COVID-19

COVID-19’s mRNA Vaccines: How They Work and How They are Modernizing the Field of Vaccine Research

With its first case reported in December 2019 and over 110 million cases and 2.5 million deaths officially reported worldwide, COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 [3]. In an attempt to flatten the curve, countries have severely restricted travel, closed down businesses and schools and instituted a mask policy when…

What Will Healthcare Look Like Under Biden’s Presidency?

Healthcare was one of the most important topics in this year’s presidential election. Within healthcare, each candidate’s COVID-19 plans also became a hot topic during their debates. Now that Biden has become the president-elect, many are wondering what Biden’s healthcare plans will look like. Although Trump “has significantly ramped up [COVID] testing since the spring,…

To School or Not to School

Should we send children back to school during a pandemic? A year ago, attending school would have been mandatory. Now it’s up to the parents. How have parents made this difficult decision, and what is the CDC’s advice? On their website, there is a “School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers and Guardians.” [1] The purpose…

The Future Course of Pandemics

Will we ever learn from our past? Once news broke of COVID-19 and of it being classified as a pandemic, analysts have been reaching back, comparing previous coronavirus pandemics and the lessons that should have come with them. In our current standpoint, the outcome of how this pandemic will play out still remains unclear. Scientists…

A Double Whammy: Flu & Coronavirus

Many countries across the globe are beginning to experience a second wave of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19. The horrific prospect of two epidemics, the flu and coronavirus, occurring at the same time is now an all too real possibility. Canadian Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam stated that “unless protective measures are strengthened…

The Burden of Stigma

The following illustration was submitted as part of The Pandemic: Science and Society course offered from Aug. 17 – Sep. 4. If you find this interesting, visit related articles including: Racial and Socioeconomic Identity and their Influence on Health, The Need For Cross-Sector Collaboration In Addressing Social Determinants of Health, and A Legacy of Racism:…

COVID Meter

The following piece was written as part of The Pandemic: Science and Society course offered from Aug. 17 – Sep. 4. If you find this interesting, visit related articles including: The Positives of COVID-19, Racial and Socioeconomic Identity and their Influence on Health, The Need For Cross-Sector Collaboration In Addressing Social Determinants of Health.

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