Coronavirus Special Coverage

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COVID-19: key developments for Monday, March 30, 2020

Virginia and Maryland both issue stay-at-home orders. These states had previously asked people to isolate, and now they’re telling them to.

Gov. Beshear signs order, keeping Kentuckians from traveling out of state

Yikes. It’s going to get worse as this drags on, too:

This story is all over my feed, and for good reason: it’s deeply worrying. A choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead. They tried to do some social distancing at rehearsal, and were liberal with the hand sanitizer. They still got it.

Meanwhile, in the UK: One in four doctors off sick or in isolation due to coronavirus

This article doesn’t make a super strong case for anything more than vague skepticism of official Chinese figures, which is fine because it acknowledges its case is weak. Wuhan Covid-19 death toll may be in tens of thousands, data on cremations and shipments of urns suggest

This interview in The New Indian Express is so bizarre, and I hope it’s not indicative of anything other than this outlet’s poor editorial standards. Because if the Indian plan really is to tell everyone things will be fine, that would be bad. No need to panic, COVID-19 is something we can easily conquer: Padma Bhushan Dr D Nageshwar Reddy

A Deluged System Leaves Some Elderly to Die, Rocking Spain’s Self-Image. “Even amid the coronavirus crisis, the tragedy unfolding in Spain’s nursing homes has shocked a nation that takes pride in its reverence for older people and in its health care system.”

You may not think this is a “key development”, but as far as I’m concerned it definitely is. I applied for the required business permit so I could get a membership here in Austin, and was very happy with the volume, availability, and prices on bulk goods. Now that it’s open to the public, it should be up there on your list of places to go to stock up on food. Forget Giant and Acme: The Real Panic Shoppers Go to Restaurant Depot

MIT Will Post Free Plans Online for an Emergency Ventilator That Can Be Built for $100

Please, please don’t be like this. The virus doesn’t care about your politics. The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun. “Across the country, social distancing is morphing from a public-health to political act. The consequences could be disastrous.”

Holland America cruise ship heading toward US waters with nearly 200 sick onboard

This could be one reason why my home state of Louisiana having such a rough time. 80% of Covid-19 Patients in ICU are overweight (Netherlands)

This surreal, worrying story is the kind of thing we’re likely to see even more of in the coming weeks. Drivers funneled through roadblock by police impostors during COVID-19 Pandemic

Ex-FDA Chief Gottlieb Expects Coronavirus Therapeutic Option By Summer