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Neil Richards

29 January 2021

South Korea

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Having learned from a failed response to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), the South Korea government and health officials enacted a proactive and effective strategy to contain the spread of 'Covid-...

The New York Times

Benjamin Mueller

16 January 2021

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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In March when fewer than 100 coronavirus infections had been found in the U.K, researchers in Cambridge decided to begin sequencing coronavirus samples as part of an "unparalleled surveillance system for Covid" that c...

CNN

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Mark Oliver

20 December 2020

Finland

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Finland, Norway, and Denmark are three countries that have largely been able to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep average daily deaths low, by implementing some of the "most relaxed combinations of restrictions....

The New York Times

John Florio

Ouisie Shapiro

18 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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When a smallpox outbreak was deemed to be a likelihood in New York City in 1947, the city’s health commissioner rapidly launched a vaccination campaign that leveraged internal collaboration, consistent and transparent...

Ensia

Debora MacKenzie

8 December 2020

China

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Public health experts are strategizing for how to combat the next pandemic by learning from what failed to prevent the most recent coronavirus pandemic. From increasing surveillance of viruses to using diagnostic tech...

Bloomberg

Kristen V. Brown

10 November 2020

United States

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Data from mobile phones was used to create infection models that present how COVID-19 is spreading. Researchers plotted where people went, where they were coming from, how crowded those places were, and how long they ...

Ensia

Michael Standaert

5 November 2020

Shebu, Guangdong, China

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In order to get a handle on the spread of COVID-19, and to prevent future zoonotic disease outbreaks, China introduced temporary regulations banning commercial breeding of wildlife for meat consumption. These have hit...

The Verge

Nicole Wetsman

19 October 2020

United States

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The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the health impacts it may have for different people prompted doctors from across the U.S. to create a national patient database to better study and understand how the virus int...

Quartz

Katherine Ellen Foley

3 September 2020

Arizona, United States

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Wastewater-based epidemiology is helping scientists and public health experts track the prevalence of coronavirus in communities. Although this practice can be complicated by the size of cities and lacks a standardize...

High Country News

Jane C. Hu

2 September 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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Scientists in Bozeman, Montana are tracking community spread of COVID-19 by studying samples from the city’s wastewater. Although this form of tracking is more tedious and not necessarily as effective as testing indiv...

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...

The New York Times

David Halbfinger

21 August 2020

Beersheba, Israel

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The Israeli government is preparing to roll out a new form of pooled testing as the count of COVID-19 cases continues to increase. The methodology, which has already shown promise as a successful pilot project, works ...

The New York Times

Sharon Otterman

21 May 2020

Paterson, New Jersey, United States

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In New Jersey, health officials in the city of Paterson has been tracing the novel coronavirus for months, which may have helped contain the spread of the virus. Their disease investigations team has been able to succ...

Foreign Affairs

Josh Michaud

20 May 2020

Sweden

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Others can learn from the so-called Swedish model for managing the pandemic, while at the same time should be wary of adopting its undeclared mission to achieve herd immunity. From the start of the crisis, Sweden has ...

BBC

Kavita Puri

14 May 2020

Germany

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Germany has seen some of the lowest death rates in the world. Reasons behind that rate have been attributed to the widespread, accessible testing and subsequent quarantining of ind...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

13 May 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, attention is starting to shift toward reopening and recovery. Looking to healthcare professionals as models for doing so can help. A five-part strategy, te...

Bangor Daily News

Caitlin Andrews

2 May 2020

Maine, United States

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Contact tracing of the novel coronavirus is helping Maine slowly and safely reopen after lockdown by tracking the spread of the virus and mitigating risk of those who may have been exposed. In order to effectively con...

Los Angeles Times

Rosanna Xia

29 April 2020

Paris, France

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Researchers and public health experts across the world are turning to "wastewater-based-epidemiology" as a practice that could help trace and track the spread of COVID-19. This methodology has already proved successfu...

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Rae Ellen Bichell

24 April 2020

New Mexico, United States

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Deploying a state-wide COVID-19 testing strategy requires coordinating both public and private-industry stakeholders. In Utah and New Mexico, the appointment of “testing czars,” or public health leaders in charge of c...

Anchorage Daily News

Michelle Theriault Boots

17 April 2020

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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In an effort to contain the coronavirus, Alaska nurses are stepping in as "contact tracers," as a means of investigating who should be quarantined or tested. The initiative has been credited for helping keep Alaska's ...

Deseret News

Lois M. Collins

11 April 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Contact tracing, the act of identifying the people that someone infected with COVID-19 has come into contact with to reduce transmission, is front and center for Salt Lake City County’s Infectious Disease and Epidemio...

Los Angeles Times

James Rainey

Soumya Karlamangla

10 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Early action to restrict public gatherings and stay-at-home orders may have mitigated surges in COVID-19 cases. In California, the governor’s action to close non-essential businesses and direct residents to stay at ho...

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...

The New York Times

Abby Goodnough

Penina Krieger

23 March 2020

United States

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Medical students have found creative ways to pitch in during the Coronavirus pandemic when they are not yet certified to work with patients. Students across the country are organizing to help out by doing things like ...

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...

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