Stuffed bears in windows were a common sight during the early 2020 lockdowns.
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Different people and groups have differing, and often opposing, goals that they value differently. That makes public discussion, compromise and agreement difficult.
Homeless people often have difficulty finding enough to eat in normal times; the pandemic made things even harder.
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The most vulnerable in society have been hit hard by the pandemic when it comes to getting enough to eat. So what can be done?
Outside Columbus, Ohio, a bailiff signs a writ of eviction for a tenant on March 3, 2021.
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A federal eviction ban had much less effect than state-specific restrictions, an analysis of eviction data finds.
Will urban life in Toronto — and other cities — return to normal after the pandemic?
A new report looks at how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is changing Toronto's patterns.
COVID-19 variants of concern have changed the game. We need to recognise and act on this to avoid future waves of infections, yet more lockdowns and restrictions, and avoidable illness and death.
Red squirrels benefit from long-term social relationships with their neighbours — from a distance.
Red squirrels are solitary by nature, but research has found that they benefit from familiarity with other squirrels.
Leaders can make rules in a pandemic, but it takes everyone’s compliance for them to work.
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A new study finds egalitarian nations have had fewer COVID-19 deaths than individualistic ones like the US, a new study finds. But women's leadership may have something to do with their success, too.
Armistice Day celebrations on Nov. 11, 1918, worried public health experts as people crowded together in cities across the U.S.
Americans were tired of social distancing and mask-wearing. At the first hint the virus was receding, people pushed to get life back to normal. Unfortunately another surge of the disease followed.
Most countries closed their borders, at least partially, at some point last year. But the world is starting to reopen.
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Last year, 189 countries – home to roughly 65% of the global population – cut themselves off from the world at some point. Borders are now reopening and travel resuming, but normal is a ways off.
A guest looks out from a Sheraton hotel window in Mississauga, Ont., on Feb. 22, 2021, as new air travel rules come into effect in Canada.
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Canadian government travel restrictions are an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants. But vague language around exemptions for medical travel may confuse the physicians who can grant them.
Research shows that pets may support mental health for some people.
Pets both helped and harmed mental health.
Many peoples’ mental health worsened during the pandemic – but many didn’t seek support or treatment.
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During the first lockdown, the number of people seeking help for depression, anxiety and self-harm dropped by up to 48% in some cases.
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From failing to consider the costs of not locking down, to underestimating the role of dumb luck in a pandemic, here are some critical thinking mistakes not to repeat in 2021.
Fauci is an accomplished scientist who also excels at connecting with the public.
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Fauci turns 80 this Dec. 24 – and he's been on the national stage for decades. Here's more about his work before COVID-19 and why he was perfectly poised to help the US respond to the pandemic.
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A new review from the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences says managing the pandemic into 2021 will mean persisting with the measures that have made Australia's response successful so far.
As vice president, Joe Biden – seen here on left, in 2016 – had a working relationship with the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Is that possible now?
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A survey of 800 foreign policy experts identified four international issues where Republicans and Democrats may actually cooperate to get something done – and one area of severe disagreement.
The coronavirus pandemic has increased the prominence of women’s voices in the media. Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau and Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam take part in a videoconference on July 31, 2020.
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More women are making appearances in the news media, and this is due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is not all good news: women are interviewed about the effects of the pandemic on their lives.
Private insurers saw telehealth claims increase over 4,000% from 2019 to 2020.
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Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.
A girl views the body of her father, who died of COVID-19, while mourners who can’t visit in person are onscreen.
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Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.
Teaching loads, family responsibilities and lack of research resources and mentors have hampered the progress of women in universities. And when the pandemic hit, it made the situation worse.