Revealed: Nazi concentration camp Sylt on Alderney uncovered in detail

Hitler’s British concentration camp revealed: Brutal Nazi concentration camp Sylt on Alderney has been studied for the first time since WWII – exposing a tunnel ‘used to sneak women in for a German brothel’, the SS kitchen and a prisoner toilet block

  • Archaeologists led by Staffordshire University used ground-penetrating radar at the site of Sylt 
  • Much of the old concentration camp is now privately-owned and very little remains above ground 
  • Nazis destroyed and burned almost all evidence of the camp and its unspeakable monstrosities in 1944 
  • But evidence of buildings and structures remains hidden underground  which has now been mapped 

A Nazi concentration camp on the island of Alderney has been studied for the first time since its destruction at the end of World War Two to reveal details of the site where Hitler’s soldiers conducted heinous acts against prisoners.

Alderney was home to the only concentration camps in Britain during the war and the remains of more than 30 structures have now been revealed by archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar at the most sinister — Sylt. 

One of the new finds at the site of the death camp, which was run by the Schutzstaffel (SS) from 1943, was a tunnel from the soldiers’ bathhouse, below the barbed wire fence and into a villa outside of the camp. 

It connected to the villa of the camp’s Commandant  and this well-lit passage is thought to have been regularly used by the German occupiers.

Archaeologists are unsure of its exact purpose but say it may have been used to sneak in women for a brothel.

Other findings include both prisoner and SS buildings — barracks, kitchens, toilets and bathhouses — as well as gateposts and perimeter fence remnants.  

Pictured, the ground-penetrating radar images labelled with some of what was found hidden under the shrubbery on Alderney. This is the first time the camp has been investigated since 1945 

 One of the new finds at the site of the death camp, which became a Schutzstaffel (SS) death camp in 1943, was a tunnel from the soldiers’ bathhouse, below the barbed wire fence and into a villa outside of the camp. This well-lit passage is thought to have been regularly used by the German occupiers and archaeologists are unsure of its exact purpose, but say it may have been used to sneak in women for a brothel

An annotated image showing the different things found by the ground-penetrating radar scans. 4) SS orderly room, 6) stables, 7) prisoner barracks, 12) construction stores, 14) Commandant’s villa, 15) kitchen, clothing store and cellar. The white dotted line is the dividing wall between the are for SS troops and the prisoners

Pictured, a bunker on Alderney, likely built by slave labour from Sylt and the other camps. They were starved, beaten and tortured by the occupying Nazis and forced to toil away erecting part of Hitler’s ‘Atlantic Wall’, designed to protect France from attack. This bunker would have formed part of these defences

A handful of physical structures remain visible today, including a trough for horses and an SS orderly built by slave labour, but the researchers sought to uncover hidden signs of the Nazi era. 

The German occupiers destroyed as much evidence of the camp and its monstrosities as they could in 1944 when it was clear the Allied forces would win the war. 

The researchers used non-invasive methods and were able to identify and map key features of the camp and show how it expanded from a small forced labour camp of 100 to a fully-fledged Nazi death camp run by SS tyrants.

Thirty two features were discovered in total: four boundaries, five structures for SS soldiers, two for the Commandant himself and 21 built for the prisoners. 

A toilet block (pictured) and bathhouse, stables and kitchen, with accompanying subterranean cellar were among the structures in the prisoner’s area

Pictured, the prisoner kitchen cellar. The SS canteen was larger than the prisoner kitchen, even though far fewer individuals ate there


Records from survivors mentions how hard life was for people sent to work at the forced labour camp, which became a concentration camp.  

Each prisoner was assigned to a labour company and forced to undertake heavy construction work for 12 hours per day. 

They were inadequately dressed and undernourished. 

Daily rations consisted of black coffee for breakfast; a thin soup and a loaf of bread between five prisoners for lunch; and a relatively thicker soup with butter for dinner

The Organisation Todt (OT), a civil and military engineering group responsible for supplying labour to the Third Reich, ran the camp for two years. 

It passed into the hands of the notorious SS, headed up by the infamous Heinrich Himmler. 

They did not administer medical treatment at Sylt: sick prisoners who were able to walk were sometimes permitted to visit the hospital at Norderney.

One-fifth of the camp’s inmates reportedly died between August 1942 and January 1943. 

If a prisoner died, the SS issued the Sylt doctor with a pre-printed death certificate, which often labelled the cause of death as faulty circulation’ or ‘heart failure’.

The camp was divided into two separate compounds, one for the prisoners and one for the SS troops, by a stone-covered wall and gateposts. 

Sylt, like the rest of the concentration camps across Europe, also had a central square for roll-call. 

A toilet block and bathhouse, stables and kitchen, with accompanying subterranean cellar were among the structures in the prisoner’s area.  

Assessment by the archaeologists revealed the foundations of the site’s canteen, guardroom and workshops as well as both the prisoner and SS barracks, the sickbay and the construction office.

Sentry posts, gateposts and the remnants of the camp fences also survive in the underground fingerprint, shown as lines on a radar map.   

The researchers, led by academics at Staffordshire University, used lidar and geophysical survey data to reveal what lay beneath the surface.  

A digital map was produced and no physical excavations were conducted to preserve the site. The findings were compared to historical blueprints of the camp that survived the war to understand what each structure was. 

Only shallow depressions were seen for the prisoner barracks, opposed to the deep foundations of the SS barracks, a clear indicator of the superior quality of the buildings for the soldiers.  

Prisoners were housed in wooden barracks, which were destroyed when the Germans tried to destroy all evidence of the camp and its crimes in 1944, which measured 90 feet long by 26 feet wide (28 x 8m). 

This space is approximately the same size as half a basketball court and each building housed 150 prisoners. 

It is known from archive records that a large portion of this space was reserved for a single room which was taken by a single prisoner called a Kapo — prisoners chosen by the SS to keep order and enforce discipline. 

Of the remaining space, each prisoner had just 1.5 square metres each in which to sleep and live, barely more than a phone booth.  

‘This work has shed new light on the German occupation of Alderney and, crucially, the experiences of the thousands of forced and slave labourers who were sent there,’ said Professor Sturdy Colls, who led the study, published today in the journal Antiquity. 

‘Historical, forensic and archaeological approaches have finally offered the possibility to uncover new evidence and give a voice to those who suffered and died on Alderney so many years ago’.

Nazis occupied the Channel islands in 1940 after the British decided it would be too expensive and difficult to protect the during the war. Instead, the residents were evacuated to the mainland. 

Almost of of Alderney’s population fled, allowing the invading Nazis to claim the island unopposed, much to the chagrin of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and turn the five-and-a-half square miles of Alderney into a cut-off German enclave.

They had a free hand to do what they wanted there without fear of surveillance or interference. And they exploited that freedom without restraint. 

Over the next five years, Organisation Todt (OT), the monolithic enterprise that ran Nazi construction projects, hired some voluntary labour from Germany and France but mainly shipped in slaves — thousands upon thousands of Russian prisoners of war and forced labourers, men and boys dragged from their villages in Russia and Eastern Europe, Jews from France, French and Spanish PoWs and even captives from Morocco.

During the occupation of the islands, slave labourers made up at least three-quarters of the work force on the island. 

With them, as elsewhere in the Third Reich, the Germans embarked on an orgy of beatings, torture, starvation, recreational killing, crucifixion and systematic mass murder. 


Sylt had a reputation as by far the most fearsome camp on Alderney, with archived testimonies speaking of untold brutality and abuse. 

Prisoners were killed as sport, their deaths dismissed with a generic death certificate and their mutilated bodies used as decoration atop walls and gates. 

For sport, the SS guards sometimes used dogs to force prisoners through security fences. The prisoners were then shot for attempting to ‘escape’. The SS documented many such executions as ‘suicides’.

German soldier Otto Tauber, for example, recalled how four men were bound to the barbed wire fence atop a wall and whipped for killing and eating a lamb.

The gateposts were also a favoured place for the SS to perpetrate and display brutality. A former Norderney prisoner explained: ‘at Lager Sylt we saw a Russian, he was just hanging, strung up from the main gate. 

‘On his chest he had a sign on which was written: ‘for stealing bread’. Others were left hanging for days and whipped or had cold water poured over them all night until they died, according to archived testimony.   

Bodies were left to hang as a warning to others not to commit crimes. Even the German garrison on Alderney were aware that Sylt was a brutal camp, to which access was restricted, the archaeologists cconducting the latest research say. 

While visiting Sylt in 1943, German corporal Otto Taubert explained that ‘no one [in the Wehrmacht] was allowed to enter the inner [prisoner] compound’. German Lieutenant D.R Schwalm stated that ‘access to the camp was only allowed with the permission of the camp-leader and then only in his presence’.

Historical sources confirm that the SS used food to enforce dominance and control.

Prisoners starved while their food rations were stolen by SS guards, who either ate, sold, traded or kept the supplies for themselves. 

One of the prisoner kitchens also became a killing site when, as former Sylt prisoner Wilhelm Wernegau recalled, the cook was strangled by the SS because they did not like his food.

The inmates of the slave labour camp lived their pitiful and short lives in constant fear.

One who against the odds survived recalled being marched to work and a fellow prisoner falling to his knees, unable to walk further.

‘The Germans shot him right there,’ he told The Daily Mail in 2017. 

‘Another man was crucified for stealing, hung by his hands. When I got up in the mornings I saw dead bodies in the bunks around me. Sometimes their lips, nose and ears had been eaten by rats.

‘There was a special hut where the corpses were piled. Later, they were taken away, loaded onto trucks and dumped in the sea.

‘We were fed just water with a few bits of turnip floating in it, so life was a constant struggle for food. I found a rubbish heap near to the construction site where I worked and was filling a bag with vegetable peelings and cabbage leaves when someone set a dog on me.

‘It attacked again and again, tearing all my clothing. When it let go, I was beaten with a stick by a German. I was very weak at the time. There were about 500 men in my camp, and at least 300 died while I was there.’

Prisoners were housed in appalling conditions in slave labour camps on Alderney. The existence of four of these — named Norderney, Sylt, Borkum and Helgoland, after German islands — is well known.

However, no investigations have been done to learn about the camps since a government-led audit in 1945, which was not made public for more than 35 years. 

When it was released, the details were watered down to dilute the sense of disgust and outrage at the atrocities on the island. Ever since, preserving the site and memorialising the camp has been a contentious topic among locals.

Sylt was initially a forced labour camp ran by the OT from 1942, but on March 1 1943, it was put under the command of SS-Untersturmführer Maximillian List, officially turning it into a concentration camp. 

Witnesses from the war say the front gate of the camp had a sign over it displayed the words ‘SS-Lager Sylt’.

Most of the OT prisoners, around 100-200, were moved to Helgoland and Norderney and replaced with SS prisoners shipped in and rammed into the ramshackle camp from across Europe, mostly Eastern Bloc natives. 

Just over 1,000 prisoners arrived via the German concentration camps of Sachsenhausen and Neuengamme and Sylt became a formal sub-camp of the latter. 

The prisoners comprised approximately 500 Russians and Ukrainians, 180 Germans, 130 Polish, 60 Dutch, 20–30 Czech and 20 French nationals, most of whom were classed as political prisoners. Most wore the infamous SS-striped blue and white overalls of the concentration camps.

Photograph of the Sylt concentration camp taken in 1945. The Germans destroyed much of the camp in 1944 and little survived their attempts to eradicate evidence of their crimes 

 The existence of four Alderney forced labour camps — named Norderney, Sylt, Borkum and Helgoland, after German islands — is well known (pictured, their locations on the island)

According to official SS documentation, 103 prisoners died. However, eye-witness testimony and various contemporary sources reveal many more perished.   

Sylt had a reputation as by far the most fearsome camp on Alderney, with archived testimonies speaking of untold brutality and abuse. 

Prisoners were killed as sport, their deaths dismissed with a generic death certificate and their mutilated bodies used as decoration atop walls and gates.  

In total, at least 700 people died at the labour and concentration camps on Alderney, and more died travelling to or from them. 

Even before it was handed over to the ruthless monsters of the SS, a fifth of the forced labourers at the camp perished in its first four months of operations. 

They were starved, beaten and tortured by the occupying Nazis and forced to toil away erecting part of Hitler’s ‘Atlantic Wall’, designed to protect France from attack. 

Slave labourers also constructed the vast array of fortifications, bunkers, casements and defensive walls that made mysterious Alderney one of the most heavily fortified outposts of the Third Reich. 

Hitler, as well as Churchill, recognised the Channel Islands had no practical use in the war and their main function for the Nazi regime was as a promotional tool. 

According to the propaganda of the Nazi party, ceasing the deserted and undefended islands was the ‘last stepping stone before the conquest of mainland Britain’.

The researchers hope that by showing there are clear signs and concrete evidence of Alderney’s darkest moment it will encourage locals to embrace the history and protect it. 

Writing in the study, published today in the journal Antiquity, the researchers say: ‘The future of Sylt remains uncertain. Although some members of the local government and community are enthusiastic about developing it into a memorial, there is also fear that this focus on slave labour will show the island in a negative light,’ the archaeologists write. 

They add: ‘Archaeological survey has now demonstrated that considerable traces of the camp survive, both above and below ground, enabling us to rewrite the narrative around the destruction of the camp and challenging the notion that there is nothing ‘worth’ conserving.’ 

Writing in the study, published today in the journal Antiquity, the researchers say: ‘Although in many ways it looked different, since its form was influenced by the surrounding landscape, by mid 1943, Sylt possessed many of the physical characteristics and operational traits of other SS camps in Europe.’ 


In June 1940, the Allied forces were defeated in France. 

The UK government decided the Channel Islands would be too costly to defend and began evacuating military personal and equipment. 

Prime Minister Winston Churchill was reportedly reluctant to simply abandon the oldest possession of the British crown but succumbed to the reasoning of military advisers. 

Thousands of residents of the channel island fled to mainland Britain to avoid the incoming Nazis. 

On Alderney, the most northerly of the main Chanel Islands, the vast majority of the 1,400 natives left the rock that is just three square miles in size.  

Many people evacuated from the larger Guernsey and Jersey but a large portion of the population opted to stay. 

The Nazis were unaware the Allied forces had stopped protecting the islands and over the next two weeks began reconnaissance fights over their shores. 

In total, 44 islanders were killed in a sequence of raids on the ports by the Luftwaffe.  

The Nazis soon occupied the islands, which became the only part of the British Empire conquered by the German Army. 

German authorities changed the time zone from GMT to CET in line with the rest of the Third Reich. German occupation also saw the island change to driving on the right hand side opposed to the left.  

Residents were forced to sell their cars and houses; speak German in schools; give up weapons, boats and cameras; and had limited access to beaches. 

Hitler believed the occupation of the islands had value as a propaganda tool. As a result, they became heavily fortified. 

Hitler sent one-twelfth of the steel and concrete used in the Atlantic Wall defence network to go to the Channel Islands. 

The islands were some of the most densely fortified areas in Europe, with a host of Hohlgangsanlage tunnels, casemates, and coastal artillery positions.

Forced labour camps were built on some of the islands, with so-called volunteer camps springing up on Guernsey and Jersey.

This forced labour led to the creation of bunkers, gun emplacements, air raid shelters, and concrete fortifications.

In 1942, camps on Alderney, called Sylt and Norderney, were built to hold a few hundred forced labourers.  

However, a year later, on March 1, 1943, they were placed under the control of the SS-Untersturmführer Maximillian List, turning them into concentration camps. 

He was succeeded by SS-Obersturmführer Georg Braun in March 1944. Both men were long-serving members of the Nazi party. List ordered the ‘security to treat the prisoners harshly’ and Braun was ‘brutal to excess’, according to archive information.

The labourers were forced to build coastal defences as part of Hitler’s ‘Atlantic Wall’ and it is thought 20 per cent of the camp’s population died in the first four months alone.

Sylt concentration camp was closed in 1944 and the SS destroyed much of it to hide their crimes. 

During D-Day on ‎6 June 1944 the British troops bypassed the heavily armoured islands. 

It took until May 9 1945 for the Nazis on the islands to surrender, 24 hours after VE day for most of Europe.  

Guernsey and Jersey were liberated by British troops and ships on this day. Sark was liberated on 10 May 1945, and the German troops in Alderney surrendered on 16 May 1945. Prisoners of war were removed from Alderney by 20 May 1945. 

Alderney was the last German garrison to surrender following the conclusion of the war.  

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Kaapo Kakko’s stubbornness is blocking potential Rangers greatness

Part 9 in a series analyzing the New York Rangers

All apples are fruit, but that does not mean that all fruit are apples. I learned that many, many years ago taking a Logic course. Happily I am able to apply that education here when I tell you that all great hockey players have a stubborn streak, but that does not mean that all players with a stubborn streak are great.

Introducing, Kaapo Kakko.

So much of the conversation about the 2019 second-overall pick in the draft focused on his spot in the lineup, his linemates, his minutes and whether he should have been shoehorned into a top-six role, ready or not. There was also much talk about the difficulties confronting a teenager from Finland attempting to make the transition not only to the NHL, but to a foreign country with a foreign language.

No doubt these external factors proved meaningful through Kakko’s rookie season, but No. 24’s obstinance became a self-made obstacle that he was unable to overcome on a consistent basis. Kakko dominated in Finland by holding onto the puck as long as possible. He would take the puck to the net, he would circle the net, he would beat a couple of men on one side, dangle a bit, then beat the same two guys again en route to a highlight-reel goal.

He was very much an individualistic — as opposed to, selfish — player, able to go one-on-one with results that were overwhelmingly positive. That was a function of the league and of the big ice, though Kakko did dominate on the small ice of the 2018-19 World Juniors in Buffalo, albeit against teenagers. The NHL is not a league of teenagers.

The more Kakko tried to play it his way, the more his tendency to double down. He would hold onto the puck too long in slowing it down. He’d make his patented move to the net, beat one man, maybe even a second, but then would lose the puck to a third opponent, or maybe the initial defender who had circled back. Kakko believed he could make the league bend to him. One day, maybe. Last year, not.

When Kakko played with pace and moved the puck quickly, he was a much more effective offensive player. Indeed, the rookie seemed to get it late in the season in becoming a more dynamic and diversified player. There is no shame in adapting.

The Rangers have had 15 Finnish-born players throughout their history, but Kakko was the lone Finn on the squad this season. I was always surprised the team didn’t add another one to the roster in order to aid Kakko’s transition to his new life. But no.

By the way, Kakko ranks fifth in both goals and points on the all-time list of Finnish-born Rangers with 10 goals and 23 points. Reijo Ruotsalainen tops the chart with 99 goals and 316 points with Mikko Leinonen (31-77-108), Esa Tikkanen (25-42-67) and Raimo Helminen (12-24-36) next in line. Next year: the Helminen Watch.

Mike Bossy was not a Finn and did not play for the Rangers. But he was as stubborn a rookie as I have covered. He could afford to be. He scored 53 goals.

Kakko did pick it up the two or so weeks leading into the March 12 coronavirus-induced shutdown. He had more jump in his step and played more of a give-and-go, dart-to-open-spaces game. He was more effective. And David Quinn gave some thought to moving Kakko into a top-six role in the absence of the injured Chris Kreider.

But there was no improvement at the other end of the ice, where Kakko’s struggles were measurably worse. Not sure if a lack of awareness or of attention was the primary issue, but the winger was on for 40 goals-against at five-on-five, second most to Pavel Buchnevich’s 44 among New York forwards. Problem is that Buchnevich played 170 more minutes than Kakko. Beyond that, Buchnevich was on for 54 Rangers goals, a plus-10 while Kakko was on for 16 goals for and was a minus-24.

You may not think plus-minus matters. Let me tell you, minus-24 playing for a team that was plus-seven at full strength, it matters. Kakko’s GF percentage of 28.57 was the worst in the NHL among the 215 forwards with at least 750 minutes at five-on-five. The three next worst were all Red Wings.

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Listen, Kakko wants to be great. No, he expects to be great. He spent the year beating himself up because he could not attain that standard. It was painful for everyone. But there is time for Kakko to grow and there may be a top-six opening for him to grab if Jesper Fast departs.

Kakko has the tools. Everyone in the hockey world was not wrong about him last year. He is talented and driven.

And stubborn.

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Health care worker sleeping in her garage to avoid family contact

A grassroots-led movement is rehousing the nation's frontline health workers to prevent them from transmitting COVID-19 to family at home.

Find-a-bed, a volunteer organisation that started to shelter people who lost their homes in the bushfires, is fielding calls to find accommodation for medical staff, while doctors and nurses are taking to social media to search for temporary housing to protect vulnerable relatives.

Nurse Saphran Eckersley is moving out of home to prevent potentially transmitting COVID-19 to her family members.

One nurse has resorted to sleeping in her garage to keep a safe distance from her elderly and infirm father, the Herald has been told.

Another nurse, Saphran Eckersley, who works at Liverpool Hospital, said that although she had not yet come into contact with anyone who had been diagnosed with coronavirus, she had chosen to isolate herself from her family and her partner.

"I am a frontline worker, we are at quite a high risk of being exposed to the virus, and because I do live with my parents and my brothers, I don’t want to run the risk of bringing home the virus," Ms Eckersley said.

Liverpool nurse Saphran Eckersley.

Earlier this month a trainee female doctor assigned to Liverpool Hospital’s emergency department tested positive for the virus, causing several other staff to be sent home.

From next week Ms Eckersley, 22, will be living rent-free in a newly built Warwick Farm house owned by Angela Lau, who advertised the investment property through the Facebook community group Adopt a Healthcare Worker.

Ms Lau said the furnished home would also accommodate another nurse trying to protect her family and a doctor who had to commute an hour each way between work and home.

"We're just trying to work out how we can pull together as a community to make this safe for everyone," she said.

Other hospital workers told the Herald they were temporarily moving in together to avoid potentially exposing their families, while one nurse said she and her husband, also a nurse, feared transmitting the virus to their children, but they had no one else to care for them.

There are now calls from frontline responders for the government to subsidise temporary accommodation amid increasingly stringent lockdown conditions for other members of the community.

Find-a-bed co-founder Paige Burton said her organisation would "continue to fill that gap as long as it exists".

"I think there needs to be a bit more thought around making sure those people have somewhere safe to go," Ms Burton said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said the National Incident Room was investigating all options to keep essential health workers safe in the response to COVID-19.

Home-sharing giant Airbnb has also embarked on a plan to house healthcare workers using its vast stock of accommodation providers.

“Right now, our focus is on identifying where the most urgent need is so we can best help connect hosts who’ve generously offered up their listings with healthcare workers," Airbnb's country manager for Australia, Susan Wheeldon, said.

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Sofar Sounds Launches ‘Listening Room’ Livestream

Sofar Sounds — which has made a name and a business for itself by staging “secret gigs and intimate concerts” featuring emerging artists for an invited, engaged audience — is among the many businesses in the live-entertainment space that have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. While it was thriving both as a platform — it staged more than 10,000 concerts last year in North American and Europe — and a business, obviously it’s had to postpone its normal operations for the immediate future.

However, the company has launched a daily “Listening Room” livestream to support independent artists through the pandemic, where viewers can donate to artists directly or to the Sofar Global Artist Fund.

The company stresses that 100% of the money donated will be distributed to artists. Last week, the company announced plans to pay advances to artists for canceled shows (more info HERE).

Upcoming Live Streams — more shows will be announced in the coming days, head here for an updated calendar.

Tuesday, March 31
7pm ET – Jake Wesley Rogers from Nashville

Wednesday, April 1
3pm ET – Lily Moore from London

Thursday, April 2
3pm ET – Lila Drew from Los Angeles

April 3
7pm EST – Ben Cosgrove from Boston

April 4
3pm EST – OKIEM from London

April 5
7pm EST – Copilot from Boston

April 6
3pm EST – Ciaran Lavery from London

The company recently reached a $460,000 settlement with the New York Department of Labor after an article revealed its extensive use of unpaid volunteer workers. The company no longer uses volunteers and the settlement money has been distributed to people who worked for free at its events in New York over the years.



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Staying home? Here are five great tips to stay active, too

As we close in on three weeks without live sports, things on the surface may seem bleak to sports fans. But hopefully, you're still taking care of you. That's really the most important thing.

You may be stuck at home, but there are still plenty of ways to do whatever you can with whatever you've got. And we want to help. Moving forward, Good Sports is also going to bring you tips, tricks, advice and fun ways to stay fit and active while staying home and #socialdistancing. 

We start it simple. We asked the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for some advice and these are its five safety tips on how to keep muscles working effectively and reduce the risk of injury while working out. 

  • Evaluate your space
  • Warm up and cool down
  • Sleep 
  • Hydrate 
  • Nutrition
  • Read the advice on each

And make sure to check USA TODAY Sports each morning for a new tip on how to stay active while staying home.

Now that you're winding down from the workout, check out a few ways the sports world has come together this past week. Here is the good (and goofy) from the week in sports:  

LeBron James during a … live basketball game earlier in March? (Photo: Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)

  • TACO TUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUESDAY: Months ago, before there was a, you know, global pandemic, LeBron James floated the idea of trademarking the term "Taco Tuesday." He was mocked because, well, it was a silly idea. What he did in Akron last Tuesday, however, wasn't silly at all.
  • DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: Baseball is wacky in a way other sports just aren't. 
  • CUT THAT MEAT: Peyton Manning turned 44 last week, and to celebrate we looked at some of his top off the field highlights. 
  • OPENING DAYS NEVER TO FORGET: We didn't get a traditional Opening Day, but why not relive some iconic season-opening moments of the past? 
  • BOY'S GOT SKILLS: A high school wrestler is being lauded as a hero after helping to stop an alleged kidnapping and assault by pinning a man to the ground until authorities arrived.
  • SISTER JEAN HAS A MESSAGE: The now-100-year-old nun who became a March Madness sensation two years ago has a message amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • STEPHON MARBURY STEPPING UP: The longtime NBA point guard said in an interview with the New York Post that he's working with a supplier in China, where he now lives, to get 10 million N95 masks delivered to New York at a significant discount. 
  • TRUMP CALLS … A-ROD?: Sometime last week, President Donald Trump turned to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez for advice on a response to the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the phone call told USA TODAY Sports. We have nothing really to add after that!

Other good deeds we saw this week as the sports world tries to help in the fight against the coronavirus: 

  • The NBA and WNBA, along with players and teams, have pledged $50 million to COVID-19 related efforts.
  • NASCAR driver Joey Logano is helping feed people in need. 
  • Knicks players Julius Randle and Bobby Portis are doing the same in New York. 
  • Bauer is helping produce personal protective equipment. 
  • Titans coach Mike Vrabel reaches out to 87-year-old fan quarantined over coronavirus concerns. 
  • A former Mississippi State athlete has been helping his hometown.
  • While locked down in Paris, former Big Ten football star finds a new mission. 


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How You Can Make Face Masks For Hospital Workers During The Coronavirus Outbreak

As more information about the coronavirus pandemic develops, some of the information in this story may have changed since it was last updated. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department.

Medical face masks for healthcare workers are running dangerously low due to the rapid increase of COVID-19 patients filling up hospitals and the fact that many consumers are purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for their own personal use. Hospitals are asking for donations of N95 respirators (the CDC-recommended masks for healthcare professionals working with infectious patients). But these efforts aren’t enough to keep up with the demand for N95 masks, so businesses and good samaritans are taking it upon themselves to sew masks for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers working on the front lines of the novel coronavirus.

The PPE supply has become such a crisis that hospital workers are turning to social media to ask for hand-sewn surgical masks. Facebook groups, YouTube channels, and Instagram accounts are popping up with crafters banding together to figure out how to make homemade masks and get them in the hands of healthcare professionals. If you own a sewing machine, you can join this movement — but there are some important facts you need to know first.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab reached out to medical professionals, sewing experts, and fabric suppliers to pull together everything you need to know about making face masks at home, from sewing tutorials to guidelines from hospitals.

Do fabric face masks actually work?

Yes and no. They’re not as effective as N95 masks, but they’re still useful because hospitals are completely running out of masks altogether. The CDC advises using N95 masks for the best protection, but it says to use a bandana or scarf as a last resort if the hospital-approved masks are not available. Unfortunately we’re at that point in this pandemic, so homemade masks are being made to replace bandanas and scarves.

The homemade versions are also being worn on top of N95 masks to help them last longer. These masks are being rationed wherever they’re still available. Even though they’re made for single use, hospital workers are being told to rewear the same N95 mask for days or even weeks at a time.

If you or someone you know has any N95 masks, hospitals are urging you to donate or sell them. The CDC doesn’t recommend the use of N95 masks for anyone other than healthcare professionals working directly with patients.

What fabric should I use?

The best fabric for homemade masks is a tightly woven, 100% cotton fabric. Things like denim, bed sheets, and heavyweight shirts are all good options. Avoid knit fabrics (e.g. jersey T-shirts) because they create holes when they stretch, which the virus could get through. Make sure to prewash fabrics using hot water to kill germs and to pre-shrink the material so it doesn’t change shape after healthcare workers wash it themselves.

We spoke with several healthcare professionals, and it’s clear that there are no specific guidelines or regulations around making homemade masks at this time. Still, there are some best practices you can follow if you want to help. On top of a sewing machine and fabric, you’ll need a nonwoven filter fabric to help block out particles and a metal piece (like a paper clip) to make it fit snugly around the nose.

If you have clothing or bedding items at home that are in good condition, you can use these instead of having to buy new fabric. On top of that, JOANN stores are donating precut fabric to anyone who wants to make masks. All 860 stores will be offering the materials in their classrooms with sewing machines, which the company says will follow social distancing recommendations. You can also call the store to have the supplies brought out to your car for curbside pickup if you have a sewing machine at home and prefer to not enter the store.

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Will hospitals accept homemade masks?

Homemade masks technically are not hospital-approved, so some hospitals won’t accept the donations directly. Check with local hospitals in your area to see if they can use your homemade masks and if so, what their policies are for dropping them off. Because this is a rapidly changing situation, hospitals are continuing to update policies.

Otherwise, healthcare professionals are making requests on social media. MasksForHeroes uses an Instagram account to post PPE requests from healthcare workers. It says some hospitals have given permission to send the requests, but other posts from individual employees may be anonymous. The U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health is also compiling lists of hospitals by state that are accepting homemade masks, including instructions for dropping them off.

Keep in mind: it’s not just hospitals that need face masks. Healthcare workers in other facilities like nursing homes and urgent care centers are also dealing with mask shortages while working with COVID-19 patients. Even non-healthcare workers like veterinarians and firefighters are left without face masks and have said they would accept homemade versions.

How do I make a homemade face mask?

We worked with Amanda Perna, fashion designer and Project Runway alum, who started sewing face masks after she had to temporarily close her fashion studio due to the coronavirus outbreak. Amanda has been working tirelessly to make as many masks as possible and recruiting seamstresses to join her efforts. We also reached out to some of our top-tested cotton sheet brands like Parachute, Brooklinen, Gryphon, Garnet Hill, Cuddledown, and Authenticity50, and they have generously committed to sending her fabric.

Here is Amanda’s step-by-step guide to sewing medical face masks, including a template you can print at home:

Check out the video above to see Amanda’s step-by-step instructions in action.

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ER doctor says it’s hard to ‘maintain your sanity’ in coronavirus video diary

An emergency room doctor has spoken out about the mental strain of dealing with COVID-19 patients as the global pandemic continues to rage.

Dr. Jan Zislis, owner and founder of ModernMed Concierge and a physician in the ER at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut, tells The Post in a video diary that it’s difficult for medical staff to keep a level head.

“There is so much information that is being thrown at us every day. There are new numbers, new protocols, new medications,” he says.

“It’s really hard to kind of keep up with it all and stay on top of it all and maintain your sanity.”

Currently, there are nearly 2,000 cases of the coronavirus in Connecticut. New York is approaching 60,000, according to the CDC.

The 49-year-old is clocking in at least nine-hour shifts and reveals he is not getting enough sleep as he fields calls from his private-practice patients.

“There is also a heightened anxiety level just worrying about family and their well-being and concerns about bringing home the virus,” adds the father of three children, ages 10 to 16. “It’s become overwhelming.”

However, Zislis speaks cautiously about Greenwich Hospital’s ability to cope, pointing out that the ICU capacity has essentially tripled.

“There’s no doubt that the hospitals are being stretched to the max,” he says. “We are at full capacity in our ER with several patients waiting to be admitted upstairs.”

An entire floor of the hospital has been designated for those with the coronavirus and elective surgeries have been canceled.

Personal protective equipment, known as PPE, is in limited supply, with Zislis and his team each having to wear one N95 mask for the duration of their shift. They put the masks in individually tagged paper bags between patients. At the end of their shift, the face-covering goes into a bin to be re-sterilized.

“Hopefully we won’t need to use them because the supply chain will hopefully improve,” he explains.

This contrasts sharply with reports from some New York City hospitals, including Jacobi Medical Center in The Bronx, that the use of PPE such as N95 masks may need to be rationed, causing nurses to wear the same mask for up to five days.

The doctor stressed the importance of changing out of his PPE as soon as he exits a patient’s room, hand-washing and not touching his face.

“I have to say as emergency physicians, we are doing a good job,” he adds, revealing that Greenwich Hospital is fortunate because it is able to borrow staff from other hospitals to “fill in the gaps,” like when co-workers fall sick.

Refreshingly, Zislis maintains that morale is good.

“The spirit of the collaboration and teamwork is really, really unprecedented,” he says. “Everyone is really stepping up and the morale is very positive.”

He says staff has been touched by the generosity and support of the local Greenwich community, which has seen donors sending in food for them “just about every day.”

Ending his video diary, Zislis pleads with people not to come to the ER with minor symptoms, such as a cough without shortness of breath.

“We urge you to stay at home,” he advises. “The hospital is not the place for you.”

He says that if you are experiencing more severe symptoms, contact your primary care physician.

“If you need to, come in,” he concludes, “The bottom line is: we’re going to get through this and together we are going to make this pandemic a thing of the past.”

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A Leading Activist In Britain’s Muslim Community Has Died Of The Coronavirus

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Fuad Nahdi — a prominent British Muslim journalist and activist who published an influential Muslim-focused magazine and was a key voice in Britain’s Muslim community — died on March 21 after falling ill with what his family later learned was the novel coronavirus, his son said.

Nahdi, 62, who had other health issues stemming from diabetes and cancer, fell severely ill and “spiraled really fast,” his son, Nadir Nahdi, told BuzzFeed News.

His family called an ambulance, and Nahdi was taken from his home in Wembley, an area of northwest London. He remained in the hospital for about a day and a half before he died; his coronavirus test came back positive two days after his death, his son said.

Friends and family remembered Nahdi’s charismatic personality, his talent for networking and mentoring, and his important role in shaping contemporary British Muslim identity.

“Fuad Nahdi was a powerful force to be reckoned with, inside the Muslim community, but more generally in British civil society, as well as more broadly in international Muslim circles,” H.A. Hellyer, a friend of Nahdi’s and senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, said in an email. “He was fiercely independent, and deeply committed to the normative tradition of Sunni Islam that informed his sense of justice and spirituality.”

Born in Tanzania in 1957, Nahdi grew up in Mombasa, Kenya, and went to the University of Nairobi. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1983 after winning a scholarship to attend SOAS University of London. In the UK, he met Humera Khan, and the couple married in 1989. They had two children together: Nadir, 30, founder of online platform Beni, and Ilyeh, 25, a speech and language therapist. Khan, 60, is also an activist in her own right as the cofounder of An-Nisa Society, a group focused on Muslim women.

He founded Q-News in the early 1990s, a magazine that was focused on young Muslims in the UK and was published until 2006.

“Fuad as a person and Q-News as a publication could be summed up in four ways: as progressive, cosmopolitan, attentive to context, and respectful but never deferential let alone obsequious towards religious and political authority,” Yahya Birt, a University of Leeds professor and another friend of Nahdi’s, wrote in a Medium post remembering him. Through Q-News, Nahdi mentored a generation of young Muslim activists and journalists.

“I think every single person that wrote there, Fuad had something to do with their careers,” said Dr. Nabila Munawar, a director of an inclusivity program at the London School of Economics and longtime friend of Nahdi’s, who wrote for and served as an editor at Q-News.

Munawar described how Nahdi was an attentive but sometimes challenging mentor. She recalled how, after she was getting ready to submit her Master’s thesis about responses to 9/11 in the Muslim community, she asked Nahdi to look it over.

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“He called me back and said it was bullshit,” Munawar recalled with a laugh. “You could always just trust him to [say], ‘you’re not gonna like this, but this is what I think about this’….he wanted it to be good.” Munawar said Nahdi was influential in shaping her thinking in her academic work on Muslim identity; “he really brought out that idea that you don’t impose identity on people, but it should come from them.”

“Dad was all about providing an alternative narrative that was positive and uplifting,” Nadir Nahdi said. “That alternative channel was so formative for an emerging young British Muslim identity to take shape because it wasn’t rooted in the kind of heaviness, the tropes of what the politicized environment was trying to bottle us in.”

Nahdi made inroads into the British establishment and encouraged interfaith cooperation, becoming the first Muslim to address the General Synod, the Church of England’s legislative body. And during a fraught era in which discourse around Islam and Muslims in the West was often imbued with Islamophobia and focused on extremism and the war on terror, Nahdi worked to influence policymakers and in 2005 launched an organization, Radical Middle Way, that was focused on promoting a more positive vision of Islam.

“The Radical Middle Way is based on the premise that most of the discussion about Islam is held in a context of extremism on both sides,” Nahdi said in an interview in 2007. “So actually to be moderate, to be in the middle, is radical because it’s different from the perceived notion around us.”

Munawar recalled once tagging along during one of Nahdi’s visits to Parliament; as they sat in the café having tea, Nahdi spotted former prime minister Margaret Thatcher nearby and cheekily dared Munawar to go speak to her.

His impish sense of humor endeared him to many. “There was laughter everywhere that he went,” his son Nadir said. “Dad was literally the soul of a party.”

Under normal circumstances, Nahdi’s family home would have been inundated with visitors in the wake of his death, Nadir said. But because of the coronavirus lockdown in Britain, the family have been grieving alone, and were only permitted to have 20 people attend Nahdi’s funeral last week.

But there was “a sense of obligation that it wasn’t only us grieving, but it was the whole Muslim world almost because Dad was quite a prominent figure in Muslim relations and conversations over a long period of time,” Nadir said.

So the family decided to livestream his funeral so that Nahdi’s friends and associates around the world could be there at least virtually. A virtual memorial service was also held for Nahdi over Zoom and Facebook on Thursday night.

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Billie Eilish’s Chill ‘Bad Guy’ On The Sofa Is ‘Effortless’ Perfection

Whether winning a fistful of Grammy Awards or performing on her couch, Billie Eilish has presence.

The teen pop star kept it wonderfully casual on Sunday with her brother Finneas O’Connell to sing her hit “Bad Guy” for the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Fox. (Watch below.)

The siblings kicked back on their sofa at home in L.A. and performed like there was no one else there, which only accentuated the presentation’s charm.

In introducing the pair for the coronavirus charity concert, host Elton John reassured parents of children now housebound due to the pandemic that home-schooled kids, as Eilish was, can “grow up to win a bunch of Grammys.”

Viewers called the collaboration “effortless” and “cool.”

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How Kendra Wilkinson Teaches Her 2 Kids to 'Love Themselves'

Words of wisdom! Kendra Wilkinson teaches her two children self-love through style.

“My best fashion advice I have given my kids is to not be afraid to dress and be who they are,” the Girls Next Door alum, 34, told Us Weekly exclusively on March 20 while celebrating her Kendra Wilkinson x ShoeDazzle collection. “It is so important to me for them to grow up with an open heart and at the end of the day, love themselves.”

The California native goes to Hank, 10, and Alijah, 5, when putting together her own outfits, she went on to tell Us. “I always ask them what their favorite outfit is before I head out the door,” the Being Kendra author explained.

As for her youngest, Alijah “loves to play around” in her mom’s closet. In fact, Wilkinson told Us, “She was so excited to hear about this new collection because that meant even more shoes for her to play with.”

The Kendra alum welcomed Hank and Alijah with Hank Bassett in 2009 and 2014, respectively. In April 2018, she filed for divorce from the former professional football player, 37, after nine years of marriage.

Wilkinson’s friend Jessica Hall told Us exclusively that she wants to see the Sliding Into Home author “with a family man because that’s all she wants.” The model, 36, explained in September 2019: “She wants a guy that just wants to go camping and wants to take her and barbecue. She’s so simple and I think a lot of people don’t realize that about her, but she really wants the ultimate family guy and it’s what she’s always dreamed of and what she’s going to continue to want, so I like that it has not changed and she has not changed.”

Hall went on to say that the Dancing With the Stars alum is “really just focusing on her kids and her career” for now.

In August 2019, a source revealed to Us exclusively that Wilkinson was casually dating philanthropist Donald “DJ” Friese. “They are not exclusive,” the insider said at the time. “Kendra is having fun and not taking him too seriously.”

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