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Aug 2, 2020

Is the world facing a second coronavirus wave?

Just a few weeks ago, many countries thought they had the coronavirus under control as the number of cases was falling and the curve of infections flattening. Governments started lifting restrictions and reopening their economies. Some were even praised for their successes and many people resumed their daily lives. But that optimism has not lasted. A sudden record number of infections is being reported in many countries.

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Aug 1, 2020

Sexist and incomplete data hold back the world’s Covid-19 response

How many women have died of Covid-19? How many women have lost their jobs in the economic crisis it created? And how many have had to stop working because schools and day cares have closed and now have to take on unforeseen and added child care responsibilities?

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Jul 21, 2020

Digital technology re-opening Africa

To restart travel and trade amid the Covid-19 pandemic, all countries around the world face the same challenge of protecting their populations’ health while reopening borders.

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Jul 18, 2020

Opinion: COVID-19 calls for disrupting the way we communicate in a crisis

Effective communication is the single most important factor in controlling COVID-19 — as every epidemiologist will tell you. Yet, as the disease continues to spread to some of the most marginalized communities on Earth, the humanitarian response is hitting a wall.

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Jul 14, 2020

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

Researchers around the world are developing more than 155 vaccines against the coronavirus, and 23 vaccines are in human trials. Vaccines typically require years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but scientists are racing to produce a safe and effective vaccine by next year.

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Jul 8, 2020

Counting the dead: What is COVID’s true effect on Africa?

Cooper/Smith discusses the ways in which low COVID-19 testing levels could misleadingly indicate that a country is doing well in the fight against coronavirus. Here, Cooper/Smith continues the discussion of the implications of limited health information systems on the COVID-19 response, with a focus on the inability to count deaths in Africa.

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May 15, 2020

2 billion people are at risk of COVID-19 because they can’t wash their hands

A quarter of the world’s population is at risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus due to a lack of access to effective handwashing, according to a new report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

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May 14, 2020

Leveraging the power of digital technologies and data systems against COVID-19

How can digital technologies and data best be leveraged to support the COVID-19 response in low- and middle-income countries? Recent efforts to fight the pandemic demonstrate the incredible power that digital technology offers as we rise to face unprecedented global threats and support partner countries’ on their journey to self-reliance.

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Mar 9, 2020

The coronavirus is the first true social-media “infodemic”

On January 19—a week before the Lunar New Year—Tommy Tang left Shenzhen with his girlfriend to visit her family in Wuhan for the holiday. They had heard of the novel coronavirus (now officially known as COVID-19), but as far as they knew, it was localized to a small area. The local government had assured people that it would only affect those who visited a specific food market and contracted it directly from wild animals.

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Mar 6, 2020

Harnessing the power of routine data to eliminate malaria

National malaria control programs and their partners face the challenge of identifying and mobilizing limited resources to geographic areas where they will have the greatest impact. Increasing insecticide resistance means current interventions are becoming less effective. New tools that are potentially more effective against insecticide-resistant mosquitoes have been introduced, but their use is hampered by higher prices and limited evidence of their impact and cost-effectiveness.

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