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Public Health

Across Africa, musicians (and the occasional president) battle COVID-19 with song

April 7, 2020

Across a continent where Internet access isn’t always easy to come by, messages about the COVID-19 pandemic are passed along through pop music. Popular musicians in Africa are recording new songs with public-health messages, as well as videos for Youtube, for those who can access it. Liberia’s singing president And a surprising number of presidents […]

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COVID-19 is disrupting addiction and recovery, but communities are adapting

April 6, 2020

Americans who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, or who are in recovery, are grappling with a new kind of struggle in the age of pandemic. One key question: Where to turn for fellowship and support when lockdowns and social isolation are the de facto law of the land? Another challenge for public health officials: […]

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Briefs: Expert mocked on Twitter; Maine homesteaders (mostly) are prepared

March 27, 2020

Expert mocked for alarmist tweetstorm The data were in before the pandemic began, and one scientist tried to sound the alarm. A Harvard epidemiologist using Twitter tried to warn society back in January about the global threat COVID-19 represented. He was ignored, ridiculed, or asked to tone it down, in one case by the elite […]

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The pandemic is not going to stop immigration

March 27, 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, immigration is not going to stop, especially from Central America. That’s because what migrants and refugees are leaving behind is worse than what lies ahead. Central America is home to the most intractable poverty in the Americas, and the highest rates of violence. Whether they’re headed to the United States or […]

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How coronavirus threatens animals

March 27, 2020

Humans are not the only species that is threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Animals are also endangered by both the disease and the way people respond to it. The problem of bear bile China’s National Health Commission is recommending the use of bear bile for treatment of COVID-19, and conservationists are concerned. One of the […]

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Poverty makes indigenous communities all the more vulnerable to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Historically, indigenous peoples the world over have been devastated by diseases imported into their communities by outsiders. Today, rampant poverty and lack of investment in public health, housing, food and water services only increases the risks they face from the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia: Overcrowded and at-risk Aboriginal people in Australia’s Northern Territory and elsewhere are […]

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