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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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Spanish government apologized to children for lockdowns

In April 23, 2020, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias apologized to children for confining them in their homes since mid-March when the lockdowns started.  Iglesias also thanked children for the sacrifices they have made.  Spanish children have been allowed to play outside of their homes since April 26, 2020. Editor’s Note: The apology issued by […]

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Why no one in Israel can explain the drop in coronavirus cases

In this article for Haaretz, Meirav Arlosoroff explains that experts in Israel are surprised that instead of going up, coronavirus cases dropped after lockdowns were lifted. None of the mathematical models used in Israel predicted this outcome.  Arlosoroff cites the words of Prof. Hagai Levine who said that the models developed by physicists and mathematicians led […]

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Japan’s COVID-19 strategy

Japan is transitioning out of its state emergency as the number of new SARS-COV-2 infections fall, despite no lockdowns, no high tech apps for tracking people’s movements, and little testing. How did Japan manage to beat the coronavirus? This article written by Lisa Du and Grace Huang for Time Magazine explores several possible factors for […]

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Reopening of schools has not triggered a new wave of coronavirus infections

In this article published by The Guardian, we discover that the re-opening of schools in Europe are going well so far. Twenty two (22) countries in Europe have re-opened schools in waves over the past month, but official statistics have not shown any significant increases in the number of infections in these countries, said Blaženka […]

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Why Russia has a very low COVID-19 death rate

Russia may have one of largest coronavirus infections in the world, but compared to other countries, its COVID-19 death rate is very low. As of writing, there are only 2,537 deaths recorded, lower than a number of countries with relatively fewer cases. This article for CNN explains why.  According to Moscow’s Health Department, 100% of suspected coronavirus deaths […]

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This is how Iceland is dealing with COVID-19

While Sweden has become a model for a non-lockdown approach to COVID-19, the reality is that there are actually a number of countries that have followed the same route. One such country is Iceland. Iceland is known for testing more than 10% of its population, which has allowed us to understand COVID-19 a little better. […]

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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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New Zealand is now at COVID-19 level 3. Here’s what that means

New Zealand (NZ) created a 4-level alert system which specifies measures to be taken against COVID-19 at each level. Level 4 is complete lockdown, while level 3 features restrictions on several sectors in the society [see NZ’s COVID-19 website to learn more about the 4-level alert system]. At alert level 3, preschool and primary schools […]

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Stanford doctor calls for the end of total lockdowns in the US

In this article published by The Hill Dr. Scott Atlas says that there is enough data that supports the end of total lockdown in US states. He says that instead of overemphasizing estimates, leaders must utilize empirical evidence and the fundamentals of biology when creating COVID-19 response policies and guidelines.  In this article, Atlas highlighted five key […]