No Resources, No Masks, No Symptoms
Three stories about the coronavirus we’re reading this morning
- Poor and minority communities could be the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, warns NPR in an analysis of the CDC’s new list of underlying health issues that could make infection more dangerous. “Health and wealth in the U.S. are so often linked,” the story points out.
- The New York Times describes the growing competition to acquire masks as a “global free-for-all” in a surreal report involving million-dollar wire transfers and “hasty deals in bars.” As bidders scramble to find supplies, the wholesale prices of masks and the cost of air freight across the Pacific is skyrocketing.
- Thanks in part to its uniquely small population, Iceland has managed to test 5% of its population for the coronavirus — quite a step up from the United States, which had only tested about 0.2% last week. A new CNN report reveals that Iceland’s tests suggest that up to 50% of infected people have no symptoms.