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Wall Street Journal

Vibhuti Agarwal

29 March 2020

India

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India is using low-tech solutions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In lieu of apps and online delivery services, cities are using phone health advisories, TV ads, sidewalk chalk, and indelible ink. “We need in...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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...

KCRW

Steve Chiotakis

26 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In the age of social distancing due to COVID-19, Los Angeles galleries and museums are creating virtual experiences, adapting their exhibitions for people to enjoy via the internet. In one example, the Museum of Conte...

NPR

Colin Dwyer

26 March 2020

France

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France is transporting patients from areas with high concentrations of coronavirus victims to areas where hospitals have vacant beds and ventilators. This helps to relieve some pressure on some of the hardest-hit regi...

Chicago Magazine

Ghazala Irshad

26 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Many Chicago distilleries are utilizing their abundance of high-proof alcohol to create hand sanitizer to fill a gap in the market due to the coronavirus pandemic. While a portion of the product is being donated to fi...

Alaska Public Media

Elizabeth Jenkins

25 March 2020

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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An Alaskan distillery has joined the ranks of businesses that are turning their normal business production facilities into hand sanitizer manufacturing facilities. After partnering with another local business to obtai...

The Register-Guard

Matthew Denis

25 March 2020

Oregon, United States

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In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, some distilleries across the United States have switched their focus from the production of alcohol to the production of hand sanitizer. This new model meets the outsized demand...

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...

Christian Science Monitor

Tammy Webber

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Anne D'Innocenzio

24 March 2020

Washington, Indiana, United States

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Community members across the world are working to make homemade masks to help healthcare workers who are facing shortages. In some cases, one person's efforts have balooned into community-wide initiatives, as people u...

CNN

Harmeet Kaur

Tami Luhby

24 March 2020

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

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As the shortage of personal protective equipment continues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, homemade masks are becoming an increasingly important option. While N-95 masks are preferable over homemade cotton masks, hospit...

NPR

Joe Palca

24 March 2020

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States

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As scientists across the planet are racing to develop a vaccine to fight the novel coronavirus, the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is using supercomputers to identify or create drug compounds that migh...

Alaska Public Media

Tegan Hanlon

24 March 2020

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, the Anchorage School District’s mobile food delivery service is delivering thousands of meals every day to Anchorage students. By repurposing school buses, school district leaders are packing sack lunches, ...

KCRW

Madeleine Brand

24 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, city officials are working to repurpose recreational buildings to house those experiencing homelessness, in the hopes of containing the spread of coronavirus. The city and shelters are also partnering ...

The New York Times

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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...

NPR

Tom Gjelten

23 March 2020

Shady Side, Maryland, United States

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Many churches throughout the U.S. have moved their weekly services online during the coronavirus pandemic, but not all needs can be addressed this way. To help offer services like counseling and individual prayer, som...

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...

WXXI

Randy Gorbman

23 March 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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A longstanding Rochester company called Hickey Freeman, which specializes in tailored clothing, has begun to use its sewing machines to create facemasks for frontline health workers. At full capacity, the factory lead...

Bloomberg

David Baker

Nic Querolo

23 March 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Recognizing the unique vulnerability of its homeless population to the coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco is transforming motels and hotels into makeshift and spacious shelters. The city must act fast to protect a ho...

Richland Source

Brittany Schock

22 March 2020

Galion, Ohio, United States

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Six months ago, a distillery in Ohio had the idea to start making hand sanitizer on-site, but because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus and the FDA changing regulations, the business has now fast-tracked the idea...

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...

KGWN-TV

Aaron Brown

20 March 2020

Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

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A Cheyenne distillery named Chronicles Distilling is one of several companies across the city that are repurposing their services to suit the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are using their distillery to make han...

Berkeleyside

Alix Wall

20 March 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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When the Bay Area issued a shelter-in-place order as a response to containing the spread of COVID-19, businesses had to adapt. From a local distillery creating hand sanitizer at cost, to a restaurant offering grocerie...

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