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Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences

A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images Alex Broadbent, University of Johannesburg and Benjamin T H Smart, University of JohannesburgSuppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot o...
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Why so many epidemics originate in Asia and Africa – and why we can expect more

On Feb. 18, 2020, in Seoul, South Korea, people wearing face masks pass an electric screen warning about COVID-19. AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon Suresh V Kuchipudi, Pennsylvania State UniversityThe coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, is a frightening reminder of the imminent global threat posed by emerging infectious diseases. Although epidemics have...
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Is it Ebola, or just a drill? How to test a public health crisis response

Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/ EPA-EFE Mosoka Fallah, Harvard Medical School There wasn’t an Ebola outbreak in Lesotho – but for a few hours in November 2019, you may have heard that there was.On November 14, Lesotho public health authorities conducted a simulation exercise involving a woman who was rushed to hospital and tested positive for...
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