Face shield nation

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 01/29/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may be global in scope, and the practices it has engendered can be found around the world: mask wearing, social distancing, PCR testing, working from home. Nonetheless, every country has its own unique way…

Vaccine communication advice for PH

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 01/22/2021

Vaccines work. They have saved the lives of billions of people around the world, and today they are our best hope in putting an end to this terrible pandemic. However, as with all major public health campaigns,…

The Philippines is not a poor country

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 01/01/2021

You have people say it over and over again that the Philippines is a poor country, and thus we shouldn’t expect to have the things that richer countries have. Like good health care, such as that of…

For the love of Baguio

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 12/18/2020

Baguio City — I was here just a week before the lockdown and my heart has pined for Baguio ever since, wondering when I can go back. When the Department of Tourism and the City of Baguio…

Early lessons from the US elections

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 11/06/2020

As I write this, Joe Biden seems to be on the verge of victory over Donald Trump, in a general election that has turned out to be much closer than polls suggested (A “nail-biter,” as my sister…

When a president gets sick

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 10/23/2020

News that Donald Trump got sick from a coronavirus infection early this month had political observers buzzing much more than the fly on Mike Pence’s head. For a few days, the world awaited developments from Walter Reed…

The social meanings of face masks, revisited

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 07/30/2020

It has been exactly six months since I wrote about face masks in this column, and the world has drastically changed since. Back then, people hoarded masks amid fears of ash fall, and what inspired me to…

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