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South China Morning Post

Karen Zhang

4 May 2020

Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong, the AsiaWorld-Expo that is near the airport was quickly converted into a triage coronavirus testing center, and played a crucial role in maintaining the local healthcare system. Converted by medical prof...

The Washington Post

Jada Yuan

2 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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When New York hospitals became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the military deployed and staffed a Navy hospital ship and built a military field hospital in a nearby convention center to help with the caseload. Al...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

2 May 2020

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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The Summit Learning Program is an online program that offers personalized lessons in science, social studies, math, and English language arts for students in grades four through 12. “Nearly 400 schools use it across 4...

National Geographic

Aaron Gulley

30 April 2020

New Zealand

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While most countries around the world are trying to implement strategies to contain the coronavirus outbreak, New Zealand set out to eradicate the virus. Rapid government-enacted intervention strategies and a reliance...

Los Angeles Times

Erik Kirschbaum

Laura King

29 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Germany has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic as a country that has successfully been able to avoid the worst-case scenario, unlike many other countries still battling the virus. Although the country hasn't esca...

The New York Times

Iliana Magra

28 April 2020

Thessaloniki, Greece

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Because of early and quick actions by the government – and a compliant populace – Greece has seen under 200 COVID-19 deaths, relatively low compared to its European counterparts. The country was quick to cancel large ...

Wall Street Journal

Niharika Mandhana

Lam Le

27 April 2020

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Vietnam implemented rigid protocols around contact tracing and quarantine methodologies in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak, and so far, it has paid off with no deaths and a manageable caseload. Although a la...

The Current

Christiaan Mader

27 April 2020

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Having learned from failures during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, an outreach center in Louisiana was uniquely prepared to take preventative measures as the coronavirus outbreak spread, and so far, the efforts have worked....

The New Yorker

Charles Duhigg

26 April 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Washington State stands in direct contrast to New York in how local governments responded. While New York relied on direction from politicians, Washington State looked to pub...

The New York Times

Damien Cave

24 April 2020

Sydney, Australia

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With the goal of containing the spread of Covid-19, the national governments in Australia and New Zealand took an approach that was predicated on letting public health experts take the lead. Although this approach – w...

The Guardian

Nemo Kim

Maheen Sadiq

Marina Costa

Nikhita Chulani

23 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea took early and aggressive measures to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, and the country has now been able to successfully declare that they've flattened the curve of reported cases. The combined strategy ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Aubrey Whelan

22 April 2020

Lisbon, Portugal

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When faced with an opioid crisis, the government in Portugual made a drastic decision to decriminalize drug use. This shift in policy allowed for a shift in perspective – addiction problems could now be treated as a p...

Los Angeles Times

James Rainey

Rong-Gong Lin II

19 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Two of California’s major cities – Los Angeles and San Francisco – are learning from their history with the Spanish Influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two cities had different approaches, with San Francisco s...

The New York Times

Patrick Kingsley

17 April 2020

Løgumkloster, Denmark

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As the world progresses through the pandemic, many countries are trying to best address the tough question of when to open back up and how. In Logumkloster, Denmark, which had no known cases of COVID-19, the village's...

CNN

Angela Dewan

Henrik Pettersson

Natalie Croker

16 April 2020

Taiwan

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As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, we’re also learning lessons from one another. For instance, Taiwan’s ability to have a designated Central Epidemic Command Center helped to coordinate a comprehensive r...

Science Magazine

Linda Nordling

15 April 2020

South Africa

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Like countries around the world, South Africa imposed strict social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. After a few weeks, they’re seeing that slowdown happening and using it to build in additional saf...

The Guardian

Helena Smith

14 April 2020

Greece

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Greece took a proactive approach to contain the coronavirus – screening people as they entered the country even before any confirmed cases had been reported and then quarantining anyone returning from Spain in hotel r...

BBC

Anisa Subedar

14 April 2020

United Kingdom

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Noise pollution can have negative impacts on health, but researchers in different parts of the world are working on projects that all aim to address this concern. Some solutions – such as concrete structures surroundi...

The Atlantic

Russell Berman

12 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Early data is showing that San Francisco's proactive and aggressive approach to containing the spread of COVID-19 is working. Once regarded as overly aggressive and premature, the mayor's decision to declare a state o...

Solitary Watch

Jean Casella

Katie Rose Quandt

10 April 2020

Louisiana, United States

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, prisons are having to figure out ways to keep it from spreading across inmate populations. A popular response has been cell lockdowns, drawing criticism from advocacy organizatio...

Vox

Christina Thornell

Danush Parvaneh

Ranjani Chakraborty

Mac Schneider

10 April 2020

South Korea

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Having learned lessons from the 2015 MERS outbreak, South Korea was quick to implement both widespread testing and contact tracing at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although cases were only just beginning to be r...

The Washington Post

Lenny Bernstein

9 April 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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By taking prompt action to shut down major tourist events and increase medical treatment capacity, Ohio’s early response to COVID-19 has, thus far, helped to temper the surge of confirmed cases in the state. Governor ...

Business Insider

Holly Secon

9 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The newest caseload numbers out of California have indicated that the state has been at least somewhat successful in containing the coronavirus outbreak, but residents are still being instructed to keep social distanc...

The Washington Post

Anna Fifield

7 April 2020

New Zealand

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New Zealand has managed to not just flatten the curve, but has shown signs of eliminating the coronavirus thanks to rapid interventions taken by the government. Heeding the outcomes in the U.S. and Italy, the country ...

La Noticia

José Carlos Cordero Cote

7 April 2020

Singapore

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Several Asian nations have successfully slowed the spread of coronavirus and may now offer lessons for the U.S. and Europe. Although each took its own approach, commonalities included governmental oversight, early int...

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