The Latest: 5 important Covid-19 updates

Alexandra Sifferlin
Medium Coronavirus Blog
3 min readJun 24, 2020


Dear Reader,

While some countries are returning to life without restrictions and lower risk of virus spread, the same cannot be said for the United States, which is leading the world in the number of deaths from Covid-19. Some states are seeing drops in cases, but others — like Texas — are seeing cases surge.

Yesterday, leaders of the U.S. response, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, testified before a House committee about what’s to come. Here are five quick takeaways:

1️⃣ The U.S. is on track for a vaccine to be available by the beginning of 2021.

2️⃣ Testing capacity has accelerated since March, not slowed down.

3️⃣ A new test is coming that can simultaneously diagnose the coronavirus and flu.

4️⃣ Decisions about reopening schools will have to be made on a city and county level.

5️⃣ We cannot relax our personal prevention vigilance; everyone is responsible for this pandemic.

You can read more here.

What else is new:

  • The EU may exclude American travelers: European Union officials are deciding who can visit as of July 1 based on how countries are faring with Covid-19. So far, the New York Times reports, Americans are excluded.
  • The rally’s toll: Eight Trump campaign staffers and two Secret Service agents involved in the Tulsa, Oklahoma rally have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • An easier way to administer remdesivir: An inhalable version of the promising Covid-19 drug remdesivir will soon be tested in human trials, reports the New York Times. Currently, the drug can only be administered intravenously, limiting its use to hospitals.
  • White House prepares for autumn surge: On Sunday, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said the government is stockpiling medical equipment and supplies in preparation for another possible surge of cases in the fall, CNN reports.

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Be well,

Alexandra Sifferlin
Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog

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Alexandra Sifferlin
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Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that