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One in three infants is not immunised against pertussis. For Māori babies, more than half are at risk from the potentially deadly infection. But there are relatively simple things we can do.
Stereotypes about the elderly having more than their fair share can be heightened during times of crisis when resources are seen to be scarce.
To reduce ageist perceptions of older people, we should encourage collectivist norms and the importance of acting for the common good.
The Chinese government has loosened restrictions designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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Strict lockdowns, quarantines and testing have prevented many people in China from catching COVID-19. With concerns over Chinese vaccine efficacy and uptake, China may be facing a looming COVID-19 surge.
The advent of COVID vaccines has radically changed things for the better, but doesn’t mean we can fully return to our pre-pandemic lives.
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Some young adults are hanging onto COVID habits – but less so than older people.
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Bees offer insights into many scientific questions, from cooperating in close quarters to strategies for finding food.
A woman wears a face mask as she walks by the sculpture ‘The Illuminated Crowd’ on a street in Montréal. Vulnerable people may benefit from measures like face masks even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Decreases in respiratory infections during the pandemic suggest there may be a continued role for the selective, non-mandated use of measures like masks and social distancing even post-COVID-19.
The CDC’s new recommendations have caused consternation among the public, the media and even among doctors.
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The CDC’s controversial recommendation changes are based on new studies showing that most omicron transmission takes place within five days of the onset of illness.
What college students do during and after spring break can affect the number of COVID-19 cases on campus.
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An expert weighs in on how colleges can lower their chances of being hit by surges of COVID-19 cases after spring break 2022.
The film ‘Don’t Look Up’ warns of the dangers of ignoring the findings of science.
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Whether about a comet hitting the Earth or a virus infecting the world, fear-based messages often do not succeed at changing people’s behaviors.
Classroom noise and students’ inability to hear can be a barrier to teaching and learing.
Teachers wearing wireless microphones that amplify their voices could be one solution to ensuring children can hear — and saving teachers’ voices from strain, particularly in the pandemic.
The pandemic lifestyle we are all adjusting to is the life families of children with cancer have already been living. But there have been positives, too.
The best way to stop new variants from arising is to increase the proportion of vaccinated individuals while maintaining infection prevention measures like wearing masks and social distancing.
Even with a variant like Omicron that may be more transmissible than earlier variants, vaccines remain the most effective tool for protection against COVID-19 and for ending the pandemic.
Amid the latest surge of COVID-19 cases, health care workers yet again are having to make difficult triage decisions in caring for patients.
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A physician-bioethicist reflects on how health professionals are yet again facing painful reminders of the early months of the pandemic.
Keeping a safe distance from each other isn’t made simpler when units of measurement are being butchered.
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Why haven’t people gotten upset about how our social distancing signs are fostering innumeracy?
Like much else, scientific labs have been shut down by the pandemic.
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Supply chain issues, emergency science, social distancing requirements and a lot more free time offered both challenges and opportunities for research scientists.
Keeping mentally, physically and socially active helps people with dementia maintain their brain and thinking. But in lockdown, when people with dementia did less, this can lead to a decline.
OzSAGE brings together infectious disease and public heath experts, engineers, architects, economists and social scientists. Its first recommendations deal with ventilation and the measures that will have to accompany widespread vaccination.
While prison may isolate people from the larger community, it does not isolate them from COVID-19.
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New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, driving COVID-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.
Not being able to hold and hug loved ones has been one of the more difficult parts of the pandemic.
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Lack of human touch can lead to greater stress, anxiety and loneliness – and that is what made the social distancing during the pandemic so hard for many.