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COVID-19 roundup

Monday, May 18, 2020

* Oy

The new coronavirus has spread like wildfire, killed — and spared — people of all ages and all health conditions, baffled doctors, defied guidance and conventional wisdom, and produced an unprecedented array of symptoms.

There’s never been a virus like it.

“This gets into every major biological process in our cells,” said Nevan J. Krogan, a molecular biologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied HIV, Ebola, Zika, dengue and other viruses over the last 13 years.

“At the molecular level, it’s something we’ve never seen before, and then look at what it does to the body — the long list of symptoms — we’ve never seen that before.”

* Pearson

A federal judge has modified her ruling that gave third-party and independent candidates for Illinois’ Nov. 3 election until Aug. 7 to submit petitions, instead ordering a deadline of July 20 to allow time for challenges and for the ballot to be printed.

But U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer left intact the portion of her April 23 order that those candidates only need to collect 10% of the previously required number of signatures and can collect them electronically because of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order.

Pallmeyer’s revised decision Friday came after attorneys for the state asked for a rehearing on her April order, which moved the filing deadline from June 22 to Aug. 7 and lowered the number of valid signatures needed to gain access to the ballot.

* Tribune

Residents of Chicago and the surrounding Cook County suburbs are now getting a D in social distancing from a New York City data firm that’s been grading the country on compliance with stay-at-home orders.

That’s a significant drop from late March, when the area got an A, but the difference is more about revisions to the grading system than a huge change in behavior. Unacast, the firm drawing the measurements from a sampling of cellphone data, toughened its criteria based on input from public health experts.

Grades also fell in many other locales across the country, including Chicago’s collar counties and Illinois as a whole. Some areas, however, fared better than the Chicago region. New York City, perhaps hit harder by COVID-19 than anywhere else in the United States, scored a B as of Monday.

More here.

* Tribune live blog

Civil rights groups decry anti-Semitic and other hate messages at stay-at-home protests

Five reasons your stimulus check may have been for less than you expected

Chicago public health officials report 626 COVID-19 cases in homeless shelters, two deaths among workers there

Lightfoot says city will fine churches that violated social distancing rules

Actor Sean Penn joins Lightfoot on tour of Chicago coronavirus testing site

The pandemic is boosting a stagnant meal kit industry. But will interest persist when people are no longer stuck at home?

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial shows promising early results, it says

After ending extra hazard ‘hero’ pay, Kroger to give bonus to front-line workers

Lakeview restaurant worker struck by deliveryman during quarrel over social distancing, police say

Chicago’s St. Anthony Hospital fights for survival, sues state for money owed

* Sun-Times live blog

Loop group deploys cleaning crew with ‘disinfectant backpack sprayers’ downtown

Early testing of COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in healthy volunteers

Oprah Winfrey is latest celeb to host virtual story time for Chicago kids

Latest COVID-19 stats for Chicago region suggest curve flattening

Work-from-home Congress: House OKs proxy voting for first time

Obama criticizes U.S. leaders’ virus response in online graduation speech

Bittersweet e-ceremony for UIC grad: ‘I didn’t really get to say goodbye’

Closing streets for outdoor dining with safe social distancing? Sounds like a plan

COVID-19 scales back youth sports. That’s a win for many kids

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - No Commode - Monday, May 18, 20 @ 2:44 pm:

    Is Pritzker going to get out of his basement and show any other rooms in his mansion? Enough of the crappy bookcase and photo of mom background. Can he go to a window and wave to the paparazzi?

    Would you ask Dr. Ezike to straighten the picture in her video zoom room?

  2. - Anonymous - Monday, May 18, 20 @ 6:58 pm:

    Deep thoughts there, Mr. Bowl.

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