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How Countries, Institutes Respond to Covid-19

Merkel asks Germans for resilience in coronavirus battle

Apr. 23, 2020, Reuters - Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Chancellor Merkel urged Germans to show endurance and discipline to get through the coronavirus pandemic that is “still at the beginning”, and called for a bigger European Union budget to support economic recovery in the bloc. Merkel is worried that Germans are relaxing their social distancing efforts after the federal and regional governments agreed to reopen some shops on April 20, 2020.

Harvard University: Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience

Apr. 20, 2020. Massive scale testing, tracing, and supported isolation (TTSI) as the path to pandemic resilience for a free society, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University

Covid-19 is a profound threat to our democracy, comparable to the great depression and World War II. What we need to do is much bigger than most people realize. We need to massively scale-up testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine - together with providing the resources to make these possible for all individuals. Between now and August, we should phase in economic mobilization sync with growth in our capacity to provide sustainable testing programs for mobilized sectors of the workforce.

USA CDC recommends masks to help slow the spread of Covid-19

Apr., 2020. USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)

CDC studies the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States, and knows that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms (Ref 1-7). This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus: South Korea seeing a 'stabilising trend'

Mar. 15, 2020. Kang Kyung-wha, the South Korean Foreign Minister

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, Minister Kang Kyung-wha says she thinks extensive testing has been the key to South Korea's low Coronovirus fatality rate, and that governments have the responsibility to "guard against panic".

How a country serious about Coronavirus does testing and quarantine

Mar. 12, 2020. Donald McNeil, Science and Health reporter for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow from MSNBC

How China handles a person who may have contracted the novel coronavirus, with any eye on breaking the chains of transmission and protecting hospitals from being overwhelmed.

 

COVID-19: Situation in Singapore under control

Mar. 12, 2020. Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore Prime Minister, National Talk

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned on Thursday (Mar 12) that the country faces a "serious situation", with a possible spike in new cases, more clusters and new waves of infection from other countries. He added that the situation nevertheless remains under control and Singapore will not raise its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) alert level to red

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