Monthly Archives: marzo 2020

Here’s how you can stop bad information from going viral

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You want to help family and friends and keep them in the loop. So, when you receive fresh advice – whether by email, WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter – you might quickly forward it on to them.
Coronavirus misinformation is flooding the internet and experts are calling on the public to practise “information hygiene”. What can you […]

What happens when everyday life suddenly changes?

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The lack of noise can be deafening. Quiet streets, empty public transport, bars and restaurants that have closed, self-isolating families and locked-down cities have become part of the strange days of this Covid-19 pandemic.
If the world is holding its breath to see what happens next, Codogno, a small town in Lombardy, is a microcosm of […]

Difference Between an Epidemic and a Pandemic

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While casual use of epidemic may not require such nuance, it’s important to know the differences between these two terms (and similar ones like outbreak and endemic) when considering public health news. In addition, from an epidemiologic standpoint, terms like these direct the public health response to better control and prevent a disease.

The role of epidemiology is to determine the disease prevalence (the […]

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    Can computer translators ever beat speaking a foreign tongue?

Can computer translators ever beat speaking a foreign tongue?

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Put crottin de chèvre into Google Translate, and you’ll be told it means goat dung. So, if it appeared on a menu, you might pass. Alas, you would be ruling out a delicious cheese made of goat’s milk that is often served as a starter in France. Such misunderstandings are why Google admits that its […]

Why English people say sorry so often

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The British pride themselves on their polite manners, from maintaining a stiff upper lip to obeying precise social etiquette for every occasion. And if there is one word which trips off the English tongue more than most languages and cultures, it is the word ‘sorry’. ‘Sorry’ can be used almost as a verbal tick as […]