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Living with COVID: Lessons from applied history

Illustration: Anonymous, 'Kermis of geen Kermis?' (1849), Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Illustration: Anonymous, 'Kermis of geen Kermis?' (1849), Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

10 June - ‘Funfair, or no funfair?’ that was the question in cholera year 1849. The illustration shows the joys of the yearly event on the left, and the devastating consequences of celebrating during a cholera epidemic on the right. The central warning was, of course, that the fair with its exuberant dancing (‘Hosse! Hosse! Hosse!’), would eventually lead to a dance macabre and an early grave.

After nearly one and a half years of COVID-19, the image is uncannily familiar. As is the reference to dancing as the ultimate representation of the dangers and challenges of epidemics.
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Interview with developers of the Corona Barometer

Henry Wiersma and Robert Warmerdam
Henry Wiersma and Robert Warmerdam

17 May - Since the Lifelines Corona study started last year, 20 questionnaires have been completed. To make all these data transparent, the Corona Barometer has been developed. It provides insight into the results of the study and shows how the crisis is developing. Henry Wiersma and Robert Warmerdam both work at the UMCG as scientific programmers for the corona research and the Barometer. "With this, we show that science can also contribute very directly to current issues."
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Will the lockdowns cause baby booms? A demographer's view on the pandemic.

Coronavirus child in mask
Coronavirus child in mask

12 May - The coronavirus that is currently pestering our precious world is first and foremost a health issue. Researchers in the field of medical sciences have thus been entrusted with finding a vaccine against the virus and mitigate further incidence of disease. But what can be learnt about this pandemic from researchers in other fields of science? In this piece, Jonne explores what the field of Demography can tell us about the pandemic thus far and speculates what its effects may be for future studies of social sciences.
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FEB Researchers want to help solve COVID-19 problems in healthcare

Joost van de Brake
Joost van de Brake

22 April - Last year, several FEB researchers received a grant from the Dutch organization for Healthcare Research and Innovation, to look at specific problems in the healthcare system that occurred during the covid-19 pandemic. One of the projectleaders is Joost van de Brake. He introduces his new project and explains what the results can mean for the healthcare system.

”In our project, we look at the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the psychosocial and emotional well-being of hospital staff. It is very important for our society that hospital workers are able to function well. The goal of this project is to map the effect covid-19 has on the psychosocial and emotional well-being of hospital staff as well as find out how we can diminish the negative effects and possibly, enforce the positive ones.” Read more

How to spend your vacation during Covid19?

Jessica de Bloom, photo Nienke Maat
Jessica de Bloom, photo Nienke Maat

This past summer, during the covid-19 pandemic, our vacation might not have been what we planned for. You may have chosen a different destination or even opted to stay home. Now that we are looking forward to planning our summer vacation 2021, with the possibility of going abroad again, associate professor Jessica de Bloom talks about the importance of taking a break from work, where and how you should spend it. Does our vacation and how we spend it influence our mental work health once we are back to work?
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In Science podcast: Alex Friedrich - Catching up on COVID-19

Alex Friedrich
Alex Friedrich

11 March - This episode, Alex Friedrich is our guest. He’s a professor of Medical Microbiology & Infection Control at the UMCG. It’s his 2nd time on the show. Last year in May, we spoke to him about the corona pandemic and what it would mean for 2020. And as we’re entering a new phase with the vaccinations, we thought it would be good to look back on the past year with COVID-19 and also look at the challenges that lie ahead of us.

Children in the Coronavirus Pandemic: How Society Colonizes their Future

children pre-covid

The greatest victims of this first year of the coronavirus pandemic have been the children. Children need to feel safe and seen but were exposed to the emotional strain of their parents dealing with anxiety, tension, stress, grief, shock, economic insecurity, juggling of care and work responsibilities, and sickness. From age two onwards, children start to be aware of such profound changes in their lives, but their understanding of the events happening around them is limited, and they could not anticipate and/or escape the harms of the situation.

We have been colonizing our children’s futures because our priorities and attention in 2020-2021 went to the most vocal adults, while the consequences for children will surface over the next decades.
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What can we learn from the COVID-19 drug and vaccine development?

vaccin

05 March - COVID-19 has powerfully demonstrated the central role that new drug and vaccine development plays in combating a pandemic. The challenge is on the one hand to react quickly and on the other hand to develop a safe and effective treatment method. How have researchers met this challenge in the context of Covid-19?
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The cost of the COVID19 pandemic

04 March - 15 March 2020; the day that the Netherlands went into lockdown. The one-year anniversary is around the corner. What does the corona crisis and the corona vaccination cost the Netherlands? Maarten Postma, professor of Global Health Economics, does the sum.
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Mini lecture on emergency law (Dutch)

The online Publieksacademie voor de Rechtspraak broadcast (18 February) was about Covid-19 law and our rights in times of emergency. Specialist emergency law Adriaan Wierenga on the history of our emergency law.

Break the taboo on mandatory vaccination

20 January - How to increase the willingness to be vaccinated? Laetitia Mulder, associate professor of Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior at the University of Groningen, has conducted research on the effects of moral appeal versus imposing rules and sanctions.
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11 August 2020- Prof. dr. Jochen Mierau, scientific director of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, has prepared an expert-reflection as a part of the 'Lessons Learned COVID-19' initiative for the VWS (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport). In the reflection, Mierau provides advice on how the COVID-19 measures should be changed/introduced for the potential second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The full reflection on the generic lockdown (dutch pdf)

Earlier blogs

Spatial Sciences

13 October - What governance do we need to reduce disaster risk and enhance our democracies amid COVID-19 crisis?

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