The emergence of omicron, COVID-19’s latest variant, has changed the pandemic landscape. As Paul Hunter explains, it’s made reinfections much more common – and there’s good reason to believe they’re being undercounted. While the general view is that reinfections should be milder, evidence shows that this isn’t always the case.

The Netflix documentary, the Tinder Swindler, gives a detailed and deeply personal account of how Simon Leviev used Tinder to connect with his victims and ultimately swindle them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Cassandra Cross explains how the film is a powerful example of what can go wrong, and what it can teach us about not becoming the next victim.

Caroline Southey

Founding Editor

COVID reinfections: are they milder and do they strengthen immunity?

Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia

Here’s what we know so far about why reinfections happen and what effects they have.

First the ‘love-bomb’, then the ‘financial emergency’: 5 tactics of Tinder swindlers

Cassandra Cross, Queensland University of Technology

It’s easy to say “I’d never fall for that” when confronted with the stories of women who were conned by romance fraudster Simon Leviev. But a determined scammer can be very convincing and persuasive.

The Canadian flag and the ‘freedom convoy’: The co-opting of Canadian symbols

Heather Nicol, Trent University

Does the flag unite Canadians, or confuse them as its symbolism is used to different ends and causes?

How Russia hooked Europe on its oil and gas – and overcame US efforts to prevent energy dependence on Moscow

Ryan Haddad, University of Maryland

The Biden administration hopes the threat of harsh sanctions from a united West will deter Putin from invading Ukraine. But Russia has a long history of using energy to divide the US and Europe.