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Trump’s Dangerous Messaging About a Possible Coronavirus Treatment

The malaria drug chloroquine was developed from quinine, an alkaloid found in the bark of the cinchona tree, which grows in the tropical highlands of South America. The Incas passed the bark cure to Jesuit priests, who transported it to Europe in the mid-sixteen-hundreds. The National Institutes of Health calls quinine “the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century,” but its side effects—diarrhea, vomiting, partial deafness and blindness—could be devastating. A less toxic derivative of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, was developed in the nineteen-forties. Doctors and pharmacists call it HCQ. Against malaria, the drugs, which are taken as pills, essentially defend ... Read more

Best Practices for Instant Messaging at Work

Executive Summary The benefits of instant messaging tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom have become quickly obvious. There’s just one problem: We’re still figuring out how to properly, and professionally, communicate via IM. Organizations should begin to adopt best practices, such as carefully choosing which systems to use, ideally ones already favored by employees; setting ground rules around personal messages; respecting work-life balance by creating norms around appropriate response times; and encouraging face-to-face communication as well. chestnutphoto/Getty Images “I’ll Slack you.” In workplaces around the world, the name of the popular online messaging system has become a verb, just ... Read more

Coronavirus puts health officials on messaging tightrope

At Irvine Valley College, which has many international students, acting President Cindy Vyskocil has been walking a careful line regarding the new coronavirus. Responding to social media rumors about the college, she was in frequent contact with health officials and for a time gave twice-daily updates to the campus community.  With no known exposure at the college, “I kept coming back to, ‘Irvine is a safe campus and we are open for classes … but also wanting everyone to take precautions,’ ” she says.  It’s a widely shared challenge in what some scientists say could become the first pandemic in ... Read more