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Lessons from the gig economy for transforming public services

Ursula Huws, University of Hertfordshire Even before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, major upheavals were taking place in the UK labour market. Between 2016 and 2019, the number of people working for online platforms such as Deliveroo and TaskRabbit doubled from 4.7% of the adult population to 9.6% – the equivalent of 5.5 million…

Coronavirus: why aren’t death rates rising with case numbers?

Danny Dorling, University of Oxford It is a conundrum. For much of the past two months, many people have been convinced that mortality associated with COVID-19 would rise as the number of people testing positive with the disease increased. But this has not happened so far. Why? A look at government data from England and…

Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel

1.4 billion people travelled internationally in 2019, but in view of COVID, a safer travel experience is now paramount to once again attract travellers and to rekindle the romance that travel used to inspire. Now is clearly a moment of crisis for the travel industry. Available seat miles on US airlines were down 71 percent…

Trump’s China ‘decoupling’ and coronavirus: why 2020 upheaval won’t kill globalisation

Niccolò Pisani, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) The sudden stop of the global economy in 2020 has brought to everyone’s attention the interconnectedness of supply chains across countries and continents. Add to this the mounting tensions between the US and China, with President Trump now pushing for a decoupling from the Chinese economy as…

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How to make telehealth more permanent after COVID-19

Nicol Turner Lee and Niam Yaraghi – Brookings The coronavirus outbreak, or COVID-19, has fundamentally transformed our lives and communities, contributing to economic declines, disruptions in schooling, and distressed hospital systems. However, the pandemic has generated some silver linings, including the widespread adoption of telehealth that has helped to mitigate the risk of community spread by reducing…

Preventing future waves of COVID-19

When history books one day recount the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, it may well be a tale of human ingenuity and adaptiveness. Although the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, has infected more than 24 million people and left more than 800,000 dead as of this writing, the early projections of mortality were much…

India is key for global access to a COVID-19 vaccine – here’s why

This article by Rory Horner, Senior Lecturer, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, was originally published in The Conversation Pharmaceutical companies around the world are racing to develop a vaccine. Meanwhile governments scramble to get priority access to the most promising candidates. But a richest-takes-all approach in the fight against the deadliest pandemic in living memory…

How prioritizing health could help rebuild economies

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, health typically wasn’t part of economic-growth discussions: the policy debate often focused on controlling healthcare costs. Informed forecasts suggest that the pandemic and its effects will cost the global economy up to 8 percent of real GDP in 2020.1 Yet each year, poor health costs twice as much—around 15 percent of global real GDP…

Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel

The desire to build memories, to connect with people, and to see new places drove 1.4 billion of us to travel internationally in 2019. Creating safer travel experiences is now paramount to protect this privilege. Now is clearly a moment of crisis for the travel industry. Available seat miles on US airlines were down 71 percent…