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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Science has spoken: End the lockdown

We agree that the lockdown was a choice that could not be avoided at the beginning of the pandemic. But we knew from the very beginning that lockdown is temporary. It was never meant to eradicate the coronavirus, nor was it designed as a long-term approach. But here we are in the Philippines, three months […]

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Philippine Developments

Google data showing Filipinos are staying at home

In this article by Ian Nicholas Cigaral for Philippine Star, he reports the data on the mobility of Filipinos during the community quarantine in the Philippines. Using mobility data collected by Google and Apple (this is collected from phones that had their location services turned on), Cigaral discovered that majority of Filipinos have opted to stay […]

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Approaches of different countries

Post-lockdown rules in Europe

The following article written by Cornelius Hirsch for Politico summarizes the reopening history of various European countries. It also tracks which countries require mandatory use of masks, as well as the length of each country’s lockdowns.  For most European countries, face masks are no longer required outdoors, and the longest lockdown was that of the UK which […]

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It is time to reopen: Analyses of actual data shows benefits of lockdowns were overestimated

This article by David Henderson and Jonathan Lipow features four researches which re-evaluated the benefits of stay-at-home orders.  One of these researchers was conducted by a team of economists from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). By using data on travel patterns and foot traffic on non-essential businesses, the team discovered that social distancing […]