Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Outbreak

Financial Times: Comprehensive testing is key to controlling coronavirus
Editorial Board

“…Diagnosing Covid-19 is crucial to tracking its spread and evaluating the measures necessary to stop it. Some countries have risen to the challenge: South Korea suffered a serious early outbreak, but has tested more than 130,000 people. The picture worldwide is less promising. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which provides the aggregated U.S. figures — had only tested 1,700 as of Sunday. Beating coronavirus will require much more comprehensive testing. … To treat testing as an afterthought risks allowing the coronavirus epidemic to become even more serious than it already is. Effective diagnosis is the bedrock of an effective medical response. Just as much as vaccine development, testing should be considered a vital public good” (3/10).

New York Times: What the Economy Needs From President Trump
Editorial Board

“…Our society is constructed to reward the rich in good times and punish the poor in bad times. A coronavirus recession would be doubly painful, as lower-income households are likely to pay a heavier toll in both health and wealth. … The government can help. An effective public health response necessarily requires limits on economic activity; an effective fiscal policy response can offset the damage. … Limiting the spread of the virus is the best way to minimize economic damage … An infrastructure package won’t deliver an immediate jolt to the economy. It takes time to plan projects. But that’s exactly what the situation requires. We’re in this mess because our policymakers failed to plan for the future. They have a chance to profit from that painful experience by borrowing now, and then putting the money to good use” (3/9).

Washington Post: The government’s response to the coronavirus must be big — or we’ll pay a greater price
Editorial Board

“…[T]his [coronavirus outbreak, including the economic impact of the outbreak,] is an emergency, and the response should be big — or the country may pay a far higher price. … The White House is reportedly considering infusions of cash to small businesses and tax help for hard-hit sectors, such as airlines and cruise companies. This may be needed, but even with tax breaks, companies will face incentives to lay off workers if demand for their products slips. The goal must be to prop up flagging demand. … The best stimulus quickly gets money into the hands of individuals who need it and will spend it. … Now is not the time for timidity or bickering, but for assertive action” (3/9).

Washington Post: Suddenly we need the ‘Deep State’ Trump has spent three years weakening and demeaning
Editorial Board

“…President Trump has spent three years demeaning and weakening the U.S. government. Now that the United States desperately needs that government to function well, we are paying a steep price. … Mr. Trump derides these [government] agencies as a hostile ‘deep state’ and defunds branches that gather data. … Most notoriously, Mr. Trump in 2018 abolished the directorate for global health security and biodefense on his own National Security Council. ‘Who would have thought we would even be having the subject?’ the president said in apparent amazement while touring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. But this epidemic was not just predictable, it was predicted. Preparing for it was the purpose of the office that he shut down. Ignorant statements such as that, along with his falsehoods about test kits being widely available and his constant minimizing of the seriousness of the crisis, are damaging in their own right. … As public health officials belatedly stress the importance of social distancing, Mr. Trump’s countermessaging does more than cause confusion. It will cost lives” (3/9).

Al Jazeera: Big Pharma can’t be trusted to solve coronavirus
Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now (3/10).

The Atlantic: Incompetence Exacerbated by Malevolence
Quinta Jurecic, contributing writer at The Atlantic and managing editor of Lawfare, and Benjamin Wittes, contributing writer at The Atlantic and editor in chief of Lawfare (3/10).

Financial Review: How to understand the risks of 100,000 viral deaths
Warwick McKibbin, director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and director of policy engagement in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Aging Research (3/5).

Foreign Policy: Truth Has Become a Coronavirus Casualty
Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America (3/9).

The Hill: The effort to fight emerging infectious diseases must be holistic
Amanda D. Rodewald, Garvin professor and senior director of conservation science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, faculty in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University and faculty fellow at Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability (3/9).

NBC: Trump tweets about Obama, coronavirus and Ebola reveal hypocrisy of his crisis response
Kurt Bardella, a “Morning Joe” and NBC News THINK contributor (3/10).

New York Magazine: Coronavirus and Autocracy: An Extremely Dangerous Mix
Heather Hurlburt, contributor to New York Magazine (3/9).

New York Times: God vs. Coronavirus
Mattia Ferraresi, journalist (3/10).

New York Times: Protect Caregivers From Coronavirus
Ai-jen Poo, founder of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (3/9).

New York Times: President Trump Is Unfit for This Crisis. Period.
Jennifer Senior, opinion columnist at the New York Times (3/9).

POLITICO: Coronavirus: The Real Reason the Markets Are Worried
Sina Kian, former vice president at the Blackstone Group, former clerk to Chief Justice John Roberts, and adjunct professor at New York University School of Law (3/9).

Project Syndicate: Epidemics and Economic Policy
Kaushik Basu, professor of economics at Cornell University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (3/9).

Project Syndicate: Coronanomics 101
Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley (3/10).

Project Syndicate: How Europe Should Manage the Coronavirus-Induced Crisis
Daniel Gros, director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (3/9).

Project Syndicate: A Stress Test for Public Health Systems
Jim O’Neill, chair of Chatham House, former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and former U.K. Treasury Minister

Project Syndicate: Plagued by Trumpism
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics, professor at Columbia University, and chief economist at the Roosevelt Institute (3/9).

TIME: What History’s Economy-Disrupting Outbreaks Can Teach Us About Coronavirus Panic
Elena Conis, historian of U.S. public health and medicine, and director of the joint graduate program in Public Health and Journalism at Berkeley (3/9).

USA TODAY: Taiwan should be a member of WHO — coronavirus doesn’t care about human politics
Mia Ping-Chieh Chen, Boston University journalism student and USA TODAY opinion section intern from Taiwan (3/9).

Washington Post: The coronavirus is another test for Europe. Working together will be key.
Carl Bildt, Washington Post contributing columnist (3/9).

Washington Post: The unique incompetence of Donald Trump in a crisis
Daniel W. Drezner, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and regular contributor to PostEverything (3/9).

Washington Post: The coronavirus isn’t another Hurricane Katrina. It’s worse.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist (3/9).

Washington Post: The coronavirus is Trump’s Chernobyl
Brian Klaas, Washington Post global opinions contributor (3/9).

Washington Post: We don’t know the most important fact in the world right now
Charles Lane, Washington Post editorial writer and columnist specializing in economic and fiscal policy (3/9).

Washington Post: How Trump’s insecurity is making the coronavirus crisis worse
Paul Waldman, Washington Post opinion writer

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