Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Chris Britt)

In other news, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide crossed 3 million today and nearly 1 million of them can be found in the United States. We'll probably cross 1 million within a day or two.

Meanwhile, World Health Organization says there's no evidence that people who recover from the virus are actually immune to being infected again so reopening economies based on immunity isn't a sure bet.

Finally, a preliminary study conducted by Italian researchers found that the virus can be carried over long distances in particles of air pollution.

"Particulate matter" are tiny grains of pollution that can be dangerous to human health because they can get deep into our lungs. Those particles, often far smaller than the width of a human hair, are produced by car tailpipes, power plant smokestacks and burning materials.

Air samples were collected at two sites in Bergamo province in northern Italy's Lombardy region, the area of the country hit hardest by the pandemic, said. Testing found a gene highly specific to COVID-19 in multiple samples from the province, one of the most polluted in Italy. [...]

Outside experts not involved in the new study say their findings are plausible and should undergo further investigation.

I laughed at that cartoon for a good 30 minutes because I kept seeing new things.