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Pandemic passions: making time out count

A brand new 2020 diary, scrumptiously leather-bound with gorgeous thick paper waiting for my scrawling hand. Fast forward to March 2021 and this diary is practically empty. My concept of time has been completely rehashed, all tasks rotating around the small circle of kitchen-desk-bathroom. My social calendar is blank and my scheduled hours at University […]

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Vices and Viruses

Covid’s effect on young people with gambling addictions Life for many has changed, considerably. Staying at home has replaced work, travel and socialising. Furloughing and joblessness has led people to rely on technology for entertainment and fulfilment. These factors have bred the perfect environment for online gambling addictions to develop, as reflected in the number […]

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The government needs to start admitting its mistakes on coronavirus, and quickly

A virus in itself is not political. It spreads according to laws of science and is untouched by even the most rousing of speeches by a great leader. However, to try to separate politics from the coronavirus crisis is misguided, because, more than ever, it is honesty in the relationship between the government and its […]

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Would Covid-19 be classified as a pandemic if Europe weren’t the epicentre?

On March 12th, the World Health Organisation sent shockwaves across the globe as they announced that the Covid-19 virus outbreak was officially a pandemic. This classification caused governments and citizens alike to spring into action and start taking serious precautions in an attempt to fight back against the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The first […]

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Preventing an epidemic: Lessons learned from Ebola

Zika, Ebola, MERS and Swine Flu – these viruses have captured international attention in recent years as part of an apparent surge in epidemics. The struggle to contain Ebola last year shifted the focus towards the developing world’s broken health-care systems and their seeming inability to effectively cope with the increasing demands placed upon them. […]

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Zika virus thought to have infected 1.6 million

A neurological condition associated with the Zika virus has been declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) director general, Margaret Chan. Researchers appear certain that the virus is responsible for a massive increase in occurrences of microcephaly, despite a lack of clear evidence to prove causality. Microcephaly – a […]