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When was the last time you gave someone a hug? For some people it’s not an easy answer — it might be weeks, or over a month. Morgan Jerkins, a senior editor for Zora, wrote a personal essay today about the desire for touch during the pandemic, and why intimacy can feel essential right now.
“I want touch more than anything else,” she writes. “The desire is like an electric current throughout my body. It’s so thick that I can feel it on my tongue.”
Even if you’re quarantined with a friend, roommate, or family member, the need for human contact feels acute right now. Read her full essay here.
- The right way to wear a mask: Now that the CDC is recommending people wear cloth masks in public, here are some tips for how to do so correctly.
- Wuhan is open: As of today, China has lifted the lockdown on the city. Here’s how it’s going so far.
- Coronavirus and your genes: 23andMe is launching a study to look into why some people are hit with Covid-19 more severely than others. Read more.
- Delivery is changing: The Washington Post reports that some businesses are using dogs, outfitted with saddlebags, to deliver wine and groceries to customers’ doorsteps.
Follow our Medium Coronavirus Blog for regular updates, and read some of the essential stories we’ve curated below.
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A Quick Q&A:
Is it allergies or is it the coronavirus?
Because Covid-19 symptoms can vary in people, and scientists are still struggling to grasp the virus’s many traits, it can be difficult to tell what’s a sniffle worth worrying about. Writer Robert Roy Britt did a deep dive into the symptoms and how to tell them apart (including this graphic below).