A collection of key developments in the fight against COVID-19 (the actual virus is SARS-COV-2), posted throughout the week for those who just want the signal and not the noise. If there’s something you think we should include, sound off in the comments thread attached to the post.
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Previously: The previous day’s key developments post is here.
The advice our Surgeon General is giving out today — “Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now” — implies that you should definitely wear a mask in public if only to stop yourself from infecting others. Anyway, yeah, it’s going to get bad. Surgeon general has coronavirus warning: ‘This week, it’s going to get bad’
Senator Amy Klobuchar’s husband has COVID-19, and is now in the hopsital on oxygen.
If you’re headed out in public, put on a mask and check the fit. WHO considers ‘airborne precautions’ for medical staff after study shows coronavirus can survive in air. “The coronavirus can go airborne, staying suspended in the air depending on factors such as heat and humidity, WHO officials said.”
I thought all hackers were l33t but I guess these are extra l33t. Exclusive: Elite hackers target WHO as coronavirus cyberattacks spike
There is a joke in here about how we’re all trapped in quarantine with each other 24/7 but I’m not going to make it. Doctors say loss of sense of smell might be Covid-19 symptom
Amazon Prime delivery delays are now as long as a month. “The e-commerce giant is prioritizing household staples and other high-demand items during the coronavirus pandemic.”
That is a lot of people at home:
#BREAKING More than one billion people have been asked to stay home in more than 50 countries and territories around the world as governments battle the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, according to an AFP tally pic.twitter.com/Gq4EsuZvfM
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 23, 2020
A balanced piece, with notes of skepticism and optimism: China is reporting big successes in the coronavirus fight. Should we trust the numbers?.
Exclusive report from Iraq: COVID-19 on the battlefields. “The pandemic is currently reshaping and upending military engagements across the world. The virus has already begun spreading across the ranks of the U.S. military with active cases in Italy, South Korea, California, and aboard the U.S. Navy’s USS Boxer.”
The Prepared makes an appearance in Vanity Fair’s list of people who called the coronavirus crisis early on. (Ignore the headline, since the article covers many more early voices than the rightward side of the political spectrum.) “The Coronavirus Crisis Was Built for Insurgent Information”: Why Some Early MAGA Adopters Went Against Trump’s Virus Doctrine