News Clips for June 24-25, 2020

Breakthrough Drug for Covid-19 May Be Risky for Mild Cases

That study about dexamethasone has arrived with a big asterisk: While it appears to help severely ill patients, it harms others.

In our opinion: Utahns need a ‘certain trumpet’ to lead them through COVID-19

It’s discouraging that, after all the pain of March and April, progress in the fight against COVID-19 seems like a mirage. But it shouldn’t be all that surprising given the vacuum of leadership across the country.

As the pandemic surges in Utah, will people finally act responsibly?

So, now what, Utah? The state’s epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn, the face of the medical profession in the fight against COVID-19 in Utah, authored a blunt and unequivocal memo last week.

Utah hospital leaders beg residents to wear face masks amid COVID-19 surge

After three weeks of surging COVID-19 cases, Utah hospital leaders banded together to issue a strong message Tuesday: We all need to wear face masks — or risk overrunning the hospital system.

What’s driving the surge of COVID-19 cases in Utah?

Utahns have enjoyed going shopping, eating out and worshiping together again. Many have returned to the office after months of working at home. Thousands have gathered for concerts or youth sporting events.

Preparing for a surge

It’s still bright outside when Lynn Burke arrives for the night shift. She enters through a tent where she stands 6 feet from her co-workers and submits to a temperature check and some wellness questions. Once she’s cleared to go in, she walks past vacant tables and an empty Starbucks.

Type of ultraviolet light kills airborne coronavirus; effect on platelets helps explain blood clot issues

The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Utah's hospitals will reach capacity in the coming weeks, doctors say

Utah’s four hospital chains on Tuesday spoke with a unified voice, telling everyone to wear a face mask when they leave their home.

Korea Times, Incheon Global Campus to begin cooperation

The Korea Times and the Incheon Global Campus Foundation (IGCF) signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday to enhance their cooperation in education. The signing ceremony took place at the IGCF's multi-complex building in Incheon's Songdo, between The Korea Times President Publisher Oh Young-jin and IGCF CEO Paek Ki-hun.

73,000 Utahns Register As Republican Ahead Of June 30 Primary

Amid calls for Democrats and unaffiliated voters to register as Republicans ahead of Utah’s June 30 primary election, GOP registration has soared.

Christopher Mead: Time for the U. to give up its Native American nickname

In recent weeks, America has opened a new, important and potentially transformative chapter. More and more Americans are demonstrating their willingness to stand up (and kneel down) in recognition that Black Lives Matter.

The Radical Adjustment Of Higher Education

Students, classrooms and instructors have persisted as key components of the U.S. higher education system since its first colleges opened in the 17th century. Despite major societal changes in the past four hundred years, the vast majority of postsecondary students began 2020 in traditional classrooms.

Economist says economy may recover more quickly if Utahns follow public health guidelines

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Beehive State, a University of Utah economist says the economy may recover more quickly if Utahns follow public health guidelines.

Audit Says Utah College Students Should Get Some Of Their Fees Back

Beyond the increasing cost of attendance, college students face a barrage of other mandatory fees, ranging from textbooks to administrative taxes. And at at least two Utah public colleges, those additional fees have been on the rise over the past decade. Some are also getting tacked on unfairly, according to a state audit released Tuesday.

Human Egg Freezing and In Vitro Fertilization: The Longer the Wait, the Lower the Positive Outcomes for a Baby

Scientists from China have found that freezing human embryos for one to two years leads to a significant decline in the chance of it developing into a baby.

Why Do People Still Believe In Astrology?

Despite the fact that there is zero science to back it up, astrology is a billion dollar industry worldwide. In India, especially, there is a huge market for this pseudoscience — now, more so, with the advent of digital technology.

Men’s Beards May Have Evolved to Sustain Punches to the Head, Random Study Suggests Scientists Are Running Out of Things to Study

The theory of evolution (made popular by one Charles Darwin) suggests that man evolved from apes. While homeschooled children may disagree, there has been much evidence to support this theory, not the least of which is our ability to grow hair from various orifices.

Revision to Three Hospitals’ Data in 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals Rankings

U.S. NEWS HAS REVISED data elements for three hospitals used to calculate certain pediatric specialty rankings and has updated the rankings of those hospitals to reflect their corrected data.

Gender Wage Gap: (In)Equality in Utah

Today we feature a panel discussion on the gender wage gap in Utah—the causes that drive it, its consequences for women and the economy and what policies are effective in addressing the discrepancy.

Confederate Flags and Up Yours

Ever wonder why people have confederate flags on their pick-up trucks—or anywhere for that matter? Until just recently, the confederate flag was the symbol of NASCAR racing. They dropped it in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder. Southerners say that flag is not racist but a symbol of their heritage (which just so happens to include slavery, but what the hey).

Amid pandemic, fears that older Americans are feeling 'expendable'

Now, experts are concerned that older Americans are falling victim to ageism and messages that they are "expendable" amid the crisis.

Nationwide EMS calls have dropped 26% since the start of the pandemic

The study is evidence of a trend that the lead researcher calls “alarming.”