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May 21, 2020

Long weekend reads: The latest tattoo craze? Covid-19.

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    Social distancing with bumper bars. Fish Tales Bar & Grill in Ocean City, Maryland, is gearing up to help their customers social distance with so-called "bumper tables." The circular, individual tables have a hole in the middle, where customers stand, and polls with four wheels so customers can move their tables around. The tables also feature bumper car-style bumpers meant to keep others six feet away from the patron. According to the bar's owner, Shawn Harman, the tables will make it easier for staff to enforce social distancing guidelines.

    Americans are buying a lot of gym equipment. With millions of Americans staying at home and gyms closed in many states, sales of home gym equipment have skyrocketed. According to the NPD Group, sales of fitness equipment jumped 130% in March when compared with the same time last year. Exercise bike sales increased 170%, free weights sales increased 181%, and weight benches increased 259%, according to NPD.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    As lockdowns ease, some people are getting Covid-19-themed tattoos. From face masks to rolls of toilet paper, tattoo enthusiasts around the world are getting inked with new coronavirus-themed tattoos as a way to commemorate the historic global pandemic, the Wall Street Journal's Rory Satran reports.

    Chaos and the future of Covid-19. When asked what the future will look like with Covid-19, most health experts say it's "clouded in chaos," Vox's Brian Resnick reports. However, infectious disease modeler Stephen Kissler tells Resnick that although the pandemic is chaos, it "doesn't necessarily mean we know nothing" about how it will progress.

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