Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?

<span class="caption">What once looked like obsessive-compulsive disorder has become normal when faced with a deadly pandemic. </span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Busà Photography via Getty Images">Busà Photography via Getty Images</a></span>
What once looked like obsessive-compulsive disorder has become normal when faced with a deadly pandemic. Busà Photography via Getty Images

One of the hallmarks of obsessive-compulsive disorder is contamination fears and excessive hand-washing. Years ago, a patient with severe OCD came to my office wearing gloves and a mask and refused to sit on any of the “contaminated” chairs. Now, these same behaviors are accepted and even encouraged to keep everyone healthy.

This new normal in the face of a deadly pandemic has permeated our culture and will continue to influence it. Many stores now prominently post rules mandating face masks and hand sanitizer use and limit the number of customers allowed inside at one time. Walkers and joggers politely cross the street to avoid proximity to each other.

Only a few months ago, this type of behavior would have been considered excessive, irrational, even pathological, and certainly not healthy.

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How hucksters and would-be profiteers invaded California’s online COVID-19 marketplace

In early April, Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a website where people and companies could help California gear up for the coronavirus pandemic.

The portal was designed as a marketplace for middlemen, manufacturers and business giants to pitch deals and donations with the state, which was scrambling to obtain medical supplies to fight COVID-19.

For some, the site was a chance to clear out their closets.

Someone in Los Angeles found seven masks while cleaning out an apartment and asked to donate them. A Santa Rosa resident offered an ice machine, an orthopedic boot and two N95 masks that were leftover from the 2017 wildfires.

“Sorry,” the person said, “that’s all I had left.”

Along with these small gestures, the portal soon became cluttered with hundreds of questionable offers and a dizzying array of sales pitches, a Sacramento Bee review of more than 6,000 submissions found. Hucksters looked to cash-in on

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New Zealand advert featuring nude ‘porn actors’ praised for promoting internet safety

A New Zealand government advert featuring actors playing nude porn stars has been widely praised for promoting internet safety, after the video went viral online.

The unusual advert, part of the government’s Keep It Real Online campaign, shows two actors playing naked porn stars called Sue and Derek.

The pair turn up at a mother’s front door to tell her that her son has been watching them online on his laptop among other devices, before warning her that he might not know how relationships actually work in real life.

Sue tells the horrified mother, Sandra, who is played by the comedian Justine Smith: “We usually perform for adults but your son’s just a kid. He might not know how relationships actually work.”

After they admit they “just get straight to it” and do not talk about consent in their porn shoots, Derek adds: “I’d never act like that in real

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Thai PM warns against criticism of the monarchy

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s prime minister on Monday warned political activists not to criticize the monarchy, saying doing so could damage their job prospects even though the king had asked him not to make prosecutions under a law protecting the royal family.

Insulting the monarchy is a crime under Article 112 of Thailand’s criminal code, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The suspected kidnapping of a Thai democracy activist in Cambodia this month ignited small protests by university students, with some questioning in online comments the “lese majeste” law.

“Before, we have Article 112 of the criminal code and we don’t have a lot of problems, but now Article 112 has not been used because the king has kindly asked not to use it,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said.

“Now people are violating this. So what does this mean, what do you all want? I have to say

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Liam Payne talks Bear, secret lockdown music and TV presenting

Liam Payne has had a busy lockdown during the coranvirus pandemic. Not only has he been working on new music projects but he’s also helped to raise more than $10million (£7.9 million) for charities fighting COVID-19 just by playing the video game FIFA

The Stack It Up singer joined premiership footballers and pro esports players to play FIFA 20 together online in the biggest esports charity event in history this week, with charity Gamers Without Borders raising money for COVID-19 relief.

In Liam’s match in the tournament, he played against Liverpool FC right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. He may have lost his particular back-to-back matches, but “to be able to do that and make money for unfortunate people at the same time, what an absolute winner – it’s just absolutely amazing to be a part of it,” Liam said, at the event.

In his only exclusive interview during the event, Yahoo

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Can we really grieve over Zoom? Mourning from a distance in the age of coronavirus

From Monday 15 June, Anglican churches are reopening to allow funerals, and all places of worship are reopening for private prayer. Communal worship will not be allowed before 4 July at the earliest. And many families have already had to endure saying goodbye to their loved ones from a distance.


The first Kevin Quigley, 54, learnt about his younger brother Paul Quigley, 49, having contracted coronavirus was when he received a message shared in the family Whatsapp group on 11 March. It was a photograph of Paul in a hospital bed wearing an oxygen mask.

Paul had been unwell for days already but, as he had mild symptoms and no underlying health conditions, had self-isolated at home before eventually going to Lewisham hospital. The day after he messaged his family he deteriorated rapidly, was taken to intensive care and put on a ventilator. He died nine days later.


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Airbnb launches initiative with Color of Change to root out racial discrimination on its platform

Airbnb is launching an initiative in partnership with online racial justice group Color of Change to root out racial discrimination on its platform in the U.S. by monitoring and measuring when it occurs. 

Data collected through Project Lighthouse will help the company create tools and policies to combat bias against Black users and other people of color, Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s CEO and co-founder, told USA TODAY.

“The reason we started Airbnb was to connect people, to make sure that they feel like they belong in the communities they visit and the biggest obstacle to belonging is discrimination,” Chesky said in an interview. “It became very evident that until you can actually measure your progress with data, you can’t actually combat systemic bias and discrimination on the platform.”

The project will start June 30 and will be limited to U.S.-based hosts and guests, touching on the reservation process, reviews from hosts

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International Migration Film Festival Puts Refugees in the Picture With Top Talents, Titles

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Turkey, which hosts the largest number of migrants in the world, is launching the International Migration Film Festival that aims to boost awareness of their plight and will also serve as a primer of global cinematic output on this timely topic.

There are currently an estimated roughly 4 million migrants in Turkey, most of whom are refugees from war-torn Syria. The festival is a Turkish government initiative being organized by a team of independent local film event professionals. For its first edition the team has assembled a rich lineup of more than 40 films from 25 countries and recruited some big names including Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who serves as jury president (see interview), F. Murray Abraham, Danny Glover, Lone Scherfig, Matt Dillon and Turkish star Tuba Buyukustun, her country’s first International Emmy Award Nominee, also known across the Middle East as Lamiss.


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Former Celebrities Who Have Normal Jobs Now

Many people give fame a try for 15 minutes or so and decide to take a hard pass. After realizing life in the spotlight isn’t their destiny, some go on to pursue surprisingly normal careers.

It’s possible you’ll even cross paths with some of them — who are now your peers — because these 28 celebrities found their niche in normalcy.

Last updated: Feb. 11, 2020

Geoffrey Owens

In 2018, a Trader Joe’s customer snapped a series of photos of former “The Cosby Show” star Geoffrey Owens bagging groceries at a Clifton, New Jersey, location of the grocery chain. Owens — who had continued to land small parts since his time on the show ended in 1992 — told “Good Morning America” that he was not ashamed of his side job. “There’s no job better than another…every job is worthwhile,” he said.

His resurgence in the press ended up being

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The best virtual escape rooms to play online with friends

We could all do with a bit of escapism from reality at the minute, as lockdown continues in the UK.

Escape rooms are very popular with groups who love a challenge, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, all of them in the UK have closed their doors for the foreseeable.

But in the past few weeks, escape rooms have come online instead to make socialising with your friends adrenaline-pumping.

Even the World Health Organisation is urging everyone to stay at home and play games, so if you need some more inspiration we’ve rounded up the best apps that you can play games on with friends and family here.

As with physical escape rooms, the mission is as the name suggests – to escape the room – through a series of problem-solving missions and teamwork. Here are a few of our favourites.

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