Coronavirus: as a health economist, I'm not convinced the case for mass testing stacks up

The hard truth is that this ship has probably sailed.

Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair and Pro Vice Chancellor Research, Glasgow Caledonian University • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  world-health-organization  south-korea  coronavirus-testing

Coronavirus: what might more hand washing mean in countries with water shortages?

More than two billion people live without reliable access to clean water.

Raya A. Al-Masri, PhD Researcher in Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  water  world-health-organization  kenya  water-crisis  clean-water

Calling COVID-19 a 'Chinese virus' is wrong and dangerous – the pandemic is global

Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.

Mari Webel, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  history-of-medicine  infectious-diseases  covid-19  coronavirus  history  ebola  pandemic  rift-valley-fever  wuhan  world-health-organization  sars-cov-2  2019-ncov  epidemics  new-coronavirus  world-health-organization-who  norovirus  wuhan-coronavirus  lassa-fever  cholera  bush-meat  ebola-virus  ebola-virus-disease  rift-valley-fever-virus  ebola-zaire  ebola-blame  covid-19-pandemic

What's the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

From the neighborhood to the newsroom to the White House, nobody stays silent during a health emergency. These terms are often mixed up, and it matters who is using them and when.

Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Texas A&M University • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  health  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  world-health-organization  sars-cov-2  outbreak  disease  epidemics  viruses  world-health-organization-who  airtravel  global-pandemic

Naming the new coronavirus – why taking Wuhan out of the picture matters

While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.

Mari Webel, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Feb. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  history-of-medicine  infectious-diseases  covid-19  coronavirus  history  ebola  rift-valley-fever  wuhan  world-health-organization  2019-ncov  epidemics  new-coronavirus  wuhan-coronavirus  lassa-fever  cholera  ebola-virus  ebola-virus-disease  rift-valley-fever-virus

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