COVID19 update, May 28, 2020: ACE inhibitors beneficial; asymptomatic infection rate as high as 80%; NYT on California economy in freefall

Spin, strangeness, and charm

(1) The lead story of Chemical and Engineering News, the house organ of the American Chemical Society, is about rethinking the role of ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, a commonly used family of blood pressure drugs).

https://cendigitalmagazine.acs.org/2020/05/22/rethinking-the-role-of-blood-pressure-drugs-in-covid-19/content.html

“Once thought to boost levels of ACE2 , the novel coronavirus’s doorway into human cells, these widely used medicines are now contenders to treat the respiratory disease”

(2) Meanwhile,  the Daily Telegraph has a popular write-up of an intriguing paper that just appeared in Thorax, a daughter journal of the British Medical Journal. It suggests the asymptomatic infection rate may be much higher than the 35% in the revised CDC figures

http://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215091

ABSTRACT: We describe what we believe is the first instance of complete COVID-19 testing of all passengers and crew on an isolated cruise ship during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 217 passengers and crew on board, 128 tested…

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