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Archived news – Coronavirus reading

The US now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than anywhere else in the world (March 26) – This marks an unhappy milestone for the United States: It’s now No. 1 in confirmed coronavirus cases. China, where the novel coronavirus originated, was the previous leader. The country reported 81,782 cases as per the Johns Hopkins interactive map. Until now, second place was held by Italy, which has reported 80,589 cases.

How the Pandemic Will End (March 25) – An overview of the likely scenarios that the world will be facing in the coming months while managing the COVID-19 pandemic – discussing the next months, the endgame, and the aftermath (by Ed Yong).

COVID-19 workers get training to protect their own health (March 23) – The National Institutes of Health launched the COVID-19 website with important educational resources for coronavirus workers dealing with the spread of COVID-19. 

Can you become immune to the coronavirus? (March 23) – A New York Times article.

How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe (March 21) – The death and economic damage sweeping the United States could have been avoided – if only we had started testing for the virus sooner.

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance (March 19) – What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like, if Leaders Buy Us Time

Suppression vs. Mitigation vs. Do Nothing – early on

Tracking a pandemic: Q&A with a COVID-19 detective (March 13) – What Fred Hutch expert Trevor Bedford is learning as he chases the coronavirus evolution and spread. Scientists track small changes in the virus’ genetic code as COVID-19 spreads from person to person. The changes act like fingerprints, helping researchers chart its global movements in near real time. 

America’s shamefully slow coronavirus testing threatens all of us (March 12) – The US lags just about every developed country on testing for Covid-19 disease.

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now (March 10) – Great, extensive article on the virus and how it’s spreads.

Trump’s mismanagement helped fuel coronavirus crisis (March 7) – Current and former administration officials blame the president for creating a no-bad-news atmosphere that stifled attempts to combat the outbreak. For six weeks behind the scenes, and now increasingly in public, Trump has undermined his administration’s own efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak — resisting attempts to plan for worst-case scenarios, overturning a public-health plan upon request from political allies and repeating only the warnings that he chose to hear. 

China’s cases of Covid-19 are finally declining. A WHO expert explains why. (March 3) – “It’s all about speed”: the most important lessons from China’s Covid-19 response.

Cryptic transmission of novel coronavirus revealed by genomic epidemiology (March 2) – An informative piece on genomic epidemiology applied to COVID-19. It is encouraging that we can sequence, share and analyze pathogen data so quickly today.

Therapeutic and triage strategies for 2019 novel coronavirus disease in fever clinics (February 13) – Outlines the best practice strategies for diagnosing and treating Covid-19 from the point of view of hospitals and clinics, but can also be helpful for individuals experiencing symptoms.

Trump Has Sabotaged America’s Coronavirus Response (January 31) – As it improvises its way through a public health crisis, the United States has never been less prepared for a pandemic. For the United States, the answers are especially worrying because the government has intentionally rendered itself incapable. In 2018, the Trump administration fired the government’s entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure. If the United States still has a clear chain of command for pandemic response, the White House urgently needs to clarify what it is – not just for the public but for the government itself, which largely finds itself in the dark.

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