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 Coronavirus Health News

Temperature check: tips for tracking a key symptom of coronavirus contagion

by  Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News April 1, 2020 After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus, I tried to follow the best medical advice. I started working from home. I socially isolated….

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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 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 Health Science

Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick – smart cleaning and good habits can help protect you

By Joseph Eisenberg, University of Michigan One vomiting episode from someone infected with norovirus emits billions and billions of individual viruses. That’s enough to fuel an outbreak – and is exactly what happened in an elementary…

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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 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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Posted in Democrat Primaries Editorial/opinon Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

The candidate you like is the one you think is most electable

Marjorie Hershey, Indiana University Electability has been the single most important force motivating voters in the 2020 Democratic primaries. But what is it? What makes one candidate seem like they could get votes from a majority…

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Posted in Business Coronavirus Health News Public Health Sick Leave

Will sick leave protect me if I get ill from coronavirus? 5 questions answered

By Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon Monday, March 9, 2020 Editor’s note: In the coming weeks and months, an outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States could leave workers scrambling to figure out what happens…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Health National Public Health The Conversation

How big will the coronavirus epidemic be? An epidemiologist updates his concerns

By Maciej F. Boni, Pennsylvania State University Monday, March 9 The Harvard historian Jill Lepore recounted recently in The New Yorker magazine that when democracies sink into crisis, the question “where are we going?” leaps to…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News The Conversation

What really works to keep coronavirus away? 4 questions answered by a public health professional

Brian Labus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Editor’s note: The World Health Organization has declared that COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has a higher fatality rate than the flu. As of March 4,…

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Posted in Analysis Education Opinion Public Policy

Why colleges should think twice before punishing student protesters

Jerusha Osberg Conner, Villanova University For much of the 2019-2020 academic year, Syracuse University has been besieged by student protests over how the school handled of a series of racist incidents on campus. In the latest…

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Posted in Analysis Minority Voters News Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Super Tuesday results show how Latino voters, moderate Democrats and Trump supporters are shaping the election

Katie A. Cahill, University of Tennessee; Andrea Kent, West Virginia University, and Rey Junco, Tufts University Mar 4, 11:00 AM MST Editor’s note: From tiny Vermont villages to the tornado-damaged city of Nashville to California’s sprawling…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

How socialism became un-American through the Ad Council’s propaganda campaigns

Bernie Sanders was asked at a CNN-sponsored town hall about socialism. CNN screenshot Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy, Miami University Bernie Sanders has emerged and then dissipated as the Democratic front-runner in the race for the presidential nomination. The…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Science The Conversation

Concerned about coronavirus? Here’s some simple advice. It’s easy. Why hand-washing really is as important as doctors say

Michelle Sconce Massaquoi, University of Oregon As the threat from the coronavirus grows, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials are stressing the importance of hand-washing. Prevention becomes essential to stopping…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Economy Health Labor Public Health Public Policy The Conversation Wages

Coronavirus: A simple way to keep workers – and the economy – from getting sick

Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University The COVID-19 outbreak appears headed for the U.S., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Americans to prepare now, such as by stocking up on food and prescription…

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Posted in Analysis Children Education funding Politics Poverty Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Democratic candidates seek a big and unprecedented K-12 funding boost

David S. Knight, University of Washington Democratic presidential candidates are proposing new approaches to the federal government’s role in public education. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders want to triple the US$15 billion…

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Posted in Coffee Shops Entertainment Food & Drink Opinion The Conversation

Customers hate tipping before they’re served

 – and asking makes them less likely to return Nathan B. Warren, University of Oregon and Sara Hanson, University of Richmond Imagine you’re in line at a coffee shop. You order your usual cappuccino and swipe…

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Posted in Analysis News Poverty Public Policy SNAP benefits The Conversation

Scaling back SNAP for self-reliance clashes with the original goals of food stamps

The Trump administration is also seeking to take more executive actions that would cut back the eligibility of some elderly, disabled and working poor households. All told, these measures could affect up to 10 million people….

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Posted in Analysis Politics The Conversation

Lies, damn lies and post-truth

  By  Lee McIntyre, Boston University Most politicians lie. Or do they? Even if we could find some isolated example of a politician who was scrupulously honest – former President Jimmy Carter, perhaps – the question…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Landfills Mining Water

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don’t fail

“These ecosystem modifications directly affect organisms on land and in the water downstream. Every decision to allow a mine to proceed with a tailings storage facility indelibly transforms rivers and their ecosystems for hundreds to thousands…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Something Democrats and Republicans have in common: Exaggerated stereotypes about both parties

Misconceptions abound on both sides of the aisle. Victor Moussa/Shutterstock.com Douglas J. Ahler, Florida State University With animosity between party supporters already at an all-time high, buckle up for what promises to be one of the…

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Posted in Analysis Community Development Health The Conversation Urban Planning

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Editors note: With thoughtful planning Flagstaff could turn our continued growth into a health boon for the community. The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers….

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