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What We’re Reading About COVID-19 – April 17, 2020

We’ve heard plenty of bad news over the past few weeks. Today, some good news. We’re getting an early peek at data on the drug remdesivir. It’s again early data, but it suggests COVID-19 patients are responding to treatment. Some additional good news from the NIH which is conducting animal studies of remdesivir. They say it prevents disease progression in monkeys with novel coronavirus. 

As for the human toll of COVID-19, the New York Times explains why we don’t know the true death rate for the disease. And China has increased its coronavirus death toll by 50% in Wuhan. More information can be found in this story, which also comes from the New York Times.  

News You Can Use 

Many Americans may decide to order out for food this weekend, but how can you safely order takeout? This story provides tips. And many of us are getting used to wearing masks when heading to the grocery store or performing other critical errands. Which mask should you wear? Some advice here.

In Other News 

This store shortage might actually make more sense than many others we’ve heard about. Amazon has sold out all of its stock of the popular card game Exploding Kittens in a clear sign that many Americans are starving for family entertainment. And finally, a singing surgeon at the Mayo Clinic is now cutting an album to raise COVID-19 relief funds. 

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