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Molly Smith, Alex Harris and Matthew Boesler March 29, 2020
The United States, with more confirmed COVID-19 cases than other country in the world and a patchwork approach to testing and emergency closures, has not set a good example in slowing the disease's spread. On the other hand, the US Federal Reserve has led in preventing a global economic depression by applying massive, far-reaching and historic actions to ensure liquidity and stabilization....
Mike Dorning, Edward Ludlow and Ainslie Chandler March 27, 2020
Governments’ go-to method for stopping the spread of COVID-19 is imposing travel limits on infected countries. Such limits could threaten food production in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. “American produce growers preparing to harvest crops are warning of a devastating impact on fruit and vegetables after the U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced a halt to visa interviews for seasonal farm...
Vin Aranas March 26, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic exposes devastating inequality. More than half of all workers hold jobs that cannot be done remote from home. Even in wealthy countries like the United States, half of the residents lack savings to manage an unexpected $500 expense. “While it is true that anyone can be exposed, not everyone has the means to protect themselves, the opportunity to practice social distancing...
Chad P. Brown March 25, 2020
Nations scramble for protective medical gear to prevent infections and a breakdown of health systems. Masks, gloves, gowns and ventilators are in short supply. The European Union announced export restrictions on some supplies, limiting EU sales to countries outside the bloc. “Europe’s actions could be self-defeating,” reports the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “They may disrupt...
Frank Hofmann March 24, 2020
The coronavirus struck China in late 2019, paralyzing the economy by January. Few leaders in the West expected the virus to disrupt their operations, and many citizens followed that lead in resisting social distancing or empathy for the vulnerable. Arrogance, egotism and possibly greed are factors, suggests Frank Hofmann for Deutsche Welle. He refers to the US and Brazilian presidents who played...
Noah Higgins-Dunn and Emma Newburger March 23, 2020
Researchers around the globe are in a race to find a vaccine and treatments for COVID-19 with more than 300,000 confirmed cases reported worldwide. The World Health Organization describes an accelerated process after China shared the genetic sequence: “at least 20 different coronavirus vaccines with some already in clinical trials in record time – just 60 days after sequencing the gene,” reports...
Mara Leighton March 23, 2020
More than 1.5 billion around the world are in lockdown conditions to contain the spread of COVID-19, reports the Associated Press. Education is not put on hold, and would-be students can kill multiple birds with one stone with a free Yale University class that analyzes the source of happiness. The Science of Well-Being, taught by Laurie Santos, is based on her class The Psychology and the Good...