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Some people question why the current coronavirus has brought the world to standstill while a previous deadly coronavirus, SARS, did not. Others have questioned why a vaccine is so urgently needed now to stop the spread of the current coronavirus when a vaccine was never developed for SARS. I study viruses and am so fascinated …

For the first time in decades, China’s quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) experienced a decline. China’s quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) for Q1 2020 shrank by 6.8% compared to the record in the same period last year, Reuters reported Friday, April 17. This is the first time that the economic powerhouse ⁠— the second largest …

Deutsche Bank’s analysis reveals that the COVID-19 outbreak will greatly inhibit the world’s economic activity. The initial projection for the Q1 2020 growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) has diminished for a considerable number of economies. Which countries are most affected? How can recovery be attained? The area of greatest damage   Being the …

The coronavirus outbreak is officially a crisis – let’s not waste it. Undeniably, the international community is taking the matter very seriously, as it should given that the death total from the COVID-19 epidemic already well surpasses that from SARS in the early 2000s. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency …

If the deaths caused by the recent COVID-19 outbreak aren’t already enough, there are escalating fears that this will also drive economies to recession. Why would this happen? Simply put, the outbreak involves one of the most powerful economies: China. Such a central figure in terms of sheer power can easily drag down other economies …

Investors are still being fairly complacent about the novel coronavirus. After the number of new daily cases suddenly shot up to more than 15,000 on February 12 following more than a week of decline, there were some jitters in the markets. With Chinese authorities saying the increase was due to a decision to broaden the …

The coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen in China. The Chinese government has announced even stricter measures to stop the spread of the disease, including the rounding up of people in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak began, for mass quarantine. And the doctor who warned authorities about the disease has died. Just how bad might …

The overwhelming sharing of fake news amid coronavirus outbreak across the globe raised concerns among governments, including in the Southeast Asian region. In the past weeks, we have quickly found disinformation and misinformation on social media stirring public discussion and, at times, leading to unnecessary panic. In Malaysia, misinformation claiming that coronavirus would make people …

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 …

Viruses are quick studies. They’re prolific at adapting to new environments and infecting new hosts. As a result they are able to jump the species divide from animals to humans – as the new coronavirus in China is showing. It’s estimated that 89% of one particular family of viruses, known as RNA viruses, are zoonotic …