Fever Pitch: Europe’s Covid-19 Crisis

On 9 January the European Centre for Disease Control in Stockholm published one of its regular risk assessments. 
The three-page alert noted an obscure incident from across the globe: the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission had reported a mysterious cluster of 27 pneumonia cases on December 31, all linked to South China Seafood City, a wholesale fish and live animal market in Wuhan.  … Read More

Harvard Kennedy School – How the public sector and civil society can respond to the coronavirus pandemic

THE NEW CORONAVIRUS has spread rapidly across the world, reaching more than 150 countries in just over two months, infecting more than 250,000 people. From lockdowns in Italy and China and California to disruptions in international travel and trade to school closings across America, unprecedented public challenges are requiring public leaders to consider unprecedented measures. What should the public sector do to address this crisis? What can governments do to contain this pandemic and manage the severe disruption it is causing? And what are they doing wrong?… Read More

It Takes a World to End a Pandemic

Scientific Cooperation Knows No Boundaries—Fortunately – For perhaps the first time in modern history, the entire, interconnected world is focused on solving a single problem. The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have transfixed the global community, as leaders and citizens seek to respond to a threat whose dimensions are neither entirely certain nor entirely known.… Read More

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a massive, global health crisis. Because the crisis requires large-scale behavior change and poses significant psychological burdens on individuals, insights from the social and behavioural sciences are critical for optimizing pandemic response. Here we review relevant research from a diversity of research areas relevant to different dimensions of pandemic response.… Read More

Japan’s response to the coronavirus is a slow-motion train wreck – Washington Post

Japan’s bureaucrats are great at some things. Crisis management doesn’t seem to be one of them.
As it attempts to manage the fallout of the covid-19 coronavirus — which has taken the lives of more than 2,000 people worldwide, including a Japanese man and woman on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship — Japan is reliving the bureaucratic red-tape nightmares that hampered emergency efforts in Kobe in 1995 and Fukushima in 2011.… Read More

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