Posted in News Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Bernie drops out, as Democrats pick pragmatism over consistency

Sanders, instead, has put forth a consistent vision that has remained more or less the same since his early days in politics as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Rather than moving toward the electorate and shifting positions…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation

Beyond sanitizing and social distancing – a healthy circadian rhythm may keep you sane and increase resilience to fight COVID-19

by, Satchin Panda, University of California San Diego Social distancing and washing hands have become the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, but there is another powerfully protective resource immediately available to all: your circadian rhythm….

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Environment Science The Conversation

Coronaviruses and the human meat market

We’ve created a world where parasites and pathogens can run amok. Here are three steps we need to take, as a society, to protect both native species and human health. Essay by Russell A. Mittermeier April…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation War

Doctors are making life-and-death choices over coronavirus patients – it could have long-term consequences for them

by Neil Shortland, University of Massachusetts Lowell As the coronavirus spreads and demand for medical gear far outstrips the supplies, doctors in the U.S. may have to choose who among their patients lives and who dies….

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Posted in Analysis Music The Conversation

Bob Dylan brings links between JFK assassination and coronavirus into stark relief

Then – as now – Americans found themselves transfixed by the news. International Center of Photography by Aniko Bodroghkozy, University of Virginia Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus has turned the country’s cultural spigot off,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Science The Conversation

Antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors know how to beat coronavirus – and researchers are already testing new treatments that harness them

by Ann Sheehy, College of the Holy Cross Amid the chaos of an epidemic, those who survive a disease like COVID-19 carry within their bodies the secrets of an effective immune response. Virologists like me look…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Care Public Health Safety Net The Conversation

These groups are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Chen Reis, University of Denver and Lynn Lawry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences March 31 How is the COVID-19 crisis impacting the most vulnerable among us? Tens of millions of Americans fit that…

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Posted in Economy News Safety Net SNAP benefits The Conversation

How SNAP can help people during hard economic times

by Tracy Roof, University of Richmond A record number of Americans are seeing their hours cut or losing their jobs due to the initial economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. How will millions of newly jobless…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care Safety Net The Conversation

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

by Basia Belza, University of Washington; Anita Souza, University of Washington, and Tatiana Sadak, University of Washington Older adults always need social connection, but they need it now more than ever. The novel coronavirus brings with…

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Posted in Analysis Op/Ed Public Policy The Conversation

The deadly polio epidemic and why it matters for coronavirus

    by  Carl Kurlander, University of Pittsburgh Wednesday March 25 The fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic may feel new to many of us. But it is strangely familiar to those who lived through…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Economy Guaranteed basic income Public Policy Safety Net The Conversation

Job guarantees, basic income can save us from COVID-19 depression

A universal basic income and a job guarantee are critical ways to help us weather the economic storm of the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock) by D.T. Cochrane, York University, Canada COVID-19 is both a public health crisis…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health The Conversation

Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn’t enough…

…there needs to be a coordinated global strategy The UN Security Council has yet to hold a meeting on coronavirus. The World in HDR/Shutterstock.com by Nader Habibi, (Henry J. Leir Professor of Practice in Economics of…

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Posted in 2020 Census Analysis The Conversation

Students could be undercounted in the census as colleges close – here’s why that matters

by Dudley L. Poston, Jr., Texas A&M University At college dormitories and student apartments across the U.S., census forms will be piling up – but many run the risk of not being filled in. The spread…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Economy Recession The Conversation While we were looking elsewhere

We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?

By  Ken-Hou Lin, University of Texas at Austin and Megan Neely, Stanford University As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, it is abundantly clear that the global economy is entering a recession – the…

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Posted in Coronavirus Digital Divide Education The Conversation

The digital divide leaves millions at a disadvantage during the coronavirus pandemic

Unsurprisingly, the internet is playing a critical role in getting the word out to be careful and to help flatten the COVID-19 curve.  Slow or unreliable internet access is a reality for millions of Americans. ben…

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Posted in Coronavirus Food News The Conversation

Desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? Some relief is just weeks away

It is easy to see how this dynamic becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: shelves are emptied simply because people predict they will be empty sooner rather than later. A supermarket in south London, March 15 2020. Facundo…

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Posted in Columns Journalism Literature The Conversation

What makes something ironic?

If only there were one that fit. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images By Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis Have you ever found yourself about to say, “that’s ironic,” only to stop yourself – unsure…

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Posted in Health Public Health Science The Conversation

On the front lines of developing a test for the coronavirus

By David Pride, University of California San Diego March 16, 2020 “That escalated quickly!” is a common trope used in popular culture to describe when a situation gets out of hand before you’ve even had a…

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Posted in Children Homelessness News Privacy Safety Net The Conversation While we were looking elsewhere

America’s poorest children won’t get nutritious meals with school cafeterias closed due to the coronavirus

Thurston Domina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools aren’t only places where kids learn. They are also places where kids eat. Thanks to the National School Lunch Program, 30 million U.S. children – some…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation

A geriatrician offers 4 tips for seniors to stay connected during coronavirus outbreak

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, University of Virginia As the numbers climb for those infected with the novel coronavirus, the dangers rise for vulnerable populations. People who are older or with underlying medical conditions risk the severest consequences, including…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Homelessness News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net The Conversation

Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

Michael Cousineau, University of Southern California As the number of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, continues to grow, the nation is on edge. Doctors and scientists do not know what percentage of…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Senior Citizens The Conversation

Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus

By Thomas Perls Boston UniversityAs the coronavirus spreads into more and more communities, public health officials are placing responsibility on individuals to help slow the pandemic. Social distancing is the way to do it. Geriatrician Thomas Perls…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation Voter registration Voter suppression

Why so few young Americans vote

By John Holbein, University of Virginia The United States has one of the lowest rates of youth voter turnout in the world. The gap between 18- to 29-year-olds and those over 60, a common measuring stick,…

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Posted in 2020 Census First Nations First Peoples News Public Policy The Conversation

Indigenous leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census

Kirsten Carlson, Wayne State University Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal leaders throughout the U.S. are urging American Indians and…

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