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Foreign Affairs

Victor Cha

21 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea's national government took quick action and implemented sweeping policy changes that have helped the country better control the spread of Covid-19. Contact tracing and democratizing the creation of testing...

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 Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Frank Fitzpatrick

18 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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From 1802 until 1895, Philadelphia ran a quarantine center that required all in-bound ships to stop and all on-board to be quarantined until cleared of any possible infectious diseases. Although the center is no longe...

PBS Frontline

Miles O'Brien

17 April 2020

Kirkland, Washington, United States

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When the novel coronavirus spread to the United States, local government in Washington State responded more proactively than the federal government in Washington, D.C. The state's approach included widespread testing...

NPR

Michael Sullivan

16 April 2020

Vietnam

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Vietnam has been praised for their collective response to containing coronavirus which was predicated on early and aggressive action and applying lessons learned from earlier communicable disease outbreaks. Although t...

The New York Times

Ellen Barry

16 April 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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While East Asian countries have found success in deploying technology to do contact tracing, or a method of virus containment in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known infec...

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...

Vox

Alex Ward

9 April 2020

Sweden

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Where government restrictions are lax, residents adopt social distancing measures voluntarily to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Sweden, the trust between much of the country’s population and a public...

Medscape

Heather Boerner

8 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Both the successes and failures of the nationwide Ending the HIV Epidemic plan offers lessons for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for rural parts of the United States. One significant lesson is that of ad...

Quartz

Suhyoon Lee

7 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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While countries around the world have delayed elections due to lockdown measures and fear of further infections, South Korea plans to go ahead with its nationwide elections, and the country does not have to rely on ma...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

3 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Throughout the economic crash of 2008, banks were "vilified" for their response, but as the economy again teeters on crashing during the coronavirus pandemic, regulators have been able to be proactive in their approac...

PBS NewsHour

Nick Schifrin

1 April 2020

Taiwan

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Taiwan was expected to be inundated with COVID-19 cases, but that never happened at least in part due to the swift and aggressive actions enacted by the government. Integral to the approach was enhanced transparency f...

PBS NewsHour

Nick Schifrin

1 April 2020

Taiwan

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Due to its proximity to China, experts forcasted that Taiwan would experience a high number of coronavirus cases, but aggressive intervention strategies have kept the overall caseload much lower than expected. New reg...

KCRA-TV

Kristen Simoes

31 March 2020

El Dorado Hills, California, United States

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The El Dorado Hills Fire Department has adapted a decontamination method from the military to stem the spread of COVID-19 among its firefighters and first responders. All paramedics must wear full decontamination suit...

The Diplomat

Eun A Jo

30 March 2020

South Korea

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South Korea is one of the few countries that has reported success in containing the coronavirus, and it's due to both government action and a united societal response. Even before the social distancing was imposed on ...

The Suburban

David Kilgour

Susan Korah

29 March 2020

Taiwan

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When faced with the coronavirus pandemic, a number of countries around the world "opted for delayed containment strategies," but countries such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, which took the opposite approach, have seen more...

RTÉ

Justin McCarthy

29 March 2020

South Korea

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Countries such as Ireland are looking to South Korea for lessons about best practices in containing the coronavirus outbreak. Much of South Korea's success, shaped by lessons learned from battling the MERS outbreak in...

Vox

Dylan Scott

29 March 2020

Italy

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Given the failure by both the United States and Italy to contain the coronavirus spread soon enough to forestall more extreme measures, the U.S. in the early weeks of its outbreak had much to learn from Italy's mistak...

National Geographic

Nina Strochlic

27 March 2020

United States

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What can the 1918 Spanish Flu teach us about how we can effectively respond to the 2020 coronavirus? Researchers are comparing the death rates during the Spanish Flu in different U.S. cities to see which governments' ...

Gothamist

Ben Yakas

27 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In an effort to prevent overcrowding in public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City has closed a few streets in four out of five boroughs. This density reduction plan, though, doesn’t seem to be getting ...

Texas Monthly

Dan Solomon

Paula Forbes

26 March 2020

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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With experience from past regional disasters and supply-chain disruptions, supermarket chain H-E-B faced the coronavirus chaos with calm preparation, ensuring employees and management act quickly to mitigate their los...

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

Byron Pitts

26 March 2020

South Korea

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Although the United States, Spain, and Italy are still working to contain the coronavirus outbreak, countries across Asia have seen some success. By implementing rapid intervention and widespread testing, places such ...

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 ...

WBUR

Hilary McQuilkin

Meghna Chakrabarti

25 March 2020

Singapore

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Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea have each seen success through their efforts to contain the coronavirus. Using methods such as aggressive isolation methods that include penalties, contact tracing and rapid inter...

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