Global Updates on the Pandemic

EU Measures

The European Commission is coordinating a common European response  to the coronavirus outbreak. We are taking resolute action to reinforce our public health sectors and mitigate the socio-economic impact in the European Union. We are mobilising all means at our disposal to help our Member States coordinate their national responses and are providing objective information about the spread of the virus and effective efforts to contain it. Rolling Coveraage of Highlights

COVID-19 and garment workers – Al Jazeera interview with Thulsi VIDNarayanasamy of BHRRC VIDEO

The COVID Wake-Up Call | Robert Muggah VIDEO

The Excessive Use of Force

Why protecting informal economy workers is so critical in time of COVID-19

COVID-19: Our hungriest, most vulnerable communities face “a crisis within a crisis”

http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1269721/icode/

Women at the core of the fight against COVID-19 crisis

Emerging factors that may have facilitated the spread of the virus in certain conditions

Pollution

Air pollution may be ‘key contributor’ to Covid-19 deaths – study

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/20/air-pollution-may-be-key-contributor-to-covid-19-deaths-study

Air pollution linked to far higher Covid-19 death rates, study finds

Dirty air increases risk of respiratory problems that can be fatal for coronavirus patients

Can atmospheric pollution be considered a co-factor in extremely high level of SARS-CoV-2 lethality in Northern Italy?

Abstract

This paper investigates the correlation between the high level of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome CoronaVirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) lethality and the atmospheric pollution in Northern Italy. Indeed, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna are Italian regions with both the highest level of virus lethality in the world and one of Europe’s most polluted area. Based on this correlation, this paper analyzes the possible link between pollution and the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome and eventually death. We provide evidence that people living in an area with high levels of pollutant are more prone to develop chronic respiratory conditions and suitable to any infective agent. Moreover, a prolonged exposure to air pollution leads to a chronic inflammatory stimulus, even in young and healthy subjects. We conclude that the high level of pollution in Northern Italy should be considered an additional co-factor of the high level of lethality recorded in that area-

How will COVID-19 Change our lives and ways of doing things?

Partnership to find solutions

Social Partnership in the times of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Taking Climate Change Seriously?

How our global battle against coronavirus could help us fight climate change

As people around the world work together to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19, the outsize roles we play in Earth’s natural system have become clear as never before. Billions of humans can now see how they are interconnected, working together to slow the spread of a lethal virus through their individual actions. Within this experience, if we are successful, lies the potential lesson we need not just to stop the worst projections for COVID-19,but to address other pressing societal challenges, including climate change.

Different ways of working and learning

Learning To Work In New Ways Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic

Thankfully, my own two companies largely utilize remote work models so my teams are well-versed in working out of their homes. In situations like we face currently, I realize that we are the fortunate ones and that there are some lessons we have become accustomed to that may be of value to those of you who are struggling to adapt to a new, remote way of working together.

How Covid-19 May Change The Way Business Is Conducted

Jack Kelly09:38am EST

We’re seeing a seismic shift in the way corporations conduct business due to COVID-19. In an effort to protect their employees and help avoid the spread of the virus, companies have quickly enacted new policies.

These steps include endorsing video interviews, working from home, halting in-person meetings, canceling conferences, cutting down on flying out to meet clients, becoming more attune to the supply chain and what countries they conduct business with. It’s a radical new way of thinking about how the workplace should operate. It shows that there is not an absolute need to have everyone congregated together in one place. With the advancements in technology it’s possible to have large numbers, if not all, employees working remotely.

Into the unknown: The new world of work amid Covid-19

At the time of this writing, the global spread of Covid-19 is already reshaping accepted definitions of workplace, and even workforce, in ways we didn’t think possible a matter of weeks ago. A CWS 3.0 article last week advised organizations to include contingent workers in Covid-19 precautions, including office hygiene. Now, just one week on, for many organizations, asking workers to congregate at a physical office seems almost unthinkable, and The World’s Largest Work From Home Experiment has begun in earnest.

COVID-19 will change our lives and our way of working

UN Development Programme

In the French novel, ”The Plague,” Albert Camus asks if suffering can exist not in individuals but as a shared public experience. Crisis, he writes, upends existing social order and creates paradigm shifts.

The coronavirus COVID-19 affects all aspects of society and all dimensions of sustainable development. This paradigm shift exposes systemic inter-connectedness for everyone to see and that breaks boundaries — sectoral, institutional or even national. Much like climate change.

But this pandemic brings an immediate, direct and personal sense of urgency to everyone.

With most of our efforts focused on how we respond, UNDP needs to keep an eye on the long-term effects of coronavirus and what it could mean for sustainable development in the future

COVID-19: Here’s how one pandemic will change our lives, forever

The coronavirus will leave an enormous impact on how we consume, how we learn, how we work, and how we socialize and communicate.

Jason Perlow March 16, 2020 — 12:18 GMT (12:18 GMT)

The spread of telecommuting and online learning

 As a strategy to contain potentially infected people and prevent the virus from spreading further, businesses and schools will heavily rely on the internet to keep business running. From online learning to telecommuting, many aspects of our daily lives that used to involve face to face contact will be moved to cyberspace.  This shift to internet-based work presents both

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