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Is a lockdown necessary? Human

New Study: Lockdowns ten times more deadly than SARS-CoV-2

A groundbreaking new study by Revolver News concludes that COVID lockdowns are ten times more deadly than the actual virus, in terms of the years of life lost by American citizens. The study utilizes economic studies on the health impacts of unemployment in calculating how many years of will have been lost due to lockdowns […]

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How COVID-19 changed clinical medicine

In this article was written by Professor Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson of the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford. In it, Heneghan and Jefferson details how clinical medicine has been changed by the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. Patient-centricity and evidence-based medicine (EBM), two of the important evolutions in clinical medicine have been completely disregarded […]

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Societal

Will evidence-based medicine be another casualty of COVID-19?

The following editorial article by Professor Roger Watson and Dr. Niall McCrae looks at some of the evidences for and against some of the COVID-19 policies imposed in recent months. The authors say that fast-tracked publication of scientific studies during this time of crisis is understandable but it has been misused and has led to […]

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Societal

Peru: The country with the world’s strictest lockdown also has the worst excess deaths

Peru may have faithfully employed lockdowns, but it has failed to control the coronavirus. This article published by The Telegraph shows us that despite having the world’s strictest lockdowns, Peru has the highest excess deaths in the world. Officially, COVID-19 deaths are at 28,000, with seven in every 10 residents saying that they know someone […]

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Human Societal

New study: Millenials overestimate their COVID-19 risk

The following article written by Daniel Horowitz reports on a newly published study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) which focused on people’s perceived health risks associated with COVID-19. Results of the study showed that the younger the respondent was, the more concerned they were that the virus would be deadly to […]

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Lessons learned Approaches of different countries Economic

Sweden’s economy in much better shape than the rest of Europe

In this report for Newsweek published last August 6, 2020, author Soo Kim says that Sweden’s economy is outperforming the rest of Europe. Like it’s neighbors, the country experienced a decline in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but Sweden is not yet in recession. Editor’s Note: Remember the article published by the New York Times in […]

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Societal

UN: The first coronavirus famines are in our doorstep

Four chronically-deprived conflict-ridden countries are in danger of experiencing widespread crisis which endangers the lives of millions of women, men, and children. The alarm was raised by Mark Lowcock, undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs of the United Nations. Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have always been vulnerable to food-deprivation […]

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Philippine Developments Human

The silent pandemic: rape and domestic violence

In this article published on June 17, 2020 by Vera Files, author Elizabeth Lalorga talks about the increased incidence of rape and domestic violence during the lockdown, when victims were trapped inside homes with their abusers. The article cites the Philippine National Police report which recorded 602 rape cases from March 17 to May 23. Editor’s Note: Being […]

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Economic Philippine Developments

Jollibee to close 255 stores

Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC) has announced that it will close 255 stores after suffering from a net loss of 11.96 billion pesos for the first six months of the year. By closing some of its stores, the company hopes to rebuild its business in order to meet the change in consumer behavior brought about by […]

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Societal

Ramesh Thakur: I am concerned that a majority of people can be terrorized into surrendering their individual freedoms

Ramesh Thakur is an academic and a former UN Undersecretary General. He is best known for the Responsibility to Protect doctrine which states that sovereignty entails the responsibility to protect all populations from human rights violations and other crimes against humanity. Seventeen (17) years since the propaganda and manipulation which preceded the Iraq war, Thakur […]