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The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 giugno 2021

This week President Joe Biden ordered America’s spooks to investigate the origins of covid-19. How can the world prepare for a future pandemic when it does not know for sure where the current one came from?When experts convened by the World Health Organisation travelled to Wuhan, the Chinese city where covid-19 was first identified, in January and February this year to investigate the origins of the disease, their hosts refused to share crucial data. American officials were unimpressed. Behind their distrust is the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 may have emerged accidentally from research on animal coronaviruses conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology or another nearby lab. Our science correspondents assess the evidence for that theory and also discuss the issue on our daily podcast, “The Intelligence”.In recent weeks India has suffered more than any other country from covid-19. The number of new cases has at last begun to fall. But its vaccination programme is still stumbling.During the pandemic, there have been more than 2,000 documented “superspreading” events, in which a single infected person has infected many others in a short period of time. Almost all have happened indoors and involved large groups gathered in poorly ventilated spaces. That points to SARS-CoV-2 being a virus which travels easily through the air, contradicting the early belief that short-range encounters and infected surfaces were the main risks. That, in turn, suggests that paying attention to the need for good ventilation will be important in managing the next phase of the pandemic, as people return to mixing inside homes, offices, gyms, restaurants and other enclosed spaces.The hazards from stagnant indoor air go beyond infections. Researchers have linked under-ventilated spaces in buildings to a range of ailments—headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, coughs, dizziness, nausea, and irritation of eye, nose, throat and skin. But keeping indoor air clean has never been a priority. We argue in a leader that this needs to change and that the covid-19 pandemic should spur governments to act. On “The Jab”, our podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race, we turn our attention to the Asia-Pacific region. Places such as Hong Kong and Australia have pursued a “zero-covid” strategy. They have succeeded in keeping cases to a minimum, but how can they use vaccines to end their isolation? By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 maggio 2021

This week we look forward to the Olympics, due to start in Japan in July. As their country endures a wave of infections, 60% of Japanese tell pollsters that they would sooner not host the games at all. One of the worries is that athletes arriving from across the world could help spread dangerous new variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. A cautionary tale is unfolding in Britain, which sequences the genes of circulating viruses more assiduously than any other country. B.1.1.7, the variant first identified in Kent, is being displaced by a variant from India, B.1.617.2, especially in Bolton—where a community with ties to the Indian subcontinent also happens to have taken up vaccines less readily than the national average.Levels of protection are also a worry in America, where the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have issued advice that vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear a mask in most situations. Only 38% of Americans are fully vaccinated. Given that the threshold for herd immunity could be 70-80%, that leaves plenty of scope for further spread of the virus.New Zealand and Australia face an entirely different problem. Having successfully followed zero-covid strategies they have imposed semi-permanent restrictions on foreign visitors, who risk bringing the virus in with them. As the pandemic eases in some countries, economic activity is partly returning to something closer to normal. Our data team reports that shoppers are going gangbusters. But as recovery creates jobs in industries that have been locked down, there seems to be a severe shortage of workers to fill them. What has gone wrong? Our economics staff investigate this conundrum.On Economist Radio we have been expanding on our work to show the real death toll from covid-19—which we released last week. Officially a little over 3.4m people have died, but we have designed a statistical model that estimates how many people went uncounted—and reached a central estimate of 10m. Our weekly podcast on vaccination, “The Jab”, discusses what we found and its significance, and “The Intelligence”, our daily news podcast, contains a segment on how to vaccinate the world.Finally, getting oxygen into people with covid-19 has been a problem throughout the pandemic. Ventilators have been in short supply. And the intubation of patients has caused them harm. Our science section reports on an alternative—oxygen enemas. It sounds mad—and painful—but it really could work. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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The Economist: A special edition on the coronavirus pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 aprile 2020

Welcome to the newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best pandemic coverage. We have two covers this week. In our Asian and European editions, we look at how no fewer than 84 governments have taken extra powers since covid-19 began to spread. In some cases these are necessary and will be relinquished when the crisis is over. But in others they are not, and won’t be.
In our American and British editions we analyse the looming problem of government debt. As the economy falls into ruins, governments are writing millions of cheques to households and firms and tax revenues are collapsing. Long after the covid-19 wards have emptied, countries will be living with the consequences. What should they do?Our coverage of the disease this week is led by Bill Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who has written for us on how to get out of the pandemic. We also look at how to do mass-testing and the worrying vulnerability to covid-19 of the southern United States. We report on an enigma surrounding the Spanish flu, how New Zealand has avoided the worst of the disease and why Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, which claim to be covid-free, are probably living in denial.You can also see our mortality tracker, which estimates how many deaths from covid-19 the official statistics are failing to detect. It goes about this using the gap between the total number of people who died from any cause and the historical average for the time of year. The results, broken down by country and region, show that the virus is more lethal than many had feared.
And we have also been focusing on the pandemic in Economist Radio and Economist Films. This week we produced a film analysing what lies behind the death toll in America, which has suffered more fatalities than any other country.As the epidemiological curves flatten and the easing of lockdowns beckons, I hope that you enjoy our coverage. (Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief by The Economist)

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The Economist: A special edition on the coronavirus pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 marzo 2020

“Welcome to a special edition of our weekly newsletter dedicated to covid-19, which the World Health Organisation has now declared a pandemic. In the past two weeks, the focus of the disease has shifted from China to the rest of the world—and increasingly Europe and the United States. Over 135,000 cases have been registered, more than a third of them outside China. There have been over 5,000 deaths in 116 countries, up from 3,200 deaths and 85 countries and territories just a week earlier.In our cover leader this week we looked at what this means for politicians. They have struggled to come to terms with the pandemic and how to talk about it. As they belatedly realise that health systems will buckle and deaths mount, leaders are beginning to grapple with how they should weather the storm. Three factors will determine how they cope: their attitude to uncertainty; the structure and competence of their health systems; and, above all, whether they are trusted.Here we present seven articles that tell the story of the disease and its astonishing march around the world. We start with a portrait of an individual virus particle, how it hijacks the body’s cells and how it might be vulnerable to therapeutic drugs. We sketch how different countries have tried to use lockdowns to fight the spread of the disease and we look into the slow response in America. We take the measure of the markets, and analyse the threat to the world economy. We examine how China has begun to exploit its progress against the disease for propaganda. And we present our own back-of-the-envelope calculation of countries’ unreported cases.The pandemic is about to take the world by storm. We hope that this selection of our coverage helps to prepare you for what is to come”. (by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-In-Chief)

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Al via Fastweb4School Special Edition

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Fastweb lancia un’edizione speciale di Fastweb4School, l’iniziativa che offre alle scuole secondarie italiane l’opportunità di ottenere un co-finanziamento per la realizzazione di progetti tecnologici innovativi, con l’obiettivo di contribuire alla crescita delle competenze digitali fra i banchi di scuola. A ogni istituto scolastico che raccoglierà, tramite la piattaforma di crowdfunding Produzioni dal Basso, il 50% del budget relativo all’iniziativa presentata, Fastweb erogherà il restante 50% e fino ad un massimo di 2.500 euro per progetto. Il finanziamento è a fondo perduto e la proprietà della realizzazione dell’idea rimarrà all’istituzione scolastica che l’ha proposta. Con la nuova edizione di Fastweb4School, Fastweb offre alle scuole la possibilità di proporre un progetto tecnologico, digitale ed innovativo per la scuola. L’apprendimento dell’utilizzo di una stampante 3D, la partecipazione ad un corso di formazione digitale, lo sviluppo di un’App o la realizzazione di un progetto per la salvaguardia del patrimonio culturale sono solo alcuni esempi dei temi che possono essere esplorati dai progetti proposti. Fastweb4School Special Edition si rivolge a tutti gli istituti scolastici secondari di primo e secondo grado, che da oggi ed entro le ore 24 del 4 marzo, possono proporre idee progettuali attraverso il sito dedicato Per proporre un progetto, bisogna indicare il titolo, la descrizione (massimo 2.000 caratteri), la url di un video di presentazione (facoltativo), il budget richiesto e illustrare come sarà impiegato.La selezione delle idee avverrà nei 30 giorni successivi alla chiusura dell’avviso pubblico e si baserà su criteri quali qualità e originalità, impatto sullo sviluppo delle competenze digitali, fattibilità e replicabilità, nella stessa scuola o in altre. I progetti scelti potranno accedere quindi alla fase di crowdfunding.Fastweb metterà a disposizione delle scuole un servizio di customer care che offrirà supporto su come caricare i lavori sulla piattaforma di crowdfunding, aiuterà le classi nel trasformare l’idea in un progetto realizzabile e nel comunicarlo al meglio sui social network e sulla stampa.
A ogni istituto scolastico selezionato che raccoglierà con il crowdfunding il 50% del budget relativo all’iniziativa presentata, Fastweb erogherà il restante 50%, fino a massimo 2500€ a progetto (e fino ad esaurimento del budget per l’iniziativa fissato a 30.000€ complessivi).
Fastweb4School Special Edition vuole sostenere le idee e farle crescere, vuole alimentare un meccanismo virtuoso nelle scuole e convincere i ragazzi a essere utilizzatori attivi e non utilizzatori passivi del digitale e della tecnologia.

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