How the coronavirus escapes an evolutionary trade-off that helps keep other pathogens in check

Pathogens typically face a trade-off between virulence and transmission. But that's not the case with SARS-CoV-2.

Joe Alcock, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic transmission sars-cov-2 2019-ncov viruses pathogens infections

Preventing COVID-19 from decimating nursing home residents requires spending money and improving infection control

Nursing homes in the U.S. are not ready to care for coronavirus patients. Things need to change -- fast.

Lindsay J. Peterson, Instructor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida • conversation
March 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  nursing-homes  2019-ncov  viruses  cdc  living-longer-2020

Calling COVID-19 a 'Chinese virus' is wrong and dangerous – the pandemic is global

Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.

Mari Webel, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  history-of-medicine  infectious-diseases  covid-19  coronavirus  history  ebola  pandemic  rift-valley-fever  wuhan  world-health-organization  sars-cov-2  2019-ncov  epidemics  new-coronavirus  world-health-organization-who  norovirus  wuhan-coronavirus  lassa-fever  cholera  bush-meat  ebola-virus  ebola-virus-disease  rift-valley-fever-virus  ebola-zaire  ebola-blame  covid-19-pandemic

There’s a name for Trump playing down the threat and failing to take action against the virus: Institutional betrayal

Our government, suggest the authors, risks traumatizing its citizens with its failure to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Joan M. Cook, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  donald-trump  trauma  2019-ncov  abuse  institutions  institutional-betrayal  institutional-abuse

Anxiety about coronavirus can increase the risk of infection — but exercise can help

The immune system can respond to stress in ways that harm health. But there's a stress-buster that can help keep you calm and healthy: exercise.

Jennifer J. Heisz, Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Director (Seniors) of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence, McMaster University • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  exercise  anxiety  stress  sars-cov-2  fitness  chronic-stress  stress-relief  2019-ncov

Coronavirus is accelerating a culture of no touching – here's why that's a problem

Touch is essential to wellbeing, so we must make an effort not to associate it with negative feelings once the corona outbreak is over.

Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Reader in Consumer Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  psychology  2019-ncov  coronavirus-2020  new-coronavirus  touch

Naming the new coronavirus – why taking Wuhan out of the picture matters

While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.

Mari Webel, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Feb. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  history-of-medicine  infectious-diseases  covid-19  coronavirus  history  ebola  rift-valley-fever  wuhan  world-health-organization  2019-ncov  epidemics  new-coronavirus  wuhan-coronavirus  lassa-fever  cholera  ebola-virus  ebola-virus-disease  rift-valley-fever-virus

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