Saudi Arabia proudly sponsors virtual global education conference

Saudi Arabia’s Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC), in partnership with the G20 Saudi Secretariat, announced it would hold a virtual conference on October 14-15, 2020. The two-day conference, named the “International Conference on Education and Training Evaluation: Improving Learning Outcomes and Supporting Economic Growth,” includes keynote speeches and thematic sessions, and will be held … Continue reading Saudi Arabia proudly sponsors virtual global education conference

WHO: Coronavirus pandemic to end in less than 2 years

The World Health Organization has said it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years - faster than it took for the Spanish flu. "We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, insisting that … Continue reading WHO: Coronavirus pandemic to end in less than 2 years

How does coronavirus affect children?

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, children have been largely spared the worst health impacts of COVID-19, but the same SARS-CoV-2 virus capable of killing a 50-year-old might leave a four-year-old unscathed. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending K-12 schools reopen this fall, saying the health risks should be … Continue reading How does coronavirus affect children?

South Korea confirms record-high increase in coronavirus death toll

South Korea on Saturday reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases for the first time in four months while South Africa announced a surge in infections and some U.S. states tightened anti-disease controls. South Korea's 113 new cases included 36 workers returning from Iraq and 32 crew members of a Russian freighter, the government said. … Continue reading South Korea confirms record-high increase in coronavirus death toll

Should people wear masks if they’re not comfortable with it or have trouble breathing?

Amid pervasive backsliding on social distancing, Britain and France are weighing whether to require people to wear masks in public places. Scientists say the two countries' governments should have done so ever since they started easing lockdowns — like many other European nations did – instead of exposing their populations to the risk of infections … Continue reading Should people wear masks if they’re not comfortable with it or have trouble breathing?

Florida breaks coronavirus record with over 15,000 new cases

Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, a day after Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened and anti-mask activists held a rally at a nearby restaurant. If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in … Continue reading Florida breaks coronavirus record with over 15,000 new cases

Risk of COVID-19 still very high in the US – Dr Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci didn't exactly have uplifting things to say about the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the US during an online chat hosted by the National Institutes of Health on Monday. The reason the country is currently seeing "record-breaking" numbers of cases is because states and cities started reopening too quickly, he explained, according … Continue reading Risk of COVID-19 still very high in the US – Dr Anthony Fauci

Burden of Pandemics

Burden of Pandemics Quantifying the morbidity and mortality burden from pandemics poses a significant challenge. Although estimates are available from historical events, the historical record is sparse and incomplete. To overcome these gaps in estimating the frequency and severity of pandemics, probabilistic modeling techniques can augment the historical record with a large catalog of hypothetical, … Continue reading Burden of Pandemics

Study confirms COVID-19 has been present in Brazil since November 2019

A new study from the University of Santa Catarina in Brazil revealed that SARS-CoV-2 particles were found in human sewage at the end of November 2019, which might be the oldest sample of the COVID-19 in Latin America so far. The authors of the study published in the MedRxiv science journal analyzed human sewage located … Continue reading Study confirms COVID-19 has been present in Brazil since November 2019

Trends Affecting Pandemic Risk

Trends Affecting Pandemic Risk In recent decades, several trends have affected pandemic probability, preparedness, and mitigation capacity. Various factors—population growth, increasing urbanization, greater demand for animal protein, greater travel and connectivity between population centers, habitat loss, climate change, and increased interactions at the human-animal interface—affect the likelihood of pandemic events by increasing either the probability … Continue reading Trends Affecting Pandemic Risk