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Updates on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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Northeastern’s COVID-19 researchers in the press

 

Coronavirus spikes outside China show travel bans aren’t working

National Geographic – Feb. 24, 2020

There are two words no one wants to hear during an emerging outbreak: local transmission. …

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The Coronavirus Scare: This Time Is Different

The Wall Street Journal – Feb. 25, 2020

They say that the four most dangerous words in investing are “this time is different.” Taking that sage advice too literally with the coronavirus crisis looks like a mistake, though. …

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Strategies shift as coronavirus pandemic looms

Science Magazine – Feb. 28, 2020

The global march of COVID-19 is beginning to look unstoppable. In just the past week, a countrywide outbreak surfaced in Iran, spawning additional cases in Iraq, Oman, and Bahrain. Italy put 10 towns in the north on lockdown after the virus rapidly spread there. An Italian physician carried the virus to the Spanish island of Tenerife, a popular holiday spot for northern Europeans, and Austria and Croatia reported their first cases. Meanwhile, South Korea’s outbreak kept growing explosively and Japan reported additional cases in the wake of the botched quarantine of a cruise ship. …

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Why a Coronavirus Recession Would Be So Hard to Contain

The New York Times – Feb. 29, 2020

It looks more and more likely that the novel form of coronavirus will do meaningful economic damage to the United States. Stock and bond prices already suggest that the outbreak could halt the longest expansion on record and even send the nation into recession. …

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What an equitable coronavirus response should look like

Fast Company – March 4, 2020

Pandemics highlight global inequalities, from who is educated about a disease to who can afford a visit to the doctor if they get sick, to who can work remotely—or even take time off work—to recover and prevent the spread of the disease to others. Health officials have said it’s inevitable that America will see an outbreak of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to more than 60 countries, infecting more than 88,000 people so far. …

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The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

Wired – March 5, 2020

The next phase of the Covid-19 outbreak in the United States is about to begin. The disease is here, and public health experts now believe that it’s time to shift to clear-eyed mitigation measures—to shut down some aspects of public life to slow the disease’s progress. But those experts also believe that no one is planning to protect the people mitigation itself may harm. …

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Coronavirus panic sells as alarmist information flies on social media

Axios – March 6, 2020

Many of the coronavirus stories getting shared the most on social media are packaged to drive fear rather than build understanding about the illness, according to NewsWhip data provided to Axios. …

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With Coronavirus, ‘Health Care for Some’ Is a Recipe for Disaster

The New York Times – March 6, 2020

In late January, as the new coronavirus was making its first incursion into the United States, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s contested “public charge” rule, which enables federal officials to deny green cards to immigrants who use social safety net programs. The decision received scant media attention, in part because it was overshadowed by the emerging epidemic. …

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‘We’re not prepared’: coronavirus could devastate homeless communities

The Guardian – March 10, 2020

The lack of a coordinated coronavirus strategy for homeless communities could be catastrophic for sick and older people already struggling to survive in tents and overcrowded shelters in California, advocates warned. …

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Can You Be Forced Into Quarantine? Your Questions, Answered

The New York Times – March 12, 2020

Government-imposed quarantines were fairly common in ancient times, before medicine stemmed the ferocity with which contagious diseases spread. The very word quarantine is rooted in the Italian words quarantenara and quaranta giorni, or 40 days, the period of time that the city of Venice forced ship passengers and cargo to wait before landing in the 14th and 15th centuries to try to stave off the plague. …

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Why ‘flattening the curve’ may be the world’s best bet to slow the coronavirus

Stat Magazine – March 11, 2020

The United States and other countries, experts say, are likely to be hit by tsunamis of Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks without aggressive public health responses. But by taking certain steps — canceling large public gatherings, for instance, and encouraging some people to restrict their contact with others — governments have a shot at stamping out new chains of transmission, while also trying to mitigate the damage of the spread that isn’t under control. …

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Merkel Gives Germans a Hard Truth About the Coronavirus

The New York Times – March 11, 2020

Chancellor Angela Merkel is on her way out and her power is waning, but in her typically low-key, no-nonsense manner, the German leader on Wednesday laid out some cold, hard facts on the coronavirus in a way that few other leaders have. …

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Massachusetts Virus Outbreak Looks Like Italy’s Just Two Weeks Ago

Bloomberg News – March 12, 2020

At the Northeastern University Emergent Epidemics Lab, researchers have a convenient petri dish for studying the spread of pandemics: their hometown of Boston. …

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Here’s How Fast the Coronavirus Could Infect Over 1 Million Americans

TIME – March 12, 2020

As the novel coronavirus saturates the news, forcing colleges and sports leagues to shut down and infiltrating Hollywood, many Americans are understandably wondering when it will arrive at their doorstep. While the number of known cases in the U.S. appears to be comparatively low as of now, the figures are almost certain to spike very soon, as both testing and exposure increase. …

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