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A 76-year-old female asked:

how do i use the vertical red rectangle with a 1 inside it beside my profile picture at top right of screen, and what does it mean?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Click on it: Click on it, it may mean there is a (in your case 1) message or something there for you to read.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Notification: Click on it. It means that you have a notification--answer, comment, agree, or similar. It will open a scroll list of the above for your review, and you can click on any of those if want to explore them further.

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