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The realisation that life is going to change for a good while is starting to take hold. To flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak, radical measures of social distancing are currently being rolled out in an increasing number of countries. People are being urged – or instructed – to isolate themselves at home. In …

The influenza pandemic of 1918 (also known as the Spanish flu, even though it didn’t originate in Spain) is among the most severe pandemics in recent history, only second to the Black Plague of the 1300s. While it may have been a bit more than a century now since this pandemic struck, there are noticeable …

Young people are more likely to be carriers of COVID-19 than they think, this is what is revealed by the analysis of Andreas Backhaus, a researcher and economist. His findings were published in Medium last March 13. Similar intensity, different segments In Backhaus’ analysis, he compared the populations of Italy and South Korea, who at …

Why don’t we have drugs to treat COVID-19 and how long will it take to develop them? SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 – is completely new and attacks cells in a novel way. Every virus is different and so are the drugs used to treat them. That’s why there wasn’t a …

Keppel Corporation Limited (Keppel) is pleased to announce a comprehensive package worth more than $4.2 million to help the Singapore community weather COVID-19. The package will be funded by voluntary contributions from the Keppel Group’s directors, senior management and staff, with dollar-for-dollar matching contributions from Keppel Corporation. This comes on the back of the Company’s earlier donation …

Osmel Martinez Azcue felt unwell. Having recently returned home to Florida from China and experiencing flu-like symptoms, he went to his local hospital to get tested for coronavirus. While the test was negative, Azcue has since been billed for $3,000 – he’ll be responsible for $1,400, according to his insurer. While there’s been no charge for …

Starting today, close to 27,000 individuals insured by Income’s Personal Accident (PA) plans with infectious disease cover, and over 500,000 employees of organisations insured by its Group Employee Benefits policies, will automatically enjoy additional COVID-19 cover at no additional premium. To further support lower-income households in Singapore, Income is also extending COVID-19 benefits to the …

In view of Malaysia’s announcement to implement a Movement Control Order, many companies are making efforts to house in Singapore, workers who commute across the Singapore-Malaysia border frequently. Companies can encourage affected workers to stay with their relatives, friends or colleagues, who may be willing to accommodate them for a short period. This may be …

The recent global spread of a deadly coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, has led world leaders to invoke an ancient tradition to control the spread of illness: quarantine. The practice is first recorded in the Old Testament where several verses mandate isolation for those with leprosy. Ancient civilizations relied on isolating the sick, well before …

With the Dow having closed in bear market territory last Wednesday, it’s worth looking at where the global economy is now compared to the last time it was in such turmoil. The global financial crisis of 2008 was sparked by the implosion of the subprime mortgage market in the United States, which gradually became a contagion …