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COVID-19

This page is dedicated to news on the coronavirus, but mainly focusing on the geo-political and economic aspects.

COVID-19 and the NHS—“a national scandal”

(28/3/20) “When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety.” So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. Read the full post in The Lancet.

How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear

(28/3/20) Governments must remember that rushed science is almost always bad science. We have decided on policies of extraordinary magnitude without concrete evidence of excess harm already occurring, and without proper scrutiny of the science used to justify them. Read the full post in The Spectator.

Can globalism survive COVID-19?

As COVID-19 sweeps the world, it is toward the nation-state model that many countries are racing in the hopes of salvaging their population and their economies. But the salesmen of globalism have decided that the way out of this particular crisis is yet more globalism. Read the full post on Liberty Nation.

Is the Coronavirus as deadly as they say?

(24/3/20) If it’s true that the novel coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines, then the extraordinary measures being carried out in cities and states around the country are surely justified. But there’s little evidence to confirm that premise—and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high. Read the full post in Wall Street Journal.

Abolish the World Health Organization - the WHO has become another pointless organization pandering to the world’s worst actors

(24/3/20) The direction in which the WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has steered the WHO, and his unwillingness to diverge from Beijing’s public pronouncements, should trouble the world. Read the full post in The US Spectator.

Downing Street says China faces a 'reckoning' over the coronavirus and risks becoming a 'pariah state' as Boris Johnson faces pressure to scrap the Huawei deal

(28/3/20) Boris Johnson’s allies turned on China over the coronavirus crisis yesterday, as Britain’s death toll from the epidemic reached four figures. Ministers and senior Downing Street officials said the Communist state now faces a ‘reckoning’ over its handling of the outbreak and risks becoming a ‘pariah state’. Read the full post in Daily Mail.

'Confused, dangerous, flippant': rest of world pans PM's handling of coronavirus

(24/3/20) The international verdict on Boris Johnson and his zigzag handling of the pandemic has been damning, with responses ranging from bafflement and disbelief to anger. Many consider the prime minister’s initial laissez-faire approach to the crisis, followed by contradictory signals about his government’s strategy, as an inexplicable bout of British exceptionalism. Read the full post in The Guardian.

Coronavirus is a one-off opportunity for the EU – can they take it?

(23/3/20) For a long time, Europe has been a relatively dwindling force, economically sclerotic, politically divided and strategically (with the exception of France) an afterthought in terms of having full spectrum militaries, who can do everything from warfighting to peacekeeping. All of these power realties contrast with the two superpowers of the era, the US and China. The coronavirus upends the game, thrusting all the cards high into the air. Read the full post on CapX.

Coronavirus: The unintended consequences of the UK lockdown and why millions of people could already be infected

(20/3/20) Documents studied by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) showed that social-distancing "lockdown" measures to keep people apart may need to be in place for most of the year to control the spread, and millions may already be infected, according to worst-case modelling. Read the full post in The Telegraph.

COVID-19 Is the Chinese Government’s Curse upon the World

(17/3/20) If the Chinese government spent as much time working on educating its people and regulating dangerous markets as it does on secrecy and propaganda efforts, maybe it wouldn’t have to worry as much about diseases being named after it. Read the full post on National Review.

Nigel Farage: The coronavirus is yet another reason to rethink the West's relationship with China

(18/3/20) The West appears to be facing its worst crisis since 1939 because of a new global pandemic. Thousands of people have died. More, we are told, will die. And the economic shock to the system has been profound. Yet one country, China, seems to be above criticism. As China begins to expel American journalists, I am left wondering: who are the villains of this piece? Read the full post on Newsweek.

French border guards impound trucks filled with 130,000 face masks bound for Britain for NHS workers battling coronavirus

(21/3/20) French border guards impounded trucks filled with 130,000 face masks bound for the UK leading to hurried negotiations between the British and French governments. The masks were meant for brave NHS workers battling coronavirus across the country. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

The Other Chinese Virus

(18/3/20) There is a long history of attaching geographic names to diseases. If the present instances are unfair to the Chinese people, who have suffered massively from the outbreak, a better name would be “Xi’s disease.” Read the full post on National Review.

Coronavirus is leading Great Britain towards economic Armageddon

(18/3/20) The war against the coronavirus is primarily medical, but also increasingly economic. The UK is now in the midst of its worst recession in living memory: the collapse in output has been sharper than during the credit crunch, the ERM crisis, the recession of 1982 or the turmoil of the Seventies. Read the full post on The Telegraph/a>.

Novel Coronavirus Information Center

Welcome to Elsevier's Novel Coronavirus Information Center. Here you will find expert, curated information for the research and health community on Novel Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19 and its temporary title 2019-nCoV). All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients. Read the full post on Elsevier.com.

Coronavirus: How does COVID-19 attack the human body?

(2/3/20) The most common signs that you may be infected with coronavirus are breathing problems, and that is because its first port of call is the lungs. Just like the flu, coronaviruses are respiratory diseases and can spread when an infected patient coughs or sneezes, spraying small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. Read the full post on Sky News.

Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab

(22/2/20) The Chinese government hasn't actually admitted that the coronavirus now devastating large swaths of China had escaped from one of the country’s bioresearch labs. But evidence has emerged suggesting that this is exactly what happened. Read the full post on New York Daily Post.

Chinese laboratory that first shared coronavirus genome with world ordered to close for ‘rectification’, hindering its Covid-19 research

(28/2/20) The Shanghai laboratory where researchers published the world’s first genome sequence of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has been shut down.
The laboratory at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre was ordered to close for “rectification” on January 12, a day after Professor Zhang Yongzhen’s team published the genome sequence on open platforms. Read the full post on South China Morning Post.

How does the new coronavirus compare with the flu?

(19/2/20) The new coronavirus outbreak has made headlines in recent weeks, but there's another viral epidemic hitting countries around the world: flu season. But how do these viruses compare, and which one is really more worrisome? Read the full post on LiveScience.com.


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