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Books and Literature

Does listening to an audiobook count as reading it?

No, I don't think so. Audiobooks are great, you are still absorbing the story while able to multitask by walking the dog, doing chores, etc. , But I think reading a book and listening to a book are two different experiences.

Literature and Language
Example Sentences

How do you use reassured in a sentence?

I was not reassured by the fact that no-one disagreed with me.

Infectious Diseases
Viruses (biological)
COVID-19

How do I get tested for coronavirus?

If you’ve had contact with someone with COVID-19 or live in a community experiencing an outbreak and develop a fever and other symptoms of the disease, the CDC recommends you call your healthcare provider. Tell them about your symptoms and potential exposure to the virus, and they’ll make a call on whether you should be tested.

More specific guidelines vary from state to state. NBC News has a handy guide here.

It’s especially crucial that you call your medical provider if you’re elderly or have a serious chronic medical condition. Also, if you or a loved one are very sick (e.g., experiencing symptoms like difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, or bluish lips or face), seek medical attention immediately.

Infectious Diseases
Viruses (biological)
COVID-19

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

According to the CDC, fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the main symptoms of COVID-19. Severity of the symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. The CDC recommends calling your doctor if you think you’ve been exposed to the virus and have these symptoms. You should get medical attention immediately if you have difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, bluish lips or face, or new confusion.

COVID-19

How is coronavirus different from the flu?

While there are some similarities between the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu (most notably fever and dry cough) one of the biggest differences is that we know significantly less about COVID-19. But here is what we do know:

  • COVID-19 is more infectious than the flu. The “basic reproduction number,” or R0, of an infection is the average number of people who catch it from a single infected person. The flu has an R0 value of 1.3, while the R0 value of COVID-19 is estimated to be much higher.
  • Right now, COVID-19 seems more likely to kill than the flu. While the exact fatality rate of COVID-19 is not yet known, it appears to be much deadlier than the flu. Influenza has a mortality rate of 0.1 percent, and current estimates of COVID-19’s fatality rate range from 1.4 percent to 3.4 percent.
  • There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Unlike seasonal flu, there is no widely available vaccine to protect against COVID-19 infection. Similarly, there are no antivirals to help to reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of the disease.

For more information on this ever-developing situation, consult the CDC’s page dedicated to COVID-19, found here.


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