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Lessons learned Societal

Blaming protests for spread of coronavirus ignores larger systemic threats

In this June 3, 2020 article for The Verge, Nicole Wetsman criticizes the narrow focus on the possible increase of COVID-19 cases due to the Black Lives Matter protests [more recent studies have shown that the BLM protests did not fuel increased community transmission of the virus, see Black Lives Matter protests did not lead to […]

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Political

The coronavirus is changing our definition of good leadership

In this April 18, 2020 article for The Hill, author Austa Somvichian-Clausen looks at how our definition of good leadership is being redefined by the performances of various country leaders. New York University professor of sociology Kathleen Gersen says that we must be careful about generalizing the performance of male vs. female national and global leaders, […]

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Lessons learned Is a lockdown necessary? Societal

Black Lives Matter protests did not lead to spike in coronavirus cases

When Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests erupted around the world, many waited in fear for the eventual surge of COVID-19 infections. But a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has found that the protests did not reignite growth of coronavirus infections.  The analysis also discovered that while the protest increased the […]

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Is a lockdown necessary? Lessons learned

No surge in coronavirus cases after Europe reopened

In this article for The Washington Post, authors Chico Harlan, Loveday Morris, Michael Birnbaum, and Stefano Pitrelli say that coronavirus cases in Europe remains controlled even as a majority of countries in the continent have reopened. The authors also look at the various theories which attempt to explain the decline in case numbers.  Some of the possible […]

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Covid&Climate Emergency Ecological

Climate crisis worsens amidst the pandemic

For some cities, smog has lifted and rivers are now running clear. The shutting down of many countries has led to the healing of the environment. Or so we thought.  In this article for The Washington Post, author Ishaan Tharoor says that environmental healing during the pandemic was no more than an illusion. In fact, carbon […]

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Is a lockdown necessary? Lessons learned

In-person learning must resume as soon as possible

In this article for Independent Women’s Forum, author Jennifer Braceras collated data from various studies on children and COVID-19.  The data shows that school closures presents children with a considerable risk for a multitude of physical, emotional, and social harms. These risks far outweigh the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus. Moreover, the data shows […]

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Lessons learned Is a lockdown necessary? Uncategorized

American Academy of Pediatrics release recommendations for school re-opening

The following document was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) last June 25, 2020. It contains six key principles that schools must adhere to when crafting policies for reopening. The AAP says that these principles were crafted with the goal of having students physically present in schools, as new information about the coronavirus […]

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Loss of wildlife habitats & new pandemics Societal

Preventing the next pandemic

A new report published by the United Nations Environment Program says that our responses to the coronavirus will not prevent the emergence of future pandemics as they are designed to address only the health and economic symptoms of the true problem.  The report shows that even before COVID-19, zoonotic diseases already claim the lives of […]

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How long will it last? Are the tests really accurate?

No, there is no second wave

By looking at the COVID-19 death data in the United States, J.B. Handley shows us that there is no second wave of infections, and the coronavirus is in fact waning. Handley shows us the graph created by the CDC for the whole US and New York with shows an unmistakable trend – COVID-19 deaths are […]

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Lessons learned Societal

Finland schools reopening a success

This article was written by Maria Jantunen, MA (Candidate), Educational Sciences. Finland re-opened its schools on May 13. Almost two months later, there were no spikes in infection. The infection rate continued to decline as illustrated by the graphs in the article. The specialist doctor from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare stated: “children […]