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Comparison shows risk of Florida’s gradual coronavirus response

Comparison shows risk of Florida’s gradual coronavirus response

Tampa Bay Times, April 2, 2020

Santa Clara County, for example, imposed social-distancing restrictions starting on Feb. 10. A shelter-in-place order was implemented on March 17. By contrast Miami-Dade County waited until March 12 before it issued a state of emergency. 

New Research May Help Prevent Panic Buying in the Future

New Research May Help Prevent Panic Buying in the Future

Supply & Demand Chain Executive, April 2, 2020

Two marketing researchers produced a study that reveals that a consumer’s decision on how much to buy in each shopping trip depends on their current inventory and what they expect prices to look like in the near future.

Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?

Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?

Illinois News Bureau, April 1, 2020

The newly implemented Transportation Security Administration procedures are the best that can be offered under highly constrained conditions. The TSA is relaxing its carry-on policies, allowing passengers to bring hand sanitizer in up to 12-ounce containers. Passengers are permitted to wear face masks through checkpoints, provided they do not obscure their identity.

How coronavirus control measures could affect its global death toll

How coronavirus control measures could affect its global death toll

Science News, April 1, 2020

When the U.S. White House coronavirus task force announced that social distancing needed to continue through April, it cited a stark death toll: As many as 240,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 even with efforts to mitigate its spread. 

Food Supply

Food Supply

Ample, April 1, 2020

This WSJ article caught my attention yesterday (my Operations Research Paper has the algorithms and description of software architecture and implementation for those interested):

Georgia, Hospitals Scramble to Prepare for Coronavirus Surge

Georgia, Hospitals Scramble to Prepare for Coronavirus Surge

Government Technology, April 1, 2020

Several metro hospitals were planning major expansions to handle spiking patient loads, while rural hospitals continued to struggle treating uninsured patients amid the closure of seven rural hospitals in recent years.

Lower Income, Elderly More Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Lower Income, Elderly More Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Newsmax Health, April 1, 2020

The people living in communities hardest hit by the coronavirus tend to be low-income, elderly, and those with underlying health issues. Recent data revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that older folks are by far the most vulnerable, accounting for 80% of fatal cases in China and the U.S.

Tale of two cities: Research shows risk of Miami-Dade’s gradual coronavirus response BY MARY ELLEN KLAS HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU  Read more...

Tale of two cities: Research shows risk of Miami-Dade’s gradual coronavirus response BY MARY ELLEN KLAS HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU Read more here: https://www.bradenton.com/news/coronavirus/article241493881.html#storylink=cpy

Bradenton Herald, April 1, 2020

Social distancing is working, but timing and discipline are everything. Those are the takeaways of new research emerging into the effectiveness of mitigation measures aimed at the spreading novel coronavirus that demonstrates communities that acted more quickly and aggressively had better results than those that implemented partial, or gradual measures.

What supply chain players are learning from the pandemic

What supply chain players are learning from the pandemic

Society of Manufacturing Engineers, March 31, 2020

In the U.S., we are not seeing any specific localized disruption yet, although I’m watching New Jersey where it could be on the cusp. There are a lot of manufacturing facilities there in pharmaceuticals and chemicals, and therefore that’s an area I think we should be paying attention to. Globally, of course we are seeing Italy shut down. China was shut down, and it appears to be recovering now, but again I think it is too early to say if the epidemic has passed even in China.

COVID-19 ICU Preparation Simulation

COVID-19 ICU Preparation Simulation

SIMUL8 Blog, March 31, 2020

To help hospitals facing unprecedented demand for intensive-care beds to treat COVID-19 patients, we’ve developed a free simulation model to help assess how many ICU beds and surge capacity will be needed to meet demand as case numbers rise.