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Are people reconnecting with the traditional household activities of their mothers and grandmothers under quarantine? The preparation of sourdough begins with a mix of flour, water and natural yeast. (Shutterstock)

Before DIY sourdough starters became popular, there was home economics

Home economics isn't dead: We need it now more than ever. Founded by a pioneering chemist, it's about the insight that a change in one part of a system affects all the other parts.
A cashier works wearing a face mask in a supermarket on April 15, 2020 near Lyon. Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

Covid-19: is there a disproportionate burden on working classes in France?

In addition to the elderly and health workers, those holding front-line jobs are particularly exposed. Infection risk and aggravating co-morbidities could compound social inequalities in time of crisis.
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Universities have gone from being a place of privilege to a competitive market. What will they be after coronavirus?

This essay explores the way the social contract between universities, society and the state has changed over the course of the 20th century. And how generations of students paid and benefitted.
Parents and family must consciously support children in completing a few hours of school work during this period. GettyImages

Impact of school closures on education outcomes in South Africa

Despite the best efforts of governments, schools and parents there'll be learning losses across the board and worsened educational outcomes for the poor.
Community members wearing protective face masks as they queue for aid in Zandspruit informal settlement, north of Johannesburg. Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

African countries are moving to make masks mandatory: key questions answered

Wearing masks is being introduced in conjunction with maintaining a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres and following hygiene measures such as hand washing.

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