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“Out of options”: The implications of COVID-19 for hospitalized patients with cognitive impairment

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“How about a walk today?” I asked Mr. T each morning I arrived to the hospital, visiting him on my morning rounds. Mr T. grinned back at me from the edge of his bed beneath his bright red veteran’s baseball cap, a sharp contrast to the dull monotone hospital gown. “Oh you betcha, doc,” he smiled. Our daily stroll entailed …

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Open Letter to Senator Jack Reed

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Argenis Hurtado Moreno
Providence, RI 02912
June 22, 2020

Jack Reed
Senator of Rhode Island
728 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Reed,

Thursday was an important and necessary victory for DACA recipients. The Supreme Court ruled against Trump, expressing:

“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. The wisdom of those

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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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Our COVID Museum: Notes from Physician-Anthropologists on the Frontlines of an Evolving Pandemic in Seattle and New York City

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As the pandemic of SARS-CoV2 (the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19) unfolds it continues to impact contemporary forms of sociality and community, health, care, governance, and global interconnectedness. These changes and the myriad challenges they pose are critical fodder for anthropologists of health and medicine, and we are called upon now to document lived experiences, reflexively use social theory and …

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El Virus: A Contagion of Racism & How Networks of Care Can Stop It

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My mother FaceTimed me a month ago and asked if I needed her to ship me hand sanitizer from Phoenix to Oregon. I thought it a silly question, but in hindsight, I should have known better than to doubt my mother. During our chat she informed me that a relative called earlier in the day to check in on her, …

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Disasters and capitalism…and COVID-19.

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I recently participated in a radio talk show on the topic of disaster capitalism and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Is the COVID-19 pandemic a disaster? If it is, how does it compare to other disasters that anthropologists have written about? Might the lessons learned from other disasters, like the Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans, be useful in understanding the …