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October 16, 2020

Weekend reads: The coronavirus pandemic is driving us to adopt new phrases

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    Got the itch to travel? Try a flight to nowhere. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused people around the world to stay at home, with many country's borders closed. So what are people who love to travel doing? Some of them are taking flights to nowhere, Michael Sullivan reports for NPR. These flights, which depart and land from the same location, offer would-be travelers a chance to take in views of some of the biggest tourist attractions in their countries, such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef, from the sky.

    How are some NFL teams protecting against the new coronavirus? Silver. A handful of NFL teams are utilizing a cleaning product commonly used in health care and hospitality settings to kill germs and pathogens such as MRSA, in the hope of protecting players from the new coronavirus. SilvaClean is a small cartridge that dispenses silver ions during the rinse cycle of a load of laundry. While it has not been subject to rigorous study against the new coronavirus, one study at the University of South Alabama's Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, found SilvaClean effectively inactivated over 99.9% of the new coronavirus that was tested.

    José Vasquez's reads

    How the global coronavirus pandemic is changing the English language.  Writing for Fast Company, Lydia Dishman explains how the new coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the English language and popularizing new terms. For example, as social distancing has become more widely adopted and hugging has fallen out of favor, more people are using the phrase "elbow bump," which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as a "gesture … in which two people lightly tap their elbows together as an alternative to a handshake or embrace … to reduce the risk of spreading or catching an infectious disease," Dishman writes.

    One Baystate Medical Center NP's journey from a custodian to health care provider. Ten years ago, Jaines Andrades, who had always dreamed of helping people, interviewed for a position as a custodian at Baystate Medical Center (BMC), Juli McDonald writes for WBZ-TV. According to McDonald, Andrades, who shared her journey in a Facebook post, landed the job and served as a janitor at BMC as she completed her nursing degree. "Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I'd be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea," Andrades told McDonald. Andrades eventually became an RN—and then last month an NP at BMC, McDonald reports.

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