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Is a recession necessary to fight COVID-19?

Last week, 3.3 million people in the United States filed for unemployment, the highest number ever recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor, as businesses shuttered and employees were asked to stay home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an unprecedented number of people, but this isn’t a normal recession, says William…
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Published On: March 31, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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‘Why am I having such a hard time when I’m not sick with the virus?’

Social isolation and loneliness. Drastic changes to lifestyles. Uncertainty for the future. Financial pressures. Complicated relationships. How can parents help their kids? The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed all of these concerns. In many cases, people have felt as though they’ve been left to deal with the consequences entirely on their own. Except … “We have…
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Is it time for President Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act?

President Donald J. Trump should immediately invoke the Defense Production Act to help prevent the U.S. healthcare system from being overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen Flynn, founding director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern, said Monday. The Defense Production Act, enacted in 1950 at the start of the Korean War, enables the president to require companies to produce…
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Published On: March 24, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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How is the European Union dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and financial meltdown?

As cases of COVID-19 multiply across the European continent, European Union officials have taken drastic steps to slow the spread of the disease and stem the financial havoc it will wreak. Still, leaders in Brussels have a few more mechanisms at their disposal that could serve to unify EU member states and ease the flow of goods…
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Published On: March 20, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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Unsure what to do about COVID-19? Take this 60-minute course.

What is the best way to clean your phone? How many minutes are needed for disinfectant to kill the new coronavirus? How can you keep yourself and others safe in the weeks and months to come? A new online class provides practical, up-to-date, and scientifically proven answers during this threatening time of severe disruption. COVID-19: How…
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What about the people who aren’t self-isolating?

Over the weekend, people in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Boston, and elsewhere in the United States headed to restaurants and bars—flouting instructions to stay at home and avoid large groups in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19—to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Federal recommendations from the Trump administration on Monday to avoid such establishments and groups of…
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Published On: March 19, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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What U.S. communities shouldn’t forget in the covid-19 state of emergency

The national state of emergency announced by President Donald J. Trump on Friday will give U.S. states and territories access to up to 50 billion dollars in funding to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump has also made it easier for public health authorities to waive regulations that might impede providers’ ability to…
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Published On: March 17, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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The hidden side of Cairo

Outside my hotel in Zamalek, the island neighborhood in the middle of the Nile that straddles the bank areas of downtown Cairo and Mohandessin, I wait on the street for Abduh. He’s the driver who will be taking me to orientation at the American University in Cairo, where I’ll be working as an assistant editor…
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What hidden mysteries lie within the 15th-century dragon prayer book

When researchers unearthed a tiny, fragile prayer book hidden deep in Northeastern’s archives, they embarked on a journey to unlock its mysteries. Complex script, medieval music, and poisonous ink are among the discoveries yielded by a years-long interdisciplinary collaboration. Read more at News@Northeastern.

Published On: February 23, 2020 | Tags:
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Interest rate cut leaves U.S. Federal Reserve with little ammunition to fight potential recession

Lowering interest rates won’t lower transmission rates of COVID-19. But could the Federal Reserve’s emergency decision to cut rates by a half percentage point on Tuesday at least quell economic instability caused by the outbreak? Probably not, says Robert Triest, professor and chair of Northeastern’s economics department. “It will help boost confidence and temporarily prop up the stock…
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Published On: March 6, 2020 | Tags: ,,
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