December 11, 2020

Weekend reads: 'Zoom dysmorphia' is driving a boom in plastic surgery

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    "The Yale Book of Quotations" honors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, William Shakespeare gets vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    William Shakespeare was vaccinated against Covid-19 (yes, you read that right). An 81-year-old man in Warwickshire, England, named William Shakespeare received one of the first United Kingdom-approved doses of Pfizer's and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine, which the country authorized and began distributing last week. Shakespeare received the injection at University Hospital Coventry, 20 miles away from Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

    Fauci tops list of the most notable quotations of 2020. Fred Shapiro, a librarian at Yale Law School, has updated "The Yale Book of Quotations" with a list of the ten most notable quotations from 2020. At the top spot is a simple quotation from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci: "Wear a mask."

    José Vasquez's reads

    How infectious disease outbreaks have altered home design. Writing for Architectural Digest, Elizabeth Yuko explores how infectious disease outbreaks and public health initiatives transformed home design in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and led to many of the features people expect to see in their homes today. From closets to powder rooms, Yuko writes each of these design elements can be traced back to a public health effort.

    Why business is booming for plastic surgeons amid the pandemic. Plastic surgeons worldwide are seeing requests for procedures climb to "unprecedented" levels, Danielle Braff writes for the Washington Post. The reason for the high demand isn't entirely clear, but Braff says experts believe videoconferencing tools like Zoom—which can present people in an unflattering light—may be partly responsible.

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