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Dear Reader,

Health experts leading the country’s coronavirus response shared insights with a Senate committee yesterday. The takeaway is that scientists are working at record speeds to develop vaccines and drugs for the virus, but relaxing stay-at-home measures too soon could mean a dangerous flare-up of disease.

If you’re feeling really fatigued by quarantine, you’re not alone. As Gabe Zichermann writes in Elemental, humans crave touch and social contact, and people don’t like unknown durations, risks, and consequences.

Some people are combating fatigue with wild fitness goals. You don’t need to be that guy who ran a marathon in his driveway, but experts say having something to work toward can bring hope and a sense of strength (if you have the time, of course).

What’s New:

  • Senate hears from top health leaders on Covid-19: Experts from the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared insights and warned that the U.S. is not “out of the woods” and should not reopen too quickly. Here are eight takeaways from the hearing.
  • Wuhan to test the entire city: As new cases arise, Wuhan plans to test 11 million people for Covid-19. (Read more.)

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Be well,

Alexandra Sifferlin
Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog

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A Quick Q&A:

When can I visit my grandma again?
Figuring out when the time is right to visit a grandparent depends in large part on how well you have been following precautions. Have you been sheltering at home? Wearing a mask? Using hand sanitizer freely? Obeying the six-feet-apart rule? “If you haven’t, it’s not time to visit grandma,” says William Schaffner, MD, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “If you have, then you might see how you can do it carefully.” Schaffer recommends keeping a six-foot distance, wearing a mask during the visit, and keeping the visit brief.

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Alexandra Sifferlin

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