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Jun, 2021

Alfredo Tagarro shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in Spain, during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has represented a unique professional and personal challenge throughout the year. Many unimaginable things happened during this frantic year, from the school closures to the confinement, and we had to adapt and think creatively. The pandemic took me back to the intensive care unit for some weeks, taking care of adults, enduring endless shifts with limited resources. Back home, we prepared and implemented research projects, again with limited resources, for children with COVID-19.  During the first months of the pandemic, we did not need to sleep much […]

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Jun, 2021

Moherndran Archary shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in South Africa, during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The first case of COVID-19 in South Africa was diagnosed in a traveller from Europe to South Africa on the 5th of March 2020. The initial imported infections fuelled the first wave of the pandemic 3 months later, while further mutations of the circulating wild- type virus fuelled the more severe second wave 7 months thereafter. The South African government responded by implementing, several mitigating strategies including lockdowns, social distancing, use of face masks in public and school closures to slow and control community transmission. These control measures had variable […]

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Jun, 2021

Daniele Donà shares his experience as a paediatrician and researcher in Italy, during the covid-19 pandemic

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The global health crisis of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is changing the world. In the Veneto Region in Italy, an exponential spread of patients affected by COVID-19 has been observed since 21st February 2000, the day of the first COVID-19 positive adult admitted to the University Hospital of Padua. This impetuous pandemic infection put a tremendous amount of stress on many hospitals interfering with ordinary medical practice. Moreover, all the research activities were slowed down considerably with a sudden change in priorities regarding time and funding. Since February 2020, we in […]

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Jun, 2021

YES! I’m positive

 

Not for Coronavirus but for HIV. Since I was born, 24 years ago. I think HIV and COVID-19 are not so different. First of all, they’re both viruses, and in some cases fatal. Like COVID-19, HIV forces you to change your way of living. It is easy to experience anxiety or depression, because you have to deal with an invisible enemy that oblige you to stay on your own. You can’t run away from your deepest thoughts. When the lockdown was announced I did not feel so scared. I have […]

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Nov, 2020

Lindsey Hunter shares her one year living & working experience in Italy

 

I moved to Italy one year ago, after spending the entirety of my working life in London, United Kingdom. My move to Italy came about due to my Italian partner wanting to move back to Italy, after spending many years abroad. We decided to take the plunge – and here we are! I first heard of Penta in Italy from my work in the UK, and after seeing a job opening for a Communications Manager, I applied and started working at Penta in October 2019. Starting out in Penta Communications, I […]

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