A woman uses her feet to pull herself along in a wheelchair among cherry blossoms at a homeless camp at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver in April 2020 that was recently evaculated due to COVID-19. The coronavirus has exposed and fed upon other societal issues in true ‘syndemic’ fashion.
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When two or more epidemics co-exist and compound one another to worsen health, they are said to be syndemic. COVID-19 is feeding on other crises and diseases.
U.S. war veterans’ graves at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.
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With the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, veterans who were already lacking adequate benefits and resources are now in deeper trouble.
A brisk 30-minute walk three times a week is enough to prevent stress-induced depression.
Physical activity can help people manage the stress of COVID-19, but closures and distancing have made it even harder to exercise. These researchers are developing a free toolkit to help us all cope.
Gustav Klimt’s ‘Death and Life’ suggests the way many people are unaware of death’s ever-present influence.
It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
Moderna just released the results of a phase 1 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Results from phase 1 trials of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine created a burst of optimism. But details the company failed to release suggest it is too early to speculate whether the vaccine is effective.
A restaurant in Bangkok created plastic partitions and moved its tables farther apart to separate guests in a normally tight space.
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It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.
Immunity passports have been touted as a way to reopen the economy. But there are serious concerns they'll create an incentive to intentionally contract the coronavirus.
To save as many lives as possible, public health efforts must take into account our subconscious biases.
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Right now, physical distancing is the most important preventive strategy we have against COVID-19. So why is it so hard for us to do what's right?
Immune cells release proteins called cytokines which alert the rest of the immune system that a virus is present.
We blame the coronavirus for the thousands of deaths, but it is actually a hyperactive immune reaction that is the cause of death. An immunologist explains.
What if you could test yourself for coronavirus with a test in the comfort of your home?
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Testing for coronavirus has been a fiasco in the US. But now companies are developing super fast tests, including ones that might eventually be as simple as at home pregnancy tests.
Poems sing to us that life really matters, now.
People shop at the reopening of the Farmer’s Market in Manhattan Beach, California on May 12, 2020.
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The US is slowly reopening, but the messages from governments are confusing. An expert offers guidance on many people's first priority – connecting with loved ones.
Home health worker Mass Joof adjusts the pillow for Eric McGuire in Franklin, Mass., on March 25, 2020.
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Home health care is a much trickier question after COVID-19, and that becomes an issue for millions of older people who rely on home health care, as well as the workers who care for them.
The global disruption caused the the coronavirus pandemic contains lessons in combatting bioterrorism.
As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates global economic and health insecurities, opportunities to emulate the pandemic's effects with bioweapons affords terrorists a new model.
Mothers are feeling the burn of having to both work and take on most parenting duties.
As schools and daycares are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, academic mothers are finding themselves less able to conduct research and write articles.
The US and its allies are demanding answers over how COVID-19 became a pandemic. But instead of pointing fingers at China, the inquiry should focus on scientific clues to help us thwart future disasters.
Across the U.S., millions have lost jobs, paychecks and health insurance.
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Help is out there for those many who have lost health insurance because of the pandemic. You can thank Obamacare.
Nurses collect samples from a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver on April 21, 2020.
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Moral injury happens when someone is faced with a choice that violates deep moral beliefs. Health-care workers treating COVID-19 might be forced to choose between 'wrong' and 'wronger.'
A woman walks past a graffiti by Anthony Kihoro in Kenya sensitising people about the coronavirus.
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COVID-19 differs significantly from HIV and Ebola. But the potential consequences of having a misinformed public are similar.
Studying ancient African societies, like Great Zimbabwe, can reveal how communities dealt with disease and pandemics.
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Archaeologists have long studied diseases in past populations. They've explored the evolution of pathogens and how they interacted with humans.