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The Washington Post

Simon Denyer

Shibani Mahtani

18 March 2020

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As much of Europe and the United States are still in the early stages of trying to contain the coronavirus, countries in Asia offer several lessons in mitigation strategies. Rapid government intervention and regulatio...

Science Magazine

Dennis Normile

17 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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As many countries grapple with the best way to contain the spread of coronavirus, South Korea has risen as an example of what a successful approach could look like. The country has among the highest rates of per-capit...

Channel News Asia

Benjamin Seet

17 March 2020

Singapore

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After Singapore eradicated SARS in 2003, the country put into motion a series of protocols and practices in case of another outbreak. Now, as coronavirus sweeps the world, the country has been able to take quick actio...

The Financial Times

Donato Paolo Mancini

Clive Cookson

17 March 2020

Vò, Italy

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By testing all residents for coronavirus, a town in Italy was able to isolate both the symptomatic and asymptomatic cases which resulted in the containment of the virus. The initial round of testing indicated that thr...

Business Insider

Isaac Scher

17 March 2020

Taipei, Taiwan

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Taiwan has been able to contain the spread of the coronavirus by implementing rapid intervention strategies and protocols from the onset of the public health crisis. Relying on "public-health infrastructure and data a...

The New York Times

Hannah Beech

17 March 2020

Singapore

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Singapore among several other countries have been able to contain coronavirus by working to stay ahead of the spread, rather than confront the spread as it happens. Using strategies – some partially built after learni...

FastCompany

Kristin Toussaint

16 March 2020

United States

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The CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Program trains individuals how to perform contact tracing in order to help slow the spread of infectious diseases. Success from this strategy has been reported in South Korea re...

The Sydney Morning Herald

Ben Hurley

16 March 2020

Taipei, Taiwan

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In Taiwan, a combination of "early intervention and a well-oiled command structure" have helped to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Measures such a public health hotline, temperature check points, enhanced hygi...

The Financial Times

Kathrin Hille

Edward White

16 March 2020

Taiwan

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Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan all implemented similar comprehensive public health emergency plans that successfully reduced the spread of coronavirus in each region. Although each country used t...

Wall Street Journal

Dasl Yoon

Timothy W. Martin

16 March 2020

South Korea

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The testing efficiency and protocols implemented in South Korea to slow the spread of coronavirus have proven to be successful, with the latest reports of the country showing that reports of cases have leveled off. Co...

Wall Street Journal

Margherita Stancati

16 March 2020

Codogno, Italy

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Despite the devastation Italy has seen from the coronavirus pandemic, the town of Codogno has been able to largely avoid the same fate. Crediting immediate "drastic containment measures," that went into effect after t...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Will Doig

16 March 2020

Taiwan

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Taiwan has emerged as an outlier in the fight to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, having not imposed strict or aggressive containment strategies, yet still seeing few cases reported. The country's success is li...

WBUR

Robin Young

16 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Epidemics aren't new in the United States, and past outbreaks can provide lessons for the current coronavirus pandemic. Specifically looking at the polio epidemic that paralyzed parts of the country, studies of indivi...

ProPublica

Lisa Song

15 March 2020

Daegu, South Korea

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South Korea is emerging as a model for many countries battling the spread of coronavirus, thanks to the country's quick response to initiate widespread testing and contact tracing methodology. Having learned from what...

Los Angeles Times

Victoria Kim

14 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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As countries have attempted various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Korea’s response stands out for its swift ability to disseminate and scale testing for the disease, which mostly came about in reaction to ...

Los Angeles Times

Soumya Karlamangla

Teresa Watanabe

14 March 2020

California, United States

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In response to the nationwide deficit of coronavirus tests, colleges in the University of California system are developing their own tests. These tests are increasing the state's capacity for identifying infected resi...

NPR

Anthony Kuhn

13 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Widespread and efficient drive-through test centers have been part of the reason that South Korea has been successful in limiting the spread of COVID-19. South Korea has had a previous disastrous experience with the 2...

NPR

Jason Beaubien

12 March 2020

Singapore

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As countries respond in different ways to the COVID19 pandemic, those with systematic government approaches have proven to be strongest thus far. Places like Hong Kong and Singapore created immediate systems for testi...

The New York Times

Damien Cave

12 March 2020

Sydney, Australia

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As the United States struggles to test all citizens exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, Australia and Canada are offering lessons about best practices for preparing for a pandemic. Having learned from previous outbrea...

NPR

Anthony Kuhn

12 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea has had an extremely effective response to the coronavirus because of its fast and widespread use of testing. There are now drive-through tests available where people recommended by their doctor can take a...

Asia Times

Andrew Salmon

11 March 2020

Daegu, South Korea

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After an initial sharp spike in positive COVID-19 cases, South Korea kept the number of deaths low and stopped the virus from spreading dramatically, without resorting to the same draconian isolation measures in other...

Vox

Kelsey Piper

10 March 2020

Taiwan

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Situated less than 90 miles from China, the coronavirus outbreak could have been critical in Taiwan, but the country's proactive measures helped to stave off the worst of the disease. Having learned from SARS epidemic...

U.S. News & World Report

Steve Sternberg

10 March 2020

Taipei, Taiwan

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After being caught off-guard during the 2003 SARS epidemic, Taiwan developed a public health infrastructure to help prepare them for another. With the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, their number of cases have stayed low b...

NBC News

Cindy Sui

10 March 2020

Taipei, Taiwan

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After learning valuable lessons from the 2003 SARS outbreak, Taiwan has managed to keep its coronavirus cases to a minimum, far below neighboring China and other countries around the world. To accomplish this, the gov...

Nature

Amy Maxmen

6 March 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When virologists and genomicists in Seattle, Washington realized that COVID-19 was likely to spread to the United States, they began to research ways to keep vulnerable poplulations safe. So far, early success has com...

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