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'Not our first rodeo with new germs': To prep for coronavirus, hospitals use lessons learned in past epidemics


Posted: Fri-Apr-2020



Hospitals are holding daily briefings with state and local health departments, stocking up on personal protective equipment for health care workers, and working with engineers to better control air flow in their hospitals to make sure they are best positioned to stave off the infection from spreading.

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Against a common foe, nations around the world go their own way on pandemic
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Individual countries may indeed be toiling against a common foe in the form of the virus, but the picture of an international community working together and offering a co-ordinated response remains very much a work in progress. 

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Bernie Sanders's 2020 disappointment might also offer a sobering lesson for Trump: Keith Boag
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If you've been following the Democratic presidential primary and were surprised by Bernie Sanders's exit this week, it might be because pundits misled you about the strength of his campaign, Keith Boag writes.

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Canadian military intelligence unit issued warning about Wuhan outbreak back in January
Virus Outbreak Chronology

A small, specialized unit within the Canadian military's intelligence branch began producing detailed warnings and analysis about the emergence of the deadly novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China in early January, CBC News has learned.

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U.S. has recorded over 16,000 coronavirus-related deaths
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New York state reported a record number of coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day, though its trends on hospitalizations were more hopeful, as the U.S. death toll rose above 16,000.

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War-torn Yemen confirms 1st coronavirus case; braces for outbreak
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Yemen reported its first case of the novel coronavirus on Friday as aid groups try to prepare for an outbreak in a country where war has shattered the health system and spread hunger and disease.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care
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Britons braced for several more weeks in lockdown, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved out of intensive care Thursday, following three nights in the unit for treatment of his coronavirus infection.

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Tight control measures for COVID-19 continue across China after Wuhan reopens
Virus Outbreak Wuhan New Normal

Tight control measures for COVID-19 remain in place across China after Wuhan lifted its lockdown yesterday as imported and asymptomatic cases continue to rise.

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Countries in sub-Saharan Africa may face 'huge peak' in coronavirus cases 'very soon,' WHO warns
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Countries in sub-Saharan Africa could see a peak in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, and testing should be urgently increased in the region, World Health Organization officials said Thursday.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt now has over 400 confirmed coronavirus cases
Virus Outbreak Aircraft Carrier

A sailor from the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) in Guam after testing positive for the coronavirus last month, the U.S. navy said on Thursday, as the number of coronavirus cases on the ship jumped to over 400.

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How a pandemic struck a British PM and changed the world. No, not this one
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Boris Johnson isn't the first British PM hospitalized by the largest pandemic of his century. In 1918, the Spanish flu sickened and killed a staggering array of world leaders, and shaped the future politics of India, South Africa, the Soviet Union and perhaps every country involved in the Second World War.

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Swiss find workaround to get gardening supplies in time of COVID-19
Swiss find workaround to get gardening supplies in time of COVID-19

An entrepreneur follows the physical distancing rules with a new delivery system to help with spring planting.

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'Eerily quiet': How California's early action against COVID-19 delayed the surge at hospitals
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Since the pandemic began, California hospitals have been preparing for an influx of COVID-19 patients — the dreaded surge. It has yet to arrive. Evidence is mounting that the state's early action — including the first statewide stay-at-home order in the U.S. — helped slow the spread.

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Saudi officials say Yemen ceasefire is in effect, but Houthis yet to officially respond
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A ceasefire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen went into effect Thursday, potentially paving the way for an end to the more than five-year-old conflict.

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Atomic bomb tests help reveal age of world's biggest fish
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Scientists have figured out how to calculate the age of whale sharks — Earth's largest fish — with some guidance from the radioactive fallout spawned by Cold War-era atomic bomb testing.

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Bernie Sanders ends Democratic campaign for president
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday in a conference call with staff, his campaign said in a statement.

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U.S. health officials planning for what re-entry to 'normality' will look like
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U.S. health officials are planning ways for the country to return to normal activities if distancing and other steps to mitigate COVID-19 this month prove successful in curbing the outbreak, the top U.S. infectious disease official said on Wednesday.

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Linda Tripp, whistleblower in Monica Lewinsky scandal, dies at 70
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Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at age 70.

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Supermoon brightens night skies around the world
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Landmarks and landscapes around the world were illuminated by the brightest moon of the year.

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Congo president's chief of staff arrested amid graft probe
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On Wednesday, police in Congo — also known as Congo-Kinshasa — arrested the president's chief of staff, Vital Kamerhe, after he testified in an investigation into alleged misappropriation of public funds.

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Shareholder sues Zoom for not disclosing security flaws
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Zoom Video Communications Inc. was slapped with a class-action suit yesterday by one of its shareholders accusing the videoconferencing app of overstating its privacy standards and failing to disclose that its service was not end-to-end encrypted.

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Tokyo Olympic Chief Hints Games Could Be In Doubt Even In 2021
Last month, Japanese officials postponed the 2020 Olympics an entire year due to the COVID-19 crisis. ... read more


Helicopters, Police Checks, Fines: Australia's Easter Travel Crackdown Against Coronavirus
'Today the gloves come off... we are going to police this.' ... read more


Hungary's Far-Right Leader Continues A Power Grab During The Pandemic
Quickly moving to utilize emergency measures passed last week, critics say Prime Minister Viktor Orban is "killing democracy." ... read more


Boris Johnson Released From Intensive Care Unit, Remains Hospitalized
The British prime minister is being treated for coronavirus at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital. ... read more


The European Dream Could Be The Next Coronavirus Victim
Countries closed their borders and failed to help neighbors respond to the pandemic. Amid the squabbling, the far-right threatens democratic principles. ... read more


Saudi Arabia Announces Yemen Cease-Fire Amid Pandemic
It's a step that could pave the way for the first direct peace talks between the two sides that have been at war for more than five years. ... read more


Syrian Air Force Launched Chemical Attacks On Civilians, Watchdog Says
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria used the chemical weapons sarin and chlorine in a series of attacks in 2017. ... read more


Sweden's Unique Response To Coronavirus Is Hurting Its Minority Communities
Sweden hasn't locked down. That may have confused segregated groups with foreign backgrounds, which report high infection rates. ... read more


U.S. Is Suddenly OK With Indian Hydroxychloroquine Maker It Banned For Multiple Violations
The US Food and Drug Administration has lifted a 3 year-long import ban on chloroquine products manufactured by Mumbai-based Ipca Laboratories, a company that it last investigated in August 2019. ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: New York Has More Confirmed Cases Than Any Country
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Masked Crowds Fill Streets, Trains After Wuhan Lockdown Ends
Thousands streamed out of the Chinese city of 11 million people as its 76-day lockdown was lifted. ... read more


Cyclone Harold Slams Into Fiji As Category 5 Storm
The powerful storm leveled homes and snapping communications links in the archipelago. ... read more


Miss England Returns To Work As A Doctor To Aid Coronavirus Pandemic
Bhasha Mukherjee, who won the title in 2019, was doing humanitarian work abroad but decided to hang up her crown and help her overwhelmed colleagues. ... read more


Ireland's Prime Minister Is Reregistering As A Doctor To Fight Coronavirus
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who has a background in medicine, "wanted to help out even in a small way.” ... read more


How The World Could Exit Lockdown
As some European nations reveal plans to gradually reopen society, Britain and France say even discussing lifting coronavirus restrictions would be a mistake. ... read more


Dominic Raab: Everything You Need To Know About Britain's New De Facto PM
The 46-year-old takes the reins of government during one of the biggest crises in modern history. ... read more


Boris Johnson Awake And Breathing Without Ventilator In Intensive Care, Says No.10
The prime minister is said to be in "good spirits". ... read more


Giant Pandas Take Full Advantage Of Locked Down Zoo, Finally Have Sex
After about 10 years of trying, Ying Ying and Le Le finally mated at the Ocean Park zoo in Hong Kong, which shuttered in January due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


'An Utter Tragedy': Great Barrier Reef Hit With Third Mass Bleaching Event In 5 Years
“I’m not sure I have the fortitude to do this again,” one of Australia's top scientists wrote. ... read more


Australian Court Dismisses Cardinal George Pell's Sex Abuse Convictions
The senior Catholic will walk free after he was convicted of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys. ... read more


Coronavirus pandemic: EU agrees €500bn rescue package
EU ministers reached the deal after long talks, pledging support for countries hit hard by coronavirus. ... read more


Coronavirus: German region eases Baltic coast travel ban
Locals in the north-east can now travel after the court said the ban was "disproportionate". ... read more


Coronavirus: World celebrates Easter despite lockdown
Across the globe, people are finding innovative ways to celebrate the Christian festival. ... read more


Coronavirus: Spain PM sees 'fire coming under control'
Pedro Sánchez is the latest leader to express cautious optimism about the coronavirus outbreak. ... read more


UK PM out of intensive care but still in hospital
Boris Johnson will continue to be closely monitored and is in "extremely good spirits", Downing Street says. ... read more


Remote Chinese town locks down on Russian border
As cases rise in Suifenhe - 1,000 miles from Beijing - people have been ordered to stay indoors. ... read more


How to celebrate some of the most important religious celebrations of the year - virtually
How to celebrate some of the most important religious celebrations of the year digitally and safely. ... read more


Coronavirus: The teenagers still learning during lockdown
Students from Denmark, Japan, Spain and the UK talk about how studying when schools are closed. ... read more


Coronavirus: Astronauts arrive at ISS after long quarantine
Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut docked at the space station after their rocket took off from Kazakhstan. ... read more


Coronavirus: Italy might relax some measures
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said he might begin to relax some measures by the end of this month. ... read more


Coronavirus: How Russia's ballet wasn't shut down despite lockdown
The spread of coronavirus has shut down entertainment venues but for these dancers the show must go on. ... read more


Coronavirus: The Italians struggling to feed their families
A month into Italy's strict lockdown, some people are so short of money they can no longer afford food. ... read more


Coronavirus could burst big-city rent bubble
But the overall housing crisis could actually worsen as many Americans struggle to pay rent at any cost. ... read more


'We could have a depression': Pelosi warns about coronavirus economic fallout
In the last three weeks, more than 16 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits. ... read more


'Fight of a generation': Coronavirus could trigger violent unrest, Security Council warned
Millions of jobs have been lost and extremists and authoritarian regimes are taking advantage of instability, said Secretary General Antonio Guterres. ... read more


Crucial deal to cut oil production hangs in the balance as Mexico balks
Nations led by Saudi Arabia and Russia earlier agreed to cuts that would take 10 million barrels per day offline as pandemic saps demand for crude. ... read more


Coronavirus deaths reveal a startling truth about America's 'two pandemics'
We are watching a crisis within a crisis unfold before us. We must expose it and also ensure that when we rebuild and re-emerge, we take strategic steps to rectify it. ... read more


Inmates at Kansas prison take over cell block, damage property
There have been COVID-19 cases involving inmates at the prison, but a cause of the disturbance at Lansing Correctional Facility was not clear. ... read more


Sanders to keep staffers on health care plan through November
The approximately 500 Sanders staffers now looking for employment after the senator suspended his campaign Wednesday will continue to be covered. ... read more


'Unreasonable' New Hampshire voter registration law struck down
A judge found the law was unconstitutional and a "discriminatory burden on the rights of voters in New Hampshire." ... read more


Amid coronavirus quarantines, a Latino police officer organizes festive birthday drive-bys
"I definitely could say that it's one of the most uplifting parts of our days when we could do one of these drive-bys," Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Officer Luis Vasquez said. ... read more


Mad Magazine illustrator Mort Drucker dies at 91
Drucker's daughter said he fell ill last week, having difficulty walking and developing breathing problems, but was not tested for coronavirus. ... read more


Woman dying of coronavirus asked Amazon Alexa for help, sister says
"She's up there with my mom and dad, and she's not in pain anymore," Penny Dagen said of her sister, LouAnn. "That's the only thing that keeps me going." ... read more


Melania Trump sports mask in public service announcement
While her husband has said he has no plans to wear a mask himself, the first lady's account tweeted a photo of her modeling CDC guidance. ... read more


Tyler Perry surprises thousands of seniors by paying for their groceries
The comedian and actor picked up the tab at more than 70 grocery stores in Georgia and Louisiana. ... read more


East Coast faces thunderstorm threat; tornadoes, snow in weekend forecasts
Dangerous weather is expected for Easter Weekend — and snow is in the forecast for New England. ... read more


Brazil's doctors fight coronavirus — and the president's inactions, misinformation
"People die on top of me, people die while waiting, people die because they don’t breathe," says a doctor, while Bolsonaro "doesn't care" if people stay home to combat the spread. ... read more


Grandma whose misfired text led to Thanksgiving invite loses husband to coronavirus
"As some of you may have already found out tonight, Lonnie did not make it," Jamal Hinton tweeted of the death of Lonnie Dench, whose wife invited Hinton, a stranger, to dinner over text in 2016. ... read more


Potential oil deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia could lift gloom over U.S. energy sector
“Normally, you would get a benefit from low oil prices. Because of the pandemic, we are basically getting much of the pain, and very little of the upside," said one analyst. ... read more


Biden holds lead in latest general election polls
Former Vice President Joe Biden has maintained his lead against President Trump in the latest general election polls. ... read more


Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elmo team up for 'Sesame Street' coronavirus special
Miranda joins Elmo and Cookie Monster as they reach out to young children, confused at being stuck at home. ... read more


U.S.-Russian crew blasts off for International Space Station — after strict isolation
Russian space officials have taken extra precautions to protect the crew amid the coronavirus outbreak. ... read more


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Coronavirus could burst big-city rent bubble
But the overall housing crisis could actually worsen as many Americans struggle to pay rent at any cost. ... read more


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'We could have a depression': Pelosi warns about coronavirus economic fallout
In the last three weeks, more than 16 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3303511/20201004-Guterres-LG_3fb213e6365ad27e461b2ca7817b6991.
'Fight of a generation': Coronavirus could trigger violent unrest, Security Council warned
Millions of jobs have been lost and extremists and authoritarian regimes are taking advantage of instability, said Secretary General Antonio Guterres. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3303501/afp_1qi6ho_2_cad1363fc8ca0592607001bcabd74d86.jpg
Crucial deal to cut oil production hangs in the balance as Mexico balks
Nations led by Saudi Arabia and Russia earlier agreed to cuts that would take 10 million barrels per day offline as pandemic saps demand for crude. ... read more


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Coronavirus deaths reveal a startling truth about America's 'two pandemics'
We are watching a crisis within a crisis unfold before us. We must expose it and also ensure that when we rebuild and re-emerge, we take strategic steps to rectify it. ... read more


https://media11.s-nbcnews.com/i/MSNBC/Components/Video/202004/f_mo_lon_prison_200410.jpg
Inmates at Kansas prison take over cell block, damage property
There have been COVID-19 cases involving inmates at the prison, but a cause of the disturbance at Lansing Correctional Facility was not clear. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3296376/200405-bernie-sanders-al-1056_e750832f32f535affd091f341264aa40.jpg
Sanders to keep staffers on health care plan through November
The approximately 500 Sanders staffers now looking for employment after the senator suspended his campaign Wednesday will continue to be covered. ... read more


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'Unreasonable' New Hampshire voter registration law struck down
A judge found the law was unconstitutional and a "discriminatory burden on the rights of voters in New Hampshire." ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3302811/200409-javen-happy-birthday-smile-snip-cover-ac-430p_595f9f201c820d3eeef65a064167d2af.jpg
Amid coronavirus quarantines, a Latino police officer organizes festive birthday drive-bys
"I definitely could say that it's one of the most uplifting parts of our days when we could do one of these drive-bys," Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Officer Luis Vasquez said. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3302746/200409-mort-drucker-cs-311p_cf95cd187c78f642420371cb3ed9a3e8.jpg
Mad Magazine illustrator Mort Drucker dies at 91
Drucker's daughter said he fell ill last week, having difficulty walking and developing breathing problems, but was not tested for coronavirus. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3302306/200409-louann-dagen-se-1022a_5960a9a41bfc1935eecc7300de15c60b.jpg
Woman dying of coronavirus asked Amazon Alexa for help, sister says
"She's up there with my mom and dad, and she's not in pain anymore," Penny Dagen said of her sister, LouAnn. "That's the only thing that keeps me going." ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3302506/200409-melania-trump-mask-tweet-coronavirus-se-1212p_ee837671c14928e365eb0dd15c4d7373.jpg
Melania Trump sports mask in public service announcement
While her husband has said he has no plans to wear a mask himself, the first lady's account tweeted a photo of her modeling CDC guidance. ... read more


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Tyler Perry surprises thousands of seniors by paying for their groceries
The comedian and actor picked up the tab at more than 70 grocery stores in Georgia and Louisiana. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3302176/200409-indiana-storm-damage-cs-917a_b31f711a456463fcc58462b6b8cd5970.jpg
East Coast faces thunderstorm threat; tornadoes, snow in weekend forecasts
Dangerous weather is expected for Easter Weekend — and snow is in the forecast for New England. ... read more


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Brazil's doctors fight coronavirus — and the president's inactions, misinformation
"People die on top of me, people die while waiting, people die because they don’t breathe," says a doctor, while Bolsonaro "doesn't care" if people stay home to combat the spread. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3302211/200409-wanda-dench-mn-0935_5fb8053a1194d80345e4408879167a90.jpg
Grandma whose misfired text led to Thanksgiving invite loses husband to coronavirus
"As some of you may have already found out tonight, Lonnie did not make it," Jamal Hinton tweeted of the death of Lonnie Dench, whose wife invited Hinton, a stranger, to dinner over text in 2016. ... read more


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Potential oil deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia could lift gloom over U.S. energy sector
“Normally, you would get a benefit from low oil prices. Because of the pandemic, we are basically getting much of the pain, and very little of the upside," said one analyst. ... read more


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Biden holds lead in latest general election polls
Former Vice President Joe Biden has maintained his lead against President Trump in the latest general election polls. ... read more


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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elmo team up for 'Sesame Street' coronavirus special
Miranda joins Elmo and Cookie Monster as they reach out to young children, confused at being stuck at home. ... read more


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U.S.-Russian crew blasts off for International Space Station — after strict isolation
Russian space officials have taken extra precautions to protect the crew amid the coronavirus outbreak. ... read more


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