COVID-19 Continues to Spread at Cook County Jail ; Tarantula Venom Protein Could Provide Pain Relief ; and More Picks 4/16

Why Are So Many People Dying of COVID-19 in New York City? (Russ)

From Live Science: “‘New York had multiple, multiple, multiple introductions from Europe and also had the misfortune to have a superspreader at the beginning,’ said [George Rutherford, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco].”

Spike in Home Deaths Could Mean Reported COVID-19 Deaths Are Just ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ (Dana)

The authors write, “In recent weeks, residents outside Boston have died at home much more often than usual. In Detroit, authorities are responding to nearly four times the number of reports of dead bodies. And in New York, city officials are recording more than 200 home deaths per day — a nearly sixfold increase from recent years. … The official COVID-19 death count may, at least for now, be missing fatalities that are occurring outside of hospitals, data and interviews show.”

Court Order Hasn’t Stopped COVID-19 Spread at Cook County Jail (Chris)

The authors write, “Despite the Cook County Jail claiming to have executed a laundry list of sanitation and testing requirements set by a federal judge, attorneys for some prisoners say dangerous violations continue and they are renewing their request for tougher action and a preliminary injunction. … Documents filed late yesterday in Chicago federal court … frame Cook County Jail as ‘currently the site of the largest single-site outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.’”

What Happens If a Presidential Nominee Can No Longer Run for Office? (DonkeyHotey)

From FiveThirtyEight: “Trump and Biden are both in their 70s (Trump turns 74 in June, and Biden is 77), making them the oldest major-party nominees in American history. And on top of the reality that the elderly simply have a greater chance of dying, COVID-19 is particularly dangerous for those 65 and over. So if there were ever an election cycle to worry about this morbid hypothetical, it’s this one.”

Tarantula Venom Protein May Hold Promise as Alternative to Opioid Pain Killers (Mili)

The author writes, “Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain relief. Institute for Molecular Bioscence researchers have designed a new tarantula venom mini-protein that can potentially relieve severe pain without addiction.”