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It is easy to think that handwashing is accessible to all today, but COVID-19 calls attention to communities both within Canada and around the globe where clean water is not a given. (Shutterstock)

What ancient Greek handwashing can teach us about socio-economic inequality

Why is socio-economic inequality so threatening to complex societies and how can archaeology inform public policies for mitigating it?
Health-care workers wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Why a mask and social distancing are still needed, even if you get the shot

Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has begun. But getting the jab doesn't mean abandoning masks, distancing and handwashing. Here's why the current preventive measures must continue post-vaccine.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions. Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Sick of COVID-19? Here’s why you might have pandemic fatigue

It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.
The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia, shown May 20, 2020, plans to use mannequins in its dining room to enforce social distancing when it reopens at the end of the month. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

A doctor shares 7 steps he’ll review to decide when and where it’s safe to go out and about

All states have relaxed social distancing to some degree, but there are few consistent guidelines for people to know how to stay safe. A doctor who specializes in immunology tells what he will do.
How many times a day do you use soap? Paul Linse/The Image Bank via Getty Images

The dirty history of soap

With hand-washing top of mind, soap is an integral part of keeping clean. But people through the ages relied on earlier forms of soap more for cleaning objects than for personal hygiene.
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.

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