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With no end in sight to pandemic life, parents find disruption is the new normal

With no end in sight to pandemic life, parents find disruption is the new normal

As my kindergartner fumbled with his shoes, I stood at our door sifting through the mental parenting checklist newly lodged in my brain: backpack. Sweatshirt. Snacks. Sunscreen. Water bottle. KN95 mask. Vaccination card. Jesse asked for his cloth mask, and I explained again that if he wore that one he’d need to have on a …

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Pandemic, stigma a double barrier to health care for people who use substances

Pandemic, stigma a double barrier to health care for people who use substances

Public health researcher Elaine Hyshka, the newly named Canada Research Chair in Health Systems Innovation, aims to translate evidence for harm reduction approaches into practices that can be implemented in the health-care system. Credit: John Ulan Hospitals aren’t better equipped to help those struggling with a substance use disorder because of ongoing stigma in health …

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Understanding interactions between drugs and viruses is key to readiness for variants, next pandemic

Understanding interactions between drugs and viruses is key to readiness for variants, next pandemic

A uniform model of the mechanism of action (MOA) of remdesivir. The light blue oval represents a viral RNA polymerase. The priming strand and template are shown in white and green circles, respectively. 1. Residues of Motif F (dark blue) position the template for nucleotide incorporation. As an example, the incoming uridine triphosphate (UTP) binds …

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Understanding how animals become infected with COVID-19 can help control the pandemic

Understanding how animals become infected with COVID-19 can help control the pandemic

A hippopotamus heads back into its enclosure at the Antwerp Zoo. Credit: Shutterstock When veterinarians at the Antwerp Zoo noticed two hippopotamuses with runny noses, they didn’t just offer them tissues to blow their noses. They administered tests, which came back positive for COVID-19, the worldwide virus that has plagued the globe. Since the start …

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Dramatic fall in hospital admissions for child infections during first year of COVID-19 pandemic

Dramatic fall in hospital admissions for child infections during first year of COVID-19 pandemic

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain During the first year or so of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were dramatic reductions in hospital admissions for common and severe childhood infections in England, most likely due to social distancing measures, school and workplace closures, and travel restrictions, finds a study published by The BMJ today. While many of these …

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Omicron pushing Covid out of pandemic phase: EU agency

Omicron pushing Covid out of pandemic phase: EU agency

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The spread of the Omicron variant is pushing COVID towards being an endemic disease that humanity can live with, although it remains a pandemic for now, the EU’s drug watchdog said Tuesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) also expressed doubts about giving a fourth vaccine shot to the general population, saying …

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Feeling powerless in the pandemic? Four self-determination principles can help you take back some control

Feeling powerless in the pandemic? Four self-determination principles can help you take back some control

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The omicron wave seemed to come like a rising tide—slowly, then suddenly, in all directions and all at once. Inside the health-care system, skeleton crews face impossible workloads and moral distress. Outside of it, people are feeling the weight of things like deferred care, deprioritized essential workers, online learning and doomscrolling. …

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Australia's New South Wales sees deadliest day of pandemic

Australia’s New South Wales sees deadliest day of pandemic

Staff collect samples at a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Australia’s most populous state has reinstated some restrictions and suspended elective surgeries as COVID-19 cases surged to another record. Credit: AP Photo/Mark Baker Australia’s New South Wales state reported 16 deaths on Sunday in its deadliest …

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