Blogs

Guillem Vich

How Has the COVID-19 Crisis Affected Mental Health and Physical Activity? Participate in the ACTIVID Project

Environmental Health,Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

[Authors: Guillem Vich and Mònica Ubalde, members of Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal ] In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spanish government declared a state of alarm on 14 March and implemented a series of drastic non-pharmaceutical measures...

Julie Chaccour

COVID-19 and the Return to Normality: What Are the Priorities For Schools?

Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

[This text has been written by  Juliane Chaccour , immunologist and medical editor;  Marta Valente , pediatrician at the Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM); and Carolyn Daher and Mònica Ubalde from the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at...

Adriano Carneiro

COVID-19: Why is Brazil Emerging as the New Global Epicentre of the Pandemic?

Training & Education,ISGlobal Alumni,Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

The term necropolitics   was coined by Professor Achille Mbembe of South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand. In his 2003 essay of the same name, Mbembe reflected on the notion of death as state policy.  Necropolitics is the only word I can think of to describe the...

Lola Jover

Global Health Students Tackle COVID-19 Head-On: From Classroom to First-Hand Experience in a Seroprevalence Study

Training & Education,ISGlobal Alumni,Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

COVID-19 has been a life-changing experience for students in the ISGlobal–University of Barcelona Master of Global Health and Master Clinical Research - International Health Track . Most of the students come from outside of Europe, so they have been doubly affected by the pandemic:...

Clara Pons

Limitations and Strengths of the First Clinical Trial of Hydroxychloroquine to Prevent COVID-19 Disease

Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

[Authors: Clara Pons  y Elena Marbán , predoctoral researchers at ISGlobal]   In recent weeks, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has been the focus of various studies published in the scientific literature concerning SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 disease. For more than 25...

David Rojas

10 Urban Interventions to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 and Improve Public Health in the Long Term

Environmental Health,Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

Can cities make quick fixes to slow the spread of COVID-19? Could these changes also help to improve our overall health and well-being? Low-cost, temporary interventions that cities can implement quickly are known as tactical urbanism . One example would be widening pavements to allow more...

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen

Why Cities Need Green Space More than Ever?

Environmental Health,Coronavirus

[This article has been published together with Diputació de Barcelona ]   As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, we have seen an increase in stress, poor mental health , gender violence   and  calls for divorce . The confinement...

Raül Toran

12 Very Topical Environmental Films, Documentaries and TV Series

Communications,Environmental Health

We would like to take the opportunity of World Environment Day (5 June) to recommend a few films and television series that invite reflection on the relationship between humans and the environment. 12. Into the Wild After graduating from university, Christopher McCandless gives...

Adelaida Sarukhan

COVID-19: Three Reasons Why It Is Unlikely that We Get Vaccinated before 2021

Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

[This text has been written by: Adelaida Sarukhan , scientific writer at ISGlobal, and  Rafa Vilasanjuan , Policy and Global Development Director of ISGlobal]   All vaccines are based on the same principle: inoculate the inactivated pathogen or parts of it to generate...

Alberto García-Basteiro

Without Rigor and Transparency, There Can Be no Science: about Surgisphere and its Scientific Publications in High Impact Journals

Emerging Viruses

[This text has been written by: Alberto García-Basteiro , Assistant Research Professor at ISGlobal and physician at the International Health Service of the Hospital Clínic; Joe Brew , data scientist; and Carlos Chaccour , Assistant Research Professor at ISGlobal and Chief Scientific Officer...

Cornelius Benecke

Optimism during a Pandemic – The Creative Disruption of Global Health

Training & Education,ISGlobal Alumni,Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

While mental health is a central pillar of a well-rounded approach on global health policy formulation, it appears to be something that is not easy to maintain for the majority of people affected by the COVID-19 crisis. People have spent years of their lifetime working passionately on their...

Carlos Chaccour

Ivermectin and COVID-19: How a Flawed Database Shaped the Pandemic Response of Several Latin-American Countries

Malaria,Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

  [Authors:  Carlos Chaccour , Assistant Research Professor at ISGlobal and BOHEMIA Chief Scientific Officer;  Joe Brew , data scientist; and  Alberto García-Basteiro , Assistant Research Professor at ISGlobal and medical doctor at the International...

Luis Encinas

COVID-19: a Farewell Poem and Unfinished Business

Ebola,Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

[This post has been written by Luis Encinas (Doctors Without Borders, MSF) ) and Adelaida Sarukhan (ISGlobal)]   “Farewell to the poor, the sick and the old. The earth has breathed its next-to-last wish.” This jisei no ku (death poem) leaves us stunned,...

Jordi Sunyer

COVID-19: How Can We Reopen Schools?

Coronavirus,Emerging Viruses

Before you start reading this post, I would like to emphasise that it reflects the opinion of an epidemiologist —someone who is not involved in the world of schools. The aim is to prompt the reader to reflect on questions that are not easy to answer . It is in no way intended as advice...

Elisa Pasqual

Is Ionizing Radiation Causing Neurodevelopment Impairment, Even at Low Doses?

Marie Curie used to say “ nothing in life has to be feared, only to be understood ”. With her discoveries on radioactivity, she opened a big box full of things that need to be understood. Indeed, her discoveries helped us understand how ionizing radiation can be exploited in medicine...

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