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Lebanon’s refugee restrictions could harm everyone’s health

Lebanon’s refugee restrictions could harm everyone’s health

Reading Time: 3 minutes Government responses to the spread of the COVID-19 virus have exposed the extra barriers to healthcare for refugees and migrants worldwide. But discriminating against already marginalized noncitizens not only erodes their capacity to avoid or survive infection, but inevitably has a negative impact on the wider society’s health. This is undeniably the case in Lebanon,

Confused outlook on insurance coverage for Lebanese COVID-19 patients

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the immediacy of the coronavirus crisis, the most pertinent insurance question for the holder of a medical policy is simple: Who will pay if I need to be hospitalized?  The answer, as with many things in Lebanon, depends. According to Nadine Habbal, acting head of Lebanon’s Insurance Control Commission, slightly more than half of

Dystopian nightmare

Reading Time: 3 minutes These are worrying times for all of us. In April the lockdown in Lebanon was extended for a second time. It is possible it will be extended again. On a global scale, our lives have been disrupted en masse in a way in which many people have not experienced in their lifetimes. People are anxious,

Lebanese agro-industrialists discuss challenges and opportunities in times of crisis

Reading Time: 12 minutes Gibran Khalil Gibran’s poem Pity the Nation, published in 1933, could almost have been written about lockdown in modern day Lebanon. Most prophetic is the line “pity the nation that eats a bread it does not harvest.” Lebanon is indeed far from harvesting its own bread, given that we import 85 percent of our food

How coronavirus could bring about a historic chance for change

Reading Time: 24 minutes About two months ago, the assumption was that in terms of viral speed, the only things spreading faster than SARS-CoV2—the coronavirus’ official name—would be coronavirus rumors and fears. This view could pass as news of the month at the time when World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus explained to the world that there

Economic and coronavirus crises threaten Lebanon’s already fragile food security

Reading Time: 7 minutes For almost anyone residing in Lebanon, trips to the supermarket have become laced with a vague sense of apprehension. The more privileged may wonder how much the price of their favorite brand of imported cereal is now (as prices have been inflating since the last quarter of 2019), or if indeed it is still found

Watch: Coronavirus Facts vs Fiction — Interview with Infectious Diseases Specialist Ramzi Saliba (Part 1)

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ramzi Saliba, infectious disease expert and program manager in humanitarian and emergencies based in Canada, interviewed on what coronaviruses are and why we need to practice social distancing to help flatten the curve. Interviewed by producer and host of Y Chats, Youmna Naufal.

Lebanon’s economy and industry suffer under coronavirus impact

Reading Time: 9 minutes When seeking to fathom how Lebanon’s pre-existing economic woes correlate to the newly unfolding global coronavirus recession, a first obstacle is posed by the extreme speed with which this recession is unfolding. In February, and even earlier in March, international agencies, leading economic powers, financial institutions, and noted economists assumed that the virus’s impact might

LAU study on COVID-19 spread estimates extreme social distancing could save 150,000 lives

Reading Time: 5 minutes On March 19, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at the Lebanese American University (LAU) released the results of a study (see below) on the effects of different levels of social distancing on the number of COVID-19 related deaths by June in Lebanon. One note of caution for these figures is that the lack

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