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Podcast: ‘Public Health on Call’

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore has a superb podcast entitled Public Health On Call focusing on the novel coronavirus spreading worldwide. Past episode topics have included when we can expect a vaccine, an interview with historian, author and expert about the 1918 influenza pandemic John Barry and Covid-19 and the law. The information is reliable and presented calmly, which […]

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The first modern pandemic | Bill Gates

I am often asked when large-scale vaccination will start. Like American’s top public health officials, I say that it is likely to be 18 months, even though it could be as short as nine months or closer to two years. A key piece will be the length of the phase 3 trial, which is where […]

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Italy Locks Down Much of the Country’s North Over the Coronavirus – NYTimes

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Pilot Discusses COVID-19 and Airline Flying

Juan Browne, a commercial pilot, explains the air quality of commercial airliners and the cleaning regimen airlines use.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Google is helping

As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, it’s affecting our communities in different ways. Many in Europe and the Americas are just now beginning to experience what people in Asia have been confronting for weeks. We have set up a 24-hour incident response team to stay in sync with the World Health Organization, and […]

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Lufthansa Reduces Flights By 50 Percent

The Lufthansa Group has announced that it will reduce its current flight schedule by up to 50 percent, in response to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The airline is also contemplating grounding its fleet of 14 Airbus A380 aircraft. Source: AirlineGeeks

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New York Declares Emergency – NYTimes

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York on Saturday as the state’s number of confirmed cases rose to 76, 11 of them in New York City, the latest of which is an Uber driver. The declaration of emergency will allow the state to speed up the purchasing of supplies and […]

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Italy Plans Large-Scale Lockdown in Country’s North to Fight Coronavirus – WSJ

MILAN—The Italian government is planning to lock down Lombardy, a region of 10 million people where Milan is the capital, and 11 provinces in neighboring regions, in the most sweeping steps any European country has so far prepared to take against the coronavirus epidemic. A draft decree from the Italian Prime Minister’s office, seen by […]

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SXSW Cancellation Not Covered by Insurance: Communicable diseases, viruses, and pandemics not part of policy – News – The Austin Chronicle

Asked if the financial loss of cancellation will be covered by an insurance plan, SXSW co-founder Nick Barbaro – who is also the publisher of the Chronicle – said the organization does not have cancellation insurance relating to a disease outbreak or triggered by the city declaring a “local state of disaster.”— Read on The Austin Chronicle […]

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The WHO sent 25 international experts to China and here are their main findings after 9 days – via Reddit

5% of people who are diagnosed with Covid require artificial respiration. Another 15% need to breathe in highly concentrated oxygen – and not just for a few days. The duration from the beginning of the disease until recovery is 3 to 6 weeks on average for these severe and critical patients (compared to only 2 […]