Saturday Series
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The birth dearth

Family | A problem in South Korea deeper than the coronavirus
by Darrow Miller
Posted 3/28/20, 04:33 pm

While Italy, Spain, Iran, and other countries have been overwhelmed, South Korea seems to have flattened out the spread of the coronavirus. South Korea, though, has a deeper trouble: Its culture no longer supports the formation of families and the virtue of having children. The country currently has the lowest fertility rate of any in the world. Its rate of .88 is less than half of the 2.1 needed to maintain a stable population. In other words, while South Korea is busy slowing the spread of COVID-19, she is on the path to national suicide.

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Lessons from avian flu

Health | The importance of preparedness and flexibility during a pandemic
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/21/20, 12:31 pm

My book The Politics of Disaster came out in 2006 on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I had sections on what went wrong in New Orleans, what went right, how national disaster policy needed reform, how religious organizations could help, and how the United States could help with disaster abroad. The last section, titled “Disasters to come,” included chapters on earthquakes, nuclear terrorism, and pandemics.

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Lessons from Ebola

Books | The dramatic story of the 2014 crisis offers wisdom as the world faces the current COVID-19 pandemic
by Richard Preston
Posted 3/14/20, 01:50 pm

In Richard Preston’s Crisis in the Red Zone, which made WORLD’s short list for the 2019 Book of the Year in the Understanding the World category, we get a page-turning account of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. With the current spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s a good time to read his authoritative account of a new virus strain that invaded the world.

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