Legally, the Tokyo organisers are protected from events that are out of their control. And it's unlikely broadcasters and sponsors would press legal claims during a global pandemic.
Victoria now calls it 'physical distancing' and federal messaging needs to do the same.
If Google Trends is any guide, many Australians are wondering what role phones and mail or package deliveries may play in the risk of coronavirus transmission.
With social activities shut down across the country, many are wondering: how long will people stick to the rules, before they get complacent?
Improving the housing conditions of the most marginalised people among us is an important biosecurity measure for the whole community.
Hospitals will need more space, staff and stuff as more people test positive to coronavirus. But hard decisions may have to be made if the health system gets overwhelmed with cases.
New Zealanders are preparing to stay at home for four weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19. Under existing laws, people who flout lockdown rules could face fines or six months in jail.
We urgently need a vaccine for COVID-19 but exposing humans to a vaccine candidate that hasn't undergone the usual safety assessments is risky.
It's best to decide how the losses should be borne, rather than have it dictated by events.
Overjoyed. That's not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that's how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announcement of New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown from Wednesday night.
Recently, police forces have come under criticism for their engagement of facial recognition technologies. But pandemic response plans may increasingly incorporate surveillance.
A universal basic income could provide financially precarious people with the money they need. And it would keep money flowing through the financial system.
An emergency and critical care physician gives a dispatch from the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Empathy will help teachers, and others leading online transitions, prioritize relationships as society navigates this crisis.
Personal ethical decision-making is as crucial during the pandemic as the ever-changing laws and policies. With ambiguous rules, however, even the most conscientious citizens are struggling.
Victoria and NSW have demonstrated that a severe and relatively short shutdown is still possible.
What is God's plan? Whether the faithful pray harder, accept their fate or feel safe from harm depends on their interpretation of Divine Providence.
Canada is investing millions to develop COVID-19 treatments, but there are no safeguards to ensure that those vaccines and medications will be affordable and accessible to the people who need them.
Why have conspiracy theories so easily circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic? What do these theories tell us about societies and what challenges do they present?
Modelling highlights the urgent need for strong interventions.