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Please add people, events, actions, etc. to this evolving project that would be considered Heroes of this pandemic

Health care experts and scientists, governments are working around the clock to try to deal with this pandemic. Many are working on vaccines, & cures. Please add those who would be appropriate for these areas. For those living, their profiles can be made MP.

If there are any other titles appropriate for this heading, please feel free to add it to this project. Heroes come in many ways and forms. As this disease progresses more ideas for categories may come to mind.

Community response

Smart government

  • Governor Jay R Inslee, Governor of Washington. For his actions see:
  • Andrew Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York. Governor Cuomo announces New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk schools will close this week in an effort to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. See:
  • 'Gavin Newsom, 40th Governor of California. Called for all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs to close in the nation's most populous state and urged seniors and people with chronic conditions to isolate themselves at home in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus. See:
  • Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. The government announced an unprecedented shutdown of schools, colleges and public facilities until at least 29 March. St Patrick’s celebrations in Ireland and elsewhere have been cancelled in response to the spread of Covid-19. See:
  • On March 8, 2020, the Italian Government implemented extraordinary measures to limit viral transmission—including restricting movement in the region of Lombardy—that intended to minimize the likelihood that people who are not infected come into contact with people who are infected. See:
  • From: Financial Times - Coronavirus: Hundreds of scientists question UK outbreak strategy-as it happened. 14 Mar 2020]
    • Rita Tamasuniene, Lithuania's interior minister. Lithuania became the latest EU country to close its borders to foreigners in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The reintroduction of border controls follows similar measures on Friday night by neighboring Poland as well as Denmark and the Czech Republic. (See also: [ Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania – What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19)]
    • Erna Solberg, Prime minister of Norway. Norway advised against all non-essential travel on Saturday.
    • The Spanish cabinet is on Saturday due to formally impose a state of alert - which will allow the government to take control of factories and impose restrictions on the freedom of movement - after which Pedro Sánchez, prime minister is set to outline what steps he will take with the new powers. The regions of Madrid, Catalonia and Galicia have already ordered almost all commerce to close other than shops selling food and pharmaceuticals. (By Tony Tassell. 14 Mar 2020 ) (Wikipedia - Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón)
    • Vietnam Airlines is to begin flying empty planes from three cities in Europe, taking passengers only in the opposite direction, in a move the state-owned carrier said it was taking to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect public health. (By John Reed. 14 Mar 2020)
    • Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General, has called on hospitals and healthcare centers to halt elective procedures as the country deals with the worsening Covid-19 outbreak. (Wikipedia – Jerome Adams)
  • South Africa: there is currently no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is circulating in South Africa’s population; however, the status of COVID-19 transmission is increasingly likely to shift based on trends found in other parts of the world. We call on all South Africans to continue to follow COVID-19 preventive measures such as meticulous hand hygiene and cough etiquette. National Institute for Communicable Diseases = COVID-19 Update, 15 Mar 2020 (South Africa)
  • From: The BMJ- On the front lines of coronavirus: The Italian response to Covid-19. By Marta Paterlini. Published 16 Mar 2020
    • Italy has rapidly become the country hit second hardest in the world by the coronavirus pandemic. The resulting government imposed state of emergency lockdown, which started in northern Italy and has expanded to the whole country, will last until at least 3 April in an attempt to contain a contagion that has, at the time of writing, infected over 24 747 people (including at least 2026 healthcare staff) and killed 1809. Massimo Galli, chief physician for infectious diseases at Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan, is working on the isolated virus sequencing data

Public health officials

Innovative reporting

  • Li Wenliang 李文亮 (12 October 1986 – 7 February 2020) was a Chinese ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital who on 30 December 2019 warned fellow colleagues about a possible outbreak of an illness that resembled severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), later acknowledged as COVID-19, on WeChat. He became a whistleblower when his warnings were later shared publicly. On 3 January 2020, Wuhan police summoned and admonished him for "making false comments on the Internet". Li returned to work, later contracted the virus from an infected patient and died from the disease on 7 February 2020, at age 33.

“The race for the cure” (the vaccine chasers)

Health care experts and scientists are working around the clock to try to find a vaccine or cure.

  • Jeremy Smith – governor’s chair at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and director of the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Molecular Biophysics. (Rolling Stone – How some molecular biophysicists are trying to find a cure for COVID-19. BY EJ Dickson)
  • Kelvin Droegemeier (b. 23 Sep 1958)– White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In an open letter, the advisers asked the publishers to make data available through PubMed Central, a free archive of medical and life science research, or through other sources such as the World Health Organization's Covid database. The other countries whose officials signed the letter are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the UK. (Wired – Global Officials Call for Free Access to Covid-19 Research. By: Klint Finley. 3 Mar 2020)
  • Dr Alessandro Sette - a professor in the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research at LJI. “Right now, we have limited information about which pieces of the virus elicit a solid human response. Knowing the immunogenicity of certain viral regions, or in other words, which parts of the virus the immune system reacts to and how strongly, is of immediate relevance for the design of promising vaccine candidates and their evaluation.” (Drug Target Review – Researchers work to create a Covid-19 viral epitope map)
  • Dr. Alan Rudolph, vice president for bio-science research at Colorado State University. (The Denver – Researchers working to develop COVID-19 vaccine at Colorado State University. By: Russell Haythorn. 9 Mar 2020)
  • Doctors at the Baylor College of Medicine are working around the clock to bring out a preliminary vaccine to combat the coronavirus, or COVID-19, according to The Associated Press. These Texas doctors are working on a vaccine for the coronavirus. By: Ana Gonzalez, KPRC Digital Media Intern. Published 28 Feb, 2020
    • Dr. Peter Hotez has a previously frozen vaccine that was meant to combat the SARS virus from 2003, that could effectively protect people, he's with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Hotez worked with his colleague, Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi on the SARS vaccine. Using the virus’ genetic code called messenger RNA, it instructs cells to make particular proteins. “We’re also engineering a potentially new vaccine that will be much more specific against the COVID-19," Bottazzi said. Researchers are still working on a vaccine entirely from scratch that will take them several years to develop.
  • From: The Jerusalem Post - Israeli scientists: “In a few weeks, we will have coronavirus vaccine”. By: Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, 15 Mar 2020
    • Israeli scientists are on the cusp of developing the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus, according to Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis. If all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within a few weeks and available in 90 days, according to a release.
    • “Congratulations to MIGAL [The Galilee Research Institute] on this exciting breakthrough,” Akunis said. “I am confident there will be further rapid progress, enabling us to provide a needed response to the grave global COVID-19 threat,” Akunis said, referring to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
    • Once the vaccine is developed, it will take at least 90 days to complete the regulatory process and potentially more to enter the marketplace.

Essential Workers

From: Crane Network News & Updates – These are the workers the US Government deems “Essential” amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. 2 Apr 2020

  • 1. Health care and public health workers -- Hospital and laboratory personnel, caregivers, mental health workers, doctors, nurses, researchers, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, technicians, as well as funeral home and cemetery workers.
  • 2. Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders -- Emergency management personnel, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. The list also includes 911 call center workers and those who oversee emergency service operations.
  • 3. Food and agriculture workers -- Food and agriculture workers include those who work in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants (including delivery drivers), company cafeterias, animal agriculture workers, and the food and beverage industries. Farmers, food processing workers, warehouse workers, and food truck delivery drivers are also on the list.
  • 4. Energy employees -- This category includes utilities, telecommunications staffers, natural gas/propane workers, the electricity industry, engineers, cybersecurity/risk management staff, and environmental remediation.
  • 5. Water and wastewater -- Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure.
  • 6. Transportation and logistics -- This includes mass transit workers, auto repair and maintenance workers, trash collectors, postal and shipping workers, air traffic controllers, air transportation employees, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers who maintain and inspect infrastructure.
  • 7. Public works -- Public works employees who operate, inspect and maintain dams, locks, levees, and bridges. This also includes workers who oversee sewer main breaks, traffic signals and buried/underground utilities.
  • 8. Communications and information technology -- Technicians, operators, call centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment. Workers who support radio, television, and media service, including news reporters, studio, and technicians for news gathering and reporting, are also included in this category, as well as data center operators, HVAC and electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators.
  • 9. Other community-based government operations and essential functions -- Elections personnel, building employees, security staff, trade officials, weather forecasters, customs workers, and educators.
  • 10. Critical manufacturing -- Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base.
  • 11. Hazardous materials -- Workers at nuclear facilities, workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals and medical material production, and workers at laboratories processing test kits.
  • 12. Financial services -- Bank employees and other financial/lending institutions, as well as those needed to keep ATM services available to consumers.
  • 13. Chemical workers -- Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and paper products.
  • 14. Defense industrial base -- Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. military. These individuals, include but are not limited to aerospace; mechanical and software engineers, manufacturing/production workers; IT support; security staff; security personnel; intelligence support, aircraft and weapon systems mechanics and maintainers. Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract to the Department of Defense providing materials and services to the Department of Defense, as well as government-owned/contractor-operated and government-owned/government-operated facilities.

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Voeg AUB mensen, gebeurtenissen, acties enzo toe aan die groeiende project dat beschouwd als helden van deze pandemie

Gezondheidszorgdeskundigen en wetenschappers, overheden werken de klok rond om deze pandemie het hoofd te bieden. Velen werken aan vaccins en kuren. 'Voeg degenen toe die geschikt zijn voor deze gebieden.' Voor degenen die nog leven kunnen alleen hun profielen toegevoegd worden als al een MP hebben.

Als er andere titels zijn die geschikt zijn voor deze rubriek, aarzel dan niet om deze aan dit project toe te voegen. Helden zijn er op vele manieren en vormen. Naarmate deze ziekte vordert, kunnen er meer ideeën voor categorieën opkomen.

Reactie van de community, zoals:

  • De mensen in Italië die samen muziek maken vanaf hun balkons

Slimme overheid

  • Op 8 maart 2020 heeft de Italiaanse regering buitengewone maatregelen genomen om de overdracht van virussen - waaronder bewegingsbeperking in de regio Lombardije - te beperken, die bedoeld waren om de kans te minimaliseren dat mensen die niet besmet zijn, in contact komen met mensen die besmet zijn. Zie: (20) ...
    • 'Rita Tamasuniene' ', de Litouwse minister van Binnenlandse Zaken. Litouwen is het nieuwste EU-land dat de grenzen voor buitenlanders heeft gesloten in een poging de verspreiding van de coronaviruspandemie te stoppen. De herinvoering van grenscontroles volgt op vrijdagavond soortgelijke maatregelen door buurland Polen, Denemarken en Tsjechië. (Zie ook: [https: // -... Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken van de Republiek Litouwen - Wat u moet doen weten over coronavirus (COVID-19)]
    • 'Erna Solberg' , premier van Noorwegen. Noorwegen raadde zaterdag alle niet-essentiële reizen af.
    • Het Spaanse kabinet is op zaterdag vanwege het formeel opleggen van een staat van waarschuwing - waardoor de regering de controle over fabrieken kan overnemen en beperkingen opleggen aan het vrije verkeer - waarna 'Pedro Sánchez' , premier is om te schetsen welke stappen hij met de nieuwe bevoegdheden zal nemen. De regio's Madrid, Catalonië en Galicië hebben al bijna alle handel gesloten, behalve winkels die voedsel en geneesmiddelen verkopen. (Door Tony Tassell. 14 maart 2020) (Wikipedia - Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón)
    • Vietnam Airlines zal beginnen met het vliegen met lege vliegtuigen vanuit drie steden in Europa, waarbij passagiers alleen in de tegenovergestelde richting worden vervoerd, in een beweging die de staatsbedrijf zei te nemen om de verspreiding van het coronavirus te vertragen en de volksgezondheid te beschermen. (Door John Reed. 14 maart 2020)