COVID-19

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    Those who trust government and others are more likely to comply with stay at home orders. 

Those who trust government and others are more likely to comply with stay at home orders. 

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In recent months, the majority of the US population has been subject to stay at home and social distancing orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In new research which analyses cellphone data, Daniel A. N. Goldstein and Johannes Wiedemann find that people’s sense of trust in government and others is related to their compliance with going along with preventative measures like stay at […]

Why public trust in the WHO matters

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Public faith in the World Health Organisation has held up so far. But Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit it are damaging not just because they inhibit America’s co-operation with other countries, writes Renu Singh. They also make it less likely that, in the absence of strong domestic leadership, US citizens will trust the WHO enough to follow its recommendations.

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    Lockdown is nothing like being in jail. But it should change the way we think about imprisonment.

Lockdown is nothing like being in jail. But it should change the way we think about imprisonment.

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For many, COVID-19 related lockdowns have evoked – largely inaccurate – comparisons with incarceration in prison. Chris Barker writes that while the analogy is limited, such thinking should encourage us to examine our own attitudes to punishment in America and what custodial sentences seek to achieve.  

This story has two parts. The first part is about the effects of social isolation on the American public during the COVID-19 lockdown. Loneliness, we are […]

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    A deadly combination of states’ rights and racism means that many US states are choosing personal freedom over life. 

A deadly combination of states’ rights and racism means that many US states are choosing personal freedom over life. 

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States’ rights and racism have been two deadly strands in American history which have been brought to the surface in the COVID-19 pandemic. Laura Smith writes that the pandemic shows just how desensitized Americans have become to the risk of more death – especially among communities of color, who have been disproportionately impacted.

With the re-opening of states, Americans who protested against state restrictions in favor of personal liberty appear […]

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    An unequal labor market means that COVID-19 has been especially harmful for vulnerable groups including people with disabilities.

An unequal labor market means that COVID-19 has been especially harmful for vulnerable groups including people with disabilities.

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Employment across the world has taken a huge hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Maroto and David Pettinicchio write that existing inequalities in earnings and employment mean that individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable groups have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures taken to combat its spread have created huge […]

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    Politicians can’t hide behind scientists forever – even in a pandemic

Politicians can’t hide behind scientists forever – even in a pandemic

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It is dangerous when politicians ignore expert advice. But it is just as dangerous when politicians outsource their judgement to experts, especially if the margin of error is huge and the advice is contested, write Tim Besley and Andrés Velasco. Ultimately, it is the job of politicians to make the tough decisions about trade-offs.

It is tempting to describe the […]

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    Meatpackers are deeply vulnerable to COVID-19. Expect a reckoning for US workers

Meatpackers are deeply vulnerable to COVID-19. Expect a reckoning for US workers

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As COVID-19 progresses, it will probably catalyse a long-overdue reckoning with the core structures of the political economy. This will be particularly important for the beleaguered meatpackers in the United States, writes Paul Apostolidis.

“The guy at the plant said they had to work to feed America.” That’s what The New York Times reported Willie Martin said about his mother, […]

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    Economic inequality can help predict COVID-19 deaths in the US

Economic inequality can help predict COVID-19 deaths in the US

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COVID-19 has not affected everywhere in the US equally, there are significant disparities in Covid-related illnesses between the states. In new research which analyses the relationship between COVID-19 and economic, social and demographic factors, Harold Clarke and Paul Whiteley find that those states with greater income inequality are more likely to see coronavirus cases and related deaths.  

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The Covid-19 crisis reveals how much we value old age

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Given that older people are an increasing share of society and that other pandemics will come, countries should revisit their priorities, writes Joan Costa-Font.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the older population more than other age cohorts, as their weaker immune system makes it harder to fight diseases and infection. Although all age groups are at risk of contracting the […]

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    How hoax information on social media about COVID-19 might be worsening the pandemic.

How hoax information on social media about COVID-19 might be worsening the pandemic.

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Information claiming that the COVID-19 is a hoax has unfolded on social media at the same time as the virus has spread across the world. Ralf Martin has analysed nearly 12 million tweets for spikes in COVID-19 hoax related content. He finds that those posting coronavirus related hoax content are more likely to mention Donald Trump, and that many […]

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