Norway Handling Coronavirus Well

AFP reports that Norway’s measures against the coronavirus worked so well that some elderly and sick people who would have died in normal circumstances are still around. Norway is providing financial aid to its funeral homes:

While the novel coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world, some of Norway’s funeral homes have found themselves without work and have turned to the state for aid.

Due to declining mortality and cancelled funeral ceremonies, half a dozen Norwegian undertakers, according to a public registry, have turned to the state for help after the initial success of Norway’s handling of COVID-19 left them struggling to make ends meet.

New Resource for Covid-19 Information

Covid-Explained is a new website with information written in plain English about the virus. The site provides answers to questions such as:

  • Is it safe to go the gym?

  • Is it safe to fly?

  • How can I get take out food safely?

Covid-Explained also provides helpful context about Covid–19 topics reported in the media including asymptomatic spread, whether people who recover from the virus have antibodies and school transmission.

The site is the creation a team of researchers and students led by Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University and Galit Alter, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Oster discusses the new website and her data-centric approach to help people understand the pandemic on the Johns Hopkins podcast entitled ‘Public Health on Call.’

If you’re assessing what to make of all the Covid–19 news or what risks you are comfortable taking, Covid-Explained is worth a look.

Podcast: Hopkins Experts on Covid-19

Experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer reliable insights on the novel coronavirus in this excellent podcast. There is a new episode each weekday.