News Clips for April 14-20, 2020

Utah professor calling on citizen scientists — and anyone bored during social distancing—to take part in 48-hour ‘We Dig Bio’ event

With Utahns continuing social distancing, the list of activities to do in isolation might be running dry. So if you’ve seen every true-crime show on Netflix, don’t panic — you can instead take some time and help scientists discover a new species of parasite.


Not every fossil is a dinosaur skeleton waiting to be unearthed in layers of rock and dust.

Vanquishing the Virus: 160+ COVID-19 Drug and Vaccine Candidates in Development

Scientists worldwide are racing to develop more than 160 new drug and vaccine candidates to combat the pandemic, GEN reports in a comprehensive new A-List

How universities are developing COVID-19 solutions in real time

Dorms are empty and classroom lights are off at the vast majority of America’s colleges and universities, but that hasn’t stopped many in academia from jumping in to help try to meet the massive need for innovative treatments, vaccines, personal protection equipment (PPE) and medical devices in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

6 new data points help paint clearer picture of how COVID-19 is affecting Utah

It’s been more than a month since Utah’s COVID-19 cases began to rise. In that space of time, we’ve all had to adjust to limitations and closures around the state and memorize the concept of social distancing.

Here’s how you can share your COVID-19 experience with future Utahns

The University of Utah announced Monday that library staff have created a digital archive where the public can share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘The Wellness Bus’ to take COVID-19 testing to underserved communities

There is a new opportunity for underserved communities to get a COVID-19 test through the University of Utah Health. The Wellness Bus traditionally is a place where people who have hit hard times can get help for their diabetes.

Here’s how to quickly license and distribute your Covid-19 invention

Patents and licences may seem trivial in the midde of a crisis, but ignoring them will create problems later. Luckily some quick solutions are emerging.

Being sick and alone is miserable. Being sick at home with your family might be dangerous.

Sandy Brown’s husband knew he was infected. The 59-year-old church elder had the trademark dry cough and fever of covid-19, but when she drove him gasping for air to the emergency room, the doctor’s advice was to go home and stay home. So he did.

FEMA ships out nearly 20 million hydroxychloroquine tablets

The Strategic National Stockpile has sent out 19.1 million tablets of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that some doctors have prescribed to Covid-19 patients, a spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed. The tablets, sent out in two shipments, are heading to cities around the country.

Court Denies Epstein Victim's Appeal Over Rights Violation

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied an effort by one of deceased wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged underage sexual abuse victims to to revive a lawsuit claiming Florida federal prosecutors failed to consult victims when reaching a secret plea deal with Epstein over a decade ago.

Vaccine patch, reusable snorkel mask for PPE & more tech that universities are creating to combat COVID-19

Universities across the country including Seattle-based University of Washington Medicine and Stanford (Calif.) University have been developing innovative technology to fight off the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, according to PBS.