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We urgently need to understand the medication histories of COVID-19 victims

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On March 18, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Howard Bauchner discussed a possible link between common hypertension medications and a heightened risk of dying with a coronavirus infection. Dr. Fauci directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a key advisor on the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Dr. Bauchner is the Editor of JAMA, …

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Syndemics of COVID-19 and “pre-existing conditions”

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As I write, there are more than 660,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 30,000 deaths across almost every country in the world, with infection rates accelerating everywhere except China (Centers for Disease Control, 2020). This acceleration is made very real to me simply because every time I return to this paper, these statistics must be updated by an ever-increasing number. …

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A home for Sofia: Family, disability and housing in times of Zika epidemics

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A casa de Sofia: família, deficiência e moradia nos tempos da epidemia do Zika

Rumo à realização do sonho

Caía uma chuva fina. Acordei antes do sol nascer para colocar todo mundo de pé. Lavei a louça que estava na pia, passei um café com bastante açúcar. Enquanto isso, minha mãe, que também já havia …

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Lessons for self-isolation from chronically ill patients

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Since the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the UK, the freedoms of movement, socialisation and conviviality that many of us take for granted have been radically reduced. But for patients who are chronically ill, the social patterns currently dictated by the government are very familiar. My social anthropology research involves fieldwork with Lyme disease patients in Scotland whose …

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Reproductive rights in the time of COVID-19

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As the global pandemic escalates, health services are rapidly changing, creating tension between reproductive rights and safeguarding against COVID-19 spread, revealing the question: what is essential and what is not?

As the world grapples with the growing threat of COVID-19, health systems are being put to the test, rushing to radically reconfigure themselves in time to absorb a large influx …

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Teaching the social determinants of health during the COVID-19 pandemic

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I teach an undergraduate course called Cultural diversity, structural barriers, and multilingualism in clinical and healing encounters at the University of Chicago. The title is a mouthful, and the course can be thought of as one that combines medical anthropological perspectives and a social determinants of health framework. A social determinants of health framework examines the “causes of the causes” …