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G20 leaders must answer to COVID-19

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Science  10 Apr 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6487, pp. 111
DOI: 10.1126/science.abc1025

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  • JYU UNESCO-CCE Online Conference: Embrace the Creativity amidst COVID-19 Crisis on April 21
    • Pekka Neittaanmaki, Professor, Jyvaskyla University
    • Other Contributors:
      • Yoshiyasu Takefuji, Professor, Keio University

    On 21 April 2020, UNESCO Chairs of the University of Jyväskylä in collaboration with the Council for Creative Education cordially invites you to the Online Conference on "Embrace the Creativity amidst COVID-19 Crisis". The conference is organized to celebrate the United Nation’s World Creativity and Innovation Day and at the same time to reflect on the current situation of the whole world, which is in great pain and grief due to the pandemic.

    Location: Muu, https://www.ccefinland.org/21april
    Time: 21.4.2020 10:00 — 16:30

    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • Covid-19 pandemic forces us to revise ourselves

    SARS viruses had spread during 2003. As of today, CDC stated that the SARS virus "might" spread more broadly through the air (airborne spread) or by other ways that are not now known (1). There is no medicine for SARS. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during the 2003 outbreak. Of these, 774 died. In the United States, only eight people had laboratory evidence of SARS-CoV infection (1). Without answering the homework given in 2003, we have lived ignoring that fact. This covid-19 pandemic forces us to stay home and gives us a last chance to change our world including policies and regulations, the way of working, the way of thinking, and the way of learning and education. The money-oriented science including publications has slowed the progress of science and technology. We need to revise ourselves from the bottom of our hearts.

    References:
    1. https://www.cdc.gov/sars/about/fs-sars.html

    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • RE: G20 leaders must answer to COVID-19
    • Kai Fang, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
    • Other Contributors:
      • Zhu Liu, Professor, Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
      • Jianjian He, School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China

    Unexpected environmental effect of COVID-19
    Kai Fang1*, Zhu Liu2, Jianjian He1
    1. School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
    2. Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
    *Correspondence should be addressed to:
    fangk@zju.edu.cn (K.F.)

    Unprecedented lockdowns due to forced quarantine measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak may have allowed China to reduce its carbon emissions by over 25% since the traditional New Year holidays, accounting for almost 6% of global emissions during the same duration last year. While the Chinese government has taken actions to recover economy by restarting production, encouraging domestic consumption and attracting foreign investment, barriers to the resumption of socioeconomic activities, such as travel restrictions, concentrated or home quarantine and school closures, somehow remain, many of which are implemented by local governments for reasons of discretion. As the short-time economic uncertainty rises, and a certain amount of suppressed demand for catering, accommodation, transport, retail, recreation and other industrial sectors during the epidemic is non-compensatory, retaliatory emissions are less likely to occur as soon as China’s lockdown measures are eased.

    In the past five years, China’s emissions reduced at first and rebounded afterwards. The projected emissions g...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • No double standards and political bias in your reports please
    • Rongfeng Cui, Postdoc, Max-planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing

    In this editorial, Ms. Atkinson wrote “ In China, after a dangerous period of denial...”. Such claims are not supported by evidence, but instead is politically driven.

    The initial detection of the Covid19 was based on clustered cases of pneumonia at the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, in late December (Huang et al., 2020; Lancet). It was only through retrospective testing that cases unlinked to the seafood market were found to have onset dates in early Dec.. China alerted WHO on Dec. 31st, less than two weeks after the onset of the initial market-linked case. Keep in mind that this was during the regular flu season, and before the pathogen identity was known.

    Based on the limited number of these initial cases, which could all be directly traced back to the seafood market, on Jan. 4th the first group of medical experts from Beijing issued a statement with the wording that “currently there is no evidence for human-human transmission “. Such a statement was scientifically accurate given the data at hand, because absence of evidence may be due to a lack of statistical power, it should not be interpreted as the evidence for absence.
    Three days later on Jan. 7th, scientists isolated the pathogen.
    In the next 4 days, Chinese scientists sequenced, assembled and annotated the 29kb genome and uploaded it to GISAID and genbank on Jan. 11th. The news was then shared with WHO h...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.

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