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The New York Times

Christina Anderson

Henrik Pryser Libell

5 April 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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This article compares Finland to the other Nordic countries in terms of their preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic. After the Cold War, FInland started building up an emergency supply of medicine, food, and more....

The New York Times

Benjamin Mueller

4 April 2020

London, United Kingdom

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Social distancing is as necessary to protect healthcare providers as it is anyone else, so primary care providers in the U.K. are begrudgingly making the move to telemedicine—meeting with and diagnosing patients over ...

Los Angeles Times

Anousha Sakoui

4 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The cast and crew members of Hollywood are suffering from the coronavirus social distancing mandates, but the costumers among them are contributing to the shortage of masks during the pandemic. It started when costume...

The Current (Louisiana)

Leslie Turk

3 April 2020

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Personal protective equipment has been in short supply as the pandemic caught the United States off guard. In an effort to fill the gap, a company in Louisiana called Action Specialties has been manufacturing disposab...

SciDev.Net

Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade

2 April 2020

Sao Paulo, Brazil

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People normally think of healthcare workers are those on the frontline, but as it turns out workers who are involved post-mortem are also at risk. To minimize exposure, Brazil is using minimally invasive autopsy techn...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

2 April 2020

Abuja, Nigeria

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has opened seven 24-hour laboratories across the country with the capacity to test and diagnose the coronavirus. They have staff working around the clock to conduct and di...

Manchester Ink Link

Dave Eisenstadter

1 April 2020

Exeter, New Hampshire, United States

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A sports safety equipment producer in New Hampshire shifted to producing personal protective equipment when the coronavirus pandemic caused a shortage for medical professionals. After working with a nurse practitioner...

CNN

Alicia Lee

1 April 2020

Texas, United States

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Doctors on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic are able to isolate themselves from their families to avoid possible transmission of the virus thanks to a Facebook group that helps match medical professionals wi...

WUSA-TV

Delia Goncalves

31 March 2020

College Park, Maryland, United States

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WIth supplies of masks for health workers running dangerously low around the United States, researchers at the University of Maryland have devised a way to sterilize disposable masks, as well as tocreate custom, reusa...

Alaska Public Media

Katie Basile

Anna Rose MacArthur

31 March 2020

Bethel, Alaska, United States

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When a dental clinic in Alaska had to suspend elective procedures due to the spread of the coronavirus, the clinic turned their efforts into repurposing their medical-grade material – usually used for sterilized medic...

WCCO-TV

John Lauritsen

31 March 2020

Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, hospitals in the Allina Health system are using tablets and stands for doctors to speak with their patients in an effort to cut down on the need to use various kinds of personal protective equipment like...

KCRA-TV

Kristen Simoes

31 March 2020

El Dorado Hills, California, United States

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The El Dorado Hills Fire Department has adapted a decontamination method from the military to stem the spread of COVID-19 among its firefighters and first responders. All paramedics must wear full decontamination suit...

The Daily Record

Kevin Lynch

31 March 2020

Berlin, Ohio, United States

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While adhering to social distancing, seamstresses in Ohio's Amish County are producing medical protective gear to distribute to frontline workers in the region. The approach is also employing people who may be at risk...

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Abbe Hamilton

30 March 2020

Peterborough, New Hampshire, United States

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In response to a request from a local hospital, a Peterborough resident began using his 3-D printer to print face masks and clear plastic face shields to help protect frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic....

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Lisa Gartner

30 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia medical centers had to pivot their services in response to COVID-19, turning to telehealth to screen patients who think they’re experiencing symptoms. That pivot took some adjusting – having to hire and t...

KIRO-TV

Shelby Miller

30 March 2020

Olympia, Washington, United States

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In Olympia, Washington, the local Washington Stars Quilt Guild is hard at work sewing protective face coverings and masks for first responders and frontline health workers in need. The face masks are intended to prote...

TechCrunch

Darrell Etherington

30 March 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In an effort to fill the deficit of face masks for healthcare workers, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to development and lab management company Battelle to sanitize used masks for reuse....

NPR

Paige Pfleger

30 March 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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As the fight against COVID-19 continues, Ohio-based Battelle labs has created the Critical Care Decontamination System that can clean as many as 80,000 of personal protective equipment at once. The system, which was f...

Vox

Dylan Scott

29 March 2020

Italy

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Given the failure by both the United States and Italy to contain the coronavirus spread soon enough to forestall more extreme measures, the U.S. in the early weeks of its outbreak had much to learn from Italy's mistak...

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Joshua Eferighe

28 March 2020

United States

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As hospital staff struggle to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak due to a lack of personal protective equipment, citizen-led groups are working to fill the gap by producing or connecting masks with health care ...

Valley News

Nora Doyle-Burr

28 March 2020

Charlestown, New Hampshire, United States

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After the New Hampshire Nurses Association sent out a survey to the state's retired nurses, hundreds of them volunteered to address the state's healthcare worker shortfall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The reserves wi...

Mother Jones

Will Peischel

28 March 2020

New Jersey, United States

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While classes have been moved online, medical students across the country are finding ways to help in the fight against COVID-19. At schools like Rutgers in New Jersey, to the University of North Carolina’s Medical Sc...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

27 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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To address a shortage of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, community members have begun to take on the task of producing face masks for medical professionals. From sewing masks to creating...

FastCompany

Kristin Toussaint

27 March 2020

United States

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Across the country, 3D manufacturers sprang into action in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to create a medical supply chain to fill gaps in hospitals' access to needed products like face shields and nasal swab...

Daily Herald

Ashley Duarte

27 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Personal protective gear is in short supply across the U.S., so many prototypes have been crafted to fill the gap. A design studio in Chicago has begun production on emergency face shields to help the city's first res...

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