Tag: pandemic

The eight key questions experts tracing the origins of the coronavirus pandemic need to ask

A worker in a protective suit is seen at a wet market in Wuhan in January 2020. Initially, it was thought that the first cluster of cases were linked to the market - REUTERS
A worker in a protective suit is seen at a wet market in Wuhan in January 2020. Initially, it was thought that the first cluster of cases were linked to the market – REUTERS

On December 31 2019, as the world paused to raise a glass to the end of a tumultuous decade, three paragraphs of text revealed that 27 people had been struck down with a “pneumonia of unknown cause” in central China.

Published without fanfare by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, this statement announced to the world the presence of a virus that would be later named Sars-Cov-2.

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Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril

Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher’s block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic.

Somali’s sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation’s controversial dog meat trade.

Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages.

Somali — who juggles a day job

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We can’t go back to normal after the coronavirus pandemic. We must start respecting animals and nature

Fifi is a chimpanzee in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Unlike the ideal image you may have about African wildlife, she lives in a cage, all alone, in the parking lot of a guesthouse in the middle of a city. The sheet metal in one corner of her cage has peeled back, evidence she’s been trying to escape. It must scratch her or even cut her to pull on the sharp metal and squeeze her limbs through.

A pile of crumpled water bottles near her cage indicate how she was given water, but the bottles are so crushed that they don’t stand

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Grab an extra harness and leash. Know how to keep dogs safe during the pandemic

Lindsay Rojas, 28, owner of Lindsay's Dog Walks, strolls with Nikki and Gomez, golden retriever siblings, along Keystone Avenue in Culver City. During the COVID-19 pandemic, experts warn that canines should not interact with dogs outside their immediate family. <span class="copyright">(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Lindsay Rojas, 28, owner of Lindsay’s Dog Walks, strolls with Nikki and Gomez, golden retriever siblings, along Keystone Avenue in Culver City. During the COVID-19 pandemic, experts warn that canines should not interact with dogs outside their immediate family. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

It was past lunchtime and Nikki and Gomez, ebullient and eager, bounded out, more than ready for their daily treat. Lindsay Rojas, their Clorox-equipped dog walker, awaited, greeting them like old friends.

Rojas knows that routines are important in a pandemic, especially for observant animals “who sense that there’s something going on” but, akin to

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How fostering an animal during coronavirus pandemic could cause a surge in ‘love hormones’

A dramatic surge in applications to foster pets during the coronavirus pandemic may have led to an unexpected secondary result: improved mental health and sense of well-being for those fostering the animals.

“In a time today of isolation and people physically distancing themselves, many appear to be experiencing a sense of loneliness. Animals act as a degree of social support,” says Dr. Aubrey Fine, a licensed psychologist and professor emeritus at Cal Poly State University, who has been using animals therapeutically for over four decades and studies the human-animal bond. 

“Sometimes we can sit next to an animal and solace

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