The great lockdown: was it worth it?
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A "yes" from Daniel Gros at @CEPS_Thinktank.

Will a Covid-19 vaccine signal an end to the anti-vaccine movement?
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Vaccine scientist Dr @PeterHotez & @Rotary’s @JohnHewko reflect. One can only hope.

The problem of modelling: Public policy and the coronavirus
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Long and interesting read by Paul Collier.

COVID Underdogs: Mongolia
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Extraordinary success.

Partition policy deepened by Covid 19
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@esraaygin looks at how the covert policy of permanent partition of Cyprus is becoming real, thanks to “pandemic measures”.

The Uncounted Dead
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This is really grim reading, but useful to understand where the statistics (especially the US statistics) are coming from.

Wildflowers thriving at Giant's Causeway in absence of visitors during coronavirus lockdown

A rather small but colourful silver lining.

Crooked Timber — Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made
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What to do when your body forgets how to be well, by @MariaFarrell.

The COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons for a New World Order
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Robert Dussey @rdussey, who is the foreign minister of Togo, reflects on what we can learn from the current situation.

How New Zealand beat the coronavirus
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Another good long read, from a German perspective.

How plagues change the world
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A historical perspective: what were the effects of the 14th-century Black Death?

TfL: The Impossible Finances of Fighting a Pandemic
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How can London afford to keep moving?

Caucasian Journal: Ambassador Per Eklund: "COVID is unpredictable. I had a lucky escape"
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One of the great EU diplomats, on survival.

‘Finally, a virus got me.’ Scientist who fought Ebola and HIV reflects on facing death from COVID-19
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"I have always had great respect for viruses, and that has not diminished. "

New social etiquette for the new normal
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@youngvulgarian explains.

Experts Knew a Pandemic Was Coming. Here’s What They’re Worried About Next.
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Just in case you weren't worried enough. (US-focussed article, but relevant for most of us.)

Empty sets
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BBC backgrounds for your Zoom calls.

After Four Antibody Tests, I’m Still Not Sure I’ve Had Covid-19

@StephaniBaker is uncertain.

Dacian Cioloș a traversat Europa în plină pandemie
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Leader of Liberal group of MEPs drives from Bucharest to Brussels. Interesting reportage.

Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup
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Fascinating report which actually looks fairly balanced compared to some commentary.

What the Coronavirus Is Doing to Rural Georgia
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from 4 April: “nine Georgia counties, most of them also in the southern part of the state, not only lack hospitals but have no practicing physicians at all”

In Pursuit of PPE
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“Department of Homeland Security was still considering redirecting our PPE. Only some quick calls leading to intervention by our congressional representative prevented its seizure.” Wow.

Why a true “exit strategy” from the coronavirus lockdown is not possible
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@LawDavF: "Demands for a predictable future will lead to even more frustration – the only honest course is to acknowledge the degree of uncertainty."

Some lessons from Ibsen's An Enemy of the People
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@CarolineGruyter finds Nordic inspiration.

What It's Like Getting Paid to Risk Catching the Coronavirus
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A professional shopper reports.

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