This is one woman's account of a pandemic no-one seemed prepared for - from the bed of a north-Wales hospital struggling to care for its multiplying patients. It's a story of mothers and daughters, isolation and survival, love and loss. But most of all, it's a testament to everything we owe those providing care - and comfort - on the new front line.
Two of the patients in my room were put onto trolleys and taken out, and then two more women wheeled in. This is now a Coronavirus ward, said Susan. Alys Morgan was admitted to hospital on the 19th of April 2020, with an unexplained sickness which had left her too weak to move. The next day she was diagnosed with Covid-19, but her symptoms were unfamiliar to NHS staff already battling a new and unfamiliar viral killer. This is one womans account of a pandemic no-one was prepared for, told from the bed of an overcrowded North Wales hospital. Its a story of isolation and survival, mothers and daughters, love and loss. Its a warning to us all; an urge to learn, understand and come together against a faceless enemy which is here to stay. This journal is testament to everything we owe those providing care and comfort on the new front line.
What sort of a life do you make for yourself when there is no focus? How does your life pan out as you ride the vicissitudes of a dog eat dog, cut throat employment market? How do you chase your dreams into adulthood to find love, happiness and success, when you carry inside yourself a childhood, dejected, insecure, unstable and with what tiny morsel of confidence you possess – in tatters, because you’ve been at the mercy of a bullying control freak – your own father? I have survived so much mental anguish with confidence renewed following a difficult and painful education in Blackpool. After handwriting 100 letters, I landed my first job - cutting my teeth as a London-based portrait and wedding photographer in early summer 1986. A life on the ocean wave then beckoned, which turned me from nervous novice ship’s photographer to expert smudger working aboard cruise liners worldwide. In 1990 I settled down, met the girl of my dreams and landed a fabulous job – Metropolitan Police Service forensic photographer. In the late 1990s I qualified as a Hendon-based instructor, leaving the police in 2004 to set up a business. If that wasn’t enough, I then retrained as a medical photographer in 2008 and I’m now a medical photography manager working for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Both journey and path to success have been a miracle in the making.
To adapt to a world where you can't meet face to face, with no air travel, conferences cancelled and teams working from home, leaders, experts, managers and professionals all need to master the skills of virtual communication. Written by the authors of The Master Communicator’s Handbook, this book tells you how to create impact with your on-screen presence, use powerful language to motivate listening, and design compelling visuals. You will also learn techniques to prevent your audience from losing attention, to keep them engaged from start to finish, and to create a lasting impact. The "Resilience Series" is the result of an intensive, collaborative effort of our authors in response to the 2020 coronavirus epidemic. Each volume offers expert advice for developing the practical, emotional and spiritual skills that you can master to become more resilient in a time of crisis.
Myanmar has been fortunate in thus far having one of the lowest caseloads of COVID-19 per population globally, with under 400 confirmed cases as of early August. However, as a developing economy still beset by high rates of poverty and vulnerability, Myanmar is highly susceptible to the economic and social disruptions stemming from COVID-19. These disruptions began with the closure of the Chinese border and the cessation of agricultural exports in late January, followed in February and March by further disruptions to trade, tourism, manufacturing, and remittances. However, an economic simulation analysis by Diao et al. (2020) suggests that the most severe economic impacts of COVID-19 stemmed from the temporary lockdown policies imposed in late March, which – though necessary to prevent the further spread of the virus – led to significant disruptions throughout the economy, including the agri-food sector and the rural economy. Phone survey evidence on agricultural and industrial value chains demonstrates that economic disruptions related to COVID-19 are pervasive and significant (Fang et al, 2020; Goeb, Boughton, and Maredia 2020; Goeb et al. 2020, Takeshima, Win, and Masias 2020a, 2020b). In aggregate, economic simulations predict a modest contraction in Myanmar’s gross domestic product in 2020 (compared to rapid growth forecasted in the absence of COVID-19), but a more significant reduction in household incomes at around 12 percent on average.
What Pandemics Teach Us About Parenting, Work, Life, and Communities from the 1700s to Today
Author: Kari Nixon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Social Science
For readers of Mary Roach and Adam Diamond, an innovative look at the histories of different epidemics and what it meant for society, alongside what lessons different diseases have to teach us as society battles the novel Coronavirus. Throughout history, there have been numerous epidemics that have threatened mankind with destruction. Diseases have the ability to highlight our shared concerns across the ages, affecting every social divide from national boundaries, economic categories, racial divisions, and beyond. Whether looking at smallpox, HIV, Ebola, or COVID-19 outbreaks, we see the same conversations arising as society struggles with the all-encompassing question: What do we do now? Quarantine Life from Cholera to COVID-19 demonstrates that these conversations have always involved the same questions of individual liberties versus the common good, debates about rushing new and untested treatments, considerations of whether quarantines are effective to begin with, what to do about healthy carriers, and how to keep trade circulating when society shuts down. This immensely readable social and medical history tracks different diseases and outlines their trajectory, what they meant for society, and societal questions each disease brought up, along with practical takeaways we can apply to current and future pandemics—so we can all be better prepared for whatever life throws our way.
COVID-19, MERS and SARS: Global Status is one in a series of GIDEON ebooks which explore all individual infectious diseases, drugs, vaccines, outbreaks, surveys and pathogens in every country of the world. Data are based on the GIDEON web application (www.gideononline.com) which relies on standard text books, peer-review journals, Health Ministry reports and ProMED, supplemented by an ongoing exhaustive search of the medical literature. Chapters are arranged alphabetically, by disease. Each chapter includes: 1. Descriptive epidemiology 2. Summary of clinical features 3. Potential use in Bioterrorism 4. References COVID-19, MERS and SARS: Global Status includes separate sections on COVID-19, MERS Coronavirus infection, and SARS.
Everyone is aware of the public outcry regarding how the elderly were abandoned to die of Covid-19 in care homes and in their houses. There’s a big reveal in that the UK has taken global leadership in under-counting and under-reporting its official death toll. Countries over-run by the pandemic are heavily attributing Covid-19 deaths to underlying conditions and co-morbidities. That has been surprising. But what is even more shocking, is the extent to which this has happened. To say, it is a tip of the iceberg is perhaps an understatement. Is the UK’s actual death toll as much as 15 times the official figures? That’s the big reveal. There is a reason why the official death toll only focused only on the NHS and hospital deaths. The book reveals it is a tip of the iceberg, but the extent is one that is shocking. The book highlights the women leaders who protected their countries from the crisis contrasting them with macho men leaders who chose the path of herd immunity, even against shocking scenes – yet due to massive egos, refused to change course. The book covers George Floyd in a unique way. The race for a vaccine is presented – but, will the public accept the shortcuts and the methods used?
On 10 July 2020, Singapore held its 18th general elections in history and the 13th since independence in 1965. The ruling People's Action Party (PAP) once again retained its supermajority by capturing 83 out of the 93 seats, controlling 89.2 percent of parliamentary seats. In spite of a changing social, political and economic landscape, Singapore is still very much identified as an illiberal democracy that has somehow thrived over the years.As the general elections was held during the COVID-19 pandemic, there were expectations that Singaporeans would overwhelmingly vote for the PAP government as the country was facing a serious crisis of a generation. The 'flight-to-safety' mode that some had expected in an election during a crisis, however, did not materialise. In the end, Singaporean voters decided to send a strong warning to the PAP that not all was well, with the opposition achieving its strongest gains since 1965, capturing 10 seats and an additional two Non-constituency Member of Parliament seats. The PAP's total votes dropped from 69.9 percent in 2015 to 61.2 percent in 2020. The rise of a credible opposition has also further strengthened Singaporeans' resolve to ensure that a fair-playing field exists in the political realm. With the highest voter turnout since independence, many have made it known that their voices mattered. The PAP also saw some cracks in its ranks, with some former cadre members and supporters being critical of the new fourth-generation team.Against this backdrop, this book hopes to address the following questions. What were the key issues in the general elections? Who were the main contenders in the polls? What accounted for the PAP's continued hold on power in Singapore? Why did the opposition perform much better than in the previous general elections? What are the main implications of the 2020 general elections results for the PAP, opposition and the broader society at large? How far have electoral issues shifted from 'bread and butter' concerns to much broader topics of social injustices and diversity of voices in parliament? What were some of the crucial talking points during this election? Last, but not least, how far did social media and internet campaigning determine the outcome of this election?
Volume 1: The Challenges and Necessity of Co-production
Author: Beresford, Peter
Publisher: Policy Press
Category: Social Science
EPDF and EPUB available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence. Groups most severely affected by COVID-19 have tended to be those marginalised before the pandemic and are now largely being ignored in developing responses to it. This two-volume set of Rapid Responses explores the urgent need to put co-production and participatory approaches at the heart of responses to the pandemic and demonstrates how policymakers, health and social care practitioners, patients, service users, carers and public contributors can make this happen. The first volume investigates how, at the outset of the pandemic, the limits of existing structures severely undermined the potential of co-production. It also gives voice to a diversity of marginalised communities to illustrate how they have been affected and to demonstrate why co-produced responses are so important both now during this pandemic and in the future.
All of us live with some mental blocks until destiny leads us the way. Cupid Covid is not just another love story. It is unique with a Covid connection and twists and turns. Mohit, a young man, 31 years of age and married to Siddhima for four months, is admitted in the City Hospital as a Covid suspect. There he meets a nurse whose eyes resemble that of someone special. Is she Raavi? He can’t find out since she is donning a PPE. Is she his love? She or his wife, what fate has in store for him? What’s the cupid covid? Read the suspense thriller enveloped in romance.
The authors of the chapters included in this volume provide preliminary answers to questions such as: How extensive were COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons, jails, and community corrections systems globally? Which regions and countries reported the largest outbreaks? Why were prisons and jails found to be "hot spots" for the spread of COVID-19 in most countries? How did governments initially respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in their corrections systems? Did the mitigation strategies used in each country reduce the spread of the infection in the corrections system (both in prisons and jails, and in community corrections)? Did the corrections-focused mitigation strategies used in each country have a positive or an adverse impact on public health and public safety? How likely is it that the varied short-term mitigation strategies implemented by governments will result in long-term changes in corrections policies and practices? The book includes three chapters examining the global impact of the COVID-19 outbreaks, six regional overviews, and 27 country-specific reviews, including reviews targeting 21 of the 50 largest prison systems globally. This collection will be an excellent resource for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and the general public interested in knowing more about the nature and extent of COVID-19 outbreaks in corrections systems globally, and about the diversity of responses developed and implemented by governments from each global region. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Victims & Offenders.
EveryWoman, a coalition of women’s organizations and formations (currently numbering 11), combined with individual women affiliates and backed up by a FaceBook Page (with more than 100,000 followers), was formally organized in August, 2017, for the purpose of defending democracy and upholding women’s rights and dignity at a time when these are under severe attack not only in the Philippines but globally. We had come together, cutting across diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, professional, ideological, and generational backgrounds, to propel organized pushback against the further erosion of civic (also civil) space and of the status and rights that Filipino women have fought hard to attain and have won over the years. As such, our actions in the past years have tended towards the loud and dramatic – in the streets, in public fora, in stinging public statements, often joining our voice with those of our allied Hubs in Tindig Pilipinas. A book had no space in our crowded blueprint for 2020. But then the COVID-19 pandemic happened. As with everyone else, EveryWoman’s world was turned upside down. Needing to get back our bearings – personally, organizationally, politically – we started discussions to try to understand the situation better, including the nature of this global health crisis, how it was affecting different aspects of our national life, how it was especially reshaping women’s lives on the ground, how government was responding (or not), the role of the private sector and other institutions, the plight of ordinary citizens. We probed our own areas of work and engagement. We invited friends and colleagues where we needed help. We saw it to be our responsibility to continue to surface and strengthen women’s perspectives and agency in these difficult and extraordinary times. And, thus, this book was born, emerging from every woman talking to each other and claiming our space to speak up and be heard, intent to make a difference – especially since we saw no women at the frontlines of the national task force set up by the President to respond to the crisis.
This book holds the stories of nine nurses from across the United States, who volunteered to work in New York City hospitals during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. These nurses left their ordinary lives behind to fly on empty planes to a city overwhelmed by a plague. Thrust onto the coronavirus wards, they saw and did incredible things. Faced with adversity they put patients' lives before their own, working tirelessly day after day in unimaginable conditions. These first-hand accounts provide a powerful look at what it was really like on the front lines of health care during a global pandemic. The stories these nurses have are crucial to share with the world. This should never happen again.
An Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Protocol
Author: Wenguang Xia
Publisher: CRC Press
The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Its reach is wide, and its effects have been debilitating. Understanding this particular strain of the coronavirus and knowing the best ways to recover are more important than ever. Rehabilitation from COVID-19: An Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Protocol contains basic knowledge about COVID-19, including its etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment both in traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine. It also includes relative assessment and rehabilitation targeting residual dysfunctions due to COVID-19, such as pulmonary dysfunction, mental disorders, and malnutrition, among others. Key Features Presents a new concept of CRN (COVID-19 Rehabilitation Unit) that will protect patients and medical workers Emphasizes special management of rehabilitation procedures under COVID-19 conditions Includes home-based rehabilitation tactics Provides assessment scales to help patients self-evaluate Based on clinical experience from experts, this text has been compiled by those on the frontline against COVID-19 in Wuhan. Rehabilitation from COVID-19 is an informative collection that will be helpful to patients and medical workers alike.
Ward Jackson and his wife make an incredible spaceship journey, exploring every planet in the solar system from Mercury to Pluto, in an attempt to unravel the cosmic mathematical mystery of the number 9 by finding machines and clues buried on each planet by a long-vanished alien race. Jackson believes that the ninth son of a ninth sun should have the inherent gift of leading his race to domination if the continuity was not broken. A rousing interplanetary odyssey based in the odd facts surrounding the number 9 as outlined in the famous Ripley's Omnibus Believe it Or Not.
I offer practical and spiritual encouragement for those who are grieving from the loss of a loved one. Coronavirus it it’s not a death sentence. Many people have recovered from it and are still recovering from it. I offer health tips on how to stay mentally and physically healthy throughout the crisis. I include basic information on how the coronavirus got started, where it originated from as well as frequently asked questions. I include information on how to keep from getting Coronavirus as best you can, using preventative measures. If you care about yourself at all, you will reward yourself with taking care of yourself, And I can almost guarantee you that if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you! I include Celebrities that have contracted Coronavirus and recovered as well as Celebrities who have died from it. And talk about ways that we can fight according to the words of God.