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.

Utah athletic director Mark Harlan: All options on the table for the 2020 college football season

It is still only mid-April, so anything and everything having to do with whether or not the college football season will start on time remains fluid in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Confidence Shattered, the Road to a 'Normal' U.S. Economy Looks Long

U.S. air travel was shut down for three days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It took three years for the industry to recover despite toughened passenger screening and the creation of a new agency devoted to transportation security.


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Trial by fire: Coronavirus, earthquake test Mendenhall in her first 100 days as mayor

‘It’s often in times of crisis that we truly see what type of leader a person is’

'Our long-term outlook is very strong': A look into how well Utah is prepared for economic distress

Another 33,000 Utahns filed for unemployment benefits, the Utah Department of Workforce Services reported last week. That’s on top of nearly 50,000 who filed for benefits the previous two weeks combined.

No need to be alarmed about Tuesday aftershock, earthquake experts say

Earthquake experts say the 4.17 magnitude aftershock felt on Tuesday evening was not necessarily expected, but isn’t unusual, either.

Everything we know about coronavirus immunity and antibodies — and plenty we still don’t

People who think they’ve been exposed to the novel coronavirus are clamoring for antibody tests — blood screens that can detect who has previously been infected and, the hope is, signal who is protected from another case of Covid-19.

A Summer With Or Without Camp?

Schools were closed for the rest of the year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the question now is, what about summer camps? Many camps said they don’t have the answer yet.

Utah scientists to test sewage to see if it can reveal rates of coronavirus infections

Swabbing noses and throats may not be the only way to detect the breadth of the coronavirus in a community.

University of Utah Health innovators design reusable PPE for health care workers

The Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) at the University of Utah Health has found a way to design and assemble equipment necessary to keep health care workers safe. The Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) is a personal protective equipment (PPE) in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If my report card says 'complete' because of COVID-19, what will colleges think?

Ordinary spring semester or not, Utah colleges and universities say they’re ready for the next class of students.

Art and theater students are getting creative in the face of coronavirus shutdowns

With student performances and exhibitions canceled, here’s what teachers and students at the University of Utah are doing to keep the arts going while campus is shut down.

Libraries Brace for Budget Cuts

University librarians are preparing for tough times ahead, even though the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to be fully understood. Could big deals with publishers be on the chopping block?