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The Atlantic

Ed Yong

4 August 2020

United States

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The U.S. has recorded a worldwide record number of COVID-19 cases after missteps and overall lack of action from the federal government limited the nation's response, but in some areas of the country where local insti...

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Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

The New York Times

Jason Horowitz

31 July 2020

Rome, Italy

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Italy, once a major hotspot for Covid-19 cases, has seen a significant decrease in the spread of the coronavirus after implementing strict government regulations including mandatory travel restrictions and isolation p...

The Guardian

Rebecca Smithers

30 July 2020

England, United Kingdom

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The sales of single-use plastic bags has dropped by more than 95 percent in England’s supermarkets since 2015 when a monetary fee was introduced to encourage shoppers to reduce their plastic waste. Despite this reduct...

The New Yorker

Bill McKibben

28 July 2020

Vermont, United States

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Vermont has seen very few cases of COVID-19 compared to its neighboring states after implementing early preparedness protocols. While part of the success could be due to the small and homogeneous population of the sta...

The Washington Post

Rebecca Tan

24 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore has reported approximately 10,000 cases of Covid-19, but the local Maryland Baptist Aged Home hasn't had a single senior resident infected due "a relatively small population of 29 residents, a strong history...

Forbes

Allison Norlian

21 July 2020

United States

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The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandated public places, businesses, facilities, and schools make accommodations for people with disabilities, including ramps, accessible entrances and bathrooms, and ...

Nigeria Health Watch

el-Hamza Misbahu

21 July 2020

Kano, Nigeria

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Arewa Radio and Freedom Radio, two stations with large audiences in Kano State, actively combat misinformation and false rumors about the coronavirus. The stations run programming that builds trust and confidence betw...

PBS NewsHour

Amna Nawaz

9 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A faith-based nursing home facility in Baltimore has managed to remain free of any cases of coronavirus due to proactive and aggressive preparedness measure. Although there were concerns that implementing such restric...

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Amanda Peacher

7 July 2020

Reno, Nevada, United States

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A new anonymous caller hotline launched in Nevada by volunteer psychiatrists to offer health-care workers a means of support as they work on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Although it's yet to be seen wha...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

26 June 2020

United States

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As evidenced in COVID-19 case comparisons, the U.S. health-care system has not performed as well as other countries to offer health-care access, yet is still "spends far more money on healthcare than any other nation....

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Marissa Plescia

23 June 2020

Minnesota, United States

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As the novel coronavirus disrupts how farmers get their products to consumers, many of them are looking for mental health resources to manage their stress. While the stigma of mental health issues prevents some farmer...

The New York Times

Katrin Bennhold

Melissa Eddy

23 June 2020

Germany

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To prevent its police forces from ever again being turned into militarized and politicized tools of an authoritarian state, Germany requires all police trainees to visit former Nazi concentration camps and learn in de...

Rappler

Currie Engel

23 June 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Two medical professionals, one in New York and one in the Phillipines, have launched a free online seminar that aims to help Filipino and Filipino American frontline workers who are experiencing mental health concerns...

Wired

Clive Thompson

23 June 2020

Netherlands

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As part of a growing movement in sustainable software design, Danny Van Kooten, a Dutch programmer, refactored the code on his website plug-in to reduce the amount of energy expended when someone interacts with it. Ab...

CityLab

Amanda Hurley

23 June 2020

United States

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Covid-19 created space for everyday citizens, who are not trained architects, designers, or urban planners, to alter how public spaces are used. Known as tactical urbanism, everyday people are using inexpensive and cr...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

19 June 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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When the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in widespread lockdowns, a Washington, D.C. Episcopal day school partnered with a retirement home to help students and seniors provide companionship to one another and decrease lone...

The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks

18 June 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Quick, restrictive and decisive action helped the "oldest African American owned and operated nursing home" in Maryland remain free of Covid-19 cases. With only 15 cases reported in the country, the nursing home didn'...

BBC

Lily Freeston

18 June 2020

Rwanda

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Fatherhood classes in Rwanda teach men to be better dads and husbands, challenging traditional gender roles. Topics include taking care of babies, resolving domestic conflicts, sharing household decisions, and explain...

The Plug

Jewel Wicker

12 June 2020

United States

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Spurred by the trend towards digital conferencing during the Covid19 pandemic, Black technologists created virtual gatherings to support communities who are generally underrepresented in the tech industry. “Quarantine...

Bloomberg Businessweek

Paul Tullis

5 June 2020

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The Netherlands approach of balancing the potential for future economic hardship with the current risk of Covid-19 spreading has appeared to have helped the country to flatten the curve of cases faster than other area...

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Emma Whalen

1 June 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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The Montrose Center in Texas, which provides LGBTQ support services, has turned to the use of technology to keep resources available during the coronavirus pandemic. Virtual support groups have been one of their most ...

CNN

Nectar Gan

30 May 2020

Vietnam

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Thanks to a speedy early containment effort, rigorous contact tracing and quarantine policies, and effective public communications, Vietnam suffered zero COVID-19 deaths through the first four-plus months of the crisi...

KPBS Public Media

Jason Beaubien

27 May 2020

New Zealand

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Taking swift action, quickly banning all incoming visitors, remaining apolitical, articulating a coherent and straightforward plan to follow, and connecting with citizens by being approachable and appealing to their s...

The Trace

Ann Givens

26 May 2020

Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States

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After a 14-year-old girl in Jonesboro, Ark., accidentally shot and killed a friend, local activists distributed hundreds of fliers promoting safe gun storage strategies that have been proven to save lives. They gained...

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