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Elon Musk’s COVID-19 tweets get a reality check

Billionaire Elon Musk knows his stuff when it comes to rockets or electric cars. But does that translate into epidemiological expertise? Not completely, according to Washington state’s coronavirus trackers. Musk weighed in today with a Twitter response to a GeekWire story … Continue reading

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Bill Gates sounds the alarm on resurging pandemic

Tech leaders typically use their TED talks to sketch out an optimistic vision of the future, but today Bill Gates used his to warn about a rough autumn ahead due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. “There’s good progress … but … Continue reading

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COVID-19 tracking system extends its reach

As concerns about a resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak are widening, so is the reach of the COVID-19 tracking platform created by Sentinel Healthcare, a Seattle-based medical data startup. The app-based platform was rolled out three months ago, just as the pandemic was taking … Continue reading

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Scientists will map effects of Alzheimer’s disease

A $40.5 million collaborative research center headquartered at Seattle’s Allen Institute aims to create high-resolution maps of brains ravaged by Alzheimer’s disease, to trace new paths to early diagnosis and treatment. The center will draw upon expertise not only at the institute, … Continue reading

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COVID projections suggest masks could save lives

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has added mask-on and mask-off options to its computer-based projections for the course of the coronavirus pandemic — and estimates that 33,000 lives could be saved in the U.S. between now and … Continue reading

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Hydroxychloroquine clinical trial halted

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has shut down a clinical trial to see if a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can prevent hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Allen Family Foundation donates to COVID-19 causes

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced two contributions to support people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state, adding up to $2.2 million. Get the full story on GeekWire.

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A call for earlier testing and treatment for COVID-19

Scientists from Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington say the search for COVID-19 treatments should widen its focus from hospitalized patients to people who are just starting to experience symptoms. They’re calling for a shift … Continue reading

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Low-cost steroid could reduce COVID-19 death rate

A study involving thousands of COVID-19 patients in Britain suggests that a low-cost steroid drug known as dexamethasone could significantly reduce the death rate for those sick enough to require respiratory support. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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COVID-19 projections show higher death tolls ahead

The latest projections for the course of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. suggest that there’s going to be an upswing in the daily death toll, but they differ in how that upswing will develop. If you go by the … Continue reading

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