Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

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As of 2021, the COVID‑19 pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV‑2). Its impact has been broad, affecting general society, the global economy, culture, ecology, politics, and other areas. These aspects are discussed across many articles:

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Economic impact

By country

By industry

Impact on culture and entertainment

Impact on information

Impact on society and rights

Political impact

Others

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Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in October 2020

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Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020

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