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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...

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...

CalMatters

Mathew Reagan

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Maddie Beck

4 December 2020

California, United States

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From zoom workshops that teach people about the misconceptions of COVID 19, to Google docs, to Instagram profiles that shame people who are partying during the pandemic, university students are holding their communiti...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

30 November 2020

Lincoln County, Oregon, United States

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After a contact tracing effort spurred by an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County, Oregon resulted in the realization that resources weren't being offered in Indigenous Mayan languages, the Oregon Health Autho...

North Carolina Health News

Thomas Goldsmith

20 November 2020

North Carolina, United States

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When nursing homes in North Carolina realized that the coronavirus pandemic had arrived within the state, facility managers and staff began enacting measures to prevent the spread of the virus amongst their residents....

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 ...

New Haven Independent

Laura Glesby

13 November 2020

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In New Haven, colleges and universities are taking different approaches to enforcing social distancing, visitation rules, and drinking in the dorms. Some have implemented strict rules, while others have embraced flexi...

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...

Outriders

Priscila Pacheco

Alexander de Maio

Cecilia Marins

Alessandra de Maio

28 October 2020

Brasilandia, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Once regarded as the region in Sao Paulo with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, Brasilandia residents mobilized their community to create a volunteer solidarity network that encouraged people to stay at home. The...

The New York Times

Amelia Nierenberg

27 October 2020

United States

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Schools across the country are trying a different approach to teaching safely during the pandemic: outdoors teaching. This article provides four examples of schools implementing this method and how they did it, from t...

New Haven Independent

Laura Glesby

27 October 2020

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In New Haven, colleges and universities are taking different approaches to COVID-19 testing. Some, like Yale, test students more than once a week. Others are sample testing clusters of students, whatever the method it...

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...

Wall Street Journal

Dasl Yoon

Timothy W. Martin

25 September 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Despite never mandating a lockdown, South Korea has been able to better control the spread of COVID-19 as compared to other countries of similar economic and development status. Focusing on information management and ...

QNotes

Chris Rudisill

18 September 2020

North Carolina, United States

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The Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative (CCTC) is the first statewide coordinated care network that contact traces new COVID-19 cases and electronically connects people to community resources. Investigators inter...

The Boulder Monitor

Keith Hammonds

15 September 2020

Teton County, Montana, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic complicated matters for local government, the Teton County public health office devised a process to enact state mandate that was effective, transparent, and led to rational decision-maki...

Quad-City Times

Erin Jordan

14 September 2020

Iowa, United States

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COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa prisons have been contained through extensive testing, quarantines, and reductions in prison crowding. The state's prison population hit a 20-year low, down 13% from early April, because of ...

Zenger News

Sharon Kiburi

11 September 2020

Kenya

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Women in GIS Kenya created a digital tool that helps the government track the number of Covid-19 cases, recoveries, and confirmed deaths, as well as the number of tests administered. The online database combines a sur...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Wilfred C. Alik

11 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii have formed their own Covid-19 task forces to stop the virus’ spread, rather than wait for the government to respond. Despite a lack of resources, the task forces conduct communi...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

8 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Two community living facilities have played integral roles in combatting the spread of diseases throughout New York's history by relying on mutual aid models. In the 1980's the Manhattan Plaza residence started the AI...

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...

NPR

Fran Kritz

2 September 2020

Warsaw, Poland

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In the 1940s, typhus spread throughout the community living within the Warsaw ghetto, but cases dramatically decreased in the winter of 1941. While some researchers remain unsure why, others point towards a change in ...

Sahan Journal

Joey Peters

2 September 2020

Minnesota, United States

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To extend aid to the Minnesotans most vulnerable to the coronavirus, state and local health departments, backed by $4 million in state funding and by community groups' on-the-ground help, conducted an extensive campai...

NBC News

Denise Chow

29 August 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Amongst other efforts, the University of Arizona has begun analyzing sewage to mitigate the spread of coronavirus as students return to campus for the new school year. The practice is known as wastewater-based epidemi...

BBC

Naomi Scherbel-Ball

25 August 2020

Nigeria

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After decades of trying to contain polio, collaborative efforts have resulted in the eradication of the disease from Africa. Although there is still no known cure, vaccination campaigns and collective action from poli...

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