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The Bubble: A New Medical and Public Health Vocabulary For COVID-19 Times

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Bubble, bubble, Mum, Mum, give bubble!

The task of keeping a two-year-old busy at home during a national ‘Level 4’ lockdown to prevent the spread of global virus, involves a lot of play with bubbles. We have a bubble machine that runs soap water and our kid can run through it for 15 minutes, enough time for me to reply …

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Web Roundup: How War, Not a Pandemic, Became America’s New Normal

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The US was not prepared for a pandemic, but it was prepared for war. When President Trump declared a national state of emergency on March 13, 2020, he transformed the coronavirus from a “hoax” into an “invisible enemy.” In his daily press conferences, President Trump has repeatedly and explicitly announced the United States’ war against the virus. Similarly, in the …

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Lockdowns save, lockdowns kill: Valuing life after coronashock

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The scale and severity of the coronavirus pandemic is a shock to health systems. It is a shock to economies and governments. It is also a shock to the life sciences, which were meant to anticipate a pandemic of this magnitude, but failed to do so. The “life sciences” in question are virology, epidemiology, biomedicine and pharmacology. But the social, …

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Emergency Alerts for COVID-19 in South Korea

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[Mapo District] The 15th confirmed case occurred (return from overseas, Sangsu-dong). For more info, please check on our website and blog. 

[Yeongdeungpo District] The 22nd Corona case confirmed. District resident case (female in her 20s, returned from the U.S., Yeoui-dong). For more details, visit the district’s website. 

[Seodaemun District] 3.29. (Sunday) One more COVID 19 case confirmed (Namgaza 2-dong, returned

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Feeble-mindedness, depression and obesity: a brief history of eugenics and dietary interventions in Australia

In October 2019 the Australian Productivity Commission (APC) released a report stating that mental health cost employers $4.7 billion AUD in absenteeism. The report also highlighted significant government expenditure on health services as well as intangible costs on committees. Over the past decade there have also been a number of reports from federal and state governments on the economic and …

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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 …