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Can coronavirus spread 4 metres?

A recent study suggested the coronavirus could spread up to four metres. But the evidence isn't strong enough to suggest we should change social distancing advice from 1.5 metres.
Kenya’s government have issued a directive that people must wear masks while in public places. Boniface Muthoni/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

How the Spanish flu affected Kenya – and its similarities to coronavirus

In Kenya, the Spanish flu caused various forms of social and economic disruption, ranging from social distancing to the suspension of nonessential services and widespread food shortages.
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past portraits of Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Bonnie Henry on a boarded up business in downtown Vancouver, B.C. on April 1, 2020. (Jonathan Hayward/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Politicians appeal to our sense of fairness in the battle against COVID-19

Politicians and public health officials appeal to our sense of fairness in requesting the public's co-operation in controlling the pandemic. But COVID-19 doesn't affect everyone equally.
Prisons around the worlds have started to reduce their population in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Coronavirus in prisons: How and why to release inmates in a pandemic

Prison lawyers in Canada are scrambling to fill the gap left by federal inaction on inmate populations who are vulnerable to COVID-19. A recent case in Ontario could provide a legal precedent.
Donald Trump at a press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. Sarah Silbiger/AFP

Donald Trump’s ‘Chinese virus’: the politics of naming

An analysis of the expressions used by Donald Trump to designate Covid-19 sheds light on his political calculations and on the evolution of his relationship with China in recent weeks.
Global cities such as Wuhan (pictured in March 2018) require investments in lower-carbon urban development to enhance public health. Wikipedia

The future of cities in the face of twin crises

After the Covid-19 pandemic, we must seize the opportunity to make urban centers more livable places by investing in affordable housing, basic services, clean energy and active transport.
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past boarded up shop windows in Vancouver on March 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

When will the coronavirus restrictions end in Canada?

Canadians are living under a states of emergency, coping with a limping economy and social distancing as well as the stress of the pandemic itself. Many might be asking: when will it end?
In this January 2019 photo, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser kisses her daughter after being sworn in. Will the coronavirus stop women’s careers from advancing or lead to societal changes that will make advancement easier? (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The coronavirus could either help or hinder women’s candidacies

Whatever the eventual impact on women's candidacies post-pandemic, COVID-19 has the potential to shock the system, upending or reinforcing existing gender imbalances in political power.
A Grade 6 student takes part in a virtual school session with her teacher and classmates via Zoom from her home in Vancouver, April 2, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus

Children in our schools are the latest at risk in a brave new age of surveillance and data control that is being catalyzed by hasty educational technology decisions under COVID-19.

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