The daily coronavirus news roundup – tuesday, march 24th

A hospital ship off the coast of Los Angeles, the potential new coronavirus treatment, and other fresh coronavirus news 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 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 24, 2020.

1. How the Virus Got Out

In the span of just a few months, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 370,000 people. This visuals-heavy New York Times story illustrates why travel restrictions weren’t enough to stop the virus from spreading — highlighting the mistakes we’ll need to learn from to avoid similar pandemics in the future.

2. Navy Hospital Ship Deployed to L.A. to Help Non-Coronavirus Patients

A new Los Angeles Times article details several recent coronavirus response efforts, including the Navy’s deployment of its San Diego-based hospital ship Mercy up the coast to Los Angeles. There, it’ll treat patients who don’t have the coronavirus, freeing LA-based hospitals to focus more resources on the outbreak.

3. Help Wanted: Grocery Stores, Pizza Chains, and Amazon Are Hiring

The coronavirus outbreak has forced massive layoffs across the U.S. and beyond. At the same time, it’s left grocery stores, pharmacies, and food delivery services scrambling to meet increased demand. This New York Times story rounds up all the companies that need new employees, stat.

4. Coronavirus: South Korea Reports Lowest Number of New Cases in Four Weeks

Outside of China, no Asian nation has been hit harder by the coronavirus outbreak than South Korea. A new BBC article explains why the worst may now be behind the country — and what it’ll need to do to avoid backsliding.

5. Flu Drug May Be an Effective New Coronavirus Treatment

After conducting a pair of clinical trials, Chinese health officials concluded that the Japanese flu drug favipiravir is a safe and effective coronavirus treatment. Freethink digs into what it could mean for the COVID-19 outbreak if they’re right — and why some health experts don’t believe they are.

Tooth decay: Mouthwash turns your teeth blue when it’s time to go to the dentist
A mouthwash solution containing ferumoxytol and a dye could treat, prevent, and diagnose tooth decay, according to UPenn researchers.
Brain implant lets cancer patients try 20 different drugs at a time
A microdevice that injects up to 20 drugs into gliomas at once could help doctors quickly identify the best treatment for cancer patients.
A magnetic therapy for depression gains precision
Approved over a decade ago, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) could be effective if the treatment was tailored to individual brains.
Drug for MS may be able to treat Alzheimer’s, too
A drug approved to treat multiple sclerosis reduced neuroinflammation and improved memory in mouse models of Alzheimer’s.
Popular weight-loss drugs show promise as addiction treatments
New trials will test the ability of GLP-1 agonists, a popular class of weight-loss drugs, to help people beat addictions to drugs and alcohol.
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