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Jun 12, 2020. 17 comments

CDC Document Shows Just How Badly the U.S. Is Handling Coronavirus Compared to Other Countries

CDC Document Shows Just How Badly the U.S. Is Handling Coronavirus Compared to Other Countries

The U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be faltering, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Leaked CDC documents dated June 9 that were obtained and published by Yahoo News this week show the U.S. is still exhibiting astronomical increases in new cases of the virus, doing far worse to contain it than the other nine nations who...

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Jun 11, 2020. 13 comments

Some Chimpanzees Have a Bone in Their Heart—and Some Humans Might, Too

Some Chimpanzees Have a Bone in Their Heart—and Some Humans Might, Too

Scientists in the United Kingdom have discovered a rare bone, called the os cordis, in chimpanzees with a common heart condition. The implications of this finding could extend to humans, who share a close genetic relationship to chimps.

Cattle, buffalo, and sheep have it. So do otters, camels, and dogs. Primates, not so much—at least that’s what scientists thought.

The os cordis, a small bone...

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May 28, 2020. 22 comments

U.S. Hits Grim Coronavirus Milestone, Passing 100,000 Confirmed Deaths

U.S. Hits Grim Coronavirus Milestone, Passing 100,000 Confirmed Deaths

The number of our fellow Americans lost to the novel coronavirus pandemic soared into the six figures on Wednesday afternoon, with the updated tally on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine tracker now listing 100,396 confirmed deaths across the country.

The Census Bureau places the U.S.’s share of world population at around 4.3 percent. The updated coronavirus tallies place the U.S. at over 28...

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Apr 23, 2020. 5 comments

Top Vaccine Official Says He Was Demoted for Pushing for More Science on Hydroxychloroquine

Top Vaccine Official Says He Was Demoted for Pushing for More Science on Hydroxychloroquine

Rick Bright, who was reassigned from his job as the federal government’s top vaccine expert this week, says he will file a whistleblower complaint alleging he was demoted because he refused to back the White House’s claims that hydroxychloroquine is a wonder drug that could put an immediate stop to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Donald Trump’s administration abruptly removed Bright from...

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Apr 20, 2020.

Penis Plushies, Zoom’s Google Problem and Lessons From Apollo 13: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Penis Plushies, Zoom’s Google Problem and Lessons From Apollo 13: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

To echo something I’ve been seeing on social media this week: Today is Sunday. Yes, I am very sure. Has anyone else found that their sense of time has been skewed by the lockdown or is it just me? I have been wrong about what the day it was at least twice this week.

Let’s get down to business. We had a lot of great stories on Gizmodo this week, and not all of them were about the coronavirus...

Apr 13, 2020. 13 comments

Which Ancient Medicines Turned Out to Be Real?

Which Ancient Medicines Turned Out to Be Real?
Giz AsksGiz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.

From the historical record, it would appear that the medical profession ca. ancient times was a death cult with a body fluid fetish, whose members passed the bulk of their workdays draining patients’ blood and/or slathering them with animal droppings. Of...

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Apr 08, 2020. 24 comments

Genius Trump Threatens to Defund World Health Organization at Height of Coronavirus Pandemic

Genius Trump Threatens to Defund World Health Organization at Height of Coronavirus Pandemic

The president has a new talking point, and per usual, it’s a thinly veiled distraction that if acted on could cause untold harm.

During one of Donald Trump’s daily press briefings on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, he added yet another enemy to his grievance list: the World Health Organization. Trump used the occasion to gin up a

conspiracy narrative in which the WHO withheld...

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Mar 24, 2020. 24 comments

Man Dies, Wife Critical From Chloroquine After Hearing Trump Tout Unproven Covid-19 Treatment

Man Dies, Wife Critical From Chloroquine After Hearing Trump Tout Unproven Covid-19 Treatment

An Arizona man has died and his wife is in critical condition after listening to

Donald Trump promote anti-malarial drug chloroquine as a treatment for the novel coronavirus and deciding to take some themselves, CNN reported on Monday evening.

Trump has repeatedly brought up chloroquine as possibly being a “very powerful” treatment for the virus on the basis of a small French study, despite...

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Mar 24, 2020. 4 comments

Can Drugs for Malaria, HIV, and Ebola Treat Covid-19? New WHO Trial Aims to Find Out

Can Drugs for Malaria, HIV, and Ebola Treat Covid-19? New WHO Trial Aims to Find Out

The World Health Organization is launching a multinational clinical trial in which four existing drugs will be used to treat patients with covid-19. The project currently includes 10 countries and will potentially involve thousands of patients currently battling the coronavirus-caused disease.

Vaccines to inoculate humans against covid-19

may not arrive for a year or more, but treatments to...

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Mar 20, 2020. 8 comments

Trump's Trade Adviser Pushing 'Buy American' Order on Drugs, Medical Supplies During Pandemic

Trump's Trade Adviser Pushing 'Buy American' Order on Drugs, Medical Supplies During Pandemic

White House trade adviser and arch-protectionist ideologue Peter Navarro is trying to include buy-American provisions in the Trump administration’s coronavirus relief package that could disrupt the medical supply chain while the U.S. is already ill-prepared for a projected surge in cases, the Daily Beast reported on Thursday.

The Beast reviewed a draft order of Navarro’s proposal, which it...

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Mar 18, 2020. 5 comments

How Medical Students May Help Fight Covid-19

How Medical Students May Help Fight Covid-19

The global coronavirus outbreak will continue to change our lives in ways we can’t yet anticipate. But one of the more relevant questions about this upheaval, given fears that covid-19 will overwhelm our hospitals and doctors, is how medical schools plan to respond to the pandemic and whether medical students will play a part in that response.

While medical students do spend most of their...

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Mar 14, 2020. 18 comments

Don't Worry: Donald Trump's Son-In-Law's Sister-In-Law's Father Is on This Whole Coronavirus Thing

Don't Worry: Donald Trump's Son-In-Law's Sister-In-Law's Father Is on This Whole Coronavirus Thing

These are troubled times: a

global pandemic , a collapsing stock market, and widespread anxiety and uncertainty about what happens next. But never fear, Donald Trump’s administration has a secret weapon: his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s sister-in-law’s father’s Facebook poll.

Kushner, along with racist cue ball Stephen Miller, was reportedly one of the White House advisers behind the president’s...

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Mar 12, 2020. 14 comments

President Trump's COVID-19 Speech Was Full of Lies That Had to Be Corrected Overnight

President Trump's COVID-19 Speech Was Full of Lies That Had to Be Corrected Overnight

President Donald Trump delivered a shocking speech from the Oval Office on Wednesday night about the

COVID-19 pandemic , announcing that virtually all air travel from Europe would stop for 30 days, all cargo shipments from Europe would be suspended, and health insurance companies would waive co-pays for all coronavirus treatments.

Much of what the president said simply isn’t true. And Trump’s...

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Mar 11, 2020. 4 comments

Google Asks All U.S. Staff to Work From Home as COVID-19 Spreads

Google Asks All U.S. Staff to Work From Home as COVID-19 Spreads

Google has asked all of its North American employees—well over 100,000, counting all those working under parent company Alphabet, and a similarly massive number of contractors—to work from home due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Business Insider reported on Tuesday.

The request applies to all workers who are able to perform their jobs from home and will extend until April 10, 2020. It’s...

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Feb 27, 2020. 8 comments

Trump: Don't Worry, We're Putting Mike Pence on This Coronavirus Thing

Trump: Don't Worry, We're Putting Mike Pence on This Coronavirus Thing

The latest news from the White House on the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus, which the Centers for Disease Control has

warned is likely to hit the U.S. imminently, is not very reassuring: Vice President Mike Pence, whose poor epidemiological instincts helped fuel an HIV outbreak in his home state of Indiana, will lead the White House response to COVID-19.

During a press conference...

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Feb 27, 2020. 3 comments

WHO Accused of Conducting Vaccine Trial Without Participant Consent in Three African Countries

WHO Accused of Conducting Vaccine Trial Without Participant Consent in Three African Countries

A scathing opinion piece in the BMJ is accusing the World Health Organization of conducting a pilot program in Africa for an experimental malaria vaccine without acquiring the informed consent of participants. Experts are calling it a “serious breach” of international bioethical standards and potentially “a disaster for public trust in vaccines.”

The trial in question is currently underway...

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Feb 26, 2020. 14 comments

Amazon Warns Sellers Not to Gouge Users on Face Masks as Prices Skyrocket on Coronavirus Fears

Amazon Warns Sellers Not to Gouge Users on Face Masks as Prices Skyrocket on Coronavirus Fears

Amazon is warning third-party sellers on its Marketplace platform not to gouge customers on protective face masks as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak that originated in mainland China continues to

spread internationally and becomes increasingly likely to hit the U.S. , emails obtained by Wired show.

The effectiveness of the masks as a preventative measure against infection by the coronavirus,...

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Feb 25, 2020. 14 comments

Traveler Returning From Coronavirus-Hit China May Have to Pay Thousands for Flu Test

Traveler Returning From Coronavirus-Hit China May Have to Pay Thousands for Flu Test

A Miami man who felt ill after returning from a business trip to China in January was slapped with a $3,270 bill after seeking a test to determine if he was infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the Miami Herald reported on Monday.

According to the Herald, Osmel Martinez Azcue believed it would be irresponsible for him to not alert medical personnel of the possibility he had contracted...

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Feb 19, 2020. 2 comments

Global Death Toll from COVID-19 Surpasses 2,000, Though China Maintains Outbreak Slowing Down

Global Death Toll from COVID-19 Surpasses 2,000, Though China Maintains Outbreak Slowing Down

More than 2,000 people have died from the

ongoing outbreak of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes a disease known as COVID-19 , CNN reported on Tuesday, citing the latest figures including an updated tally from China’s National Health Commission.

The official count of infected has now exceeded 75,100, most of them in the center of the outbreak in mainland China. According to the New...

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Feb 13, 2020. 5 comments

Elizabeth Holmes Gets Theranos Conspiracy Charges Thrown Out, Not Off the Hook Yet

Elizabeth Holmes Gets Theranos Conspiracy Charges Thrown Out, Not Off the Hook Yet

A judge in the sprawling case against

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and former company president Ramesh Sunny Balwani has thrown out some of the charges after her defense team argued prosecutors’ case was too broad and too vague , SFGate reported on Wednesday.

The defense team tried to have all 11 charges thrown out, saying the indictment against the execs of the scam blood-testing...

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