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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 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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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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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 people's free ...
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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'...
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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Why did Secretary Michael Pervan not appoint a CHO in 2018?

So, I was looking at the Australian Chief Health Officers (CHOs), and couldn't find one for Tasmania. Upon further investigation, it looks like the Tasmanian Health Department was re-organized in ...
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To what degree are safety standards relaxed when a FDA Emergency Use Authorization takes the place of an FDA approval?

It is generally assumed that an FDA approval is conditioned on the demonstrated safety and effectiveness of a product. However, when the FDA authorizes the use of a product due to an emergency ...
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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 ...
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Who is on the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee?

During this covid-19 event, Australians have been addressed by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison a number of times, where he has delivered speeches and informed the public of what actions are ...
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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: OxCGRT ...
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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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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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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 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 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 ...
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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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Has (or have) the CDC “internal” memo(s) on the public use of masks been officially published or are they leaked?

A WaPo article stated that: March 31 Federal officials debating whether to recommend that face coverings be routinely worn in public are responding to increasing evidence that infected people ...
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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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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 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. On Apr 8 ...