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May 1, 2020

Weekend reads: Could human feces be the key to easing coronavirus lockdowns?

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    Do you need to wear a mask while exercising outside? CDC recommends that Americans wear masks covering their noses and mouths whenever they leave their houses to help prevent the new coronavirus' spread, but does that mean you also should wear a mask while you're outside exercising? The Wall Street Journal's Jen Murphy asked some experts, and while Henry Chambers, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California-San Francisco, said there isn't a significant medical reason for people who are exercising outside while practicing proper social distancing and who aren't infected with new coronavirus to wear a mask, Paul Auerbach, an emergency medicine doctor at Stanford University School of Medicine, said doing so is "an act of solidarity and courtesy, letting everyone know you are trying to be respectful, smart, and safe."

    Experts answer your burning questions about thermometers. Given that fever is a common symptom of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, having a thermometer on hand is more important now than ever before. But are some thermometers more accurate than others? And what body temperature should you be looking for? The Journal's Sarah Needleman asks the experts.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    Will our poop determine the end of coronavirus lockdowns? As testing Americans for the new coronavirus continues to lag behind the level public health experts say is needed, researchers say testing human feces could help track the extent of the virus' spread—and potentially inform health officials of when it's safe to ease social distancing measures.

    How advertisers are capitalizing on the epidemic. Brands are finding creative ways to indicate they're still open for business during the country's coronavirus epidemic, resulting in advertisements that "reveal a pandemic dystopia with a particularly American twist," Amanda Mullwrites for The Atlantic.

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