Herd immunity: what you need to know from UAB’s Dr. Suzanne Judd

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UAB epidemiologist Dr. Suzanne Judd speaking on herd immunity. Photo via UAB

Have you heard about herd immunity? As the US continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, hope (and vaccines) are on the way. Keep reading to learn the latest from Dr. Suzanne Judd, an epidemiologist at UAB, about herd immunity in the US and Alabama.

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COVID hospitalizations are up. What to do now to keep the people you love safe + help hospital staff

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Are you wondering how to stay safe this Thanksgiving? We are too. Photo via Unsplash

Sick of COVID yet? Yeah, us, too, and pretty much the whole rest of the world. Jefferson County’s currently in the “very high risk category” and as Thanksgiving approaches, lots of people (including college students) will be getting together to eat, drink and potentially spread the virus. We reached out to three hospitals in the Birmingham area, where COVID cases have been rising, to find out what to do. Keep reading for all the details.

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4 local icons who’ve contracted COVID and what you can do now.

I’m digging that mask though. Photo via Alabama Football’s Facebook

The SEC football nation has been rocked by the news that Alabama Coach Nick Saban has COVID. Y’all, the fact that one of the state’s most influential figures has the virus serves as an important reminder that the pandemic ain’t over and we should continue implementing safe practices in our everyday routines.

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Coronavirus changed A LOT, including our vocabulary. What words have you used Birmingham?

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The shirt says it all. Photo via @thepizitz by @americanredcross.

Who would’ve thought we would begin a new decade with a global pandemic? Not me! The past few months have transformed our daily routines—including our vocabulary. Let’s take a look at the new lingo we’re hearing and using on a daily basis.

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I tried 3 quarantine trends including whipped coffee. Here’s what happened.

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Quarantine made me do it! Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

Quarantine turned me into a baker and self-proclaimed fashion designer. Who would’ve thought? Not me! But here we are and let’s just say banana bread has become a major food group in my diet. Here are three easy quarantine activities to spice up your new daily routine as well as where you can find them in Birmingham.

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Tech designed by Birmingham company used in the hunt for Coronavirus vaccine

Researcher at TriAltus Bioscience working on protein purification. Photo via TriAltus Bioscience on Facebook

TriAltus Bioscience, a UAB spinoff company that works out of Innovation Depot, developed a protein purification process that is being used by researchers in Oregon to identify a possible vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more.

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At last! Good news on the coronavirus front, and UAB’s involved

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You may have heard Dr. Anthony Fauci yesterday talking about promising results from a clinical trial using a drug called remdesivir to treat COVID-19. What is Remdesivir, what does this result mean, and what does Birmingham’s own UAB have to do with it? Find out what we learned from the experts.

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Spice up your home decor with these local Birmingham spots doing curbside + delivery

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Can you say house goals?! Photo via @mindy_rohr on Instagram.

Since we’re stuck at home, we might as well spice things up a little bit. Adding some decor, plants, or even switching furniture around can make a room feel brand new. Check out these Birmingham businesses pulled from our growing database that features 400 businesses and counting!

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15 local spots in Birmingham to get brunch curbside

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Brunchin’ is a habit. Photo via FIVE’s Instagram.

I’d consider brunch a necessity and quarantine isn’t going to stop me from enjoying some. Sure, I won’t be able to grab brunch with friends, but getting it curbside will do the trick. Most of these restaurants were pulled from our database featuring over 390 local businesses! Now let’s get to brunchin’.

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How to get tested for COVID-19 in Birmingham

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CDC’s laboratory test kit for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Photo via CDC’s website

Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available throughout Alabama, through the Alabama Department of Public Health and several private facilities. Here’s everything you need to know about testing for Coronavirus in Birmingham.

And as always, wash your hands!

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Looking on the bright side of social distancing in Birmingham

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downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via @dyoungblood71

For the first time in years, social distancing is allowing us to slow down. The pandemic has broken every barrier and shown that we are truly all in this together. It’s the perfect time to reflect and refocus our thoughts on the bright side of things. Here are a few examples of the sunny side of social distancing.

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5 curbside spring cocktails + Dread River’s helpful contribution to Birmingham

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Curbside cocktail kit from Queen’s Park via Queen’s Park Facebook

If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that Birmingham will always support its local businesses. Now that we’re social distancing, bars have switched to serving up our favorite drinks curbside. Check out these five cocktail kits in Birmingham to kick off your springtime quarantine.

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How did Birmingham handle the Spanish Flu 100 years ago? Learn more.

Downtown Birmingham in 1920. Photo via Influenza Archive

A little over a century ago, the world was rocked by the Spanish Flu—a deadly influenza pandemic that lasted from January 1918 to December 1920. Similar to COVID-19, the Spanish Flu eventually made its way to Birmingham. But how did The Magic City deal with one of the deadliest epidemics in recorded history? Find out here.

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New Coronavirus testing site opened in downtown Birmingham—here’s what you need to know

The testing site in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham-area hospitals, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Jefferson County Department of Health have teamed up to offer testing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) starting Monday, March 23.

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