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Want To Create A Better Mask? It’s Harder Than It Seams

NPR – July 6, 2020

Brothers Billy and Nick Smith have designed a reusable mask that’s knit, not sewn. It’s seamless, sustainable, and made from polyester, spandex, nylon, and an antimicrobial silver-coated yarn.



As cases spike in California, a warning for Massachusetts

Boston Globe – July 4, 2020

As Phase 3 reopening begins here, the explosion in infections in the Golden State suggests Massachusetts should not act as if the disease has been conquered.



Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

The New York Times – July 2, 2020

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.



A User’s Guide To Masks: What’s Best At Protecting Others (And Yourself)

NPR – July 1, 2020

They’re made of cotton. Or polyester. Or paper. Or polypropylene. Here’s what researchers say about the effectiveness of the different types of face masks during this pandemic.



The Psychology Behind Why Some People Wear Face Masks – And Others Don’t

HuffPost UK – June 30, 2020

Confusion, embarrassment, discomfort. Psychologists tell HuffPost UK what may stop people wearing a mask.



AI Use to Screen Pandemic Job Seekers Could Lead to Bias Claims

Bloomberg Law – June 30, 2020

Companies are making more use of algorithmic hiring tools to screen a flood of job applicants during the coronavirus pandemic amid questions about whether they introduce new forms of bias into the early vetting process.



White House Official: Americans Will “Just Have to Live With” Massive Coronavirus Surge

Slate – June 25, 2020

The three most populous states in the U.S. recorded their highest daily totals of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. California announced more than 7,000, while Florida and Texas announced about 5,500 each.



How Can The U.S. Get A Handle On The Spread Of Coronavirus?

WGBH – June 25, 2020

Deaths from the coronavirus in the United States have now surpassed 122,000 and new hot spots have emerged in states including California and Texas.



What was it like to live through the pandemic, grandpa? University archives seek items that capture COVID-19 history

Boston Globe – June 26, 2020

University archives around Boston are trying to document the pandemic. Specifically, through the eyes of their campus communities.



A Pandemic Problem for Older Workers: Will They Have to Retire Sooner?

The New York Times – June 26, 2020

They face particular challenges brought on by Covid-19 — issues, experts say, that could lead to retirement earlier than planned.



5 Ways Family Businesses Can Adapt To Covid-19

Forbes – June 28, 2020

For more about how the pandemic is affecting family business owners and how these entrepreneurs can best adapt to it, I interviewed BanyanGlobal’s Josh Baron.



How the Virus Won

The New York Times – June 25, 2020

Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We reconstructed how the epidemic spun out of control.



What We Can Learn From People Who Worked Remotely Pre-Pandemic

Bloomberg Businessweek – June 17, 2020

For anyone unaccustomed to working from home, the last few months have been a rough transition. With more companies each day announcing they’ll allow remote work for the indefinite future, it’s time to make another shift: from seeing work-from-home arrangements as temporary to considering them a long-term reality.



How to Cope With Common Stressors During the COVID-19 Crisis

Boston Magazine – June 16, 2020

Still feeling all the feels several months into this pandemic? You don’t have to go it alone. Here, local therapists offer their survival strategies for the most common COVID-induced stressors.



Emissions dropped during COVID-19. Here’s what cities can do to keep them from rising

Fast Company – June 15, 2020

COVID-19 upended our daily lives and shifted our relationship to transportation, although we don’t yet know how trends that started during the pandemic will play out. Will people forsake public transit for cars? Will street closures continue, creating more permanent space for walking, biking, and outdoor restaurants? Will work-from-home continue to be the norm, cutting down on commuting hours—and emissions—in the process?



High Court Saves Jobs of ‘Dreamers’ on Pandemic’s Frontlines

Bloomberg Law – June 18, 2020

More than 200,000 “dreamers” on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic saw their jobs preserved for now after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Obama-era program that allows young, undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the country.



Rush to Publish Risks Undermining COVID-19 Research

Inside Higher Ed – June 8, 2020

COVID-19 research is being published at an astonishingly fast pace and taken up by the public quickly. That comes with problems.



Unreliable data: how doubt snowballed over Covid-19 drug research that swept the world

The Guardian – June 4, 2020

A vast database from a little-known company called Surgisphere has influenced rapid policy shifts as the world seeks treatments for Covid-19. But as researchers began to examine it more closely, they became increasingly concerne.



Don’t Touch Your Face: Our Cities May Never Be the Same Again

Foreign Policy – June 1, 2020

The coronavirus has run rampant around the world’s cities, bringing them to a complete standstill. The joys of city life have been upturned as restaurants, theaters, and workplaces have all become potential vectors for transmission of the virus.



What happens if you get coronavirus at work? Experts say it might be hard to prove.

The Washington Post – May 29, 2020

The novel coronavirus ushered in shelter-in-place orders across the country and uncertainty about when life will return to what it was. As more states shift to gradually reopening their economies, the path toward normalcy also breeds new anxiety and questions about safe returns to work and businesses.



Power Up: Trump wants masks to be a 2020 wedge issue. But Americans, including Republicans, support them.

The Washington Post – May 29, 2020

President Trump’s disdain for mask-wearing is now an official 2020 campaign stance: Days after President Trump ridiculed presumptive nominee Joe Biden for wearing a face covering on Memorial Day, his campaign last night blasted the former vice president and specific reporters as “mask-shamers” who “keep getting caught breaking their own rules.”



How Fear Spreads the Coronavirus

The Atlantic – May 29, 2020

In late February, new Trump-administration regulations took effect that radically expand whom immigration officials judge to be a “public charge”—permanently dependent on government aid—and thus ineligible for a green card. The rules allow officials to deny green-card applicants if they have used food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance, or other safety-net programs that were previously exempt from consideration.



Congress Asked The CDC For Data On How The Coronavirus Is Affecting Communities Of Color. The CDC Sent Back Links To Its Public Website.

BuzzFeed News – May 28, 2020

As communities of color are disproportionately dying from the coronavirus, Congress asked the CDC to collect national data on the race and ethnicity of COVID-19 cases and deaths.



The toll of coronavirus: 100,000 and counting

ABC News – May 28, 2020

100,000. But this is not about numbers. This is about us. This is about incalculable loss. About lives snuffed out too soon. Something different, awful, is in our midst, doing unspeakable acts.



Most Americans Haven’t Stopped Trusting Scientists

FiveThirtyEight – May 27, 2020

It’s easy to look around right now and conclude that popular public opinion has turned against scientists. Twitter hashtags have urged the president to fire Anthony Fauci.



New research suggests coronavirus spread began in U.S. in mid-February

Axios – May 27, 2020

New research suggests that the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state was likely started by someone who came to the U.S. in mid-February, not by the first confirmed infection in the country, STAT reports.



New research rewrites history of when Covid-19 took off in the U.S. — and points to missed chances to stop it

STAT – May 26, 2020

New research has poured cold water on the theory that the Covid-19 outbreak in Washington state — the country’s first — was triggered by the very first confirmed case of the infection in the country. Instead, it suggests the person who ignited the first chain of sustained transmission in the United States probably returned to the country in mid-February, a month later.



How to fact-check coronavirus misinformation on social media

Poynter – May 26, 2020

A recent survey found that 34% of people reported seeing someone else get corrected for sharing about COVID-19 on social media. Nearly one-fourth of respondents said they had fact-checked coronavirus misinformation themselves, and more than two-thirds agreed that people should respond when they see someone sharing false claims.



Missed Opportunities In Massachusetts’ COVID Response

WGBH – May 26, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control urged people to start wearing masks in crowded places on April 3, nearly a month earlier. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh made masks mandatory in the city on April 5. Baker issued a mask advisory April 10, but he didn’t make masks mandatory until May 6 — five days after he announced the new rule.



With reopening comes the threat of a second wave of COVID-19, scientists warn

Boston Globe – May 25, 2020

Epidemiologists say not to get too comfortable with the new normal: Another wave could also mean a second lockdown.



You can’t turn the economy back on like a light switch

VOX – May 21, 2020

As states around the country begin to reopen their economies with the coronavirus crisis still far from under control, we’re about to undertake a very big experiment about whether you can turn the economy on and off, basically, like a light switch. That getting back to business will be easy is a risky bet to make, and so far, signs point to it being pretty unlikely.



America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further

The Atlantic – May 20, 2020

The coronavirus is coursing through different parts of the U.S. in different ways, making the crisis harder to predict, control, or understand.



The pandemic is testing sibling rivalry — and you

CNN – May 19, 2020

Parents struggling to work while kids snarl insults and hurl objects at one another can be forgiven for thinking that it’s the former scenario that’s playing out while schools are closed as a result of Covid-19.



Scientists say Baker’s reopening plan is sensible, but still concerning

Boston Globe – May 18, 2020

Epidemiologists say a second wave of infection is likely. And a return to church and worship services could be especially problematic.



Coronavirus Cases Slow in U.S., but the Big Picture Remains Tenuous

The New York Times – May 16, 2020

Reports of new cases have declined nationally, and deaths have slowed. But reopening plans leave unanswered questions.



Innovation will help us rebuild

Boston Globe – May 15, 2020

Every state, city, and town is a system of systems. Public schools. Transportation. Housing. Local commerce. Industry and manufacturing. Law enforcement. Infrastructure. Sanitation. The list goes on, and each is a critical, interdependent component of our daily lives.



Who’s Enforcing Mask Rules? Often Retail Workers, and They’re Getting Hurt

The New York Times – May 15, 2020

Reports of new cases have declined nationally, and deaths have slowed. But reopening plans leave unanswered questions.



Coronavirus has lifted the work-from-home stigma. How will that shape the future?

NBC News – May 13, 2020

The fast-moving coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Americans to work from home, with no immediate end in sight. Dates for when employees will return to office buildings move later and later or remain uncertain for many companies.



Top Health Experts Paint Bleak Picture of Pandemic

NBC News – May 12, 2020

At a hearing, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci told senators that if the country did not adequately prepare, “then we run the risk of having a resurgence.”



Our cities may never look the same again after the pandemic

CNN – May 9, 2020

From Auckland to Bogota, urban planners are already adapting our cities to lockdown. But will the changes last, and which more radical design proposals — be it sewer monitors or “epidemic skyscrapers” — will shape the post-pandemic city?



Every conversation about reopening should be about testing

VOX – May 8, 2020

The conversation about when states should start to reopen their economies is growing louder and louder — with President Donald Trump and some governors suggesting it’s time to relax social distancing measures implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.



COVID-19 is exposing cracks in the US health system, experts say

ABC News – May 8, 2020

The United States has the largest gross domestic product in the world and one of the highest per capita. But its health doesn’t reflect that wealth.



You’ll Probably Never Know If You Had the Coronavirus in January

The Atlantic – May 8, 2020

So far, all available evidence suggests that few Americans were infected in the first weeks of the year. It would be next to impossible to find out who they were.



New evidence suggests the coronavirus was likely spreading in the US and France as early as December

Business Insider – May 7, 2020

New evidence from Florida and France suggests that the coronavirus had already spread out of Wuhan, China, and begun traveling across the globe as early as December.



In Defense of a Good Cry, and Other Options for ‘Losing It’

The New York Times – May 7, 2020

Lie in the fetal position, eat a sundae, call a friend: In these tough times, there’s an argument to be made for losing control (within reason).



Travel From New York City Seeded Wave of U.S. Outbreaks

The New York Times – May 7, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak in New York City became the primary source of infections around the United States, researchers have found.



Why unreliable tests are flooding the coronavirus conversation

National Geographic – May 6, 2020

Flawed methods. Faulty materials. Here’s how to make sense of the wildly different results from current antibody testing.



Are we now coming down from the coronavirus plateau?

The Boston Globe – May 6, 2020

For a state that is largely shut down, shut in, and starving for good news, this may be a start: Massachusetts appears to be descending from its coronavirus plateau.



Masks are here to stay. And they’re quickly becoming a way to express ourselves.

The Washington Post – May 5, 2020

Fashion always finds a way. Human beings are undaunted in their search for ways to stand out, to communicate, to thrive in a treacherous environment. And so the face mask — once purely functional, once perceived as an exotic accessory — has evolved at breakneck speed into something more.



Why we should all be wearing face masks

BBC – May 4, 2020

With some countries already emerging from lockdown, can wearing face masks in public help to keep coronavirus infection rates from rising again?



The Search Is On for America’s Earliest Coronavirus Deaths

Wall Street Journal – May 4, 2020

Across the U.S., health investigators have launched efforts to find previously unidentified deaths from Covid-19, in some cases looking far back enough to potentially rewrite the timeline of when the coronavirus first came to the country and began killing Americans.



Bills, Taxes, Donations: How People Are Spending Their Coronavirus Relief Money

WBUR – May 4, 2020

Federal relief money is starting to make its way to people in Massachusetts and across the country. Most individuals can expect up to $1,200, or more for families. It’s all part of a coronavirus relief package passed by Congress in March.



The Covid-19 Pandemic Shows the Virtues of Net Neutrality

Wired – May 4, 2020

Network speeds are holding up despite the crush of internet traffic. Freed from rules, broadband providers have cut investment in their systems.



Maze parks to micromarkets: How coronavirus could bring cities closer to home

Thomson Reuters Foundation – May 4, 2020

Architects are rethinking urban design to let people get the best of city living while staying safe during the next pandemic.



How to measure your nation’s response to coronavirus

National Geographic – May 1, 2020

National Geographic reviews the lessons learned from national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.



How to talk to your neighbors about social distancing

CNN – May 1, 2020

As states begin to relax certain rules about who can go where, when and how, neighbors who once got along peacefully now are experiencing and exacerbating tensions over simple choices that could — at least in theory — put everyone in the community at risk.



Where The Latest COVID-19 Models Think We’re Headed — And Why They Disagree

FiveThirtyEight – May 1, 2020

Models predicting the potential spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have become a fixture of American life. Yet each model tells a different story about the devastation to come, making it hard to know which one is “right.” But COVID-19 models aren’t made to be unquestioned oracles. They’re not trying to tell us one precise future, but rather the range of possibilities given the facts on the ground.



Trump’s social distancing guidelines quietly expire as the administration shifts focus to reopening

USA Today – April 30, 2020

The deadline to lift social distancing guidelines quietly passed on Thursday as the White House pushed a new set of suggestions designed to reopen the U.S. economy now decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.



COVID-19 forecasts paint grim spring picture for Mass., death projections up as other states open up

Boston 25 News – April 30, 2020

Two weeks ago, its COVIDAnalytics project forecast that by mid-June, Massachusetts would see a cumulative total of more than 60,000 cases of the virus and about 3,500 deaths. The state actually hit those milestones almost seven weeks early.



Americans grade Trump’s COVID-19 response worse than every state governor, poll finds

Miami Herald – April 30, 2020

Americans in all 50 states say their governor is doing a better job responding to the coronavirus pandemic than President Donald Trump, according to a new poll. The survey found Trump had a wide disparity in approval even in some states with Republican governors.



GOP governors who took the coronavirus seriously saw a huge polling bump. Trump didn’t and is tanking.

Business Insider – April 30, 2020

Americans increasingly disapprove of his handling of the presidency and his approach to the coronavirus pandemic, and he’s trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 race, according to polls.



Poll: Most Mainers support continued shutdown with 1 in 5 affected by layoffs

Bangor Daily News – April 30, 2020

The vast majority of Mainers support continued restrictions on businesses and personal travel even as 19 percent of respondents said they or someone in their household had been laid off as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new poll.



California closes Orange county beaches over Covid-19 fears – but how risky is a beach day?

The Guardian – April 30, 2020

Photos of packed beaches in southern California made headlines around the United States this week, prompting a furious state governor to order all beaches in Orange county closed this weekend.



Did you already have coronavirus in January or February?

Fox News – April 30, 2020

With the recent news that two Californians died of COVID-19 in February, three weeks earlier than the United States’ first known death from the disease, it has become clear that the coronavirus was spreading in the United States long before it was detected by testing.



Meet some of Trump’s most conservative judicial picks

The Guardian – April 30, 2020

One of Donald Trump’s central 2016 presidential campaign promises was that he would fill the courts with judges who evoked the late conservative justice Antonin Scalia.



Here’s why coronavirus is being classified as a biological agent

CNBC – April 29, 2020

Bad actors have defied stay-at-home orders and are threatening to spread the coronavirus by coughing or spitting on essential workers. Under new direction from Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, these actions could be punishable by law under terrorism charges.



Worried your cloth mask isn’t filtering coronavirus? This simple hack could make it more effective

Fast Company – April 29, 2020

Have you been worried about how many germs your homemade mask is actually filtering? Researchers have found a simple hack that could boost the effectiveness of any mask, including the DIY one you made from an old T-shirt or tea towel.



What To Do When People Don’t Practice Social Distancing

NPR – April 28, 2020

While people across the country are following the social distancing guidelines that health authorities say are necessary to keep the coronavirus from spreading, plenty of people are not.



What 5 Coronavirus Models Say the Next Month Will Look Like

The New York Times – April 22, 2020

In the last few weeks, we’ve all become a little more familiar with epidemiological models. These calculations, which make estimates about how many people are likely to get sick, need a hospital bed or die from coronavirus, are guiding public policy — and our expectations about what the future holds.


What to Expect When You Get Back to the Office After Lockdown

Bloomberg – April 9, 2020

Things are about to get weird at work. In many places where offices have reopened, businesses haven’t returned to business as usual. We spoke to managers and employees around the world about the aspects of pandemic work culture that are here to stay—and those that aren’t.



Coronavirus death toll in US likely worse than numbers say

NPR – April 7, 2020

The nation’s death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 10,000 in the last 24 hours, but even that figure belied a grim truth: the real number of deaths is higher, but no one knows how much. …



You Can’t Check In Too Often With Your Remote Employees

Bloomberg Business – April 6, 2020

Working in an office, there’s a rhythm of once-a-week meetings and periodic check-ins, supplemented by casual elevator updates (“Hey, I just talked to Julie …”). But now that your staff is spread out on couches and in kitchens, you need a new communication strategy. Top management experts shared their tips. …



Respiratory Therapists Are On The Frontline Of Coronavirus Battle

NPR – April 2, 2020

Tom Barnes of Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership Program tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep that operating a ventilator takes skill and a lot of training. …



The coronavirus is washing over the U.S. These factors will determine how bad it gets in each community

STAT – April 1, 2020

Two months after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in the United States, the virus has sprung from its initial toeholds and started to shift the country’s infection map — from one of pockmarked hotspots to one that blankets the entire nation. Detroit. New Orleans. Dallas. These are among the cities that could be the next hubs of the U.S. emergency, and where the virus has likely been spreading for weeks. …


Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model

FiveThirtyEight – March 31, 2020

Here we are, in the middle of a pandemic, staring out our living room windows like aquarium fish. The question on everybody’s minds: How bad will this really get? Followed quickly by: Seriously, how long am I going to have to live cooped up like this? …



States Restrict Travelers from Coronavirus ‘Hot Zones’

The Wall Street Journal – March 29, 2020

To slow the virus, Alessandro Vespignani and other analysts are racing to model the behavior of its human host. …



Meet the International Team Mapping the Real-Time Spread of the Coronavirus

VICE News – March 26, 2020

The researchers of the Open COVID-19 Data Curation Group have seen what’s worked in places like South Korea and Hong Kong to stem the spread of coronavirus, and how the U.S. is so woefully behind in its fight. …



How New York’s spiraling coronavirus outbreak could affect Mass.

The Boston Globe – March 25, 2020

With New York suddenly an epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, epidemiologists are warning that the state’s proximity and travel ties to Massachusetts could lead to more infections here, underscoring the need for residents to distance themselves from others and take further precautions. …



Trump Wants to Reopen America ‘By Easter.’ But That’s (Mostly) Up to the States, Not the President

TIME – March 25, 2020

Barely weeks into a nationwide social distancing effort to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, politicians, pundits and health experts are at odds over how long the isolation should last. Some are concerned about the economic toll of the shutdown — global markets have sputtered and the U.S. unemployment rate could climb into unprecedented territory. …



Density Is Normally Good for Us. That Will Be True After Coronavirus, Too.

The New York Times – March 24, 2020

This has been an especially painful realization in major cities: The very thing that makes cities remarkable — the proximity of so many people to one another — is now making them susceptible in a pandemic. Density, suddenly, is bad for our health. And we are trying everything we can think of to dismantle it. …



Cellphone tracking could help stem the spread of coronavirus. Is privacy the price?

Science – March 22, 2020

“IT IS POSSIBLE TO STOP THE EPIDEMIC.” That’s the message splashed atop a website built by a University of Oxford team this week to share new research on the spread of the novel coronavirus. Below that hopeful statement comes a big caveat: To stop the virus’ spread, health officials need to find and isolate the contacts of infected people—lots of them—and fast. …



Coronavirus Could Overwhelm U.S. Without Urgent Action, Estimates Say

The New York Times – March 20, 2020

The coronavirus has infected far more people in the United States than testing has shown so far, and stringent measures to limit social contact in parts of the country not yet seeing many cases are needed to significantly stem the tide of illness and death in the coming months. …



Can Local Governments Enforce Quarantines? Should They?

NPR – March 18, 2020

Many states have laws that give health department directors the authority to enforce a quarantine on individuals who pose a threat to public health. And if people defy a court-ordered quarantine, they could face fines and criminal charges. …



Undetected Cases May Be Driving Coronavirus Spread, Study Finds.

US News – March 17, 2020

You’re a little feverish, but you feel good enough to get your shopping done and a quick workout at the gym. If you do, you could become part of the exponential spread of the coronavirus, a new study concludes. …



How long should Americans expect to live like this — separated from friends, co-workers, and classmates? Experts say they don’t know.

Boston Globe – March 16, 2020

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” No, it’s not reassuring. But that’s the message from epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and infectious disease doctors, who have been sounding the alarm for weeks about the growing threat of the novel coronavirus and the dire consequences the United States will undoubtedly face if the spread of the disease, Covid-19, is not aggressively tamed. …



Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

The New York Times – March 15, 2020

To slow the virus, Alessandro Vespignani and other analysts are racing to model the behavior of its human host. …



Sanitizer. Skip the handshake. No audience. An unusual debate, thanks to coronavirus.

NBC News – March 15, 2020

It’s stunning how much the world has changed in a matter of weeks since the last debate in South Carolina on Feb. 25, when there was no room for social distancing because seven candidates were on stage and it took 83 minutes for CBS’ moderators to bring up the coronavirus, then a distant concern. …



Why “social distancing,” if done wrong, can make you more vulnerable

Salon – March 15, 2020

Should the cabin lose pressure on an airplane, passengers are told to put our own masks on first before helping those around us. I’ve always thought that maybe we have to be told this advice because it defies the empathy that makes us human. Amid a crisis, we have a deep desire to help each other that outweighs what we experience in our day-to-day lives. …



How this psychologist suggests we manage COVID-19 fears

PBS News Hour – March 13, 2020

As cancellations, closures and medical concerns within the U.S. and across the globe suspend our daily routines, fear and anxiety also rise. It’s difficult to avoid worrying, but it can be helpful to understand when fear is actually counterproductive to wellbeing. Jeffrey Brown talks to David DeSteno, a psychology professor at Northeastern University who studies periods of stress and trauma.. …



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. …



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. …



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. …



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. …



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. …



‘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. …



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. …



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. …



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. …



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. …



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. …



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. …



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. …




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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