18 Mar 2020

Trump Relaxes Patient Data Rules to Allow Doctors to Use Personal Phones for Telehealth

As the US is in the midst of a social distancing movement in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the White House has announced additional coverage for telehealth services under Medicare. The announcement also launches plans to relax regulations on how doctors manage and share health information,

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17 Mar 2020

African countries shut doors against Europe, America to combat coronavirus

Compared to the rest of the world, Africa has recorded relatively few cases of the novel coronavirus. However, even mostly unaffected countries have taken measures to prevent the virus from spreading within their countries before it is too late. Several African countries have announced new precautions, including Sudan, who has

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16 Mar 2020

Iran’s Coronavirus Strategy Favored Economy Over Public Health, Leaving Both Exposed

When faced with the difficult choice of choosing to close the country down to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 or to keep the economy running and risk disastrous infection rates, Iran chose the economy, which proved to be incredibly detrimental to the country’s overall wellbeing. Within three weeks of announcing

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16 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: New York City shuts down schools, restaurants and theatres

As the number of novel coronavirus cases in the US rapidly increases, several cities and states have been taking measures to ensure that the outbreak is contained and to halt the spread of the infectious disease. Among these jurisdictions is New York City, as Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that

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12 Mar 2020

WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic, urges aggressive action

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared the coronavirus outbreak a national pandemic, urging aggressive action from all countries impacted to fight the spread of the infectious disease. Meanwhile, US stocks have plunged into bear market territory. Several American cities that have reported cases of COVID-19 have joined other

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12 Mar 2020

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab Tap into Supercomputing to Help Combat Coronavirus

Researchers have been rushing to release new scientific breakthroughs that are effective in combatting the COVID-19 outbreak. The US Energy Department’s Summit supercomputer has been playing a significant role in these developments. Recently, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where Summit is located, granted researchers emergency computation time to assess a database

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11 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Troops sent to New York ‘containment zone’

New York has a newfound ‘containment zone’ in New Rochelle after a reported outbreak causes approximately a thousand individuals to be quarantined. A synagogue in the center of New Rochelle appears to be the source of the recent outbreak. New York currently has only 173 active cases, 108 of which

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10 Mar 2020

All of Italy is in lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte expanded extending restrictions in southern provinces to now include northern provinces. An entire lockdown is now underway in Italy as the Coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country. The Prime Minister is initiating extreme measures in an attempt to preserve the population and not increase the

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09 Mar 2020

Italy quarantines north in drastic bid to slow virus spread

Italy’s Premier Giuseppe Conte put northern Italy under quarantine after recording 7,300 confirmed coronavirus cases, meaning that over 16 million Italian residents are effectively on quarantine until further notice. Although all tourists may go home, public spaces such as museums and popular tourist architectural sites are closed until further notice.

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06 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Cases Near 100,000 as Countries Struggle to Contain Spread

On Friday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases neared 100,000 as infections outside of China are growing and cities are struggling with the epidemic. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are currently 98,698 confirmed cases worldwide, more than a fifth of which are in countries other than China.

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