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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Bham Now’s “Quarantunes” playlist to get you through the week

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Dance the day away, Birmingham. Photo via Sloss Fest.

One week of quarantine down! No idea of how many to go. Now that we’ve got some free time on our hands, what better way to get through another week of social distancing than with some tunes. Check out a few of the songs that made the list. There’s something for everyone.

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3 ways 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 Centers for Disease Control

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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How to get help. How to give help for COVID-19 in Birmingham—including UAB’s urgent need

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Vulcan keeping watch over Birmingham. Photo via Vulcan Park + Museum’s Facebook page

We’ve put together a guide to ways to get and give help during this time in Birmingham. Email us at hello@bhamnow.com as you hear of others and we’ll keep this guide up to date.

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13 ways to own working at home, including Birmingham’s Social Distancing Festival

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Home delivery services may be able to help you get things from the store when you’re at home. Photo via Shipt’s Facebook page

Looking at the prospect of working or staying at home in Birmingham over the next few weeks to help slow the spread of coronavirus? No matter whether you’re a prepper or a panicker, we put together this work-at-home survival guide to help you take care of yourself and the ones you love. Keep reading for all the details. 

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