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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 …

According to Johns Hopkins CSSE, the COVID-19 outbreak has recorded more than 140,000 confirmed cases, thousands of which are already fatalities. The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, a proof of the gravity of the current disease outbreak that is plaguing us. No one could possibly think that this is the …

No. The quick answer is no. Even if you wear a mask on a regular basis, there is no guarantee that you will not be infected with the coronavirus. By doing so, you might be even unconsciously increasing the risk of getting infected. How so? Let’s boil it down. No guarantee According to infection prevention …

Cities and pandemics are closely linked throughout history. A lot of lives have been claimed by disease outbreaks. Each time, these outbreaks act like some sort of a lesson that drives change in cities. For the most part, cities have gotten better in eliminating the risks of disease outbreaks, thanks to developments in health and …

The Harvard historian Jill Lepore recounted recently in The New Yorker magazine that when democracies sink into crisis, the question “where are we going?” leaps to everyone’s mind, as if we were waiting for a weather forecast to tell us how healthy our democracy was going to be tomorrow. Quoting Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce, Lepore …

While companies are starting to transition to flexible work environments, there is still a huge chunk of companies worldwide that don’t allow remote work. OWL Labs estimate that about 44% of the world’s companies continue to permit any form of remote work. However, a recent event is starting to shake up this figure: the COVID-19 …

The UK has found itself in a panic buying frenzy in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. A very flustered health secretary Matt Hancock urged restraint and attempted to calm fears of shortages on BBC television’s Question Time after being asked about a lack of paracetamol, dry pasta and toilet paper. The UK is not …

Panic buying knows no borders. Shoppers in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States have caught toilet paper fever on the back of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Shop shelves are being emptied as quickly as they can be stocked. This panic buying is the result of the fear of missing out. It’s a phenomenon of …

The Coordination Committee of the United Nations (UN) World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has officially nominated Mr Daren Tang, a national of Singapore, to be the next Director General (DG) of WIPO. Mr Tang was selected from a slate which originally comprised 10 candidates. Mr Tang’s nomination will have to be confirmed by the WIPO …