Coronavirus Insanity: High Prices Are Coming for a Treatment, People Are Willing to Work with Symptoms and More

Here’s a fresh round-up of coronavirus insanity.


1.  The coronavirus treatment drug Remdesivir by Gilead Sciences is going to cost $3,120 for people with health insurance.  Gilead will make all the profit on the drug even though it was developed with at least $70 million in taxpayer money.


2.  One in 14 people say they’d still go in to work even if they had clear coronavirus symptoms, according to a new survey.  The main reasons:  They’d feel guilty having someone else do their work, they feel like they have too much to do to miss a day, and they want to be seen as a hard worker.


3.  People are finally allowed to kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland again.  The kissing tradition had been shut down since March 13th because of the pandemic.


4.  Pediatricians in the U.S. have put out a statement that’s strongly in favor of getting kids back in schools this fall.  It cites, “mounting evidence” that kids are less likely to catch or transmit coronavirus, and says, “schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and wellbeing.”


5.  With public bathrooms closed across most of Scotland, lots of people have been pooping outside of Queen Elizabeth’s vacation home there as they hike past it.


6.  Hugo’s Tacos in Los Angeles has closed both of its shops after people have screamed, cursed, and thrown drinks at employees who asked them to put on masks.


7.  The main emotions people feel when they’re shopping now are “nervousness” and “stress,” according to a new survey.  And 64% try to touch as few things as possible while they’re shopping.


8.  A politician in Brazil was caught on a video conference sniffing a pair of women’s underwear when he thought the camera was off.


9.  Here are the updated stats on CONFIRMED coronavirus cases as of last night . . .


New daily cases in the U.S.:  44,450 new cases, with 337 new deaths.


Total cases in the U.S.:  2.68 million cases, with more than 128,700 deaths, and more than 1.1 million who’ve now recovered.


Total cases worldwide:  10.4 million, with more than 508,000 deaths, and more than 5.6 million people who’ve beaten the virus globally.