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The reading room includes articles and videos of potential interest to consumers and medical professionals. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the NC Medical Board, its members and staff.

Risk ranking of everyday activities for COVID-19

Business Insider
June 8, 2020
Staying safe from COVID-19 doesn’t require isolating in a bunker, but it does mean weighing different risks based on the situation. You can think about everyday activities in terms of the three D’s: diversity, distance, and duration.

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Telehealth wasn’t designed for non-English speakers

The Verge
June 4, 2020
When David Velasquez went home to California for a week in April, he found out that his parents didn’t have internet access anymore. Velasquez, a medical student at Harvard, needs Wi-Fi for work. However, his parents don’t own a computer. “They don’t shop online, they don’t watch Netflix,” he says. So when the connection got too expensive, they stopped paying for it.

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The End of Handshakes—for Humans and for Robots

May 27, 2020
Researchers have spent years teaching robots to shake hands—an effort possibly doomed by a global turn against human contact.

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended social norms, especially greetings. In France, the government has warned against cheek kissing. In New Zealand, a Maori tribe has banned the traditional hongi greeting, in which people press their noses together and inhale each other’s breath.

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Watch: How researchers will study Covid-19 vaccines

May 27, 2020
The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, has sickened millions of people around the world and upended everyday life in unprecedented ways. A vaccine has the potential to return society to something that resembles normal. Scientists are racing to develop one, but they must first ensure that it is both effective and safe.

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Why the Coronavirus is so confusing

The Atlantic
April 29, 2020
A guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend.

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She discovered coronaviruses decades ago—but got little recognition

National Geographic
April 17, 2020
When June Almeida peered into her electron microscope in 1964, she saw a round, grey dot covered in tiny spokes. She and her colleagues noted that the pegs formed a halo around the virus—much like the sun’s corona.

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