COVID-19

Scientists look to drugs already in development to combat COVID-19

Sam Whitehead Feb 28, 2020
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Mike Natchus, who works at the Emory Institute for Drug Development in Atlanta, examines one of the compounds used in the lab where EIDD 2801 was developed. Sam Whitehead/WABE
COVID-19

Scientists look to drugs already in development to combat COVID-19

Sam Whitehead Feb 28, 2020
Mike Natchus, who works at the Emory Institute for Drug Development in Atlanta, examines one of the compounds used in the lab where EIDD 2801 was developed. Sam Whitehead/WABE
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Researchers at the Emory Institute for Drug Development in Atlanta think an antiviral drug they’ve been working on for years, EIDD-2801, could be an effective treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In the face of a public health emergency like this one, scientists often look to drugs already in development for possible solutions. That’s often much quicker and cheaper than making a drug from scratch, which can take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

COVID-19 Economy FAQs

It’s still the question on everyone’s minds: What’s going on with extra COVID-19 unemployment benefits?

The $600-a-week payments have ended, officially, as of July 31. For now, there is no additional federal pandemic unemployment assistance. House Democrats want to renew the $600 payments. Senate Republicans have proposed giving the unemployed 70% of their most recent salary by this October, when state unemployment offices have had time to reconfigure their computer systems to do those calculations. Until then, jobless workers would just get another $200. But, nothing has been agreed upon yet.

What’s the latest on evictions?

For millions of Americans, things are looking grim. Unemployment is high, and pandemic eviction moratoriums have expired in states across the country. And as many people already know, eviction is something that can haunt a person’s life for years. For instance, getting evicted can make it hard to rent again. And that can lead to spiraling poverty.

Which retailers are requiring that people wear masks when shopping? And how are they enforcing those rules?

Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, CVS, Home Depot, Costco — they all have policies that say shoppers are required to wear a mask. When an employee confronts a customer who refuses, the interaction can spin out of control, so many of these retailers are telling their workers to not enforce these mandates. But, just having them will actually get more people to wear masks.

You can find answers to more questions on unemployment benefits and COVID-19 here.

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