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A photo of this dad doing his girl's hair went viral. Now he has something to say.

Doyin Richards will be excited when this video becomes irrelevant.

A photo of this dad doing his girl's hair went viral. Now he has something to say.
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What Dads Do

Doyin Richards regularly does his two daughters' hair.

Three years ago, Doyin thought it would be fun to take a picture of him doing his oldest daughter's hair and send it to his wife. So he set up a timer and took a photo.

He also shared it on Facebook.


And then it went viral:

Doyin was surprised by the reaction to it. He was taken aback by how many people thought it was amazing that a dad would take the time to learn how to brush and style a girl's hair.

To anyone who is a parent of daughters, doing their hair is not necessarily an impressive feat, Doyin says. It's just part of doing your job as a parent.

Ever since that photo went viral though, he's been on a mission to normalize the idea of involved fathers.

As much as he loves celebrating dads who are involved in the day-to-day parenting of their kids, he hopes that eventually a day will come when the sight of a dad doing his daughter's hair isn't so shocking that it needs to be celebrated and applauded.

"We should celebrate these men. We have to normalize fatherhood," he explains. "My mission is for people to see my viral picture and be like, 'It's not a big deal.'"

Dads aren't babysitters. They are parents. It shouldn't be weird to see them doing the things that parents do.

Watch Doyin doing his daughters' hair in this video from Upworthy's original series "What Dads Do" here:

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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