The Quest for a Cure – UPDATE #58

Editor: Christopher Brennan
One of the reasons that I chose to gather articles about coronavirus treatments is that it is sometimes nice to focus on the positive. Last week’s Digest had many pieces on drug treatments for Covid-19, though this week’s largely look at what might be the ultimate goal, a vaccine that prevents people from getting sick in the first place. Though there’s a long road ahead, it’s a “shot in the arm” that researchers around the world are doing their best to help end the current situation.

The Open Question – UPDATE #56

Editor: Christopher Brennan
This week has seen plans to reopen parts of life like school or hardware stores become a reality in some countries, with others looking, cautiously or not so cautiously, at when it could be their turn. This Digest is particularly global, with articles from Bengal to Berlin and from Greece to Georgia. Found with the Deepnews Scoring Model, they explore the tense moment many around the world are facing.

The Open Question #55

Editor: Christopher Brennan
It may not be the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s a tunnel with a little more room to move around. This week’s Digest focuses on debates around reopening economies and easing COVID-19 lockdowns, a question that brings small bits of hope but also worries about how to keep the virus under control. This list gathered by the Deepnews Scoring Model looks into issues of testing, jobs, cooperation or the lack thereof, and hard choices for leaders.

Getting Down to It. The Downturn – UPDATE #54

The International Monetary Fund has called it “The Great Lockdown” and compared it to an event that has come up more and more often, the Great Depression of 1929. What is increasingly clear is that our current moment has the potential to change the way that our economies work for the rest of our lives, whether on the scale of the international, national or local. It is a lot to take in, though all those angles are present in the update to last week’s Digest on the economic downturn, which we hope provides some information to help start making sense of things.