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IMPORTANT INVESTOR ALERT: The Schall Law Firm Announces it is Investigating Claims Against ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. and Encourages…

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 1:49 am

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 2, 2020 / The Schall Law Firm, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces that it is investigating claims on behalf of investors of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. ("ServiceMaster" or "the Company") (NYSE:SERV) for violations of the securities laws.

The investigation focuses on whether the Company issued false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose information pertinent to investors. ServiceMaster announced its preliminary financial results for the third quarter of 2019 on October 22, 2019. The Company missed estimates of both revenue and earnings. The Company also gave downward adjusted EBITDA guidance of $415 to $425 million, down from $435 to $445 million. According to the Company's press release, the disappointing results were in part due to "termite damage claims arising primarily from Formosan termite activity," primarily in Mobile, Alabama. According to the Company, this was a known issue, and it had taken mitigation efforts "starting in 2018." The Company also announced the sudden department of Terminix Residential President Matthew J. Stevenson. Based on this news, shares of ServiceMaster fell by 20% on the same day.

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We also encourage you to contact Brian Schall of the Schall Law Firm, 1880 Century Park East, Suite 404, Los Angeles, CA 90067, at 310-301-3335, to discuss your rights free of charge. You can also reach us through the firm's website at http://www.schallfirm.com, or by email at brian@schallfirm.com.

The class in this case has not yet been certified, and until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. If you choose to take no action, you can remain an absent class member.

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The Schall Law Firm, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces that it is investigating claims on behalf of investors of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. ("ServiceMaster" or "the Company") (NYSE: SERV) for violations of the securities laws.

The investigation focuses on whether the Company issued false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose information pertinent to investors. ServiceMaster announced its preliminary financial results for the third quarter of 2019 on October 22, 2019. The Company missed estimates of both revenue and earnings. The Company also gave downward adjusted EBITDA guidance of $415 to $425 million, down from $435 to $445 million. According to the Companys press release, the disappointing results were in part due to "termite damage claims arising primarily from Formosan termite activity," primarily in Mobile, Alabama. According to the Company, this was a known issue, and it had taken mitigation efforts "starting in 2018." The Company also announced the sudden department of Terminix Residential President Matthew J. Stevenson. Based on this news, shares of ServiceMaster fell by 20% on the same day.

If you are a shareholder who suffered a loss, click here to participate.

We also encourage you to contact Brian Schall of the Schall Law Firm, 1880 Century Park East, Suite 404, Los Angeles, CA 90067, at 310-301-3335, to discuss your rights free of charge. You can also reach us through the firm's website at http://www.schallfirm.com, or by email at brian@schallfirm.com.

The class in this case has not yet been certified, and until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. If you choose to take no action, you can remain an absent class member.

The Schall Law Firm represents investors around the world and specializes in securities class action lawsuits and shareholder rights litigation.

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and rules of ethics.

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Posted: April 1, 2020 at 11:49 pm

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 1, 2020 / The Schall Law Firm, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces that it is investigating claims on behalf of investors of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. ("ServiceMaster" or "the Company") (NYSE:SERV) for violations of the securities laws.

The investigation focuses on whether the Company issued false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose information pertinent to investors. ServiceMaster announced its preliminary financial results for the third quarter of 2019 on October 22, 2019. The Company missed estimates of both revenue and earnings. The Company also gave downward adjusted EBITDA guidance of $415 to $425 million, down from $435 to $445 million. According to the Company's press release, the disappointing results were in part due to "termite damage claims arising primarily from Formosan termite activity," primarily in Mobile, Alabama. According to the Company, this was a known issue, and it had taken mitigation efforts "starting in 2018." The Company also announced the sudden department of Terminix Residential President Matthew J. Stevenson. Based on this news, shares of ServiceMaster fell by 20% on the same day.

If you are a shareholder who suffered a loss, click here to participate.

We also encourage you to contact Brian Schall of the Schall Law Firm, 1880 Century Park East, Suite 404, Los Angeles, CA 90067, at 310-301-3335, to discuss your rights free of charge. You can also reach us through the firm's website at http://www.schallfirm.com, or by email at brian@schallfirm.com.

The class in this case has not yet been certified, and until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. If you choose to take no action, you can remain an absent class member.

The Schall Law Firm represents investors around the world and specializes in securities class action lawsuits and shareholder rights litigation.

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and rules of ethics.

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When Humans Are Sheltered in Place, Wild Animals Will Play – The New York Times

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Under the cover of night, in their feathered, silken, cream-colored coats, they trotted into Llandudno, a seaside town in Wales.

On Thursday evening, a herd of Great Orme Kashmiri goats galloped through the desolate streets of the small town looking for food. Some goats got their fill from hedges, others climbed building walls.

They are very mischievous, Andrew Stuart, a Llandudno resident who spotted the goats, said in an interview. They seem a bit wary of humans, they wouldnt go past me at one point and were very cautious.

Luckily for the goats, there werent many humans around.

More than a billion people worldwide are staying at home under guidance from their governments, socially distancing themselves from one another to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed over 43,000 lives globally, including 2,300 in Britain.

With businesses closed and towns and cities emptied out, people are getting a glimpse of what animals that usually keep their distance do when they are left alone.

The Great Orme goats ventured out farther than they normally would, Mr. Stuart, 31, said.

The goats live in Great Orme Country Park, in Conwy, Wales. They were a gift from Queen Victoria, from the royal herd, but their descendants are wild animals that roam and forage in the large park.

They like to come down when it gets a bit windy, Mr. Stuart said. When they get down to the bottom of the hills they dont go much further because there is busy town life. They are known for coming down a bit and causing a bit of mayhem.

But with the country under lockdown because of the coronavirus, the goats saw an opportunity to get a whiff of their neighboring town and hopped right to it. In the video Mr. Stuart recorded, the goats can be seen running down the middle of a street.

They were just racing through the town, said Mr. Stuart, who called a nonemergency police line. They are in town because it is so quiet, because hardly anyone is about.

There is also hardly anyone outside in San Francisco except for the coyotes.

Residents in San Francisco have been under orders to practice social distancing for two weeks, leaving their homes only to buy groceries, go to pharmacies and participate in other essential tasks. The streets have been left to the coyotes, which seem to be venturing farther into the city because there are so few cars, according to Deb Campbell, a spokeswoman for San Francisco Animal Care and Control.

We have had a lot more reported sightings of them in the streets, she said. They are probably wondering where everyone went.

Social distancing has not increased wild animals populations, but it does seem to have changed their behavior in seeking new food sources, said Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist at the National Pest Management Association.

What we are also seeing is that they are looking for food in places they had not before, he said. The part of the equation that is missing right now is people.

Ever since Louisiana imposed a lockdown, causing restaurants to shut down, the rats in New Orleans are almost certainly wondering where the usual French Quarter crowds and their trash have gone.

Animals are opportunistic and feed off trash, said Claudia Riegel, executive director of the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board. The restaurants are producing a lot of trash, and right now, a lot of that is just gone.

This moment of desperation for the rodents can become an opportunity for communities trying to control the pest population, since rats are more likely to be lured by traps and baits, Dr. Fredericks said.

Dr. Riegel and her team are taking advantage of that.

We are never going to have this chance again, when most of the restaurants and the buildings are temporarily closed, she said.

New York City is known for its large population of already brazen rats, including the notorious Pizza Rat. There has not been a change in behavior from pests in the city, according to Katy Hansen, the spokeswoman for the Animal Care Centers of NYC.

People are not outside leaving food and trash around, so its not attracting them, she said.

But there is a possibility that with the absence of people, and their trash, New York rats become even more brazen in their search for food, as a gang of macaques did in Lopburi, Thailand, last month. The macaques are usually fed by tourists who visit the ancient city, but with an 85 percent drop in tourism, the monkeys became more aggressive in their search for food.

Humans can easily forget that the cities and towns they call home and frequently visit are also home to wild animals, like the Great Orme goats.

There is not much we can do, Mr. Stuart said of getting the goats to go home. There is no sort of truck that they can put them in to get them back up there.

They go back of their free will, or when they get bored.

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Wet Weather Spurs Early Pest Activity in Most Regions Across the Country – Yahoo Finance

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National Pest Management Association issues its Bug Barometer forecast for continental U.S.

As temperatures and precipitation levels increase, so too do pest populations. Despite this unwelcomed fact, especially in the midst of collective concerns around the growing COVID-19 pandemic here in the U.S., the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) remains steadfast in its mission to protect public health from the threats posed by pests. The organization today released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, a seasonal projection of the pest pressure Americans can expect to see in their respective regions. This information is designed to encourage proper pest prevention and protection measures to reduce pest encounters that can pose a risk to both health and home.

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The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, which details what Americans can expect in terms of pests in each region of the country based on past and current weather patterns. (Photo: Business Wire)

"It goes without saying that this is a sensitive and uncertain time not only across our country, but across the globe," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at NPMA. "With people spending more time in their homes and yards, they may be surprised at how much pest activity they begin to notice. Unfortunately, pest pressure and populations wont slow down this time of year and its important to stay vigilant against insects and rodents, which can contaminate food, inflict harmful bites and stings, transmit disease and damage property."

According to the groups team of entomologists, ongoing warm, wet weather has allowed pest populations to spike early and will enable them to thrive throughout spring and summer across most of the U.S.

"Coast to coast, our country experienced unseasonably warm and wet conditions this winter, allowing certain pest populations not usually seen during this time of year to surge in population," said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the NPMA. "These conditions allowed vector pests such as ticks, responsible for the spread of Lyme disease, and mosquitoes, common vectors of West Nile virus, Zika virus and Eastern equine encephalitis to get a jumpstart on activity, and with more warm and wet weather predicted for summer across most of the U.S., well likely see these populations, and others, rapidly expand."

Homeowners should also be prepared for increased pressure from structural pests as well. "Damp conditions predicted for the Northeast, Southeast and South Central regions this spring and summer will enable termite, cockroach and ant populations to take hold and thrive. In areas expecting less moisture this season, stinging insects will also pose a significant threat, as families will be spending more time outdoors, increasing their likelihood of exposure to these dangerous pests, which send over 500,000 people to the emergency room every year," added Fredericks.

Based on this analysis, the National Pest Management Associations Spring/Summer Bug Barometer is forecasting a spike in moisture-loving pest populations across most of the U.S. this season:

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Northeast & New England

A warm, dry spring followed by a warm and wet summer will contribute to an increase in tick activity. Damp conditions throughout the summer will also provide ideal conditions for ants, specifically carpenter ants, and termites to thrive.

Southeast

A mild and rainy spring will create conducive conditions that allow mosquito and termite populations to thrive. Summer conditions in southern Florida may also cause a spike in cockroach and ant pressure.

Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest

Warm and wet conditions throughout spring and summer across the entire region will contribute to an increase in tick pressure, and may result in greater ant populations.

North Central U.S.

Warm, dry summer conditions in the south will help ant populations thrive, and could mean more exposure to stinging insects. While cool conditions in the north may delay in tick activity, increased precipitation will create ideal conditions for mosquito populations to grow.

South Central U.S.

A warm spring followed by a warm and wet summer across the entire region is expected to result in an increase in pest pressure, specifically for termites, ticks and cockroaches.

Southwest U.S.

Cooler, wetter conditions throughout spring and summer are expected to drive ants indoors. Expect an increase in cockroach and stinging insect populations throughout the region.

Northwest U.S.

Humid conditions throughout spring and summer in the eastern part of this region will allow stinging insect and tick populations to flourish. Warm and wet conditions in the western part of this region may also contribute to increased mosquito populations.

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About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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Kunal Kamra gets an epic reply from Shashi Tharoor when he tells Congress leader ‘time to join BJP’ – Bangalore Mirror

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Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was severely trolled on social media after he posted a picture of his books which were destroyed by termites.

The Congress leader took to Twitter to inform his followers that he lost several books which were on former Prime Minister Pandit Nehru and some books on Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.

This is the second time Tharoor has lost hundreds of books due to termite infestation.

The Congress leader also said that some irreplaceable out-of-print editions were also consumed by the tiny vandals.

Soon, several people trolled Tharoor. Comedian Kunal Kamra too jumped into the conversation and said that its time to join the BJP.

"Now that termites have destroyed all your inspirations, time to join the BJP," Kamra Tweeted.

However, in an epic reply to the comedian, Tharoor said that inspirations are not so easily destroyed.

Indirectly, referring to his recent heckling of a TV anchor on an IndiGo flight, Tharoor added, "Did you feel that way after your recent encounter with a bigger termite in the air?"

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Is The Gentle Pangolin a Link in the Covid 19 Virus? – Pressenza – Internationale Nachrichtenagentur

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By Mona Sabalones Gonzalez

The pangolins are very sweet. The eyes of the pangolin are very expressive. They can show love and fear. The pangolins and their caretakers walk together. ~Lisa Hywood, Tikki Hywood Foundation

He flops on his side like a toddler about to throw a tantrum. He curls his body around the boot of the caretaker, who bends down and gently tries to peel him off, but Tamuda [the pangolin] wants attention. ~Rachael Bale, National Geographic

Only now, with, (as of this writing), the spread of Covid-19, much is being learned about the pangolin on a mass scale, which is ironic. After all, from the decade 2006 to 2016, some 1,000,000 pangolins had been sold in the illegal wildlife trade. It is the most widely traded wildlife animal in the world, exceeding that of the elephant, rhinoceros, and leopard combined. It had been said that the pangolin may become extinct before most people in the world know that it had long been in existence.

The pangolin is a slow-moving, gentle creature. When it walks standing on its back feet, forefeet clasped demurely together, it reminds one of a tiny dinosaur. Workers from wildlife rehabilitation centers say pangolins are quirky, amusing, and strange. Their tongues are longer than their bodies. At rest, their tongues extend from their stomachs to their mouths. When theyre happy, they stick out their tongues. They also stick their tongues out when theyve discovered an anthill or the hiding places of termites and other insects which are their primary diet. When they taste something thats distasteful, they curl their long tongues and in this way, squeeze the distaste out. If so inclined, a pangolin may lie on its back so that you can rub its stomach.

Normally they walk on all fours, but for speed, they walk on their two rear feet. They can run up to 5 km/hour. They claw their way up trees and dig into them, inserting their long, sticky tongues to eat termites and ants. Other types of pangolins (there are four types in Asia, and four in Africa), claw in the ground in search of food. They have their own taxonomic family but are remotely analogous to dogs and bears. They are the only mammals in the world with real scales. They like to roll in mud puddles.

Honey Bun was the child of an abused pangolin. The mother pangolin curled into a ball, protecting Honey Bun in the middle. However, the mother was kicked around and so traumatized that Honey Bun escaped. She was rescued and cared for by conservationist Maria Diekmann, Founder of the Rare & Endangered Species Trust, Namibia.

Diekmann soon learned that baby pangolins need attention 24/7, plus years of commitment moving forward. While sleeping in her apartment, Honey Bun uses her weight to topple sacks of food, a small round side table, and a basket of laundry. Plus, she knows how to open the refrigerator.

If a pangolin pees on itself, it will rub itself on the sand to clean and freshen up. This may also be a way for them to control parasites. Their scales can attract dirt and ants, especially after a meal.

Covid-19

As of this writing, we are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Globally there are areas where people are being kept indoors. In the Philippines, schools have been put on halt as well as TV shows, newspapers, stores, malls, restaurants, et. al. Supermarkets, however, remain open as well as drug stores and hospitals. Only one person per home can go outside.

Enter the Bat

The study, Global Epidemiology of Bat Coronaviruses by Antonio C. P. Wong, Xin Li, Susanna K. P. Lau, and Patrick C. Y. Woo, is featured on the website of the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. The authors noted that (paraphrased): Bats are highly diversified. (They are) mammals with the second largest number of species. This diversity allows them to be potential hosts of a huge variety of viruses.

Covid-19 was first reported to the WHO on December 31, 2019 by Chinese Health officials. The pneumonia resulting from Covid-19 affected 41 patients, mostly linked with the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market which they say originated in a wet market in Wuhan, China. The disease is said to originate from bats and was spread to people through an intermediary animal such as the pangolin, pigs, or civets. Once it reached people, it could be passed on from human to human within six feet of each other through respiratory droplets. On surfaces, it can survive for days.

Bats are ideal hosts for these viruses. First, because bats have a very strong immune system. Second, once the virus strikes, the bats release interferon. This protects the bats and strengthens the virus.

Bats are capable of sustained, uninterrupted flight, allowing them to leave their droppings at any time from one point of flight to the next. If a bat dropping has landed near an anthill, the pangolin may eat the bat dropping along with the ants. If bat dropping lands on trees, there are tree pangolins that may accidentally get it. Bat droppings can also land where they roost, whether its a cave or in your attic or your wall. All this enables the spread of their virus. However, these viruses cannot pass on directly from bats to people. An intermediary animal is needed.

Bats need a secondary animal to pass the virus to humans because the virus, when it is on the bat, lacks the necessary structure to latch onto human cells. Through an intermediary animal, the virus changes and passage to humans become possible. Once a human has the Covid-19 virus, it can be spread from human to human via respiratory droplets within six feet of each other. On surfaces, Covid-19 can remain for days.

Diseases from Bats

Consider other diseases that originated in bats such as the 2002 SARS virus that broke out in Guangdong, China; the 2012 MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) which a World Health Organization fact sheet suggests may have originated in bats and passed onto camels; porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) which passed from bats to pigs; severe acute diarrhea syndrome (SARS), and Marburg marburgvirus are also believed to have originated in bats, according to the study, Bats and Coronaviruses, published in The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website.

Arnaud Fontanet, of Frances Pasteur Institute, says it is impossible for the virus to have reached man directly from bats, noting several studies that revealed that in its bat virus form, the virus is incapable of attaching itself to human cells. Fontanet told AFP, We think theres another animal thats an intermediary. The intermediary carrier will have to be wildlife that has close contact with people.

Shen Yongyi and Xiao Lihua of the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China, blamed pangolins as the likely intermediary animal source of Covid-19, based on a genetic analysis where the pangolin strain of Covid-19 was 99% similar to human Covid-19. However, the study was not published, and therefore has never undergone international scrutiny.

Edward Holmes, evolutionary virologist, University of Sydney, Australia, said It does make sense but he adds that more detail is needed. James Wood, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge agrees that the study, though extremely important, doesnt qualify as scientific evidence. Results must be published for international scrutiny, he said.

Enter the Pangolin

If indeed the pangolin is the animal that carried Covid-19 to humans, we must first know how the pangolin got it from the bat. Two ways are cited. One possible way is through the bats droppings, which could go anywhere in the forest. It could fall on an ant hole on a tree. The solitary tree pangolins would then eat their ants, even if a dropping has fallen on their food source. If the droppings fell on the forest ground, also upon a termite or anthill, the ground pangolins would probably eat these droppings as well. Either way, the pangolins become carriers of the virus.

Chinas Wildlife Farms

There is a third way the pangolins become carriers. It is through Chinas wildlife industry. Michael Standaert of The Guardian reported some 20,000 wildlife farms that raise wildlife species such as bats, boars, civet cats, ostriches, pangolins, porcupines, peacocks, and wild geese, to name a few.

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, wildlife farming and trade was recognized and breeding was promoted by the Chinese government because of its impact on the countrys GNP. It also made small-time farmers in China very rich. After Covid-19 it was rendered illegal but it still thrives.

China, which has the highest population of any country in the world, is also the No. 1 market for pangolins. Its meat is considered a delicacy and it is eaten to show ones elite position in society.

Its scales are powdered down and used to make a paste that Traditional Chinese Medicine believe can cure arthritis, cancer, convulsion, stomach disorders, epilepsy, menstrual pain, and wounds. However, there is no scientific basis to prove this is true. In fact, the scales are made of keratin, which is also present in human nails and hair.

Pangolin paste is also used for spiritual protection, especially protection from witchcraft. It also is used in financial rituals to raise ones wealth. Baby pangolins are served in soup and men eat them believing it will promote virility. New mothers, on the other hand, believe the paste can stimulate lactation, ensuring milk for their babies. The pangolins bones and head are also used for spiritual protection.

Scientists at South China Agricultural University found that the genome sequences of viruses in pangolins is 99% identical to Covid 19 in humans, the official Xinhua news agency reported. But to repeat, the study has yet to be published and vetted.

An Unfolding Story

In the meantime, its about time we preserved the pangolin. If there were no pangolins, the quality of soil will go down, and crops may not grow. There will be an overpopulation of ants, termites, and otherinsects.

In sum, this is a still-unfolding story. But you tend to think there must be a reason why some animals are meant to be wild. This virus shows that when we interfere with animals, their lives in the wild, and their natural animal habitats, it can kill us. For me, if you want a pet, get a dog or a cat as they thrive in the care of humans and the good fortune goes both ways.

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Kunal Kamra gets an epic reply from Shashi Tharoor when he tells Congress leader ‘time to join BJP’ – Pune Mirror

Posted: March 31, 2020 at 5:51 am

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was severely trolled on social media after he posted a picture of his books which were destroyed by termites.

The Congress leader took to Twitter to inform his followers that he lost several books which were on former Prime Minister Pandit Nehru and some books on Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.

This is the second time Tharoor has lost hundreds of books due to termite infestation.

The Congress leader also said that some irreplaceable out-of-print editions were also consumed by the tiny vandals.

Soon, several people trolled Tharoor. Comedian Kunal Kamra too jumped into the conversation and said that its time to join the BJP.

"Now that termites have destroyed all your inspirations, time to join the BJP," Kamra Tweeted.

However, in an epic reply to the comedian, Tharoor said that inspirations are not so easily destroyed.

Indirectly, referring to his recent heckling of a TV anchor on an IndiGo flight, Tharoor added, "Did you feel that way after your recent encounter with a bigger termite in the air?"

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Expert: We need a global coordinated response to COVID-19 – Futurity: Research News

Posted: March 30, 2020 at 5:47 am

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Without coordination within and across countries, the novel coronavirus will endlessly re-emerge, with devastating consequences for public health and the global economy, an economist warns.

Just like you cant treat a termite infestation by fumigating only one room in a house, you cant control the coronavirus pandemic by targeting interventions to a specific region or country, says Matthew Jackson, professor of economics at Stanford Universitys Humanities of Sciences and author of The Human Network: How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs, and Behaviors (PenguinRandomHouse, 2020).

Instead, managing the crisis requires a comprehensive and coordinated response between states within the US and across countries and continents, otherwise, the problem will continue to surge at a greater cost to the global economy and public health.

Here, Jackson, whose scholarship examines disease contagion and production networks, as well as financial contagionthe spread of economic crises across regionsand systemic risk, describes how the coronavirus pandemic demonstrates how each of these areas are central and intertwined. He also explains how, in an era of global networks, addressing the outbreak requires a proactive response that considers these distinct and dependent areas:

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Posted: March 27, 2020 at 3:46 am

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Just like you cant treat a termite infestation by fumigating only one room in a house, you cant control the coronavirus pandemic by targeting interventions to a specific region or country, says Stanford scholar Matthew Jackson.

Instead, managing the crisis requires a comprehensive and coordinated response between states within the U.S. and across countries and continents, otherwise, the problem will continue to surge at a greater cost to the global economy and public health, said Jackson, the William D. Eberle Professor of Economics in Stanfords School of Humanities of Sciences.

Here, Jackson, whose scholarship examines disease contagion and production networks, as well as financial contagion the spread of economic crises across regions and systemic risk, describes how the coronavirus pandemic demonstrates how each of these areas are central and intertwined. In an era of global networks, addressing the outbreak requires a proactive response that considers these distinct and dependent areas.

Jackson recently authored The Human Network: How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs, and Behaviors.

According to your research, what response to the coronavirus pandemic would be least disruptive to human networks, particularly economic ones?

Locking areas down is a blunt instrument. It slows the virus down locally, but our research and common sense makes clear that, given the lack of coordination, it is not likely to be successful for long and will end up being extremely costly. One reason that we have been forced to react this way is our inability to test for the virus widely and preemptively. Even if it costs a few hundred dollars to test every person, that would be a tiny amount compared to the tens of thousands of dollars per capita in economic losses that we are likely facing on the road we are going down now.

Knowing exactly where cases are erupting and dealing with them quickly would be so much more cost-effective and less disruptive. A combination of basic social distancing, and blanket testing with fast reactions, would involve the least disruption. In the meanwhile, as we devote all necessary resources to make tests more widely available, and push hard on developing a vaccine, we need to coordinate internationally on our containment strategies.

The response to the coronavirus pandemic has varied between countries, states, and even counties. As a scholar of networks, talk about the risks of uncoordinated efforts across networks.

This lack of coordination may end up being very costly for the world. The difficulty is that while one area is slowing the virus down and getting it under control, it is growing somewhere else. Once it is under control in the first area, it can return from another area. An analogy is trying to get rid of termites in a house. There is a reason they fumigate a whole house all at once, even if only a few parts of it show large infestations. If you just fumigate one room, by the time you clear it all out, the termites will likely be multiplying in other rooms. Once you reopen the first room, the termites will return from the other rooms where they have been growing. You could keep fumigating rooms forever.

The lack of coordination between states within the U.S. and across countries and continents in efforts to slow this virus means that we are dealing with things one room at a time being reactive and not proactive. It is impossible to completely seal borders both physically and economically. Thus, without coordination within and across countries we will end up endlessly reacting to resurgences of the virus.

In a globalized, connected economy, how does a global pandemic affect international supply chains? How can these impacts be mitigated?

A big challenge that we face on the economic side is lost production. That can never be recovered. This makes the current situation much more dangerous and potentially longer-lasting than the financial crisis of just over a decade ago. Our heavily networked economy means that lost production in one area can quickly halt production elsewhere. Steering wheels not being produced in Asia can disrupt a car production line in the U.S. The losses in production also feedback through the financial networks of banks that have loans out to a spectrum of vulnerable companies. The combination of banks exposure and the uncertainty of how long this might last lead banks to be extremely cautious in offering credit to companies when it is needed most.

All of this involves three networks interacting: disease, production and finance. Minimizing the damage requires a similar combination of policies: better coordinating disease containment to minimize lost production, identifying critical links in production chains and ensuring that they dont break and cause cascading failures of companies, and stepping in to fill the gap in lending caused by the growing credit freeze. The last part is already being implemented around the world, but the first two are not. We cannot avoid lost production in fighting this virus, but we can better coordinate, anticipate and manage it.

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