Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Outbreak, Response

Washington Post: Amid all the pandemic fear, some impressive leaps in science
Editorial Board

“Impressive new developments in science are showing up amid all the fear, errors, and unknowns that have come with the coronavirus pandemic. Never before in history have disease sleuths found and shared so much information so quickly about a dangerous pathogen. Advanced genomics has allowed them to fingerprint the culprit, track it, diagnose it, and begin to plot countermeasures. A boom in open publication has allowed them to trade data at network speed. In the long run, these developments will make the world safer. … Now, scientists from around the world, including China, are readily sharing their findings on biomedical preprint servers, bioRxiv, and medRxiv, where the papers are not peer-reviewed but made available quickly. This has led to more collaboration across national boundaries than ever before, a necessity when fighting a disease that also leaps across national borders” (3/7).

The Atlantic: The U.S. Isn’t Ready for What’s About to Happen
Juliette Kayyem, author and former Department of Homeland Security official (3/8).

Bloomberg: SARS Lessons Inoculate Hong Kong Against Epidemic
Nisha Gopalan, Bloomberg opinion columnist (3/6).

CNBC: Op-Ed: The coronavirus outbreak is already changing the world
Frederick Kempe, author, journalist, and president and CEO of the Atlantic Council (3/7).

Foreign Affairs: Fight Pandemics Like Wildfires
Catherine Machalaba, policy adviser and research scientist, and William B. Karesh, executive vice president for health and policy, both at EcoHealth Alliance (3/6).

Globe and Mail: Quarantine is one of the oldest powers in the book. That doesn’t mean governments should use it to fight coronavirus
Graham Mooney, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute of the History of Medicine and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (3/6).

The Guardian: How a global health crisis turns into a state-run surveillance opportunity
John Naughton, professor of the public understanding of technology at the Open University and author (3/7).

The Guardian: Why we need worst-case thinking to prevent pandemics
Toby Ord, research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, philosopher, and author (3/6).

The Hill: Coronavirus and the karmic interconnectedness of humans, animals
Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary (3/7).

The Hill: From Ebola to COVID-19 — the importance of trust in authorities and disease response
K. Riva Levinson, president and CEO of KRL International LLC (3/8).

The Hill: Tax cuts won’t stop the coronavirus, well-funded public health services will
Morris Pearl, chair of the Patriotic Millionaires (3/7).

New York Times: How Iran Completely and Utterly Botched Its Response to the Coronavirus
Kamiar Alaei and Arash Alaei, Iranian health-policy experts and co-presidents of the Institute for International Health and Education (3/6).

New York Times: You Can’t Gaslight a Virus
Charles Blow, opinion columnist at the New York Times and television commentator (3/8).

New York Times: The Coronavirus Is Coming for Trump’s Presidency
Ross Douthat, opinion columnist at the New York Times (3/7).

New York Times: Trump, His Eye on the Border, Overlooked the Coronavirus Threat
Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development (3/7).

New York Times: Beware the Deadly Contagion Spread by Blowhards
Nicholas Kristof, opinion columnist at the New York Times (3/7).

New York Times: Being Called a Cult Is One Thing, Being Blamed for an Epidemic Is Quite Another
Raphael Rashid, journalist (3/9).

POLITICO: We Predicted a Coronavirus Pandemic. Here’s What Policymakers Could Have Seen Coming.
Samuel Brannen, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Risk and Foresight Group and senior fellow in the International Security Program at CSIS, and Kathleen Hicks, CSIS senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at CSIS (3/7).

Project Syndicate: The Virus of Fear
Ian Buruma, author (3/6).

Project Syndicate: What COVID-19 Means for International Cooperation
Kemal Derviş, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Sebastián Strauss, senior research analyst and coordinator for Strategic Engagements at the Brookings Institution (3/6).

Project Syndicate: COVID-19 Trumps Nationalism
Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society Policy Institute (3/6).

Scientific American: The Trump Administration’s Misinformation Machine
Charles Seife, professor of journalism at New York University and author (3/8).

Wall Street Journal: A Chinese Mystery and Covid-19’s Economic Puzzle
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal (3/6).

Washington Post: Trump can’t handle a crisis he didn’t create
Max Boot, columnist at the Washington Post (3/7).

Washington Post: Testing for the coronavirus might have stopped it. Now it’s too late.
William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (3/6).

Washington Post: Iran’s response to the coronavirus is just making everything worse
Jason Rezaian, global opinions writer at the Washington Post (3/7).

Washington Post: The coronavirus outbreak is making expertise great again
Ishaan Tharoor, writer at the Washington Post (3/9).

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