February 19, 2021

Weekend reads: How opera singers are helping Covid-19 patients recover

Daily Briefing

    How the Covid-19 epidemic transformed dentistry, retailers and pharmacies are preparing for "bot" attacks on Covid-19 vaccine programs, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    How opera singers are helping Covid-19 patients recover. Recovering from Covid-19 can be a long, difficult journey, and one thing that many patients need to learn is how to improve their breathing. That's why the English National Opera (ENO) has started a program in which recovering Covid-19 patients work with vocal coaches to learn how to bolster their breath. "Opera is rooted in breath," Jenny Mollica, who runs ENO's outreach work, said. "That's our expertise. I thought, 'Maybe ENO has something to offer."

    Who's behind all the coronavirus misinformation? The novel coronavirus pandemic has come with a host of conspiracy theories about the origins of the virus and Covid-19, the disease the virus causes. But where did these conspiracy theories come from? The Associated Press and The Atlantic's Digital Forensic Research Lab teamed up and detailed the so-called "superspreaders" of coronavirus misinformation.

    José Vasquez's reads

    Retailers and pharmacies brace for 'bot' attacks on Covid-19 vaccine rollout. For more than a decade, retailers have been fighting so-called "scalper bots" that are programmed to snatch up scarce products within seconds of their release—and now security companies are warning these bots may start targeting Walgreens, CVS Health, and other pharmacies involved in America's Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Melissa Fares and her colleagues write for Reuters. In response, CVS and other retailers have adopted new security measures to block attacks from bots seeking to snap up vaccine appointments, according to Fares and her colleagues.

    How Covid-19 shook up dentistry. At the beginning of America's coronavirus epidemic, dental offices throughout the United States shuttered their doors as states ordered businesses to temporarily close to keep Americans safe from the virus. But as states reopened businesses in May and June, dentists and dental hygienist had to adjust how they provide dental care to patients to follow federal guidelines and industry group recommendations designed to curb the coronavirus's spread, Deborah Schoch writes for the New York Times. Among other steps, some dentists, for example, have decided to substitute drills with other tools—including silver diamine fluoride and stainless steel crowns—to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, Schoch explains.

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