The Covid-19 pandemic is deepening the division in society and reinforcing growing social inequality in our country – a subject that we are taking a closer look at in this issue’s Focus. In addition, the pandemic has also brought about major changes in the relationship between the state and the economy. While politics had long withdrawn from economic activities, researchers now recognize the opposite trend. But the coronavirus has also brought the immune system into focus, which needs to strike a balance between defending against foreign pathogens, while also not overreacting and causing harm to the body’s own cells.
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