Are we close to a coronavirus treatment?

Are we close to a coronavirus treatment?

Good news: A coronavirus drug trial is showing promise. Worrisome news (for Handmaid's Tale fans, at least): The company is called Gilead.

It's Ashley with today's news, which continues to be stranger than fiction.

But first, a close call: A massive and "potentially hazardous" asteroid zoomed past Earth today. Oddly enough, it looked like it was wearing a face mask. ☄️

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Remdesivir sees positive trial results as COVID-19 treatment

One of numerous drugs under development to treat or cure the coronavirus is reportedly showing some promise. Pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences reported Wednesday potentially positive results for a trial of the antiviral drug remdesivir. The company said remdesivir produced "similar improvement" in patients over a 10-day treatment plan compared with a five-day treatment plan – and that it recorded "no new safety" issues among hospitalized patients who "well-tolerated" the treatment in the study. Though there's no guarantee Gilead's initial results will lead to a commercially available treatment, medical professionals have had high hopes for remdesivir since the coronavirus pandemic began.

A potentially 'bad' fall and winter is coming

A second wave of the new coronavirus is "inevitable," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (who more Americans trust than President Donald Trump or their own governors). But how the U.S. responds before the next wave comes, he says, will determine how we fare.

COVID-19 caused strokes in young people

New York City doctors say the coronavirus is triggering a surge in strokes in younger patients, causing alarm among medical experts. Over a two-week period, Mount Sinai doctors reported five COVID-19 positive patients under the age of 50 suffered large vessel strokes in.

Checking on those stimulus checks 💰

We know the stimulus checks have been making their way into bank accounts and mailboxes across the country, but have you received yours yet? For some, getting your cash simply a waiting game. For others, coronavirus funds may never come. Here are six reasons that could happen to you.

It wasn’t all bad news

A 101-year-old woman who was born during the 1918 flu pandemic has beat the coronavirus. "[Angelina Friedman] was a fighter and she actually pretty quickly rebounded," said Amy Elba, an administrator at her nursing home. "She’s back to herself; she’s knitting as we speak."

A vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the company says its experimental antiviral drug has proved effective against the new coronavirus in a major U.S. government study that put it to a strict test.

What everyone’s talking about

"Slumdog Millionaire" actor Irrfan Khan died at 54: "He was an inspiration." Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed a mural of donated masks to New York. Then the internet weighed in.Want to name a K-9 puppy? Now is your chance. Manny Ramirez wants to return to pro baseball in this league. Jada Pinkett Smith revealed how quarantine has changed her relationship with husband Will Smith.

The economy isn’t looking too hot

The U.S. economy turned in its worst performance in more than a decade. The nation’s gross domestic product (aka GDP, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S.) fell nearly 4.8% in the first quarter of 2020. That’s the steepest drop since late 2008, during the depths of the Great Recession. Yikes. Why does this matter? GDP is typically used to measure how much the economy is growing. Last quarter, consumers didn't spend as much money, and businesses didn't either — because of shutdowns tied to the coronavirus — which is why the economy shrank. If you want to sign up for daily updates about

Word of the day: Derecho

Derechoes are often referred to as inland hurricanes due to their hurricanelike conditions, in terms of ferocious wind and torrential rain. Used in a sentence: A line of severe thunderstorms slamming the south-central U.S. could be classified as a derecho. “The line of thunderstorms appears to have met the criteria for derecho with a steady concentration of high wind reports along a path of at least 240 miles," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. More than 250,000 customers remained without power Wednesday due to a squall line that sprawled across 500 miles and took aim at many major cities overnight Tuesday including Houston, New Orleans, Dallas, Oklahoma City and St. Louis, AccuWeather said.

The Southeast (in yellow) is the part of the U.S. most likely to see severe storms Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Real quick

Experts gave us some safe summer vacation ideas: "Find the place that everyone isn't going to." Queen Elizabeth II plans to give a rare address to Britain on WWII anniversary.Google's "MyMaps," which offers self-generated directions, has been rediscovered in a big way during the COVID-19 crisis.Marty Smith, a motocross legend, was killed in a dune buggy accident.Andrew Yang is suing New York over its decision to cancel its Democratic presidential primary.

Hey all you cool cats and kittens

Anyone a fan of the Netflix show “Tiger King”? What ever happened to Carole Baskin's last husband? An investigative reporter is dying to find out. Jerry Mitchell, central to reopening long-unsolved murders from the civil rights era, drove to Florida and conducted socially distant interviews to solve one of the biggest mysteries on "Tiger King": What happened to Don Lewis?

Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, is featured in the docu-series

A break from the news

PSA: Mother's Day is coming! Here are 15 gifts (on sale!) that will arrive in time. Grocery shopping isn't what it used to be. Here are 7 ways to make your groceries last longer.Watch this adorable video of flamingos at the Denver Zoo strolling around the deserted park.

Employee of the day

Now that many of us are working from home, you may have found yourself with a purr-fect new colleague: YOUR PETS! Email me your pet pics at

Not all employees are good employees. Case in point: Short List reader Mary Alice Schulte's cat Oliver was recently caught sleeping on the job. The 14-year-old cat even once escaped from his carrier on an airplane and wandered into first class. Thankfully, he makes up for his indiscretions by being adorable.

Cat got your ... puzzle piece? 😺

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