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Public Health

A record number of rural hospitals closed across the U.S. last year

March 25, 2020

Since 2010, more than 125 hospitals have closed across rural America, victims of a lack of investment by both government agencies and private health corporations. Now, about 60 million people who live in these regions — that’s about 1 in 5 Americans — are at risk not just from the advance of the virulent coronavirus […]

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Good for the environment? Don’t believe the hype.

March 24, 2020

The ecological effects of the coronavirus-driven global economic slowdown seem weirdly hopeful, as smog decreases over major cities and reports of resurgent animal life inspire positive social-media messages. Whether these changes are lasting, meaningful — or even real — is another question altogether. Amidst the hype and hope, the ultimate intersectional issue — the world’s […]

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Grow a little hope in your coronavirus ‘victory garden’

March 23, 2020

Call it a “victory garden” after the World War II phenomenon, or a “living pantry,” but whatever you do — grow vegetables. Gardening is psychologically rewarding as well as physically challenging, and the rewards are obvious. If your space is reduced, websites such as homestead.org can get you started on ideas for French intensive gardening, […]

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For decades, San Francisco has failed to house the homeless. Will the pandemic change all that?

March 23, 2020

Additional writing by Josh Wilson Although San Francisco prides itself as “the City that Knows How,” it has also largely failed to provide housing for thousands of people and families living on its streets. But the coronavirus pandemic may be changing all that. Search for safe space San Francisco is an enormously wealthy town, and […]

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Is Singapore’s success at coronavirus prevention a global model?

March 23, 2020

The southeast Asian city-state of Singapore, one of the world’s most developed nations, has been recognized for setting the “gold standard” in COVID-19 detection and prevention. It achieves this in part through an aggressive “contact tracing” effort in which every individual who’s come in contact with an infected person is tracked down. The process is […]

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What can the U.S. pandemic response learn from Nigeria, and Native Americans?

March 20, 2020

A recurring theme in the United States is our lack of preparedness, from the disbanding of the federal pandemic response team, which is fraught with controversy, to the lack of safety gear, ventilators and hospital beds around the nation. Elsewhere in the world, and even within the U.S. borders, other governments appear to be more […]

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