Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Global Response To, Implications Of COVID-19

Washington Post: Britain’s approach to the coronavirus is lagging behind the emergency
Editorial Board

“…Last week, British officials said they believe the pandemic may not peak for many weeks and that strict measures might lead to ‘behavioral fatigue’ and public laxness or resistance later on — so the harshest measures, including school closings and limits to public gatherings, would be delayed … The British government may be miscalculating in its assumption that time is on its side. Several hundred British medical professionals, in an open letter, pointed out that the growth rate of infections in the United Kingdom seems to be on track with sudden takeoffs that occurred previously in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany, and the outbreak could affect millions in just a few weeks, leaving the National Health Service unable to cope with all those needing care. Monday, [British Prime Minister Boris] Johnson sounded more urgent. He called on Britons to avoid pubs and theaters and for the sick to isolate themselves. He should not hesitate to take even stronger measures. No one benefits when they are exposed to the virus. Everything that can be done to isolate people from infection should be done so that hospitals will be available for those who really need them” (3/16).

Bloomberg: Europe Freezes Its Economy in Order to Fight the Coronavirus
Lionel Laurent, Bloomberg opinion columnist (3/16).

The Conversation: Lack of confidence in U.S. leadership adds to coronavirus panic
Tony Walker, adjunct professor at the School of Communications at La Trobe University (3/16).

Devex: Opinion: Education in the time of COVID-19
Justin w. van Fleet, president at Theirworld and executive director at the Global Business Coalition for Education (3/16).

Foreign Affairs: Will the Coronavirus End Globalization as We Know It?
Henry Farrell, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, and Abraham Newman, professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University (3/16).

Foreign Policy: Transparency and Testing Work Better Than Coercion in Coronavirus Battle
Matthew Kavanagh, assistant professor of global health and director of the Global Health Policy and Governance Initiative at the Georgetown University O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law (3/16).

Foreign Policy: What the West Can Learn From Africa’s Ebola Response
Amara M. Konneh, former finance minister of Liberia (3/16).

Foreign Policy: Fear of China Made Taiwan a Coronavirus Success Story
Hilton Yip, journalist (3/16).

Project Syndicate: The World Is at War
Hans-Werner Sinn, professor of economics at the University of Munich, member of the German economy ministry’s Advisory Council, and author (3/16).

ProPublica: This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything in Our Lifetime, and We Have to Stop Comparing It to the Flu
Charles Ornstein, health reporter (3/14).

STAT: The novel coronavirus is a serious threat. We need to prepare, not overreact
Darren Schulte, CEO of Apixio (3/16).

Washington Post: Chris Christie: What Trump must do now to reduce the coronavirus risk
Chris Christie, Republican governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018 (3/16).

Washington Post: How the coronavirus could trigger a backslide on freedom around the world
Allie Funk, research analyst, and Isabel Linzer, research associate, both at Freedom House (3/16).

Washington Post: No, the White House didn’t ‘dissolve’ its pandemic response office. I was there.
Tim Morrison, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute (3/16).

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