tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

Blog

< March 2020 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 91011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

Economy And Diseases

South China Morning Post is an excellent resource for international news coverage of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They publish an up-to-date statistics of confirmed cases around the world. I have been following it for some time.

covid-19 2020-03-19
COVID-19 Statistics (SCMP)

One pattern jump out to me. The most affected countries in the top of the chart, with the exception of Iran, are all developed, G-7 kind of countries. The initial origin is China. The next affected is South Korea. Now all Western European countries are following. US and UK are lacked by two weeks or so but their are steadily catching up. Keep scrolling down the chart, you will find the rest of the entire world with relative low number of cases. Big countries like Indonesia and Pakistan rank quite a bit behind. Bangladesh has 17 cases and Nigeria has 2. What does this pattern tells us? Is it counter-intuitive that rich countries are ravaged but poor countries are spared?

Skeptics may believe less developed countries simply don't test enough subjects and produce inaccurate number. This might be a factor. it might only be a matter of time when the diseases hit poor countries in a big way. My hope is this grim prediction will not turn out to been to be true.

What I believe is infectious diseases is the Achilles' heel of economic development. The movement of people within and to and from developed countries is an important driver of economy. It connects them into a big market and allow them leverage a large pool of human resources. But this is also a vector of spread of diseases. The better the connectivity, the faster it spreads. Urbanization improves productivity and innovation. Yet living close together is also risky from epidemic's perspective.

Less developed countries seem less affected for now. There are less movement of people to and from economic hub or within. The populations are more rural. This slows down the spread of diseases relative to big cities.

Developed countries also has the most to lose in economic break down. Since they produce more, the same percentage of reduction in productivity would have more effect than in other countries. How to develop a vibrant economy but at the same time minimize the risk of epidemic? Human interactions are crucial for modern economy. Yet this also make us vulnerable to outbreak. COVID-19 will not the last epidemic. Looking back in the past decades we have seen many large one. The future of our economy depends on strategies to mitigate epidemics that are to come.

2020.03.19 comments

 

COVID-19 Has Arrived

For the most part, US was relatively removed from the coronavirus outbreak in China. Despite a small number of cases, most of them related to recent travel to China, officials assured people the risk of low epidemic here was low. When the case of Solano County patient was discovered, she has no history related to traveling and has been carry the disease undetected for days, it was a sign that our perceived immunity is over. Within two weeks, cases of virus inflections were reported all around Bay Area. Events, businesses and schools were scrambling with closures. Everything exploded. Now we are in full fledge pandemic.

I have been making all the hygienic and health precaution's, keep educating myself about the science of the disease and its social impact. It becomes obvious to me that the virus will soon touch all of us. Many of us will get sick. Some people will die. It is still inconceivable to think it will kill people we know, or even you and me. But there will always be a possibility. Vigilance is important. Young and healthy people have lower risk. But we shouldn't make too much assumption. No one is fully immune.

Seeing the inevitability of the spread, I feel strangely at peace. I stopped stressing out every time when there was a new case reported around us. I know the trajectory and how things are going to go. This is the time of a global pandemic. I want to live through it in the best possible way.

2020.03.15 comments

 

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

US election: Trump signals he is prepared to leave White House (27 Nov 2020)

 

Macron 'shocked' at beating of black man by Paris police officers (27 Nov 2020)

 

Maradona: Anger over funeral home photos with legend's open coffin (27 Nov 2020)

 

Taiwan lawmakers throw pig guts and punches (27 Nov 2020)

 

'This is War': Poland’s battle for abortion (27 Nov 2020)

 

Oxford Covid vaccine: Regulator asked to assess jab (27 Nov 2020)

 

Italian serenaded by husband outside hospital dies (27 Nov 2020)

 

Utah monolith: Internet sleuths got there, but its origins are still a mystery (27 Nov 2020)

 

Coronavirus: Calls in Denmark to dig up millions of dead mink (27 Nov 2020)

 

Kenyans arrested at airport with 'fake' Covid certificates (27 Nov 2020)

more »

 

SF Gate

 

Elizabeth Holmes Prosecutors Say Texts Show Theranos Beset With Problems (24 Nov 2020)

 

Ship traffic, November 1 (30 Oct 2020)

 

Ship traffic, November 2 (30 Oct 2020)

 

Ship traffic, October 31 (30 Oct 2020)

 

Ship traffic, October 30 (29 Oct 2020)

 

Ship traffic, October 29 (28 Oct 2020)

more »


Site feed Updated: 2020-Nov-27 06:00