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For all our advances in medicine, we remain more vulnerable to pandemics than we would like to believe.
To understand our vulnerability and to establish what steps we need to take to end ...
In 1347, the Black Death came to Europe, first brought by the Mongol army, then spreading through Europe.
In six years, tens of millions fell gravely ill. Nearly half of all Europeans su...
Our understanding and control of pathogens are very recent. Previously a leading theory in the west claimed that a kind of gas produced diseases.
The past ten years have seen major...
Scientific and medical research poses a small risk of harm, but it can threaten global harm.
The democratization promises to fuel a boom of entrepreneurial biotechnology. But since biotechnology can be misused to lethal effect, making it accessible to everyone also means increasing the ...
There has been a robust trend towards increases in the power of humanity, reaching a point where we pose a serious risk to our own existence.
The problem is not an excess of technology bu...
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Near the end of World War One, the Spanish flu infected over a quarter of the world's population and claimed between 50 and 100 million lives.
During this pandemic, cities around the US ...
One of the goals of social distancing is to delay the spread of the virus, so it reaches people more slowly.
The idea is to lengthen the time period over which the virus travels through a population and push the peak number of cases back so it appears later. With a lower rate of spreading, less infected people will need urgent care and resources at any given time.
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Growth evangelists are right when they state that severe lockdowns produce a parallel human misery of unemployment, looming bankruptcies, and extreme financial anguish. Yet, opening the economy too...
“Save the economy or save lives” is a false choice.
A group of economists published a paper on the 1918 flu outbreak. Their findings revealed:
The hope is for a deep, short recession, to show that people have shut the economy down to limit the spread of disease.
Asking millions of able-bodied workers to stop working creates a crisis of unemployment.
During this time, the U.S. is expanding unemployment benefits and are also delaying tax filing. In northern-European countries, the government is directly paying businesses to maintain their payrolls to avoid mass layoffs and furloughs.
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