Tag Archives: pandemic

Hybrid working: how to make it a success

A pre-pandemic London commute. Shutterstock/Lance Bellers Daniel Wheatley, University of Birmingham Flexibility has become a key element in the world of work. Even before the pandemic hit, many jobs were designed to provide greater choice about how, when and where they could be done. Now the notion of “hybrid working”, which combines time working from home and time in physical …

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How will the COVID pandemic end?

Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia After over 18 months of this pandemic, with the social distancing, mask wearing and on-off lockdowns, what we all want to know more than anything else is when it will all be over and how it will end. While nothing is certain, we have a lot of evidence on which to build some realistic …

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How COVID-19 measures have affected food safety in East Africa

Traders leave their cabbages after the County Governor ordered the closure of the main open air market to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kisumu, Kenya. CASMIR ODUOR/AFP via Getty Images Florence Mutua, International Livestock Research Institute ; Delia Grace, International Livestock Research Institute , and Erastus Kang’ethe, University of Nairobi Foodborne diseases are thought to impose a …

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Covid-19: why the lab leak theory must be formally investigated

Virginie Courtier, Université de Paris and Etienne Decroly, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) A year and a half into the pandemic, we still do not know exactly where the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, came from. The prevailing view so far has been that the virus “spilled over” from bats into humans. But there are increasing calls to investigate the possibility that …

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The next pandemic is already happening – targeted disease surveillance can help prevent it

Sustained surveillance for disease outbreaks at global hot spots may be the key to preventing the next pandemic. MR.Cole_Photographer/Getty Images Maureen Miller, Columbia University As more and more people around the world are getting vaccinated, one can almost hear the collective sigh of relief. But the next pandemic threat is likely already making its way through the population right now. …

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Stress management: six lessons parents can take from pandemic homeschooling

Ana Aznar, University of Winchester Now that children in the UK are back to school, parents have the opportunity to reflect on what can be learned from lockdown homeschooling. Or as some rightly took to calling it, crisis schooling. New research we have conducted examines parents’ experiences of homeschooling – and what made their stress better or worse – during …

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How plant-based diets could help prevent the next COVID-19

Eating less animal proteins may help reduce the risk of future zoonotic viruses. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) Kurtis Boyer, University of Saskatchewan Viruses like COVID-19, SARS, bovine spongiform, swine flu and avian flu all have something in common: They all come from animals, described by scientists as zoonotic diseases. Yet, these diseases do not really “come from animals.” After all, it …

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