Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan.
The lab accident theory of the origins of Covid-19 has gained traction in recent months. We need a proper investigation to find out what really happened.
Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2017.
Does it matter where COVID came from? In the ongoing war of words between the US and China, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.
The virus responsible for Covid-19 can infect different species and scientists are still looking for the animal that provided the link. All eyes are turning to mink farming.
Transmission electron micrograph of particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus at the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic is one ten-thousandth of a millimeter in diameter. How can such a microscopic organism have such an immense impact on global health?
One of the Wuhan train stations in fall 2020. The city reopened in April 2020 after a total shutdown.
As Thanksgiving nears and fear grows in the US, people in China are traveling and enjoying time with family. While some in the US credit China’s authoritarian regime, there’s more to the story.
Dark tourism can help shine a commemorative light on the pandemic that has gripped society.
A woman observes social distancing guidelines as she rides the subway in Moscow, Russia. President Vladimir Putin has been accused of suppressing the number of deaths from COVID-19.
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The coronavirus has affected almost every country in the world, but there are major differences in how health data is being reported. Politics often dictates how the data is shared.
The Chinese army marches past the entrance to the Forbidden City on the occasion of the 2020 session of the National People’s Congress on May 22 in Beijing.
This week, our experts are looking at the major trends in post-crisis globalisation.
Smog enshrouding the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan city, China, in 2013.
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The new data shows this drop in air pollution may have prevented up to 10,822 deaths in China as a whole.
The pangolin, one of the most poached animals in the world, could have served as an intermediate host in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans.
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
Donald Trump at a press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
An analysis of the expressions used by Donald Trump to designate Covid-19 sheds light on his political calculations and on the evolution of his relationship with China in recent weeks.
Global cities such as Wuhan (pictured in March 2018) require investments in lower-carbon urban development to enhance public health.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, we must seize the opportunity to make urban centers more livable places by investing in affordable housing, basic services, clean energy and active transport.
No, this person is not creating a deadly virus.
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The conspiracy theory that Covid-19 was created in a laboratory has been widely reported, yet there is no evidence to support it. Why such theories thrive can easily be explained, however.
A four-year-old female Malayan tiger has tested positive for COVID-19, with six other tigers and lions showing symptoms. It’s the first known case of a ‘wild’ animal catching the disease.
Members of a medical assistance team from Jiangsu province at a ceremony marking their departure after participating in the fight against Covid-19 in Wuhan, March 19, 2020.
China is seeking to present itself as a model in the fight against the coronavirus – even if it means rewriting the history of the crisis and discrediting the governance of liberal democracies.
Since the pandemic began, the new coronavirus has infected more than 780,000 people and killed at least 37,000. The experts at The Conversation offer its readers insights from every continent.
U.S. officials risk public health by equating COVID-19 with places far from home.
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Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
Snake farms run the risk of being collateral damage in Chain’s fight against coronavirus, yet they probably help, rather than harm, the fight against disease.
Reports from China suggest there has been increased household tension among isolated families. Our colleagues on-ground believe this has led to more alcohol consumption and domestic violence.
A security guard wears gloves while holding a basketball during halftime of an NBA game in Houston on March 5, 2020. The NBA has told players to avoid high-fiving fans and to avoid taking any item for autographs.
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Initial data from the outbreak in China did not reveal as much information as scientists needed to assess the epidemic. Now, more accurate data suggest an epidemic worse than some previously thought.