CNN 21 May 2020

Biologist explains how to safely celebrate Memorial Day


University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Biology Professor Erin Bromage shares tips on how to safely celebrate this Memorial Day weekend to reduce coronavirus spread.

Dr. Bob Lahita joined CBSN to talk about how people can safely enjoy the holiday weekend while maintaining social distancing, and he also explains the newly released results from the first human trial of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
How to safely transport COVID-19 samples for testing. This small business in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with early-stage research and development funding from the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research program, has developed durable thermal insulation materials with precise temperature control to keep specimens safe for transport. Initially created for donor, transfusion, and biologics delivery, servicing pharmaceutical companies, blood centers, and hospitals across the country, MaxQ, and their smart packages are now on the COVID-19 front lines. Their reusable, smart packages are self-sensing, and self-learning as they continually monitor the temperature inside the box, ensuring that blood, plasma, and swab samples stay viable for testing. The system can warn the courier and lab when a sample inside the package is about to expire and is equipped with GPS tracking. Smart Packages can be transported by ambulance, helicopter, and even drone. Helping in the fight against COVID-19, small companies can make a big impact.
The last Monday of May marks Memorial Day in the U.S. It's a day to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. military and with most states easing COVID-19 restrictions, many Americans could celebrate.
President Trump is at odds with some governors across the country over how to obtain enough coronavirus testing supplies and safely get the country running again. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joined CBSN's Tanya Rivero for a closer look at the White House response.

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