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National Geographic

Elizabeth Royte

30 March 2020

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With restaurants closing and people panic-buying groceries, food waste is inevitably going to rise. There are many initiatives going on throughout the United States to address this very issue. For example, nonprofit R...

TechCrunch

Darrell Etherington

30 March 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In an effort to fill the deficit of face masks for healthcare workers, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to development and lab management company Battelle to sanitize used masks for reuse....

The Keene Sentinel

Anna Merriman

28 March 2020

Vermont, United States

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To reduce incarcerated people’s exposure to COVID-19 behind bars before anyone had even fallen ill, Vermont officials all but stopped new admissions to state prisons and released hundreds from custody in February and ...

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Joshua Eferighe

28 March 2020

United States

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As hospital staff struggle to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak due to a lack of personal protective equipment, citizen-led groups are working to fill the gap by producing or connecting masks with health care ...

Daily Herald

Ashley Duarte

27 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Personal protective gear is in short supply across the U.S., so many prototypes have been crafted to fill the gap. A design studio in Chicago has begun production on emergency face shields to help the city's first res...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

27 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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To address a shortage of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, community members have begun to take on the task of producing face masks for medical professionals. From sewing masks to creating...

Business Insider

Mary Hanbury

26 March 2020

United States

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Crocs are ideal footwear for healthcare workers because they are easy to disinfect and easy on the feet. To do their part in the fight against the coronavirus, Crocs is donating over 10,000 pairs of shoes online to th...

MassLive

Scott J. Croteau

26 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As communities work to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the risk for emergency responders to contract the illness is high; but in Massachusetts, departments are putting new practices and plans into place to address t...

OneZero

Dave Gershgorn

26 March 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Medical professionals are facing mass shortages of personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic, so people with 3D printers are helping to produce alternatives. In New York, one company is using a GoFun...

Wired

Tom Simonite

26 March 2020

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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A group of engineers in Madison, Wisconsin designed a face shield using materials and machines that were capable of producing mass quantities of the shields for hospitals. The design is now open-source and accessible ...

The Atavist Magazine

Max Blau

March 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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A mother's grief and a doctor's determination led to the first syringe-exchange center in Florida – a significant first step in increasing conversation around the merits of harm reduction policies. Since opening, the ...

NBC News

Grace Moon

24 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Although the future is unknown, for the time being, South Korea has largely contained the coronavirus pandemic by enacting a comprehensive response. Acting swiftly and aggressively, the country moved to initiate wides...

CNN

Oscar Holland

Ananda Pellerin

24 March 2020

New York, United States

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To help address the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals, companies and individuals in the fashion industry are turning from clothing production to face mask production. This approach, which is being...

The New York Times

Haley Willis

Robin Stein

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Drew Jordan

24 March 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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As personal protective equipment becomes increasingly hard to find, university labs, engineers, and individuals are taking part in a crowdsourced effort to create alternatives. Although their 3D designs and repurposed...

Focus Taiwan

Wang Chao-yu

Chung Jung-feng

Matthew Mazzetta

24 March 2020

New Taipei, Taiwan

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When people in Taiwan began to panic buy face masks in response to the spread of the coronavirus, the government intervened and took control of production protocols. Recruiting technicians from a variety of background...

Channel News Asia

Don Shapiro

23 March 2020

Taiwan

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After the 2003 SARS epidemic, Taiwan formed the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), which has proved necessary in the face of COVID19. The CECC has helped coordinated screenings for incoming travelers, rationing f...

San Francisco Public Press

Sam Lew

23 March 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the Bay Area of California, organizations are repurposing their work and personal spaces to act as DIY pop-up hand sanitizer factories during the coronavirus pandemic. From donating the product to homeless shelters...

CNBC

Christina Farr

23 March 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Volunteers from tech companies collaborated with epidemiologists to create a Covid-19 tracking site that works to monitor the spread of the virus and help people know if they have been in contact with anyone who may h...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

Ginger Christ

22 March 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cuyahoga County enlists medical students and residents to help the overwhelmed city health staff tackle the coronavirus chaos. Among other administrative tasks, students interview patients who have tested positive for...

Wall Street Journal

Dasl Yoon

22 March 2020

Daegu, South Korea

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In order to reduce the mortality rate from the coronavirus pandemic as much as possible, medical centers and the government in South Korea reserved beds only for the most ill, while others were quarantined in supervis...

KCRA-TV

Marlei Martinez

20 March 2020

Sacramento, California, United States

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The UC Davis Medical Center in California is piloting an internal rapid test to more efficiently detect coronavirus. Although it is still in its early stages, the development is allowing the medical professionals to t...

Route Fifty

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Zachary Markovits

20 March 2020

United States

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To address those that have been specifically impacted by economic crash due to coronavirus and to slow the spread, cities across the United States are enacting comprehensive measures to help. From a halt on all utilit...

CBC

Vik Adhopia

19 March 2020

Taiwan

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Although Taiwan and Canada saw the beginning of coronavirus outbreaks within days of each other, Taiwan has been able to better contain the spread. Using tactics such as integrating "its health insurance database with...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

19 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As restaurants across the nation have been forced to close their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, some are turning to creative means to help account for the loss of revenue. In Philadelphia, restaurants have cre...

San Jose Mercury News

Erica Hellerstein

18 March 2020

Sunnyvale, California, United States

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Sunnyvale Community Services in California is staffed by volunteers – such as older residents and community and corporate groups – but the coronavirus outbreak has forced many to stay home, so City of Sunnyvale staff ...

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