China Moves to Tame Inflation Before Prices Rise Too Much

Rising costs at its factories could trickle out into the rest of the world economy.

#china, #consumer-behavior, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #renminbi-currency, #stockpiling, #united-states-economy, #us-dollar-currency

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Could Spilling Big Pharma’s Secrets Vaccinate the World?

We need more vaccines, fast. Is forcing pharmaceutical companies to share their intellectual property the answer?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #stockpiling, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Global Shortages During Coronavirus Reveal Failings of Just in Time Manufacturing

Global shortages of many goods reflect the disruption of the pandemic combined with decades of companies limiting their inventories.

#automobiles, #calvin-klein-inc, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-compensation, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-henry, #intel-corporation, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mckinseyco, #nike-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ships-and-shipping, #shutdowns-institutional, #stock-buybacks, #stockpiling, #stocks-and-bonds, #taiwan-semiconductor-manufacturing-company-ltd, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states-economy

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Just in Time for Pool Season: A Chlorine Shortage

A fire at a chemical plant and a pandemic-driven boom in the construction of backyard pools are the causes of a nationwide shortage of chlorine tablets, experts say. Panic buying could make it worse.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hurricane-laura-2020, #lake-charles-la, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stockpiling, #summer-season, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #united-states

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U.S. Mask Companies Struggle to Compete with China

Remember when N95s were in short supply? American companies stepped in to manufacture them. Now, they can’t compete.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hospitals, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #masks, #prestige-ameritech, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #stockpiling, #world-trade-organization

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How Biden Can Help Vaccinate the World

Here’s a way for Biden to assert United States leadership to benefit the world and safeguard the American economy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #international-monetary-fund, #stockpiling, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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India’s Black Market Preys on Desperate Covid-19 Victims

As the health care system fails, clandestine markets have emerged for drugs, oxygen, hospital beds and funeral services. Fake goods may be putting lives at risk.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #frauds-and-swindling, #funerals-and-memorials, #hospitals, #india, #new-delhi-india, #oxygen, #price-gouging, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #remdesivir-drug, #social-media, #stockpiling, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

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U.S. to Send Virus-Ravaged India Materials for Vaccines

The Biden administration, under pressure to help with a surge raging out of control, will also supply therapeutics, test kits, ventilators and protective gear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #india, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Developers Flock to Cold Storage as Americans Stock Their Freezers

Companies are seeking to build, buy or invest in the sector, despite construction costs that are roughly triple that of an ordinary warehouse.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #real-estate-commercial, #stockpiling

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Top Official Warned That Covid Vaccine Plant Had to Be ‘Monitored Closely’

An Operation Warp Speed report last June flagged staffing and quality control concerns at Emergent BioSolutions’ factory in Baltimore. The troubled plant recently had to throw out up to 15 million doses.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #novavax-inc, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

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President Biden Takes 1st Tentative Steps to Address Global Covid-19 Vaccine Shortage

Under pressure to play catch-up on “vaccine diplomacy,” President Biden says he will help finance vaccine manufacturing capacity but is still resisting exports of doses.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Takes First Tentative Steps to Address Global Vaccine Shortage

Under pressure to play catch-up on “vaccine diplomacy,” President Biden says he will help finance vaccine manufacturing capacity but is still resisting exports of doses.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Emergent BioSolutions Put an ‘Extraordinary Burden’ on the U.S.’s Troubled Stockpile

The shortage of lifesaving medical equipment last year was a searing example of the government’s failed coronavirus response. As health workers resorted to wearing trash bags, one Maryland company profited by selling anthrax vaccines to the country’s emergency reserve.

#anthrax, #atlanta-ga, #bernard-kenneth, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #bright-rick-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #frieden-thomas-r, #hatchett-richard-j, #hoekstra-peter, #kadlec-robert-p, #obama-barack, #stockpiling, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coronavirus Vaccines Are Reaching American Arms

Millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine are still sitting in freezers, allocated in excess to nursing homes or stockpiled for later use. Now states are claiming them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nursing-homes, #states-us, #stockpiling, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #virginia

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India and China Use Covid Vaccines as Diplomacy Tools

India, China, the U.A.E. and others dole out donations in countries where they seek sway. In some cases, they are sending doses despite pressing needs at home.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #india, #serum-institute-of-india, #stockpiling, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-arab-emirates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Why Did the U.S. Turn Down Vaccine Doses?

The Trump administration rejected the opportunity to secure a bigger stockpile months ago. How did that happen?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #pfizer-inc, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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For a Nation on Edge, Antacids Become Hard to Find

Queasy Americans, fighting upset stomachs and worries about the pandemic, have stocked up on prescription and over-the-counter medications, making them scarce in some parts of the country.

#antacid, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #gastroesophageal-reflux-acid-reflux, #glaxosmithkline-plc, #heartburn, #johnsonjohnson, #pepcid, #stockpiling, #tums, #wegmans

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The U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators — but Too Few Specialists to Mind Them

A burst of production solved the dire shortage that defined the first wave of the coronavirus. But the surplus may not be enough to prevent large numbers of deaths.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-production-act, #hospitals, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #oxygen, #shortages, #states-us, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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Inside the Chaotic, Cutthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks

As the country heads into a dangerous new phase of the pandemic, the government’s management of the P.P.E. crisis has left the private sector still straining to meet anticipated demand.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-trade-and-world-market, #masks, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Sought Options for Attacking Iran to Stop Its Growing Nuclear Program

The president was dissuaded from moving ahead with a strike by advisers who warned that it could escalate into a broader conflict in his last weeks in office.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #iraq, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium

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You’ll Definitely Want to Keep This Savory Sauce on Hand

Rich with roasted red pepper, it’s excellent alongside a giant couscous cake, or any other pantry meal.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sauces, #stockpiling

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Is a Second Wave Starting? New Yorkers Are Steeling Themselves

As the number of virus cases rises, anxious residents are taking precautions and making sure they are prepared this time.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #stockpiling

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U.S. and Russia Appear to Edge Toward Extension of Nuclear Treaty

Russia proposed that the two countries make a “political obligation” to freeze their existing arsenals of warheads for one year.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #nuclear-weapons, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #stockpiling, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Georgia Businessman Charged With Hoarding Face Masks and Price Gouging

The man, Milton Ayimadu, allegedly hoarded 200,000 face masks and sold them for double what he paid, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

#ayimadu-milton, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #georgia, #masks, #price-gouging, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j

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Flour and Toilet Paper Are Back at N.Y. Supermarkets, but There’s a Catch

Shoppers are accustomed to enjoying an extraordinary variety of choices, but the pandemic has changed that.

#balduccis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dagostino, #gristedes, #meat, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #stockpiling, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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Trump Hydroxychloroquine Push Secured Millions of Likely Useless Coronavirus Pills

Before the F.D.A. withdrew its waiver to stockpile the drugs as coronavirus treatments, the Trump administration had embarked on a headlong effort to import tens of millions of doses.

#bright-rick-a, #chloroquine-drug, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-and-human-services-department, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #kadlec-robert-p, #navarro-peter, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Hurricane Season Collides With the Coronavirus

This year Floridians will have to weigh what is more dangerous — a storm or the virus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #quarantines, #stockpiling

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They Evoke Darth Vader, but These Masks May Save Your Doctor’s Life

With medical masks in short supply, several hospitals have turned to industrial models. They get rave reviews and are allowed by the F.D.A., but the Trump administration has no plans to encourage distribution or production.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #epidemics, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hospitals, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling

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How Quarantine Saved the Hot Dog

Facing a summer with no baseball and no picnics, the makers of the original Coney Island red hot feared the worst. But even with an empty boardwalk, business is booming.

#afghanistan, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-hot-dog-co, #cantor-fitzgerald-lp, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #feltmans-of-coney-island-brooklyn-ny-restaurant, #hot-dogs-and-frankfurters, #nathans-famous-inc, #september-11-2001, #stockpiling, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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How France Lost the Weapons to Fight a Pandemic

The French once thought of medical gear, like fighter jets, as a national security asset that had to be made at home. But cuts and outsourcing have left them scrambling for masks, tests and even pain pills.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #masks, #politics-and-government, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #stockpiling, #ventilators-medical

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Buying Food in Bulk: The New Way Cooks Are Coping in Quarantine

The pandemic has turned many cooks into big-volume shoppers, and left them puzzling out how to manage a bursting pantry of ingredients.

#delivery-services, #food, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #stockpiling, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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Fact Checking President Trump on Coronavirus Pandemic

The president has served up a series of false and misleading statements as he seeks to counter uncomfortable facts about the spread of Covid-19 and questions about his push to reopen the economy.

#chloroquine-drug, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #institute-for-health-metrics-and-evaluation, #johns-hopkins-university, #stockpiling, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-washington, #ventilators-medical

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2 Sought $4 Million for Face Masks That Didn’t Exist, U.S. Says

Two Southern California men face fraud charges after putting fake 3M labels on empty boxes that they said were filled with masks, prosecutors said.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #masks, #price-gouging, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #stockpiling

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Preppers Are Quite Prepared to Enjoy Some Vindication

In Silicon Valley, gearing up for the apocalypse was a cliché. Now it’s a credential.

#altman-sam, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #doomsday, #epidemics, #preppers, #prepping, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #ramey-john, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #stockpiling, #stokes-jon, #the-prepared

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Brothers Who Hoarded 17,700 Hand Sanitizer Bottles Avoid Fine After Donating Supplies

Matt and Noah Colvin reached a settlement this week with the Tennessee attorney general in the widely publicized price-gouging case.

#cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #colvin-matt, #colvin-noah, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #feldheim-baruch-1976, #price-gouging, #stockpiling, #tennessee

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Doctors and Governors Vie for Coronavirus Masks in Cloak-and-Dagger Deals

Despite plans to reopen states, equipment to protect workers from the coronavirus remains in high demand. “The need for an organized, equitable distribution system is dire,” a doctor said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #states-us, #stockpiling

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Doctors and Governors Vie for Masks in Cloak-and-Dagger Deals

Despite plans to reopen states, equipment to protect workers from the coronavirus remains in high demand. “The need for an organized, equitable distribution system is dire,” a doctor said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #states-us, #stockpiling

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Hydroxychloroquine and Coronavirus: Fact-Check on the Malaria Drug Trump Keeps Pushing

Here are the facts on hydroxychloroquine, which the president has promoted despite little evidence that it works against the coronavirus.

#autoimmune-diseases, #chloroquine-drug, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #malaria, #research, #stockpiling, #your-feed-healthcare

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‘Swept Up by FEMA’: Complicated Medical Supply System Sows Confusion

The Trump administration’s new method for distributing medical supplies has led to charges of confiscation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-state-relations-us, #health-and-human-services-department, #medical-devices, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #states-us, #stockpiling, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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Should I Start Wearing a Mask?

The C.D.C. now recommends we cover our faces in public. Here is our guidance on how to best protect yourself, whether you have a mask or not.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #do-it-yourself, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling

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Essential Drug Supplies for Virus Patients Are Running Low

Medicines to alleviate breathing difficulty, relieve pain and sedate coronavirus patients are in very high demand, depleting stock around the country.

#american-hospital-assn, #antibiotics, #asthma, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #food-and-drug-administration, #premier-inc, #sedatives, #shortages, #stockpiling, #teva-pharmaceutical-industries-ltd, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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A Ventilator Stockpile, With One Hitch: Thousands Do Not Work

While President Trump has assured states that thousands of ventilators remain at the ready, thousands more are in storage, unmaintained or otherwise unusable.

#agiliti, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #health-and-human-services-department, #medical-devices, #states-us, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical, #vyaire-medical

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Defense Production Act Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus

The Defense Production Act has been invoked hundreds of thousands of times in the Trump years. But with the pandemic, the president sees it as a “break the glass” last resort.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #general-motors, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-and-legislation, #medical-devices, #nationalization-of-industry, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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Should I Make My Own Mask?

The advice from public health officials has been confusing, leaving us to decide whether a D.I.Y. mask is better than nothing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ears-and-hearing, #fashion-and-apparel, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #shortages, #stockpiling, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #textiles, #ventilators-medical

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Why the U.S. Is Running Out of Medical Supplies

Health care is a private industry in the U.S., and hospitals are businesses designed to maximize profit, not respond to a pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medical-devices, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states, #ventilators-medical

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The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.

As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #covidien-plc, #epidemics, #federal-budget-us, #frieden-thomas-r, #health-and-human-services-department, #medtronic-inc, #newport-medical-instruments, #philips, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states, #ventilators-medical

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What Social Distancing Looked Like in 1666

Humanity has been surviving plagues for thousands of years, and we have managed to learn a lot along the way.

#bubonic-plague, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doomsday, #england, #funerals-and-memorials, #great-britain, #newton-isaac, #plague, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #royal-society, #smoking-and-tobacco, #stockpiling, #urban-areas

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How the World’s Richest Country Ran Out of a 75-Cent Face Mask

A very American story about capitalism consuming our national preparedness and resiliency.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hospitals, #masks, #medical-devices, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling

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Shutting Themselves Inside to Avoid Being a Burden to Others

When Australia had just a few coronavirus cases, Lee and Colin Lee decided to self-quarantine to keep resources available for younger people. “We’ve just got to share what’s there,” Mr. Lee said.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #melbourne-australia, #quarantines, #stockpiling

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Is Marijuana an ‘Essential’ Like Milk or Bread? Some States Say Yes

As stay-home orders to fight the coronavirus outbreak force “nonessential” businesses to close, some states are allowing pot stores and medical dispensaries to remain open, with some restrictions.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #marijuana, #massachusetts, #medical-marijuana, #quarantines, #shopping-and-retail, #states-us, #stockpiling

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