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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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A wink and a recommendation: thick description in the covid-19 pandemic

By Rachel Irwin In The Interpretation of Cultures (1973), Clifford Geertz discusses Gilbert Ryle’s notion of thick description with winks and twitches.  Both appear as a contraction of the eyelid, but a twitch is involuntary, while a wink is a form of communication. There are countless messages conveyed by the wink, and there are countless […]

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Thinking about the common good: COVID-19 and governance in Taiwan

By Chia Yu Lien While writing a blog article for Synapsis: a health humanities journal on Taiwan’s governance in relation to COVID-19, I found myself ill-equipped to talk about meanings of the common good when thinking of border controls, resource allocations, and policy communications. Considering Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben’s theories of governance and power, […]

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“Extraordinary Medicine”

By Yifeng Troy Cai, Brown University “Any breakthroughs on the ‘extraordinary medicine’ yet? Not even in the U.S.? How about vaccines? When can we start using it?” My informant was disappointed when I told him there was no “extraordinary medicine” for COVID-19 yet, nor would any vaccine be ready for the public anytime soon. In […]

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The Cruelty of War: Repairing COVID-19 Through Healing and Care

*Con traducción al español By Emily Yates-Doerr “We are at war” says the head of the World Health Organization, warning the world that “the virus threatens to tear us apart.” “We’re at war with a virus,” the former US vice-president says at a presidential debate. The current US president has labeled himself a wartime president. […]

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