Coronavirus Live Blog 4.23.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 4.22 can be found here


Union tells Smithfield workers to not participate in Noem’s malaria drug study

Navy sequesters, quarantines ship crews to try to prevent outbreaks

Trauma On The Pandemic’s Front Line Leaves Health Workers Reeling

US flight attendants union wants non essential travel banned

Maxine Water’s sister dying of covid 

Ecuador death toll 15x normal, most assumed to be virus deaths

SD race track caves to health department pressure, will run races without spectators.

How the Covid-19 pandemic will leave its mark on US health care. From hospital closures to the rise of telehealth, five ways the system is already transforming.

New data on Gilead’s remdesivir, released by accident, show no benefit for coronavirus patients. Company still sees reason for hope

NYC says 140,000 confirmed coronavirus cases ‘the tip of the iceberg,’ 1 million likely exposed

Cuomo: Antibody survey shows wide exposure to virus in NY. “A state survey of about 3,000 people found that nearly 14% had antibodies, suggesting they had been exposed to the virus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at his daily news briefing. In New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., 21% of the people tested had antibodies.”

Fauci; goal of testing 1% of the population per week

“I did not sign up for the military. I signed up for Walmart.” What grocery store workers say they’re facing during the pandemic.

Essential workers share their pandemic stories

California super speeders rack up lots of 100 mph tickets

Nursing homes linked to half of virus deaths in Europe

Los Angeles will allow virus testing of asymptomatic essential workers

4 more tigers and 3 lions test positive for coronavirus at Bronx Zoo, officials say

They lived in a factory for 28 days to make millions of pounds of raw PPE materials to help fight coronavirus

Elizabeth Warren’s brother dies of virus

Banks let big businesses skip the line to apply for small business pandemic loans

Researchers show considerable community spread was going on in US cities before outbreak was detected.

Hospitalizations and ICU patients have decreased in New York City, mayor’s office says

New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said she thinks the city’s 138,000 positive cases so far is just “the tip of the iceberg.” “It wouldn’t surprise me if at this point in time we had close to a million New Yorkers who had been exposed to Covid-19,” she said in a press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio this morning.

Gap and other mall retailers running out of cash

How US gym facility lobbyists got gym reopenings high on the White House priority list.

UK has reached peak of coronavirus outbreak, says Matt Hancock

In New York Nursing Homes, Death Comes To Facilities With More People Of Color

Peruvian coca farmers to Paris pushers, coronavirus upends global narcotics trade

Former Labradoodle breeder tapped to lead U.S. pandemic task force

Washington State Builds Coronavirus Contact Tracing ‘Fire Brigade’

Vietnam to ease nationwide coronavirus lockdown

Adding a nylon stocking layer could boost protection from cloth masks, study finds

Nearly all Covid-19 patients put on ventilators in New York’s largest health system died, study finds

California governor orders autopsies back to December to find out how long coronavirus has been in the state

This NY Times article documents the early cases and the genetic tracing of how the outbreak spread to and through the US. What they found threw many early assumptions out the window.  

Researchers in Boston spot checked volunteers on the street for antibodies, found 63 out of 200 had antibodies but had never been tested for the virus

Pandemic checks bring flood of scammers trying to capture people’s payments

Two pet cats in NY state test positive with mild symptoms, info about how to protect pets

California’s deadliest day to date with 115 deaths

Deaths in Spain stabilize at 435 in one day

Sweden has limited restrictions and a higher death count to confirmed cases.

Japan: Postmortems by police turn up 11 cases of infection with COVID-19

India manages to have unusually low case and death numbers

Trump says it is ‘too soon’ for Georgia to reopen economy 

Blood clotting issue found in virus patients described as “thick blood”

De Blasio’s social distancing tip line flooded with penis photos, Hitler memes

MIT researchers find cells targeted by coronavirus in breakthrough for cure

NJ need waiver from feds to test asymptomatic people at government testing sites

FBI raids Lakewood industrial park, agents seen carrying boxes labeled ‘respirators,’ report says

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