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Dalgona coffee craze: Make the creamy drink trending on YouTube and Instagram – CNET

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You can make dalgona coffee thick like dessert or more like a latte.

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Creamy, frothy, delicious dalgona coffee is all the rage on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, and for good reason. This whipped take on a South Korean candy of the same name is a multilayered coffee drink that’s photogenic and tasty. Along with banana bread and homemade pizza, it’s become one of the hottest things to prepare at home during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Best of all, dalgona coffee is easy to make using items you likely already have. You’ll just need a bowl, some beaters and a few ingredients, like instant coffee, sugar and milk. If you don’t have beaters, you can even use a whisk. 

Follow along with the YouTube video we made, snap some photos and join the fun. And if you’re feeling especially ambitious, here’s how to make your favorite Starbucks coffee drinks at home. You can also make yourself a cup of drip coffee or the best iced coffee ever.

Read more: The best coffee accessories of 2020

How to make dalgona coffee at home

To make dalgona coffee, all you’ll need are 1 tablespoon of instant coffee or instant espresso, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of water and some milk. Dairy or nondairy will work here equally well.

Add the instant coffee, sugar and water to a bowl and whisk vigorously (or use a hand blender if you have one to make it a much easier process) until the mixture becomes superthick — it should hold a similar consistency to whipped cream with somewhat stiff peaks — and turns a subtle golden-brown color. 

Read more: These coffee makers keep the cold brew flowing at home

Pour milk into a glass filled with ice cubes, then scoop the pillowy mixture on top of the cold milk or mix the two parts together if you’re looking for more of a latte situation.

Snap a photo (or video the entire thing) and post it online so that you, too, can join the ever-growing dalgona coffee community. But one thing’s for certain: Your quarantine is going to be caffeinated.

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A version of this story was previously posted on Chowhound.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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How to use Meet, Google’s free Zoom video chat rival – CNET

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Google is making more moves into the video chatting space during the coronavirus pandemic, soon providing its premium video conferencing service Google Meet free for consumers. Previously available only to organizations using G Suite, Meet will soon be open to everyone, in a move that puts Google in competition with rival video chat service Zoom

While Google Hangouts and Duo were previously available for casual video chatting, Meet allows up to 100 participants on a call at once, and includes features such as scheduling, screen sharing and real-time captioning. 

Read more: 10 free Zoom alternative apps for video chats

The free version of Google Meet will require you to create a free Google account. Video calls will have a 60-minute cap, but Google said it won’t enforce that cap until after Sept. 30. 

Google also laid out a number of default privacy protections in place with Meet, including host controls (like the ability to admit or deny entry to a meeting, and mute or remove participants), complex meeting codes and encryption in transit. This seems to be taking aim at Zoom, which saw a massive surge in users after the coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines started — but has recently faced a number of security issues, including uninvited guests “Zoombombing” meetings. 

Google is far from the only tech company looking to scoop up some of Zoom’s business — Facebook, Skype and Microsoft have all recently released new free group video chat features and services. 

Meet will start rolling out its free version in early May, according to Google. You’ll be able to use the video chat service on the web at meet.google.com and on mobile apps for iOS or Android

How to use Google Meet, free

To sign up for the free version of Google Meet, go to the Google Meet page. Enter your name, email, country and primary use for Google Meet (personal, business, education or government). Agree to Google’s terms of service, and hit Submit. You’ll get a notification when the service is ready for you to use. 

Once it’s available, here’s how to use the free version of Google Meet: 

1. Go to meet.google.com (or, open the app on iOS or Android, or start a meeting from Google Calendar). 

2. Click Start new meeting, or enter your meeting code. 

3. Choose the Google account you want to use.

4. Click Join meeting. You’ll have the ability to add others to your meeting, too. 

And that’s it! Happy video chatting.

For more help on your video chats, check out how to make video meetings less weird, tips for how to use Zoom like a pro, how to look and sound great online with your webcam and how to turn your phone into a webcam.

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How to fight depression and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic – CNET

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In a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation published April 21, close to have of the people polled said that their worries and stress about the coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. Even if you didn’t already deal with anxiety and/or depression, the stress of living your day-to-day life during a pandemic is likely wearing on you now.

Haley Neidich, a licensed psychotherapist, tells CNET that it’s completely normal to experience fear and anxiety right now.  It is perfectly okay to feel whatever you are feeling during this time, but there are things you can do to calm your mind and ease stress.

“My biggest concern about the panic is the stress that it causes for each individual,” Neidich says, noting that when panic occurs, events are canceled and shelves are cleared out of necessary items which only further increases stress. “Stress and panic begets stress and panic,” she continues. “Stress weakens our immune systems, making us more susceptible to illness, which is the exact opposite of what we need right now.”

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If you’re struggling with coronavirus anxiety, fear or feelings of helplessness, the tips below can help keep your spirits up. If you notice that stress is getting in the way of being able to work, take care of your family or do basic daily activities (like cook a meal or take a shower), you should seek professional help

Read more: The best meditation app to help you destress

1. Limit the amount of information you consume

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Limiting your time on social media is one of the best ways to keep coronavirus anxiety from spiraling. 

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Neidich recommends setting a limit of 30 minutes for news and social media combined each day, as well as challenging yourself to take two full days each week with no news or social media. 

Even if you don’t go on your devices explicitly to check coronavirus news, during this time, you’ll be bombarded — so taking time off is an easy way to soothe anxiety. Setting Screen Time controls on iOS or Focus Mode controls on Android can help you restrict your overall screen time or the way you interact with certain apps.

2. Focus on the things you can control

Truthfully, there’s not much you can do about what’s happening around you. You can only take care of yourself, so that’s what you should focus on, Neidich says. Follow the advice of the major health agencies monitoring and fighting coronavirus in the US — the CDC and the WHO. 

  • Wash your hands often (and sanitize them when you don’t have soap and water)
  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth when you cough and your nose when you sneeze (ideally with a tissue that you can throw away)
  • Avoid touching your face whenever possible
  • Leave the face masks for medical professionals, caretakers and people with compromised immune systems
  • Avoid nonessential travel (locally, domestically and internationally)
  • Keep your immune system strong by eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and managing stress

“There is so much that we don’t have control over in life and COVID-19 is no different,” she says. “I invite people in this situation to focus on what they are able to control and to make sure they have a loved one or a counselor to confide in about their emotional experience.” 

3. Stay busy with other things

This is a classic tactic for keeping anxiety under control. While you should definitely honor your feelings (more on that in the next tip), try not to allow your thoughts to spiral out of control. Focus on your daily obligations and add in fun activities to your days to keep anxiety to a minimum, Neidich says. Here are a few examples of simple, distracting activities you can try:

  • Solve a puzzle or play a board game with your family
  • Draw, paint, knit or do something else creative
  • Try to bake a masterpiece dessert with ingredients you already have in your kitchen
  • Read your favorite novel or watch your favorite movie
  • Take a nap
  • Call someone you love and talk about things other than the coronavirus

4. Set aside time to worry

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Writing down your thoughts about coronavirus can help you work through them.

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Allow yourself time to work through your thoughts about coronavirus. If you ignore them, they’ll continue to persist, Neidich says. She recommends journaling by hand on how you feel about COVID-19. Grab a piece of paper and a pen, set a timer and just allow the words to flow onto paper. You don’t have to keep the paper when you’re done — throwing it out can be cathartic and make it feel like you’re emptying your mind of worries.

Set a timer for 3 minutes for worry journaling, Neidich says. “You will find that you’ll run out of worries before the timer is up. Once this is complete, shift your attention to self-care and keep your mind busy.”

5. Vent to a friend who won’t judge you

If you’re more of a talker than a writer, Neidich says it can help to confide in a friend about how you’re feeling. Talk to someone who won’t judge you for the way you feel, but try to avoid talking to someone who will fuel your anxiety even further. The key, Neidich says, is choosing someone who understands how you feel but won’t perpetuate the fear you see online. 

You should also first ask whoever you speak to if it’s okay to share your fears with them. Many of us are coping with the stress of what is going on and it’s only fair to ask someone if they are willing and able to listen before dropping your stress on them.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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Coronavirus: How to track the spread across the world as deaths top 200,000 – CNET

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Here’s what the John Hopkins University coronavirus tracking map looks like in early April 2020.

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

The deadly coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and you can use an online dashboard to keep up with all reported cases. The John Hopkins University and Medicine Center for Systems Science and Engineering built a tool pulling in data from the World Health Organization, as well as the centers for disease control in the US, China and Europe and governments across the globe. It shows all confirmed, suspected, recovered and deceased coronavirus patients, as well as how many people have been tested.

Coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has so far killed 210,000 people and infected 3 million people as of 2:00 p.m. PT on April 27, according to the dashboard.

The 10 countries with the highest case count are the US with 985,000; Spain with 229,000; Italy with 199,000; France with 165,000; Germany with 158,000; the UK with 158,000; Turkey with 112,000; Iran with 91,000; Russia with 87,000; and mainland China with 83,000. The dashboard shows the virus has spread to 185 countries.

The US has the highest death toll, at over 55,000. Around 5.4 million people in the US have been tested. Italy has reported 26,000 fatalities; Spain 23,000; France 23,000; the UK 21,000; Belgium 7,200; Iran 5,800; Germany 6,000; and China 4,600 fatalities.

The outbreak was first reported to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, 2019, with Chinese scientists linking the illness to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses that include the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

This post was originally published Jan. 24 and is constantly updated.