Kevin Bacon is using his 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon' fame to promote social distancing
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Actor Kevin Bacon has starred in countless box-office hits including "Footloose," "A few Good Men," and "Apollo 13." He's been in so many films that he's almost as well known for being prolific as he is for his performances.

Bacon has worked with so many people in entertainment, he became the subject of a game where people would try to connect one Hollywood person to Kevin Bacon within six steps or degrees.


Example:

Elvis Presley:

Elvis Presley was in Change of Habit (1969) with Ed Asner

Ed Asner was in JFK (1991) with Kevin Bacon


In 1996, the game became a book and Bacon probably hasn't lived a day without hearing about it since. Which has to be annoying.

Bacon is using the fact that he's known for his connections to spread awareness at our own interconnectedness during the coronavirus pandemic. The virus can easily spread from person to person so the more humans that come in contact, the greater the pandemic will spread.

The actor posted a video on Instagram encouraging people to stay home during the pandemic and to ask others to do so as well through #IStayHomeFor.

"Hi, folks. You know me, right? I'm technically only six degrees away from you," he said in a video

"Right now, like people around the world, I'm staying home, because it saves lives and it is the only way we're going to slow down the spread of this coronavirus," he continued. "Because the contact that you make with someone, who makes contact with someone else, that may be what makes somebody's mom or grandpa or wife sick."

What makes the COVID-19 virus even more dangerous than other viruses is people can go up to two weeks without showing any symptoms. Someone who thinks they are healthy can infect countless numbers of people during that time. Then, the people they infect can infect others without knowing it.

That's why the infection rate can easily and quickly spin out of control.

"Every one of us has someone who is worth staying home for," he said, citing his wife Kyra Sedgwick."The more folks involved, the merrier – We're all connected by various degrees (Trust me, I know!)," he wrote in the caption.

People have been posting who they're staying home under #IStayHomeFor on social media and tagging six connections asking them to do so as well.

Elton John is staying home for his husband and kids.



David Beckham is staying home for his wife, Victoria, and for their kids.



People are staying home so they don't infect the sick



People are staying home for family.



Some people are staying home for their pets.



She's staying home for all of humanity and beyond.


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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

"I had no idea what we were going to do," Kelly said, according to KOAT.

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