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Health & Fitness

The truth about racial inequalities and COVID-19 – and what should be done to address the long-term impacts

Kuba Shand-Baptiste, The Conversation It didn’t take long for the world to feel the pandemic’s impact on existing inequalities. A year after the arrival of COVID-19, however, and many of those outcomes have proven to be far more wide-reaching and devastating than anticipated, especially where race and ethnicity is concerned. As more research emerged over the course of the past …

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Handshakes and hugs are good for you – it’s vital they make a comeback after the pandemic

Krakenimages.com/Shuttersstock Simon Nicholas Williams, Swansea University and Kimberly Dienes, Swansea University When was the last time you shook someone’s hand, or kissed them on the cheek to say hello? The pandemic has put a stop to these simple gestures, while social distancing and strict hygiene practices have become part of our everyday lives as a necessary way of minimising the …

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Is your mask effective against COVID-19? Three questions you should ask yourself

Check your mask for fit, filtration and breathability. Roman Samborskyi/Shutterstock Fiona Henriquez, University of the West of Scotland; Mia Cousins Burleigh, University of the West of Scotland, and William MacKay, University of the West of Scotland The emergence of new, potentially more infectious, coronavirus variants has led many people to worry about the effectiveness of their masks in protecting themselves …

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Joggers and cyclists should wear masks – here’s why

Tom Wang/Shutterstock Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford England is deep into its third lockdown, yet the daily tally of new COVID cases and deaths remains sickeningly high. As Chris Whitty, the country’s chief medical officer, said recently, more needs to be done to bring the pandemic under control. Masks, which when worn correctly are highly effective in reducing transmission, are …

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The link between drugs and music explained by science

Henny van Roomen/Shutterstock.com Ian Hamilton, University of York; Harry Sumnall, Liverpool John Moores University, and Suzi Gage, University of Liverpool For centuries, musicians have used drugs to enhance creativity and listeners have used drugs to heighten the pleasure created by music. And the two riff off each other, endlessly. The relationship between drugs and music is also reflected in lyrics …

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Lost your motivation to work out? Here’s why – and how to get back on track

Motivation can steadily fade over time. New Africa/ Shutterstock Ian Taylor, Loughborough University In the early phases of lockdown, the streets were teeming with runners and living rooms were a blur of uncoordinated star jumps and lunges. In fact, physical activity levels in the UK peaked around mid-to-late May, just before lockdown restrictions began to be eased. Now, after months …

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Why living in a poor country means you have bad food choices

It’s not that people in poorer countries want to eat unhealthily – but cost is a huge factor. Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock.com/Editorial use only Derek Headey, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Harold Alderman, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Poor diets are the number one risk factor in the global burden of disease: they account for one in …

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Group exercise may be even better for you than solo workouts – here’s why

During the pandemic, exercise classes and groups need to take social distancing guidelines into account. Noam Galai/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images L. Alison Phillips, Iowa State University and Jacob Meyer, Iowa State University Group exercise is very popular: Nearly 40% of regular exercisers participate in group fitness classes. In advance of the coronavirus pandemic, the American College of Sports …

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