Notes on the COVID-19 pandemic and why it’s a COVID-19 crisis

The “COVID-19 pandemic” is the spread of the infectious disease. The “COVID-19 crisis” is the situation we now face in our failure to stop the pandemic: the failure of governments, the economic and political system to protect public health, and the social and economic consequences of all this. The COVID-19 pandemic: As of yesterday [MarchContinue reading “Notes on the COVID-19 pandemic and why it’s a COVID-19 crisis”

International Health Regulations (IHR) 3rd Emergency Committee recognizes food workers, food supply & food security

The International Health Regulations (IHR) 3rd Emergency Committee convened on April 30 to assess the COVID-19 public health emergency and made recommendations to the WHO and to governments. The Emergency Committee recognized the need to protect food workers and highlighted the need to ensure food security. The Emergency Committee called on the WHO and UNContinue reading “International Health Regulations (IHR) 3rd Emergency Committee recognizes food workers, food supply & food security”

the 12 hour-day undermines rights, health and economic recovery

In several countries laws are being relaxed, suspended or revised to extend daily working hours from 8 to 12 hours. See the case of India, for example. Proponents of these changes claim this will boost business and speed-up economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 lock-down. The extension of working hours to 12 resultsContinue reading “the 12 hour-day undermines rights, health and economic recovery”