The Latest: Everyone is jealous of California right now
It’s too early to say whether California is in the clear, but public health experts are watching closely. Yesterday, the governor announced six indicators that will guide when the state decides to reopen the economy, which include the ability to do thorough testing and the ability for hospitals to handle surges (read about the plan here). Hopefully other states and cities can model what works — if California is successful.
In the meantime, here are three stories I recommend on how the pandemic is stirring a worker revolution, how new testing tools could stop the next pandemic, and what it’s like to get married over Zoom.
- Trump plans to halt WHO funding: The president said on Tuesday that he planned to stop U.S. funding of the World Health Organization while reviewing its role in what he said was “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” Read more.
- Big Pharma partners up: Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline are collaborating to speed up vaccine work. The companies said the vaccine would be ready for human testing in the second half of 2020. Read more.
- A warning in 2018: State Department cables warned of safety issues at a Wuhan lab studying bat coronaviruses, Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin reports.
- A saliva test for coronavirus gets approval: The Food and Drug Administration gave the test emergency use authorization. It will allow for broader screening than nose and throat swabs.
- Extremely ugh: New modeling published in the journal Science suggests that there could be recurrent coronavirus outbreaks in the wintertime, and that some prolonged or intermittent social distancing could be necessary into 2022. Basically, a vaccine can’t come soon enough.
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A Quick Q&A:
How do I treat myself if I get the coronavirus?
If you get sick and you live alone, how do you nurse yourself back to health? Writer Mo Perry’s story for Elemental is for solo dwellers, but some of the advice is applicable to everyone. Here are a few pointers.
- Anticipate your needs. What do you eat and drink when you’re sick? What medications or supplies do you need to have on hand?
- Track your data. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or gastric symptoms.
- Connect with your health care provider. They can help you plan for what to do should you need professional care.
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