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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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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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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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Nature Deficit Disorder is a real thing

In this article for The New York Times, author Meg St-Esprit McKivigan interviews parents and experts to uncover the “symptoms” that characterize a non-medical condition called by Richard Louv as Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). As shelter-in-place guidelines were imposed in many countries, parents have discovered a change in their children’s behaviors. From McKivigan’s interviews, parents […]

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No, COVID education is not homeschooling

In this article for the American Institute for Economic Research, Fiona Harrigan says that the pandemic is not a great moment for homeschooling.  Harrigan states that homeschooling was an educational choice which was rooted in agency. It enabled parents to develop curriculums which addressed the individual needs of their children. It allowed homeschooled children to pursue […]

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Societal Economic Human

20% of Filipinos go hungry amid COVID

A recent survey conducted by the SWS discovered that 5.2 million or 20.9% of Filipinos have experienced involuntary hunger over the past three months of community quarantines in the country. This is a 4.2% increase from the involuntary hunger recorded in May 2020. 5.1% have experienced severe hunger, the highest figure recorded since June 2013.  […]

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Lessons learned Human

Education secretary: Children need human interaction

Philippines’ eduction secretary Leonor Briones cites the importance of human interaction to the development of children as rationale for allowing limited face to face classes in low risk areas.  In this interview with The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sec. Briones also says that children are not too affected by the pandemic and allowing human interaction, though limited, […]

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Mandatory masking interferes with personal autonomy

The imposition of province-wide masking for indoor spaces interferes with personal autonomy. This is the position set out by the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms. The Center maintains that there people who are unable to wear masks safely due to physical or psychological illnesses. Moreover, the Center points out that even the WHO says that the use […]

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Oxfam: The hunger crisis linked to the coronavirus could kill more than the disease itself

A new report published by Oxfam, estimated that 12,000 people per day could die from hunger as a result of the coronavirus. For Interim Executive Director Chema Vera, the pandemic was the final straw for millions who were already struggling due to conflict, inequality, broken food systems, and the climate crisis. The report also highlights […]