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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. Adjusting...

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. But successfully...

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. But...

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:...

video 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...

Economic effects of coronavirus lockdowns are staggering – but health recovery must be prioritised

In all my years as an economist, I have never seen a graph like the one below. It shows unemployment claims in the US observe the spike for the week ending March 21. The global financial crisis, the dot-com crash, Black...

How high will unemployment go? During the Great Depression, 1 in 4 Americans were out of work

By Jay L. Zagorsky - 06:46 AM| Economy

CC BY-ND The U.S. unemployment rate climbed from a half-century low of 3.5% to 4.4% in March and is expected to go a lot higher. But could the rate, as some predict, surpass the 25% joblessness the U.S. experienced...

Government secrecy is growing during the coronavirus pandemic

By David Cuillier - 06:44 AM| Politics

Students at the University of Florida who want to know how they are being protected from the COVID-19 pandemic cant find out. The university is hiding its emergency response plan under a legal loophole intended to keep...

Turkey tries to keep wheels of economy turning despite worsening coronavirus crisis

By Bulent Gökay - 06:34 AM| Economy

Turkey confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on March 11, but since then the speed of its infection rate has surpassed that of many other countries with cases doubling every two days. On April 2, Turkey had more...

Corporate debt is in serious trouble – here's what it means if the market collapses

By Jefferson Frank - 06:48 AM| Business Economy

Markets abhor uncertainty. The coronavirus pandemic is a severe supply shock that will substantially reduce the worlds economic output, and there will potentially be several waves as the contagion returns in the autumn or...

Top Stories

How China is revolutionising e-commerce

By Jialu Shan - 06:24 AM| Technology

While some sectors of the economy struggle for survival in a sudden, new, harsh reality, e-commerce is again faced with massive demand. With many of us confined to our homes, we have become reliant on online shopping. And...

Facing the coronavirus crisis together could lead to positive psychological growth

By Lowri Dowthwaite - 06:28 AM| Health

Although news reports of hoarding, and panic-buying might make it hard to believe, research shows that natural disasters, like the novel coronavirus pandemic, can actually bring out the best in people. Although times of...

Coronavirus: Telemedicine is great when you want to stay distant from your doctor, but older laws are standing in the way

By Frank V. Zerunyan - 06:38 AM| Technology

As of April 1, there are more than 179,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. Nowhere has been hit harder than New York City where there are more than 76,000 confirmed cases and 1,550 people have died. As many had...

Coronavirus cases are growing exponentially – here's what that means

By Andrew D. Hwang - 06:42 AM| Health

In the U.S., scientists stress that the number of coronavirus cases has been growing exponentially. In ordinary speech, the term exponential usually means really fast. To mathematicians like myself, and to scientists...

Low-intensity interval training can be as effective as HIIT – but only if you spend more time working out

By Elizabeth Elliott - 07:05 AM| Health

Though we know exercise is important for our overall health, and that more is typically better, many of us dont have hours a day to devote to working out. This might be why fitness regimes like high-intensity interval...

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Economy

FxWirePro: A Glimpse At ZAR’s RV And Delta-Hedge Trades On Looming South African Debt Crisis

Due to global recession fears and rising risk aversion yesterday brought a further sell-out for many EM currencies. The rand was amongst the biggest losers over the past days and reached new lows against USD and EUR. This...

FxWirePro: Sterling Still Edgy Amid Pandemic Saga - Driving Forces, OTC Outlook & Hedging Strategies of GBP/USD

GBPs performance ranks mid-table over the past month (+0.5% vs USD, -2.5% vs EUR) as the global impact of the coronavirus has come to dominate GBPs local difficulties with Brexit. But even though Brexit is now being...

FxWirePro: Take Prudent Look At Short Euro Trades Amid Pandemic Outlook

Pandemic COVID-19 impact has broadened, eliciting abrupt financial market moves. We all know that the strength of a relationship can be severely tested during times of crisis. This is currently very obvious in the EU, and...

FxWirePro: Driving Forces, OTC Outlook And Hedging Strategies Of EUR/JPY

Universal fact is that the strength of a relationship would be severely tested during times of crisis. This is currently very obvious in the EU, and the euro is not taking it well. There is no agreement about how to...

We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, it is abundantly clear that the global economy is entering a recession the first weve seen since 2008. Some officials have compared the last period of economic...

Politics

Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey achieve sold out speaking tours

Former First Lady Michelle Obama previously went on a speaking tour of her book, Becoming. With her speaking tour selling out and filling large venues, Michelle achieved a feat that not many speakers are able to...

Is Joe Biden overshadowed by Donald Trump in air time during coronavirus crisis?

Despite the coronavirus forcing electoral proceedings to go down other routes, and a shift in priorities as the pandemic grows worse in the United States, it appears that the odds are against Joe Bidens favor. The former...

Donald Trump's campaign team asks Jeff Sessions to stop using his name in his Senate campaign

Former attorney general Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump are not exactly on the best of terms, but Sessions appears to be determined to win a seat at the US Senate. This led the Trump campaign to send the Senate...

Melania Trump sends well-wishes to Canada's First Lady after recovering from coronavirus

Although the number of coronavirus cases in the affected countries has skyrocketed, there is also an increasing number of people who recover from it. Recently, First Lady Melania Trump checked in on Canadas First Lady,...

Melania Trump calls for people to honor the military and their families this month

Melania Trump reminded the public about the Military Child Month and told everyone not to forget about them especially in this time of crisis. The FLOTUS is a known supporter of the army and their families, and through the...

Science

Dinosaurs: Fourth consecutive Pterosaur species found by scientists

Dinosaurs were once the species that roamed all over the Earth, and paleontologists are still on the lookout to further understand how life was like for these creatures millions of years ago. In an amazing breakthrough,...

Asteroids alert: NASA releases image of asteroids Lina and Klotho in the asteroid belt

While there are asteroids that are relatively smaller, there are asteroids that are a lot larger, and then there are asteroids that are large enough to destroy an entire continent. NASA recently shared a photo of two major...

NASA: Hubble telescope detects proof of the "missing link" of black holes

Black holes have been a mystery to scientists for a long time, and it has taken just as long to further understand these celestial objects. Recently, the Hubble Space Telescope managed to detect what may be the missing...

Scientists notice the increasing size of comet ATLAS as it approaches the Solar System

Not much is known about the incoming comet known as ATLAS, but scientists have recently kept tabs on this cosmic object as it gets closer to the sun. One observation was that the atmosphere of the comet has been growing...

Another solar storm expected to hit Earth over the weekend

The end of March saw the Earth getting affected by a solar storm. A new report reveals that the planet will experience yet another solar storm that would take place over the weekend. Express reports that the suns...

Technology

‘Total War: Three Kingdoms’ update 1.5.1: New patch fixes bugs and updates gameplay

Total War: Three Kingdoms update 1.5.1 is now live and available to all players. The patch will be bringing with it changes and fixes to the game, such as enabling players to seek confederation after their declared King or...

Will Erangel 2.0 arrives in the ‘PUBG Mobile’ v0.18.0 patch?

PUBG Mobile players are currently enjoying new gameplay features and content released in the latest patch and in celebration of the games second anniversary. However, many players have likely set their eyes on one...

iOS 14 to arrive with major iCloud Keychain upgrades

Apple might soon convince iOS 14 users there is no need to install third-party password managers. The upcoming mobile operating system is now expected to deploy significant improvements to the iCloud Keychain. iOS 14 to...

Pixelbook 2 spotted on Geekbench with an AMD Ryzen processor?

Chromebooks enthusiasts have been waiting for a while for Google to unveil the direct follow-up to its tablet-laptop hybrid that the rumor mill has been calling the Pixelbook 2. If a recent benchmark test result is to be...

Over-ear AirPods could be announced at the WWDC 2020 in June

Apples annual Worldwide Developers Conference is primarily held to announce all the upcoming operating system updates and other software products the company has in store. It is not uncommon for the company to use this...
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