances are they are up to no good.

‘The biggest red flag should be your gut feeling and how you view the future with the cheat no longer in your life. If that fills you with horror and you genuinely feel that their cheating was a one-off or a mistake, then, yes, give them another chance.’

The way a cheater reacts to being found out can reveal a lot.

‘You need to listen to your partner and gauge whether they are genuinely contrite,’ says Jessica. ‘You also need to look at their past behaviour and make a considered judgement on whether you can really trust them going forward.’

‘Another big flag to me,’ she continues: ‘Is if the infidelity is early on in the relationship and whether it is sustained cheating with the same person or just a one-off – a drunken fling at a stag or hen do for example. I would be much more forgiving of a one-off than a more intimate affair.

‘The bottom line is this: if your partner cheats in the first year you are together, get the hell out, because it is indicative of a pattern that will be repeated, however hard you try to stop it.’

As for green flags – aka the opposite of red flags – Jessica says the major things to look for are transparency and ‘genuine contrition’, adding: ‘Do you believe them when they say they are sorry? Do you really think they won’t cheat again?

‘Have they shown evidence that they have broken off their affair with their lover? If you really feel they can turn over a new leaf, then give them another chance.

‘Finding love is tricky and it can be tough to walk out on someone you really love – as Catherine FitzGerald is showing.’

It’s all very well and good deciding to give your partner another chance, but rebuilding trust is easier said than done.

Dr Daniela says that broken trust is difficult to repair, but not impossible.

She says: ‘If you are the partner who has been betrayed it might help you to feel that your partner is truly remorseful and regrets their actions.

‘Although you may not want to hear it, it may help to try and understand why your partner has cheated in the first place. Depending on what the reason is it might become easier to regain trust.

‘It may also help you to tell your partner how you feel, what it meant for you to find out that they cheated and what it felt like. If you need space to process then ask for it. If your partner wants to be with you then tell them what you need to allow you to trust them again.

‘Trying to repair a relationship after a betrayal is hard, so both of you need to be committed to wanting to make it work and should agree on why you want to make it work, together. Hear each other and help each other heal, find your way back to each other and commit yourselves to your relationship.

‘Once you agree to give your partner another chance you will have to find a way to forgive, for both of you and move on towards a healthy, nurturing and fulfilling relationship.’

After infidelity, a relationship cannot just continue with nothing changing. Cheating should be a wake-up call – either to realise the relationship isn’t working and leave, or to make some changes.

Jessica says you can give your relationship its best chance of succeeding post-affair ‘by not behaving as you were before,’ adding: ‘There was a very good reason why there was cheating: one of you wasn’t happy. So change things. Make more time for each other.

‘Allocate some time together when you can make love without interruption and do all the things that made you fall in love with each other in the first place.’

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What to do if your housemate has coronavirus

We all understand the importance of trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

But what do you do when someone in your own household comes down with it?

If you’re living in a shared flat, you need to be prepared and know what to do if someone you live with starts displaying symptoms.

It can be stressful if you share a house with other renters, particularly if you aren’t close, but you must come together and follow the rules.

The most important thing is to stay up to date with NHS and government advice around isolation periods and what you need to do, as these can change.

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But there are things you can do to try to stop the spread within your own household.

Of course, there are still no guarantees that you will avoid the virus, even if you follow all the guidelines but it can reduce the risk.

Aidan Rushby, CEO of Movebubble, knows a thing or two about dealing with housemates and he has some tips about what to do if one of yours has the virus.

If anyone feels unwell 

Many of the symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the ones you would get with a cold or flu, but there are things specifically to look out for – a continuous cough, a high fever and a loss of taste or smell.

However, many people experience very mild symptoms but can still pass the virus on so if someone you live with experiences any of the signs, it’s important to treat it like it is coronavirus, until you know different.

Aidan explains: ‘It can be hard to determine if symptoms are Covid-related or something else – especially with winter fast approaching. 

‘As a first step, ask them to call 111 or their local GP (which you can do on their behalf if they’re feeling too unwell). After the call, they will have a clearer idea about whether or not they should get tested.

‘At this point, you should try your best to maintain a distance of six-feet and both wear a mask when in contact with each other.’

While waiting on a test result, the household should isolate in case it does come back positive.

After they’ve had a test

If they have a test and it comes back as positive, everyone in the household will be required to isolate for 14 days. This means you cannot go out, even to the shop or for exercise. You should order food online or get someone to bring it for you and you should not go to work.

You should not have any visitors to the house and if someone is dropping something off, they should leave it on the doorstep and step back at least two metres.

While you yourself may not have coronavirus, it can take up to 14 days for it to develop.

During this time, you need to do everything you can to avoid catching it.

Aidan explains: ‘You should still try and keep a distance from your housemate who tested positive. It’s advisable to work out a schedule that sees them using communal areas at different times from the rest of the household. If you need to be in the same room together, everyone should wear masks and keep six feet apart.

‘Both yourself and your covid-positive housemate should wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant after coming into contact with them. It’s also incredibly important to continue washing your hands regularly.’

Choose a sick room

It’s best to choose one room where they can stay to avoid contact with others in the household – probably their bedroom.

Other housemates should not go into the room unless absolutely necessary.

If you have more than one bathroom in the house, designate one for them to use and another for everyone else. If you only have one, you will need to clean it every time they use it.

Try to avoid them using the kitchen or other communal areas – if they need something to eat or drink, it is better for you to make it for them and leave it outside their door for them to pick up when you step away. They may also be feeling too unwell to do those things for themselves so be kind and step in.

Separate laundry

Try to avoid your belongings mixing so don’t share a laundry basket. If they really need new towels, bedding or clothing, you can do a wash for them.

Ask them to leave the basket outside the door. Wash the clothes separately, wearing a mask and using gloves.

Once you have put the clothes in the washing machine, wash your hands and all the surfaces.

Emotional support

While you might be focused on protecting yourself, it’s important to remember that your housemate who had tested positive may be feeling scared and even more isolated. They may also feel guilt for bringing it into the household.

You can offer support without being physically close to them – phone or text them, even though they are in the next room and check-in to see how they are feeling.

Wait it out

Even if your housemate starts to feel better, it’s important you continue to isolate for 14 days.

If you or someone else in your household starts to develop symptoms, you will need to get a test and isolate yourself for a further 10 days.

Once the two weeks are up, if no one else has developed symptoms, you are able to leave.

Aidan adds: ‘Finding out that you, or someone you share the home with, has contracted coronavirus can be very concerning, but if you all follow the procedures and support each other mentally, there’s no reason why everyone can’t get through the situation. 

‘If you’re rational, stay safe and quarantine for two weeks, you can all head back out into the world and resume the new normal.’

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What to do if you overpluck your brows

There’s nothing more satisfying than stalking social media for step-by-step beauty routines that feature perfectly shaped eyebrows. But sometimes, a few missteps happen between picking up the tweezers and going for it. People who overpluck their eyebrows know this feeling well. But don’t worry — having overplucked eyebrows at some point in your life is almost a rite of passage.

What was just a tiny pluck of a rogue hair turns into an uneven brow that completely changes the shape of your face. Even though eyebrow plucking mishaps can feel like the end of the world — and a billboard calling attention to the beauty mistake — it is possible to make a comeback. 

The List asked beauty experts for tips on the best hair growth remedy when you overpluck your eyebrows.

Experts weigh in on how to recover from overplucked brows

The solution to overplucked brows could be hiding in your bathroom already. Polina Voiler, a professional brow expert and permanent makeup artist, explained the benefits of castor oil, which encourages hair growth and is affordable. “Castor [oil] can help condition hair to grow smoother without breaking off,” she said. She added that “lash and brow serums work wonderfully on existing hair.” But Voiler says, “Nothing will regrow follicles that have been dead for over [six] months. Cosmetic tattoo is the best choice.”  

Meanwhile, celebrity brow and lash guru Melina Cespedes, who has worked on some of the best brows in Hollywood such as Karol G, Becky G, and Kardashian stylist Caesar Ramirez, stressed that an eyebrow intervention may be necessary. “Eyebrows are not a DIY project — they live on your face 24/7/365. My number one tip is to let a professional brow stylist do their magic.” If you’re willing to splurge, cosmetic tattoos are having a moment. Cespedes tells The List, “My magic is ‘Henna Brows’ — a service we offer at Lash Society Miami. Henna will hide any over plucking [for two to three] weeks while hair grows by dying the skin and hair.” 

If you constantly overpluck your eyebrows and are not afraid of commitment, eyebrow tattoos like microblading can also give you a reprieve while the hairs grow in.

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What will happen if Donald Trump dies from Coronavirus during the election?

On Oct. 1, 2020, President Donald Trump confirmed that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus after White House senior adviser Hope Hicks revealed that she’d contracted the disease. Having come in close contact with countless supporters and politicians in the days leading up to his diagnosis, most of Donald’s encounters failed to align with CDC guidelines. Most notably, Donald and an array of conservative leaders attended what many believe to be a “super-spreader event” on Sept. 26, 2020, when attendees gathered in the White House Rose Garden to honor Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination.

However, Donald sparked increased concern across the country when, less than 24 hours after sharing his test results, the president was flown via helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Although White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that Donald was “in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” Donald’s physician and medical experts recommended relocating the leader “out of an abundance of caution” (via CBS News).

Yet, while the White House worked to assure the public that the president has a “very moderate case” of COVID-19, citizens are worried that Donald’s hospitalization indicates that his symptoms might be more severe than initially reported. After all, the president’s age, weight, and gender put him at higher risk for complications. But what would happen if Donald died before the election even occurs? Well, that’s where this matter could get pretty tricky.

Donald Trump's name will remain on the ballot no matter what

Although no one knows how the coronavirus will impact their immune system until they’re in the midst of their battle against the disease, the media has already begun to ponder how President Donald Trump’s illness could upend the 2020 election. While Trump’s video message was intended to reassure the public that he’s on the mend, many voters weren’t convinced by his performance. But, with mere weeks to go before Election Day, Americans can’t help but wonder: What will happen if Trump dies before Nov. 3?

“If we are unfortunate enough to have a presidential candidate die or become incapacitated this close to the election, what happens next is likely to be uncertain and messy,” UC Irvine law professor and voting expert Rick Hasen told the Los Angeles Times. “It could leave room for political gaming as well under the arcane rules of the electoral college.” As Reuters noted, it’d be too late to remove Trump’s name from the ballot, as numerous states have already distributed mail-in ballots or launched early voting. Thus, in the event of Trump’s death, the burden would fall to the electoral college.

Hasen added, per his Election Law Blog, that there would ultimately “be a question if legislatures would allow presidential electors of each state to vote for someone other than the deceased candidate.” At that point, Republicans would likely choose Trump’s successor, with current vice president Mike Pence being the most logical choice. For Trump’s sake (and ours), we hope this hypothetical dilemma never becomes reality. But it is 2020, so anything’s possible.

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New app alerts New Yorkers if they’re near someone with COVID-19

There really is an app for everything.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new smartphone app that can alert residents of New York and four other states if they’ve come in contact with someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus.

“What this app will do is it will tell you if you are within six feet of a person who tested positive, and if you were within six feet of a person who tested positive for 10 minutes,” said Cuomo during a phone press conference, of the free program, called “COVID Alert.”

The app works in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“The way it will work is when a person tests positive, the Department of Health contacts that person, asks that person if they have an iPhone, gives that person a password, that person types in their password for their phone and then any other phone that comes within six feet of that phone is on the app,” said Cuomo.

The app is also available for Android phones.

The governor stressed that privacy is paramount, and that no names or other personally-identifying information are involved.

“I think it’s going to not only bring contact tracing to a new level, but give people comfort,” he said.

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