While the delay to releasing the app is disappointing, it’s a chance to use behavioural science to optimise its design.
A rapid launch of tracing and testing combined with localised lockdowns aims to keep the virus under control until a vaccine is found.
Mobile devices can be turned into tools to rapidly identify a variety of disease-causing agents, including bacteria, toxins and viruses.
For contact tracing to be effective, the UK needs quick, accurate testing and lots of tracing capacity – and also for the public to be on board.
Testing healthcare workers can play a role in preventing new infections, but is a highly limited strategy and shouldn’t distract from other, more helpful measures.
The virus that caused the original Sars no longer haunts us, but the characteristics of today’s coronavirus mean it’s unlikely to disappear in the same way.
Lagos state officials disinfecting roads in the state.
A continuous lock down is detrimental to Nigeria's large population of people living below poverty lines, but lifting the restrictions without a proper plan is equally dangerous. Here's what to do.
Australia and New Zealand have well and truly 'flattened the curve', and there is now a real chance we could eliminate coronavirus in both countries. But what does elimination actually mean?
A simple, low-tech way to get rid of germs.
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A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.
Passengers waiting at the ferry terminal in Dartmouth, N.S. on March 16, 2020. The number of passengers has been limited as part of the effort to control the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
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Canadians have a reputation for compassion; in the current COVID-19 pandemic, this means helping each other by staying away.
The point is to make sure hospitals have space for those who get sick.
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Best-case estimates suggest 40 million American adults may come down with COVID-19. But an epidemiologist explains why now is not the time to just give up.
Camp beds set up for travelers returning to Germany from China, who will be isolated for two weeks to make sure they don’t have coronavirus.
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Even before people understood how germs spread disease, they tried to isolate the sick to keep them from infecting others.
Lessons from keeping the country free of Ebola have informed steps taken since the coronavirus scare first broke.
Nigeria has to plug the gaps at points of entry to keep infectious diseases at bay.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says it will use lessons from the Ebola outbreak to strengthen its risk communications capacity.
Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest creatures because they are carriers for many lethal viruses.
Genetically modified mosquitoes were released in Brazil in an attempt to halt the spread of dengue fever by reducing the mosquito population.
Water is crucial to the spread of malaria because mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs in or near bodies of water.
Learning about urban rat populations through genetic testing reveals information about their movements through cities.
Genetic analysis shows that urban rats prefer to stay near their relatives; however, some of them migrate. Knowing this could help with pest control efforts.
There is no cure for polio, and the vaccine remains the most effective way to combat the disease.
The polio vaccination successfully eradicated the disease in Canada. Can the same happen with other diseases?
Nigeria was quick to respond and control the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
Nigeria's health systems are overwhelmed and incapable of sustaining high quality disease surveillance, prevention, control and response.
Foot and mouth disease affects hoofed animals like cattle, goats and camels.
South Africa must adopt traceability systems to effectively control foot and mouth disease.