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Every Long COVID Symptom, Ranked in New Study

A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic it became clear that not everyone was fully recovering from the highly infectious virus. In fact, some people, who initially suffered mild to moderate infections, were experiencing curious symptoms several months after the virus had gone away. These people are now referred to as “long haulers” and their condition, long hauler syndrome or Post-acute COVID Syndrome. A new systemic review and data analysis has compiled much of the data collected from long haulers, and put together a comprehensive list ranking their symptoms. Here are the 48 most common long hauler symptoms, ranked from least to most prevalent. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus. 48 Paranoia One extremely rare but frightening symptom experienced by COVID long haulers is

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Madeleine Design Group Wins First Place At National Kitchen & Bath Association Awards | News

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Madeleine Design Group‘s Ocean Bluff project, located in the suburbs of Vancouver, British Columbia, has taken home First Place in the NKBA’s Design + Industry Awards category for Contemporary Kitchen, Large (250+ sq ft). The win comes five years after the studio began work on what ended up being a four-year odyssey that evolved from a partial renovation plan in 2016 to a breathtaking addition and full remodel of a 10,000 square foot home completed in early 2020.

The project’s original vision: to create a luxurious oceanfront property in total harmony with the natural beauty of its surroundings. Principal designer Madeleine Sloback’s passion for finishing carpentry and millwork is showcased throughout Ocean Bluff, expressed perfectly in the meticulously designed custom wall paneling in the study. The home features an open floor plan filled with multi-use spaces and utilizes

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10 Crucial Home and Garden Design Books for Beginners

DECORATING THE KITCHEN of the first home we owned was a disaster. In my mind I saw a charming Delft-blue-and-white kitchen with bracketed wall shelves displaying glass jars full of the vegetables I would farm on the arable part of my one-eighth acre lot.

What we ended up with looked more like the interior of a junked subway car. The “white” paint I picked gave the walls an aortic, bluish tinge when paired with the gray linoleum floor. Flimsy plywood shelves bowed. A Smurf-blue window blind above the sink failed to pull the whole look together.

Over the years, I have come to understand that one of the biggest problems amateur home designers face is not imagination but vocabulary. If you don’t have the words to adequately describe what you want, you won’t get the help you need to create it.

For decades, I’ve been learning the right words, and

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Domestic Violence Is a Pandemic Within a Pandemic. Direct Stimulus Checks Would Help

When I was 7 years old, my mom woke my sister and me in the middle of the night and told us to pack our belongings into the black garbage bags she handed to us. “And be as quiet as you can,” she told us. We were leaving our abusive stepfather for the first of what would become many times. That night, we drove 200 miles to a close family friend who had offered us her living room couch as a safe space to regroup.

Four years later, the same stepfather left us. After beating our mom, he abandoned us in a home with rent we couldn’t afford without him. It was winter, and our heating bills skyrocketed. Free lunch at school was the primary nourishment for my sister and I during those cold months.

Over the past months, I have imagined what these two crisis moments for our family

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