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The coronavirus crisis is unique. Addressing it will require new ideas, new perspectives, and new voices. That's our mission at Freethink.

In our daily "Coronavirus News Roundup," we're highlighting the most important stories from the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. Stories that inform, challenge, and inspire.

Here are our must reads for today, March 20, 2020.

1. Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19 — and Silicon Valley's Into It

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is officially going to begin testing anti-malaria drug chloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus. This article by Wired digs deep into the role Silicon Valley entrepreneurs played in making that happen.

2. An Epidemic of False Confidence Related to COVID-19

Could coronavirus be a "fast and stealthy" disease that many people have already gotten and recovered from? Scientist and inventor Danny Hillis explores what we need to know to reasonably predict how the COVID-19 pandemic will play out — and how serologic testing is critical to that understanding.

3. Total Cost of Her COVID-19 Treatment: $34,927.43

A newly published TIME article recounts one woman's experience navigating the U.S. healthcare system on her path to a COVID-19 diagnosis — and the massive bill that welcomed her at the end of it. The article includes advice from experts on how others can avoid sharing her financial fate.

4. Coronavirus Test: What Is It Like to Get the Nasal Swab for Detecting COVID-19?

Coronavirus test kits might currently be in short supply in the U.S., but as more become available, your chances of submitting to a COVID-19 screening are going to increase — this piece from TODAY let's you know what to expect from the experience.

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More Than $1 Million in Prizes For Coronavirus Solutions
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More Than $1 Million in Prizes For Coronavirus Solutions
Emergent Ventures is awarding more than $1 million in coronavirus prizes to people who make significant progress in combating COVID-19.

Emergent Ventures is awarding more than $1 million in coronavirus prizes to people who make significant progress in combating COVID-19.

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First Coronavirus Vaccine Is Ready for Human Testing
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First Coronavirus Vaccine Is Ready for Human Testing
The experimental coronavirus vaccine, mRNA-1273, began human testing on March 16, several weeks ahead of expectations.

The experimental coronavirus vaccine, mRNA-1273, began human testing on March 16, several weeks ahead of expectations.

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Blood Plasma From Coronavirus Survivors Could Save Lives
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Blood Plasma From Coronavirus Survivors Could Save Lives
A drug company is using the blood plasma of coronavirus survivors to develop a treatment for those still battling the disease.

A drug company is using the blood plasma of coronavirus survivors to develop a treatment for those still battling the disease.

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How to Make 100 Million Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine in a Year
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How to Make 100 Million Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine in a Year
Creating a new vaccine is slow and expensive. One biotech firm thinks a “plug-and-play” vaccine could change that.

Creating a new vaccine is slow and expensive. One biotech firm thinks a “plug-and-play” vaccine could change that.

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Experts Unveil “Breakthrough” Map of Key Coronavirus Protein
Experts Unveil “Breakthrough” Map of Key Coronavirus Protein
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Experts Unveil “Breakthrough” Map of Key Coronavirus Protein
Scientists have created the first atomic-scale 3D map of 2019-nCoV’s spike protein, the part of the coronavirus that infiltrates human cells.

Scientists have created the first atomic-scale 3D map of 2019-nCoV’s spike protein, the part of the coronavirus that infiltrates human cells.

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AI Can Detect Coronavirus Infections Far Faster Than Humans
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AI Can Detect Coronavirus Infections Far Faster Than Humans
New artificial intelligence systems can detect coronavirus infections far faster than human doctors and could help end the COVID-19 outbreak.

New artificial intelligence systems can detect coronavirus infections far faster than human doctors and could help end the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Gates Foundation Funds At-Home Coronavirus Testing Project
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Gates Foundation Funds At-Home Coronavirus Testing Project
The Gates Foundation is funding an at-home coronavirus testing project in Seattle, with the goal of testing thousands of people for COVID-19 daily.

The Gates Foundation is funding an at-home coronavirus testing project in Seattle, with the goal of testing thousands of people for COVID-19 daily.

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The Coronavirus Hospital Staffed by Robots
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Robotics
The Coronavirus Hospital Staffed by Robots
A robot-run coronavirus hospital in Wuhan, China, is just one remarkable example of how technology is helping combat the global COVID-19 outbreak.

A robot-run coronavirus hospital in Wuhan, China, is just one remarkable example of how technology is helping combat the global COVID-19 outbreak.

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Our Spare Computer Is Helping Fight Coronavirus. Yours Can, Too.
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Our Spare Computer Is Helping Fight Coronavirus. Yours Can, Too.
Help fight the coronavirus by donating your spare computing power to Folding@home, which will use it to run valuable protein-folding simulations.

Help fight the coronavirus by donating your spare computing power to Folding@home, which will use it to run valuable protein-folding simulations.