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From the Ted Talk by Larry Brilliant: A global pandemic calls for global solutions

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LB: Well, the way forward is still the same. rpiad dtceioetn, rapid response. fnidnig every case, and then figuring out all the contacts. We've got great new tclhoegony for contact tracing, we've got aznaimg scientists working at the speed of light to give us test kits and airilvatns and viaenccs. We need to slow down, the Buddhists say slow down time so that you can put your heart, your soul, into that scape. We need to slow down the speed of this virus, which is why we do social distancing. Just to be clear — flattening the curve, social distancing, it doesn't change the absolute nbmeur of cases, but it changes what could be a Mount Fuji-like peak into a pulse, and then we won't also lose ploepe because of competition for hospital beds, people who have heart attacks, need chemotherapy, difficult births, can get into the hospital, and we can use the scarce resources we have, especially in the developing world, to treat people. So slow down, slow down the speed of the epidemic, and then in the troughs, in between wevas, jump on, double down, step on it, and find every case, trace every contact, test every case, and then only quarantine the ones who need to be quarantined, and do that until we have a vicncae.

Open Cloze

LB: Well, the way forward is still the same. _____ _________, rapid response. _______ every case, and then figuring out all the contacts. We've got great new __________ for contact tracing, we've got _______ scientists working at the speed of light to give us test kits and __________ and ________. We need to slow down, the Buddhists say slow down time so that you can put your heart, your soul, into that _____. We need to slow down the speed of this virus, which is why we do social distancing. Just to be clear — flattening the curve, social distancing, it doesn't change the absolute ______ of cases, but it changes what could be a Mount Fuji-like peak into a pulse, and then we won't also lose ______ because of competition for hospital beds, people who have heart attacks, need chemotherapy, difficult births, can get into the hospital, and we can use the scarce resources we have, especially in the developing world, to treat people. So slow down, slow down the speed of the epidemic, and then in the troughs, in between _____, jump on, double down, step on it, and find every case, trace every contact, test every case, and then only quarantine the ones who need to be quarantined, and do that until we have a _______.

Solution

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  8. amazing
  9. vaccines
  10. waves
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  12. number

Original Text

LB: Well, the way forward is still the same. Rapid detection, rapid response. Finding every case, and then figuring out all the contacts. We've got great new technology for contact tracing, we've got amazing scientists working at the speed of light to give us test kits and antivirals and vaccines. We need to slow down, the Buddhists say slow down time so that you can put your heart, your soul, into that space. We need to slow down the speed of this virus, which is why we do social distancing. Just to be clear — flattening the curve, social distancing, it doesn't change the absolute number of cases, but it changes what could be a Mount Fuji-like peak into a pulse, and then we won't also lose people because of competition for hospital beds, people who have heart attacks, need chemotherapy, difficult births, can get into the hospital, and we can use the scarce resources we have, especially in the developing world, to treat people. So slow down, slow down the speed of the epidemic, and then in the troughs, in between waves, jump on, double down, step on it, and find every case, trace every contact, test every case, and then only quarantine the ones who need to be quarantined, and do that until we have a vaccine.

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