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Covid-19: What can we learn from Japan?

Covid-19 deaths per 100k population as of May 11, 2020: Country Deaths/100k population Belgium 76.23 US 24.66 Japan 0.50 Source: Johns Hopkins Are masks the answer?

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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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Audiobook: ‘The Great Influenza’

As bad as Covid-19 is, the United States been through something like this before. However, it seems we didn’t learn from the lessons of the great influenza epidemic of 1918. That epidemic infected 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time. John M. Barry’s book is thoroughly researched and well written. It’s […]

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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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We Actually Know What We Should Eat – WSJ

Mark Bittman and David L. Katz writing in The Wall Street Journal: The truth is that all good diets feature one or another balanced assemblage of wholesome, real foods—mostly plants. Even now, with our instincts suppressed, we know what a good diet is. We picture chickpeas, not Doritos; pinto beans, not jelly beans; broccoli, not […]

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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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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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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 […]