Daily Digest 3/27 – Good News Friday: The Virus Can Be Stopped, Why Germany’s Death Rate Is Far Lower Than Other Countries

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Why Germany’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries (jdargis)

Drosten, whose team of researchers developed the first COVID-19 test used in the public domain, said Germany’s low fatality rate is because of his country’s ability to test early and often. He estimates Germany has been testing around 120,000 people a week for COVID-19 during the monthlong period from late February to now, when it’s reached epidemic proportions in the country, the most extensive testing regimen in the world.

Epidemiologist Behind Highly-Cited Coronavirus Model Drastically Downgrades Projection (tmn)

A higher rate of transmission than expected means that more people have the virus than previously expected; when the number of those with coronavirus is divided by the number of deaths, therefore, the mortality rate for the disease drops.

More coronavirus DIY: UF upcycles for masks (dwatney)

UF Health hospital administrators and infection control experts have given him approval to proceed with the project. UF Health officials noted the masks, which are not certified as an N95 mask and are not intended to replace the N95, will give the health care system future capacity if there is a critical shortage of N95 masks.

Spanish singer livens up coronavirus lockdown with a balcony concert (Sparky1)

Spanish singer Beatriz Berodia, known as Betta, goes out on her balcony every evening to entertain the neighbours who have been locked in their homes since Spain’s government declared the state of emergency last weekend.

Chicagoans under stay-at-home orders spread hope with a city-wide sing-along of Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ (Sparky1)

Under stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus outbreak, people scattered throughout the Chicago metro area belted out Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” at 7 p.m. Saturday night, standing at windows, in yards and on balconies in freezing weather. Chicagoans shared dozens of videos capturing the citywide sing-along to social media.

Pop superstar Rihanna donates $5 million to relief efforts (Sparky1)

Christian Siriano in a tweet vowed to make masks, asking his sewing team to pump them out to help medical responders. The tweet got Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s attention, who thanked the “Project Runway” star and got in touch with his team.

Ireland: Private hospitals will be made public for duration of coronavirus pandemic (RS)

“We must of course have equality of treatment, patients with this virus will be treated for free, and they’ll be treated as part of a single, national hospital service.

“For the duration of this crisis the State will take control of all private hospital facilities and manage all of the resources for the common benefit of all of our people. There can be no room for public versus private when it comes to pandemic,” Harris said.

The Virus Can Be Stopped, but Only With Harsh Steps, Experts Say (JK)

No one is certain why the virus travels in this way, but experts see an opening nonetheless. “You can contain clusters,” Dr. Heymann said. “You need to identify and stop discrete outbreaks, and then do rigorous contact tracing.”

Isinnova shares 3D printed adapter to turn snorkeling mask into a non-invasive ventilator (JK)

While some designers had already created 3D printable adapters to transform Decathlon-like snorkelling masks into protective PPE masks, the key innovation by Isinnova is that the adapter was modified for the mask to be connected to a ventilator. This way the evolutionary process of the mask has come full circle since the Decathlon mask can be seen as consumer evolution of devices such as the Philips Fit Life mask, which are used for oxygen therapy.

Viral ‘BBC Dad’ Returns To Discuss Working From Home: ‘Just Really, Really Tough’ (jdargis)

The family’s appearance again became a hit on social media, where people celebrated a bit of uplifting news amid coronavirus fears and remarked on how things have changed in the era of social distancing.

“We are all Robert Kelly now,” one commenter said of a video of the BBC segment.

School administrator goes to drive-thru where student is working to tell her she’s valedictorian (jdargis)

“Hi Kaitlyn. So, I got you on camera because I want to announce something to you today,” Floering said, filming her interaction with the student. “You are GTA’s 2020 class valedictorian!”

Watson was astounded by the news. “I am? Oh my gosh! Thank you so much,” she said in shock.

Newfound Comet ATLAS is getting really bright, really fast (JK)

The possible celestial showpiece is known as Comet ATLAS, or C/2019 Y4. When it was discovered on Dec. 28, 2019, it was quite faint, but since then, it has been brightening so rapidly that astronomers have high hopes for the spectacle it could put on. But given the tricky nature of comets, skywatchers are also being cautious not to get their hopes up, knowing that the comet may fizzle out.

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