Advertisements

The Mathematics of Predicting the Course of the Coronavirus

So Brandenburg’s team got to work. They had already begun ordering more masks, gloves, face shields, and ventilators. They had opened a drive-thru testing station. Now they moved to deploy a surge plan, canceling all elective surgeries and trying to clear out as many beds as possible. They built wedding-party-size triage tents outside hospitals’ emergency […]

Advertisements
Read More

An ER Doctor Describes What It’s Like to Treat Covid-19

The coronavirus has landed, hard, in American emergency rooms. Hospitals in some areas are overwhelmed with critically ill Covid-19 patients, as the patient surge that epidemiologists warned us about is beginning. Now it’s on doctors and nurses in emergency rooms across the US, who are also desperate for personal protective equipment like masks and gloves. […]

Read More

The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors

Two weeks ago, national and world health authorities—and armchair experts and worried well-meaning people—were warning anyone concerned about Covid-19 to avoid ibuprofen. Now, facing contradictory evidence, they’ve backed off that claim. But the brief online furor over whether it’s safe to use the fever reducer, and the attention paid to the claim that it might […]

Read More

Engineers Made a DIY Face Shield. Now, It’s Helping Doctors

Early last week, Lennon Rodgers, director of the Engineering Design Innovation Lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison, got an urgent email from the university’s hospital. Could his lab make 1,000 face shields to protect staff testing and treating Covid-19 patients? The hospital’s usual suppliers were out of stock, due to the spike in demand prompted by […]

Read More

Researchers Push For Mass Blood Tests as a Covid-19 Strategy

Next week, blood banks across the Netherlands are set to begin a nationwide experiment. As donations arrive—about 7,000 of them per week is the norm—they’ll be screened with the usual battery of tests that keep the blood supply safe, plus one more: a test for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Then, in […]

Read More

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

We humans weren’t ready for the novel coronavirus—and neither were the machines. The pandemic has come at an awkward time, technologically speaking. Ever more sophisticated robots and AI are augmenting human workers, rather than replacing them entirely. While it would be nice if we could protect doctors and nurses by turning more tasks over to […]

Read More

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

By now, you may have noticed a divide among your friends. As social distancing and self-imposed quarantine wear on and more workplaces urge employees to avoid the office, the Covid-19 outbreak has left many people more alone than they’ve been in a long time, or ever. Some are responding by hunkering down into cozy domesticity: […]

Read More

Doctors Are Pooling Data to Help Understand Covid-19

Doctors are especially eager to study the welfare of patients with Covid-19 who have a preexisting rheumatic condition because the viral disease and auto-immune disorders share a commonality: In both, the immune system sometimes goes into overdrive, creating uncontrolled inflammation. In some severe cases of Covid-19, lung inflammation causes life-threatening damage. A patient registry can’t […]

Read More

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

On Monday, Mo Korchinski drove to pick a woman up from prison. Korchinski is the project administrator for Unlocking the Gates Peer Health Mentoring Program, which provides support for formerly incarcerated people during the first 72 hours of their release. Korchinski had wasted the trip. The woman she had come to collect wasn’t able to […]

Read More

Blood From Covid-19 Survivors May Point the Way to a Cure

On February 27, researchers in China published a short note in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases citing some evidence of the success of convalescent plasma in treating Ebola and previous respiratory viruses, including SARS, MERS, and influenza H1N1. That same day, Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, published […]

Read More

An Old Source for Potential New Covid-19 Drugs: Blood Serum

On February 27, researchers in China published a short note in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases citing some evidence of the success of convalescent plasma in treating Ebola and previous respiratory viruses, including SARS, MERS, and influenza H1N1. That same day, Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, published […]

Read More

Most Kids Only Get Mildly Sick From Covid-19—but Not All

The group published their results last Monday in the journal Pediatrics. “Although clinical manifestations of children’s Covid-19 cases were generally less severe than those of adult patients, young children, particularly infants, were vulnerable to Covid-19 infection,” the study’s authors wrote in the journal. (The researchers did not respond to WIRED’s request for an interview. Lessler […]

Read More

If Robots Steal So Many Jobs, Why Aren’t They Saving Us Now?

Modern capitalism has never seen anything quite like the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In a matter of months, the deadly contagious bug has spread around the world, hobbling any economy in its path. In the United States, where consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity, commerce has come to a standstill as people […]

Read More

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to whip around the world, killing thousands of people and overloading hospitals, you’ve probably turned to Google to answer your questions. But you can’t trust everything you find on the internet, so we got Dr. Seema Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, to answer the week’s 50 most […]

Read More

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming

I have a very good retrospect-oscope, but what’s needed right now as a prospecto-scope. If this were a tennis match, I would say advantage virus right now. But there’s really good news from South Korea—they had less than 100 cases today. China had more cases imported than it had from continuous transmission from Wuhan today. […]

Read More

An Old Malaria Drug May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

The chatter about a promising drug to fight Covid-19 started, as chatter often does (but science does not), on Twitter. A blockchain investor named James Todaro tweeted that an 85-year-old malaria drug called chloroquine was a potential treatment and preventative against the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Todaro linked to a Google doc he’d […]

Read More

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

The chatter about a promising drug to fight Covid-19 started, as chatter often does (but science does not), on Twitter. A blockchain investor named James Todaro tweeted that an 85-year-old malaria drug called chloroquine was a potential treatment and preventative against the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Todaro linked to a Google doc he’d […]

Read More