Without a coronavirus vaccine, a herd immunity strategy would simply lead to thousands of unnecessary deaths.
The death rate from coronavirus starts to increase for those aged 50 and over and rises to almost 15% for over-80s.
New Zealand will spend NZ$12.1 billion – or 4% of its GDP – to support businesses, increase benefits for seniors and low-income families, pay people in self-isolation, and boost health care capacity.
Disasters and times of crisis bring out the best in most of us. Despite the media focus on initial panic at the COVID-19 pandemic, we are are starting to see a more heartening community response.
Enforcing the 14-day self-isolation mandate for those entering Australia is a matter for states and territories. This could include door-to-door police checks and possible detentions and fines.
If the IOC does postpone the games, it will have to deal with consequences such as the impact on athletes, broadcasting obligations, insurance pay-outs and its brand reputation.
Tourism is vital to NZ and small economies in the Pacific. But as the Samoa Tourism Authority's CEO says, "we can always get money back, but once there’s a loss of life you’ll never have that back".
During the Global Financial Crisis, the US and the G20 led the way to recovery. As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, there is a leadership vacuum, and we may all suffer for it.
A move towards working from home, less air travel and prudent stimulus spending could flatten emissions growth in the longer term.
The food we eat influences our bodies' immune responses to infection. So focusing on nutrition is one thing we can do to help protect ourselves in the face of the coronavirus threat.
Workers further down supply chains are being left destitute and exposed to exploitation.
Expert advice is divided on the best way to tackle COVID-19.
COVID-19 is showing us we must work collectively to put resilience alongside efficiency as the primary drivers for the systems we depend upon each and every day for food.
Canadians have a reputation for compassion; in the current COVID-19 pandemic, this means helping each other by staying away.
While sporting events around the world have put their seasons on pause, the International Olympic Committee has refused to cancel the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. For athletes, the delay is a dilemma.
There are good reasons to call off a vote during a pandemic – but other good reasons to push ahead.
With shelves cleared of hand sanitiser, many people are starting to to make their own.
The decision to cancel a festival is never easy and can have difficult financial and community costs. Both planners and would-be attendees can play a role in mitigating the impact.
Touch is essential to wellbeing, so we must make an effort not to associate it with negative feelings once the corona outbreak is over.
Despite the nihilism and pessimism of internet memes, people ultimately understand the direness of the danger posed by a powerful virus, climate change and global instability.