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A frustrating part of covering the pandemic is that the answers to the most common questions are so unsatisfying. Specifically: How long will this last, and when can people go back to work? No one knows for certain.
Over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he’s cautiously optimistic that the country could open up in “some ways” in May. In the absence of a definitive timeline, an interesting conversation people are having right now is what going back to “normal” should look like.
In this piece in Forge, author Julio Vincent Gambuto refers to the pandemic as “The Great Pause” and argues it’s time to rethink how society could be better post pandemic. “From one citizen to another, I beg of you: Take a deep breath, ignore the deafening noise, and think deeply about what you want to put back into your life.”
- New drug shows early promise: In a small trial of 53 very sick people with Covid-19, there was 68% improvement. The drug is called remdesivir and is made by Gilead Sciences. More studies are needed.
- But another drug trial was halted: A small study of chloroquine was ended in Brazil after people with Covid-19 taking a high dose of the drug developed irregular heart rates.
- Massive antibody trial begins: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Friday that it is launching a study of up to 10,000 people to determine the extent to which the virus has spread undetected. Read more here.
- Apple and Google join forces: The tech giants announced a partnership of contact tracing apps that could alert users who have been exposed to Covid-19. Here are the details.
- Immunity passports: There’s ongoing conversation about how antibody tests might be used to get a sense of disease spread and help open the economy. Here are some questions to consider.
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