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A Coronavirus Vaccine Will Depend On Global Cooperation but why?

Developing and producing a vaccine is a complicated process – one that is heavily reliant on countries sharing supplies and a common goal, says Prashant Yadav of the Center for Global Development. These days, it seems any morsel of good news about a coronavirus vaccine sends hopes – and markets – soaring. The reality is, developing and producing a vaccine is an incredibly complicated process – one that is heavily reliant on global cooperation, says Prashant Yadav, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. For one, “Just protecting…

Our food habits, Can we change them to minimise health risks?

It was bats. Or pangolins. To hear common narratives about the origins of Covid-19, there is a simple causal relationship between China’s consumption of wild animals and the coronavirus ravaging the globe. Dr Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top epidemiologist, told Fox: “It boggles my mind how when we have so many diseases that emanate out of that unusual human-animal interface, that we don’t just shut it down.” His opinion echoes a growing chorus across the political spectrum that singles out China’s so-called “wet markets” as the culprit for the…

Is the education market ripe for disruption?

How will we know if it is? As this crisis-driven experiment launches, we should be collecting data and paying attention to the following three questions about higher education’s business model and the accessibility of quality college education. Do students really need a four-year residential experience? In theory, lectures that require little personalisation or human interaction can be recorded as multi-media presentations, to be watched by students at their own pace and place. The students would also have more resources at their disposal, too, because they wouldn’t have to reside and…

Humanity’s next virus killer, is it CRISPR?

On February 19, Tim Abbott, a PhD candidate at Stanford University’s Bioengineering Department, checked the results of an experiment that he was running as a part of a team using the gene-manipulating Crispr technology to fight coronavirus. Abbott was working out of the lab of Stanley Qi, a pioneer developing Crispr tools that can mess with cancer cells and the like to fight diseases. Using an approach the lab called PAC-MAN, the idea was to attack the coronavirus by directing a Crispr torpedo at it, attacking the virus’s genetic makeup…

How companies are preparing for you to go back to work

At some point, the biggest American companies are going to tell their employees it’s time to leave home and return to work. As people begin shopping there again, retailers like Levi Strauss said they’ll be looking at consumer habits and adapt accordingly once stores open in the U.S. Other retailers are expecting an acceleration of the shift to online shopping as people are forced to order goods online during the lockdown. Returning to work will almost certainly happen in waves, driven by consumer demand and employer desperation, said Erik Gordon,…

How many people really died of the coronavirus in China? 21 million phone numbers disappear after the outbreak.

Officially, China reported nearly 82,000 cases of the coronavirus and around 3,300 deaths, with only a handful of new cases each day, and announced the country is largely in recovery as China ended its lockdown of Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where the outbreak began. In comparison, the United States reported nearly 500,000 cases of the coronavirus around the country and more than 18,000 deaths by the disease – a figure some officials even believe is under-reported, despite grossly surpassing the numbers coming out of China. So when…

What does the Coronavirus sound like?

Scientists have come up with a way for you to hear the coronavirus: by translating the structure of its famous spike protein into music. The sounds you hear—the chiming bells, the twanging strings, the lilting flutes—all represent different aspects of the spikelike protein (above) that pokes from the virus’ surface and helps it latch onto unsuspecting cells. Like all proteins, the spikes are made of combinations of amino acids. Using a new technique called sonification, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology assigned each amino acid a unique note in…

What is an Antibody Test and how to get one?

Much of the discussion around coronavirus testing concerns the type of test that requires a long swab to go deep in your nose so you can find out, eventually, if you have the virus. These tests are helpful at diagnosing patients but less helpful at assessing the spread of the virus. For that, experts have called for antibody tests and last week, the FDA granted its first emergency authorization to one such test. What is an antibody test and why would it help? Here’s what we know: What is an…

Greenland, 0 pandemic deaths

The pandemic may yet strike hard – dangerously hard – in Greenland with its scattered population of some 57,000 and a limited health care system. A grim history of deadly epidemics brought to Greenland in the 18th and 19th century by European colonists has fuelled fears that the coronavirus, if not checked, will fast reach the many small outlying villages, thereby creating urgent and impossible demands for emergency air transport and intensive care in Greenland’s small hospitals. As the death toll in Europe mushrooms, Greenland outside of Nuuk is still…

“I can’t pay my rent anymore” – 31% of American renters

With so many people out of work, there was a steep jump in renters not paying on time, a trade group says.About a third of renters did not pay on time this month as business closures put millions of people out of work. The National Multifamily Housing Council says 31% of renters didn’t make their payment in the first week of April. Normally, about 20% of people don’t pay their rent on time. “If the rent payments drop off significantly, they won’t be able to pay their staffs, they won’t…

China factories take any and all measures to prevent a relapse

Even for factories lucky enough to have the early green light, many had to begin production in semi-lockdown, with workers forbidden from leaving campus without permission. “This has brought extreme inconvenience to workers who live off-campus,” said Fuyao Group, the Chinese industrial glass manufacturer made famous by the documentary “American Factory,” in a statement in late February about its lockdown in southern metropolis Guangzhou. At Foxconn’s iPhone-making complex in Zhengzhou, workers have been put into teams of 20 that stick together night and day to facilitate health tracking, according to…

Is nature taking back Venice?

Look down into the waters of the Venice canals today and there is a surprising sight – not just a clear view of the sandy bed, but shoals of tiny fish, scuttling crabs and multicoloured plant-life. “The water is blue and clear,” said Gloria Beggiato, who owns the celebrated Metropole Hotel a few steps from St Mark’s square and has a view over the Venice lagoon. Under Venice’s strict rules of self-confinement to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – all journeys but a trip to walk the dog or…

The Website Diet

In times like this where we have to stay home we are rapidly moving our daily offline life to online. Networks are suffering of our highly increased usage and we experience this as users by longer loading times and even unreachable websites. Should websites we use go on a diet, to increase our user experience? The average web page is about 2 megabytes, according to HTTP Archive, a site that tracks the performance of websites and the technologies they use. Today’s web pages are problematic for people on slow connections…

Uber’s Work Hub helps drivers to find new work opportunities

Demand for ride-hailing in cities is down severely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and as such, drivers are struggling to find work. Uber is rolling out a new feature for drivers that is designed to help them find work during this crisis – even if that work is for a different company. Uber drivers received an email on Monday announcing a new feature in the driver app called the Work Hub designed to help drivers earn money with the company’s other ventures. Drivers can use the Hub to receive orders…

How COVID-19 Has Affected Global Air Pollution

If there’s a sliver of good news, it’s about how the spread of the new coronavirus has been decreasing air pollution, and possibly even saving lives in the process. Back on March 8, Stanford University environmental resource economist Marshall Burke did some back-of-the-envelope calculations about the recent air pollution drop over parts of China and potential lives saved, posting it on a global food, environment and economic dynamics blog, G-FEED. The situation has continued to unfold since then, so those numbers won’t stay current for long; but according to Burke,…

IKEA’s products are made of 60% renewable materials and 10% recycled materials, heralding a new green future

IKEA is a Swedish-origin Dutch-headquartered multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories, among other useful goods and occasionally home services. IKEA’s greenhouse gas emissions are mainly derived from raw materials. A spokesperson revealed that 60% of IKEA’s products are currently based on renewable materials, and 10% of products contain recycled materials.

Alabama and Missouri orders citizens to quarantine

Govs. Kay Ivey and Mike Parson had previously resisted calls by medical and health experts who have been urging lawmakers to take immediate action. The governors of Alabama and Missouri on Friday announced stay-at-home orders, leaving only a handful of state holdouts that continue to defy expert advice to self-quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as cases continue to rise.

Explained: Coronavirus

In December 2019 the Chinese authorities notified the world that a virus was spreading through their communities. In the following months it spread to other countries, with cases doubling within days. This virus is the “Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2”, that causes the disease called COVID19, and that everyone simply calls Coronavirus. What actually happens when it infects a human and what should we all do?

Corona in a nutshell

Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include: Italy extends lockdown Anti-coronavirus lockdown measures in Italy are to be extended to April 13, the health minister, Roberto Speranza, has said. He told the Senate on Wednesday: “We must not confuse the first positive signals with an ‘all clear’ signal. Data shows that we are on the right path and that the drastic decisions are bearing fruit.” Although data has shown that the total number of cases in the country is slowing – with 4,053 new infections on Tuesday –…

African terrorists strike hard under the guise of the corona virus

As Coronavirus Keeps The World Distracted, Boko Haram Militants Strike Chad, A Key Western Ally Against Jihadi Terrorism In Africa. On March 23, Boko Haram terrorists ambushed a military encampment of Chadian soldiers on the Boma Peninsula, in the Lake Chad region. To the west, powerful jihadi groups strap bombs to young girls around the Lake Chad Basin in northeastern Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger.Déby’s powerful army and willingness to use it in the global war on terrorism have made him a darling of the West and a key player in…

Corona virus flaring up again in China, lessons the rest of the world can learn

In Singapore, recently returned citizens must share their phones’ location data with the authorities each day to prove they are sticking to government-ordered quarantines. In Hong Kong, a 13-year-old girl, who was spotted out at a restaurant wearing a tracking bracelet to monitor those in quarantine, was followed, filmed and subsequently shamed online.South Korea imposed stricter controls, requiring incoming foreigners to quarantine in government facilities for 14 days upon arrival.Which has been praised globally for flattening the curve quickly after an early explosive peak in infections, initially required travelers from…

Street vendors struggle for survival amidst corona crisis

Vending In The Time Of Corona: An Elotera Who Can’t Afford To Stay Home Is Attacked Streetsblog Los Angeles Vendors across the city wonder how they will feed their families as business evaporates; a Street Vendor Emergency Fund aims to help.With city council approving what effectively amounts to a moratorium on street vending earlier this month, vendors are even less protected than usual.The moment of clarity came a couple of weeks ago for Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director of Inclusive Action for the City, when yet another vendor came in to…

How monarch’s are trying to keep citizens calm (and try to maintain order)

The Crown Vs. Corona“Many people are worried about their health, about their relatives, about their livelihoods,” King Carl XVI Gustaf said.In mid-March, the kings of Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands also addressed their people, as did the queen of Denmark.In Sweden, King Carl Gustaf, who is 73, sought to address people of his own age who are at most risk from the coronavirus but who have at times bridled at new limits on their freedom.“To be honest, for me and many of my generation, the king is kind of an…

How India fights fear and depression caused by the corona virus with art

India Announces Art Competition To Deal With Fear, Depression During Corona Crisis.NEW DELHI : From leaving packets of food and other essentials on the doorsteps of relatives, friends and neighbours to instilling a sense of fear strong enough to make people end their own lives, covid-19 has brought out the host of emotions in people as governments shut down workplaces and enforce social distancing.According to the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, a department of the Indian foreign ministry, emotions have unleashed creativity in people over the ages and so it…

UN, WTO “World to face food crisis”

World To Face Food Crisis If Coronavirus Pandemic Not Managed Properly: UN, WTO. The heads of three global agencies warned Wednesday of the risk of a worldwide “Food shortage” if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly. Many governments around the world have put their populations on lockdown, causing severe slowdowns in international trade and food supply chains.“Uncertainty about food availability can spark a wave of export restrictions, creating a shortage on the global market,” said the joint text signed by Qu Dongyu, head of the U.N.’s Food…

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