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Coronavirus Updates - Task Force To Continue And More - Washington Post
Here are some significant developments:
  • President Trump said the work of the White House coronavirus task force would continue “indefinitely,” a day after Vice President Pence, who heads the panel, said it would probably wind down its work by the end of the month.
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Coronavirus Was Present In Florida As Early As December - Miami Herald
It was March 1 when Florida announced its first two cases of the novel coronavirus, a 29-year-old Hillsborough County woman who had traveled to Italy and a 63-year-old Manatee County man. But buried in data recently published by the Florida health department is an intriguing revelation: The spread of COVID-19 in Florida likely began in January, if not earlier.
State health officials have documented at least 170 COVID-19 patients reporting symptoms between Dec. 31, 2019, and February 29, according to a Miami Herald analysis of state health data. Of them, 40 percent had no apparent contact with someone else with the virus. The majority had not traveled.
Read more in Miami Herald
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From The New York Times - How The Coronavirus Spread
SEATTLE — As the coronavirus outbreak consumed the city of Wuhan in China, new cases of the virus began to spread out like sparks flung from a fire.
Some landed thousands of miles away. By the middle of January, one had popped up in Chicago, another one near Phoenix. Two others came down in the Los Angeles area. Thanks to a little luck and a lot of containment, those flashes of the virus appear to have been snuffed out before they had a chance to take hold.
But on Jan. 15, at the international airport south of Seattle, a 35-year-old man returned from a visit to his family in the Wuhan region. He grabbed his luggage and booked a ride-share to his home north of the city.
In depth article in New York Times
The New York Times has disabled their paywall for Coronavirus related articles, so this should be accessible for all.
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From ZDNet - Open Source Ventilator Projects
Since the onset of the coronavirus epidemic earlier this year, numerous countries have found themselves running short of ventilators. Ventilators, used in hospitals' intensive care units, are crucial to helping those worst affected by the virus to stay alive. They take on some of the work of breathing for COVID-19 patients who find themselves in respiratory failure. However, a number of innovative grassroots initiatives, built in weeks by altruistic engineers with distributed design methodologies and open-source licences, have sprung up to try and solve the shortage.
Open Source Ventilator Project Developments
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Web MD - Number of Coronavirus Cases May Be Much Greater Than Reported
According to this, the actual number of Coronavirus cases may be much greater than reported, though they are not as severe:

April 18, 2020—Infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is already much more widespread in the U.S. than current testing data suggest, according to a new report.
The report, which uses CDC data of cases of influenza-like-illness, or ILI, estimates that at least 8.7 million people were infected across the U.S. during the 3-week period they studied in March. (Earlier, the researchers had estimated it could be as many as 28 million, but revised it when they re-examined the data after publication.) The research has not yet been peer reviewed.
In comparison, as of March 28, the CDC had reported more than 122,000 confirmed cases.

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Nicolas Kristof, New York Times Column, Life And Death In The 'Hot Zone'
Nicolas Kristof, New York Times Column, Life And Death In The 'Hot Zone'
Posted by ecctest3   04/12/2020 2:47 PM
New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof visits New York City hospitals, including photos and videos.
“If people saw this, they would stay home.” What the war against the coronavirus looks like inside two Bronx hospitals.
Nicholas Kristof Column
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Idled Astrophysicists Come Up With Low Cost Ventilator
From ZDNet
It's amazing what can be done when the bureaucracies are left out:
"A team of over 100 scientists who had been building a super-sophisticated detector to find the universe's dark matter had to suspend operations while in quarantine. But they didn't stop working. They developed a super-simple, super-cheap ventilator they hope to make in volume to fight COVID-19."
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New York Times Article On "Cytokine Storm" Condition
A New York Times article on the "Cytokine Storm" situation, where a person's immune system fighting back may do more harm than good.
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Florida Pandemic Planning, Then And Now
From the Tampa Bay Times, a look at panedemic planning in Florida then, under Jeb Bush, and now, apparently dismantled by those who came later.
"Fifteen years ago, Florida braced for a pandemic.
Officials knew as early as 2005 that an outbreak could devastate the state and infect much of the population. They wrote reports predicting a crisis remarkably similar to the one playing out now: a virus that could infect more than a million Florida residents.
And they responded in force, bolstering the state health department with resources and specialized workers to combat a potential crisis.
But that operation was dismantled by governors and lawmakers more worried about the bottom line, the Tampa Bay Times has found."
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Mercedes' F1 team builds breathing aid for coronavirus patients in under 100 hours
From ABC News.
It's possible more can be accomplished if companies are left to their own devices:.
It took fewer than 100 hours for engineers at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains and University College London Hospital (UCLH) to produce a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), a type of breathing aid that can assist COVID-19 patients, from the teams' initial meeting on March 18.
Engineers analyzed and disassembled an off-patent device and deployed computer simulations to enhance the device's design for state-of-the-art mass production.
Now, 100 breathing aids will be delivered to UCLH for clinical trials with the goal of a rapid rollout in the coming weeks.
 Mercedes F1 Team Developing Breathing Aids
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