Home News 3 Stories You Should Read 5/20/2020: Hydroxychloroquine, Reopening, WHO

3 Stories You Should Read 5/20/2020: Hydroxychloroquine, Reopening, WHO

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In the category of:  Truth or dare

Fact Check: Are frontline workers taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus?

Facts First: There are several ongoing studies in the US to see if hydroxychloroquine successfully prevents frontline medical workers from getting infected by the virus. However, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against coronavirus, nor is it authorized as treatment for coronavirus outside of hospitals. In fact, the FDA cautioned against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for Covid-19 outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems.



In the category of:  Nope

Across the country, local officials defy state leaders on reopening

A growing number of local elected officials are writing their own pandemic playbooks, leading to disputes that foretell months of regional skirmishes.

SACRAMENTO — A growing number of local elected officials are writing their own reopening playbooks, defying state leaders in disputes that foretell months of new regional skirmishes as the nation moves to rekindle its smoldering economy.

Mayors and county executives in rural regions where infection rates are lower than in denser, bigger cities say they’ve been unfairly held back from returning to a more normal way of life. Meanwhile, cautious officials who represent more vulnerable communities are fighting to prolong stay-at-home orders as governors, lawmakers or judges move to do the opposite.



In the category of:  The rest of the world

Coronavirus spike in poor nations worries WHO: Live updates

With 106,000 cases recorded globally – most in 24 hours yet – WHO raises concerns about low and middle-income countries.

  • The WHO reported 106,000 cases globally, the highest in a single day yet, rasing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in poor nations.

  • US President Donald Trump blamed China for “mass incompetence” and singled out Beijin for “mass worldwide killing”.

  • China has accused the US of smearing Beijing and shirking responsibilities to the WHO after US President Trump threatened to quit the organisation.

  • Globally, there have been more than 4.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 323,000 people died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.7 million people have recovered.



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