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Coronavirus is isolating children. How to help them thrive.

Coronavirus is isolating children. How to help them thrive.

May 14, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

For some kids, the loss of school routine, interaction with friends, teachers and relatives compounds the stress of quarantine. Social interaction is the primary way that children learn.

Why a coronavirus vaccine takes so long, and some possible shortcuts

Why a coronavirus vaccine takes so long, and some possible shortcuts

May 7, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

Labs across the globe are racing to develop a vaccine, with unlimited funding from governments and philanthropy. Still, human testing takes time and precision, making a one-year prediction optimistic at best. 

Headache? Sore throat? Pay attention to these new coronavirus symptoms

Headache? Sore throat? Pay attention to these new coronavirus symptoms

May 1, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

The CDC added six additional symptoms, including headaches and sore throats, as possible signs of COVID-19 spread. Knowing these new symptoms will help you make better decisions on when to remain isolated. 

Gov. Whitmer urged coronavirus tests for all key workers. Don’t bank on it

Gov. Whitmer urged coronavirus tests for all key workers. Don’t bank on it

April 28, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Brie Zeltner

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week that all of Michigan’s essential workers should get tested, even those without symptoms. That’s easier said than done, as many hospitals and test sites say they still lack capacity to test workers with no symptoms.

Coronavirus cases rising again in Michigan. That may not be bad news.

Coronavirus cases rising again in Michigan. That may not be bad news.

April 24, 2020 | Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson, Brie Zeltner

For much of April, coronavirus cases dropped consistently in Michigan. They are jumping upward again in the past few days as cases spread outstate. But experts also attribute the rise to more testing.

Why Michigan hospitals are laying off workers as they battle coronavirus

Why Michigan hospitals are laying off workers as they battle coronavirus

April 22, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

Hospitals are overwhelmed by a flood of COVID-19 patients. But in the U.S. health care system, that’s not where hospitals make their profits.

Michigan needs big boost in coronavirus testing to reopen economy

Michigan needs big boost in coronavirus testing to reopen economy

April 21, 2020 | Brie Zeltner , Robin Erb

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is under enormous pressure to loosen an economic lockdown by May 1. But by any national standard, the state must significantly improve COVID-19 testing to safely reopen for business.

The promise, and limits, of coronavirus antibody tests to reopen Michigan

The promise, and limits, of coronavirus antibody tests to reopen Michigan

April 18, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other governors are relying on serological testing to help inform when they can safely lift or loosen state  stay-at-home orders. Bridge explains what researchers still don’t know.  

Trump’s coronavirus ‘miracle drug’ has believers. Here's what you should know.

Trump’s coronavirus ‘miracle drug’ has believers. Here's what you should know.

April 10, 2020 | Brie Zeltner

A Michigan lawmaker from Detroit credits the president for urging patients to consider hydroxychloroquine and other experimental treatments for COVID-19. As the virus spreads death and anxiety, here’s what we know and don’t know about the risks.