Morning Brief: Senate approves $2 trillion stimulus; Hospitals brace for worst; Regulators divided over at-home tests

Never be afraid of the news, because it surrounds us every day and an informed populace is the only way to make better decisions on how to move forward

Here’s what is happening today…

U.S. Senate agreed on a $2 trillion stimulus deal: If it passes a final vote in the House of Representatives on Friday, it would provide $350 billion for small-business loans, $250 billion for unemployment aid, and at least $100 billion for hospitals. Stocks rallied at the prospect. But is this monetary aid going to be enough?

Canada passed a relief deal worth C$107 billion ($75 billion): The package will ensure C$2,000 a month for people who have lost their jobs, not been paid, or are quarantined/helping the sick.

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One New York hospital saw 13 COVID-19 deaths in a single day: A doctor at Elmhurst Hospital Center, a public hospital in Queens, called the situation “apocalyptic.” Protective equipment for staff and beds for sick patients are in short supply across New York, the worst-hit area of the U.S. so far.

UN asking for $2 billion to help conflict zones tackle the pandemic: During the past week, Syria, Libya, and Gaza all reported their first COVID-19 cases. The United Nations makes it clear that if the disease is not controlled in these places, it will affect all of us.

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Missing FBI agent is now presumed dead: Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran 13 years ago while on an unauthorized CIA trip to gather intelligence on the nuclear program. On Wednesday, Levinson’s family said it had seen evidence from the U.S. State Department suggesting he had died a while back.

Scientists working on an immunity test: Finding out who’s had the coronavirus and is no longer susceptible will help answer big public health questions, and information from the “serologic” tests could help with treatment and even a vaccine.

Global regulators are divided over at-home tests: Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. have suggested that at-home tests carry the risk of inaccurate results—they have offered shifting guidance on what level of autonomy in testing is appropriate.

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U.S. lacks supplies: Every stage of the testing process demands a new set of highly-specialized items—each of which adds a potential bottleneck incapacity.

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