News That'll Give You Hope We Can Beat This Thing

PSA: Be safe, stay home, and stay informed. -Ed

Reading the news right now feels like volunteering to take punches in the gut from Deyontay Wilder. But there's a lot of news that shows you that, actually, a bunch of very smart people are attacking this from every angle you can imagine, and making pretty inspiring progress.

For example:

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Dirt-cheap generic drugs could quash the pandemic. Some scientists say that, to buy time, we should look into drugs that strengthen the body (for examSource: WIRED

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A huge store of DNA data is being used to fight COVID. The UK Biobank has been tracking the health of half a million volunteers for a decade through bSource: BBC News

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Even if we can't test people on a mass scale, sewage could give us answers. Over a dozen research groups are looking into searching for viral RNA in aSource: Nature

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A Fujifilm subsidiary developed a super-fast coronavirus test. Current tests take four to six hours, but the one Fujifilm Wako Pure Chemical Corp releSource: The New York Times

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COVID is being handled in Europe. The number of new cases is falling in Italy, Spain and Europe, and governments are looking at ways to ease the lockdSource: Bloomberg

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Australian scientists are wrapping up clinical trials for COVID drugs. The trials are studying existing drugs to see if they can treat COVID, and theySource: The Guardian

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An Israeli placenta cell-based treatment saved six out of six critically ill patients. Four of them had improved respiratory function, and three are cSource: The Jerusalem Post

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The FDA granted emergency authorization for a decontamination process that'll let us re-use N95 masks. N95 are designed to be single-use, SO this is aSource: TechCrunch

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A smart mirror might make it super easy to wash your hands right. The Miaza Mirror detects your hands and walks you through the WHO'S handwashing protSource: Smithsonian Magazine

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70 coronavirus vaccines are in development and three are in clinical trials. Usually, developing a vaccine takes 10 to 15 years. Researchers are workiSource: TIME

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The WHO has enrolled hospitals in 90 countries in a clinical trial of four treatments. The WHO'S goal is for the Solidarity trial to be 80% faster tSource: World Health Organization

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Shipping containers could solve the ICU shortage. A team of over 100 architects and engineers, led by an MIT professor, is working on a method for turSource: Mashable

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