Protests have spread to more than 20 US cities, and demonstrators returned to the nation’s streets in sweeping fashion on Saturday, in a show of national anger and sorrow over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday in the custody of the Minneapolis police (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/30/us/minneapolis-floyd-protests.html).
The COVID-19 is still spread in the US, with more than 10,000 new cases at the end of May, two months later after the social distancing policy was started. This has become a big disaster as around 1/4 of America’s workers were filed jobless since March. …
Even on a normal day, thousands of people die in a country like the US, so how do you know the death toll of a special period is normal or special? or as Trump questioned, if the reported death toll too high?
Recent work on the New York Times compared the death numbers of 2019 and 2020, and found the excessive death because of COVID-19, this is important to understand how high the cost of COVID-19.
A new study from Columbia University found that “Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives” in the US (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/us/coronavirus-distancing-deaths.html). Time is valuable, taking action early can make a great difference. This is the window of opportunity.
Another side of this, invest 1 dollar today will save 6 or more dollars days later. However, people are more focused on short term impacts, and reluctant to invest in the future. However, longterm pain is more severe than short term pain, so if foreseen there is a risk, taking actions early is needed.
if relevant actions were taken early, how will be the results?
In a war, timing is very important, minutes of delay will cost a lot of lives. During a pandemic, this is also true. There is a report from the New York Times today said “Lockdown Delays Cost at Least…
Several IPBES colleagues wrote a guest article to reflect the relationship between COVID-19 and environmental degradation (COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must Save Lives, Protect Livelihoods, and Safeguard Nature to Reduce the Risk of Future Pandemics, https://ipbes.net/covid19stimulus), it attracted a lot of retweets. However, I found it is too abstract and too…
April 2, 2020, the numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases have passed 1 million, this is a milestone. However, the numbers may not tell the story. As many countries still lack the capacity to diagnose the virus, the cases may be much higher than what we have known.
However, from the numbers, we can still see the process and pattern of how the novel coronavirus spread in the world.
— January 19: 100 cases
— January 24: 1,000 cases
— February 12: 50,000 cases
— March 6: 100,000 cases
— March 18: 200,000 cases
— March 26: 500,000 cases
— March 30: 750,000 cases
— April 2: 1,000,000 cases