Sociocultural

COVID-19: One Year Later, A Brief Reflection

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic over a year ago on March 11, 2020 [5]. On the same day, Washington University in St. Louis also announced their Spring Break extension until March 23, 2020, when online instructions would then start [4]. What was initially thought to be over in two weeks has now…

Europe’s Bungled Vaccine Roll Out

As the US, the UK, and Israel have vaccinated at least 30% of their population against COVID-19 and continue to do so, the European Union is struggling and lagging behind [2]. France and Germany have only vaccinated about 10% of their population, and other European Union countries like Spain and Portugal have around 15% of…

Sweden’s Herd Immunity: Success or Failure?

As SARS-CoV-2 swept across the world in 2020, it left a wave of national lockdowns in its wake. Different countries enforced these lockdowns in different ways. Australia made good use of its status as an island, barring travel into the country except in strict instances followed by a fourteen-day quarantine. Towns in Italy and Spain…

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