And there’s no end in sight

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Seven months. That’s how long it has been since the pandemic was declared, and I felt every minute of it.

Seven months of social distancing, mask-wearing, and Google Duo chats instead of visits to family. I was telling someone today, “I just want to eat in a restaurant — indoors — and then go see a new movie in a theater.” It doesn’t sound like a big ask, but I can’t. I’m stuck in my home.

I feel like a kid in the backseat, yelling, “Are we there yet?”

We are not there yet.

In the U.S., we are still in a holding pattern. In March, when I had to pack up to work from home for the first time, I thought that we’d be back in two weeks. Three or four, max. I couldn’t have predicted that I still work some days at home in October. Or that Halloween would be canceled: trick-or-treating is banned in a lot of areas, over concerns about spreading the virus. …

How the brand hurt women and medical workers

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Figs, a company that makes scrubs, prides itself on providing a trendy product for healthcare workers. They have even funded scholarships for students. For years, they have been been a popular choice for medical professionals.

That’s why a recent video clip for their product is so baffling: it shows a woman modeling neon scrubs, and wearing a DO badge. She’s reading a “Medical Terminology for Dummies” book upside-down.

Many people may not be aware of what a DO is. DOs, or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, are physicians who have undergone rigorous training to practice medicine. …

Uncovering the benefits of remote learning

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With Covid-19 a persistent threat in the U.S., online learning is here to stay for the foreseeable future. But what was once envisioned as a last resort — sending kids home with a laptop and hoping for the best—has shown some surprising benefits.

Remote learning offers not only flexibility for kids, but convenience and comfort. I recently saw a Twitter thread about a teacher telling a child he could not eat a snack while distance learning in his own home. His mother insisted that the hungry child be allowed to eat.

In elementary school, I was given 15 minutes to get through a line to pick up my lunch, then sit down and eat. If teachers kept us in the classroom for too long, the time was cut down to ten minutes, and I couldn’t finish eating. We were allowed no other snacks during the day. In school, I was only allowed a drink twice a day: a small carton of milk at lunch, and a few gulps from the water fountain after recess. …


Ellie Daforge

Article writer, aspiring YA novelist & health scientist.

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