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Scientists Say a Now-Dominant Strain of the Coronavirus Appears To Be More Contagious Than Original

bioRxIV- Spike mutation pipeline reveals the emergence of a more transmissible form of SARS-CoV-2. Full text – May 5, 2020. “We have developed an analysis pipeline to facilitate real-time mutation tracking in SARS-CoV-2, focusing initially on the Spike (S) protein because it mediates infection of human cells and is the target of most vaccine strategies… Continue Reading

Virus-afflicted 2020 looks like 1918 despite science’s march

AP: “Despite a century’s progress in science, 2020 is looking a lot like 1918. In the years between two lethal pandemics, one the misnamed Spanish flu, the other COVID-19, the world learned about viruses, cured various diseases, made effective vaccines, developed instant communications and created elaborate public-health networks. Yet here we are again, face-masked to… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Complaint on Trump’s Pandemic Response

Vanity Fair – “He was pressured to invest in drugs and vaccines that lacked scientific merit, because the people selling them had friends in the Trump administration, up to and including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He was forced to transfer funds to acquire drugs for the Strategic National Stockpile, America’s most important reserve of… Continue Reading

Apple, Google ban use of location tracking in contact tracing apps

Reuters: “Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Apple and Google, whose operating systems power 99% of smart phones, said last month they… Continue Reading

US reported its deadliest day for coronavirus patients as states reopen

CNBC: “The United States just had its deadliest day on record due to the coronavirus as states across the country begin to ease restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus, according to data published by the World Health Organization.  The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the… Continue Reading

Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience

Harvard University: “Our bipartisan group of experts in economics, public health, technology, and ethics from across the country, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, has released the nation’s first comprehensive operational roadmap for mobilizing and reopening the U.S. economy in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. “Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience: Massive Scale Testing, Tracing, and Supported Isolation (TTSI)… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Open Research Dataset

“CORD-19 – COVID-19 Open Research Dataset The Semantic Scholar team at the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to provide CORD-19, a free resource of more than 57,000 scholarly articles about the novel coronavirus for use by the global research community…Discover New Insights About the Novel Coronavirus. Quickly explore the latest… Continue Reading

NIH COVID-19 Portfolio

“The iSearch COVID-19 portfolio is NIH’s comprehensive, curated source for publications related to COVID-19. This portfolio includes articles from PubMed and pre-prints from arXiv, medRxiv, bioRxiv, ChemRxiv, SSRN and Research Square. The portfolio is updated daily with the latest available data.” See also this blog posting – New NIH Resource to Analyze COVID-19 Literature: The… Continue Reading

The Virus vs The Virus A Trump Twitter Timeline, Self Praise, and American Medicine in Crisis

Dave Pell: “Here’s a look at what the President of the United States was Tweeting as America’s Covid-19 body count continued to mount. The below examples are not exhaustive. But they are certainly exhausting…” See also The New York Times – 260,000 Words, Full of Self-Praise, From Trump on the Virus See also The New… Continue Reading

The Pandemic Will Change American Retail Forever

The Atlantic– “…To see how the pandemic is already reshaping American retail, you don’t even have to go outside and count storefronts. Your receipts and credit-card statements tell the whole story. On Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that retail spending in March collapsed by the largest number on record. Travel spending—including on airlines, hotels,… Continue Reading