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January 22, 2021

Weekend reads: The travel industry steps in to help end Covid-19

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    The most and least accurate medical TV shows, how a disabled woman of color overcame her Covid-19 vaccination fears, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    Medical TV shows, from most- to least-accurate. Medical TV shows have always thrived on drama, but which of these shows are accurate in terms of what health care providers actually see in their day-to-day and which ones are completely far-fetched? Mikhail Varshavski, a family medicine physician at the Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center, ranked 16 medical TV shows from least-to-most accurate in MedPage Today, including favorites such as Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, and The Good Doctor.

    How does Covid-19 rank in the history of pandemics? In the year or so since the novel coronavirus first hit, the virus has killed almost two million people. But how does the new coronavirus pandemic rank in the history of other pandemics? Writing for Vox's "Future Perfect," Kelsey Piper puts other pandemics into historical context—and determines that the new coronavirus pandemic ranks in the top-10 deadliest in world history.

    José Vasquez's reads

    Inside the travel industry's role in fighting the coronavirus epidemic. Since America's coronavirus epidemic began, segments of the travel industry have been stepping up to help combat the health crisis. But over the past few months, the travel industry's role in putting an end to the epidemic has grown, with dozens of airports launching coronavirus testing sites—and even Disneyland pitching in by serving as a vaccination site, Debra Kamin writes for the New York Times.

    How a disabled woman of color got over her fear of Covid-19 vaccines. Many Americans, including health care workers, have been hesitant to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. Tamara Maze, a health communications specialist with the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, had her own apprehensions as a disabled woman of color, but her "former hesitancy and fear grew into hope and a willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccine" after she "saw the FDA's rigorous review process first-hand."

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