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National Archives (photo no. 286-MP-par-00334). Department of State. Agency for International Development. 1961-10/1/1979. Photo courtesy of UNC Media Hub. 

Living with a pandemic: Polio in the 1940s

For polio survivors, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is not the first infectious disease to upend their lives. Now, decades after polio ripped through North Carolina and the world, medical experts and researchers at UNC are looking to this past disease outbreak to give context to a modern one. 

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Cary resident Neelima Singh receives the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in the Friday Center.

Cooper says N.C. will increase COVID-19 vaccine supply as waitlist numbers surge

Ever since the COVID-19 vaccine became available to states, supply has been a concern. Mandy Cohen, secretary of N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said at a press conference Tuesday that the Biden administration approved a five-percent increase in vaccine doses to the state. She said it is undetermined how many additional doses that would add up to. “We know there’s still not enough vaccine supply to vaccinate the millions of people who need it,” Gov. Roy Cooper said during the conference. “We’re pushing for more.”

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Damien Stahl, 20, checks out of the Graduate Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 17th.

Students forced off campus find new opportunities in hotel living at the Graduate

In an already unprecedented semester, instead of staying in traditional dorms like Hinton James and Granville Towers, some UNC students have found themselves living in a hotel.  Over 70 UNC students have been living at the Graduate Chapel Hill, a hotel on Franklin Street that has rapidly shifted its business model to accommodate student living needs. Anne Houston Huffman, a first-year journalism student staying at the Graduate, said living there has allowed her to retain some sense of normalcy in her first-year experience, from being close to campus to having opportunities for social interaction. “When I walk through the doors, the staff always know my name,” Lauren Langley, another first-year staying at the Graduate, said. “The way I look at it, no matter where I choose to live for the next three years, I always have a home here.”

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