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Lingering symptoms may be the untold story for many recovered Covid-19 patients

By Alexi Cohan Many recovered coronavirus patients can struggle with lingering fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pain long after they have beaten the deadly virus, which worsens their quality of life, a recent study found. “We know that the reason Covid can be so bad is the uncontrolled inflammation,” said Dr. Shira Doron, infectious […]

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What about ‘Immunity Passports’ for Covid-19? At this point, they’re a ‘no go’

By Jaime Moreno Do you know what is the difference between politics and science? Our understanding is that science requires evidence, coping with uncertainty, weighting efficacy and safety. Whereas politics aspires for certainty, resulting in a true fight between the deductive and the inductive methods, with humanity in the middle. I, as a physician, must […]

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Caregiving in Cuenca: My story

By Miriam Drake It is challenging, anywhere in the world to care for a husband whose health has deteriorated to the point that he cannot speak, one side of the body is completely paralyzed, and he has no sensations in his core. In Cuenca, Ecuador it is beyond challenging. All the systems here are designed […]

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Following the legacy of Nana Marian’s desk

By Jan Dynes Blessed was I to grow up with fine literature at my fingertips in Nana’s Chippendale desk. It stood polished and majestic and yet also oozed dust motes of past brilliance from long deceased poets, playwrights and novelists, dripping of a more romantic and yet brutal past too, enthralled by the rich leather-bound […]

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What’s ahead for expats after coronavirus — in Ecuador, in Cuenca and around the world?

By Liam Higgins As the world slowly reopens from the Covid-19 pandemic, expats are asking, “What does this mean for us? Will life become more difficult for us? Will health and immigration policies become more complicated?” And just as important: “Will a lot of expats go back to their home countries?” Faron Masters, international insurance […]

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Conectado

Mid-afternoon, a couple of weeks or so ago, found me strolling near Mercado Diez de Agosto in Cuenca, Ecuador.  I’ve shopped there on numerous occasions and was parched so in and upstairs I went for something to slake my thirst.  As the cold batido of freshly blended strawberries, bananas and milk washed the dust from […]

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Latin American air travel hangs in the balance as airlines struggle to reconfigure operations

By Marcelo Rochabrun Bankrupt LATAM Airlines and Avianca Holdings are dramatically retrenching their once grand ambitions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing competition in Latin America as they mull once-unthinkable cooperation with rivals. Since May, LATAM has exited Argentina, partnered with rival Azul SA in Brazil and cut back domestic operations in Chile, while Avianca has […]

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Into the jungle

By Miriam Drake Someday I will live here. For now, I visit as often as possible. Why do I visit this remote natural area with no shopping malls, very few paved roads, few cars, and few people? There is no direct route to the Amazon jungle. You take a plane or two, a van and […]

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