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Sanitary cordons in COVID-19: experience and the object of epidemiological interventions

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What is the object of epidemiological interventions during an epidemic? Is it the virus, the disease, the fear, the chaos, or the threat to security? And what is the objective of those interventions? Is it to eliminate the virus, to mitigate the effects of the disease, to calm the fear, to control the chaos, or to defeat the threat?

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Practices, knowledge, and the next pandemic: a lesson from a failed participatory public health intervention

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My time doing public health work in Guatemala in the 1990s and early 2000s has shaped how I think about emergencies. Working for an underresourced health system, my sensation was that we were always trying to implement new programs in the midst of a perpetual institutional crisis. On top of that, we would have to leave everything to deal with …

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Head circumference

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In the early months of 2016, as global media sources incited fear among pregnant women that Zika would result in babies with small heads and stunted intellectual capacity, we found ourselves puzzled. [1] A scientific study in the Maya-Mam area of Guatemala where we were working had just reported exceptionally high rates of microcephaly. Because …

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The Social Life of Metrics

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La vida social de las métricas

Guatemala es uno de los países de Centroamérica que ha reportado en la última década uno de los problemas de crecimiento infantil más importantes en la región de América Latina y el mundo, el cual incluye a casi la mitad de los niños menores de cinco años (CEPAL,2018 ). [1]