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Questions about political actions related to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus in 2019, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. For general public health policy questions, use [public-health]. For questions requiring medical answers, please ask on https://medicalsciences.stackexchange.com

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Why do Western countries seem to be less efficient than Asian countries in fighting against COVID-19?

So far it appears that Western countries especially in Europe (e.g. Italy, Spain, UK, France, Germany) struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19. This is in contrast to most Asian countries (China, ...
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How much do the Italian and Chinese COVID-19 lock-down measures resemble each other?

I have the impression that Italy has adopted some if not all the "Chinese playbook" on COVID-19, including a large scale lock-down. That may well be justified given that the number of new cases ...
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Why was the World Health Organization against travel restrictions following the COVID-19 outbreak?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization initially opposed countries instituting travel or trade restrictions. Example tweet, NPR article mentioning WHO's advice. Why ...
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What are the benefits of the proposed Euro/Corona bonds over conventional government bonds?

This article describes the efforts of several European Union countries to agree to issue "corona bonds" or "Eurobonds", which are a joint EU mechanism to issue joint debt shared between different ...
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Why is Trump dubbing COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” considered offensive, while many past epidemics have had similar naming schemes?

To preface this, I'm not a supporter of Trump, but I disagree with the way some major media outlets have criticized him over his nickname for COVID-19, the "Chinese virus". In addition, it is not ...
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Why is COVID-19 prompting such wide scale action versus other infectious diseases?

The COVID-19 outbreak has been dominating the news recently, with loads of headlines and efforts being made to stop it from spreading. Why this disease? It's not one of the most lethal ones, or one ...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, why is it claimed that the US President is making a trade-off of human lives for the economy?

This question posted recently makes a lot of assumptions, including the US President is currently making a trade-off of human lives for the economy or Trump's pro-economy death-permissive ...
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Why has Russia declined OPEC's request to cut oil production?

On Friday, Russia declined to participate in a plan devised by the Saudi-led Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut oil production levels, in order to keep oil prices steady ...
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Is there an explanation for why ~20% of Americans think the US's response to COVID-19 has been better than South Korea's?

In this article, it's claimed that 20% of the US thinks the US is handling the COVID-19 outbreak better than South Korea, 21% think it's about the same, 26% think it's worse, and 32% aren't sure. This ...
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Why did Trump's “rally 'round the flag” effect evaporate so quickly?

When the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, alarm bells went off in the public and Trump's approval started rising. On 538's polling average, his approval rating rose from 42.5% to 45.8%. But, as of ...
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Have any countries that are currently in lockdown published a detailed long-term exit plan?

Currently almost every country around the world is in a state of lockdown. However all of them seem to be in a state of 'indefinite' lockdown, with no long-term plan published anywhere. Has any ...
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When did the WHO decide there was evidence of human-to-human transmission of Covid-19?

A January 14 WHO tweet that has been widely re-broadcast months later by the right-wing US press (e.g. NYPost, WashExam but not exclusively by them, e.g. Bloomberg opinion piece, Politico o.p.) said ...
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Is it possible for a country to ask China for compensation over damage done by SARS-CoV-2 epidemic that most likely started in China?

A part of this answer got me wondering if another state can request compensations over the huge economical cost of SARS-CoV-2 epidemics: (..) the region (HK, Singapore, SK?, China) was hit much ...
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Has the effect of crises on leaders' approval ratings been researched?

In the last few weeks, the leaders of practically every country I've looked at have seen their approval ratings improve significantly. An obvious conclusion to draw is that this is due to the COVID-19 ...
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What expert advice was behind WHO’s endorsement of live animal markets in China? [closed]

According to Australia’s SBS news article Morrison chides WHO as wet markets reopen in China's coronavirus epicentre, the WHO has endorsed live animal markets re-opening in China. If the PM of ...
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Why is Italy rejecting 39 billion euros of EU coronavirus aid?

According to tagesschau.de (original article in German, translation here), in response to the European Union's coronavirus aid package, Italy's government has made it clear that "[they] don't want ...
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Have any polls been conducted measuring support for the WHO?

In the past few weeks, we have seen some countries criticize the World Health Organization, particularly from Japan, and more recently the US President's withdrawal of WHO funding subject to a review. ...
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What are the objections to Mitch McConnell's COVID-19 Bill?

In the US Senate on Sunday, March 22nd, Democrats blocked the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in a 47-47 vote that was split along party lines. McConnell indicated that he ...
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What are the objections to Pelosi's COVID-19 Bill?

Subsequent to the Democrats blocking the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the US Senate on Sunday, March 22nd, in a 47-47 vote that was split along party lines, Nancy ...
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What political and social factors underlie Sweden's controversial response to COVID-19?

Sweden has adopted a far less radical set of policies in reaction to COVID-19 than most other European states. Many other European states are in "lock-down", with severe restrictions on ...
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Are there any polls explicitly measuring “quarantine fatigue” in Western countries?

There are numerous articles talking about how people are tired of staying in lockdown: As Greece enters its third week since restrictive measures were first imposed to combat the spread of ...
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What are the implications of Hungary's emergency coronavirus bill?

Today, Hungary's parliament voted by 137 to 53 to enact the new COVID-19 bill, which apparently grants Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping powers, in order to allow Hungary to deal with the crisis. ...
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How has the handling of the coronavirus outbreak (CoViD-19) affected Donald Trump's approval ratings?

From the outside it appears that the coronavirus (CoViD-19) outbreak has caught the USA off guard and that it's been handled quite poorly to date. So my assumption is that this would have a negative ...
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Why have some governments banned outbound international flights in response to COVID-19?

Why have some governments banned outbound international flights in response to COVID-19? For example, the Philippines initially announced (but later reversed) a ban on outbound flights: Airports in ...
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How do leaders choose between lives and money?

Amid the current pandemic many governments imposed heavy social restrictions in an attempt to flatten the curve and thereby save lives, and those restrictions take their toll on the economies. For ...
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How much of the US media referred to the COVID-19 as the “Wuhan Virus” until it received an official designation from the WHO?

It has been claimed in a fairly upvoted answer here (which is why this not a notable-enough claim for Skeptics SE) that For a fun exercise, put a news organization into google's search along with "...
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Does the US President have the power to quarantine a state or other locality?

On Saturday, March 28th, President Trump told reporters that he was "considering imposing a quarantine on New York state". He later tweeted that he was giving consideration to a quarantine of "hot ...
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Did China have a good reason to not ban international travel during the COVID-19 lockdown when it banned travel to and out Wuhan inside of China?

Did China have a good reason to not ban international travel during the COVID-19 lockdown when it banned travel to and out Wuhan inside of China? I hear sensationalized news reports claim that China ...
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Have any countries or regions announced coronavirus control plans other than quarantine/contact tracing?

So far the Western nations I'm aware of seem to be trending towards the Chinese/South Korean plan for coronavirus containment: Lockdown the entire country until the number of new cases is manageable ...
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How did the US administration usually refer to COVID-19 before the Chinese foreign ministry started claiming the virus is of US origin?

It's been recently reported that Trump's administration (Trump himself, but also Pompeo) has been referring to COVID-19 as "China virus" or "Wuhan coronavirus" etc., emphasizing the Chinese origin of ...
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Has there been a random survey of a population for COVID-19?

Has the World Health Organisation (WHO) or any government anywhere conducted random tests for COVID-19? It is announced today that in Britain they are going to step up the testing from 1,500 people ...
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What are the details of the Federal Reserve's $1.5 trillion injection?

According to the Wall Street Journal, in order to attempt to slow the economic contraction caused by the Covid-19 virus, the Federal Reserve has promised to inject $1.5 trillion into the economy, by ...
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Are there any surveys in the US on whether “preserving the American way” is worth the risk of sacrificing their elderly to COVID-19?

CNBC reported that: [Dan] Patrick, the Texas lieutenant governor, said Monday on Fox News, “As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America ...
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Has the WHO said anything about travel restrictions since the end of February?

The WHO was against travel restrictions as they detailed in a press release at the end of February. But in the month past (March) practically every country on earth has instituted travel restrictions, ...
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How has the apportionment of blame for COVID-19 by party changed over time in the US?

In a (recent) Morning Consult poll we find this question on whom Americans blame the most for the spread of Covid-19 in the US: As you can see, at least now, Democrats chiefly blame president Trump, ...
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Can the Chinese or S Korean COVID approaches be implemented in the US (or Europe)?

The "Daily" NY Times podcast for 3/12/20 described two effective management schemes for handling the epidemic. Briefly: Chinese: Check everyone's temperature frequently on a massive scale. Track ...
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What sustainable options do poorer non-first world countries have against COVID-19?

In wealthy first-world countries, although social distancing hurts on a social and economic basis, it is at least feasible for a certain time. Basically every country world-wide has now implemented ...
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Have non-health government officials in Western countries (besides the US) publicly pushed for specific medications for Covid-19 contra PH officials?

There has been some level disagreement publicly aired in the US between Trump/Navarro and Fauci on the use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19. The president and his allies, however, have continued to ...
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Has Trump detailed which lockdown measures he thought were “too tough”?

The BBC mentions that At his Friday briefing, [Trump] said some measures imposed by Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia had been "too tough". Earlier, he wrote in a series of tweets: "...
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How common is it for the UK Government to publish official rebuttals of media claims?

Today, the Cabinet Office published a press release entitled Response to FT article and Twitter thread by Peter Foster. It begins: An article in FT Weekend on 18 April 2020, ‘Muddled thinking ...
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Are there any EU/NATO/Atlantic help programs for Italy?

Italy now has the most deaths from COVID. It's even above China in that list. Italian government asked for international help, some countries responded: At first, China provided huge help then, ...
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Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? [closed]

Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? What are the standards in terms of pandemic reporting and did the Chinese Communist Party meet those standards? What ...
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How have US pro-life groups responded to Trump's COVID-19 crisis response, given that it could permit more deaths?

I would expect US pro-life groups to simultaneously support Trump (as they're typically right-leaning), yet simultaneously strongly against his death-permissive approach to bolster the economy during ...
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Why are countries still introducing COVID-19 quarantines for travelers from affected regions, even though it's been proven they don't work?

Various governments seem to be playing whack-a-mole with travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines in the recent COVID-19 epidemic. First Chinese residents were banned from numerous countries. ...