The COVID-19 pandemic is a sanitary, political and social crisis. But could it also usher in an era of radical change? As the crisis sheds light on social inequality, it also challenges global systems and may lead to renewed policies.
Throughout the world, two billion people work in the informal sector. Essential to the global economy, these workers are often left out and abandoned to their fate. A state of precarity that is revealed and aggravated by the coronavirus crisis. Activists campaign for the revalorization of their status.
“ Informal work during the pandemic: when essential activities are the most precarious ” , Equal Times, June 17, 2020
Earlier this month, UK Prime minister Boris Johnson announced his intention to merge the Department for International Development (DfID) with the Foreign Office. For The Guardian, this political move that will “hurt the world’s poorest” is part of a larger agenda, an anti-foreigner-fueled culture war.
“ The Guardian view on scrapping DfID: a new front in a culture war ” , The Guardian, June 19, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, research papers were published galore. Since then, prominent scientific journals had to retract their studies. Rushing scientific evidence can have damaging political, social and environmental effects. Experts advocate for a reliable science over fast science.
“ Coronavirus: why it’s dangerous to blindly ‘follow the science’ when there’s no consensus yet ” , The Conversation, June 18, 2020
According to Sabra Klein, a scientist specialized in sexually differentiated viral infections, “being male is as much a risk factor for the coronavirus as being old.” But in India, research shows that infected women are more likely to die than infected men. Is COVID-19 shedding light on a sanitary gender bias in this country?
“ Are more women dying of COVID-19 in India? ” , BBC News, June 22, 2020
Coronavirus lockdowns have triggered a drastic fall of worldwide carbon emissions, and people noticed. In five countries, a survey reveals large majorities now want to reform policies to reduce air pollution. These demands for better air quality challenge urban transportation.
“ In 5 countries, overwhelming majorities want cleaner air, poll finds ” , The New York Times, June 17, 2020
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