Tag Archives: lockdown

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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How universities can ensure students still have a good experience, despite coronavirus

Kzenon/Shutterstock Helen Higson, Aston University As UK university students begin an academic year, they are experiencing a totally different way of life. Some have already found themselves in lockdown in their residences and are afraid they will not be getting some of the usual benefits of university education. Universities have a duty of care for students’ health and well-being, and …

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Universities have invested in online learning – and it can provide students with value for money

fizkes/Shutterstock Kyungmee Lee, Lancaster University As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does universities’ reliance on online teaching, prompting complaints from students that they are not getting full value from tuition fees. Students who have returned to campus fear that their university experience as a whole is being diminished. Manchester Metropolitan University has moved first-year teaching online as students self-isolate. The …

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How universities can ensure students still have a good experience, despite coronavirus

Kzenon/Shutterstock Helen Higson, Aston University As UK university students begin an academic year, they are experiencing a totally different way of life. Some have already found themselves in lockdown in their residences and are afraid they will not be getting some of the usual benefits of university education. Universities have a duty of care for students’ health and well-being, and …

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You’re not done with banana bread – a psychologist reveals all

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Nata Bene/Shutterstock Stephanie Baines, Bangor University During the first pandemic lockdowns at the start of 2020, social media was flooded with pictures of homemade banana bread as people turned to baking in lieu of socialising. Now with many places reintroducing or anticipating further restrictions as COVID-19 case numbers rise again, there’s a good chance we could see a revival of …

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