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We are all vulnerable to this virus. This is a unique time for our communities all over the world as we work to combat this massive global threat. This blog aims to collect and share your stories and reflections that can help others to cope, thrive and build resilience…
Our communities are at different stages of response in different parts of the world. We can learn a lot from each other. Building on World Health Organization and other evidence-based guidance, this blog will gather and disseminate stories that inform, inspire and hopefully strengthen social connectiveness while we all practice physical distancing.
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May the force be with all of us.
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European Vaccination Week
How close are we to a Covid-19 vaccine? (UK)
Latest news on the search for a vaccine against the new coronavirus says we could see a vaccine within 18 months. That would be the fastest humans have ever gone from seeing a brand new pathogen to developing a vaccine against it.
“…One crucial advance aiding vaccine research is the development of an organisation called the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), set up in response to the lack of scientific progress when Ebola ripped through West Africa in 2014 to 2016.
CEPI’s mission is to rapidly respond to epidemics by providing the money to researchers to develop vaccines.
CEPI is already developing at least eight potential vaccines for Covid-19, and in January announced that a vaccine for Covid-19 would be ready for testing by the end of May.
Researchers are confident they’ll have at least one vaccine ready within 18 months. That would be the fastest humans have ever gone from seeing a brand new pathogen to developing a vaccine against it.”
WHO/Europe will take the opportunity of European Immunization Week, 20-26 April, to highlight this role and commend nurses and midwives for helping to keep their communities healthy through immunization.
Recipes to try with your kids( NY Times)
Making masks at home ( USA)
Pop up bicycle pathes– an answer to social distancing (Google translated from Italian)
The bicycle has always been a symbol of sustainability , positive energy, well-being: even in times of coronavirus it fulfills the best of both the imperative of social distancing and that of physical fitness, synonymous with immune defense.
In addition, the evergreen – in all senses – two pedal wheels shakes us off the old age of blocked traffic, positively rebalancing the different modes of transport..
What is a pop-up cycle path? It is a light and economical infrastructure, obtained by temporarily delimiting part of the existing roadway with simple construction equipment and paint , thus allowing the safety corridor to be opened to the bicycles, also increasing their efficiency and speed. On an urban scale, the result is an emergency mobility network. The first city to recognize the role of temporary bicycle as a weapon against infection has been Bogota, since mid-March.
Working from home (ACAS guidelines, – The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service is a Crown non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom. Its purpose is to improve organisations and working life through the promotion and facilitation of strong industrial relations practice.)
Employers and employees should be practical, flexible and sensitive to each other’s situation when working from home because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Around the world, schools in over 100 countries are closed to protect against the spread of coronavirus, affecting the education of nearly 1 billion children. For the lucky ones, homeschooling will take the place of the classroom.
3rd Apr 2020 – World Economic Forum
A look at a few countries- Cuba, South Korea, India and Sweden
Some countries seem to be weathering the coronavirus pandemic better than others. One country that moved rapidly to deal with the emerging threat was Cuba.
Cuba has several advantages over many states, including free universal healthcare, the world’s highest ratio of doctors to population, and positive health indicators, such as high life expectancy and low infant mortality. Many of its doctors have volunteered around the world, building up and supporting other countries’ health systems while gaining experience in emergencies. A highly educated population and advanced medical research industry, including three laboratories equipped and staffed to run virus tests, are further strengths.
Also, with a centrally planned, state-controlled economy, Cuba’s government can mobilise resources quickly. Its national emergency planning structure is connected with local organisations in every corner of the country. The disaster-preparedness system, with mandatory evacuations for vulnerable people such as the disabled and pregnant women, has previously resulted in a remarkably low loss of life from hurricanes. However, COVID-19 presents differences. Cuba’s lack of resources, which hampers recovery from disasters, also contributes to a housing shortage that makes physical distancing difficult. And the island’s poor infrastructure creates logistical challenges.
Coronavirus: Food deliveries from volunteers provide lifeline
Families in parts of rural England say they are totally dependent on volunteers delivering food during the coronavirus crisis.
Conegliano Hospital, a “pink army” to withstand the shock wave of the Coronavirus
“By March 20 – points out Nicoletta Lo Monaco, director of the Conegliano hospital – While we were awaiting the activation of a COVID Hospital In Vittorio Veneto, we converted 104 beds from surgical stay to COVID isolation area, guaranteeing the maximum level of safety for patients and operators. I would like to emphasize – adds Lo Monaco – that these professionals have not forgotten the relational aspects of the care and isolation to which the patients, often elderly, are forced by COVID. Stefania Visentin, coordinator of the hospital’s outpatient clinics, organized the video call service with the family members of the patients hospitalized. Other professionals have been part of that difficult challenge that has seen the Conegliano hospital transformed, within a few days … Mara Tonegutti and Dr. Sandra Migotto, provided for the constant supply of protective devices to guarantee safety for all. Mara also managed the screening activity of the health personnel to check for any positivity to the swab…