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China, faced with the first outbreak, chose strict quarantine and isolation after an initial delay. These measures were severe but effective, essentially eliminating transmission at the point where the outbreak began and reducing the death rate to a reported 3 per million, as compared with more than 500 per million in the United States.
-- New England Journal of Medicine

Leading Swedish health experts claim the country has a falling coronavirus infection rate because it was one of the few that didn’t go into lockdown and has rejected the need for masks, while critics point to the country’s relatively high rate of death per 100,000 population.
-- Rupert Steiner, MarketWatch

Median age of countries listed in the article:
Italy: 45.5
Spain: 42.7
Belgium: 41.4
France: 41.4
Sweden: 41.2
U.K.: 40.5
USA: 38.1
Ireland: 36.8
Brazil: 32.6
Mexico: 28.3

Enhance sanitation
Make face masks mandatory
Put more space between passengers
Test passengers before boarding
-- Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes

I think every business is going to be operating that way, at least initially. Our office in Silicon Valley just went to mandatory masks this week, by order of the county. For the airlines (and hotels, rental cars, etc.) though, demand for their services is simply non-existent. I've had an April conference in Raleigh rescheduled to June, then cancelled completely, and of course all of my travel to the office in Silicon Valley is cancelled at least through June. The current consensus seems to be "if you can work from home, work from home" which enhances distancing in the office. Amazon in the Seattle area is working from home through October. Vacation travel is also non-existent, with Las Vegas and the major theme parks all closed and a 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Hawaii.

-- Scrib

Congress is sounding the alarm after early data from researchers in California who "tested the tests" showed troublingly high rates of false results. One in 3 antibody tests they analyzed produced false positives more than 10 percent of the time.
-- Josh Lederman, NBC News

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