Pregnant in a time of coronavirus - the changing risks and what you need to know

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, pregnant women are facing new health risks and a health care system that's changing around them by the day.

Hector Chapa, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Interprofessional Education, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University
March 28, 2020 | conversation

~10 mins   

Tags: pregnancy hospitals miscarriage home-birth health coronavirus newborns maternity coronavirus-2020 covid-19

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
March 28, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins   

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

Our free coronavirus symptom-tracking app has been used by two million people – here’s what we're learning

CovidRADAR was developed in less than a week.

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, King's College London
March 27, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins   

Tags: coronavirus apps covid-19

Beware far-right arguments disguised as environmentalism

Extinction Rebellion impostors have called humans 'a disease'.

Marc Hudson, Researcher on Sociomaterial Transformations, Keele University
March 27, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins   

Tags: overpopulation coronavirus extinction-rebellion ecofascism

Is the loss of your sense of smell and taste an early sign of COVID-19?

Patients who later test positive for COVID-19 are reporting early loss of smell and taste. Researchers are now trying to understand if this could be an early sign of the disease.

Jeb M. Justice, Associate Professor, Chief of the Division of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, Co-Director UF Health Smell Disorders Program, University of Florida
March 27, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

Tags: senses common-cold coronavirus taste viruses olfactory smell anosmia severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars

Our free coronavirus symptom-tracking app has been used by two million people – here’s how it will help fight the disease

CovidRADAR was developed in less than a week.

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, King's College London
March 27, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins   

Tags: coronavirus apps covid-19

Society's dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare

Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.

Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Technology, Law & Security Program, American University
March 27, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins   

Tags: internet public-health censorship cybersecurity pandemic internet-of-things cyber-law coronavirus ransomware supply-chains internet-policy misinformation disinformation new-coronavirus covid-19

Not perfect but positive – the UK response to coronavirus

Let's stay united in the face of this threat.

Vageesh Jain, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health Medicine, UCL
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~5 mins   

Tags: nhs coronavirus public-health-england covid-19 rishi-sunak

Labs are experimenting with new – but unproven – methods to create a coronavirus vaccine fast

Under pressure to develop a coronavirus vaccine, researchers have turned to protein synthesis, genetics and hybrid viruses. It is likely a mix of these approaches will be used to fight the coronavirus.

Jean Peccoud, Professor, Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology, Colorado State University
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~10 mins   

Tags: genetics dna vaccines rna coronavirus viruses national-institutes-of-health coronavirus-vaccine covid-19 sars-cov-2

Americans disagree on how risky the coronavirus is, but most are changing their behavior anyway

Using a survey taken from March 10 – March 16, social scientists tried to untangle the complicated connection between feelings of vulnerability and behavior change in response to the coronavirus.

Daniel Bennett, Assistant Professor (Research) of Economics, University of Southern California
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

Tags: surveys communication risk altruism coronavirus social-psychology human-behavior covid-19

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