Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics united-states spain democracy policy italy germany health coronavirus viruses mortality countries covid-19 social-distancing

Three charts that show where the coronavirus death rate is heading

Three graphs of mortality data tell the story of the direction the UK and the world are heading in after the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: statistics coronavirus mortality covid-19 covid-19-testing covid-19-pandemic

Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor who discovered the disease-fighting power of hand-washing in 1847

A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.

Leslie S. Leighton, Visiting Lecturer of History, Georgia State University • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: contagion disease-control history-of-science history-of-medicine hand-washing handwashing maternal-mortality cleanliness handwashing-and-coronavirus

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