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Traders leave their cabbages after the County Governor ordered the closure of the main open air market to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kisumu, Kenya. CASMIR ODUOR/AFP via Getty Images

How COVID-19 measures have affected food safety in East Africa

Lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 had various effects on food as it went from farms to plates.
Crises disrupt our expectations for the future, thereby affecting our emotions, planning behaviours and identities. (Unsplash/Nick Fewings)

Successful health campaigns during COVID-19 need to manage our altered ideas about the future

When a crisis like COVID-19 disrupts expectations for the future, it also disrupts how health messaging works. Advertising research shows three ways that health campaigns can succeed in a crisis.
Federal officials have repeatedly touted Canada’s border measures during COVID-19 as among the most stringent in the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canada needs to fix its border management now to prevent a fourth wave of COVID-19

Pressure is mounting to reopen the Canada-U.S. border, but there are risks. How well those risks are managed may be the difference between pandemic recovery or a fourth wave of COVID-19.
Toronto Public Health’s tool kit for COVID-19 prevention in congregate living settings contains few references to ventilation, air filtration and other measures to prevent airborne transmission. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston 

How safe are Ontario’s shelters and other shared living settings from airborne COVID-19?

Because COVID-19 is airborne, we can’t know if the shelter system is as safe as it should be without seeing metrics related to ventilation, filtration and occupancy.
For some queer people, time at home has meant time away from communities and friends that recognize and support their gender and sexual identities. (Zackary Drucker/The Gender Spectrum Collection)

Queer people’s experiences during the pandemic include new possibilities and connections

Pandemic experiences for queer people were marked not only by loneliness but new possibilities and connections that will shape their lives when the world reopens.
Managing academic expectations, culture shock, language barriers and financial constraints amid concerns about viral safety are some of the intersecting stressors faced by international students. (Shutterstock)

5 ways international students can harness emotional intelligence to deal with COVID-19 stress

International students are a vulnerable population who have faced many stressors in the COVID-19 pandemic. Emotional intelligence can help navigate these.
The migrant worker crisis was a disaster waiting to happen. Manoej Paatee/Shutterstock

India’s pandemic exodus was a biological disaster and stranded migrant workers should be classified as internally displaced

India had the legal ability to classify migrant workers as internally displaced and offer them protection, but instead they were marooned and left to the mercy of fate.

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