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Q+A: The Sights and Smells of Creative Arts Therapies in Virtual Reality

Girija Kaimal, EdD, an associate professor in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Susan Magsamen, executive director at IAM Lab, part of the Pedersen Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discuss their research of the use of virtual reality with the inclusion of a fragrance in creative arts therapy.

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Q+A: How Can We Persuade Organ Donors to Vaccinate Against COVID-19?

More than 150 million Americans – 46% of the country – has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 36% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated. Despite very rare side effects, public health officials consider vaccines to be effective at preventing severe illness and be the ticket to something resembling pre-pandemic life.haryha

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The Pandemic Will End, but We’re Probably Stuck with the Coronavirus

Many scientists believe that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, will become “endemic.” It will seasonally circulate in a similar fashion to the other common respiratory viruses, such as those that cause the common cold or flu. If this bears out, there will not be a true end to the pandemic (with accompanying ticker tape parade down Broad Street), but a gradual transition, to an illness that we will have to live with.