Pain in times of a pandemic: Social isolation and social inequality might worsen the fate of people with chronic pain

BY KAI KAROS. The current coronavirus pandemic has an impact on all of us. Still, some populations are arguably more affected than others. The various social measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus may disproportionately affect people with long-term painful conditions. Now that we are slowly trying to find the way to a post-pandemic future, it is important that these people don’t fall by the wayside.

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Why COVID-19 has to be taken seriously

BY GEERT MOLENBERGHS (KU Leuven and UHasselt), PIERRE VAN DAMME (UAntwerpen), SARAH VERCRUYSSE (UHasselt) and NIEL HENS (UHasselt and UAntwerpen). Are they really necessary, all those far-reaching measures to limit the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections? Without a doubt, according to researchers from KU Leuven, UHasselt and UAntwerp. In this blog they explain why we’d better take COVID-19 seriously.

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Waarom we COVID-19 ernstig moeten nemen

DOOR GEERT MOLENBERGHS (KU Leuven en UHasselt), PIERRE VAN DAMME (UAntwerpen), SARAH VERCRUYSSE (UHasselt) en NIEL HENS (UHasselt en UAntwerpen). Zijn ze echt nodig, al die verregaande maatregelen om het aantal besmettingen met SARS-CoV-2 in te dijken? Zonder twijfel, aldus onderzoekers van KU Leuven, UHasselt en UAntwerpen. In deze blog leggen ze uit waarom we COVID-19 maar beter ernstig nemen.

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Studentenwelzijn tijdens de lockdown: geen alarmfase, wel nood aan zorgzame ondersteuning

DOOR LUC SELS, HILDE FEYS EN RONNY BRUFFAERTS. De impact van COVID-19 op het psychisch leven en welzijn van studenten is niet alomvattend negatief geweest. Dat leren we uit de studentenbevraging die KU Leuven elk jaar uitvoert. De grote meerderheid ervoer een eerder milde en voorbijgaande stress. Toch wijzen de resultaten ook op de nood aan zorgzame ondersteuning, zeker voor studenten in specifieke risicogroepen.

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How stories about China shape our post-COVID-19 outlook on (geo)politics

BY STEVEN LANGENDONK. Whereas the People’s Republic of China (hereafter China) barely made the evening news before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it seems to play a leading role in our outlook on the future and our experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. As attention in our societies shifts from crisis management to (political) issues such as economic recovery and international cooperation, China will likely be more present in the rhetoric of our political leaders than ever. That is why it is important to look at how our conceptions of China shape ongoing intra-European and geopolitical power contests.

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World Health Day: COVID-19 requires us to rethink our international development strategies

BY PATRICK DEVELTERE. It is a normal and human reaction that we all reflect on our own risk of getting affected by the new coronavirus. It is also a normal and human reaction that every community or country is guessing what it might imply for their family, their job, their business, their organisation, their region, their country, their continent. Nevertheless, and especially on this World Health Day, it is equally important to get out of this bubble and look at what is happening in the so-called developing world. After all, we are a globalised society and globalising economy, aren’t we?

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