Which Covid-19 drugs work best?Results are in from the first organized trials of drugs to treat Covid-19, but so far, there’s no cure. As the new respiratory disease spread widely starting in January, doctors—first in China and then in the US, Italy, and France—all moved to test readily available drugs that are used for other purposes and are fairly…5
The US already has the technology to test millions of people a dayThere is widespread agreement that the only way to safely reopen the economy is through a massive increase in testing. The US needs to test millions of people per day to effectively track and then contain the covid-19 pandemic. This is a tall order. The country tested only around 210,000 people per day last week,…12
The secret to why some people get so sick from covid could lie in their genesSome people die from covid-19, and others who are infected don’t even show symptoms. But scientists still don’t know why. Now consumer genomics company 23andMe is going to offer free genetic tests to 10,000 people who’ve been hospitalized with the disease, hoping to turn up genetic factors that could point to an answer. While it’s…12
Testing early, testing late: four countries’ approaches to COVID-19 testing comparedIt is by looking at data on confirmed cases alongside data on testing that we get the best view of how the outbreak has developed in different countries, and how successfully countries have responded to it. In this post, we compare the approach to testing taken over the outbreak in South Korea, Italy, UK and US.15
SARS-CoV-2 Reverse Genetics Reveals a Variable Infection Gradient in the Respiratory TractHou et al. present a reverse genetics system for SARS-CoV-2, which is then used to make reporter viruses to quantify the ability of patient sera and antibodies to neutralize infectious virus and to examine viral tropism along the human respiratory tract.17
Sorrowful black death is not a hot ticket: bell hooks on Spike Lee's Crooklyn | from the Sight & Sound archiveIn most Hollywood films, black death is violent. In this piece from our August 1994 issue, the American critic, author and activist bell hooks considers Spike Lee's Crooklyn, which has a black female child star and the death of a mother at its heart, and asks if it challenges that habit.
From California to New York, see the massive Juneteenth protests for Black Lives MatterTwo and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after traitor Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered, Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19th and Black men and women who had...
The Forgotten History of the Black American CowboyFor decades, the cowboy has occupied a storied place in Americana—but the image in popular narratives excluded cowboys of color. This year, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Grammy-winning musician Dom Flemons sought to change that.267