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2021 ◽  
Vol 10 (4) ◽  
pp. 204-222
Christine Morley ◽  
Kerry Carrington ◽  
Vanessa Ryan ◽  
Shane Warren ◽  
Jo Clarke ◽  

Prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, domestic and family violence (DFV) had been recognised globally as an epidemic in its own right. Further, research has established that during times of crisis and/or after disasters, rates of DFV can escalate. The COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception, with emerging research from around the world confirming that the public health measures and social effects associated with COVID-19 have increased the frequency and severity of DFV in various countries. In contributing to this evolving body of literature, this paper reports on the findings of a national research project that examined the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on DFV in Australia. This nationwide survey of service providers indicates the public health responses to COVID-19 such as lockdowns and travel restrictions, while necessary to stem the pandemic, have had profound effects on increasing women’s risk and vulnerability to domestic violence, while at the same time making it more difficult for women to leave violent relationships and access support. However, this vulnerability is not evenly distributed. The pandemic pushed marginalised voices further underground, with many unable to seek help, locked down with their abuser. Our survey sought to amplify the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities; Indigenous communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, + (LGBTIQ+) communities; women locked down with school-age children; those already in violent relationships; and those whose first experience of domestic violence coincided with the onset of the pandemic. For logistical and ethical reasons, we could only access their voices through the responses from the domestic violence sector.

2021 ◽  
Vol 2 ◽  
pp. 155-184
Irene Iwasaki

As the 2020 global pandemic has demonstrated with new force, we continue to struggle with managing primal, existential fear, even during the ongoing struggle to understand and combat a deadly infectious disease. As this paper reveals, multimedia popular culture texts can provide us with tools, knowledge, and avenues to help us better express, empathize, and educate one another during trying times. In particular, this paper aims to form    part of a larger discussion on how we can better face the task of looking at death during a moment of human history where doom may seem ubiquitous. Although it is not possible to separate ourselves from   our dependence on information that links us as individuals to the outside world, we can engage with media that   provides knowledge in a more palatable or entertaining way and in so doing, support the development of better coping skills for apprehension about an unknown tomorrow. This paper analyzes the 2018 Cells at Work! as an example of anime that is both educational and entertaining, and discusses its implications for  terror management and the promotion of well-being.

2021 ◽  
Luo Li ◽  
Carlos Espaliú Berdud ◽  
Steve Foster ◽  
Ben Stanford

Sowmya Patil ◽  
Karalyn Kerby ◽  
Amy Ramick ◽  
Justin H. Criddle

ABSTRACT Objective: Routine childhood vaccination and well-child visits are essential for pediatric patients’ preventative and public healthcare services. The COVID-19 pandemic had an immediate and significant decline in well-child visits and vaccine administration. A one-of-a-kind’ Drive Through Vaccine Clinic’ was established to improve the vaccination rate and alleviate parental anxiety about being exposed to COVID-19 infection. Methods: Our initial focus was on children between 18 months – 4 years of age at the start of the pandemic, and then slowly extended this to the back-to-school vaccines and the Influenza vaccines. Results: The Drive-Through Immunization Station provided 745 vaccines to 415 patients between April and September 2020. The median wait time involved from patient arrival to completion of vaccine administration was five minutes at the Drive-Through location. Patient and parent feedback was positive. The addition of Drive Through Clinic helped significantly increase the total number of vaccines administered compared to the previous year. Conclusion: In a global pandemic, innovative ideas to increase access to preventive healthcare should be a priority. In the future, this method of nontraditional vaccine administration will allow for improved outreach efforts to underserved populations in our communities and better disaster preparedness.

2021 ◽  
Rachel M. Burckhardt ◽  
John J. Dennehy ◽  
Leo L. M. Poon ◽  
Linda J. Saif ◽  
Lynn W. Enquist

Waning vaccine-induced immunity coupled with the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants has led to increases in breakthrough infections, prompting consideration for vaccine booster doses. Boosters have been reported to be safe and increase SARS-CoV-2-specific neutralizing antibody levels, but how these doses impact the trajectory of the global pandemic and herd immunity is unknown. Information on immunology, epidemiology and equitable vaccine distribution should be considered when deciding the timing and eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

2021 ◽  
Vol 6 (3) ◽  
pp. 194-212
Lau Sie Hoe ◽  
Mohd Ariff Zabidi Manja ◽  
Vloreen Nity Mathew ◽  
Adeline Engkamat ◽  
Zalina Ibrahim ◽  

The ability of rural entrepreneurs to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic greatly depends on their knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support online business. In this study, online surveys were conducted to assess the readiness and acceptance of rural entrepreneurs in adopting to the pandemic using the available technologies. Data collected were analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics using ANOVA. Online training modules were designed based on their specific needs. Although participants indicated that their frequency and skills of using the electronic devices or applications had generally increased or improved after the training, the increment was not statistically significant (). This indicated that while the participants, to some extent, benefited from the online training provided, there has not been a significant impact on them

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