Essential reading: A collection of articles published in PMP Magazine by academics and experts on the Coronavirus pandemic. Analyses, advice, facts, and mysthbusting.

Updated: 25 March 2020.

The problem with social distancing in Coronavirus times.

Coronavirus is accelerating a culture of no touching – Here’s why that’s a problem.
Touch is essential to wellbeing, so we must make an effort not to associate it with negative feelings once the coronavirus outbreak is over.

Comparing the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic and Covid-19.

Coronavirus: What the 2009 swine flu pandemic can tell us about the weeks to come.
Modelling highlights the urgent need for strong interventions. The later we act to reduce coronavirus’ replication number, the greater the cost in illness and death.

Self-isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus self-isolation: How to avoid cabin fever.
A psychologist’s top tips for staying mentally well in this time of pandemic.

The origins of Coronavirus.

Coronavirus origins: Genome analysis suggests two viruses may have combined.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic is undergoing extensive genetic analysis around the world to understand its origin and evolution.

What social distancing means.

Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus.
With no vaccines or treatments, the fight against coronavirus comes down to this behavioral technique. A physician explains how it works.

What hand sanitisers you should use.

Coronavirus: Not all hand sanitisers work against it – here’s what you should use.
The best way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus remains washing your hands with soap and water, but alcohol-based hand sanitisers with at least 60% alcohol are a practical alternative.

Why closing schools?

Coronavirus, kids and school closings: A public health expert answers 4 questions.
So far, children have not been as sickened by the coronavirus as adults. So why do officials talk about closing schools? And what does this mean for you as a parent? A public health expert explains.

Misinformation in time of Coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Why we should keep our eyes and ears open as well as our hands clean.
While COVID-19 is a real concern for businesses and governments, a more serious issue right now is the wider impact of heavily recycled information on society.

Social distancing and the social contract.

Social distancing and the social contract in the time of Covid-19.
We all participate in a social contract, the collective agreement to protect each other, and the modern world with its safety net and cooperatively produced technology is what makes pandemics like coronavirus a thing that can be survived by most of the population.

Can warmer weather stop Coronavirus?

Will warmer weather stop the spread of coronavirus?
With spring fast approaching, is there a chance for the spread of Covid-19 to finally stop? Don’t count on it, says a virologist.

Does Vitamin C cure Coronavirus?

Time to debunk claims that vitamin C could cure coronavirus.
Though so-called naturopathic influencers on social media claim taking near-lethal doses of vitamin C is the cure for COVID-19, one expert says that vitamin C is unlikely to cure coronavirus.

Can herd immunity protect us?

Coronavirus: Can herd immunity really protect us?
Letting the virus ‘pass through the community’ is not a good public health strategy.

Hand hygiene and the eldery.

Hand hygiene is utterly vital to your parents and grandparents right now.
A very important thread by Rachel Clarke on the importance to protect our elders during the Coronavirus pandemic even if it means insisting on some basic things for their protection.

Why you ought not to panic.

Coronavirus: Ten reasons why you ought not to panic.
Could something similar to 1918 flu pandemic (25m deaths in less than 25 weeks) happen now with the Coronavirus Pandemic? Probably not; we have never been better prepared to fight a pandemic, Professor Ignacio López-Goñi writes.

How to stop the Coronavirus anxiety.

Coronavirus: How to stop the anxiety spiralling out of control.
Coronavirus fear? Stop constant checking and stay social. Psychological distress and widespread panic must not take over your life.

A false sense of security.

Pandemics spread where people have a false sense of security.
This thread by Silvia Stringhini is an essential read: the testimony of an Italian doctor with the dramatic description of working in an Italian hospital during the Coronavirus epidemic. Medical staff are real everyday heroes.

Why hand-washing really is important.

Why hand-washing really is as important as doctors say.
As the Coronavirus spreads, public health officials stress the importance of hand washing. But can it really make that much of a difference? A microbiologist explains why.

Explaining the WHO’s decision to not declare a global public health emergency yet.

Coronavirus outbreak – WHO’s decision to not declare a global public health emergency explained.
The World Health Organization decided that the coronavirus outbreak in China is not a public health emergency of international concern. At least, not at the moment.

A new human Coronavirus.

Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus.
Chinese scientists sequence coronavirus causing pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan. And it has never been seen before.

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