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On border crossings: COVID-19 as a test to global health’s architecture

By Fiona Gedeon Achi (McGill University) As we hear about how the world – especially Europe – is currently experiencing the “second wave” of the coronavirus pandemic, many countries are enacting new lockdowns as well as border closures and restrictions. Public announcements exhort travelers to carefully follow local restrictions, including to submit themselves to thorough […]

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Conditions of Immigration Detention Increase Risks for COVID-19 Disease Interactions

By Bayla Ostrach, Kathleen Lynch, Ashley Houston, and Megan A. Carney By mid-August, half of all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees in a single facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As COVID-19 cases surge uncontrolled in the United States, the specific conditions of ICE detention place detainees at a higher risk of exposure. Following the release of a […]

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Covid-19 and healthcare infrastructure in Turkey

By Ebru Kayaalp and Ibrahim Burhan Isik As Covid-19 swept across the world in the early months of 2020, most countries adopted a similar approach to combatting the virus: encouraging social distancing and other protective measures at first, then imposing lockdowns and other more stringent measures as the virus spread. Despite these measures, many countries […]

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COVID-19 and SRH/MNH: A Curated Online Collection for Medical Anthropology Quarterly

A second online collection curated by Emma Varley and Adrienne E. Strong The novel coronavirus is profoundly impacting population health and welfare across the globe, forcing patients, medical providers, and healthcare systems to find ways to rapidly adjust to COVID-19’s complex risks and constraints. The crisis has led to especially severe effects and outcomes for […]

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COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)/Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH)

An online collection curated by Emma Varley and Adrienne E. Strong COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)/Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH): A Curated Online Collection | Emma Varley and Adrienne E. Strong Medical Protocols and Birth Practices: Breastfeeding in COVID-19 Cuba | Hope Bastian and Micelys Torres Sánchez COVID-19 and the Birth of the […]

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The unknown known: the SARS past of Covid-19

By Ilana Lowy A previous encounter with a coronavirus The Covid -19 pandemic has increased interest in past epidemics. Historians are being invited to speak about bygone plagues, from antiquity to the present.  There is a strong focus on the Spanish Flu of 1918-19, but more recent epidemics such as AIDS and Ebola are also […]

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An Idiot’s Guide to COVID-19: On Doing Ethics with Viruses

By: Angela Ross Perfetti and Randall Burson II Figure 1: Transmission electron microscopy visualization of 2019-nCoV emerging from a cell (NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases n.d.) Images like this one have circulated widely since the first New England Journal of Medicine paper describing the emergence of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Dr. Na […]

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India’s Response to Covid-19 Pandemic: A Success Story?

By Avilasha Ghosh On 24th March, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi announced a nation-wide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus in India. Overnight, all transportation services were discontinued, schools, colleges, and universities were shutdown, examinations of all sorts stood suspended, and all corporate offices and religious events […]

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Making Sense of Hygiene in Bangladesh

By Ala Uddin, PhD Hygiene refers to physical cleanliness, including personal matters such as regular bathing, washing hands, cutting nails, washing and changing clothes, and so on. It also includes keeping homes, workplaces, and even toilets clean and germ-free conditions that are considered as good qualities and habits in society. They need to be connected […]

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Pedagogies of the Soul, an Anthropologist in Isolation, and the Cut

By Ashwak Hauter The COVID-19 pandemic, its demands for physical separation, isolation, and their psychic toll give rise to a set of reflections on how conceptual work can inform psychological anthropology. Following Stefania Pandolfo (2018), here I draw on psychoanalysis and on Islamic philosophy and mysticism to focus on “the cut.” The primordial cut of […]

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