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Free pan dulce for kids: Huntington Park bakery supports community during coronavirus pandemic

KCRW

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When schools closed due to coronavirus, many children were left without access to reliable meals but in California, a neighborhood bakery is trying to help change that. Every morning, Los Angelitos Bakery in Huntington Park serves school-aged children free Mexican sweet bread as a way to provide ...

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Los Angeles Launches Massive Effort to Get Homeless Into Hotels

Time

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In response to the social distancing required to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Los Angeles is offering hotel rooms to 15,000 people facing homelessness.

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How Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic

Foreign Affairs Magazine

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Taiwan has gone largely unscathed thus far by the coronavirus, showing that their methodology of relying on civic technology has merit to be a model for other countries. Through a combination of "community initiatives, hackathons, and digital deliberation" Taiwan has been able to utilize "broad d...

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Covid-19 is ravaging black communities. A Milwaukee neighborhood is figuring out how to fight back.

Washington Post

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In Wisconsin, the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting black communities, but local residents are finding ways to help their fellow neighbors in times of crisis. From reframing the pandemic to being like crime to raise awareness of its seriousness to a local community group solici...

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‘The doctor won't see you now.' Rethinking health care delivery in a crisis.

The Christian Science Monitor

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To contain the coronavirus and manage overwhelmed health care systems, nurses and doctors are returning from retirement, recent medical graduates are being asked to report early to their hospitals and telehealth is gaining viability and validity. Across the world, nations are working to rapidly r...

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Alcoholics Anonymous members find support online during coronavirus pandemic

CNN

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Social connection and support are crucial for people in the Alcoholics Anonymous program, so the social distancing mandated by COVID-19 has been particularly stressful. To try to recreate the same atmosphere and safe space, AA groups are moving their meetings online with Zoom. Participants descri...

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A German Exception? Why the Country's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low

The New York Times

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Germany has had plenty of coronavirus patients—more than 100,000 laboratory-confirmed infections—but their death rate is remarkably low compared to neighboring countries. Experts attribute this to extensive and widespread testing, a trusted government, social distancing, and plenty of hospital ca...

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Telemedicine Arrives in the U.K.: ‘10 Years of Change in One Week'

The New York Times

Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words

Social distancing is as necessary to protect healthcare providers as it is anyone else, so primary care providers in the U.K. are begrudgingly making the move to telemedicine—meeting with and diagnosing patients over a video call. Neighborhood doctors say the new approach saves them time, and tel...

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환자복 운송에 살균까지...코로나19 극복 앞장 의료용 로봇

YTN 뉴스

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Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space

CityLab

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Some of the strategies urban sustainability proponents have promoted for years are now being used to manage traffic patterns during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure that essential workers can safely get to work. Could these temporary measures lead to a less car-dependent future?

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With Nothing To 'Fall Back On,' Santa Monica College Food Giveaway Helps Some Students Survive

LAist

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In the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, California community college, Santa Monica College, organized a pop-up, drive-thru food giveaway for its students. The resources were funded with help from the Santa Monica College Foundation, and each student received non-perishables, ready-to-eat meals, and...

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Here's how doctors are monitoring more than 350 Delaware coronavirus patients virtually

The News Journal (Delaware Online)

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In Delaware, doctors have turned to telehealth amidst the COVID19 pandemic to treat patients safely and remotely. Using systems called ChristianaCare and CarVio, doctors are monitoring more than 350 coronavirus-positive patients, reaching out to them up to four times daily. The platforms are also...

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