The risk of a household contact becoming infected is low. So it’s time to lift isolation requirements, now so many of us are immune to the virus.
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As Omicron cases soar in New Zealand, most people can still avoid getting infected. Even if you share a household with an infected person, catching the virus is not at all inevitable.
People are less likely to isolate if they don’t legally have to – but some still will voluntarily.
Removing ways of tracking and preventing the spread of COVID will lead to more disruption and ill health.
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Children should only be excluded from school if they are unwell.
Residents of the remote town of Norris Point launched their own meals-on-wheels program to help the community cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the scale of the pandemic revealed itself in March, one small town in Newfoundland created a community-led meals-on-wheels to support its seniors.
We are still only beginning to understand the psychological effects that pandemic restrictions are having on us.
The current one-off payment of £500 for people on low incomes is not sufficient to get people to follow the rules.
A senior World Health Organisation envoy caused consternation by proclaiming lockdowns are not a good long-term strategy against COVID-19. But it’s true, and other subtler tactics are better in the long run.
For large households living at close quarters, as in Melbourne’s public housing towers, hotel isolation of people with COVID-19 is likely to be more cost-effective.
The spread of the virus through households creates costs higher than for isolation in hotels when families are large and living at close quarters as in Melbourne’s public housing towers.
It isn’t easy to go out after months of shielding.
Many people who shielding during the coronavirus pandemic will need help to step forward and reclaim life.
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.
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A survey conducted in early April reveals that, even in lockdown, fewer than 3% of people were feeling only negative emotions.
With no place to wash hands and nowhere to physically isolate, many poor Indonesians are incredibly vulnerable as COVID-19 sweeps through the global south.
Freedom of movement for survival.
Critics say older people are being put at risk by the relaxed approach to social distancing. But they seem to be the most in favour of it, according to a new survey.
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?
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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.
Noting nature around you – it could be a glance outside, tending plants, or ‘green’ exercise – will improve your well-being, research shows. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more important.
A researcher in a spacesuit on “Mars” outside the Mars Society Desert Research Station in Utah.
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Understanding isolation’s effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have ‘the right stuff,’ will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.
James Stewart and Wendell Corey in Rear Window (1954)
The idea of isolation has inspired many great films over the years. Here are a few of the best.