The daily coronavirus news roundup – friday, march 20th

Advancements in the search for a COVID-19 treatment, a description of the nasal swab test, and other fresh updates.

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.

Yale researchers have found a way to spot new viruses
By screening negative nasal swabs for a specific antiviral protein, a Yale team believes we may be able to find hidden viruses before they emerge.
First-of-its-kind nasal vaccine for COVID-19 deployed in India
India has begun deploying a nasal vaccine for COVID-19 that may be able to prevent infections, not just limit their severity.
ChatGPT-like AI creates new bacteria-killing proteins
Using a large language model AI, biotech startup Profluent has created new antimicrobial proteins.
This “living medicine” can eliminate a deadly lung infection
Researchers have engineered bacteria to create a “living medicine” against a nasty respiratory bug.
New mRNA vaccine factory is made from shipping containers
BioNTech is sending a modular mRNA vaccine factory that can produce 50 million COVID-19 vaccines annually to Africa.
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