Posted in Analysis Op/Ed The Conversation

The ‘first scientist’s’ 800-year-old tonic for what ails us: the truth

English scientist Roger Bacon believed everyone has a responsibility to think for themselves. Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de santé, CC BY by Richard Gunderman, Indiana University It seems that science has been taking a beating lately. From decades…

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Posted in Analysis Business Coronavirus Law The Conversation Worker Safety

Why offering businesses immunity from coronavirus liability is a bad idea

  by Timothy D. Lytton, Georgia State University Governors around the country are attempting to restart the economy by easing restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The prospect of returning to “normal”…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News The Conversation Waste Water

Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes

Harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie, Sept. 4, 2009. NOAA/Flickr by  Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI and Joseph D. Ortiz, Kent State University This story is part of the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more…

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Posted in Journalism News Politics The Conversation

‘Reopen’ protest movement created, boosted by fake grassroots tactics

by  Marc Ambinder, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Many Americans have been under strict stay-at-home orders, or at least advisories, for more than a month. People are frustrated and depressed, but…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Evictions Housing Opinion The Conversation

Renters still left out in the cold despite temporary coronavirus protection

  by  Kirk McClure, University of Kansas and Alex Schwartz, The New School Emergency relief for renters across America may protect them from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus crisis – but it won’t last…

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Posted in Coronavirus Medicine The Conversation

Blood sugar levels may influence vulnerability to coronavirus, and controlling them through conventional means might be protective

by Adam M. Brufsky, University of Pittsburgh April 22, 2020 Can watching your blood sugar help fight COVID-19? Sugar is not only something that sweetens our food. It is also something that is an essential part…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health The Conversation

Hand-washing and distancing don’t have tangible benefits – so keeping up these protective behaviors for months will be tricky

Another reason to reconsider rush to open the gates. by Gretchen Chapman, Carnegie Mellon University and George Loewenstein, Carnegie Mellon University In recent weeks, Americans in many states appear to have successfully begun to “flatten the…

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Posted in Analysis Public Health The Conversation

1918 flu pandemic killed 12 million Indians, and British overlords’ indifference strengthened the anti-colonial movement

Cremation on the banks of the Ganges river, India. Keystone-France via Getty Images by Maura Chhun, Metropolitan State University April 17, 2020 In India, during the 1918 influenza pandemic, a staggering 12 to 13 million people…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Culture Literature Public Health The Conversation

The Decameron: How the rich reacted to the bubonic plague has eerie similarities to today’s pandemic

Franz Xavier Winterhalter’s ‘The Decameron’ (1837). Heritage Images via Getty Images Kathryn McKinley, University of Maryland, Baltimore County The coronavirus can infect anyone, but recent reporting has shown your socioeconomic status can play a big role,…

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Posted in Analysis Citizen Power Civil Rights Community organizing

Birthed by HBCU students, this organization offers important lessons for today’s student activists

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) founded 60 years ago today.   Jelani Favors, Clayton State University April 15, 2020 marks 60 years since the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, perhaps better known as SNCC,…

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Posted in Coffee Shops Community Coronavirus Restaurants The Conversation

When restaurants close, Americans lose much more than a meal

The Big Texan restaurant, Amarillo, Texas. Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress by  Rebecca L. Spang, Indiana University March 20 Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a video of himself on March 15 saying: “No more restaurants.” Seated in…

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Posted in Analysis Business Coronavirus The Conversation

Why your local store keeps running out of flour, toilet paper and prescription drugs

by Nada R. Sanders, Northeastern University Retailers are frequently running out of everything from flour and fresh meat to toilet paper and pharmaceuticals as supply chains hammered by the coronavirus struggle to keep up with stockpiling…

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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 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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