NAACP and BET Present: A COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SERIES (BET)

BET: NAACP and BET Present: A COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SERIES. “To address the ways in which Covid-19 is impacting Black people specifically, the NAACP and BET are partnering for a four-part virtual town hall series called Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series Powered by NAACP & BET. The town hall will be focused on how the pandemic is affecting African Americans and what steps the community can take to build an action plan for positive change. The first town hall kicks-off on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, and will focus on the health, emotional, economic toll, congressional response and how activists can apply pressure to ensure legislation is equitable.”

New York Times: Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic

New York Times: Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic. “A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death.”

Norwegian SciTech News: Fast-moving information on a fast-moving virus

Norwegian SciTech News: Fast-moving information on a fast-moving virus. “Medical researchers worldwide are racing to find treatments and vaccines to combat the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. A new website offers up-to-date summaries on available and emerging options against COVID-19.”

Associated Press: U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic

Associated Press: U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic. “After the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.”

University of Washington: New online course explores COVID-19 pandemic

University of Washington: New online course explores COVID-19 pandemic. “A new course from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine will explore the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Course topics range from coronavirus testing and COVID-19 vaccine development to the pandemic’s social and economic implications. The seminar series will run from April 13 through May 18, and include lectures from the UW’s top experts on infectious diseases and pandemic preparedness. The course is open to UW graduate and professional students for one credit and seminars will be available for the public via a video recording.”

EurekAlert: BU creates database to track states’ coronavirus policies

EurekAlert: BU creates database to track states’ coronavirus policies. “Researchers and students at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) have created a COVID-19 US state policy database, tracking steps that each U.S. state has taken to curb the spread of the new coronavirus and when those steps were implemented.”

Exclusive: Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance. “In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for COVID-19, two sources told Reuters. Shortly afterward, the federal government published highly unusual guidance informing doctors they had the option to prescribe the drugs, with key dosing information based on unattributed anecdotes rather than peer-reviewed science.”