May 11, 2020

Weekly review: Why Covid-19 hits some places so hard—and not others

Daily Briefing

    What's behind Covid-19's mysterious 'second-week crash'? (Monday, May 4)
    Providers are reporting that some Covid-19 patients who appear stable during their first week of symptoms suddenly fall critically ill between days five through 12. But doctors say there are some early warning signs to watch to help prevent the so-called "second-week crash."

    The 2019-2020 flu season has come to an end. See it, charted. (Tuesday, May 5)
    Between 39 million and 56 million people were sickened with the flu this season, preliminary CDC data shows.

    Why Covid-19 hits some places so hard—and not others (Wednesday, May 6)
    While some countries have experienced a devastating amount of illness and death due to Covid-19, others have experienced relatively mild outbreaks of the disease. Writing for the New York Times, Hanna Beech and colleagues outline four theories that could explain why some areas have been hit by the global pandemic harder than others.

    Can't stay focused during virtual meetings? Here are 5 tips to help. (Thursday, May 7)
    It's common for people to zone out during virtual meetings—but there are strategies to get yourself back on track, Sarah Gershman, president of Green Room Speakers, writes for the Harvard Business Review. And for meeting leaders, Advisory Board's Taylor Hurst and Virginia Hite outline strategies to set your virtual meeting up for success from the start.

    How 9 countries responded to Covid-19—and what we can learn to prepare for the second wave (Friday, May 8)
    As society moves past the first Covid-19 wave, health care leaders are contemplating what the path back to "normal" will look like. To help make sense of the policies that governments are chasing, and inform how and where you should compare yourself against other jurisdictions, Advisory Board's experts analyzed national governments' pandemic responses and lockdown exit strategies.

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