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Working from home during COVID-19: What do employees really want?

How do people really feel about working from home? (Corinne Kutz/Unsplash) Johanna Weststar, Western University; Carolyn Troup, Griffith University; David Peetz, Griffith University; Ioana Ramia, UNSW; Sean O’Brady, McMaster University; Shalene Werth, University of Southern Queensland; Shelagh Campbell, University of Regina, and Susan Ressia, Griffith University Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been lots of talk about how people …

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COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people

The TRIPS waiver enables WTO member states to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents. (Pixabay) Ronald Labonte, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa and Mira Johri, Université de Montréal Since the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, most member states have had to abide by the Agreement on Trade Related …

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COVID-19 vaccines are coming – how will we know they work and are safe?

Adam Kleczkowski, University of Strathclyde Pfizer and BioNTech have just released interim results of their COVID-19 vaccine trial. Although it is not the only vaccine in the late stages of testing, the large size and careful design of the trial, not to mention the promising results, have caused understandable enthusiasm around the world. As we get nearer the long-awaited start …

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Domestic abuse and mental ill-health: twin shadow pandemics stalk the second wave

MIA Studio/Shutterstock Michaela Rogers, University of Sheffield and Parveen Azam Ali, University of Sheffield The coronavirus crisis has been stalked by two shadow pandemics – one of domestic abuse and one of mental health. Since the first outbreak of the virus, numerous reports have highlighted a marked increase in forms of domestic violence and abuse, especially intimate partner violence and …

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Pfizer COVID vaccine: promising results – here’s what needs to happen next

hedgehog94/Shutterstock Anne Moore, University College Cork Preliminary data from the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial suggests it provides 90% efficacy at preventing the disease. At the very least, this news will result in a large sigh of relief across the vaccine community. It signifies a breakthrough – it’s the first announcement that a vaccine can protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans. …

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COVID stress syndrome: 5 ways the pandemic is affecting mental health

The network of interconnected mental health symptoms associated with COVID-19 is best understood as a multi-faceted syndrome. (Pixabay/Canva) Gordon J. G. Asmundson, University of Regina In addition to its staggering impact on physical well-being and mortality, COVID-19 is also taking an unprecedented toll on our mental health. Numerous recent studies have shown global increases in the prevalence and severity of …

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Scott Morrison to announce two new COVID vaccine deals

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The government has secured deals for two further COVID-19 vaccines, taking its portfolio of agreements to four. Under the latest agreements, to be announced by Scott Morrison on Thursday, Novavax would supply 40 million vaccine doses and Pfizer/BioNTech would provide 10 million doses. The Novavax and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines are expected to be available in Australia …

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Immigrant women are falling behind during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dollarama worker Ze Carole Benedict, originally from Cameroon, addresses a demonstration in Montréal in August 2020 to join in calls for higher pay and better working conditions amid COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Amrita Hari, Carleton University and Luciara Nardon, Carleton University Immigrant women are feeling the brunt of the negative economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic — …

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Should we all be using ‘sniff tests’ to screen for COVID-19?

Alliance Images/Shutterstock Tim Spector, King’s College London One of the best ways of containing the spread of COVID-19 is to rapidly identify people infected with the coronavirus and prevent them from passing it to others. Temperature checks are now being used as a public screening tool for identifying people with COVID-19, with countries such as Taiwan using temperature checks as …

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Emily Dickinson is the unlikely hero of our time

‘The Dyings have been too deep for me,’ Dickinson wrote in 1884. Wikimedia Commons Matthew Redmond, Stanford University Since her death in 1886, Emily Dickinson has haunted us in many forms. She has been the precocious “little dead girl” admired by distinguished men; the white-clad, solitary spinster languishing alone in her bedroom; and, in more recent interpretations, the rebellious teenager …

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