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Security Health

Coordination of Volunteer Efforts in Post Disaster Stage

Large scale events like the coronavirus (COVID-19) and other factors are changing how we volunteer during disasters. This week’s featured graphic points out objectives, principles and suggested actions to help the coordination of volunteers in the immediate aftermath of a disaster event. For more on the integration of spontaneous and emergent volunteers in disaster management and civil protection, read CSS’ Tim Prior and Florian Roth’s CSS Risk and Resilience Report on Volunteerism in Disaster Management.

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Social Media Health

Addressing the Coronavirus Infodemic

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This article was originally published by the Atlantic Council on 16 March 2020.

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined a different type of outbreak to be concerned about. As information on the virus deluges traditional and social media, the WHO warns that societies around the world are facing an “infodemic”—an “overabundance” of information that makes it difficult for people to identify truthful and trustworthy sources from false or misleading ones.

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Health

Information Control and the Covid-19 Crisis

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This article was originally published by Political Violence at a Glance on 4 March 2020.

Many states have long relied on various forms of information control, such as surveillance and censorship, as part of their approach to governance. With the development of advanced digital technologies, states have new tools to monitor citizens, restrict communication, and manipulate information. While observers have expressed concerns that information control violates human rights and suppresses citizen influence in governance, the Covid-19 virus highlights another area where government information suppression can have pernicious consequences: public health.

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Foreign policy

How the Coronavirus Impacts China and its Foreign Policy

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This article was originally published by the United States Institute of Peace on 13 February 2020.

The U.S. and China have a mutual interest in containing the outbreak, but exchanges over the virus have not been without friction.


China hit a grim landmark earlier this week when the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak surpassed 1,000 with over 40,000 recorded cases of infection—and those numbers are rising every day. The outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, has rattled global markets and catalyzed concern over a widespread epidemic beyond China’s borders. The suffering has been immense, and people in China and those with family or friends there are frightened about what’s next. Meanwhile, there are shortages of masks and supplies and hospitals are overrun, with rising anxiety due to travel restrictions and quarantine policies.

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Health

Hotspots for Outbreaks of New and Recurring Diseases

Why is the coronavirus affecting some territories more than others? This week’s featured graphic illustrates the hotspots for outbreaks of new and recurring diseases. For more on global health security and infectious disease containment, read Ursula Jasper’s CSS Analyses here.