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MSNBC 17 Mar 2020

Cities Work To Test And Isolate Homeless Population, Preventing Fast Spread Of Virus

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Housing advocates fear an outbreak of coronavirus in homeless populations as shelters across the country scramble to increase capacity and maintain social distancing. With no access to health care the homeless can spread the virus across states faster than people that can afford regular health care. Many cities are working to test and isolate this vulnerable population. Aired on 3/17/2020


Governors have said tests are still difficult to come by and sourcing personal protective equipment for healthcare workers is a challenge. Washington state is spearheading a new way to recycle and sterilize medical-grade masks. At least seven states have still not issued stay-at-home orders.
Kay Burley grilled the health secretary on whether the test and trace programme had been rushed in order to take the headlines away from Dominic Cummings's trip to Durham.

Matt Hancock called the suggestion "priceless".

He also warned people could be forced to self-isolate if they do not follow the rules voluntarily.

#coronavirus #COVID19 #UK
The NHS has introduced a test and trace schemes to help the UK lift lockdown measures and stop the spread of coronavirus.

Thousands of contact tracers have been recruited to notify people - by email, text or by phone - if they've come into contact with someone with Covid-19.

Wales launched their system on 1 June and England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have systems up and running.

The UK's test and trace app is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight but isn't ready yet to be rolled out elsewhere.

BBC Health and Science correspondent, Laura Foster, explains what is meant by track and trace, how it works and how it can keep the R number low.
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Iraqi health workers collected samples from residents of a district in Najaf, Wednesday, April 8, to test for the coronavirus.
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>>> WELCOME BACK TO OUR SPECIAL
>>> WELCOME BACK TO OUR SPECIAL MSNBC COVERAGE OF YOUR QUESTIONS
MSNBC COVERAGE OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS AS NEARLY
ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS AS NEARLY 700 PEOPLE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO
700 PEOPLE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA ARE STAYING INSIDE.
BAY AREA ARE STAYING INSIDE. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS RESIDENTS ARE BEING TOLD TO SEEK
RESIDENTS ARE BEING TOLD TO SEEK SHELTER.
SHELTER. >> HOUSING ADVOCATES FEAR AN
>> HOUSING ADVOCATES FEAR AN OUTBREAK OF CORONAVIRUS IN
OUTBREAK OF CORONAVIRUS IN HOMELESS POPULATIONS, AS
HOMELESS POPULATIONS, AS SHELTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
SHELTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SCRAMBLE TO INCREASE CAPACITY
SCRAMBLE TO INCREASE CAPACITY AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE.
AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE. >> JOINING US NOW, THE PRESIDENT
>> JOINING US NOW, THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOSTON HEALTH CARE FOR
OF THE BOSTON HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS PROGRAM, JAMES
THE HOMELESS PROGRAM, JAMES O’CONNELL AND THE DIRECTOR OF
O’CONNELL AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICES HOMELAND SECURITY AND
OFFICES HOMELAND SECURITY AND JUSTICE TEAM CHRIS CURRY.
JUSTICE TEAM CHRIS CURRY. HE TESTIFIED IN THE CORONAVIRUS
HE TESTIFIED IN THE CORONAVIRUS HEARING ON CAPITOL HILL.
HEARING ON CAPITOL HILL. GENTLEMEN, THANKS TO BOTH OF
GENTLEMEN, THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU.
YOU. I WANT TO JUMP RIGHT IN TO OUR
I WANT TO JUMP RIGHT IN TO OUR VIEWERS’ QUESTIONS.
VIEWERS’ QUESTIONS. JAMES, ONE CONCERN THIS VIEWER
JAMES, ONE CONCERN THIS VIEWER SAYS THAT EVERYBODY HAS AND IS
SAYS THAT EVERYBODY HAS AND IS BEING OVERLOOKED IS THE
BEING OVERLOOKED IS THE HOMELESS.
HOMELESS. THEY HAVE NO ACCESS TO ANY
THEY HAVE NO ACCESS TO ANY HEALTH CARE AND CAN SPREAD THE
HEALTH CARE AND CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS ACROSS STATES AND THE
VIRUS ACROSS STATES AND THE COUNTRY FASTER THAN PEOPLE CAN
COUNTRY FASTER THAN PEOPLE CAN AFFORD REGULAR HEALTH CARE.
AFFORD REGULAR HEALTH CARE. WHAT WE ARE DOING TO HELP THE
WHAT WE ARE DOING TO HELP THE HOMELESS GET HELP, MEDICALLY,
HOMELESS GET HELP, MEDICALLY, FOOD AND SHELTER.
FOOD AND SHELTER. THAT’S LEWIS FROM MAINE.
THAT’S LEWIS FROM MAINE. >> THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION.
>> THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. I THINK WE ARE SCRAMBLING IN
I THINK WE ARE SCRAMBLING IN CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS BEST TO DO WITH HOMELESS
BEST TO DO WITH HOMELESS POPULATIONS.
POPULATIONS. WE’VE LEARNED AS PHYSICIANS AND
WE’VE LEARNED AS PHYSICIANS AND NURSES THAT THE HOMELESS FOLKS
NURSES THAT THE HOMELESS FOLKS WILL FREQUENTLY SHOW US THE
WILL FREQUENTLY SHOW US THE WEAKNESSES IN OUR HEALTH CARE
WEAKNESSES IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM LONG BEFORE WHEY REALIZE
SYSTEM LONG BEFORE WHEY REALIZE IT OTHERWISE.
IT OTHERWISE. YOU HEAR ABOUT THE STANDARD
YOU HEAR ABOUT THE STANDARD PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES TO
PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES TO CONTROL THIS OUTBREAK, SOCIAL
CONTROL THIS OUTBREAK, SOCIAL ISOLATION OR SOCIAL DISTANCING
ISOLATION OR SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ONE OF THEM.
IS ONE OF THEM. AND QUARANTINING IS ANOTHER.
AND QUARANTINING IS ANOTHER. AND WHEN YOU HAVE NO HOME AND NO
AND WHEN YOU HAVE NO HOME AND NO PLACE TO DO THAT, IT REALLY
PLACE TO DO THAT, IT REALLY CHALLENGES OUR PUBLIC HEALTH
CHALLENGES OUR PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES.
MEASURES. SO CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY,
SO CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING BOSTON WHERE I AM, ARE
INCLUDING BOSTON WHERE I AM, ARE TRYING REALLY HARD NOW TO LOOK
TRYING REALLY HARD NOW TO LOOK AT PLACES WHERE WE CAN LEARN TO
AT PLACES WHERE WE CAN LEARN TO TEST THE HOMELESS FOLKS AND
TEST THE HOMELESS FOLKS AND ISOLATE THEM AND FIND PLACES
ISOLATE THEM AND FIND PLACES WHERE THEY CAN GO WHEN THEY’RE
WHERE THEY CAN GO WHEN THEY’RE SICK.
SICK. >> IT WAS REALLY MOVING TO ME AS
>> IT WAS REALLY MOVING TO ME AS I READ THROUGH THE QUESTIONS,
I READ THROUGH THE QUESTIONS, JOSHUA READS THROUGH THEM EVERY
JOSHUA READS THROUGH THEM EVERY DAY, TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE
DAY, TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE HOMELESS
CONCERNED ABOUT THE HOMELESS THAT THEY SAW IN THEIR CITIES OR
THAT THEY SAW IN THEIR CITIES OR WHERE THEY LIVED.
WHERE THEY LIVED. IS THERE SOMETHING YOU CAN TELL
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU CAN TELL THEM ABOUT HOW THEY CAN HELP?
THEM ABOUT HOW THEY CAN HELP? >> I THINK, FIRST OF ALL, WE CAN
>> I THINK, FIRST OF ALL, WE CAN HELP BY REALIZING THAT THESE ARE
HELP BY REALIZING THAT THESE ARE OUR POOREST CITIZENS WHO ARE
OUR POOREST CITIZENS WHO ARE GOING TO BE AT RISK FOR THIS
GOING TO BE AT RISK FOR THIS VIRUS, NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR
VIRUS, NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR SOCIAL ECONOMIC SITUATION BUT
SOCIAL ECONOMIC SITUATION BUT BECAUSE WE ONLY HAVE SHELTERS
BECAUSE WE ONLY HAVE SHELTERS FOR THEM.
FOR THEM. IN MOST CITIES, BOSTON INCLUDED,
IN MOST CITIES, BOSTON INCLUDED, WE HAVE SHELTERS WITH 100 OR 200
WE HAVE SHELTERS WITH 100 OR 200 OR 500 PEOPLE AND WHEN ONE
OR 500 PEOPLE AND WHEN ONE PERSON GETS SICK, THAT MEANS THE
PERSON GETS SICK, THAT MEANS THE TRANSMISSION WILL BE LIKE
TRANSMISSION WILL BE LIKE WILDFIRE.
WILDFIRE. AND SO TO PROTECT THEM, IT’S
AND SO TO PROTECT THEM, IT’S SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO.
SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO. AND I WOULD URGE EVERYBODY TO
AND I WOULD URGE EVERYBODY TO JUST UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A
JUST UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR EACH OF OUR CITIES
PROBLEM FOR EACH OF OUR CITIES AND TOWNS.
AND TOWNS. THAT IF HOMELESS POPULATION GETS
THAT IF HOMELESS POPULATION GETS THIS VIR, IT AFFECTS ALL OF US
THIS VIR, IT AFFECTS ALL OF US AND WE SHOULD ALL PITCH IN TO
AND WE SHOULD ALL PITCH IN TO TRY AND HELP WITH FOOD, WITH
TRY AND HELP WITH FOOD, WITH MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE PLACES
MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE PLACES TO GO THAT -- WHERE THEY CAN BE
TO GO THAT -- WHERE THEY CAN BE DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM, SIX FEET,
DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM, SIX FEET, AND I THINK EACH CITY HAS AN

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