In local streets, parks, squares and walkways across Australia we saw a marked increase in the numbers of people walking and cycling under COVID-19 restrictions that allowed people to leave their homes for exercise. Coupled with the big drop in car traffic, these public spaces may have felt like they had never been safer.
As the COVID-19 pandemic charts its savage path around the world, it is predicted that millions have lost or will loose their income. Governments have announced various financial relief packages, including short-term debt moratoriums for the vulnerable. However, at the time of writing, there is a noticeable absence of widespread debt relief for a sector that is often characterized by its over-indebtedness: microfinance...In 2018, globally, there were approximately 139.9 borrowers with an estimated credit portfolio of US$124.1 billion. Of this, 80 percent of the borrowers were women.
The pandemic conditions have also made providing support to victims more difficult and more complex. The lack of face-to-face services and the constant presence of perpetrators in victims’ homes limits workers’ ability to respond to violence. As one practitioner explained, "You can’t see the hole in the wall, the bruise on her jaw, the fear in the kid’s eyes when dad’s name is mentioned."
A public health approach has been essential in trying to contain COVID-19 and a public mental health approach, that includes strategies for the whole population, and specific strategies for more vulnerable groups, is needed for recovery.
News reports suggest women globally are rethinking their plans for a pregnancy because of the pandemic and its many implications. So how safe is it to try for a baby at the moment? And what are some of the things you should consider?