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Hugs, Elbow Bumps, and Other Pandemic Greetings

It can be hard to know the best way to say hello while trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Early in the pandemic, some people thought shaking hands was gone for good. But with vaccinations and a better understanding of how the virus spreads, customs are changing again. This interview with a health expert discusses several kinds of greetings that put people in close contact with others. Listen to hear his thoughts about how to make the best decision when determining whether or not to hug, elbow bump, or kiss friends and family.


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Story Length: 3:54

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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