What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

Jul 27, 2020

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are businesses with revenues, assets or employees below a certain threshold. SMEs are important to the health of any country as they tend to form the backbone of the economy. When compared to large enterprises, SMEs are generally greater in...

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse
Jul 06, 2020

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse

Herd Immunity May Be Our Best Hope
Jul 06, 2020

Herd Immunity May Be Our Best Hope

The Lockdown in India Reveals the Nation Has Lost Its Soul
Jul 03, 2020

The Lockdown in India Reveals the Nation Has Lost Its Soul

The EU Should Collect Health Data Centrally

The EU Should Collect Health Data Centrally

Jun 29, 2020

When the COVID-19 disease began to spread in Europe, France and Germany prohibited the export of medical equipment, while Italy asked in vain for supplies of protective equipment under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Neither the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) nor the...

The Heroes and the Martyrs of New York’s Battle With COVID-19

The Heroes and the Martyrs of New York’s Battle With COVID-19

Jun 27, 2020

“I dreamed of my patient’s face, so hopeless, and as I tried to wake him, I saw his head flopping back and forth, his eyes rolling, his jaw clenching up and down.” Nikhil Bamarajpet, a 21-year-old volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) and president-elect of Stony Brook University...

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

Jun 18, 2020

The term soft power was coined by Joseph Nye in the late 1980s as a country's ability to influence others without the use of force. Soft power is established in culture and grounded in history, unlike hard power, which is based on coercion and the use of military and economic means. Soft power and...

COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Have Real-World Consequences

COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Have Real-World Consequences

Jun 18, 2020

Conspiracy theories seem to be a staple of major global events, so it's no surprise that COVID-19 has become the biggest hotbed for unfounded “alternative narratives” since 9/11. Various theories are circulating across social media, sucking in a worrying number of high-profile public figures...

It’s Time for #MeToo to Address Structural Racism

It’s Time for #MeToo to Address Structural Racism

Jun 17, 2020

The impact of the #MeToo movement has no doubt been useful in getting us to speak about the traumas we experience in various spaces. But there is more to be done. Every institution, ranging from private to public, which includes professional, religious, political, educational and social...

Will COVID-19 Help Us End Food Waste?

Will COVID-19 Help Us End Food Waste?

Jun 17, 2020

Today, the world faces one of its most challenging crises of the 21st century. A tiny yet powerful virus has been able to shed light on a number of questions we all knew but might not have truly comprehended. First, we are incredibly interconnected, from Wuhan to Milan to New York. Second, we are...

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

Jun 15, 2020

Dubai — memorably called the world’s fastest city by author and analyst Jim Krane — was already traveling in the slow lane when COVID-19 arrived. The Gulf city-state is one of seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. It had survived the crash of 2009 and thrived anew on...

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

Jun 11, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, health-care systems around the world are left strained. The outbreak continues to throttle the efficiency of many health-care sectors, pushing some to the brink. While deficiencies within public health systems are exposed, other viral enemies have come to the...

COVID-19 Contact Tracing: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

COVID-19 Contact Tracing: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

Jun 10, 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the implications of the COVID-19 crisis, including mass infection and death, a global economic downturn and the stigmatization of minority communities, the rush to reopen and “get back to work” weighs hard on world leaders. Along with vaccine development,...

If the Pandemic Is a “War,” Then India Needs to Spend More

If the Pandemic Is a “War,” Then India Needs to Spend More

Many world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have drawn parallels between war and the coronavirus pandemic. So, should the frontline workers leading the response be called “warriors”? Health care workers, farmers, grocery store clerks, police officers, journalists...

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