The world has 3.9 million cases. Cases have grown by about 600,000 for about three weeks running. The US has nearly 1.3 million cases. The US has had over 2,100 deaths since yesterday. Daily deaths in the US have generally hovered between 2-3 thousand for at least three weeks.
San Francisco keeps temporarily housed homeless individuals from making unnecessary trips out by offering harm reduction through distribution of cannabis, alcohol, and methadone. It’s controversial, for sure. No taxpayer money was spent on the program. It’s funded by private donations. Substance abuse treatment is also made available to those residents who want it.
Testing old drugs for novel treatments—some strong treatment leads are developing, and perhaps some leads on drugs to avoid as well:
The @QBI_UCSF Coronavirus Research Group (QCRG) is happy to present our Virus-Human #SARSCoV2 Protein Interaction Map published in @nature. We tested clinically-approved drugs/compounds derived from our map and found many with potential to treat #COVID19.https://t.co/5OxMqW2QRP pic.twitter.com/vo8RSkUTmd
— Krogan Lab (@KroganLab) April 30, 2020
It may be time to rethink the White House’s culture of refusing masks:
Breaking: A member of the US Navy who serves as one of President Donald Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus, CNN has learned, raising concerns about the President's possible exposure to the virus.-@kaitlancollins reporting
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 7, 2020
The UN warns of global boomerang of infection. Outbreaks in poorer countries may travel back around to wealthier countries. Funding and humanitarian relief to these countries can help prevent this. In the absence of this aid, the virus could persist for many years (perhaps even as long as a decade) in what is essentially a reservoir for new outbreaks.
Why are meat processing plants so badly impacted? Because they’re a perfect environment: cold, damp, and stuffed with people working shoulder-to-shoulder. It doesn’t help that workers in some facilities were instructed not to wear masks so as not to scare the other workers.
Opening prematurely will certainly cause problems:
Overwhelming data says opening prematurely will increase cases, escalate loss of life and economic harm. Countries that acted late to impose social distancing and testing are suffering. Countries that acted early soon will safely restart economies. Don’t play with fire pic.twitter.com/r6VrZhinvY
— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) May 3, 2020
Some countries have managed to get it right:
Hard to overstate how much Germany has surpassed just about everyone. It has a quarter of the deaths of other major European countries despite having the largest population by far; its schools are now reopening; and 80 percent of its factories stayed open. https://t.co/XIf82djDCy pic.twitter.com/lwuuCZJpbg
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) May 7, 2020
If we want to get it right like Germany and South Korea have, then we need to do contact tracing. Korea relied heavily on technology. Would the US tolerate the kind of patent privacy invasions involved? Unlikely—we prefer our technological privacy invasions to be less obvious (Facebook and Google data, Cambrigde Analytica, broad NSA monitoring) and far less useful to, say… living.
Still looking for Clorox Wipes? Here’s why you’re having trouble:
Lysol and Clorox wipes expected to be out of stock until late summer because the ingredients come from #China!
We really need to start making all this stuff OURSELVES.
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) April 27, 2020
A quick reminder—hydroxychloroquine does not help:
Among 1376 patients with #COVID19 admitted to a NYC hospital, 59% were treated with hydroxychloroquine. After adjustment for baseline characteristics, there was no significant association between hydroxychloroquine treatment and the composite end point of intubation or death.
— NEJM (@NEJM) May 8, 2020