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We usually think of viral respiratory infections, like the common cold, as mild nuisances that pass in a few days. But the Wuhan coronavirus has proven to be different. Of those infected, around 2% are reported to have died but the true mortality is unknown. There’s much we’re yet to learn about this new virus, …

One would think that our world, compared to the past centuries where pandemics have killed millions of people is better equipped when it comes to fending off diseases thanks to medical breakthroughs and innovations. Intuitively, we expect less infectious diseases to pop out and spread today. Confusing truth However, we know that this is not …

Denmark and New Zealand are the least corrupt countries in the world while Somalia is the most corrupt. This is based on the 2019 results of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), an annual study by Transparency International. Highlights For this year’s edition, 180 countries were included in the study. Among these countries,  Denmark and New …

Public fear seems inevitable given the alarming updates on the coronavirus outbreak, and isolation — in the forms of lockdown and quarantine — has become our default response. As a social scientist in globalization studies, I am interested in the role some of the less visible layers of globalization — such as awareness of our …

As the new coronavirus continues to cross international borders, the two key questions on public health officials’ minds are: ‘How deadly is it?’ and ‘Can it be contained?’. The two outbreaks in recent memory that give the most insight into these questions are the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, which spread from China to 26 other countries …

The World Health Organization reversed course on Jan. 30 and declared the coronavirus a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The first human-to-human transmission in the U.S. was announced. India has reported its first case. Russia has closed part of its border with China, and more than 9,800 cases have been reported, with 213 deaths …

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread. Yet another is the wider economic cost. But how to calculate this? Some suggest a …

Cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have increased dramatically over the past week, prompting concerns about how contagious the virus is and how it spreads. According to the World Health Organisation, 16-21% of people with the virus in China became severely ill and 2-3% of those infected have died. A key factor that influences transmission is …

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has developed and released interim guidelines to help residents carry out cleaning and disinfection operations within their residential premises. This follows from an earlier set of interim guidelines, released on 26 January 2020, for the cleaning and sanitation of non-healthcare commercial premises to guide businesses and owners of premises in their …

UOB Group Commercial Banking and more than 800 of its clients gathered this evening to welcome the Year of the Rat at The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore. In keeping with the tradition of generous giving as part of the Bank’s annual Spring festival celebrations, UOB’s clients and colleagues collectively raised more than $1.8 million for local …