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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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Why do many countries ban the sale of one's own blood?

According to this article (in Spanish) blood from people recovered from covid-19 is a millionaire's business, laboratories in the US were paying up to thousands of dollars for blood from people who ...
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Why do governments downplay or cover-up pandemics in their early stages?

CONTEXT While no government wants there to be a pandemic, and would certainly prefer (hope) for it to just go away, they can only downplay it for a short time before it overwhelms the population and ...
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What is the reasoning behind nighttime restrictions during pandemic?

Many countries apply different forms of nighttime restrictions during pandemic: curfews, early restaurant closings. What is the reasoning behind that? Intuitively it seems to me that people are less ...
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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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Does the Japanese government not have the authority to cancel the Olympics?

An article talks about how Japan recently declared a third state of emergency due to the pandemic, most people in Japan don't want the 2020 Olympics to take place, and how their health care system is ...
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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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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

Even though safe and effective COVID vaccines have been given emergency use authorization in the US, some people are still reluctant to receive them, over safety concerns, preference for "natural ...
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Can the US government mandate what people are allowed to eat?

Can the government have a food mandate, which decides what we can or cannot eat to "keep us healthy"? Considering that 2/3 of Americans are either obese or overweight, a food mandate sounds ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

For all the talk on how its important for everyone to get vaccinated, not a single country has so far made the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults. Some states are making it mandatory for college ...
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Has any country's government concluded they need more decentralization to fight Covid-19 or future pandemics?

Somewhat predictably, China has blamed their initial problems in responding to Covid-19 to decentralization and poor decisions from regional authorities: The rare admission, from Director of China's ...
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Why doesn't India mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines?

I read (mirror): [January 5, 2021] India has one of the largest vaccine manufacturing capacities in the world (including the largest vaccine producer - Serum Institute of India) and has secured ...
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Why are helmets and seatbelts required?

Suppose someone is drinking and driving, or speeding; then he is obviously a threat to other road drivers and pedestrians. But someone, who isn't wearing a helmet or seat belt, is neither harming ...
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Why didn't the US replenish its strategic stockpile of face masks after the 2009 pandemic?

According to a March 25 NYT opinion piece: Few in the protective equipment industry are surprised by the shortages, because they’ve been predicted for years. In 2005, the George W. Bush ...
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Can the federal government mandate vaccinations?

Would a federal vaccine mandate violate the rights of the states, or would it be within the scope of the federal government?
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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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Covid-19 public data accuracy, disclosure, and transparency

With the unprecedented move of the Trump administration to have state Covid-19 data sent to HHS instead of the CDC it warrants to know if any rules\regulations will work differently with this change ...
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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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Is the Trump administration taking action against Trump's forecasted suicides?

US President Donald Trump is quoted as follows: “You’re going to have suicides by the thousands” Trump said at a Fox News town hall. “People get tremendous anxiety and depression, and you have ...
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When Fauci called for China to shut down the "wet markets" (on Fox News) was he specific what he meant by that term?

A Politico article from Apr 3 says: A growing chorus of voices is urging China to shut down the country’s so-called wet markets, which have come under heightened scrutiny for their role as potent ...
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How does libertarianism handle contagious diseases or pandemics?

In libertarianism, each person is responsible for their own health. Nobody is forced to take health insurance, and a hospital is not obliged to provide care to an individual who cannot pay for the ...
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Why is the Federal Government competing for medical supplies with the US States hit hardest by the COVID-19 Pandemic?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and first responders have struggled with a lack of PPE, ventilators, and other essential medical supplies. The Federal Government has urged individual states to ...
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In the UK, what is the meaning of declaring something a "public health emergency"?

On September 29th, SNP MP Tommy Sheppard presented a 10 Minute Rule bill in the House of Commons which, according to Sheppard, "aims to help tackle the drug crisis by decriminalising the ...
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What political factors led to the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada?

Among the G7, Canada ranks second to last in terms of COVID-19 Vaccine rollout, only ahead of Japan (where Vaccine rollout only began in March). Additionally, Canada was the only G7 member to tap into ...
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Have more prominent Republicans besides Giuliani ridiculed Covid-19 case tracing?

As quoted on CNN from a Fox News show: Ingraham: Michael Bloomberg is gonna handle the tracing, army of tracers in NY we learned today from [New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo. Giuliani: ...
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Macron has made Covid vaccination hard to avoid in France but not mandatory. What accommodations exist for those who medically can't get vaccinated?

After months of slowing uptake on low overall vaccination rates, French President Macron has made the covid vaccine very hard to avoid, without making it mandatory: In an address to the nation, ...
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What is the difference between the NHS and PHE (Public Health England)?

In the UK we've heard a lot from both the NHS and from PHE - for example, today's briefings had the medical directors of both the NHS and PHE. I'm a little confused as to the role of PHE given that ...
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Why are some Americans protesting COVID-19 restrictions? [closed]

I saw on the news some Michiganders are defying and protesting Protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Stay-At-Home Order. Social distancing against COVID19 appears self-explanatory to most Canadians (...
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Is it customary (or even allowed at all) for farmers' markets to have live animals on premise, in Europe or North America? [closed]

In a comment on an answer on a recent question, this other question was posed: Is it customary for farmers' markets to have live animals on premise at all, in Europe or North America? not just wild,...
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Is there data comparing between US regions the degree of social distancing as a function of the outbreak severity?

In Europe, such comparisons have been published based on data by Google, so I suspect it might available for the US too. E.g. An analysis here of smartphone location data by the U.S. search engine ...
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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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Have any anti lockdown protests been successful?

Over the past year, there have been numerous protests against Covid related lockdowns in various countries around the world. But did any of them manage to achieve their goal of convincing the ...
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What reasons have been given for 'breaking up' Public Health England?

ITV reported on August 15th that Health Secretary Matt Hancock was set to announce that Public Health England was to be 'broken up', and in particular pointed to comments by ministers about the ...
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Do any world leaders have their image featured on vaccination certificates?

Prime minister Modi of India's image is featured on most (if not all) vaccination certificates. Do any other world leaders print their own image on such certificates? Failing that, do other leaders ...
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Are there full details on why the UK Government has stopped reporting how many people have been tested for COVID-19?

As far as I can tell, the last daily update from the Department of Health and Social Care on the pandemic which included figures on how many people have been tested for COVID-19 took place on May 22nd....
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What can governments do right now to prepare for the next global pandemic? [closed]

I have not seen articles or information on how governments - behind the scenes or in public - reflect and set up analytics and systematic information collection to prepare for the spread of a new ...
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Are any countries besides China planning to use "Fangcang" hospitals to relocate those infected/suspected of Covid-19, but who have a mild illness?

Somewhat controversially, China has had temporarily relocated those infected with Covid-19 in the Wuhan area to so-called Fangcang hospitals, large communal areas transformed into make-shift hospitals....
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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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Is there a country where the government cannot force a COVID-19 positive person to enter quarantine / remain hospitalized?

Le Monde argues about the recent Romanian Constitutional Court that basically states that freedom of movement must prevail even for Covid-19 positive persons (translated from French): the ...
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Difference between Chief Medical Advisor and Surgeon General

This morning Joe Biden announced that he's offered the position of Chief Medical Advisor to Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the cabinet position Surgeon General to Dr. Vivek Murthy, who served in the same ...
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Can an EU country government force its medical doctors work with SARS-CoV2 infected patients without the proper equipment?

Romania has virtually the worst public health system in EU and there is no surprise that it is far from being prepared for tackling the coronavirus infection. On major issue is that corruption (e.g. ...
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How are deaths recorded and reported in the US?

The current COVID-19 pandemic made me curious how deaths are counted by various governments at all levels. As there is a lot of doubt as to how the cause of death is attributed in various cases, I was ...
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Why is there strong opposition against vaccination and COVID-19 measures in Greece?

In Greece there is strong opposition against vaccines and any COVID-19 measures. Also, there's strong opposition against mandatory vaccination for health workers. But I do not understand why there's ...
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Have the police forces in other countries besides India dressed in coronavirus costumes as an awareness campaign?

CNN etc. have pictures of Indian police forces in coronavirus costumes, as part of an awareness campaign Have other countries used similar in-person costumes for awareness campaigns?
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How is the UK government addressing the shortage of doctors problem on the short to medium term?

I have recently found out the UK has one of the lowest number of doctors per 1000 inhabitants in Europe: The UK has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 population, which puts it well below the European Union (EU) ...
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Why do countries like India donate so many covid-19 vaccines when they have such a large population?

India has a population of more than 1.3 billion people, with about 42% of its population vaccinated. Considering it still, has a long way to go in vaccinations and the potential requirement of a ...
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What is the rationale behind waiting until after the first peak of COVID-19 infections to impose quarantine measures on incoming travellers?

From June 8th 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers to the UK, including UK residents, must self-isolate for 14 days by law. If you arrive in the UK on or after 8 June 2020, you will not ...
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How can a Governor enforce "Shelter in Place Orders" if cities or States' Attorneys refuse to enforce them?

I've seen reports of state's attorneys and cities refusing to enforce state Stay at Home orders. If a governor was so inclined, are there actions they could take against the state's attorneys and ...
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Has Russia offered an official explanation for dropping vaccination QR-code checks?

According to the Moscow Times (which is financed by a Dutch press conglomerate whose Russian-language publications Russia declares to be "foreign agents") As the highly transmissible Delta ...
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What are the practical effects of the Slovenian government declaring the end of the COVID-19 epidemic?

This article from the Slovenian Press Agency published Thursday night states (in Slovenian) that The government has canceled the epidemic and lifted quarantine at border crossings At tonight's ...