The Daily Dose: Whistleblower doctor dies in China

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One of the eight whistleblowers who first alerted people to the 2019-nCoV coronavirus only to be subsequently arrested and muzzled has died. According to Caixin Global, “Li Wenliang, one of the whistleblowers on China’s novel coronavirus now known as 2019-nCoV, died at 2:58 a.m. Friday in the Central Hospital of Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, the hospital said early Friday.”

Mr. Li’s passing did not happen smoothly as newspapers and officials pronounced him dead when his heart stopped at 9:28PM, only to unannounce his death soon after. More from Caixin, the hospital “ treatments included a procedure known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which circulates blood through an artificial lung back into the bloodstream, starting around 9 p.m. Thursday.” The decision to keep the doctor in an odd state of life-death has prompted deep mourning and anger from many people in China, according to other reports.

With all the unsettling news filling the headlines compliments of this year’s new coronavirus, it’s easy to lose sight of the amazing things scientists can achieve under the pressure deadly outbreaks creates. A STAT News article tells the story about how scientists on three different continents developed the world’s first Ebola vaccine. Nobody thought it would be possible so quickly but they succeeded. Keep that in mind, these days.

Records are meant to be broken, right? Well that’s just what happened when NASA’s Christine Koch returned to Earth earlier today. She had spent 328 days aboard the ISS, making her the new record holder for longest-ever single spaceflight by a woman. Her trip lasted 39 days longer than that of the previous record holder, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson.


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