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A woman wearing a sanitary mask to guard against coronavirus checks her phone in Milan, Italy. Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP

Coronavirus: How Twitter could more effectively ease its impact

By providing users with pertinent and reliable disaster-related information, Twitter has the potential to reduce the impact of a disaster. So why aren't public organizations using it properly?
Medical staff strike over coronavirus concerns in Hong Kong. Hospital workers are demanding the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off the virus. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Coronavirus: The latest disease to fuel mistrust, fear and racism

The prevalence of racism and scapegoating in the face of catastrophes and disasters has a much longer history than the new coronavirus outbreak.
Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk in Toronto in late January 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Coronavirus fears: Should we take a deep breath?

We have a strong tendency to overreact emotionally and underreact behaviourally to news of infectious diseases.
China’s tourism sector has been devastated by the latest coronavirus outbreak, but the impact is being felt around the world and in many industries. (Shutterstock)

The coronavirus will hit the tourism and travel sector hard

The economic impacts of the new coronavirus on the travel and tourism industry will be felt in every corner of the world and almost every sector of the economy.
A motorcyclist rides across a bridge in Wuhan, China, in January 2020. The city as banned most vehicle use downtown in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Chinatopix via AP, File

Wuhan, the coronavirus and the world: Thinking beyond isolation

Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, is now under lockdown. What does that mean for its 11 million citizens, and for the rest of the world?
Cambodian high-school students line up to sanitize their hands to avoid coronavirus in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. AP Photo/Heng Sinith

Coronavirus: Fear of a pandemic, or a pandemic of fear?

China's coronavirus outbreak is stoking fears that it could become the next great global pandemic. As the World Health Organization declares a global emergency, it's also fanning a pandemic of fear.
Because of the coronavirus, most pictures of people in Wuhan are in protective gear like this one of people buying face masks on Jan. 22. Recent chants by residents of ‘stay strong Wuhan’ help to both encourage and humanize residents. AP Photo/Dake Kang

Coronavirus in Wuhan: Residents shout ‘stay strong’ from windows

During a crisis, communities seek to come together. But quarantined residents of Wuhan at the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic have had to show their encouragement in a different way.

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