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Coronavirus shows how to fight disinformation about climate change

FastCompany

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What lessons does the United States' response to the coronavirus offer for the country's response to climate change? According to experts, governments and the media have been successful at presenting the virus as a real threat by emphasizing its urgency, empowering people by telling them what the...

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Mutual aid is making a comeback during COVID-19 outbreak

Metromode

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Mutual aid at the grassroots level is about helping a neighbor in need, and this strategy has been spurred into action across the country in response to COVID-19. In Detroit, people rally across social media and technology to connect those in need with those looking to help. For those without soc...

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Coronavirus: What can the world learn from South Korea?

BBC

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South Korea, despite being a close neighbor to China, where the COVID-19 outbreak originated, managed to build a swift public health and government response that may have lessons for other countries fighting the pandemic. The country mobilized mass testing with quick results, allowed public healt...

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France Transfers Coronavirus Patients On High-Speed Train With Mobile Emergency Room

NPR

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France is transporting patients from areas with high concentrations of coronavirus victims to areas where hospitals have vacant beds and ventilators. This helps to relieve some pressure on some of the hardest-hit regions.

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From spirits to sanitizer: Local distilleries joining together to fight COVID-19

The Register-Guard

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In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, some distilleries across the United States have switched their focus from the production of alcohol to the production of hand sanitizer. This new model meets the outsized demand for sanitizing supplies and helps to keep these businesses afloat.

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Can The U.S. Crowdsource Its Way Out Of A Mask Shortage? No, But It Still Helps

NPR

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With a massive shortage of protective gear in the medical community amidst the coronavirus outbreak, volunteer groups are filling the gap by crowdsourcing masks, gowns, and other essential items. Though the government is working on a longer-term fix to the supply shortage, these volunteer groups ...

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A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America

The New York Times

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As hospitals and healthcare workers face a shortage of protective gear in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, an army of independent craftspeople have stepped up. Around the United States, they are sewing protective masks by hand, and they are making an impact. For people who are stuck at home...

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Why Germany's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries

NPR

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Compared to its European counterparts, Germany has one of the lowest coronavirus fatality rates, around 0.5%. Experts credit the low rate to the country's decentralized diagnostic systems that allow federal states to make their own decisions about testing. The country has averaged about 120,000 t...

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Some CEOs are giving up their salaries to help stop coronavirus layoffs

FastCompany

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In an effort to pay employees as COVID19 containment efforts take a toll on businesses, CEOs and corporate management are taking pay cuts, or giving up their pay altogether. Companies like Delta, United, Marriott, Hyatt, Lyft, and Life Time health clubs are all seeing their leadership elect for s...

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Europe eyes smartphone location data to stem virus spread

CityNews

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Some of the governments that have had the most success in getting a handle on the spread of the coronavirus have used individual location data to conduct contact tracing and track the spread of the virus. However, some in Europe and the United States worry these tools violate privacy rights, even...

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People are helping each other fight coronavirus, one Google spreadsheet at a time

Vox

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Healthy citizens desperate to find a way to help those at risk of developing severe coronavirus symptoms are creating spreadsheets detailing what services they can offer to their neighbors, whether it's grocery shopping or check-in calls. The mutual aid model is complementing the ongoing work of ...

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Doctors Turn to Social Media to Develop Covid-19 Treatments in Real Time

Bloomberg

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Compared to information-sharing methods during previous pandemics, social media and other online platforms have accelerated the pace at which doctors across the world can share best practices related to the coronavirus. “We have already saved a large number of lives just by sharing information ab...

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