April 24, 2020

Weekend reads: 'Fauci fever' sweeps the nation

Daily Briefing

    Ben Palmer's reads

    Do you have 'Fauci fever?' Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has garnered the national spotlight during the new coronavirus epidemic. Fauci is one of the top infectious disease experts America and has been featured in a number of interviews, including one on "The Daily Show" and one with NBA star Stephen Curry on YouTube. As a result, Fauci has become somewhat of a celebrity, inspiring what Jay Reeves in the Associated Press refers to as "Fauci fever." Fauci's likeness has been turned into a bobblehead, a stuffed toy, and a superhero cape, among other things.

    How to be a good roommate while quarantined. Social distancing measures put in place to curb United States' coronavirus epidemic have led to a large number of Americans working from home—which means roommates who typically saw each other only before and/or after work are now seeing much more of each other. The New York Times offers up recommendations for how to be a good roommate while safely staying home, including the do's and don'ts of social etiquette, safety, and work life.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    Is Covid-19 driving a nationwide spike in poisonings? A recent CDC report found that calls to poison control centers regarding poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants increased 20% during the first three months of this year, as the coronavirus epidemic began to spread throughout America. Some experts think the spike could be linked to people's increased efforts to disinfect their homes to prevent the virus' spread.

    Are humans giving Covid-19 to bats? Researchers are investigating whether bats are a potential source of the new coronavirus pandemic. However, some scientists claim that people with Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, may pose a bigger risk to bats than bats pose to people, as bats are particularly vulnerable to disease and habitat loss in North America.

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