Extreme opinions can impact the spread of a pandemic, says UBC prof
Research links polarization, echo chambers to the spread of disease
Understanding how disease is passed from one individual to another has long been key to protecting populations from diseases like COVID-19.
But new research from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences suggests that polarized opinions and apathy towards taking action can move through society like a virus and can seriously endanger efforts to contain a pandemic.
Assistant Professor Mahmudur Fatmi wants to hear how COVID-19 has impacted people’s travel, whether it’s running errands, going on a road trip or a cancelling that trip of a lifetime.
UBCO professor researching the impact of COVID-19 on travel restrictions
Online survey examines out-of-home and in-home activities
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted everyone in Canada and around the world. While people are being asked to stay at home and maintain social distancing, a UBC Okanagan professor is collecting data about people’s travel habits.
UBCO's Nancy Holmes explains why we turn to poetry in the face of adversity
In this unprecedented time of fear, bewilderment and isolation, poetry is a beacon. It speaks to the complex emotions that are unleashed at times like this, says Nancy Holmes, poet and associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.