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Attacking Root Causes

Solving problems by addressing the underlying factors. By digging deep and attacking the root causes of a problem, changemakers are able to treat the disease rather than just the symptoms. These solutions offer help to those in need, employ a comprehensive approach to problem-solving, and address the determinants that keep individuals and communities from succeeding.

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‘The doctor won't see you now.' Rethinking health care delivery in a crisis.

The Christian Science Monitor

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To contain the coronavirus and manage overwhelmed health care systems, nurses and doctors are returning from retirement, recent medical graduates are being asked to report early to their hospitals and telehealth is gaining viability and validity. Across the world, nations are working to rapidly r...

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This Is What The South Korean Government Comfort Package For Quarantined People Looks Like

Bored Panda

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As told through the words of citizens on social media, this article lays out a number of ways the government of South Korean has been able to contain the virus. A notable thing is the care package mailed to everyone, containing hygiene essentials such as face masks and hand sanitizer, fresh produ...

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One City Is Paying Restaurants to Make Meals for Homeless Shelters

Route Fifty

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Social distancing has negatively affected homeless shelters, because the volunteers who prepare the meals aren't considered essential employees. The city of Cambridge pledged to pay local restaurants to provide bagged or boxed meals for lunch and dinner at shelters for as long as social distancin...

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The law of generosity combatting coronavirus in Pakistan

BBC

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In Pakistan, where many citizens earn a daily wage from street businesses that have now been forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistanis are continuing to contribute zakat, "the traditional Muslim charity tax." The contributions – regarded as "one of the most important religious d...

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Social distancing works. The earlier the better, California and Washington data show.

Washington Post

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California and Washington were both early to adopt social distancing measures in the United States as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, and are now emerging as successful models for how this protocol could work if enacted early. Although these states have not been immune to a heavy caseload...

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How Henrico firefighters respond to COVID-19 nursing home calls

WTVR-TV

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

When Henrico County Fire Department began to respond to calls for people exhibiting signs of coronavirus, they began utilizing recommendations of how best to stay safe. Although restrictive, this new playbook helps emergency responders stay safe by "limiting the number of responders that go into ...

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Bend it like the Bay Area: Doctors see flatter curve after 2 weeks of social isolation

Politico

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As the coronavirus outbreak began to show signs of spreading the United States, six counties in the Bay Area of California quickly instituted stay at home and shelter-in-place orders. Although the virus is still spreading in much of the country, the early and aggressive measures taken in this reg...

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A Democratic Response to Coronavirus: Lessons From South Korea

The Diplomat

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South Korea is one of the few countries that has reported success in containing the coronavirus, and it's due to both government action and a united societal response. Even before the social distancing was imposed on the society, many in the community began to take that action themselves, busines...

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New Mexico got aggressive start on testing for virus

Albuquerque Journal

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New Mexico has been able to test at a higher rate for coronavirus than states double its population size due to aggressive measures taken by local government to obtain tests early on and a public and private collaboration between medical facilities and a local business. The local business, TriCor...

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Coronavirus Slowdown in Seattle Suggests Restrictions Are Working

The New York Times

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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 may have helped slow the transmission. Although the hospitals are low on supplie...

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