Rappler's latest stories on coronavirus explainers
If '150' is the working number of friendships for humans, how did your concentric circle of '150' change before the pandemic and now?
The viral video contains several unproven conspiracy theories that were already debunked by fact checking organizations
Clearly, the Philippine government wasted the most precious commodity in a crisis: time
In the face of an unseen enemy, communication down to the grassroots is key, according to the mayors of Odiongan, Romblon; Tabaco, Albay; Barugo, Leyte; Oras, Eastern Samar
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.
Ano ang mga kontrobersiyang hinaharap ng Department of Health sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic?
(UPDATED) The Philippines is looking at joining clinical trials as the 'best short-term strategy' for now as this will help ensure access to vaccines once proven to be effective
'[B]iology should always be the principal core of medical education, not just a preface to it'
Marikina, a city of 450,000 residents, has one of the fastest reduction rates in cases. Mayor Marcy Teodoro says the city government simply did what public health experts advised: test, contain, and treat with speed.
(UPDATED) Data points like location and dates help in efforts like contact tracing and data analysis, and serve as a guide for the government's virus responses
Around 1.7 million people were infected last year, and there are now close to 40 million people living with HIV worldwide
'I had brushed off COVID-19’s threat, thinking that I wouldn’t even have anything to contribute, not being in the medical field. Obviously, I was very wrong.'
'As I wait for our repatriation flight to the Philippines (after 7 ticket cancellations), I remain hopeful and try to remember that day I arrived as a scholar'
'The tragedy of those who fled is only part of a bigger story that COVID-19 is unraveling about the countryside'
A coronavirus frontliner at a public hospital weighs in on how President Rodrigo Duterte handled the biggest crisis to hit his government so far
While the monkeys displayed initial immunity, it's unclear how long such immunity will last in humans
'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'
'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'
'Alas, with the Rappler cases and ABS-CBN shutdown, made emphatic with the passage of a draconian anti-terror law amid still rising COVID-19 cases, the Duterte administration’s bait for investors is laced with poison'
'I dare do not discredit the happiness and pride people gain in finishing courses'
'Let’s include the Nanay Celias, Kuya Bons, and Manang Sols in our discussions. Let’s talk about a new reality where they are afforded the same benefits their counterparts in the formal economy enjoy.'
'For COVID-19, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the disease, but that doesn’t mean that our scientists are wrong'
Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.
The quote card containing the false quote edited an actual Rappler quote card featuring the Vice President
Since the decisions you and the national government make affect the lives of about one million Cebuanos in Cebu City, I called out to Cebuanos on Twitter if they had questions for you. I got a few responses.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong has trained Baguio’s contact tracers to use a police questioning technique. They’re sharing it with neighboring towns in Benguet.
Imbes nga mangita og solusyong makatarunganon ug epektibo, lungsoranon na man hinoon ang gibasol sa gobyernong Duterte
'While it is reasonable to say that the role of the AFP in the government’s COVID-19 response has been substantial, there are two risks that could affect civil-military relations during this pandemic period'
'The webinar is eroticized by so-called experts as a necessary and legitimate qualification. The certificate becomes the cult-favorite signal of self-improvement.'
Imbes na tumutok sa solusyong lohikal at epektibo, mamamayan na naman ang sinisisi ng gobyernong Duterte
He is strong on control, but weak on public health
‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal
Mayor Rex Gatchalian says, ‘If we can do it ourselves, do it on our own, it’s the most helpful thing we can do for the national government’
'A sea of masked faces all around the world have become the iconic image of this time. What does this mean in terms of our ability to read each other’s thoughts and feelings?'
'Our tatay jeepney drivers have not only been stripped of their livelihood, they have also been stripped of their dignity. For the first time, we are seeing our jeepney drivers begging on the street.'
Far from being proactive, orderly, and based on clean, reliable data, Duterte’s pandemic response has largely been reactive, chaotic, and based on murky, unreliable data
How has the mayor of Marikina empowered his constituents to keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay? How are they preparing for the 'new normal' in the weeks – or even years – to come?
Bakit tumaas ang bilang ng mga kumpirmadong kaso ng coronavirus sa Cebu City at kalapit na mga bayan?
'We should…recognize that in the face of COVID-19, these freelancers, just like many other Filipino workers, will be facing potentially significant headwinds'
Here's a quick explainer on what could trigger a hard lockdown of your area, or tougher quarantine measures if you are near a critical zone in the fight against the coronavirus
There is no official cure or preventive treatment for COVID-19. The supposed cures in the post have been debunked by the WHO and fact checkers around the world
(6th UPDATE) The 2,539 total new cases reported on July 8 constitute the highest one-day spike so far. Among ASEAN countries, the Philippines, thus far, has the highest rate of active cases, and the lowest case recovery rate.
'What we have now is a disastrous response to a disaster'
'The pandemic lays itself open to official exploitation for the fear and the hunger and joblessness and the other distractions it has brought; the government could also use some covering up for its shortcomings in dealing with the emergency'
On Friday, June 19, Rappler reporter Bonz Magsambol sits down with Dr Tony Leachon to talk about his resignation and how the government is handling the pandemic
Novel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz says the impact of greenhouse gas emissions is the 'most important' indicator in measuring economic growth