Matt Ho

Matt Ho

Matt Ho is a contributor to Inkstone. He’s an editor at the South China Morning Post.

Social distancing could save millions of lives, study says
The Covid-19 pandemic could kill as many as 20 million people worldwide this year even if people take steps to reduce their social contacts, according to a mathematical model developed by researchers at Imperial College in London. The researchers’ model indicated that if no social distancing measures were taken at all, the disease could kill as many as 40 million people worldwide. But this could be halved if people cut their social meetings by 40% and the elderly reduced their interactions by 60%, they said. They also said that more aggressive measures could reduce the toll further and warned that “all governments” will have to face “challenging decisions” in the coming weeks and months abou
Coronavirus may have started spreading earlier than thought, Italian professor says
The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 may have spread beyond China before the health authorities had even discovered the disease, according to the Italian professor who recently said there had been “very strange pneumonias” in Europe as early as November last year. The comments by Giuseppe Remuzzi, director of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, during an interview with US National Public Radio last week, were quickly seized upon in the increasingly acrimonious blame game between Washington and Beijing. Remuzzi’s comments attracted much attention in China, where the authorities have been working hard to steer the international narrative about the pandemic, and sto
Scientists say regions worst-hit by coronavirus have similar climates
Scientists have found “striking similarity” in temperature and humidity between regions that have reported major coronavirus outbreaks. The researchers found that the places share an average temperature of 5°C to 11°C (41°F to 52°F) and 47% to 79% humidity. They are located along the same temperature zone in the northern hemisphere. It includes outbreak epicenters such as China’s central province of Hubei, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Northwestern America and Northern Italy. The study, done by a group of scientists from the US and Iran, was published on March 9 and is awaiting review by peer experts.  The researchers said they may be able to predict which regions will be most likely hit by the