Urban areas are a fertile ground for contagion
Densely populated urban areas are great drivers of economic development and innovation, but that also makes them a fertile ground for the spread of pandemics.
How are tests developed for a specific virus and how does a country get the test kits it needs?
An unemployed man in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, collects trash for resale before South Africa went into a Covid-19 lockdown.
The clock is ticking: in the absence of government support, not being able to work means waster reclaimers don't have money to buy food.
Makeshift hospital beds at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne during the influenza pandemic of 1919.
COVID-19 presents a social as well as a medical crisis, and we will need many different kinds of expertise to survive it
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In reacting to the pandemic, architecture can reclaim its impact by conceding its loss of connection with public health, looking beyond Western thinking for its references.
How do you encourage people to date when social distancing? Apps are trying to figure it out.
Staff members of Local NGO Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in the Kibera slum, Nairobi, on March 20, 2020.
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Models can predict the risk and spread of diseases and establish the time and place to implement optimal prevention and control mechanisms.
A visitor sanitises hands before entering a state hospital at Yaba, Lagos. Hospitals like this are likely to suffer power cuts as lock down force Nigerians to stay at home and consume more power.
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Effective public health response to a pandemic, depends on the availability of a stable power supply system.
Facebook, the least trusted tech company, has taken the lead in fighting coronavirus misinformation.
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Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.
An aerial view of a new isolation and treatment centre established by the Lagos State government at the main bowl of the state-owned Stadium.
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While testing is central to the fight against COVID-19, there are a myriad of factors to consider, especially by African countries, when taking decisions to curtail the spread of the disease.
Online misinformation can, to some extent, be addressed. But what is of concern to health-care communicators are the private communication pathways.
Online news sources continue to grow as a primary source of information and misinformation. But private platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are harder to monitor.
The consequences will be far more severe and long lasting in poorer countries.
The pandemic is increasing society’s reliance on digital connections.
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Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.
In Wuhan more than 1800 teams of epidemiologists, with a minimum of five people per team, traced tens of thousands of contacts a day.
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Social distancing is vital to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But it doesn't have to be purely physical - we can separate ourselves in time too, by staggering our daily routines.
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The molecular based tests used to detect SARS-CoV-2 are very specific but can take two to three days to process and produce a result.
A National Youth Service Corps member leaves the orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja, following an order by the Nigerian government to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
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What is needed is the calm implementation of a clear and effective strategy.
Is that online order real or counterfeit?
The recent seizures of counterfeit testing kits by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that the counterfeiters have begun to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis.
Pence and Trump attend a coronavirus task force briefing.
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The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.
Canadians can look to their national sport for lessons in responding to COVID-19.
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Lessons learned from Canada's favourite game can offer some wisdom during the COVID-19 pandemic.