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SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: From Crisis to Solution

Author Affiliations: World Health Network Corresponding author: Spela, Salamon, salamon.spela.md@gmail.com Abstract The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic persists, causing significant harm. Extensive evidence indicates that even mild infections and reinfections can result in symptomatic and subclinical health damage, disability, and persistent infection. Vascular impacts, neurotropism, and immune dysregulation lead to impaired organ function, increased … Continued

Crafting Policies for an Interconnected World

While our knowledge expands faster than ever, our ability to anticipate and respond to global challenges or opportunities remains limited. A political upheaval in one country, a technological innovation in another, or an epidemic in a far-away city – any of these can create a global change cascade with many unexpected repercussions. Why is this? … Continued

Accuracy of Excess Mortality Statistics Under Threat in UK

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have minimized the perceived severity of COVID-19 by adjusting how pandemic data are measured and presented. For example, reducing the availability of PCR testing, alongside irregular reporting of PCR positive cases, has allowed for the appearance of “declining” cases. At the same time, the … Continued

Letters to the Infection Prevention and Control Team

Dear Infection Prevention and Control Team, I’m writing to you today as I have some concerns about the recent changes to mask policies within the trust. However, please know that part of the reason I am spending the time to contact you is because I have hope that you will truly listen; the prevalence of … Continued

Towards a Culture of Mask-wearing

In mid-XIXth century Vienna, Ignaz Semmelweis found that washing hands in obstetrical clinics drastically reduced mortality, and lost his life in the struggle to make doctors wash their hands. His contemporaries ignored his findings, and only decades later, when the germ theory of disease was accepted, doctors began washing their hands regularly. How many people … Continued

Building Capacity for Action: The Cornerstone of Pandemic Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly illuminated an existent, yet often overlooked, chasm in our public health systems and governmental response: the shortfall of tangible operational capabilities, including delayed response times, lack of coordinated action, and failure to execute preparedness plans effectively. The rampant spread of the virus, followed by its significant societal fallout, wasn’t primarily … Continued

The Case for Keeping Masks Mandatory in Health Care

It’s been said that a smile is worth a thousand words. But in today’s world, the smiles of healthcare workers abandoning their masks on social media are chilling to those whose access to safe healthcare is thus denied. The removal of mask requirements in many healthcare institutions is causing infections with immediate and long term … Continued