How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk
By Donald T. Tomaskovic-Devey Et Al
Economic activity is slowing rapidly, both in the United States and around the world.
Social distancing, stalling global trade, widespread illness and the closing of borders, restaurants and schools will all contribute...
Why Trump tried to use the coronavirus crisis to 'Mexicanize' the U.S.-Canada border
By Bruno Dupeyron
For more than 150 years, the United States and Canada have shared what is commonly called the longest undefended border in the world. And yet in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, reports emerged that the United States...
Coronavirus will have long-term implications for business leaders. Here are the top five
By Ralph Hamann
As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the focus of business leaders and others has been on immediate responses and short-term time horizons. This is for good reason. Yet there are initial signs of how the crisis may be shaping...
Coronavirus is a once in a lifetime chance to reshape how we travel
By Marcus Enoch Et Al
The transport sector has been impacted as much as any by the coronavirus. This isnt a normal period of disruption, which is usually caused by failures in supply such as road accidents or industrial action. In this case it...
Coronavirus: migrants in frontline jobs not entitled to any financial help if they get sick
By Amina Chitembo
Frontline NHS staff are working around the clock to save lives, while putting their own lives at risk. Doctors, nurses and other staff are keeping the nation alive. But one group of these brave heroes is invisible....
Managing postpartum depression: New moms isolated by coronavirus pandemic
By Ryan Van Lieshout
Up to one in five women will develop postpartum depression, a condition that can adversely affect the thoughts, emotions and functioning of mothers, as well as the mental health of their partners and children.
Leading an online social movement requires offline work
By Delia Dumitrica Et Al
Today, most social movements around the world are digital in some capacity. When a hashtag seems enough to start a movement, social media promise to replace the role of leaders in setting a movements goals, coordinating...
Taiwan must find ways to enhance Indigenous representation
By Cassandra Preece
President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secured a majority government win following Januarys Taiwanese elections.
Now that the dust has settled, its time to reflect on the quality of democracy...
Why undocumented immigrants still fear the 2020 census
By Mary Lehman Held
The United States might not be able to get information about more than 10 million people in the 2020 census.
Thats the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Another 16.7 million individuals live...
Insider trading by members of Congress may be difficult to prove
By Stanley M. Brand
Recent allegations regarding stock trading by members of Congress in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic have raised calls for the investigation of these politicians for illegal insider trading.
There are many COVID-19 tests in the US – how are they being regulated?
By David Pride
When it comes to COVID-19 testing in the United States, the situation is about as messy as it gets.
The U.S. went from having no tests, or assays, available for COVID-19 diagnostics to having multiple different tests...
India's stark inequalities make social distancing much easier for some than others
By Priyasha Kaul
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing its spread around the world, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced a three-week complete nationwide lockdown of 1.3 billion people on March 24. The government advised...
How to boost your internet speed when everyone is working from home
By James Jin Kang Et Al
With #StayAtHome and social distancing now becoming a way of life, an increasing number of people are relying on the internet for work, education and entertainment. This has placed greater demand on our network...
Can I still go to the dentist? How coronavirus is changing the way we look after our teeth
By Alexander Holden Et Al
The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we access health care, and dental care is no exception.
Dentists are no longer allowed to provide a raft of care, such as regular check-ups and tooth whitening, to minimise...
Coronavirus: as a health economist, I'm not convinced the case for mass testing stacks up
By Cam Donaldson
In 1974, a classic book, Who Shall Live?, was published. Written by Victor Fuchs, a Stanford University professor, it marked the birth of health economics. It arrived at a moment when the post-war era of continued growth...
Coronavirus: BBC News is uniquely placed to serve the nation – how it does so will define its future
By Stephen Cushion Et Al
With misinformation about countering the global pandemic rife, the BBC has stood out as a guarantor of truth and accuracy, delivering on its traditional Reithian values of entertaining, informing, educating the nation...
The limits of federal emergency law during a pandemic
By Amy Swiffen
While there has never been an official national public health emergency in Canada, there has been discussion of whether the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to precipitate one soon.
Its therefore important to understand the...
Social distancing and exercise: are active video games the solution?
By Sam Peter Kirk
The social distancing measures and self-isolation initiated by the coronavirus pandemic has left people looking for new ways to exercise at home. Could active video games (AVGs) such as Pokemon Go and the recent hit Ring...
Local newspapers are an 'essential service'. They deserve a government rescue package, too
By Kristy Hess Et Al
The coronavirus pandemic has spawned a lexicon of its own. We have had to quickly incorporate words like self-isolation and social distancing into our everyday language to navigate it.
Essential service is another one....
Public spaces bind cities together. What happens when coronavirus forces us apart?
By Tahj Rosmarin
In modern cities, our public spaces represent our shared values. They are our common assets, owned, maintained and used by all members of our society. The outbreak of coronavirus and its immediate impacts, such as social...
How to stay fit and active at home during the coronavirus self-isolation
By Emmanuel Stamatakis Et Al
The extensive social distancing policies put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 mean most people will have to spend much, if not all, their time at home.
Self-isolation means far fewer opportunities to be...
Hotter weather brings more stress, depression and other mental health problems
By Susana Ferreira Et Al
The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work.
Whats the big idea
Thinking about your mental health which includes stress, depression and problems with emotions for how many of the last 30 days...
Can robots help us overcome the coronavirus health crisis and lockdown?
By Hector Gonzalez-Jimenez
The widespread use of robots has long been debated, in part because many critics see them as a threat to jobs and livelihoods. Despite such concerns, robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are already being used in...
Coronavirus and the global economy: yes, there really is cause for optimism
By Arturo Bris
Stock markets are rebounding on the back of the newly agreed US$2 trillion American fiscal stimulus plan. It comes after a week that was the worst in history for the Dow and many others around the world. My impression is...
Video games can help stop kids feeling lonely while stuck at home
By Drew Cattanach
Schools are out for who knows how long. This new reality provides a unique challenge for parents who have now become full-time educators alongside their work and household responsibilities. As a parent of two primary...
Four ways the coronavirus pandemic could now unfold
By Adam Kleczkowski Et Al
The COVID-19 pandemic has already caused several thousand deaths, widespread health problems, massive anxiety and economic losses. Most people are concerned with what happens day by day as we wait for control measures to...
Coronavirus and the politics of crisis fatigue
By Matthew Flinders
The new coronavirus pandemic is affecting our daily lives in many unexpected ways. We are particularly trying to understand why some people are not heeding official advice about social isolation. I believe this relates to...
China's expulsion of American journalists a dangerous mistake at a deadly moment
By Yuan Zeng
As the world wages a difficult battle with the coronavirus pandemic, China is escalating its own diplomatic war with the US and the media is the casualty.
On March 18, China announced it would expel at least 13...
The six mega challenges testing leaders at a time of national and global crisis
By Richard Calland
The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme crisis that puts government under severe pressure. It puts the political judgement of the president or prime minister under the most intense spotlight. Not since the height of the Cold...
Halting jury trials may impact a defendant's right to a fair trial
By Sarah Lloyd
The decision of the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, to halt new jury trials in England and Wales in response to COVID-19 follows the example set by Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is understandable as the safety of...
Medical supply chains are fragile in the best of times and COVID-19 will test their strength
By Emily Tucker Et Al
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought medical supply chains into the spotlight. There has been a national shortage of testing kits, and at least one drug is already unavailable because of the outbreak, though it hasnt been...
In battling the coronavirus, will 'optimistic bias' be our undoing?
By Marie Helweg-Larsen
As the coronavirus has fanned across the globe, some people have been more complacent about the risk of contracting the virus than others.
On March 21, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was apoplectic after photographs emerged...
Coronavirus fears over farmers markets could hit new growers hard – just when Americans need them most
By Tamara J. Benjamin
The familiar sight of weekend shoppers brushing shoulders at farmers markets across the U.S. is under threat from the coronavirus and fears of its spread.
In Seattle, farmers markets have been suspended altogether. In...
Coronavirus: to save businesses, we should pioneer an unusual kind of insurance
By Alistair Milne
The COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a collapse of revenues in sector after sector: transport, hotels, restaurants, tourism, recreation and culture, consumer durables and numerous others. This economic shock, equivalent to...
Coronavirus: six ways of turning anxiety into positive mental health habits
By Dusana Dorjee
Given the constant stream of negative news about the novel coronavirus pandemic, its easy to feel anxious and uncertain. Anxiety is also an understandable reaction, since coronavirus has made many of us change our daily...
Indefinite freeze on non-urgent elective surgery in Australia
By Michelle Grattan
All non-urgent elective surgery is being suspended, to free up resources as hospitals prepare to deal with the full impact of COVID-19.
Announcing the suspension, taking effect from midnight Wednesday, Scott Morrison...
What happens to charitable giving when the economy falters?
By Patrick Rooney
As the new coronavirus pandemic sends the economy into a tailspin, Patrick Rooney, an economist at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and Jon Bergdoll, a philanthropy statistician, explain what...
Pray, but stay away: holding on to faith in the time of coronavirus
By Robyn J. Whitaker
Plagues of global proportions might seem biblical, but coronavirus is creating new challenges for faith leaders. Last week in Australia, many churches, mosques and synagogues decided proactively to cancel their normal...
View from The Hill: Entertainment venues closed in draconian measures to fight the virus
By Michelle Grattan
Clubs, pubs, movie theatres and gyms will be closed and restaurants will only be able to provide takeaways in draconian measures to fight the spread of coronavirus announced by Scott Morrison late Sunday night.
Anxiety about coronavirus can increase the risk of infection — but exercise can help
By Jennifer J. Heisz
Worried about COVID-19? You may be putting yourself at undue risk, because chronic anxiety suppresses the immune system and increases our risk for infection.
The psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing...
During coronavirus hospital surge, a midwife recommends home birth
By Manavi Handa
For many health-care providers who worked through the 2003 SARS epidemic, especially in epicentres, like Toronto, the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of the many lessons health-care providers learned at that time. Social...
Keep on trucking: Trucks must keep moving across Canada-U.S. border amid coronavirus
By William Anderson Et Al
Canada and the United States have agreed to restrict non-essential trips across their common border, while leaving it open for the movement to freight in trucks. While the justification of banning crossings by...
Panic buying in the wake of COVID-19 underscores inequalities in South Africa
By James Lappeman
Pictures of empty shelves and long queues have pervaded all forms of media in South Africa over the past few days. These scenes are not unlike those in other parts of the world as many consumers succumb to panic buying, in...
Forensic linguists explore how emojis can be used as evidence in court
By Zakeera Docrat Et Al
Emojis have become ubiquitous in text communication messages are peppered with smiley faces, hearts and other graphic icons. They were first drawn by graphic designer Shigetaka Kurita, and generated by a Japanese...
Coronavirus infecting Australian jobs: vacancy rates down since early February
By Nik Dawson Et Al
The economic impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus will be enormous. Only blind optimism can deny the dark realities of the moment.
Policy responses are escalating by the hour. Markets have plummeted to GFC levels. Food...
Australian states are shutting their borders to stop coronavirus. Is that actually allowed?
By Anne Twomey
Movement of people and goods across state borders in Australia is guaranteed by the Constitution. Section 92 of the Constitution says
trade, commerce, and intercourse among the States, whether by means of internal...
Australian government's new $66 billion package will take coronavirus economic life support to $189 billion
By Michelle Grattan
Small and medium-sized businesses will get up to $100,000 in cash payments in the governments second stage of emergency assistance, worth a huge $66 billion, to cushion businesses and individuals as the coronavirus cuts a...
Are the banks strong enough to withstand the coronavirus crash?
By Sumon Bhaumik
One of the most visible outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis is the mayhem in the global stock markets. Between February 20 and March 19, the SP 500 index plunged from 3,373 to 2,409, the FTSE 250 from 21,866 to 12,830, and the...
When restaurants close, Americans lose much more than a meal
By Rebecca L. Spang
Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a video of himself on March 15 saying: No more restaurants. Seated in his palatial kitchen with two miniature horses, Whiskey and Lulu, beside him, the former California governor pronounced:...
Workers left out of government and business response to the coronavirus
By Thomas Kochan
As the coronavirus crisis unfolds, workers and families around the country are finding out how weak the U.S. social safety net is.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. About 30% of the workforce...