Kirkland center still in need of tests, how history can teach us about epidemics, and other COVID-19 updates

click to enlarge An undated photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows their laboratory test kit for infection with coronavirus. The kit was found to be flawed, but a replacement has not yet been distributed. - CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
An undated photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows their laboratory test kit for infection with coronavirus. The kit was found to be flawed, but a replacement has not yet been distributed.
No Tests!
As some University of Washington students rejoiced at the cancellation of many tests at the now-online-only school, residents and staff at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in the state, were still clamoring for more tests. As of Saturday, the center still had not received enough test kits to evaluate residents and staff. And dropping blood donations were a concern for area blood banks. (New York Times)

The Good, and Bad, Old Days
How two cities responded to the clues that the flu was poised to spread in 1918 could help inform public health decisions today. “When multiple interventions were introduced early, they were very effective in 1918... and that certainly offers hope that they would be similarly useful in an epidemic today if we didn’t have an effective vaccine.” (New York Times)

One of these things is not like the other... or is COVID-19 just another flu?
For non-epidemiologists, good old bar graphs make comparing the flu an COVID-19 easy. Take home lessons? Best estimates are that COVID-19 fatality rate is "a lot worse than the flu," and that it is "a lot more contagious than the seasonal flu." (Bloomberg)


Live Streaming Near You
The most rapidly accurate source for current COVID-19 cases seems to be the dashboard from Johns Hopkins, updated several times an hour. Click on a country, or zoom in to any of the myriad dots on the world map to see what's happening.

Or if you prefer to watch a timeline-style animation, check out this map from NBC news.

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Anne McGregor

Anne McGregor is a contributor to the Inlander and the editor of InHealth. She is married to Inlander editor/publisher Ted S. McGregor, Jr.