Coronavirus Live Blog 5.14.2020

This is an ongoing update of headlines and information related to the coronavirus outbreak. Newest information at the top. If you have a question or want to discuss this issue in depth, we have been discussing this issue in our chat system. Information is updated throughout the day with a large update every morning US time.

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Yesterday’s headlines from 5.13 can be found here


Lab research confirms virus likely jumped from horseshoe bats. The same study notes that the human gi tract can easily be infected with the virus.

Coronavirus blood-clot mystery intensifies – Research begins to pick apart the mechanisms behind a deadly COVID-19 complication

Influenza and obesity: its odd relationship and the lessons for COVID-19 pandemic

102 kids in NY state have contracted the virus related syndrome 

COVID-19 and Postinfection Immunity – Limited Evidence, Many Remaining Questions

The ‘biggest challenge’ won’t come until after a coronavirus vaccine is found – The nation’s supply chain isn’t anywhere close to ready

Can post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19 be considered as an outbreak response strategy in long-term care hospitals?

Oregon’s virus hospitalization rate drops but it isn’t good news

U.S. Coronavirus Testing Still Falls Short. How’s Your State Doing?

Testing and the State Petri Dishes of Democracy

Useful graphs of virus trends for various countries

Graphs for various countries normalized by population

Company invents peel and stick face masks

1 million New Yorkers could be evicted under COVID without city assistance: Right now renters can’t be evicted, but they still have to pay rent.

Cats with no symptoms spread coronavirus to other cats in lab test

Coronavirus: Africa, at first spared, now confronts outbreaks all over the continent

US whistleblower says 2020 winter will be bleak, worst in modern history, unless we prepare a better virus response 

Trump names ex-pharmaceutical executive, general to lead vaccine push

Trump is pressuring the CDC to change its death-toll methodology and produce a lower figure, report says 

Trump privately questions whether coronavirus deaths are being overcounted as Fauci projects the opposite

Trump vs. the skeptics: Reopening fight highlights polar opposite outcomes – Reopening quickly could boost Trump and the economy. It could also spark catastrophe.

Multimillion-dollar food bank delivery contracts go to firms with little experience – The Agriculture Department awarded $1.2 billion to several little-known companies to send excess farm products to food banks. 

Health officials stopped reporting infections at Nebraska meatpacking plants

As some countries ease up, others are reimposing lockdowns amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections 

IL rural areas causing state cases to go up

Coronavirus: real UK care home death toll double official figure, study says

As Georgia Lifts Restrictions, Its Hospitals May Be Unready For A COVID-19 Surge 

Texas sees 1,000 new coronavirus cases 5 days in a row

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state’s stay-at-home order

Louisiana casino resort to reopen everything next week

Mothers Day fight at a PA Red Lobster. The restaurant was doing curbside pick up only but there was sometimes a 3 hour wait for orders.

Armed militia helped a Michigan barbershop open, a coronavirus defiance that puts Republican lawmakers in a bind 

CA universities will stay online only in the fall

South Korea backtracks on reopening schools after outbreak

Boris Johnson orders all non telework people back to work, then tells them not to crowd public transit

Robert Mercer among billionaires funding groups that coordinated the anti lockdown protests

The partisan culture war over masks – One conservative writer’s viral rant explains how a basic public health measure become another front in the culture wars


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