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How Many More Will Die From Fear of the Coronavirus? – New York Times

Cleveland Clinic CEO and Mayo Clinic President say the response to COVID-19 could be as big a disaster as the virus itself.

“The true cost of this epidemic will not be measured in dollars; it will be measured in human lives and human suffering. In the case of cancer alone, our calculations show we can expect a quarter of a million additional preventable deaths annually if normal care does not resume,” they wrote.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/opinion/coronavirus-hospitals-deaths.html

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U.K. Paid $20 Million for New Coronavirus Tests. They Didn’t Work. – The New York Times

“The two Chinese companies were offering a risky proposition: two million home test kits said to detect antibodies for the coronavirus for at least $20 million, take it or leave it.

The asking price was high, the technology was unproven and the money had to be paid upfront. And the buyer would be required to pick up the crate loads of test kits from a facility in China.

Yet British officials took the deal, according to a senior civil servant involved, then confidently promised tests would be available at pharmacies in as little as two weeks.”

Rapid antibody tests “have limited utility” for patients, the World Health Organization warned in an April 8 statement, telling doctors that such tests remained unfit for clinical purposes until they were proved to be accurate and effective.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/world/europe/coronavirus-antibody-test-uk.html

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‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms – The New York Times

The world has never faced a hunger emergency like this, experts say. It could double the number of people facing acute hunger to 265 million by the end of this year.

The coronavirus has sometimes been called an equalizer because it has sickened both rich and poor, but when it comes to food, the commonality ends. It is poor people, including large segments of poorer nations, who are now going hungry and facing the prospect of starving.