Experts: Better COVID-19 testing is still vital to ‘reopening’

There's no pandemic "silver bullet", but COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, masks, and vaccine development are key to going back to school or the office.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: education covid-19 economics jobs featured health-and-medicine medical-tests

Avalanches inspire tool to predict ‘black swan’ events

By looking systems in which things suddenly go very wrong, researchers created a tool that could help predict the next gigantic global disaster.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: economics data-science ecosystems algorithms prediction featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Avalanches inspire tool to predict ‘black swan’ events

Looking at systems where things go very wrong suddenly, researchers have created a tool that could help predict the next gigantic global disaster.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: economics data-science ecosystems algorithms prediction featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Treating children for worms yields health and financial gains

A 20-year study of Kenyan schoolchildren who receive sustained treatment against common parasitic infections grow up to achieve a higher standard of living, with long-lasting health and economic benefits that extend to their communities.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: economics fas health-medicine national-bureau-of-economic-research uc-berkeley kenya deworming edward-miguel michael-kremer

Decarbonize and diversify

How energy-intensive economies can survive and thrive as the globe ramps up climate action.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
July 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change energy environment economics policy carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gases russia emissions research technology-and-society mit-energy-initiative alternative-energy joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Expert: Even COVID-19 can’t end paper money

Despite early fears of COVID-19 spreading via paper money, cash isn't over. Expert Bill Maurer explains why.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 economics money united-states featured society-and-culture paper

Expert: Renter relief won’t stop economic ‘time bomb’

“Just focusing on renters will not be enough to prevent a financial crisis like the crisis of 2007-08. We need comprehensive solutions.”

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 economics insurance jobs money housing society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Uncurbed COVID would cost more lives than economic shutdown

New research provides a lives-for-lives comparison of economic shutdown versus business as usual during the pandemic.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 death economics money united-states featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Is the COVID-19 pandemic cure really worse than the disease? Here's what our research found

Putting a dollar value on human lives to compare the costs and benefits of stay-at-home orders can have unintended consequences. These researchers found a different way.

Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor in Nursing and Public Health, University of Michigan • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus death economics pandemic social-distancing recession cost-benefit-analysis job-loss value-of-life

Expert: Economic recovery depends on fighting COVID-19

An economist has a simple message about economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic: "The better we do on public health, the better the economy will do."

Peter Iglinski-Rochester • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~4 min

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