(1) The main news is of course that the US President has returned to the White House. I cannot say I am surprised by this outcome: statistically, even at his age of 74, he had 95%+ odds of survival, and he has of course gotten top-notch care from the beginning. Besides, the White House has its own pretty elaborate sickbay/micro-hospital (h/t Mrs. Arbel). Also via Mrs. Arbel, an article in the WSJ about the treatment applied to Trump.
(2) (h/t: Masgramondou) Two interesting articles from the BBC (!):
- Long COVID: why some people have protracted lingering symptoms., not necessarily proportional to the severity of the initial disease.
- India: rapid paper COVID test “Feluda” could be a game changer. I have been covering Harvard Dr. Michael Mina’s advocacy of inexpensive paper tests here; this one, named after a popular fictional Indian sleuth, got approval by India’s FDA counterpart.
(3) And of course (again h/t Masgramondou), then there is the estimate by the WHO that as much of 10% of the world population may have had a COVID infection — about 20x the documented case number.
(4) The Jerusalem Post quotes a study from Tel Aviv University, supposedly just accepted for publication in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine (I could only find a medrXiv preprint, https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.11.20128520 ) that analyzes (anonymized) cellular phone mobility data from COVID-afflicted countries and concludes the following:
“Mobility data indicate that a hermetic lockdown, in which everyone must stay at home, is unnecessary. Instead, social distancing measures should be introduced as early as possible,” say Pupko and Mayrose. “We have shown that the countries with the lowest mortality rates in the first outbreak of COVID-19 were not those that imposed the most hermetic lockdowns, but rather those in which mobility decreased (even slightly) at an early stage… as the government considers tightening [Israel’s second lockdown] even further, the import of our research is clear: Extreme restrictions are uncalled for. What we need is fast implementation of social distancing.”