Category Archives: COVID-19

How Covid-19 Masks Disrupt Facial Perception

The unprecedented efforts to minimize the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic introduce a new arena for human face recognition in which faces are partially occluded with masks. Here, we tested the extent to which face masks change the way faces … Continue reading

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Loneliness and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Loneliness and social isolation are associated with adverse physical and psychological consequences which are particularly prevalent in older persons. During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must follow social distancing guidelines to protect ourselves and to reduce the … Continue reading

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An Ethics Framework for the COVID-19 Reopening Process

As some political leaders are fond of saying, reopening society after months of social distancing is not like flipping a switch. Reopening is a process. It will extend over many, many months. Policy makers will need to continuously re-evaluate whether … Continue reading

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The COVID-19 and mental health: From biological mechanisms to social consequences

In this article, we provide a review of studies investigating the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 on the CNS and mental health outcomes. We describe neurobiology of the virus, highlighting the relevance to mental disorders. Furthermore, this article summarizes the impact … Continue reading

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Mental health during the COVID-19: Effects of stay-at-home and social distancing

Social distancing is the most visible public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its implications for mental health are unknown. In a nationwide online sample of 435 U.S. adults, conducted in March 2020 as the pandemic accelerated and states implemented … Continue reading

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The effects of social deprivation on adolescent development and mental health

Adolescence (the stage between 10 and 24 years) is a period of life characterised by heightened sensitivity to social stimuli and the increased need for peer interaction. The physical distancing measures mandated globally to contain the spread of COVID-19 are … Continue reading

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Assessing the risks of ‘infodemics’ in response to COVID-19 epidemics

During COVID-19, governments and the public are fighting not only a pandemic but also a co-evolving infodemic—the rapid and far-reaching spread of information of questionable quality. We analysed more than 100 million Twitter messages posted worldwide during the early stages … Continue reading

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SARS-CoV-2 e danno neurologico

I sintomi Covid-19, ovvero riduzione di gusto e olfatto, fatica, mialgie e cefalea sarebbero riconducibili ad alterazioni del sistema neurologico. Gli effetti della malattia da Covid-19 si delineano sempre più come patologia sistemica, non sono solo i polmoni ad essere … Continue reading

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The impact of unplanned school closure on children’s social contact

Gaining control of an infectious disease outbreak can require making difficult decisions, particularly when infections are human-to-human transmissible. Children are often in close physical proximity at school, have less-than-perfect hygiene behaviours and have low prior immunity to many infections. For … Continue reading

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UNICEF Covid-19 – Schools are not a driver of community transmission

School closures can lead to drastically negative outcomes for children. Data from 191 countries collected from February to September 2020 show noconsistent association between school reopening status and COVID-19 infection rates. An assessment of the role of schools in COVID-19 … Continue reading

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