HEALTH: All eyes are on the Wuhan coronavirus. Reminder: since appearing in December, the virus has infected tens of thousands of people. But lately, there have been reports that the amount of coronavirus cases were leveling off. Scratch that, because yesterday, China announced a single-day spike of more than 14,000 new coronavirus cases and 242 deaths. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 60,000. Now, the World Health Organization is warning that the Wuhan coronavirus could “create havoc” if it reaches a country with an underdeveloped medical system. In other news, recently, Massachusetts sued Juul over claims the vape biz bought ads on Cartoon Network and other youth sites to market to teens. Not cuul.
PEOPLE: ICYMI, last week, Iowa headed to the polls in the first caucus of the Dem primaries. It was chaos. See: tech failures led to results that were delayed by days and still had apparent inconsistencies. Now, it looks like the Iowa Democratic Party chairman is resigning. Speaking of which, Michael Bloomberg is under fire after this 2015 clip emerged showing him defending police tactics that specifically target minorities. Cough, “stop-and-frisk,” cough. This comes after Bloomberg, who’s running for the Dem presidential nomination, snagged third place in some national polls. Meanwhile, Pope Francis is shaking his head to a proposal that would allow married priests.
ENVIRONMENT: Recently, an iceberg nearly the size of Atlanta broke off Pine Island Glacier at the edge of Antarctica. Very very very bad, since rising sea levels - which could flood coastal cities across the globe - are counted as one of the greatest threats of climate change. Now, scientists are saying that it’s clear Pine Island Glacier and the region around it - which hold enough water to raise global sea levels by 4 feet - is “responding to climate change dramatically.” In other news, a new study found that roughly half of the deaths related to poor air quality in the US took place in states where the pollution didn’t originate. In English: people are dying from poor air quality...from other states.