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What We’re Reading About COVID-19 – April 9, 2020

General News

Coronavirus hospitalizations are finally dropping in New York – the lowest daily jump in admissions since the crisis picked up. But officials there say they are not out of the woods yet. Things appear to be much worse in Detroit where hospital workers say people are dying in ER hallways before help can arrive. 

Overseas, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has left the ICU.  

There’s even more bad news for US newspapers, many of which are already struggling in the internet age. Some say they face an ‘extinction-level’ crisis due to COVID-19. 

Science and Health News

Ferrets may be a potential ally in the search for a coronavirus vaccine. Studies suggest the disease can replicate in that species. According to an article in Popular Science, a new vaccine has been shown to protect mice from a separate but related coronavirus. Scientists hope a similar vaccination strategy might work for SARS-CoV-2. 

Studies in humans suggest that most New York coronavirus cases came from Europe. And scientists say contrary to the wishes of many, coronavirus won’t likely end with warmer weather. Also, The Guardian examined how social gatherings became “rocket fuel” for COVID-19.  

News You Can Use 

Plenty of questions have been asked about the lifespan of SARS-CoV-2. The CBC tried to determine how long the virus “remains active” in a person’s beard. 

Other News 

And while there is nothing to celebrate about COVID-19, one interesting side effect of social distancing is how it is reshaping American families. An article in Axios looked into that. And finally, a heartwarming scene in an Alabama hospital where staff gave a standing ovation to the first coronavirus patient to come off a ventilator. 

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