Elon Musk’s coronavirus journey: A timeline

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is gonna Elon Musk, even during a global pandemic.

Musk — and his problematic tweets — have prompted controversy for quite some time. His reaction to the coronavirus crisis is no different. Even as public officials around the world have warned of the potentially catastrophic implications of the virus, and as federal, state, and city leaders beg the public to combat the virus’s spread by socially distancing, the South African-born entrepreneur has suggested on Twitter than the whole thing is “dumb,” or at least that everybody should settle down about it. Meanwhile, despite a …

To practice social distancing, stay 6 feet away

In order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we need to slow it down. And one of the best ways to do that is through social distancing, a public health intervention that encourages people to avoid well, other people. That means events with large crowds such as weddings, concerts, sports, have been canceled. And places where people congregate publicly — like restaurants — are not seating customers. Even schools and offices are closing. The overall guideline for this best practice: stay six feet away.

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Coronavirus treatment research is being held up by Trump’s ban on the use of fetal tissue

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that the US is working to develop a vaccine for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as quickly as possible. But one of his own administration’s policies appears to be standing in the way of at least one scientist.

According to a report by the Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein, Kim Hasenkrug, an immunologist at the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana, wants to test potential treatments for Covid-19 in mice with humanized lungs. But as the Post first reported, the work is being held up by officials at …

Coronavirus treatment research is being held up by Trump’s ban on the use of fetal tissue

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that the US is working to develop a vaccine for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as quickly as possible. But one of his own administration’s policies appears to be standing in the way of at least one scientist.

According to a report by the Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein, Kim Hasenkrug, an immunologist at the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana, wants to test potential treatments for Covid-19 in mice with humanized lungs. But as the Post first reported, the work is being held up by officials at …

America’s mass transit agencies need a bailout, too

Normally, mass transit agencies celebrate ridership gains rather than declines. But the coronavirus pandemic and the logic of social distancing have turned that on its head.

That’s leading to situations like the New York City Subway tweeting a celebration of declining readership, while the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority brags about empty vehicles.

Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign is officially over

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s longshot presidential bid is over.

Gabbard’s decision to drop out, announced March 19, was long in the works. She had consistently averaged around 1 to 2 percent in national polls and performed poorly in primaries; her candidacy largely served as a single-issue protest run against American military adventurism rather than a serious bid for the presidency. Her most notable moment, a devastating attack on California Sen. Kamala Harris’s record as a prosecutor in the CNN’s July debate, didn’t move the dial much in her favor. So on Thursday, March 19, she dropped out and endorsed Joe …

An Amazon warehouse worker in NYC has coronavirus. They probably won’t be the last.

An Amazon warehouse worker in Queens, New York, has tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday night. How the company is responding to the situation is one of the first indications of how it will deal with potential future outbreaks in its facilities during a pandemic in which many Americans are relying on the online retail giant to deliver essential goods.

The spokesperson told Recode that Amazon is “supporting the individual who is now in quarantine,” and that the company has been practicing “enhanced daily deep cleaning” at its facilities. But after learning …

What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus?

So you’re not feeling well, and you’re afraid you might be infected with the new coronavirus disease, Covid-19. Given that the United States is now beginning to test widely for the disease, and more cases are popping up, that might be a reasonable suspicion.

Health officials are ramping up the response measures, advising people over 60 to “stay at home as much as possible.”

Though community spread in the US may still be low, you may have been exposed if you have traveled to a region with novel coronavirus transmission or if you’ve been in close contact with …