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Kelly Field

22 September 2020

United States

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Dual credit classes were a response to the increasing costs of attending college and university and to make postsecondary education more accessible to low-income students. Although, low-income and minority students ...

WCNC-TV

Nate Morabito

David Boraks

11 September 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Health officials in North Carolina have shown that contact tracing can successfully identify those who have been exposed to COVID-19. The efforts of the contact tracers in one county resulted in 35 people being quaran...

The Baltimore Sun

Tim Prudente

11 September 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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After three months of a pilot project putting video-equipped planes in flight over Baltimore, police made arrests in 21% of the 81 cases in which video evidence was provided. The arrest rate is slightly greater than i...

NPR

Martin Kaste

10 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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After all 36,000 New York Police Department officers took required training in recognizing implicit racial bias, more officers understood how racism may increase officers' aggressiveness but there was no evidence that...

The GroundTruth Project

Sam Ogozalek

10 September 2020

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States

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A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping connect farmers with those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, known as Farmers to Families, allocates monet...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

8 September 2020

Manhattan, New York, United States

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Two community living facilities have played integral roles in combatting the spread of diseases throughout New York's history by relying on mutual aid models. In the 1980's the Manhattan Plaza residence started the AI...

PBS NewsHour

William Brangham

Jason Kane

3 September 2020

Sydney, Australia

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5-15 Minutes

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Australia's health care system combines public and private health insurance to create a hybrid model that caters to every citizen. Although there is some uncertainty surrounding the future of the private health care p...

PBS NewsHour

William Brangham

Jason Kane

2 September 2020

Oberhofen am Thunersee, Switzerland

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5-15 Minutes

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Switzerland is home to the world's lowest avoidable mortality rate and residents of the country live longer lives and are healthier than those who live in the United States. Health policy experts credit the Swiss heal...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

2 September 2020

South Korea

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The United States is facing a coronavirus testing problem that is due to both governmental inaction and an inefficient health care system, but the nation has faced a similar problem before. When determining how best t...

NPR

Fran Kritz

2 September 2020

Warsaw, Poland

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In the 1940s, typhus spread throughout the community living within the Warsaw ghetto, but cases dramatically decreased in the winter of 1941. While some researchers remain unsure why, others point towards a change in ...

Vox

German Lopez

2 September 2020

New York, United States

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Although public health experts agree that New York was initially slow to implement protocols to protect citizens from COVID-19, they also agree that the state was able to gain control over the virus due to the actions...

PBS NewsHour

William Brangham

1 September 2020

United Kingdom

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5-15 Minutes

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The United Kingdom's single-payer health insurance system, known as the National Health Service, has helped citizens obtain the essential care they need without having to worry about the cost of the care. While the mo...

NBC News

Denise Chow

29 August 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Amongst other efforts, the University of Arizona has begun analyzing sewage to mitigate the spread of coronavirus as students return to campus for the new school year. The practice is known as wastewater-based epidemi...

NPR

Simone Popperl

Bo Hamby

Steve Inskeep

28 August 2020

Kansas, United States

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The National Education Association has launched a school-focused COVID-19 case tracker in the U.S., all thank to the efforts of a Kansas theater teacher. Alisha Morris started with an excel sheet and took to online se...

High Country News

Kalen Goodluck

28 August 2020

Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona, United States

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The White Mountain Apache and the Navajo Nation are using contact tracing to not just slow the spread of coronavirus but to "completely contain" it in their communities, and they are already seeing success from their ...

The Guardian

Rebecca Ratcliffe

27 August 2020

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Injecting mosquito eggs with Wolbachia, a naturally occurring bacteria, is showing promise for reducing the cases of dengue in parts of Indonesia. Although dengue cases have been increasing, in areas of Indonesia wher...

Nature

Ewen Callaway

27 August 2020

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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In Indonesia, Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes are transmitting dengue at a much slower rate than those not infected with the bacterium according to a controlled research study that expands on existing experimentation co...

Yes! Magazine

Tamara E. Holmes

26 August 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Milwaukee was one of the first U.S. cities to show that communities of color were disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic because of a framework that had been established and implemented after the city...

Associated Press

Linda A. Johnson

20 August 2020

Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States

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Although offering at-home care has been a practice for some time, the coronavirus pandemic has helped prompt more health insurance companies to allow health care workers to implement the practice at a larger scale. Tr...

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Joan van Dyk

James Oatway

20 August 2020

Gauteng, South Africa

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A color-coded system is being adopted at hospitals throughout South Africa after seeing success in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The system uses red, yellow, and green color-coding to warn health care officials...

Slate

Isabela Dias

19 August 2020

Ipatse Village, Brazil

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An indigenous community in Brazil has been able to keep their count of coronavirus cases low during the pandemic largely due to the use of contact tracing. Using technology that was already in existence for the purpos...

The New York Times

Gina Kolata

13 August 2020

Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona, United States

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As coronavirus spread throughout the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona residents on the reservation turned to contact tracing – not to slow the spread, but to identify those who were high risk and may be infected...

NPR

Laurel Wamsley

10 August 2020

New Zealand

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New Zealand has been able to nearly eradicate Covid-19 due to rapid intervention strategies taken by the government that were predicated on quickly identifying clusters of cases and implementing rigorous contact traci...

CNN

Julia Hollingsworth

10 August 2020

New Zealand

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New Zealand went 100 days without a single new case of Covid-19 after implementing strict restrictions which included "no takeaways, no beaches, and no driving outside of your neighborhood." Because of the government'...

Inkline

Giselle Green

10 August 2020

London, England

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Five recently-graduated doctors put together a virtual bar-trivia-style program called SOLViT to supplement med students' curriculum during their final year, when they should be receiving in-hospital training, but can...

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