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Laura Puttkamer

3 August 2020

Mexico City, Mexico

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The people in a neighborhood in Mexico City are coming up with innovative solutions to handle climate-related disasters like flood. They use an early warning system that uses a radio signal and WhatsApp to warn reside...

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Antionette Kerr

27 May 2020

North Carolina, United States

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Mobilized to help North Carolina’s second-poorest county recover from two major hurricanes over the past four years, the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Coalition pivoted to provide COVID-19 relief and brace for the ...

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Megan Molteni

29 April 2020

United States

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Scientists have been mapping microbes in public places for a long time and are now tracking Covid-19 by swabbing subways, park benches, ATMs, and even the air, for traces of genetic material to better understand the v...

The New Yorker

Charles Duhigg

26 April 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Washington State stands in direct contrast to New York in how local governments responded. While New York relied on direction from politicians, Washington State looked to pub...

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Laura Bliss

23 April 2020

United States

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The research field has often been siloed, with each discipline focusing on its own lane, but in the wake of COVID0-19 the shift toward interdisciplinary research is happening – and proving necessary. Often incentivize...

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...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

2 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit loan fund in New York City, has helped Chinatown small businesses recover through 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and COVID-19 is the newest crisis it needs to navig...

The New York Times

Mike Baker

29 March 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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After learning of the first cases of coronavirus that weren't contracted by direct exposure or from foreign travel, officials in Washington took quick and strict measures to start introducing social distancing, which ...

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...

Al Jazeera

Dominic Kane

28 March 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Although Germany has a high amount of coronavirus cases, their death toll is less than comparable countries which can be attributed to widespread testing and a prepared health care system. The hospitals have been able...

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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 ...

MassLive

Scott J. Croteau

26 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As communities work to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the risk for emergency responders to contract the illness is high; but in Massachusetts, departments are putting new practices and plans into place to address t...

The Information

Kevin McLaughlin

25 March 2020

United States

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As companies look to stay economically viable and responsive to customers during the coronavirus pandemic, many are beginning to turn to automation as a way to fill jobs that would have humans working too closely toge...

NPR

Selena Simmons-Duffin

25 March 2020

New York, United States

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Across the United States, hospitals are looking for ways to fill medical professional shortages as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. One creative solution that has emerged in states such as New York, Hawaii, and New H...

Next City

Darcy Sprague

25 March 2020

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the San Antonio Food Bank is working with other organizations to get more food out into the community. Although volunteer turnout has decreased, the Texas food ba...

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Jake Bullinger

24 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Street medicine is used across the United States to bring health care access to those experiencing homelessness, but this model of care has had to adapt to better address living in times of coronavirus. For the Street...

Good Morning America

T. J. Holmes

24 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea has reported a reduction of new coronavirus cases thanks in part to rapid government regulations, widespread testing, and increased transparency. While other countries, such as the United States, have made...

CBC

Vik Adhopia

19 March 2020

Taiwan

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Although Taiwan and Canada saw the beginning of coronavirus outbreaks within days of each other, Taiwan has been able to better contain the spread. Using tactics such as integrating "its health insurance database with...

Wall Street Journal

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Timothy W. Martin

19 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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After witnessing chaos during the MERS outbreak, South Korea immediately began implementing measures to avoid disaster should another public health crisis occur. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts much of the world...

The Washington Post

Simon Denyer

Shibani Mahtani

18 March 2020

South Korea

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As much of Europe and the United States are still in the early stages of trying to contain the coronavirus, countries in Asia offer several lessons in mitigation strategies. Rapid government intervention and regulatio...

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Zach Toombs

18 March 2020

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Enacting social distancing and mass closures of schools, businesses, and other industries during the times of virus outbreaks has been shown to slow the waves of infection, as first witnessed during the era of the Spa...

Channel News Asia

Benjamin Seet

17 March 2020

Singapore

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After Singapore eradicated SARS in 2003, the country put into motion a series of protocols and practices in case of another outbreak. Now, as coronavirus sweeps the world, the country has been able to take quick actio...

The New York Times

Hannah Beech

17 March 2020

Singapore

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Singapore among several other countries have been able to contain coronavirus by working to stay ahead of the spread, rather than confront the spread as it happens. Using strategies – some partially built after learni...

The Sydney Morning Herald

Ben Hurley

16 March 2020

Taipei, Taiwan

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In Taiwan, a combination of "early intervention and a well-oiled command structure" have helped to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Measures such a public health hotline, temperature check points, enhanced hygi...

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Andrés Sánchez Braun

16 March 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Weeks before the coronavirus outbreak was declared to be a pandemic, Seoul, and other parts of South Korea set into motion a combination of "prevention and mitigation programs" that are now being touted as lessons for...

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