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How is the cost of health care in the US? [closed]

I was surprised to read articles about the cost of health care in the US So, I became interested in this topic. My question; How is the cost of health care in the US? That would depend on the ...
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Which governments have carried out programmes of forcible vaccination and when?

In 1904, some 16 years after the law abolishing slavery, the government of Brazil ordered "sanitary brigades" accompanied by police units to enter homes in Rio de Janeiro and vaccinate ...
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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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What's the point of legalising dangerous drugs in some states in the US? [closed]

4 American states - New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana- recently agreed to lift their ban on marijuana. And Oregon became the first state in the history of the USA to descriminalize ...
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Is Michigan the only US state without a State of Emergency (or similar type of order)?

On October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) released an opinion regarding the Governor's state of emergency renewals. The syllabus of the opinion states that: The Governor did not have ...
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Can I confirm my identity at the polling station without taking off the mask?

My country has an upcoming elections soon. On the polling station I will need to confirm my identity with photo ID; this implies taking off the mask in a crowded place. I take social-distancing ...
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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 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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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 US were paying up to thousands of dollars for blood from people who had ...
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Why does the US force citizens and US permanent residents located in countries with no and almost no COVID-19 cases to come back to the US?

I read on https://th.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-bangkok-thailand-july-31-2020/ (mirror): We will not issue visa extension letters for U.S. citizens who wish to stay in Thailand beyond ...
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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 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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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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Are US persons subject to mandatory isolation if they have tested positive for COVID-19? [closed]

(This is a edited version of a prior question that was considered "unfocused" so I am attempting to make the Q clearer) Context: On Friday 6/26/2020 447 new cases of COVID 19 were reported ...
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What led the UK Government to switch to a decentralised COVID-19 contact-tracing app?

It was reported in late March that the NHS had been developing a contact-tracing app with an Oxford-based team since mid-January, encouraged by the success of a similar app in China. The app, ...
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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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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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Are liberal democracies better equipped to deal with plagues? [closed]

So anecdotally it appears to me that Liberal Democratic countries/Governments are dealing well with the current pandemic. Looking at the numbers (R0, deaths etc), New Zealand, Norway and Germany, ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Are there other trackers/indexes of governments' response to Covid-19, beside OxCGRT?

OxCGRT has received a bit of press coverage (e.g. by the Indian press, which in particular highlighted that India got a "100" rating.) The project itself is more cautious in its description: ...
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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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Are there Covid-19 death maps locally adjusted for population density?

As a first motivating example, according to an Oxford CEBM map [even] Sweden has more deaths per capita from Covid-19 (217 deaths/mil.pop.) than the US as a whole (166 deaths/mil.p.) On top of that, ...
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Why did the Chinese government change their publicly-reported COVID-19 infection and death rates?

Until mid-April 2020, the Chinese government presented a certain set of figures regarding the infection and death rates from COVID-19 within China. Many people questioned those figures, but had no ...
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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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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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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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How were the UK's five lockdown tests drawn up?

In today's COVID-19 pandemic briefing, Business Secretary Alok Sharma described five tests which would inform the government's relaxation of the lockdown rules: there are 5 tests that must be ...
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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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What program(s) is the US DoD funding through the WHO just in South Korea?

A lot of the voluntary contributions that the WHO receives are "earmarked" for a specific purpose (by the donor), specification which sometimes include a certain country in which the money is to be ...
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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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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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What long-term options do politicians have for Covid-19 and what are their implications? [closed]

At the moment, basically every country seems to be busy avoiding catastrophe by a lock down. There is only little to no long-term exit strategy and for good reasons. However, the ultimate goal of ...
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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 CARES Act necessary, when the Federal Reserve has spent way more than $2T? [closed]

On Mar 12 2020, US Federal Reserve injected "$1.5T of liquidity into the markets, rather than that amount of money". On Mar 18, CARES Act came into force and will pay out $2 trillion USD. ...
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Have any governments proposed relaxing drug/vaccine development requirements for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Given that a vaccine or an effective treatment for COVID-19 is the best way out of the current crisis, it seems logical that governments would take a "no holds barred" approach to making it happen as ...
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Which US agency is responsible for pandemic response?

Which agency is responsible for American pandemic response? For example, who is responsible for: developing a plan or playbook for pandemic response? planning & execution of pandemic testing at ...
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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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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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What exactly is a Covid-19 “red zone” in Italy, and how many people are in those?

According a BBC video of today, Last week, the village of Nerola, was suddenly declared a red zone, after a dozens of coronavirus cases were discovered. It’s been sealed off by the army, and everyone ...
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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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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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How overcrowded are NY parks? Have they been deemed dangerously so from a public health perspective during this Covid-19 outbreak? [closed]

According to a NY Post article, parks in New York have become so overcrowded during this Covid-19 outbreak (supposedly because residents can't find anywhere else to go, e.g. restaurants are closed), ...
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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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How does Italy compare to NY in terms of COVID-19 testing, per capita?

It's been reported today (April 4) that New York state has recorded 630 more coronavirus deaths, another daily record that takes its [death] toll to 3,565. Most deaths have been in New York City. The ...
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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. ...