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The Washington Post

Rachel Pannett

9 April 2021

Australia

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Indigenous Australians have fared far better than tribal regions in other parts of the world during the coronavirus pandemic due to a collaborative and proactive health campaign between health experts and aboriginal l...

U.S. News & World Report

Mustapha K. Darboe

30 March 2021

Gambia

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In an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus variants throughout the country, Gambia has launched a genome sequence initiative that to monitor active strains. For a country that has received very few doses of the...

U.S. News & World Report

Thomas K. Grose

24 February 2021

United Kingdom

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When the SARS-CoV-2 variant emerged in the United Kingdom, scientists in Britain were able to quickly identify it and warn other countries thanks to the use of genome sequencing. Now other countries, such as Denmark, ...

Vox

Kelsey Piper

5 February 2021

United States

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The eradication of smallpox offers lessons and insight for health officials and governments focused on containing the novel coronavirus and avoiding future pandemics. Although COVID-19 presents unique challenges – suc...

Outriders

Lola García-Ajofrín

2 February 2021

Rwanda

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Before the first case of Covid-19 was reported within country borders, Rwanda had already started preparations – including a testing strategy and contact tracing – to prevent the spread of the virus. Although resource...

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...

The New Yorker

Nicola Twilley

14 December 2020

Carlsbad, California, United States

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A new sort of medical therapy, known as bacteriophage therapy, uses viruses that attack bacteria to treat and potentially cure drug-resistant infections. Although this type of treatment is "a long way from being a sta...

Africa in Fact

Andrew Panton

9 December 2020

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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A failed response to the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has helped prepare the country's government and health officials to respond more successfully to the coronavirus pandemic and other public...

The Daily Show

Trevor Noah

13 November 2020

Central African Republic

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Many countries in Africa have been able to contain the spread of COVID-19 due to lessons learned from fighting the Ebola epidemic. Although not all African countries have implemented successful strategies, those that ...

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 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...

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...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

5 May 2020

Johannesburg, Central African Republic

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To contain the coronavirus and reopen the economy, state governments throughout the United States are implementing public health lessons that were learned in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Although the two out...

PBS NewsHour

Michael Baleke

21 April 2020

Kampala, Uganda

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Having spent a number of years combatting Ebola and Marburg viruses, officials in Uganda were able to quickly set into a motion a series of proactive strategies such as restriction of movement, surveillance strategies...

U.S. News & World Report

Sarah Toth Stub

20 April 2020

Jerusalem, Israel

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The use of mobile phone technology can aid in contact tracing and the collection of public health data. In Israel, the government’s use of GPS phone locations to trace cases of COVID-19 raised scrutiny regarding priva...

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...

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...

The Washington Post

Niha Masih

10 April 2020

Kochi, Kerala, India

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When coupled with long-term state investment in public institutions, a rapid response to a pandemic is most effective. In India, Kerala state acted quickly relative to its neighbors in communicating risks, tracking ca...

The Guardian

Michael Baker

Nick Wilson

10 April 2020

New Zealand

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Adopting vigorous public health interventions early on is key when aiming for elimination over mitigation. In contrast to many countries mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic by “flattening the curve,” New Zealand’s early ...

The Washington Post

Lenny Bernstein

9 April 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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By taking prompt action to shut down major tourist events and increase medical treatment capacity, Ohio’s early response to COVID-19 has, thus far, helped to temper the surge of confirmed cases in the state. Governor ...

CNN

Dan Simon

Ray Sanchez

Jenn Selva

9 April 2020

California, United States

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Several statewide measures allowed California to mitigate its surge of COVID-19 cases by acting early. The state issued a mandatory stay-at-home order, which included making face masks mandatory and shutting down publ...

Slate

Isabela Dias

2 April 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Community organizers are stepping in to help disseminate vital public health information to underserved communities. In Brazil, social organizers like the those behind Our Mothers’ Lives, an organization advocating fo...

The Washington Post

Ishaan Tharoor

17 March 2020

South Korea

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Unlike the United States, South Korea has seen rapid success in slowing the spread of coronavirus by implementing widespread testing protocols and increasing transparency. Instead of government officials giving update...

Associated Press

Lisa Rathke

Michael Rubinkam

17 March 2020

New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, United States

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Several distilleries across the U.S. are shifting gears from producing beer to instead producing hand sanitizer to play a part in addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Combatting the shortage of the product, while also...

The Diplomat

Trien Vinh Le

Huy Quynh Nguyen

17 March 2020

Vietnam

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China has seen success in containing the coronavirus through strict governmental oversight but when the virus made its way to Vietnam – a country with similar rule – the government enacted more transparent approaches ...

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