What the US can learn from other countries on COVID-19 – and its own history with pandemics

Handling the US outbreak requires a look at what's working for the rest of the world – and our own history.

Angela Clendinin, Instructional Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~9 mins   

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What 'Walden' can tell us about social distancing and focusing on life's essentials

'Walden,' published in 1854, is a manual for solitude with a purpose.

Robert M. Thorson, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins   

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Coronavirus: how values drive decisions in science, not data

In determining the best response to the pandemic, we need to look further than the scientific evidence and think about the social, economic and ethical consequences of an action.

Erman Sozudogru, Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Medicine, UCL
March 26, 2020 | conversation

~5 mins   

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Coronavirus: experts in evolution explain why social distancing feels so unnatural

The evolution of the strong human bond.

Vivien Shaw, Lecturer in Anatomy, Bangor University
March 25, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

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Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters

Look out for your elderly parents, family members, friends and neighbors. It could save their lives.

Tatiana Sadak, Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Washington
March 25, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins   

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Fleeing from the coronavirus is dangerous for you, the people you encounter along the way and wherever you end up

Universities and colleges around the world are closing. People are fleeing from cities. Some people are being forced to move but others must weigh the risks and ethical concerns of travel.

Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Texas A&M University
March 23, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

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How do we protect ourselves at home during coronavirus, and what if someone has been exposed? 4 questions answered

Before schools and workplaces closed, people could have been exposed. How do we best manage that?

Shawn Gerstenberger, Dean, University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Public Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
March 23, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins   

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Coronavirus modelling shows the government is getting the balance right - if our aim is to flatten the curve

Should we close schools and workplaces now, or steadily introduce stricter social distancing measures over time? These mathematical models evaluate different approaches of flattening the curve.

Tony Blakely, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Melbourne
March 22, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins   

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Social distancing: 6 ways to help older adults change their routines

Some older adults are struggling to practise social distancing during the global pandemic, even though they're at high risk. Here's how to help them.

Victoria Atabakhsh, Doctorate student in Aging, Health and Well-Being/RLS, University of Waterloo
March 20, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins   

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How to maintain physical and mental health during coronavirus

There are plenty of ways to keep your mind and body active and healthy during the outbreak.

Nita Bharti, Assistant Professor of Biology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University
March 19, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins   

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