Wednesday, March 29, 2023

All these corona policies have really messed up the kids. And we, their parents, will have to pick up the pieces.

The first phase of the pandemic – right now – is where the globe is very negatively impacted. The following four steps are deceleration, control, elimination, and finally eradication.  

The Twitter dialog regarding Covid-19 can show social media and the internet at their best. With some of the top experts in the world telling us directly how the pandemic is evolving.

One of the most critical aspects that the pandemic has illuminated: accurate and truthful data sharing is king (Global Health). By any standard, 2021 was a hard year.

A perfect novel for these times and all times, the single textual artifact from the pandemic era I would place in a time capsule as a representation of all that is good and true and beautiful about literature. I hope the extraterrestrials who exhume it will agree.

Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic.

How kids can hope with Covid-19 draws on the daily realities of millions of children. For many, the pandemic continues to disrupt their education, recreation, and time with friends, family and teachers. 

Kids are returning to school; their parents are returning to work. We’re all socializing more. We should be happier, right? How do we make this kind of comeback?

After a pandemic-induced wedding drought, the industry is busier than it has been in decades. Venues, vendors and planners are feeling the squeeze.

Variants are winning the race against vaccines, due to inequitable vaccine distribution. Factors that threaten global economic recovery.

The pandemic really gave a lot of people the excuse to have the wedding they wanted, not the big fancy wedding that others wanted for them.

Ask yourself how well the global systems that were designed to minimize the risk of a pandemic have served us. Consider the competence and care of the people involved in supervising these systems. Do you think these same people are capable of managing nuclear risk?

Throughout the course of history, disease outbreaks have ravaged humanity, sometimes changing the course of history. Here are 20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics, dating from prehistoric to modern times.

Turn on, tune in and stay at home. With so much of the world in lockdown and live music shut down, in nearly every corner of the globe most fans enjoyed music via streaming. Music soothes pandemic blues

Scientists mostly agree that the Covid-19 pandemic will start acting like the flu in at least the next couple of years, with low mortality, seasonal spikes, and yearly mutations.

A COVID-19 vaccine will then become a recurring inoculation, like the flu shot.

One Year together, Apart! The pandemic redefined relationships and self-reliance.

Over the past 500 years, humanity has seen three pandemics a century. Perhaps the next one will be mild, perhaps it won’t. Since we have no way of knowing until it’s upon us, can we at least agree that elimination should be on the table next time around?

There are two ways to stop the pandemic: isolation of carriers and mass vaccination. Neither strategy has been implemented effectively in any Western country with which I am familiar. But Hurry!

The SARS-CoV-2 virus has proven that preparedness needs to be global, and coordinated.

China and the pandemic. 54 Days tells the story of the events that led to the lockdown and the gulf between what Chinese officials and scientists knew and what they told the world.

An early blueprint for reform describes the faulty assumptions, ineffective planning and sluggish responses, that helped fuel a pandemic that has killed more than two million people

The world is gravely under-prepared for large outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases. Besides the costs of lives and health, epidemics and pandemics have devastatingeffects on societal and individual wellbeing more largely.

Imagine how you’d react to the headline: Mutated coronavirus discovered, killing 30% of those infected. Smallpox was such a lethal virus, estimated to have killed 500 million people in its last century. 

The number of couples seeking relationship counselling has surged during lockdown.

Fuel the debate on how to better protect the world’s most vulnerable people while also helping them invest in long-term crisis resilience.

The world may have to endure another three years (2024) of intermittent lockdowns, breathing through face masks, and regular reminders to social distance.

Trumpworld’s infection fiasco is an especially bizarre case study of one of the pandemic’s defining features: how different feeling safe and being safe actually are

It’s still the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, but history, biology and the knowledge gained from our first nine months with Covid-19 point to how the pandemic might end.

Covid-19 is not a pandemic. It is a syndemic. The syndemic nature of the threat we face means that a more nuanced approach is needed if we are to protect the health of our communities.

This pandemic has magnified every existing inequality in our society, like systemic racism, gender inequality, and poverty.

Peru’s coronavirus death rate is now the highest in the world, surpassing Belgium and exceeding even Brazil (7th) and the U.S. (8th).

The politics of the pandemic expose a deeper ethical, social and even metaphysical erosion. When a society loses its collective cool this way, the cost can be high. Our society has a weak spot, and the coronavirus has found it.

Wildfire smoke makes people cough, and coughing spreads disease.

We believe that our findings may help officials and the public contextualize the unusual magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to more prudent policies that may help to decrease transmission by decreasing the effective reproduction number of SARS-CoV-2 and prevent the exhaustion of essential supplies of life-saving resources in the coming weeks and beyond.

A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans.

Just as Covid-19 causes physiological dysfunction in patients, so, too, is it causing systemic dysfunction in households, institutions, cities, and nations. As a result, we clinicians have been forced to inhabit some of the harsh realities of serious illness, including uncertainty, loss of control, and challenge to identity. Pandemic as teacher…

Environmental changes are increasing the risk of virus spread, making it essential for all governments to take action to prepare for future pandemics. Public health precautions can effectively reduce the risks of a pandemic. Climate change is global. 

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