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We're Always Behind on Coronavirus. We Need to Start Planning Ahead to Beat It.

We’re Always Behind on Coronavirus. We Need to Start Planning Ahead to Beat It.

If it’s anything we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic thus far, it’s that we will always be behind if we only react to what’s happening.

Few would question that the lack of widespread testing in the U.S. is a major hindrance to public health efforts to determine the true spread of coronavirus. Even as the federal government scrambled to have millions of tests distributed, new problems arose: hospitals didn’t have enough swabs to take the tests and labs didn’t have enough reagents to process them. Just as they started to receive swabs and reagents, hospitals began running out of masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep healthcare workers safe. Then testing had to be scaled back again to conserve the quickly dwindling supply of PPE.

The need for testing was something we should have seen coming; the same for the need for PPE. These are all critical

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Putin says Russia can beat virus in 2-3 months as flights halted, shops to shut

Putin says Russia can beat virus in 2-3 months as flights halted, shops to shut

By Tom Balmforth and Maria Kiselyova

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Russia would defeat coronavirus in 2-3 months if it imposed tough measures, as authorities suspended international flights, ordered most shops in the capital to shut and halted some church services.

Russia reported 182 new coronavirus cases, its biggest one-day rise yet, bringing its official tally to 840.

Authorities in the capital and the region that surrounds it announced the closure of all cafes, restaurants and shops, apart from those selling food and medicine, beginning on Saturday and lasting at least until April 5.

Although the case load is still much lower than in many European countries, the mayor of Moscow told Putin on Tuesday that the real scale of the problem in the capital far exceeded official figures.

Putin, in a televised speech to the nation on Wednesday, unveiled new measures designed to

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I've volunteered to do extra shifts to beat coronavirus, even though it means putting my health at risk

I’ve volunteered to do extra shifts to beat coronavirus, even though it means putting my health at risk

I’ve volunteered to do extra shifts in hospital, even though it means putting my health at risk.

I have been working for the Acute Medicine Team at University Hospital Birmingham Trust. These are the last few months of my training as a Foundation Doctor and I  have secured a post for 3 additional years in medical specialties.

Doctors and nurses working at the frontline are at increased risk of getting the virus due to the nature of the job we are doing. We are using protective equipment as much as we can but this risk is not decreased to zero.

I love medicine and I love being a doctor. I am very motivated to apply my medical knowledge and help patients, especially during this COVID19 crisis.  

This is one of the reasons why I declined my parents’ request to go back to my country of origin, Mauritius, when the number

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Spanish couple hold wedding from their window to beat coronavirus lockdown

Spanish couple hold wedding from their window to beat coronavirus lockdown

Nearly a year of planning had gone into the day: fresh flowers filled the venue, name cards sat at each of the 190 place settings and the final nips and tucks had been sewn into the bridal gown.

Related: Coronavirus: the week the world shut down

What Alba Díaz and Daniel Camino hadn’t anticipated, however, was that their wedding would instead be forced into the confines of Spain’s near-total lockdown, with the bride and groom shouting “I do” as they leaned out of their apartment window, neighbours cheering them on.

The improvised ceremony was a bright moment in an otherwise grim week across Spain and around the world. Coronavirus has tightened its grip on Spain, claiming more than 1,000 lives and sending the number of confirmed cases rocketing to nearly 20,000.

Last week, as they watched the number of Spanish cases climb, Díaz and Camino wrestled with the decision of

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