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FILE PHOTO: People, some wearing protective face masks, walk over Westminster Bridge, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, July 4, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

Omicron Optimism and Shift from Pandemic to Endemic

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With Omicron’s surge peaking in some U.S. states, experts this week sounded a wary note of optimism that better times are weeks to months away, but they warn that prospects of an “end” are murky, with the likeliest scenario being one in which the virus shifts from pandemic to a more manageable endemic mode.…

How Lockdown Affected People’s Sex Lives

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Over 6,500 people took part in the web-panel study, which saw Glasgow academics partner with researchers from University College London and the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).…

Omnichannel, the metaverse, and creativity in marketing

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Things are changing—fast. The retail sector continues to reflect these changes as it keeps up with consumer demand. Since the pandemic’s onset, retailers’ reactions to government regulations limiting capacity and consumer demands for equity and authenticity have been finessed into smarter, more flexible responses, says Barbara E. Kahn, Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor and…

Hospitalizations for eating disorder increased during pandemic

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Researchers can’t yet pinpoint definitive reasons, though they surmise it was a combination of factors, including stress, an outsized focus on weight gain and personal appearance, and maybe even symptoms of COVID-19 itself.…

Many coronavirus measures date back to the late Middle Ages

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Medieval cities were not nearly as filthy as is often thought, discovered historian Janna Coomans. In her recently published book ‘Community, Urban Health and Environment in the Late Medieval Low Countries’, she reveals how late medieval cities in the Low Countries organised their public health – from cleaning the living environment to combating epidemics. She…

With more kids eligible for vaccines, is the pandemic in a new phase?

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With the FDA authorization last week, 28 million more children are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Experts from the School of Nursing and Perelman School of Medicine share their thoughts about what to expect in the weeks and months to come.…

Business leaders working together to end the pandemic

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The FINANCIAL — More than 700,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic — that’s 1 in 500 people. Everyone is desperate for the pandemic to end.…

How death shapes life

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As global COVID toll hits 5 million, Harvard philosopher ponders the intimate, universal experience of knowing the end will come but not knowing when…

New research calls for hybrid working to be more sustainable

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The FINANCIAL —  The increase in the amount of hybrid working post-pandemic – where office-based employees work remotely for part of the week – needs to be more sustainable, according to a new study from experts based at The University of Manchester and Lancaster University.…

Children could be dangerous carriers of virus

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Study finds kids to be potential spreaders of COVID-19 and emerging variants. By studying 110 children aged two weeks to 21 years who tested positive for COVID-19 at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) or urgent care clinics, researchers confirmed earlier findings that infants, children and adolescents are equally capable of carrying high levels of live, replicating SARS-CoV-2…

Researchers set out steps to address mental health effects of the pandemic on young people

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THE FINANCIAL —  Researchers have outlined 14 steps that schools, mental health services and policymakers can take to help children and young people whose mental health has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Did we really gain weight during the pandemic?

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Researchers looked at 15 million people to find the answer. Many people have been talking about the “COVID 15,” referring to gaining 15 pounds during quarantine. But did people really gain weight? This question intrigued researchers. So they examined patient data from electronic health records. Specifically, they looked at 15 million patients’ weight changes the year…

Pandemic housing status influenced mental health

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Renting, living alone were pandemic mental health risk factors. The last year and a half have been a struggle for all of us, and that’s putting it lightly.…

Increased infectiousness of coronavirus variants explained

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The FINANCIAL — Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Dundee have made a discovery that helps explain why variations in the virus causes COVID-19 to spread so rapidly.…


Young children gained weight during the pandemic

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The FINANCIAL — A Kaiser Permanente study of nearly 200,000 children showed that children gained excess weight during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those between 5 and 11 years old. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.…

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