A transition to New Normal

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Issue 14: 12 May 2020
Every week, HEADlines brings you the latest news, stories and commentaries
in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments
in healthcare.
A glimpse of post-lockdown living

Many people around the world are looking forward to life after lockdown, after months of staying home. But will life still be the same? We take a look this week at what countries are doing. 

AustraliaEuropeHong KongIndia and New Zealand have announced a phased approach to easing lockdown measures this month. Retailers, entertainment venues, sports, gyms, and schools are expected to progressively reopen, while being cautious about big group gatherings. China's experience provides a preview of the steps authorities may take to avoid a second wave of infections. 

In parallel, countries are also resuming domestic travels and in discussions to reopen borders for international travel. Australia and New Zealand for instance are looking to create a 'travel bubble' between the two countries. However, flying will look a lot different than we remember it to be. Higher fares, longer waits and fewer in-flight service are just some of the ways COVID-19 is changing air travel. Besides your passport, a proof of being virus-free may also be required at immigration checkpoints, to avoid quarantine. 

One thing is for sure though. Safe distancing measures will remain - a challenge that businesses and schools will have to contend with. This will mean reduced capacity and increased costs for many businesses, while teachers will have to find creative ways to engage students yet keep them apart when schools reopen. This is a whole new way of living that we will need to get used to. 
Healthcare in the Spotlight
A panel of experts weigh in on the economics of curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The mitigation efforts towards the spread of COVID-19 will impact the economy and our health more than we think.
A top vaccine researcher shares his perspectives on the goals and timelines to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
Damage to the kidneys, heart, brain - even 'covid toes' - prompts reassessment of the disease and how to treat it.
Need help to relax? Try acupressure. Studies show that stimulating acupoints can improve blood flow, release tension and boost the body's healing abilities.
40-50 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, but yet there is still no cure. Scientists say it is time for a fresh approach to the illness.
After successful field tests in Yishun and Tampines, the release of specially bred Wolbachia mosquitoes will be widened to more neighbourhoods in Singapore.
The nexus between the coronavirus and climate change is a warning that we are approaching a point of no return for human health, which depends on planetary health.

That's all for the week!
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