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What We’re Reading About COVID-19 – April 15, 2020

General News 

An ominous milestone today as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 2 million worldwide.   

NPR reports nearly 9,300 U.S. health care workers have so far contracted the novel coronavirus and 27 have died. The data from the CDC also says that a majority of those who tested positive (55%) think they were exposed while at work. In a related and admittedly heartbreaking story, The New York Times shared the final text messages from a hospital worker on the front lines who lost their battle to the disease. 

However, there is good news out of hospitals in Chicago where experts there believe they are flattening the curve. 

Health and Science News

A story in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association explains why some universities have had to make the difficult decision to euthanize some animals involved in research. Animal studies in bats are providing clues to the source of COVID-19 according to NPR. And scientists are busy developing an app to detect the disease based on the sound of a person’s cough. 

In Other News 

Finally, some uplifting news out of the UK where a 106-year-old woman is thought to be Britain’s oldest patient to recover from coronavirus. She was recently released from the hospital. 

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