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What We’re Reading About COVID-19 – April 8, 2020

General News

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has doubled in one week’s time, passing the 400,000 mark, a story in The Washington Post shows hundreds of young Americans have now been killed by the disease.

North Korea’s ongoing claims that it is COVID-19 free will most certainly continue to be questioned. Back in the U.S., the New York Times investigates why coronavirus conspiracy theories flourish and why it matters.

Science Investigates the Origins of SARS-CoV-2 

There are several news stories out today about the possible origins of COVID-19. In this article, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, debunks the claim the disease came from a lab and explains what scientists know about the novel coronavirus. A new study covered by the Deseret News suggests there may be a link between human exploitation of nature and pandemics. And an Australian news outlet explains why scientists say it probably came from bats. 

News You Can Use 

Now that the federal government has recommended Americans wear masks in public, The Washington Post answers DIY face mask questions, including what material you should use

Other news

To end on a happier note, shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused some unexpected businesses to step in and help. More on that in the New York Times. And the British Veterinary Association website is recuperating after cat owners crashed the site after hearing incorrect rumors that  all of the UK’s estimated 10.9 million cats should be on curfew during the coronavirus outbreak.

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