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The number of confirmed U.S. cases of COVID-19 surpassed 600,000 yesterday, with 25,194 deaths. However, research has shown the actual number of confirmed U.S. cases is likely much higher, due to the large numbers of mild or asymptomatic cases that go untested.
Testing, Testing, 1… 2… 3… According to RealClearPolitics, the U.S. has tested more than 3 million people thus far, having recently established a trend of more than 100,000 tests per day.
Experts have said U.S. testing capabilities need to be enhanced before considering reopening the economy. White House testing czar Admiral Brett Groir has said the U.S. should be in the “ballpark” of necessary testing capacity by May.
At this point, health officials believe roughly 30% of patients who are tested receive negative results when they are actually infected, causing them to unknowingly spread the virus to others.
(Anti)Body Of Work Many companies and universities are in the process of developing antibody tests, which can determine if a person has developed the proper antibodies to become effectively immune to the virus. Government officials have said projected timelines of reopening the U.S. economy rely on widespread adaptation and use of these tests.
The FDAgranted emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 antibody test – developed by North Carolina-based Cellex – on April 3.
The Mayo Clinicbegan distributing its own version of an antibody test on April 6 in laboratories across the country.
Stanford University likewise launched its antibody testing program on April 6.
That’s A Wrap… But before you go further down the newsletter, here are a few positive coronavirus-related stories to give you a brief respite from the doom and gloom:
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Global cases rose to nearly 2 million yesterday with more than 126,500 deaths.
Several EU countries – Italy, Austria, Denmark, and Spain – are planning to partially release some lockdown measures later this week.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday released a guide detailing how the state’s government will attempt to gradually reopen its economy.
South Koreans across the country will vote today in the world’s first national election since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The U.S. will suspend funding to the World Health Organization while it reviews the agency’s response to the coronavirus.
The Iraqi government has revoked Reuters’ licence for three months, after the news agency published a story saying the country had a much higher number of cases than reported.
Obama Endorses Biden
Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday formally endorsed his former vice president, Joe Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Obama’s endorsement comes one day after Bernie Sanders also endorsed Biden.
More: This is the earliest the Democratic nominee has been decided since the 2004 election.
A large wildfire in Ukraine that had threatened to engulf the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been contained, according to local emergency services. Greenpeace Russia on Monday reported the blaze was just one kilometer away from reaching the plant.
More: Authorities last week arrested a 27-year-old man who is accused of starting the fires.
Boeing on Tuesday reported the cancellation of 150 orders of their 737 MAX planes in the month of March, which the company said represented their worst month in decades.
Several major airlines have come to deals with the Treasury Department on portions of a combined $25 billion in payroll grants as part of the Phase 3 stimulus package.
Two European pharmaceutical rivals – GlaxoSmithKline & Sanofi – are joining forces to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
General Motors on Tuesday said it started producing the first batch of ventilators related to its federal contract.
A court in Franceruled Tuesday that Amazon must eliminate all nonessential deliveries, the same day the company’s stock closed at an all-time high.
The International Monetary Fund’s latest world economic outlook expects the world’s economy to shrink by 3% in 2020, a more than six-point swing from its initial January projections.
Show Your Colors
Starting today, NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service is available at no extra charge to Comcast Xfinity TV and broadband customers. NBCUniversal is also reportedly considering moving up Peacock’s global launch date (currently July 15) due to the current quarantine.
Chip Off The Old Block
According to Axios, Google has made significant progress towards developing chips for its Pixel and Chromebook products in cooperation with Samsung. Google is expecting to transition from using Qualcomm chips in their Pixel phones to their own in-house product – codenamed Whitechapel – as soon as next year.
Although the Girl Scouts of America are normally known for setting up stands to sell their world-famous cookies, the organization has swiftly adapted to the current climate of social distancing.
Customers now have the option to purchase cookies online or donate them to a local hospital or food bank. So far, the organization has given away more than 60,000 boxes to communities in need.
Just Checking In
Some Americans will decide to save their stimulus check for a rainy day, but not Ruben Caceres. A special needs teacher from Texas, Ruben began spending the money as soon as it was made available in his bank account.
Ruben teaches severely disabled and medically fragile children, and he wanted to make sure they would stay safe – so Ruben spent his stimulus check on materials to help him sew hundreds of masks for his students.
You’ve Got Mail
U.S. hospitals have been experiencing shortages of the essential personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to keep workers safe as they tend to the many COVID-19 patients across the country.
A coalition of private companies and nonprofits (including Microsoft and UPS) have teamed up to provide an app that matches needy hospitals with people looking to donate their excess medical equipment, and even covers any potential shipping costs.
Are you too busy with the daily “fire drills” to tackle your to-do list? Prowess Project helps companies get stuff done by harnessing the skills of women. We have tapped into a pool of 3+ million “MBA moms” who have taken time off to raise a family and want to get back into the workforce. Prowess Project certifies this educated, experienced talent in project management, the latest technology and emotional intelligence. The untapped (wo)manpower then is matched with companies to provide skilled, vetted talent at a lower cost.
🔑 Password Manager… researchers at cybersecurity firm Cyble were reportedly able to purchase passwords to 500,000 Zoom accounts for less than one cent each on the dark web.
⚫ Life, Uh, Finds A Way… John Conway, inventor of the Game of Life, recently passed away at 82. Learn how people are still discovering new and interesting patterns more than 50 years after he invented the math-based game.
🌷 Forget-Me-Not… researchers have developed a nasal Alzheimer’s vaccine that has shown promise in initial clinical trials with mice.
Once Upon A Time
Which two U.S. states do NOT observe daylight savings time?
A) Alaska & Wyoming B) Arizona & Hawaii C) Arkansas & Wisconsin D) Alabama & Nevada
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