Tag Archives: Coronavirus insights

COVID, climate change, Ukraine: three ways businesses can adapt their models to working in an age of crises

studiostoks/Shutterstock Oliver Laasch, University of Manchester It’s been a tough few years for people who own or manage a business. Lockdowns shut down whole industrial sectors worldwide, turning profitable businesses into loss-making ones, while a lot of smaller businesses went under. Many companies will now be hoping for a return to some type of normality after COVID. However, there are …

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COVID: how anti-vaccine influencers exploit mothers

Cookie Studio/Shutterstock Stephanie Alice Baker, City, University of London and Michael James Walsh, University of Canberra Opposition to vaccination has existed for as long as vaccination itself. Ever since widespread smallpox vaccination began in the early 1800s, there have been cycles of questioning the safety and efficacy of particular vaccines. The media has played a primary role in publicising these …

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Deltacron: what scientists know so far about this new hybrid coronavirus

Naeblys/Shutterstock Luke O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin In many countries, as restrictions lift and freedoms are restored, there’s a general feeling that the pandemic is over. There is, however, still the significant concern that a dangerous new variant could emerge. This happened when omicron arrived, but we got lucky with that one. Omicron turned out to be more transmissible, but mercifully …

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Who gets to decide when the pandemic is over?

Cavan-Images/Shutterstock Ruth Ogden, Liverpool John Moores University and Patricia Kingori, University of Oxford It’s been two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID outbreak a pandemic, and since then, people around the world have been asking the same thing: when will it end? This seems like a simple question, but historical analysis shows that “the end” of …

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‘We suppressed our scientific imagination’: four experts examine the big successes and failures of the COVID response so far

Andrew Lee, University of Sheffield; KK Cheng, University of Birmingham; Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester, and Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford The World Health Organization declared COVID a pandemic on March 11 2020. In the two years since, countries have diverged on their containment strategies, introducing many different ways of mitigating the virus, to varying effect. Here, four health experts …

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COVID: China is developing its own mRNA vaccine – and it’s showing early promise

Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock Eoghan De Barra, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences China, the country that first detected the novel coronavirus, remains one of the few not to have imported one of the exceptionally effective mRNA COVID vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna. Instead, it has so far relied on vaccines developed by two Chinese companies, Sinovac and Sinopharm. However, this …

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COVID reinfections: are they milder and do they strengthen immunity?

illpaxphotomatic/Shutterstock Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia We’ve known since early on in the pandemic that COVID reinfections could occur. One of the first reinfections reported was in a 33-year-old man from Hong Kong. His initial infection was diagnosed on March 26 2020, with his second infection, with a genetically distinct virus, being diagnosed 142 days later. Since then reports …

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COVID misinformation is a health risk – tech companies need to remove harmful content not tweak their algorithms

file404/Shutterstock Andrew Chadwick, Loughborough University Many worldwide have now caught COVID. But during the pandemic many more are likely to have encountered something else that’s been spreading virally: misinformation. False information has plagued the COVID response, erroneously convincing people that the virus isn’t harmful, of the merits of various ineffective treatments, or of false dangers associated with vaccines. Often, this …

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