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4 ways to close the COVID-19 racial health gap

New strategies are needed to help people of color battle the COVID-19 virus. dmbaker via Getty Images Tamra Burns Loeb, University of California, Los Angeles and Dorothy Chin, University of California, Los Angeles The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the reality that health in the U.S. has glaring racial inequities. Since March, people of color have been more likely to get …

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Act like you’re carrying a dangerous coronavirus mutation – because you might be

Zania Stamataki, University of Birmingham South Africa has temporarily halted its rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine after a preliminary study (not yet released or reviewed by other scientists) found it provided limited protection against the South African coronavirus variant for mild and moderate cases of COVID-19. The variant, which has been found worldwide, has presented challenges for all the available …

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How to make COVID vaccines more effective: give people vitamin and mineral supplements

simplystocker/Shutterstock Margaret Rayman, University of Surrey and Philip C Calder, University of Southampton If we’re going to rely on COVID-19 vaccines to bring an end to the pandemic, we need to maximise their effects. But one thing that risks undermining their protectiveness is nutritional deficiency, particularly in the elderly. Older people have weaker immune responses and are known to respond …

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How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse

Watching too much COVID-19 coverage can make your fear and worry even worse. seb_ra via Getty Images J. Brian Houston, University of Missouri-Columbia and Jennifer M. First, University of Tennessee Since the pandemic began, anxiety rates in the U.S. have tripled; the rate of depression has quadrupled. Now research is suggesting the media is part of the problem. Constantly watching …

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COVID vaccine weekly: why AstraZeneca vaccine received WHO backing even as South Africa paused rollout

Rob Reddick, The Conversation As vaccine programmes gather pace worldwide, attention continues to focus on both viral mutations and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – sometimes simultaneously. South Africa has temporarily halted the vaccine’s rollout. This is because a preliminary study (yet to be released or reviewed by other scientists) suggests that the vaccine provides limited protection against mild to moderate cases …

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How online markets are helping local stores survive COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in border closures and an increased desire to localize production and use supply chains that are close to home. (Arthur Franklin/Unsplash) Myriam Ertz, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC); Damien Hallegatte, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC); Imen Latrous, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), and Julien Bousquet, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) Retail …

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How Chile became an unlikely winner in the COVID-19 vaccine race

Veronica Diaz-Cerda, Aston University At first glance, it may seem that the race to acquire COVID-19 vaccines has been won by western nations. But alongside the UK, Canada, USA and EU, another country has also secured a high number of doses relative to its population – Chile. To date Chile has ordered close to 90 million vaccine doses – enough …

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