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Empty cities have long been a post-apocalyptic trope – now, they are a reality

Matt Gush/Shutterstock.com Paul Dobraszczyk, UCL Carry out a Google image search of the phrase “28 Days Later” and among the many stills and publicity images for the 2002 horror film, one will find a scattering of photographs of London taken during the first COVID-19 lockdown in late March and early April 2020. At that time, some Londoners described the emptiness …

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How the pandemic will shape the workplace trends of 2021

Remote working became the new normal in 2020. Elenabsl/Shutterstock Dave Cook, UCL The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930 that the amount we work would gradually shrink to as little as 15 hours a week as technology made us more productive. Not only did this not happen, but we also began to spend extra time away from home due …

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Coronavirus dreams: how anger, sadness and fear crept in during lockdown – new research

Lockdown isn’t easy. Julia Lockheart DreamsID com, Author provided Mark Blagrove, Swansea University The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. Our dreams are no different. Soon after the first lockdowns started, people reported having more dreams than before, with different content. This was explained by the fact that many people were sleeping for longer, and waking …

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Young people reveal the struggles of lockdown – and how they coped

Photographee.eu/Shutterstock Ola Demkowicz, University of Manchester; Alisha O’Neill, University of Manchester; Emma Ashworth, Liverpool John Moores University; Kirsty Pert, University of Manchester, and Terry Hanley, University of Manchester The COVID-19 lockdown upturned the lives of teenagers at a time when they are usually becoming more independent and taking steps toward their future. Instead, they were confined to their homes, exams …

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Lessons from around the world on fighting COVID’s second wave

Jimmy Whitworth, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine As the northern hemisphere moves into winter, coronavirus rates are rising in parts of Europe and the USA. Experts are warning of a long winter ahead as COVID-19 and influenza put the squeeze on hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In response to the threat presented by the second wave, European countries …

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PE can do much more than keep children fit – but its many benefits are often overlooked

Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock David Grecic, University of Central Lancashire; Andrew Sprake, University of Central Lancashire, and Robin Taylor, University of Central Lancashire There are growing concerns about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people. In some cases, the legacy of the pandemic may be with us already. Teachers and school leaders are increasingly worried about the …

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Four energy-saving lessons from the first lockdown which may help us through the winter

Lockdown disrupted our daily routines – and lowered their carbon footprint. Sipeta / shutterstock Philipp Grünewald, University of Oxford The gold standard of research in science is the randomised controlled trial. The COVID-19 restrictions may at times seem random and most certainly feel like a trial. But are they controlled enough to learn from? For scientists like me who are interested …

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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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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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Six evidenced-based ways to look after your mental health during a second lockdown

How to be resilient when everything feels out of control. Timothy Kuiper/Shutterstock Christian van Nieuwerburgh, University of East London Already experiencing pandemic fatigue, many of us feel ill-prepared for another lockdown. Yet this is what we must do, and maybe not for the last time. The problem is, the pervasive effects of the pandemic and the restrictions imposed as a …

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