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What We’re Reading About COVID-19 – April 13, 2020

General News

Since the beginning of the outbreak, New York State has recorded more than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths. However, the number of new cases appears to be stabilizing in that state, enough so there is now talk about eventual plans to “reopen” the regional economy. Groups of governors on both the east and west coasts are coordinating efforts to bring their states back online.  

Overseas in Europe, coronavirus lockdowns are expected to last into May. The estimate comes as the number of deaths in the United Kingdom has now topped 10-thousand. 

Research News 

There’s new news coverage today about efforts at the California National Primate Center at UC Davis to generate an effective vaccine.   

Meanwhile, we’ve spotted a couple of stories about what comes after COVID-19 infection. NPR looked at how long it might take to recover from the disease and an article in the New York Times focused on the issue of immunity after infection. 

CNN raised questions about whether air pollution impacts the ability of the disease to cause serious health problems. And also from CNN, a startling story that suggests nearly 30% of Americans believe coronavirus was made in a lab. 

In Other News 

To our north in Canada, the news media is reporting rats are migrating to look for food because some of their traditional sources – for example restaurant waste – is harder to come by. Finally, according to Walmart, the next store shortage we are seeing is hair color dye. 

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