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Public Health

Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

June 3, 2020

The killing of George Floyd has sparked angry protests and violent repression not just in the United States, but around the world, where pandemic lockdowns have also mixed with authoritarian abuses. • Related: “A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world” India: Brutality day by day India, a multiparty […]

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A deadly convergence: Racism, brutality, disease

June 3, 2020

Days of protests and violence following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer have shaken cities across the United States, with nightly curfews locking down populations already reeling from months of COVID-19 restrictions. And this deadly convergence of disease, violence and racism are mirrored in other nations around the world. • Related: […]

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Lithuania is surviving COVID-19 — in style

May 7, 2020

As of May 2020, the Baltic nation of Lithuania has 2.9 million citizens, less than 1,500 coronavirus cases, around 50 deaths — and an excess of style, culture and good eating. The country has distinguished itself by being able to combine the best practices of pandemic mitigation — social distancing, for example — with innovative […]

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Coronavirus briefs: Native Americans respond to the pandemic

April 29, 2020

Thanks to the confluence of culture, politics and history, the indigenous peoples of North America are uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. And, they are uniquely positioned to protect themselves from its worst effects. Ignored in the data, and historically unequal Native Americans, like other minority groups in the United States, suffer from unequal access […]

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Can the pandemic’s pollution plunge spur a smog solution?

April 27, 2020

From Manila to New Delhi to Los Angeles, residents are feeling some ironically positive effects from weeks of sharply reduced vehicle traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns, quarantines, and shelter-in-place orders. Millions of urban dwellers are for the first time learning what it is like to breathe air largely free of pollutants. And for those who […]

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How COVID-19 is changing the shape of our cities

April 20, 2020

Social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is more difficult in crowded urban spaces. These include sidewalks, where people are forced to congregate while carrying out essential tasks such as heading to the grocery, lining up for a clinic appointment, or just getting some necessary exercise. It’s a vexing problem, but urban officials the […]

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