Social distancing: It might be necessary, but it isn’t easy

What have you been doing to maintain your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak? Video:.

Visual showing some of the repurcussions of the Bisri Dam project. (Photo: Environmental Justice Atlas)
Bisri Dam project to resume, says cabinet during lockdown

Activists say the Bisri Dam will lead to an “environmental genocide” and fear further mismanagement of Lebanon’s water resources.

Quarantunes: The local, alternative songs we’re listening to right now

Nothing’s easy about being stuck in quarantine, but these local (well, sometimes regional) tunes might.

The historic Saint-Michel Hospital of Amchit, which has been turned into a quarantine space for people who test positive for COVID-19 but do not require medical intervention. (Photo: Garo Kahwajian & Chadi Fares Karam)
COVID-19: Amchit initiative alleviates logistical catastrophe for hospitals

The bold program in Amchit is setting the standard for others to follow.

A dog wears a mask over its mouth on a street in Beijing on February 13, 2020. Pets article on Animals Lebanon
COVID-19: Pets ditched on Beirut streets, animal welfare groups swamped

On misinformation and the economic hardships of both pet owners and animal welfare groups in Lebanon.

Two intensive care professionals comfort each other in the ICU of a hospital in Cremona, Italy , on Friday, March 13, 2020. (Photo: Paolo Miranda / NBC News) - Italian doctors article
Italy calls for new wave of doctors in fight against coronavirus

Could Italy’s problems also arise in Lebanese hospitals?

Scientist Xinhua Yan works at Moderna in Cambridge, on Feb. 28, 2020. (David L. Ryan / Boston Globe via Getty Images) cure / medicine article
The latest trials in search of a cure for COVID-19

The only protective measure against the virus is a vaccine, which has yet to be developed and cannot be given until it meets WHO’s criteria.

Syrian refugees in a building under construction they have been using as a shelter in the city of Saida, March 2020. There are rising fears that refugee communities are at an increased risk of getting COVID-19. (AP / Al Arabiya)
Forgetting “refugees” during COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought to the surface social inequalities for which “refugees” and the less advantaged are not morally responsible.

A man wears a protective mask as he walks past the coronavirus emergency department at the Rafic Hariri government hospital in Beirut, March 10, 2020. (Mohamed Azakir / Reuters / L'Orient Le Jour)
How to protect your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

And a list of reliable resources for all kinds of support and information on coronavirus.

Mental health article visual, outline of a face facing the insides of the face against a blue, watery background
What can be done to lessen mental health difficulties during Lebanon’s economic crisis?

The full impact of the current economic crisis on mental health in Lebanon remains to be seen, but reports of negative effects have already emerged.