Governments have sought expert advice from the beginning of the pandemic, but that expertise tended

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One key issue is who is being called on to aid recovery. Governments have sought expert advice from the beginning of the pandemic, but that expertise tended to come from people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ‘ despite it being clear from the start that human behaviour, motivations and culture were key to an effective response. There are more than 80 people who have sat on the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies ‘ yet only a narrow range of social scientists, and a single person representing the humanities, are included.

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The academy spent 6 months synthesizing evidence; we mapped more than 550 relevant research projects and used workshops and written submissions to draw on the views of leading SHAPE scholars, early-career researchers and representatives of national academies and learned societies. We traced the contours of COVID-19’s long shadow and framed findings not just so decision makers understand the losses, but so they can act to reverse them.

Date: 2021-03-23
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10 lessons learned in a year of Covid

It’s not over, but as the nation marks a dubious anniversary, hope bobs on the horizon. Three vaccines have emerged as valuable weapons in the fight against coronavirus.

Despite a bumpy rollout campaign in some states, many foresee a summer filled with hugs, dining out, vacations, concerts, sporting events, beers at bars, worship services, in-person learning, parties, museums and packed movie theaters — among other pleasures that we took for granted.

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The epidemic inside the pandemic: how COVID

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In our series on ‘Bridging the Great Health Divide’ we examine the pandemic’s role in deepening the crisis, and the bridges people in our communities are building to bring hope to those who need it most.

‘C’mere, Chance!’ Mekaila Curren is calling for a white horse on the other side of the fence. ‘C’mon, Chance!’

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Pandemic provided a crash course in science. What lessons have we learned?

It contradicted messaging from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, just days before: ‘Americans should not worry for their own safety.’ And from the soon-to-be beloved Dr. Anthony Fauci, just days after: COVID-19’s danger to the U.S. is ‘just minuscule.’

‘This was a new coronavirus that we had never seen before and the entire population was tabula rasa, a blank slate,’ he said. ‘That’s a big deal. Everyone on the planet was immunologically na’ve ‘ which is a mouthful, but it means we had no resistance to it. Therefore, it was going to run through the whole population before it was over. And that’s what’s happening.’

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Ontario’s COVID-19 mistake: Third wave started because province went against advice and lifted restrictions, Science Table member says

Rather than continue to hold their lockdown restrictions in place, to the shock of many, including those at the Science Table, Doug Ford’s government went the opposite way and scaled back restrictions. For Dr. Gerald Evans, Chair and Medical Director of Infection Prevention & Control at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and member of the Science Table, the lifting of restrictions is yet another indication of the government playing the ‘hope game’ with the pandemic.

‘We haven’t made very many errors in predicting what was gonna happen, but I think that’s the nature of politicians. I think there’s a lot of wishful thinking that they have. We’ve been pretty right more than we’re wrong,’ said Dr. Evans.

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COVID-19 put a 21-year-old on a respirator. Then she gave birth

She didn’t know that minutes before, she’d been flying over Tampa Bay in a helicopter at 120 miles per hour.

She didn’t know Kyrie weighed 3 pounds, 9 ounces, or that he, like her, was breathing through the help of a ventilator.

She’d been sedated and placed on the machine hours earlier when COVID-19 dropped her oxygen dangerously low. Her son, born nearly two months too soon, just needed more time to grow his lungs.

Blackwell, 26, and Khammanivong, 21, began dating nearly three years ago, but she’d noticed his smile from afar at St. Petersburg High School, where sometimes he assisted his father, the school’s longtime basketball coach.

Author: Christopher Spata Tampa Bay Times
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