The Global Health, Business and Economic Implications of the Current Covid-19 Transmission Rate and Mass Casualty Event in China
Recent articles in Science Journal and Nature reference statistical models that predict the current surge of the Covid-19 virus in China will result in anywhere from 600,000 to 1.6 million deaths. The scale and duration of this surge are also bad news in the global battle with the Covid-19 virus, as the predicted infection rate of close to 1 billion people in China will provide the virus a vast sandbox for further mutation. This “mutation surface” will most likely extend the threat of new variants and related societal impacts well into 2023 – and possibly beyond.
The European Union member states have begun planning for the implementation of coordinated controls on passengers arriving from China. This could include mandatory pre-travel testing to avoid consequences of China’s sudden reversal of its zero-Covid policy. The decision will likely be finalized on Wednesday and would follow in the path
The US State Department has ordered the departure of all US Consulate staff in nonemergency roles due to an increase of more than 23,000 daily infections in Shanghai. The city’s health authorities announced the rise in Covid-19 infections earlier this week, prompting the State Department to evacuate the city. Employees
Uganda has proposed new and harsh penalties for anti-vaxxers in a new bill that is still under consideration of the parliament as the country attempts to crack down on its Covid-19 vaccine mandate. On Tuesday, a parliamentary health committee stated that it plans to propose legislation to fine or imprison
There are two books that many people have returned to read or discovered during the pandemic which–taken together–have been pretty good source material for decision-making around the pandemic. The analysis of lessons learned in this post is an effort to shift gears in our analysis of the future of this pandemic and the threat of future pandemics. We are still experiencing a mainstream saturation in coverage of the pandemic, which contributes to all of our burnout and frustration. We want to pivot and provide an analysis of positive, future-forward, solutions-driven issues surrounding the pandemic. It is time to start looking forward in a positive fashion.
Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, has declared a state of emergency in response to more than a week of truckers’ protests against Covid restrictions, stating that the city was completely out of control. At the moment, demonstrators outnumber police and pose a threat to residents’ safety, said Watson. There
Teachers in France have gone on strike to protest Covid-19 protocols in schools. Teachers are accusing changes to France’s Covid-19 testing requirements of causing chaos and putting teachers’ lives in danger. The French Ministry of Education told CNN that roughly 31% of all schoolteachers were on strike on Thursday. The
Hong Kong has announced a two-week ban on flights arriving from eight different countries, including the US and UK. The city also tightened restrictions on Wednesday as authorities feared a fifth wave of infections due to the Omicron variant. The restrictions were announces as health authorities searched the city for
On Monday, new restrictions will come into affect across France due to the rising toll of Covid-19 Omicron cases on the country and its population. The variant’s rapid spread across France has prompted the government to cut isolation times for those who are vaccinated and more to further isolate the
As the Omicron variant infects thousands across the globe, US health officials have decreased the recommended isolation time for people with asymptomatic Covid-19 infections by half. Instead of quarantining for 10 days, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that individuals who are not experiencing symptoms of the virus may