The Response: 17th-24th April 2020

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Stories of Solutions, Progress and Development

I am deeply encouraged to have so many of you on this mission with me for a more constructive news media. When campaigning for the news to report on more solutions, many people doubt it’s possible. They often say: ‘the news is the way that it is; you are never going to change it.’ But as playwright George Bernard Shaw so eloquently put it, ‘The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.’

Thank you for being unreasonable with me. For refusing to accept that “the news is the way that it is”; refusing to accept that negative news is the only narrative worth telling. And for helping show that solutions matter. 

Japan’s ‘Disaster Parks’ Help Explain Its Coronavirus Response Japan has spent decades preparing for the worst, and during this time, has developed a resilience to natural disasters that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. (Reasons to be Cheerful)

World’s biggest trial of drug to treat Covid-19 begins in UK  The Recovery trial has recruited over 5,000 patients in 165 NHS hospitals around the UK in a month. This marks the world’s biggest trial of drugs to treat Covid-19 patients. (The Guardian)

Virus Vaccine May Be Ready for Mass Production By Autumn, Oxford Professor Says The group’s experimental immunization is among the first to enter clinical trials. The World Health Organization counts 70 vaccine candidates in development, with three others in human testing. (Bloomberg) 

How to Get Covid-19 Tests? Roche to Sell Antibody Test in May Roche Holding AG developed an antibody test for Covid-19 that it says it plans to start selling early next month, adding another of the diagnostic tools experts think will be needed to lift social-distancing measures put in place around the globe. (Bloomberg)

Coronavirus ‘under control’ in Germany, as some countries plan to relax lockdowns Germany has declared its coronavirus outbreak under control as it prepares to take its first tentative steps out of lockdown next week, while several European countries unveiled contact-tracing mobile apps aimed at facilitating a gradual return to a more normal life. (The Guardian)

What is Contact Tracing? One of the best tools we have to slow the spread of the coronavirus is, as you have no doubt heard by now, contact tracing. But what exactly is contact tracing, who does it and how, and do you need to worry about it? (Tech Crunch)

U of G helps develop new way to sanitize N95 masks The device is based on technology developed by Warriner for waterless cleaning of fruits and vegetables. Adapted for health-care use, each device can sanitize up to 800 N95 masks in an hour. Batches of masks are loaded on conveyor racks, run continuously through the unit and sanitized in 30 seconds.

The exit strategy: how countries around the world are preparing for life after Covid-19 As Australia makes plans to gradually lift its coronavirus lockdown, we look at what the rest of the world is doing 

These disease investigation specialists usually track down STDs. Now they’re doing COVID-19 contact tracing Disease intervention specialists—sometimes called disease investigation specialists, often shortened to DIS—have long been on the front lines of STD prevention and care in the U.S., and now they’re on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. (Fast Company)

A country fuelled by hydropower has become the world’s electric vehicle leader. The story of how and why that has happened has a straightforward, if unexpected logic. (The Guardian)

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