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April 30, 2021

Weekend reads: How introverts and extroverts are thinking about post-pandemic life

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    A (horrifying) new study finds "heaps" of disease-carrying ticks living everywhere from the woods to the beach, experts warn that Mount Everest is poised to become a super-spreader event, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    What the American health care system looks like to the rest of the world. The American health care system is massive, expensive, and often very confusing—and that's to the people who participate in it frequently. The New York Times in a video interviewed people from around the world and showed them how the American health system works, which evoked feelings of "[a]stonishment, horror, anger, and disgust."

    How introverts and extroverts may react differently to post-Covid life. To understand how extroverts and introverts "are planning to approach life after the pandemic," The Atlantic's Julie Beck interviewed two of her colleagues, Amanda Mull, who is an extrovert, and Katherine Wu, who is an introvert. Over the course of the interview, Beck learns about what Mull and Wu are looking forward to in post-Covid life, and how we can all be more understanding to friends who may not be as extroverted or introverted as us.

    Marcelle Maginnis' reads

    Ticks like the beach, too, study finds. Disease-carrying ticks are more widespread then commonly thought, according to a new study published in the journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. According to the researchers, ticks carrying Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are commonly thought to live primarily in wooded areas, such as New England. But the new study, which looked at tick populations in Northern California in a variety of environments, including wooded areas, coastal scrub, and redwood forests, found "heaps of ticks…pretty much wherever we looked," said Daniel Salkeld, a research scientist at Colorado State University, who led the study. 

    The coronavirus reaches new heights—literally. As the spring climbing season kicks off, medical experts have documented several cases of the coronavirus among people climbing Mount Everest—underscoring concerns that the world's highest peak could turn into a super-spreader event, in part because of crowded camps filled with travelers and local guides. According to Axios, the warnings come amid a surge of coronavirus cases in India, Nepal's neighboring country.

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