Did COVID-19 Originate in China?

Jul 07, 2020

For months, as the COVID-19 disease was spreading and hundreds of thousands of people were dying across the world, accusations amplified by the media flew across borders in a global blame game. They raised three great destabilizing questions: Which nation was responsible for bringing COVID-19 into...

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 Future of Medicine Is Bespoke
Jul 03, 2020

The Future of Medicine Is Bespoke

Trump Is Playing Peekaboo With the Pandemic

Trump Is Playing Peekaboo With the Pandemic

Jul 03, 2020

If the United States had quick-thinking and efficient leadership, the pandemic would have infected about 100,000 people and killed only a couple thousand. That’s the experience of South Korea, times seven to account for the difference in population. If the United States had overwhelmed but...

What Lies Behind East Asia’s Mask Culture?

What Lies Behind East Asia’s Mask Culture?

Jul 01, 2020

In East Asia, face masks are accessories akin to hats and scarves, a civilian, not a medical, accessory. People wear them for a variety of reasons: the smog, the cold, the sun, hay fever, unruly acne or to send a message usually transmitted via earbuds in North America: Don’t talk to me unless...

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 Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

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...

Hospitals Once Offered Charity — Now They Demand It

Hospitals Once Offered Charity — Now They Demand It

Jun 11, 2020

The New York Times describes HCA Healthcare as “one of the world’s wealthiest hospital chains” whose profits over the past two years have exceeded $7 billion.” But these are troubled times and HCA’s executives now understand that sacrifices must be made. The Times reports that...

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