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Alcohol use changed right after COVID-19 lockdown — ScienceDaily

One in four adults reported a change in alcohol use almost immediately after stay-at-home orders were issued, according to a study of twins led by Washington State University researchers.

The study, published recently in Frontiers in Psychiatry, surveyed more than 900 twin pairs from the Washington State Twin Registry from March 26 to April 5, 2020, just after stay-at-home orders were issued in Washington on March 23. An estimated 14% of survey respondents said they drank more alcohol than the week prior and reported higher levels of stress and anxiety than those who did not drink alcohol and those whose use stayed the same.

“We expected that down the road people might turn to alcohol after the stay-at-home orders were issued, but apparently it happened right off the bat,” said Ally Avery, lead author of the study and a scientific operations manager at WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

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Should England have had a ‘circuit breaker’ national lockdown?

The government’s own scientists recommended implementing a short “circuit breaker” lockdown three weeks ago, it has emerged.

The plan was at the top of a shortlist of five coronavirus interventions recommended to the government last month by its Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

The Sage document, dated 21 September, was released on Monday, just hours after prime minister Boris Johnson announced a three-tier lockdown for England.

As well as the circuit breaker, Sage advised that people work from home if they can – a measure which was later announced by the government.

Scientists also advised “banning all contact within the home with members of other households”, as well as the closure of all bars, restaurants, cafes, indoor gyms, and personal services such as hairdressers.

The fifth and final measure on the list was transferring all university and college teaching online.

The government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and

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Lights, camera, fashion: Chanel show goes ahead as Paris tightens lockdown

Bruno Pavlovsky is in a good mood. It is Monday evening, and the president of Chanel’s fashion division has just received confirmation from the French government that the house’s catwalk show can go ahead the following morning.

The show, staged before 500 masked guests under the glass domes of the Grand Palais on the final day of Paris Fashion Week, had been running against the clock. Earlier on Monday, the French government ordered the closure of all bars and cafés in Paris for two weeks from Tuesday as new coronavirus infections rose to 11,500 daily.

Nevertheless, many fashion houses, including LVMH-owned Louis Vuitton and Dior, have gone ahead with live shows.

“The show is the best way to present the collection,” Pavlovsky insists. The company was forced to cancel its Cruise show in Capri in May, and instead debuted the collection online via video in June. Although it reached an

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