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Fighting coronavirus is like steering a container ship that takes two weeks to respond to new commands.
A chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in Kolkata,India
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With recent calls for their use in combating COVID-19, there are concerns that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine might become unavailable to people who need them.
Taking a look at food supply chains in South Africa during the lockdown.
Police trying to enforce COVID-19 lockdown regulations outside a shop in Yeoville, Johannesburg.
Unlike in wealthy nations, lockdowns are simply impossible in overcrowded conditions with no sanitation and high levels of poverty.
Health workers walk from house to house during vaccination campaign against polio in Kano, northwest Nigeria in 2017.
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Interventions seen to originate in the West frequently spark suspicion in northern Nigeria.
Nurses and midwives can make a significant impact in managing and preventing the leading causes of death.
Adequate numbers of healthy and motivated health professionals are also critical to governments’ effective responses to public health emergencies such as COVID-19.
Research participants want to know the results of the studies in which they participate.
Findings that are effectively communicated can go a long way to serve the interests of the public. They can help to address social injustices or improve treatments offered to patients.
South Korea has been the quickest to bring the pandemic under control.
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It is not all democracies that struggle to deal with the coronavirus; it is those in which the people do not feel the system works for them.
A staffer works on a ventilator-refurbishing assembly line at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, Calif. Bloom Energy makes hydrogen fuel cells but is now refurbishing old ventilators so hospitals can use them to treat coronavirus patients.
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Scientists and academics on how the world might change once this is all over, and if a return to 'normality' is even possible.
Polls and surveys use random sampling. Why not pandemic testing?
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Researchers and public health officials still don't know how widespread nor how deadly the coronavirus really is. Random testing is a way to quickly and easily learn this important information.
Somali women on a coronavirus awareness campaign.
Some of the false claims about coronavirus may be harmless. But others can be potentially dangerous.
Ireland’s health minister, center, models social distancing at his nightly coronavirus press briefing March 27, 2020.
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When a government's health messaging during a crisis is inconsistent or unrealistic, it engenders the kind of confusion, misinformation and non-cooperation seen in the US and UK.
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Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.
Scientists are better equipped to do ground-breaking research.
Africa is better prepared now to perform research in emerging infections than during the Ebola epidemics in West Africa.
COVID-19 public health measures are stalling economic activity.
Governments worldwide have put in place economic and tax relief measures to mitigate the impact on businesses and workers of drastic public health measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
It is important for information on the coronavirus to be put out in a balanced and fair manner.
Employees work on the production line of chloroquine phosphate, resumed after a 15-year break, in a pharmaceutical company in Nantong city in east China’s Jiangsu province Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
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To battle the coronavirus, strong regulatory protection from the FDA is essential.
Medical staff treating a critical patient with COVID-19 at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan, China.
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The principle of distributive justice will be stretched to its limits if the outbreak in South Africa mimics that in other settings.
A healthcare worker examining a pregnant woman.
Verbal and physical abuse appeared to be an expression of both helplessness and an exercise of power.
Child marriage is still a major issue in Nigeria
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Understanding the drivers of early childbearing in specific contexts is important for effective policy making.