Lessons Learned from an Intervention by Médecins Sans
Maria Ximena Di Lollo
Elena Estrada Cocina
Francisco De Bartolome Gisbert
Raquel González Juarez
Ana Garcia Mingo
The disease caused by a hitherto unknown coronavirus, and denoted coronavirus disease
2019 (COVID-19) was designated a pandemic on 11 March 2020 ( World Health Organization, 2020a ). The first case of
COVID-19 was detected in Spain on 31 January 2020, and as of August 2021 there have
been more than 4,500,000 cases and over 80,000 COVID-19 deaths in the country.
Given the novelty of the virus, there was a lack of basic information about the
But where some saw abstraction others saw the truth.
Albert Camus, The Plague
In the concluding chapter of this book, some considerations will be given to what social, political, and economic changes need to be made, domestically and globally, after this pandemic crisis is over. The rhetoric of war, often used to describe our struggle with COVID-19, suggests that we must start thinking in terms of jus post bellum : if life resumes as if this COVID-19 episode was only a temporary glitch, and everything post COVID-19 goes back to being essentially
, recovered and managed to fulfill his
lifelong dream of becoming a pilot and (spoiler alert) finding a lost
Arctic expedition. Others were not as lucky: Spanish flu claimed
approximately 2.7 million people in the new Soviet state ( Supotnitsky 2006 , Egorov 2019 ). The death toll during the
COVID-19 pandemic in Russia hovers at the moment of writing around
500,000 ( Meduza 2022 ), but the Russian
misfortunes. An injustice, on the other hand, is caused by fellow humans, not nature. An injustice, unlike a misfortune, is intentional, controllable, and therefore not blameless. Poverty is an injustice, not a misfortune. The impact of COVID-19 has a lot more to do with injustice than misfortune.
At an intuitive level this distinction between an injustice and a misfortune makes sense, and yet actually distinguishing between the two can be profoundly problematic. 1 In her still relevant book The Faces of Injustice , first published thirty years ago, Judith Shklar
distancing, they may now be inclined not to trust them on the face mask issue. Other COVID-19 issues where experts disagree include the best time to enforce measures to restrict movement, whether there is significant COVID-19 airborne transmission, or how to flatten the curve of infections rather than merely delaying the peak.
When experts disagree, politicians take centre stage, for better or worse. In Ireland in early October 2020 the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) recommended that the whole country move to Level 5, the highest alert level in the
There always comes a time in history when the person who dares to say that 2 + 2 = 4 is punished by death
Albert Camus, The Plague
In crises, we rely desperately on the truth, and there is no room for ‘post-truth’. Or at least, there shouldn’t be. But that’s not what we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the previous chapter we saw how populism tends to have a relaxed relationship with truth. In this chapter, the focus will switch to the phenomenon of fake news and post-truth, and how COVID-19 is not immune from this aspect of the global
The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.
Albert Camus, The Plague .
Before we had COVID-19 we had populism. Until recently the popularity of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage in the UK, Matteo Salvini in Italy, and Marine Le Pen in France was unequivocal, but almost insignificant compared to that of Jarosław Kaczyński in Poland and Viktor Orbán in Hungary. And that’s only in Europe. Modern-day populism is founded on a specific but crude and somewhat
Difficulties and challenges for the forensic medical system in
María Alexandra Lopez-Cerquera
Linda Guadalupe Reyes Muñoz
Sandra Ivette Sedano Rios
Nuvia Montserrat Maestro Martínez
Diana Newberry Franco
As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, in 2020 forensic institutions
in Mexico began using extreme measures in the treatment of bodies of confirmed
or suspected cases, due to possible infection. A series of national protocols on
how to deal with the virus were announced, yet forensic personnel have struggled
to apply these, demonstrating the country’s forensics crisis. This
article aims to reflect on two points: (1) the impact that COVID-19 protocols
have had on how bodies confirmed as or suspected of being infected with the
virus are handled in the forensic medical system; and (2) the particular
treatment in cases where the body of the victim is unidentified, and the
different effects the pandemic has had in terms of the relationship between the
institutional environment and the family members of those who have died as a
result of infection, or suspected infection, from COVID-19.
This chapter investigates
teletherapies, aiming to produce novel insights into how human
well-being is co-constituted with technological
infrastructures. 1 Drawing upon a study on the diverse practices
of remote therapy and counselling in the context of the COVID-19
pandemic, it explores the ways in which Finnish psychotherapists and
spatial, dynamic aspects bring a unique dimension to the experience. But how does the physicality of performance poetry translate to digital space? While a long microphone cable might allow the poet to move around the stage and engage a ‘live’ audience, such dynamism might be lost via web broadcast or pre-recorded poetry performance.
Responding to the sudden global behavioural shift enforced due to COVID-19, this chapter sheds light upon, and aims to advocate for, performance poetry outside of London – considering issues of