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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, March 24, 2020

We begin with an ominous warning from the World Health Organization this morning. The WHO now says the U.S. has the potential to become the new global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Many experts claim that rapidly growing numbers of cases in the country are due to the early failure to test citizens and isolate them. A new analysis from Associated Press supports that belief. Science Magazine has published a story about the challenging decisions that some labs are having to make about rodents involved in research and how those decisions came about. Meanwhile, another reminder of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic came this morning when it was announced that the Olympic Summer Games will be delayed until 2021. 

Also of interest this morning, the New York Times has published an article that shows which states and cities have established shelter-in-place orders and summarizes the situation in those locations. 

On a more positive note…

CNN has a new story that explains why soap, sanitizer and warm water work against COVID-19 and other viruses. The Hill features a new opinion piece from the president of the American Council on Education explaining why university research is key to current and future COVID-19 breakthroughs. 

Yesterday, we shared with you a list of the current vaccine candidates, which can now be found on AMP’s COVID-19 resources page. Today STAT brings us a list of experimental drugs to treat COVID-19 and their guesses as to when those might be available or when we may have efficacy data. 

Finally, The Washington Post carries and important reminder for all of us, that our mental health should not be neglected during these trying times.  

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