Don't Touch Your Face

Don't Touch Your Face

On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people. From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives.... Show More

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May 25, 2020 31 min
How technology has made our pandemic lives better—and worse.
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May 18, 2020 33 min
High school and college students around the world have had to move their graduation celebrations online, but the pandemic’s impact on their lives is unlikely to end there.  On this week’s episode, Don’t Touch Your Face hosts James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon look at how the coronavirus has changed the way we celebrate major life milestones, and how the pandemic and ensuing financial crisis could have a profound impact on young generat...
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'Challenge’ trials could speed up vaccine development, but at what cost?
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May 4, 2020 26 min
Why the environmental benefits of the lockdown are fleeting at best.
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New Zealand and other countries lead by women have done better than most at responding to the pandemic.
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April 20, 2020 30 min
What needs to be done before the lockdowns can be lifted.
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April 13, 2020 32 min
Why the cure is still better than the disease.
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April 6, 2020 15 min
The Ultra-Orthodox Challenge Israel’s Coronavirus Response
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April 3, 2020 17 min
How Airlines are Responding to their Biggest Threat Yet.
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April 2, 2020 17 min
How Frozen Conflicts Could Become a Global Achilles Heel
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April 1, 2020 21 min
Pandemic Lessons from Chernobyl’s Liquidators.
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March 31, 2020 13 min
How Authoritarian Leaders are Cracking Down on the Coronavirus—and Civil Liberties
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March 30, 2020 12 min
What the world can learn from Iceland’s strategy of widespread testing.
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March 27, 2020 15 min
A Look Ahead at a Year Without Sport.
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March 26, 2020 17 min
What happens if the coronavirus hits the most vulnerable such as those in a Mexican refugee camp? Also what are the larger ramifications of Prince Charles contracting coronavirus?
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March 25, 2020 19 min
How early intervention helped the country of Georgia slow the spread of coronavirus.
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March 24, 2020 19 min
Islands have advantages during a pandemic—and some drawbacks.
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March 23, 2020 18 min
Why you should start preparing for a full lockdown.
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March 20, 2020 15 min
We look at the challenges of reporting on a fast-moving pandemic.
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March 19, 2020 18 min
It’s more than just the elderly and people with underlying conditions who are vulnerable.
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