The U.S. Still Has No Plan to Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing - The Atlantic
Testing has plateaued but we need aggressive testing to open up
Opinion | We’re All Casualties of Trump’s War on Coronavirus Science - The New York Times
Brutal takedown of how Trump has denied science and evidence. Also multiple whistleblower complaints filed, especially against Jared Kushner.
‘Finally, a virus got me.’ Scientist who fought Ebola and HIV reflects on facing death from COVID-19 | Science | AAAS
Head of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has to be admitted to the hospital and reflects on it.
The positive effects of covid-19 | The BMJ
Air quality improved. Traffic deaths down. Fewer STDs.
Trump's desperate hours: He was contemptuous of the virus — now it has him trapped | Salon.com
Really good summary, succinct, of Trump's response to coronavirus
Opinion | The World Is Taking Pity on Us - The New York Times
Brutal summary of the US response to COVID-19 and how we couldn't match our response to World War II
Pence criticized by doctors, late-night hosts for not wearing mask to Mayo Clinic - The Washington Post
Many people notice that Pence was the only one not wearing a mask at Mayo during his visit.
Top E.R. Doctor Who Treated Coronavirus Patients Dies by Suicide - The New York Times
EM doctor who treated COVID-19 patients kills herself. Was at Columbia Presbyterian. Was chief of EM of one of their outlying hospitals.
Trump’s New Message: Time to Move On to the Economic Recovery - The New York Times
Trump admitting today in May that testing is “making us look bad“ when testing is the way out of this.
Video showing how Fox News changed their rhetoric on coronavirus
Clips from their anchors
The Risk Of Exposure To COVID-19 In Georgia Has Increased By More Than 40% Since The State Reopened For Business
Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp began relaxing restrictions on businesses when he decreed that gyms, bowling alleys, tattoo parlors, barbers/hair salons, nail salons and massage therapists could reopen on April 24. Restaurants, movie theaters and private social clubs were added to the list on April 27. Kemp then abandoned his shelter-in-place order which was scheduled to expire on May 13 and reopened the state on May 1. The risk of exposure to COVID-19 for people who live in Georgia has increased every day since Kemp began reopening the state.
Trump Says Task Force Will Wind Down - The New York Times
Trump winding down coronavirus task force with 70,000 Americans dead
Data on Gilead's remdesivir show no benefit for coronavirus patients
The antiviral medicine remdesivir from Gilead Sciences failed to speed the improvement of patients with Covid-19 or prevent them from dying, according to results from a long-awaited clinical trial conducted in China. Gilead, however, said the data suggest a “potential benefit.”
We Still Don’t Know How the Coronavirus Is Killing Us
Great read detailing how our understanding of the disease has changed. Discusses blood clots and trying to keep patients off the ventilator for as long as possible.
What the Coronavirus Crisis Reveals About American Medicine | The New Yorker
Medicine is a system for delivering care and support; it’s also a system of information, quality control, and lab science. All need fixing.
What Is ‘Covid Toe’? Maybe a Strange Sign of Coronavirus Infection - The New York Times
painful red or purple lesions that typically emerge on fingers or toes in the winter. It’s also not the time of year for chilblains, which are caused by inflammation in small blood vessels in reaction to cold or damp conditions. “Usually, we see it in the dead of winter,” Dr. Fox said.
Why don’t some coronavirus patients sense their alarmingly low oxygen levels? | Science | AAAS
COVID-19 patients have happy hypoxia. Some are treating early hypoxia with heparin with good outcomes. Also only reference to toe changes and heparin I could find.
Brands offering discounts to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 - Insider
Coronavirus discounts for healthcare front line workers
ACEP-AAEM Joint Statement on Physician Misinformation
Two California ED physicians with financial interest in urgent care. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) jointly and emphatically condemn the recent opinions released by Dr. Daniel Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi. These reckless and untested musings do not speak for medical societies and are inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19. As owners of local urgent care clinics, it appears these two individuals are releasing biased, non-peer reviewed data to advance their personal financial interests without regard for the public’s health.
On behalf of @AmCollegeGastro, our editorial team at #AmJGastro just released a study from Wuhan, China reporting 48.5% of patients presented to hospital with a digestive symptom as their chief complaint. Coronavirus is #NotJustCough.“ / Twitter
Diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain is a common presenting complaint
The first modern pandemic | Bill Gates
Great explanation on how this pandemic will wrap up
Coronavirus: Citing a high risk of death, researchers cut chloroquine study short over safety concerns
Hydroxychloroquine study ended early because primary outcome was death
The president is unwell
Good, short read on how Trump is taking credit for everything good and blaming the governors for everything bad. The only thing worse than a pandemic is having Donald Trump as your president during a pandemic. Tens of thousands of Americans have died. Tens of millions have lost their jobs. President Trump, meanwhile, has indulged in self-pity, touted an unproven drug, bragged about the TV ratings of his press briefings, and expressed interest in the idea of people injecting disinfectants into their lungs — or, as we used to call it, committing suicide. Every day, we have to worry about the president's mental health when he should be worrying about our physical health.
How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes | Science | AAAS
Great review of all of the systems in the body that COVID-19 affects and how
The Coronavirus Revealed America’s Failures - The Atlantic
Really great, long explanation of how Trump failed us. Terrible response to the pandemic.
Opinion | The Coronavirus Makes Our Old Culture Wars Look Quaint - The New York Times
Perhaps current events will help us to recalibrate what’s actually important in our society, including reducing homelessness. Bari Weiss piece. Woke and cancel culture need to fade away so we can value what's truly important.
Director of key federal vaccine agency says his departure was retaliation - CNNPolitics
The director of the office involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine says he was abruptly dismissed from his post in part because he resisted efforts to widen the availability of a coronavirus treatment pushed by President Donald Trump.
Americans are being asked to sacrifice in this pandemic. Have we forgotten how? - The Washington Post
Americans can't follow social distancing recommendations despite a history of much greater sacrifices for the country
The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead - The New York Times
Great read about what is coming up for the coronavirus pandemic. America will open up again, then probably have to lockdown. Vaccine is far away. Might be able to get new treatments faster.
“There’s No Boogeyman He Can Attack”: Angry at Kushner, Trump Awakens to the COVID-19 Danger | Vanity Fair
Details of how Trump knew about the coronavirus pandemic and wasted precious time when plans could have been made.
Opinion | Why Did the Coronavirus Outbreak Start in China? - The New York Times
Explanation of why certain cultural practices common in China have promoted the spread of the virus very quickly in China.
Trump Supporters Are Staging Armed Protests to Stick It to Coronavirus | Vanity Fair
Conservatives are staging protests against stay at home orders
Trump Foments Protests Against Governors; Experts Warn of Testing Shortages - The New York Times
People are protesting the lockdown
How Will the Coronavirus End? - The Atlantic
Good read about the natural history of the novel coronavirus
What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago - The New York Times
Awake proning is working great. Also Josh Farkas quoted here from Pulm Crit
Takeaways from My Webinar on COVID-19 | NutritionFacts.org
Excellent summary, bullet pointed, with citations of facts about the novel coronavirus from Michael Greger.
How Bad Is the Coronavirus Outbreak? Here’s a Key Number. - The Atlantic
Rate of test positivity (percent of all the tests that are positive) is an important key metric. It's stuck around 20% in the US, despite more and more tests. Suggests that we haven't really hit our plateau yet.
Don’t “Flatten the Curve,” squash it! - Joscha Bach - Medium
If we flattened the curve enough to spread out the cases, we would have to spread them out for 10 years. We have to stop the spread.
Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases | OPA | Department of Justice
In the midst of coronavirus pandemic three are charged with espionage and other crimes of stealing intellectual property.
The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed. - The New York Times
There was a plan in place to build a stockpile of ventilators but a company fell through. Multi billion dollar company purchased the original company contracted to build them and it never materialized.
The Coronavirus and How the U.S. Ended Up with Nurses Wearing Garbage Bags | The New Yorker
Jared Kushner has badly mishandled the coronavirus response. The mad dash for supplies set off by Trump’s incomprehensible handling of the crisis cannot help those already in the thick of the outbreak; the help that is on the way now, finally and belatedly, will be for the next cities and states to face it. There was a window for action. It wasn’t just closed. It was slammed shut.
Americans Are Paying the Price for Trump’s Failures - The Atlantic
Coronavirus pandemic is Trump's fault. Could have intervened early. Only cares about himself. Excellent article with citations throughout.
Restarting America Means People Will Die. So When Do We Do It? - The New York Times
Peter Singer is interviewed for an article about restarting America vs continued social distancing
States and experts begin pursuing a coronavirus national strategy in absence of White House direction - The Washington Post
Governors are developing a plan to control spread of coronavirus. But the White House has not developed a national strategy. Contact tracing is very difficult and requires a lot of manpower. Apple and Google developing apps to trace contacts.
State Department cables warned of safety issues at Wuhan lab studying bat coronaviruses - The Washington Post
State Department had significant concerns about safety of lab studying virus in Wuhan. They were also working on gain of function changes to viruses. Also the first cluster of patients had no connection to the wet market. Furthermore bats were not sold at the Wuhan wet market.
The Bats Behind the Pandemic | Matt Ridley
Good article on bats and how they spread disease and brew viruses that lead to pandemics
The Preëxisting Condition in the Oval Office | The New Yorker
Trump denial of science. Worsened pandemic outcome. Biden needs to capitalize on the situation.
Good news about COVID-19 - 80,000 Hours
Some good news about the coronavirus
Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow Spread | CDC
CDC guidelines on how to make a cloth mask
33 times Trump downplayed the coronavirus - The Washington Post
Public downplaying of COVID-19