Pandemic crackdown sparks worries for human rights

While China has attracted much attention and criticism over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, governments everywhere pose a risk for human rights with their own responses, advocates warn. Roads remain empty in Wuhan, China, in late January, as the…

The Swiss had a pandemic alcohol stockpile but got rid of it in 2018

Geneva: Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Switzerland's penchant for preparing for emergencies has won it praise. During the Cold War, the Swiss government required family homes to have a bunker and instructed citizens to stockpile food. Even today, residents are…

Pandemic psychologist explains why people panic-buy toilet roll

Why people are panic-buying toilet paper during the coronavirus crisis: Pandemic expert says a heightened sense of DISGUST at dirt and germs during outbreaks fuels the behaviour Toilet paper has become a ‘conditioned symbol of safety’ during the pandemic  People…

Why a hantavirus pandemic is unlikely to happen

Experts are seeking to allay fears that the death of a man in China due to hantavirus suggests that the coronavirus is about to be joined by another pandemic. The unidentified victim from Yunan province died while traveling on a…