Wonder why Donald Trump is 6 months late on his annual physical?

Donald Trump claps his tiny hands as veterans ride their motorcycles along the South Drive of the White House Friday, May 22, 2020, during the Rolling to Remember: Honoring Our Nations Veterans and POW-MIA event. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

It's curious, isn't it. It's now 6 months after impeached President Donald Trump said he was starting his 2020 physical.

He hasn't completed the routine medical examination he said he started in November.

The White House won't say why.

I wonder why. Read the rest

North Dakota's COVID-19 contact tracing app leaks location data to Foursquare and a Google Ads ID: Report

Your concerns about the privacy and security risks of using state-run coronavirus contact tracing apps? They're reasonable concerns. Read the rest

What happens if you drink two gallons of coffee?

Your heart will race and your skin perspire, of course, but the real magic happens in your kidneys. Dr. Bernard Hsu reports on B.B., a 21 year old man presenting to the emergency room unconscious, having been found collapsed while studying for his final exams. Unfortunately, his worst subject just happened to be chemistry. Read the rest

The Lancet fact-checks Trump's letter to WHO and Dr. Tedros

The Lancet says Trump's letter contains 'factually incorrect' details. Read the rest

FBI and DHS's CISA warn China-backed hackers are targeting U.S. COVID-19 research

A joint advisory from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that Chinese hackers are targeting U.S. based COVID-19 research entities. Read the rest

Nearly 27 million Americans lost their job-based health insurance in pandemic, study shows

IMAGE: Health Insurance Coverage Before and After Job Loss Among People in a Family Experiencing Job Loss as of May 2, 2020, courtesy kff.org

An estimated 27 million Americans may have lost employer-based health insurance because of pandemic layoffs, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released Wednesday. Read the rest

Hydroxychloroquine doesn't work against COVID-19 and may cause heart problems, largest study of its kind shows

Yet another medical study says hydroxychloroquine, the drug much hyped by Donald Trump, is not effective against COVID-19 and could also cause deadly heart problems. Read the rest

Tesla to reopen Fremont factory Friday, despite ongoing coronavirus lockdown

Elon Musk's electric car company plans to reopen its one and only factory in the United States as soon as Friday, for 'limited operations,' in a county where coronavirus lockdown is ongoing. Read the rest

Coronavirus: 'The notion that everyone needs to be tested is nonsensical' — Kayleigh McEnany, Trump Press Sec

“The notion that everyone needs to be tested for the coronavirus is nonsensical,” ⁦said Donald Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany today. Her explanation: because COVID-19 tests would have to be given over and over again.

The stupid, it burns.

This is an obvious nonsensical lie, and contradicts what public health experts and the obvious basics of science and math tell us about COVID-19. Read the rest

'You can call me a Grandma killer,' says woman in regrettable tweet

I have a feeling this tweet will not age well. Read the rest

State-backed hackers are attacking coronavirus responders, U.S. and UK officials warn in joint statement

Britain and the United States said on Tuesday in a joint warning that government-backed hackers are attacking healthcare and research institutions with the goal of stealing valuable information about the response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read the rest

Comparing COVID-19 to other causes of death

As the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States blows past 60,000 faster than officials predicted, STAT [statnews.com] compares the 2020 coronavirus outbreak to other causes of death for which we have historical data. Read the rest

U.S. now has 1 million coronavirus cases

The U.S. now has 1 million patients who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, with many more unreported or undetected people infected. Read the rest

Trump: 'There has been so much unnecessary death in this country'

It was almost a confession of guilt. Almost. Read the rest

Coronavirus 'acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen,' say doctors

COVID-19 damage (yellow) on lungs of 59-year-old man who died at George Washington University Hospital. 3D model based on computerized tomography scans, courtesy George Washington Hospital and Surgical Theater

How exactly is coronavirus killing us?

This New York Magazine piece on what we do and do not yet know about the novel coronavirus is really good. It's weird seeing everyone compare COVID-19 to the flu, when there are reports coming in of patients dying of exploding hearts and glitching cytokines. Read the rest

Map of state-level coronavirus coordination efforts look like apocalyptic sci-fi

Alfred Twu is maintaining a public-domain map of the various efforts underway between states to coordinate their pandemic response. It's a detailed at-a-glance guide to who is doing what with whom, but it's also been described as a Shadowrun scenario and a guide to the next civil war. Read the rest

Man peddling bleach as coronavirus 'cure' wrote to Trump this week

“Mark Grenon wrote to Trump saying chlorine dioxide ‘can rid the body of Covid-19’ days before the president promoted disinfectant as treatment”

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