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A church service online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving with the times, The Catholic Church embraces live streaming during COVID-19

Desirée Vignola May 21, 2020

Sitting on my deck in my small town in Massachusetts, I can hear birds chirping as a mother robin brings food to her baby chicks in one of my bushes -- and the voice of the priest from Baton Rouge, Louisiana,...

Two Tales of Moving Out During a Pandemic.

[Podcast] Two tales of moving out during a pandemic

Pirzan Turel May 20, 2020

Tale 1: From Boston University By Delong (Andy) Ye Sitting in a near-empty room with two large suitcases, I contemplated my decision to move off-campus. Boston University was closed for...

A delivery worker delivers food.

[Video] How a food delivery service adapts to COVID-19 demands

Huilin Li May 17, 2020

In a time when people are ordered to stay home and avoid gathering, food delivery services have seen higher demands and a fluctuating workforce as employees are taking days off to avoid being sick. Chowbus,...

The line in the airport.

Chinese international students: Struggles to get home in a pandemic

Xiaoxi Ma May 15, 2020

The coronavirus epidemic sent thousands of Chinese students abroad scrambling to get home in March. Instead of a month spent attending classes, studying in the library and preparing for exams, they had...

A person exercises and climbs the stairs.

Tips to stay fit during quarantine

Pirzan Turel May 14, 2020

For the average person, fitness is hard enough to keep up on a regular basis. In this new normal that we’re experiencing, it’s even tougher. I’m no bodybuilder or athlete, far from it, but I recognize...

A mosque during Ramadan.

[Podcast] Abroad in America: How a Muslim family celebrates Ramadan during the pandemic

Suhra Nahib May 6, 2020

Ramadan is the month when Muslims across the world fast from sunrise till sundown. It’s typically a month of prayer, reflection and community where where families gather to pray at the mosques, to...

Trees in Wuhan.

Reopening Wuhan: Life after 76 days of lockdown

Yushu Tian May 2, 2020

After 76 days of lockdown, the city of Wuhan reopened on April 8. The Chinese government announced that there had been no new cases in the six days leading up to April 28. The city, which used to be...

The group of girls in Brazil.

Brazil’s young female entrepreneurs step up to create jobs

Luiza Loyo April 30, 2020

Brazil has a high rate of unemployment and few job opportunities. But a new generation of young, female entrepreneurs and artists in the country are taking their future into their own hands by creating...

The India Gate without pollution.

The positive effect of a global lockdown on nature

Sharmila Kuthunur April 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt brought about tremendous human sufferings around the world. Hospitals are overloaded with patients while the global economy is shrinking. But we have also seen pollution...

A quarantine stamp in India.

India: Coronavirus strengthens state surveillance; I saw it firsthand

Pavithra Rajesh April 17, 2020

Let me start out by saying that I’m not naïve. I’m painfully aware of how dangerous our circumstances are right now, and especially when dealing with a disease as contagious and as deadly as COVID-19,...

A Vietnamese meal.

[Podcast] Abroad in America: Stay or leave? Plus quarantine life in Vietnam

Suhra Nahib April 13, 2020

Welcome back to Abroad in America. This week podcast’s contributor is editor Ha Ta who wrote an article about the difficult decision many international students have to make of whether to stay or leave...

Other activities besides Netflix.

Things to do during quarantine besides Netflix

Avantika Panda April 10, 2020

The global pandemic Covid-19 has taken over our lives in the past several weeks. Suddenly, everyone’s fast-paced life has come to an unexpected halt, anxieties and boredom are high. People are...

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