Yee-Fui Ng, Stephen Gray,
Wars, Pandemics and Emergencies: What Can History Tell Us about Executive Power and Surveillance in Times of Crisis, 2021.04.01,
In the fight against coronavirus, the Australian government has enacted a series of measures that represent an expansion of executive powers. These include the use of smartphone contact-tracing technology, mandatory isolation arrangements, and the closure of businesses. Critics have expressed concerns about the long-term implications of these measures upon individual rights. This article will analyse the validity of such concerns in the context of other historical uses of executive power in Australia in times of crisis: during the Spanish Flu pandemic of]918, the First and Second World Wars, and the 'War on Terror' post-September 2001. Drawing its conclusions from these historical precedents, the article argues that clear legislative safeguards are a minimum necessary step both to prevent police and governmental abuse of privacy, and to foster and maintain trust in the government's ability to manage their powers in a manner consistent with human rights.
Michelle Foster, Helene Lamber, Jane McAdam,
Refugee Protection in the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond: The Capacity and Limits of International Law, 2021.04.01,
The current pandemic and concomitant framework of crisis has led to unprecedented restrictions on global movement, and hence on the ability of refugees to seek protection. These measures have been implemented as a matter of urgency, yet risk violating international refugee and human rights law. This experience provides an opportunity to reflect on an equally compellingthreat, namely displacement linked to the impacts of climate change. This article considers these twin challenges and reflects on the capacity and limits ofinternational law to address both crises, while balancing the competing rights and interests at stake. It argues that a key challenge for international law and policy is how to harness the sense ofurgency generated by COVID-19 for the long-term 'climate crisis'.
The African COVID-19 Critical Care Outcomes Study (ACCCOS) ,
Patient care and clinical outcomes for patients with COVID-19 infection admitted to African high-care or intensive care units (ACCCOS): a multicentre, prospective, observational cohort study, 2021.05.22,
This study shows that mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19 is higher in African countries than reported from studies done in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Increased mortality was associated with insufficient critical care resources, as well as the comorbidities of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, chronic liver disease, and kidney disease, and severity of organ dysfunction at admission.
Mario Fontán-Vela, Pedro Gullón, Javier Padilla-Bernáldez,
Selective perimeter lockdowns in Madrid: a way to bend the COVID-19 curve? 2021.05.10,
In this article, we compared, using join point regressions, the evolution of COVID-19 cases in those areas where this intervention was implemented and those where it was not. According to our analysis, the decrease in the epidemic curve started before the impact of the perimeter lockdown could be reflected.
Threat not solution: gender, global health security and COVID-19, 2021.05.10,
This article illustrates the change in visibility, research and advocacy around gender equality during the COVID-19 and argues that the aboved change reinforces the inherent problems of global health security. The article concludes that what unites neglect and visibility of gender in global health security is that gender is understood as solution rather than threat. Combined these factors make gender equality incompatible with global health security.
Eilidh Bruce, Ben Carter, Terence J Quinn, etc.,
Multiple House Occupancy is Associated with Mortality in Hospitalised Patients with Covid-19, 2021.05.17,
This article finds that for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, those living with one or more people had an increased association with mortality, they also exhibited higher CRP indicating increased disease severity suggesting they delayed seeking care.
Katrina M Plamondon,
Equity at a time of pandemic, 2021.5.21,
This article explores how determinants of equity are embedded in global responses to it, arguing that these determinants will critically shape our global futures. Attentiveness to power and the relationship between political economy and health are argued as central to identifying and examining issues of equity. This article invites dialogue about how equity-centered planning, decision-making and action could leverage this massive disruption to society to spark a more hopeful, just, and humane collective future.
Ross Levine, Chen Lin, Mingzhu Tai, etc.,
How Did Depositors Respond to COVID-19? 2021.05.21,
This article discovers that deposit interest rates at bank branches in counties with higher COVID-19 infection rates fell by more than rates at branches—even branches of the same bank—in counties with lower infection rates and finds that higher local COVID-19 infection rates are associated with households’ greater anxiety about future job and income losses, anxiety that induces households to reduce spending and increase deposits.
Jay A Aquino, Jeffrey T Banal, etc.,
From leisure to isolation: a call to explore hotel sectors’ role during COVID-19 pandemic, 2021.05.21,
This paper supports the invitation for companies to act in accordance with their CSR and by emphasizing the various roles of companies just like what selected hotels do as isolation and quarantine facilities during the pandemic. However, certain considerations and issues must also be addressed by hotel sectors in accomplishing their CSR especially in time of public health crisis.
Maryrose C Macaraan,
Mental health and legal education in the time of pandemic, 2021.05.21,
This paper explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of the law students. It addresses the impact of transition from physical face-to-face classes to a virtual online platform on their psychological wellness and coping mechanism. In the end, the paper mentions strategies that the law students may adopt amid the lack or absence of physical interaction with professors, classmates and friends.
Beijing Interest Group on Global Health and Global Governance