COVID-19 Pandemic

In early 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic as the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread throughout the world, resulting in large scale development of COVID-19.

Public Health Responses

U.S. Public Health Policy Response

On April 15, 2020 , the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) was substantially amended.1)

Externalities From Public Health Responses

Drug overdoses rose in the U.S. during 2020.2)

Science and Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the pandemic, the reputations of science institutions, scientific journals, and many scientists have been called into question.

COVID-19 Pandemic Statistics

Europe

North America

United States

COVID-19 Pandemic Response Economic Fallout

The economic fallout due to the policies imposed during the pandemic may result in substantially more harm than the virus itself.

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UK NHS Care Backlog

Here, NHS Providers admit that there are now over 5.3 million people waiting to begin hospital treatment - the highest number since records began in 2007. https://nhsproviders.org/addressing-the-care-backlog/context-the-impact-of-the-pandemic

Stagflation

Supply Chain Problems

COVID-19 Pandemic Politics

See politics

Unusual Events and Circumstances

During the pandemic, it was noted that influenza and numerous other viruses virtually disappeared from surveillance. The reasons why have been hotly debated.

Censorship

In order to quell any opposition, some public health agencies, government officials, and businesses have encouraged and/or engaged in censorship.

Global Impact

The US has 4% of the world's population but 25% of its coronavirus cases

By Scottie Andrew, CNN - June 30, 2020 Data visualization by Natalie Croker, Christopher Hickey, Curt Merrill, Henrik Pettersson and Tal Yellin, CNN

The US leads the world in cases and deaths Covid-19 reported deaths

The US death toll is more than twice as high as that of the country with the second-highest death rate, Brazil. That South American country has reported more than 57,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's global case count.

Leaders in both countries have continued to downplay the severity of coronavirus. President Donald Trump has refused to wear masks in public, which research has proven can control the spread of the virus, and has encouraged businesses to resume operations against the guidance of health officials who believe premature reopenings could lead to surges in cases like the US is seeing now.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro called coronavirus a “little flu” and maintains that an economic shutdown would be worse for the country than the pandemic. He's also eschewed mask and social distancing guidance in public and has been criticized for underreporting coronavirus deaths. 3)

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