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Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences

A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images Alex Broadbent, University of Johannesburg and Benjamin T H Smart, University of Johannesburg Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly …

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The Oxford deal is welcome, but remember the vaccine hasn’t been proven to work yet

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Shutterstock Katie Louise Flanagan, University of Tasmania and Magdalena Plebanski, RMIT University Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday the Australian government has signed a letter of intent to procure the University of Oxford’s vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and to provide it free to all Australians. All the signs are promising so far, as the vaccine …

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What primates can teach us about managing arguments during lockdown

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Grooming is the key to positive relationships. tratong/Shutterstock Nicola F. Koyama, Liverpool John Moores University The world may be reopening in some places, with people looking forward to pubs, restaurants and haircuts. Many of us will no doubt also be looking forward to some time away from home – alone – once more. Spending such prolonged time in close quarters …

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Coronavirus: B cells and T cells explained

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Christoph Burgstedt/Shutterstock Raj Thaker, University of Essex To get the upper hand on the coronavirus, we first need to understand how our immune system reacts to it. Understanding this will lead to better treatments, effective vaccines and knowing how near we are to herd immunity – and if it’s even achievable. Every day, new research adds to this knowledge and …

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How women in academia are feeling the brunt of COVID-19

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The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on the productivity of women could see many leave academia. Shutterstock Keymanthri Moodley, Stellenbosch University and Amanda Gouws, Stellenbosch University The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent public health response of lockdown has brought into sharp relief the constraints faced by women across the board. We have been keeping a keen eye on the impact it’s …

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Masks With Valves Don’t Stop Virus

Masks with these one-way valves reduce heat and moisture inside masks, making them more comfortable to wear for long periods, but this design doesn’t prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Read more about the new CDC recommendation here: https://www.livescience.com/avoid-mas…

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Non, tout le monde n’a pas grossi pendant le confinement

Si certaines personnes ont vu leurs pratiques alimentaires se dégrader pendant le confinement, faute de temps ou de moyens, d’autres les ont améliorées. Shutterstock

Si certaines personnes ont vu leurs pratiques alimentaires se dégrader pendant le confinement, faute de temps ou de moyens, d’autres les ont améliorées. Shutterstock Mélanie Deschasaux, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord – USPC; Mathilde Touvier, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) et Serge Hercberg, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord – USPC Pour briser les chaînes de transmission du coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, responsable de l’épidémie …

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Prohibición de fumar en calles y terrazas por la COVID-19: una medida difusa y temporal

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Shutterstock / javi_indy Josefa Cantero Martínez, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha Fumar mata; déjalo ya. Esta advertencia general no es ninguna novedad. La Directiva 2014/40/UE la impuso como obligatoria en las cajetillas y demás productos de tabaco. Ahora bien, el debate sobre los inconvenientes de fumar resurgió la semana pasada cuando los medios de comunicación se hicieron eco de que algunas …

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Daños neurológicos de la COVID-19

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Shutterstock / Numstocker Jesús Rey Rocha, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS – CSIC); Emilio Muñoz Ruiz, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS – CSIC) y Victor Ladero, Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias (IPLA – CSIC) El virus de la COVID-19 sigue guardando secretos, a pesar del gran esfuerzo investigador que se está realizando. Cada día aparece …

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