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Caring in times of COVID-19

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“Will this be the same story with every new virus emerging on the global horizon, every year?” The question that Vincanne Adams asks in “Disasters and capitalism…and COVID-19” leads us to the uncertainties of living in anticipation of a crisis, an emergency, a disaster, or even the next epidemic. Epidemics are experienced by those who are affected (and who are …

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Who Should Be Concerned? Zika as an Epidemic About Mosquitoes and Women (and some reflections on COVID-19)

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Quem deve se preocupar? Zika como uma Epidemia de Mosquitos e Mulheres (e algumas reflexões sobre o COVID-19)

A nova epidemia de coronavírus está em todas as manchetes; o número de pessoas infectadas e de fatalidades aumentando em todo o mundo. Quando os primeiros casos apareceram nos Estados Unidos, notícias da mídia e até algumas …

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Populist Pharmakons

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On March 22, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro delivered a long cadena– an impromptu speech carried live by public and regime-controlled TV stations – dedicated exclusively to COVID-19. Wearing, somewhat incongruously, a FC Barcelona tracksuit, Maduro gave a grim report on the spread of the virus around the world and justified his decision to impose a “voluntary and radical national …

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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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The Invention of Infodemics: On the Outbreak of Zika and Rumors

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In December 2015, a Brazilian photographer with The Associated Press took a photo of four-month-old José Wesley being bathed in a bucket by his mother. The image was chosen by the photojournalist with care, to show the child himself, and also microcephaly, the best-known characteristic of what would come to …

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The mosquito struggle: other-than-vector ecologies in a ‘Zika-free’ Brazilian sertão

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A luta dos mosquitos: ecologias outras-que-vetoras num sertão “livre de zika”

Em 2016, a Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS) declarou a epidemia de zika no Brasil como uma ameaça global (WHO, 2019). Desde então, a relação entre o vírus, a microcefalia e, mais amplamente, a síndrome congênita do zika (SCZ) em centenas de recém-nascidos …