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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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Lecciones de la pandemia para transformar las ciudades

Álvaro Cuéllar Jaramillo, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya A la maltrecha salud del medioambiente provocada por la vertiginosa crisis climática y un sistema productivo, energético y de consumo enfermo, se suma la actual crisis sanitaria. En el modelo urbano mediterráneo, denso y compacto, estos problemas se acrecientan por la falta de espacio libre. Comparado con la ciudad jardín, muestra más dificultades …

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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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Coronavirus is spreading rapidly through workplaces – here’s what is needed to make them safer

El Nariz/Shutterstock Andrew Watterson, University of Stirling The small town of Watton, Norfolk recently held the unfortunate title of having England’s highest rate of infection with COVID-19 relative to population size, following an outbreak at a food factory. Despite varying degrees of lockdown restrictions due to the pandemic, many people in the UK are still going in to their workplaces. …

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Why COVID makes it more important than ever that pregnant (and breastfeeding) women take vitamin D

Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Hazel Flight, Edge Hill University Vitamin D, often known as the “sunshine vitamin”, is normally obtained through exposure of our skin to the sun. The Department of Health recommends that everyone in the UK should take a supplement of vitamin D during the winter months (October to March), as there is insufficient UV light for our bodies to manufacture …

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Man with flu-COVID infection found in the US – but he’s not the first

David Courtney, Queen’s University Belfast As many of us get closer to our first COVID-19 winter, we have many things to feel optimistic about: vaccine results are on the horizon, mortality rates for those infected have fallen and established therapeutic strategies, such as treatment with the antiviral drug remdesivir, seem to be reducing illness. Unfortunately, winter also brings with it …

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How viral song Jerusalema joined the ranks of South Africa’s greatest hits

A group of colleagues taking up the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge in Cape Town. NIC BOTHMA/EPA-EFE Akhona Ndzuta, University of Fort Hare There’s something seemingly novel about a song from South Africa going viral to the extent that the 2019 house music song Jerusalema has done in 2020. The song is performed by musician and producer Master KG and vocalist Nomcebo Zikode. …

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