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66% of new coronavirus hospitalizations in New York are from those who stayed home

In a COVID-19 briefing at Long Island, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed the “shocking” discovery that 66% of new coronavirus patients in the city which required hospitalization are from those individuals who have opted to stay home.  Editor’s Note: This result highlights the fact that simply putting a city on lockdown is not enough […]

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Austrian minister denounces the use of fear-based strategy to deal with COVID-19

In this 16-minute address to the Austrian government, Minister of the Interior Herbert Kickl denounces the strategy used by the country in dealing with COVID-19. He says that the country’s leaders are capitalizing on fear, to the effect of curtailing the freedoms of its citizens, which in turn has lead to the destruction of its […]

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COVID-19 growth rates declining worldwide

The following article summarizes the results of the study conducted by Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, an Israeli scientist, military general, and politician.  According to Ben-Israel’s research, COVID-19 spreads at an exponential rate at the beginning, but patterns around the world show that the spread moderates in a few weeks, and then ultimately fades after 8 weeks. […]

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Why didn’t Sweden implement a lockdown?

While the rest of the world closed its borders and shut down a majority of business activities within their territories, in Sweden, life continues as usual. Except for the ban in gatherings of more than 50 people, schools, restaurants, and gyms remain open. And though Sweden’s lenient strategy alarms those from the outside, Paul Franks […]

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Dr. Knut Wittkowski: A second wave of coronavirus infections will come as a direct result of social distancing and self isolation

In this interview published by Ratical, epidemiologist Dr. Knut Wittkowski talks about the nature of the novel coronavirus, how similar its characteristics and outcomes are from coronaviruses of the past, as well as the implications of its differences. Wittkowski also asserts that containment (lockdowns) of low risk individuals could lead to a second wave  of infections.  […]

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The WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic. What does it mean?

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. While such pronouncements have led to fear and panic, WHO is quick to clarify that the declaration does not mean that the virus has become deadly. The following article written by Amy Mckeever for the National Geographic explains to us what the […]

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Why did countries choose lockdowns as a solution to COVID-19?

In this article for the World Economic Forum, Samantha Sault explains how a lockdown works and why it has become necessary to implement it. The goal, researchers say, is to reduce the number of infections so as not to overwhelm healthcare systems, particularly in countries with less resources. Two strategies are currently being used to control […]