The right to privacy or safeguarding public health – Which one is more important?

The right to privacy or safeguarding public health, which one is more important? And should one be sacrificed for the other? This is one of the biggest questions the world faces at this moment. As the pandemic worsens, many countries have introduced mandatory contact-tracing systems and mobile apps to track the spread of COVID-19. But will these invasive technologies help end the crisis? What other consequences does increased surveillance have? And will governments be willing to give up access to private data once the pandemic passes?

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

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  • Move to Mass Covid-19 Vaccinations Coming Soon: Johns Hopkins
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