Tag Archives: Covid-19

What one Georgian family can teach us about writing letters in the age of Zoom

Zivica Kerkez/Shutterstock Rachel Smith, Cardiff University The pandemic has led to a huge increase in how often we use video calls (especially Zoom) to contact family, friends and loved ones across households. However, separation from loved ones is not new. From at least the 18th century, people have been communicating at a distance to maintain relationships. In an age before …

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Why it is vital to decriminalise abortion: the case of Malta

Claire Pierson, University of Liverpool and Liza Caruana-Finkel, University of Liverpool If accessing abortion in countries where it’s criminalised wasn’t hard enough before the pandemic, lockdowns and COVID-19 travel restrictions have made the process that much more difficult. In fact, the issue became so pronounced at the start of the pandemic that the European parliament and the Council of Europe’s …

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Human behaviour: what scientists have learned about it from the pandemic

People haven’t been as irrational during the pandemic as some initially thought. Jennifer M. Mason/Shutterstock Stephen Reicher, University of St Andrews During the pandemic, a lot of assumptions were made about how people behave. Many of those assumptions were wrong, and they led to disastrous policies. Several governments worried that their pandemic restrictions would quickly lead to “behavioural fatigue” so …

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COVID-19: Extending the gap between vaccine doses was the right thing to do

Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia Increasing the gap between COVID-19 vaccine doses (up to a maximum of 12 weeks) was one of the more controversial decisions made by the UK government during the pandemic. Medical experts came out for and against the plan when it was announced in January 2021. Faced with the new delta variant, experts are once …

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COVID linked to loss of brain tissue: but correlation doesn’t prove causation

alexialex/Shutterstock Francois Balloux, UCL Early in the pandemic, it became clear that COVID-19 wasn’t just a disease of the lungs. The heart, kidneys and liver could also be affected. Many patients also suffered from neurological problems, including “brain fog”, loss of a sense of smell and taste, and stroke. Now, a new study from the University of Oxford suggests that …

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COVID-19 vaccines: why it’s important you get your second dose

Rebecca Aicheler, Cardiff Metropolitan University Vaccination is the safest way to gain immunity to the coronavirus, and with most COVID-19 vaccines, you need two doses to get the greatest possible protection. Immunologists call this method of giving people multiple doses “prime-boosting”. Essentially, you first teach the immune system what it is looking for – you prime it with the first …

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Amid war and instability, why the Ethiopian election matters

Supporters of Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice opposition party rally at Maskel Square in Addis Ababa, on June 16, 2021. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images Yohannes Gedamu, Georgia Gwinnett College After two postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and later for logistical challenges, millions of Ethiopians go to the polls on Monday. Held in the midst of historic …

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