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The Guardian

Trang Bui

1 May 2020

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Although Vietnam had a limited ability to treat coronavirus patients due to lack of treatment infrastructures, the country has been able to keep their case count low by implementing aggressive testing, contact tracing...

National Geographic

Aaron Gulley

30 April 2020

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While most countries around the world are trying to implement strategies to contain the coronavirus outbreak, New Zealand set out to eradicate the virus. Rapid government-enacted intervention strategies and a reliance...

Los Angeles Times

Erik Kirschbaum

Laura King

29 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Germany has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic as a country that has successfully been able to avoid the worst-case scenario, unlike many other countries still battling the virus. Although the country hasn't esca...

The New York Times

Iliana Magra

28 April 2020

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Because of early and quick actions by the government – and a compliant populace – Greece has seen under 200 COVID-19 deaths, relatively low compared to its European counterparts. The country was quick to cancel large ...

Al Jazeera

Nicolas Haque

28 April 2020

Dakar, Senegal

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Senegal has largely been able to keep the coronavirus outbreak at manageable levels thanks to early detection strategies and the reliance on local research. Crediting lessons learned from past communicable disease out...

Wall Street Journal

Niharika Mandhana

Lam Le

27 April 2020

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Vietnam implemented rigid protocols around contact tracing and quarantine methodologies in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak, and so far, it has paid off with no deaths and a manageable caseload. Although a la...

Al Jazeera

Malika Bilal

27 April 2020

Dakar, Senegal

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As the COVID-19 pandemic picked up across the world, Senegal, taking lessons from its experiences with Ebola, acted quickly. Measures like hard travel restrictions and lockdowns, daily information briefings and broadc...

The New York Times

Damien Cave

24 April 2020

Sydney, Australia

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With the goal of containing the spread of Covid-19, the national governments in Australia and New Zealand took an approach that was predicated on letting public health experts take the lead. Although this approach – w...

The Guardian

Justin McCurry

23 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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With one of the lowest mortality rates in the world and a rapidly declining rate of new COVID-19 cases, South Korea has emerged as a world leader in containing the pandemic. Many credit widespread testing and contact ...

Kaiser Health News

Angela Hart

Anna Maria Barry-Jester

21 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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An alliance born out of the AIDS epidemic, now known as the Association of Bay Area Health Officials, has been a key factor in the effort to contain Covid-19 in Northern California. Proactive planning and unified mess...

Foreign Affairs

Victor Cha

21 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea's national government took quick action and implemented sweeping policy changes that have helped the country better control the spread of Covid-19. Contact tracing and democratizing the creation of testing...

Mongabay

Karlston Lapniten

21 April 2020

Cordillera Administrative Region, Indonesia

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To combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, provinces in the northern Philippines have implemented a tengao, an indigenous version of a lockdown. Since community elders invoked the lockdown, the region has recorded...

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...

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...

Anchorage Daily News

Michelle Theriault Boots

17 April 2020

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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In an effort to contain the coronavirus, Alaska nurses are stepping in as "contact tracers," as a means of investigating who should be quarantined or tested. The initiative has been credited for helping keep Alaska's ...

BBC

Soutik Biswas

16 April 2020

Chengala, Kerala, India

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The state of Kerala, India has been particularly effective in their fight against COVID-19. Kerala happens to have a grassroots democracy with community leaders and the consent of the people, as well as a decentralize...

NPR

Michael Sullivan

16 April 2020

Vietnam

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Vietnam has been praised for their collective response to containing coronavirus which was predicated on early and aggressive action and applying lessons learned from earlier communicable disease outbreaks. Although t...

CNN

Angela Dewan

Henrik Pettersson

Natalie Croker

16 April 2020

Taiwan

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As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, we’re also learning lessons from one another. For instance, Taiwan’s ability to have a designated Central Epidemic Command Center helped to coordinate a comprehensive r...

Science Magazine

Linda Nordling

15 April 2020

South Africa

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Like countries around the world, South Africa imposed strict social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. After a few weeks, they’re seeing that slowdown happening and using it to build in additional saf...

Harvard Business Review

Yasheng Huang

15 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Though the type of government, whether democratic or authoritarian, seems to matter little in who is faring the best against the coronavirus pandemic, the more successful countries do tend to be situated in East Asia....

The GroundTruth Project

Megan Botel

Isaiah Murtaugh

15 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The quarantines and shelter-in-place orders that many cities in the United States are enacting today to combat the coronavirus pandemic can be compared to similar tactics taken in 1918 to stop the spread of influenza ...

The Guardian

Helena Smith

14 April 2020

Greece

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Greece took a proactive approach to contain the coronavirus – screening people as they entered the country even before any confirmed cases had been reported and then quarantining anyone returning from Spain in hotel r...

WUFT-PBS

Christine Guerrero

Kayla Price

Hannah Rarick

11 April 2020

Gainesville, Florida, United States

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As a response to COVID-19, Florida closed its state parks, but in Gainesville, they’ve kept a number of city-owned ones open. Among those open is Sweetwater’s Nature Center, which cites the natural spaces as crucial f...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Zak Podmore

10 April 2020

Towaoc, Colorado, United States

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The Ute Mountain Ute people have enacted a number of COVID-19 preventative measures for the tribe. These include implementing a curfew, transforming their casino into a food distribution hub and lodging for first resp...

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...

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