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The daily update on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 15 minutes and you're up to date.

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The second day of good news numbers is tempered by the fact that if this is the peak, that also means we’ll be seeing some of the worst numbers as well. Remdesivir trials expand. Why you never want to be on a ventilator: they’re only a hail mary last resort. And the UK’s antibody testing program is having problems.Sponsors:TalkSpace.com, enter code: "briefing" for $100 off your first monthStamps.com, enter code: "briefing"Links:More than 700 Henry Ford employees tested positive for coronavirus (Detroit Free Press)New Zealand isn’t just flattening the curve. It’s squashing it. (Washington Post)Patients Rush To Join Studies Testing Drug For Coronavirus (HuffPost)An Update on COVID-19 from our Chairman & CEO (Gilead)Ventilators aren't a panacea for a pandemic like coronavirus (Spectator)What You Should Know Before You Need a Ventilator (New York Times)UK government admits Covid-19 antibody tests don’t work (Financial Times)Britain has millions of coronavirus antibody tests, but they don’t work (The Times)Coronavirus Morning Report subreddit, r/coronaviruspod
A bunch of numbers heading in the right direction, even as the US death toll will pass 10,000 today. More men are dying of Covid-19 than women. The Swedish experiment is about to be tested. Bill Gates’ big, expensive vaccine experiment. And why are British 5G towers burning down?Sponsors:Stamps.com, enter code: "briefing"TalkSpace.com, enter code: "briefing" for $100 off your first monthLinks:States with low percentage of hospitalized COVID patients (Scott Gottlieb, Twitter)All across the United States, the coronavirus is killing more men than women, data show (Washington Post)Doctor's Note: Why are more men dying from coronavirus? (Al Jazeera)US men less likely to heed health warnings as coronavirus death toll mounts: Reuters Poll (Reuters)Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate (ProPublica)Sweden Coronavirus News: Coronasmittade Sverige Nyheter (Bloomberg)Bill Gates will gamble billions to make a potential coronavirus vaccine (Yahoo Finance)British 5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories (The Verge)The Coronavirus Morning Report subreddit
We’re at one million cases worldwide. We’re still talking about testing backlogs and undercounting cases. The whole mask debate has come full circle. Why are young people dying more in the US than in other places? Antibody testing gets underway in Colorado. And this show has a subreddit so that you can tip us stories. More info on that at the end of the show.Sponsors:TalkSpace.com, enter code: "briefing" for $100 off your first monthBeachbody on Demand, Text "briefing" to 303030Links:California's coronavirus testing backlog is a vast 64% unprocessed (San Francisco Chronicle)Italy’s Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported (Wall Street Journal)The 1,000-Bed Comfort Was Supposed to Aid New York. It Has 20 Patients. (New York Times)Masks help reduce COVID exposure amount (Peter Kolchinsky, Twitter)Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing (CNN)Poll: Less Than a Third of America Will Rush to Get Coronavirus Vaccine (NBC News)Coronavirus in Young People? NY Patients Skew Younger, Some Die (Bloomberg)The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the South (The Atlantic)How Many Adults Are at Risk of Serious Illness If Infected with Coronavirus? Updated Data (Kaiser Family Foundation)Where America Didn’t Stay Home Even as the Virus Spread (New York Times)Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Provides Updated Guidance to Address the Urgent Need for Blood During the Pandemic (FDA)Coronavirus Morning Report subreddit
The federal government’s stockpile of protective medical supplies is nearly gone. Looking at where the next global hotspot might be. Should you hold your breath when you’re out in public? The FDA isn’t allowing Chinese KN95 masks to enter the US. What a phased reopening of society might look like. The CDC now says as many as 25% of coronavirus patients are asymptomatic, and private labs are causing a new crisis for testing.Sponsors:Beachbody on Demand, Text "briefing" to 303030Stamps.com, enter code: "briefing"Links:Henry Ford Macomb Hospital's ICU at capacity as coronavirus cases in Michigan grow (Detroit Free Press)Coronavirus lockdown inspires runners' backyard and balcony marathons (Washington Post)Is the Coronavirus Airborne? Should We All Wear Masks? (The Atlantic)Coronavirus: US Won't Allow Imports Of Millions Of KN95 Masks (BuzzFeed News)National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening (American Enterprise Institute)Infected but Feeling Fine: The Unwitting Coronavirus Spreaders (NY Times)The New Coronavirus Testing Crisis at Private Labs (The Atlantic)
This is the Coronavirus Morning Report for Wednesday, April 1st. The administration says the US is facing as many as 240,000 deaths. Bad numbers to watch for from Indiana and Louisiana. Shocking stories from a US aircraft carrier and about Pentagon supplies that have nowhere to go. Why is COVID-19 so lethal for seniors? Why does Mexico have so few cases, at least thus far? And increasing questions about the true number of deaths in China.Sponsors:TalkSpace.com, enter code: "briefing" for $100 off your first monthStamps.com, enter code: "briefing"Links:Coronavirus: Walmart will start taking employees' temperatures (CNBC)CA not testing enough (Kim Mai-Cutler, Twitter)Italy, Spain, and France peak graphs (Noah Smith, Twitter)Captain of Aircraft Carrier Pleads for Help as Virus Cases Increase Onboard (NY Times)Pentagon says it still hasn't sent ventilators because it hasn't been told where to send them (CNN)Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest (NY Times)What explains Covid-19's lethality for the elderly? (Stat)Coronavirus on the border: Why Mexico has so few cases compared with the U.S. (Washington Post)Estimates Show Wuhan Death Toll Far Higher Than Official Figure (Radio Free Asia)
The US death toll surpasses 3,000 and surpasses China’s reported total. General Electric workers who normally make jet engines have walked off the job to demand that their factories are converted to make ventilators instead. Did you already have Coronavirus some months ago and how would you know if you did? The great debate on if we all should be wearing masks of some sort. And the unique challenges when the virus reaches rural America.Sponsors:TalkSpace.com, Promocode: briefingBeachbody on Demand, Text "briefing" to 303030Links:Cases falling in Western Europe (Ian Shepherdson, Twitter)WHO shows sign of a peak in Europe (Chris Anderson, Twitter)Italy’s New Virus Cases Decline And WHO Sees Progress (Bloomberg)Germany will issue coronavirus antibody certificates to allow quarantined to re-enter society (Telegraph)Is It Possible That You Had The Coronavirus Earlier This Year? (HuffPost) Have I already had coronavirus? How would I know and what should I do? (The Guardian)Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: What you should know (UC Davis)How Do The Coronavirus Tests Work? (HuffPost)More Americans Should Probably Wear Masks for Protection (NY Times) Would everyone wearing face masks help us slow the pandemic? (Science Magazine)Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake,’ top Chinese scientist says (Science Magazine)Johnson & Johnson to Begin Human Trials of Covid-19 Vaccine by September (Wall Street Journal)Johnson & Johnson to begin clinical trials on coronavirus vaccine by Sept (CNBC)Rural America Could Be Hardest Hit by COVID-19 (Healthline)Act fast by following NYC's trajectory (Jeremy Konyndyk, Twitter)What not yet hard hit cities can do (Scott Gottlieb, Twitter)
This week is going to be the inflection point week when we begin tracking death numbers and hospitalization numbers, not just new cases. Why have France and Italy been undercounting deaths in those countries? Now we have to worry about Primary Care docs being overwhelmed also. Will the Instacart strike mean no grocery deliveries today? A thread about virus re-infections. And tips to take care of your lungs.Sponsors:Beachbody on Demand, Text "briefing" to 303030TalkSpace.com, Promocode: briefingLinks:A Deluged System Leaves Some Elderly to Die, Rocking Spain’s Self-Image (NY Times)Italy leveling graph (Noah Smith, Twitter)Why The Pandemic Is Putting Primary Care Docs In A Major Financial Pinch (Talking Points Memo)Instacart’s Gig Workers Are Planning a Massive, Nationwide Strike (Vice)Some Recovered Coronavirus Patients In Wuhan Are Testing Positive Again : Goats and Soda (NPR)Reinfections in Asia (Peter Kolchinsky, Twitter)Human Challenge Studies to Accelerate Coronavirus Vaccine Licensure (Harvard)Would you volunteer to get the coronavirus? Someone may have a job for you. (Technology Review)How to Take Care of Your Lungs (NY Times)
Just what the title implies. Here is what smart people think will be required to get us all back to work and back to normal. A road map and a game plan to give people hope and because someone needs to lay out what the light at the end of the tunnel might look like at some point.Sources/Links:Bill Gates wants businesses to stay closed in coronavirus pandemic (Vox)Importance of testing over lockdown (Matt Stoller, Twitter)How long shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders need to last (Noah Smith, Twitter)Using serological assays to identify individuals who have recovered (Trevor Bedford, Twitter)Free, Widespread Testing Is The Only Way America Goes Back to Normal (Yishan Wong, Medium)This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus (The Atlantic)Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance (Tomas Pueyo, Medium)The measures we must take to return to work (Saagar Enjeti, Twitter)Trump wants ‘the country opened,’ but easing coronavirus restrictions now would be disastrous, experts say (Washington Post)The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming (Wired)Abbott Laboratories new under five minute test (Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, Twitter)This blood test can tell us how widespread coronavirus really is (Technology Review)Scientists develop first US blood test for coronavirus immunity (Daily Mail)Blood tests could help battle COVID-19 in US (ABC News)U.S. companies, labs rush to produce blood test for coronavirus immunity (Reuters)
The prime minister of Britain has tested positive for COVID-19, why there is a shortage of eggs at the moment, med school students might be getting a field promotion to join the frontlines, the obscure plan that might mean the US Postal Service will have a big role in keeping the country going in coming months, the two current vaccine development tracks, and running the numbers at this moment in time––how many cases should we expect, and how many deaths?Sponsor:TalkSpace.com, enter code: "briefing" for $100 off your first monthStamps.com, enter code: "briefing"Links:Exclusive: Senior U.S. Medical Students at New York University Offered Early Graduation to Combat Covid-19 (Brief19)Med Schools Plan Early Graduations To Rush Students To COVID Frontlines (Talking Points Memo)The Postal Service's Surprising Role in Surviving Doomsday (Wired)How Will the Coronavirus End? (The Atlantic)With masks, ventilators in short supply, governors and hospitals call for federal intervention (Washington Post)Experts Say The Coronavirus Outlook Has Worsened, But The Trajectory Is Still Unclear (538)Coronavirus Daily Briefing YouTube channel
Louisiana is becoming a new global hotspot for the disease. How a single soccer game might have contributed to Italy becoming an early hotspot. Possible reasons why the death rate in Germany is so low, so far. And is pinkeye another early symptom of the disease?Sponsor:Stamps.com, enter code: "briefing"TalkSpace.com, enter code: "briefing" for $100 off your first monthLinks:UK coronavirus home testing to be made available to millions (The Guardian)U.S. companies, labs rush to produce blood test for coronavirus immunity (Reuters)Coronavirus: Data Shows Younger People Are Being Hospitalized In High Numbers (BuzzFeed)Germany's coronavirus death rate is lower than Italy, China, Spain, France (The Washington Post)This is why Germany’s coronavirus death rate seems so low (Wired)Coronavirus: S'pore Government to make its contact-tracing app freely available to developers worldwide (Straits Times)BlueTracePink eye may be a rare symptom of coronavirus, doctors say (Today.com)13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus Surge at an N.Y.C. Hospital (New York Times)
Prince Charles has tested positive. India has initiated the largest lockdown in human history, nearly 1/5th of the world’s population. Why is coronavirus so hard to defeat from a medical standpoint? Worrying news that the virus might stay on surfaces longer than we thought. But hopeful signs that the virus might not be mutating quickly, and why that is good news for a potential vaccine.Sponsor:TalkSpace.com, enter code: "briefing" for $100 off your first monthStamps.com, enter code: "briefing"Links:The science of why coronavirus is so hard to stop (Washington Post)Public Health Responses to COVID-19 Outbreaks on Cruise Ships… (CDC)CDC: coronavirus RNA found in Princess Cruise cabins up to 17 days after passengers left (CNBC)Iceland's Coronavirus Testing Strategy Could Help All Of Us (BuzzFeed News)Gastonia company will make millions of medical face masks (Charlotte Observer)Race against time: Inside 1 of the world's largest ventilator factories (ABC News) Ford partnering with GE, 3M to build ventilators, respirators, face shields (Automotive News)Fears of US drug shortages grow as India locks down to curb the coronavirus (CNBC)Coronavirus mutation rate is good for vaccine development (Washington Post)
More than 100 people died from Covid-19 in a 24 hour period for the first time. New York sees the majority of its Covid cases under the age of 50. The debate about ending social distancing soon. Another big mythbusting thread. A new tool to protect first responders. And a profile of Doctor Anthony Fauci.Sponsor:Stamps.com, enter code: briefingLinks:Coronavirus Act Now (where you can enter your state to see charts of how many days your state has to enact social distancing to prevent hospital overload)Covidlocal.org (a frontline guide for local decision makers)Olympic Champion Swimmer Diagnosed With Coronavirus Calls It 'Worst Virus I Have Ever Endured' (Newsweek)Iceland's Coronavirus Testing Strategy Could Help All Of Us (BuzzFeed)COVID Myth-busting Thread (Faheem Younus, MD on Twitter)Could a Wearable Health Device Predict Coronavirus? (KQED)Predicting coronavirus? SF emergency workers wear state-of-the-art rings in new study (San Francisco Chronicle)Anthony Fauci on COVID-19, Trump, and Staying Healthy (The Atlantic)‘I’m going to keep pushing.’ Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts of the pandemic (Science Magazine)
Covid-19 reaches the US Senate. Pregnant women in New York City are being forced to give birth alone. Is the sudden loss of your senses of taste or smell a sign you might have contracted Covid-19? Helpful new maps from a smart thermometer company. Fears about what Spring Breakers might be bringing home and big news on big new vaccine trials.Sponsor:Stamps.com, enter code: briefingLinks:Hospitals may run out of beds by late April if Gov. Abbott doesn't order Texans to stay at home, hospital group warns (Dallas Morning News)ENT UK on Twitter: "There is the potential to reduce COVID-19 transmission by requesting that individuals with new onset of anosmia self-isolate." (Twitter)Loss of taste and smell could be crucial symptoms of coronavirus (New York Post)Can Smart Thermometers Track the Spread of the Coronavirus? (New York Times)Fever-tracking smart thermometers may see the spread of COVID-19 in this online map (CNET)Will spring breakers become super-spreaders? (Politico)Majority of NYC’s coronavirus cases are men between 18 and 49 years old (New York Post)Letter from Craig R. Smith, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, NYP/CUIMC (via Cynthia McFadden, Twitter)A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients (ProPublica)WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments (Science)
The current state of testing in the US, are tests more easily accessible for the wealthy and famous? The CDC recommends “last resort” options for when healthcare workers run out of masks, younger people are getting sicker than previously anticipated, and an update on how long COVID-19 will live on surfaces, and in the air.Sponsor:Stamps.com, enter code: briefingLinks:Coronavirus Testing Chaos Across America (Wall Street Journal)Need a Coronavirus Test? Being Rich and Famous May Help (New York Times)Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks: COVID-19 (CDC)Shortages of face masks, swabs and basic supplies pose a new challenge to coronavirus testing (Washington Post)Nearly 40 Percent of US Hospitalized Coronavirus Patients Are Age 20 to 54 (New York Times)How Long Will Coronavirus Live on Surfaces or in the Air Around You? (New York Times)Noah Smith (Twitter)Jeremy C. Young (Twitter)
Global cases pass 200,000. Italy has the deadliest day in any one country since the crisis began. Conflicting studies on possible treatments. How to look up how much capacity your local health system has for Covid patients. More details on how the disease affects children. And advice on how to preserve your mental health, not just your physical health.Sponsor:Stamps.com, enter code: briefingLinks:Country trajectory chart (John Burn-Murdoch on Twitter)China: Avigan effective in tackling coronavirus (NHK)Japanese flu drug 'clearly effective' in treating coronavirus, says China (The Guardian)A Promising Treatment for Coronavirus Fails (New York Times)ProPublica tool - how much capacity do your local hospitals have? (ProPublica)These Places Could Run Out of Hospital Beds as Coronavirus Spreads (New York Times)Kristen Fisher (Twitter)What coronavirus looks like in kids (Washington Post)Children and Coronavirus: Research Finds Some Become Seriously Ill (New York Times)Epidemiological Characteristics of 2143 Pediatric Patients With 2019 Coronavirus Disease in China (Pediatrics)COVID-19 in Children: Initial Characterization of the Pediatric Disease (Pediatrics)Mental health experts offer counsel on staying calm during coronavirus pandemic (Washington Post)
The US has passed some unfortunate milestones. The Pentagon is donating materials to the healthcare system. First person accounts of what it feels like to have the virus. Lessons from the mortality rate in Italy. How many cases are likely in the US right now? And some of the biggest myths about Covid-19, busted.Sponsor:Stamps.com, enter code: briefingLinks:@jwdaddy80 (Twitter)Chris Gough (Twitter)Luca Dellanna - Why Is Mortality So High In Italy (Twitter)Dr. Faheem Younus - Myths of Coronavirus (Twitter)Hospitals rushed by people seeking testing (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Coronavirus Is Hiding in Plain Sight (New York Times)Substantial undocumented infection facilitates the rapid dissemination of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) (Science)
France goes into lockdown, as does the Bay Area. China has only one new local infection. A new vaccine trial. What the heck is going on in Britain? To what degree does bad air make the infection worse? And how long might social distancing last?Links:Tracking the Testing (Talking Points Memo)mRNA Coronavirus Vaccine Study (Kaiser Permanente)NIH Clinical Trial of Investigational Vaccine for COVID-19 Begins (NIH)UK’s original coronavirus plan risked ‘hundreds of thousands’ dead (Financial Times)Air pollution, smoking, and other lung strain may worsen coronavirus, experts say (Washington Post)Substantial undocumented infection facilitates the rapid dissemination of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) (Science)How long will social distancing for coronavirus have to last? Depends on these factors. (Washington Post)
All the news from the weekend. Are young, asymptomatic cases the key to spreading the virus? Should we rethink the conventional wisdom around face masks? How long can the virus stay on surfaces? And how long can we rely on Amazon delivery?Links:Tweet about the shutdown in Italy working (Twitter)Tweet about the Chinese aid to Italy (Twitter)Infected people without symptoms might be driving the spread of coronavirus more than we realized (CNN)Bergamo vs. Lodi chart (Twitter)Young people / South Korea chart (Twitter)Washington Post social distancing animation (Washington Post)Coronavirus: health researchers urge global authorities to consider broadening use of face masks (Inkstone)Mass masking in the COVID-19 epidemic: people need guidance (The Lancet)List of approved disinfectants (EPA)Aerosol and surface stability of HCoV-19 (SARS-CoV-2) compared to SARS-CoV-1 (medXriv)Amazon Prime Will Falter During Coronavirus Crisis, Experts Say (Vice)Coronavirus: Cytokine storm syndrome treatments for Covid-19 patients may cut death rates (Vox)China turns Roche arthritis drug Actemra against COVID-19 in new treatment guidelines (Fierce Pharma)
A listener got in touch and asked if I would like to talk to a physician on the ground right now in Seattle area hospitals. Today, we're going to talk to that physician, Dr. Gregg Miller, Chief Medical Officer at Vituity. Dr. Miller requested that I share this resource with you: https://www.vituity.com/covid-19/
Everything feels like it’s canceled. Steps are taken to increase testing, but more stories of people denied testing surface every hour. People emit high levels of Coronavirus early, but are likely not infectious while recovering. And what you should actually do, in concrete steps, if you come down with Coronavirus.Links:Where to Get a Coronavirus Test: Roche Speeds Delivery 10-Fold (Bloomberg)Scott Gottlieb, MD (Twitter)Danielle Paquette (Twitter)JetBlue Passenger Learns He Has Coronavirus While in Mid-Air (New York Times)Sick people across the country say they have been denied coronavirus test, despite doctor's advice (Washington Post)Here’s the Biggest Thing to Worry About With Coronavirus (New York Times)Effect of non-pharmaceutical interventions for containing the COVID-19 outbreak: an observational and modelling study (medxRiv)Research finds huge impact of interventions on spread of Covid-19 (The Guardian)Clinical presentation and virological assessment of hospitalized cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (medxRiv)People 'shed' coronavirus early, but most likely not infectious after recovery (STAT)Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)Prevent Others from Getting Sick (CDC)Coronavirus Resource Center (Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School)
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Thor Engebretson

Informative and insightful.

Mar 31st
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Michael Forsythe

Thanks for all your great newscasting!

Mar 27th
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Julia Burger

This is an informative podcast. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Mar 18th
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