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May 29, 2020:

Today’s #COVID19 Milestones

U.S. cases jumped from 1,768,461 yesterday to 1,793,530

U.S. deaths exceed 104,000

World total of Covid-19 cases exceed 6 Million today

  • 25,069 New U.S. cases today
  • 29,526 New Brazil cases today
  • 8,572 New Russia cases today
  • 8,105 New India cases today
  • 3,227 Mexico cases today
  • 2,947 New cases in California today
  • 1,212 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 6 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 366k today with 4,788 new cases
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.793 million today
  • Over 22k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 6,031,023
  • Daily new cases: 125,608 – a new record
  • Global deaths: 366,812
  • Global recovered: 2,651,077
  • Mortality rate: 6.08%
  • Recovery rate: 43.6896

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,793,530
  • U.S. new cases today: 25,069
  • U.S. deaths: 104,542
  • U.S. recovered: 519,569
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,212

 

  • Texas cases: 62,126 with 1,336 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,654
  • Dallas County cases: 9,787
  • Dallas County deaths: 223

 


Today’s Headlines

Hundreds of South Korea schools close again after reopening

More than 500 schools closed again Friday to students after briefly reopening, as South Korea moves to stamp out a resurgence of the coronavirus in the capital, Seoul, and its surrounding metropolitan area.

Parks, art galleries, museums and theaters operated by the government in the Seoul metropolitan area — home to about half the country’s population of nearly 52 million — have also been closed to the public for the next two weeks.

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Some Good News for the U.S.: Daily New Cases Decline

OBLIVIOTSOverall number of new confirmed #COVID19 cases per day has been decreasing over time.

Worldwide we just had our biggest new case per day number yesterday of 115,855.

Much of the increase goes to Brazil, Russia, India, Bangladesh and Europe. The UK added over 4,000 new cases yesterday. The U.S., however, added 22,658 new cases. While this is not a record low, it is down considerably from the high of over 44,000 on April 24th. The largest contributors to new cases in the U.S. are currently New York, California, Illinois, Texas, Maryland and Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 28, 2020:

Today’s #COVID19 Milestones

U.S. cases jumped from 1,745,803 yesterday to 1,768,461

U.S. deaths exceed 103,000

World total of Covid-19 cases exceed 5.9 Million today

  • 22,658 New U.S. cases today
  • 24,151 New Brazil cases today
  • 8,371 New Russia cases today
  • 7,300 New India cases today
  • 3,377 Mexico cases today
  • 2,242 New cases in California today
  • 1,223 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5.9 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 362k today with 4,592 new cases
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.768 million today
  • Over 22k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,905,415
  • Daily new cases: 115,855
  • Global deaths: 362,024
  • Global recovered: 2,579,691
  • Mortality rate: 6.13%
  • Recovery rate: 43.68%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,768,461
  • U.S. new cases today: 22,658
  • U.S. deaths: 103,330
  • U.S. recovered: 498,725
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,223

 

  • Texas cases: 60,790 with 1,669 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,623
  • Dallas County cases: 9,587
  • Dallas County deaths: 222

 


Today’s Headlines

George Strait Has a Word for Texans on Covid-19

The King of Country, George Strait, has teamed up with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office to release a new public service announcement on COVID-19 hygiene titled “Write This Down, Take A Little Note.”

In the PSA, Strait encourages all Texans to practice good hygiene, wear a face mask, and stay six feet apart from others in public.

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Protest States Operation Gridlock Impact on Case Growth

OBLIVIOTS — As we cross over to 5.8 million #Covid19 cases globally, I thought I would do a quick analysis of the impact “operation gridlock” had on case increases.

If you track it daily, you can definitely see a steady increase. What you don’t see statistically is any massive spike. That’s because the numbers do not indicate any high percentage of increase in any one day or narrow date range followed by a subsequent decline. It’s a steady increase for the most part.

If you look at the states with the lower numbers overall, there is some flattening taking place.

 

 

 

 

 

Top 15 Countries Testing Numbers Compared

Obliviots — May 25, 2020:

When anyone in our government tells you what a great job we are doing of testing for this hideous disease, I want you to look at this chart.

This compares the top 15 countries in terms of total cases, population, total tests and…
TESTS PER MILLION.
Russia does a much better job than we do. So do all the other top 6 countries except India.

This morning we topped 5.5 million global cases. The U.S. is poised to exceed 100,000 fatalities today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 27, 2020:

Today’s #COVID19 Milestones

U.S. cases jumped from 1,725,275 yesterday to 1,745,803

U.S. deaths exceed 102,000 today

World total of Covid-19 cases exceed 5.7 Million today

  • 20,528 New U.S. cases today
  • 20,154 New Brazil cases today
  • 8,338 New Russia cases today
  • 7,293 New India cases today
  • 3,463 Mexico cases today
  • 1,779 New cases in California today
  • 1,535 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5.78 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 357k today with 5,207 new cases
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.745 million today
  • Over 20k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,789,560
  • Daily new cases: 104,765
  • Global deaths: 357,432
  • Global recovered: 2,490,431
  • Mortality rate: 6.17%
  • Recovery rate: 43.02%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,745,803
  • U.S. new cases today: 20,528
  • U.S. deaths: 102,107
  • U.S. recovered: 490,130
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 767

 

  • Texas cases: 59,121 with 1,377 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,602
  • Dallas County cases: 9,385
  • Dallas County deaths: 221

 



May 26, 2020:

Today’s #COVID19 Milestones

U.S. cases jumped from 1,706,226 yesterday to 1,725,275

U.S. deaths exceed 100,000 today

World total of Covid-19 cases exceed 5.6 Million today

  • 19,049 New U.S. cases today
  • 17,838 New Brazil cases today
  • 8,915 New Russia cases today
  • 5,843 New India cases today
  • 3,455 Mexico cases today
  • 2,908 New cases in California today
  • 767 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5.68 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 352k today with 4,352 new cases
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.725 million today
  • Over 19k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,684,795
  • Daily new cases: 89,779
  • Global deaths: 352,225
  • Global recovered: 2,430,593
  • Mortality rate: 6.20%
  • Recovery rate: 42.76%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,725,275
  • U.S. new cases today: 19,049
  • U.S. deaths: 100,572
  • U.S. recovered: 479,969
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 767

 

  • Texas cases: 57,744 with 1,051 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,563
  • Dallas County cases: 9,188
  • Dallas County deaths: 213

 


Today’s Headlines

Fired scientist defends her COVID-19 data role, portrays Florida Dept. of Health as corrupt

Speaking publicly for the first time in an interview with CNN, a public statement posted on her blog and emails to FLORIDA TODAY, fired Florida Department of Health scientist Rebekah Jones defended herself on Friday night and laid bare allegations of corrupt interference in the state’s COVID-19 data by top officials.

While she specifically makes no implication that Governor Ron DeSantis was involved in efforts to massage or hide information on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, she paints a picture of senior FDOH officials overly eager to appease the governor and his plans to reopen the state.

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More Chick-fil-A workers test positive for COVID-19 at 2 closed stores in Texas city

Fifteen workers from two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Beaumont, Texas, have tested positive for coronavirus, according to media reports.

The Chick-fil-A on College Street is now “closed for planned maintenance,” according to the restaurant’s website, while the Dowlen Road restaurant is “temporarily closed.” Beaumont is in Southeast Texas, around 85 miles east of Houston.

The restaurants closed when four employees tested positive for the virus, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick told KFDM. More than 100 employees were then tested and had to be quarantined, KFDM reported.

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May 25, 2020:

Today’s #COVID19 Milestones

U.S. cases jumped from 1,686,436 yesterday to 1,706,226

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 5.5 Million today

  • 19,790 New U.S. cases today
  • 13,051 New Brazil cases today
  • 8,946 New Russia cases today
  • 6,414 New India cases today
  • 2,485 Mexico cases today
  • 2,382 New cases in California today
  • 505 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5.5 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 347k today with 1,439 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.706 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 99k today
  • Over 19k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,588,356
  • Daily new cases: 89,779
  • Global deaths: 347,873
  • Global recovered: 2,365,719
  • Mortality rate: 6.22%
  • Recovery rate: 42.33%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,706,226
  • U.S. new cases today: 19,790
  • U.S. deaths: 99,805
  • U.S. recovered: 464,670
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 505

 

  • Texas cases: 56,693 with 527 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,542
  • Dallas County cases: 8,998
  • Dallas County deaths: 211

 


Today’s Headlines

WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial as COVID-19 treatment

The World Health Organization said Monday it had temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure.

The decision came after publication last week of a study in The Lancet which indicated that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their chances of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.

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No Social Distancing, no Masks: US crowds ignore warnings

(CNN) At a glance, it may look like many Americans have forgotten about the dangers of coronavirus.

Crowds packed beaches in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana over the Memorial Day weekend — many venturing out without masks and others failing to keep their distance even as officials highlighted the continued importance of both in order to prevent another surge of infections.
It wasn’t just the beaches. Pictures posted on social media showed mostly unmasked people crowded together at ACE Speedway in Altamahaw, North Carolina, on Saturday.
“We’re tired of being stuck in the house. I’m not afraid of this virus one bit,” spectator Becky Woosley told CNN affiliate WGHP.

 

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Florida and Georgia facing scrutiny for their Covid-19 data reporting

(CNN) Florida and Georgia, two states that were among the first to announce the reopening of businesses and public spaces, have come under scrutiny for the accuracy and transparency of their reporting on Covid-19 cases.

In Florida, Rebekah Jones, the official behind the state’s “dashboard,” a web page showing the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths, said she was removed from the project and questioned the state’s commitment to accessibility and transparency, according to Florida Today.
And in Georgia, data tracking Covid-19 cases has come under question after a misleading chart was posted on the Department of Public Health’s website with the dates out of order, suggesting cases were declining over time, according to an article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The graph below illustrates total reported cases between April 1, 2020 and yesterday. Not there is zero sign of decline, even though both states stand accused of intentionally under-reporting the data.

Texas and Dallas County Progress Charts

Obliviots — Data graphs from our spreadsheet analyzing the trend in Dallas County and Texas overall since April 25th.

Looking at the following two graphs, the top graph is for Texas. After an all-time high spike of 1,943 new cases in one day, Texas has been on a 3 day steady decline in new cases. Only 681 new cases were reported yesterday.

Dallas County is not yet seeing a solid declining trend. The second graph illustrates total cases against daily new cases and total fatalities in the top panel. The bottom panel graphs total deaths against daily new cases, which is easier to evaluate. From May 12th, when we had 253 new cases, you can see an overall decline to yesterday’s reported 178. However, this is not the ruler-straight decrease we would like to see. There is a relatively even decline, interrupted by 3 significant spikes on May 18th, 19th and 22nd. For a true steady decline, the numbers would steadily decrease every day. We are currently looking at a 3 day uninterrupted decline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 15 Countries Testing Numbers Compared

Obliviots — May 25, 2020:

When anyone in our government tells you what a great job we are doing of testing for this hideous disease, I want you to look at this chart.

This compares the top 15 countries in terms of total cases, population, total tests and…
TESTS PER MILLION.
Russia does a much better job than we do. So do all the other top 6 countries except India.

This morning we topped 5.5 million global cases. The U.S. is poised to exceed 100,000 fatalities today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDC now says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ on surfaces

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says the coronavirus “does not spread easily” through touching surfaces or objects.

In early March, the federal health agency was warning that it “may be possible” to pass on the virus from contaminated surfaces, according to Fox News.

Its guidelines now include a section on ways the virus doesn’t easily spread — including from touching surfaces or objects.

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Brazil and Russia Trending at #2 and #3 positions for case numbers

For some time now, Russia has been trending at 8,000 to 11,000+ new cases per day and steadily working its way up the chart until On April 16, they replaced Spain as the #2 country for the most cases. The U.S. will most likely always be #1 with 5 times the cases of Russia as of yesterday’s numbers.

Brazil and Russia have been playing a game of leapfrog (more like Russian Roulette), swapping the #2 and #3 positions throughout the day as new cases are reported.

Total cases per country:

  1. U.S. : 1,645,094
  2. Brazil: 332,382
  3. Russia: 326,448

Looking at the graph below, which covers a comparison of cases in Brazil and Russia from April 1,2020 through yesterday (May22, 2020), you can see how Russia is seeing a decrease in daily cases while Brazil is escalating. Refer to the live spreadsheet above for the full tracking data.

The second graph charts the mortality numbers from April 17, 2020 to date. With nearly identical total case numbers, you will notice a dramatic disparity between the total fatalities in these two countries. Russia is only reporting 3,249 deaths, while Brazil reports over 21,000. Why do you suppose this is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 24, 2020:

Today’s Milestones

 

U.S. cases jumped from 1,666,828 yesterday to 1,686,436

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 5.4 Million yesterday

  • 19,608 New U.S. cases today
  • 14,505 New Brazil cases today
  • 8,599 New Russia cases today
  • 7,113 New India cases today
  • 2,764 Mexico cases today
  • 2,508 New cases in Illinois today
  • 617 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5.4 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 346k today with 2,713 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.686 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 99k today
  • Over 19k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,498,577
  • Daily new cases: 94,598
  • Global deaths: 346,688
  • Global recovered: 2,302,004
  • Mortality rate: 6.31%
  • Recovery rate: 41.87%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,686,436
  • U.S. new cases today: 19,608
  • U.S. deaths: 99,300
  • U.S. recovered: 431,702
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 617

 

  • Texas cases: 56,166 with 681 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,535
  • Dallas County cases: 8,827
  • Dallas County deaths: 211

May 23, 2020:

Today’s Milestones

 

U.S. cases jumped from 1,645,094 yesterday to 1,666,828

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 5.4 Million today

  • 21,734 New U.S. cases today
  • 16,731 New Brazil cases today and now in 2nd place
  • 9,434 New Russia cases today now in 3rd place
  • 6,629 New India cases today
  • 3,329 Mexico cases today
  • 2,352 New cases in Illinois today
  • 1,036 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5.4 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 343k today with 3,983 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.666 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 98k today
  • Over 21k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,403,979
  • Daily new cases: 100,264
  • Global deaths: 343,975
  • Global recovered: 2,247,230
  • Mortality rate: 6.37%
  • Recovery rate: 41.58%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,666,828
  • U.S. new cases today: 21,734
  • U.S. deaths: 98,683
  • U.S. recovered: 446,914
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,036

 

  • Texas cases: 55,485 with 869 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,503
  • Dallas County cases: 8,649
  • Dallas County deaths: 210

 


Today’s Headlines

Brazil and Russia Trending at #2 and #3 positions for case numbers

For some time now, Russia has been trending at 8,000 to 11,000+ new cases per day and steadily working its way up the chart until On April 16, they replaced Spain as the #2 country for the most cases. The U.S. will most likely always be #1 with 5 times the cases of Russia as of yesterday’s numbers.

Brazil and Russia have been playing a game of leapfrog (more like Russian Roulette), swapping the #2 and #3 positions throughout the day as new cases are reported.

Total cases per country:

  1. U.S. : 1,645,094
  2. Brazil: 332,382
  3. Russia: 326,448

Looking at the graph below, which covers a comparison of cases in Brazil and Russia from April 1,2020 through yesterday (May22, 2020), you can see how Russia is seeing a decrease in daily cases while Brazil is escalating. Refer to the live spreadsheet above for the full tracking data.

The second graph charts the mortality numbers from April 17, 2020 to date. With nearly identical total case numbers, you will notice a dramatic disparity between the total fatalities in these two countries. Russia is only reporting 3,249 deaths, while Brazil reports over 21,000. Why do you suppose this is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 22, 2020:

Today’s Milestones

 

U.S. cases jumped from 1,620,902 today to 1,645,094

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 5.3 Million today

  • 24,192 New U.S. cases today
  • 21,461 New Brazil cases today – now in 2nd place
  • 8,894 New Russia cases today – now in 3rd place
  • 6,568 New India cases today
  • 2,960 Mexico cases today
  • 2,387 New cases in California today
  • 1,293 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5.3 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 339k today with 5,371 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.645 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 97k today
  • Over 24k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,303,715
  • Daily new cases: 109,505
  • Global deaths: 339,992
  • Global recovered: 2,158,514
  • Mortality rate: 6.41%
  • Recovery rate: 40.70%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,645,094
  • U.S. new cases today: 24,192
  • U.S. deaths: 97,647
  • U.S. recovered: 403,201
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,293

 

  • Texas cases: 54,616 with 1,109 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,503
  • Dallas County cases: 8,477
  • Dallas County deaths: 207

May 21, 2020:

Today’s Milestones

 

U.S. cases jumped from 1,591,991 yesterday to 1,620,902

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 5.1 Million today

  • 29,911 New U.S. cases today
  • 8,849 New Russia cases today
  • 17,564 New Brazil cases today
  • 6,198 New India cases today
  • 2,973 Mexico cases today
  • 2,316 New cases in California today
  • 1,360 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5.1 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 334k today with 4,890 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.6 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 96k today
  • Over 28k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,194,210
  • Daily new cases: 108,706
  • Global deaths: 334,621
  • Global recovered: 2,061,504
  • Mortality rate: 6.44%
  • Recovery rate: 40.07%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,620,902
  • U.S. new cases today: 26,911
  • U.S. deaths: 96,354
  • U.S. recovered: 382,169
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,360

 

  • Texas cases: 53,507 with 1,943 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,486
  • Dallas County cases: 8,273
  • Dallas County deaths: 203

 


Today’s Headlines

Sweden is still nowhere near ‘herd immunity,’ even though it didn’t go into lockdown

(CNN) Sweden has revealed that despite adopting more relaxed measures to control coronavirus, only 7.3% of people in Stockholm had developed the antibodies needed to fight the disease by late April.

The figure, which Sweden’s Public Health Authority confirmed to CNN, is roughly similar to other countries that have data and well below the 70-90% needed to create “herd immunity” in a population.
It comes after the country adopted a very different strategy to stop the spread of coronavirus to other countries by only imposing very light restrictions on daily life.

CDC quietly releases detailed guidelines for reopening America

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has quietly released detailed guidance for reopening schools, mass transit and nonessential businesses that had been shut down in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

The 60-page document, dated only as May and posted on the website without a formal announcement, comes after some states announced they would lift stay-at-home orders and begin reopening parts of their economies. The CDC has remained largely quiet on the pandemic. Agency officials haven’t held a coronavirus-related briefing in more than two months.

 

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May 20, 2020:

Today’s Milestones

 

U.S. cases jumped from 1,570,583 yesterday to 1,591,991

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 5 Million today

  • 21,408 New U.S. cases today
  • 8,764 New Russia cases today
  • 21,472 New Brazil cases today
  • 5,553 New India cases today
  • 2,248 Mexico cases today
  • 2,388 New cases in Illinois today
  • 1,461 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 5 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 329k today with 4,820 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.59 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 94k today
  • Over 21k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 5,085,504
  • Daily new cases: 99,109
  • Global deaths: 329,731
  • Global recovered: 2,021,666
  • Mortality rate: 6.48%
  • Recovery rate: 39.75%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,591,991
  • U.S. new cases today: 21,408
  • U.S. deaths: 94,994
  • U.S. recovered: 370,076
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,461

 

  • Texas cases: 51,564 with 892 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,402
  • Dallas County cases: 8,090
  • Dallas County deaths: 196

May 19, 2020:

Today’s Milestones

U.S. cases jumped from 1,550,294 yesterday to 1,570,583

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.9 Million yesterday

  • 20,289 New U.S. cases today
  • 8,263 New Russia cases today
  • 16,517 New Brazil cases today
  • 6,147 New India cases today
  • 2,713 Mexico cases today
  • 2,093 New cases in California today
  • 1,552 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 4.9 million Global cases yesterday
  • Global Deaths topped 324k today with 4,774 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.570 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 93k today
  • Over 20k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 4,986,395
  • Daily new cases: 94,976
  • Global deaths: 324,911
  • Global recovered: 1,958,496
  • Mortality rate: 6.52%
  • Recovery rate: 39.28%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,570,583
  • U.S. new cases today: 20,289
  • U.S. deaths: 93,533
  • U.S. recovered: 361,180
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,552

 

  • Texas cases: 50,672 with 988 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,402
  • Dallas County cases: 7,904
  • Dallas County deaths: 191

Today’s Headlines

US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests

Cellphone location data suggests that demonstrators at anti-lockdown protests – some of which have been connected with Covid-19 cases – are often traveling hundreds of miles to events, returning to all parts of their states, and even crossing into neighboring ones.

The data, provided to the Guardian by the progressive campaign group the Committee to Protect Medicare, raises the prospect that the protests will play a role in spreading the coronavirus epidemic to areas which have, so far, experienced relatively few infections.

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It’s not a hoax: Dallas nurses working inside Parkland hospital’s coronavirus ‘red box’ speak out

“It can be very discouraging to go in and do what we do every day and experience the reality of it and then to see or hear people say this is a hoax,” Rebecca said.

Liyu grimaced as she listed the incorrect statements she hears too often from people who say the pandemic is not real, the problem is overblown or that it only hits the elderly.

She’s lost patients as young as 20, and she is troubled by how many of the sickest are working-class folks who felt they couldn’t afford to take time off to fight the disease before it became worse.

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Three Weeks of Texas Cases Shows No Steady Decline

OBLIVIOTSAnalyzing the data for Texas since April 25th, we see NO steady decline in cases. This is also no steady increase (YET) and overall, the Texas mortality rate remains under 3% at 2.76%. This is roughly half the national average of 5.93%. Worldwide at this time, the mortality rate is 6.53%, so in that respect, Texas fares well. However…

With Texas opening up bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors and gyms (petri dishes on a GOOD day) , it would not be a big surprise to see a spike in new cases. When will we know? It is hard to say, as incubation time for SARS-CoV-2 is anywhere from a few days to 3 weeks. So look for a spike in the 2-3 week range, right?

Not so fast, Sparky… There can also be a full 2 week span between testing and delivery of results. We personally know someone right now who has been waiting over a week for test results. She is elderly with a host of complications and that diagnosis is critical.

And we wait…

So… It can be a full 5 weeks between the time we make a change in restrictions and when the quantifiable results appear.

A lot of people like to say things like “But how many people are being tested? Testing more means we will document more cases.”

While that is true, it is also irrelevant. We already HAD those cases, but had simply not added them to the data because our testing is so far behind the curve.

Here are today’s relevant statistics:

  • Texas population: 29.90 million
  • Texas cases: 49,684 with 1,007 new cases yesterday
  • Texas deaths: 1,360
  • Texas tests: 735,621
  • Texas recovered: 28,008

 

  • Dallas County Population: 2,622,799
  • Dallas County cases: 7,679
  • Dallas County deaths: 177
  • Dallas County Tests: 7,036 (as of May 15th)
  • Dallas recovered cases: No Data

If you want to analyze the 9 page report from DCHHS, knock yourself out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the most recent graph extracted from the historic page on the spreadsheet above. Let’s play a little game of “Spot the Declining Numbers Trend”.

And…

GO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTINGov. Greg Abbott continued Monday to reopen businesses that had closed to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. Phase 2, as he calls it, will allow tattoo parlors, bars and daycare centers to begin reopening.

But the dates vary by each industry. And while the new order applies to the entire state, Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall counties will be delayed by over one week because of ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in those areas. Here’s what you need to know.

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May 18, 2020:

Today’s Milestones

U.S. cases jumped from 1,527,664 yesterday to 1,550,294

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.8 Million yesterday

  • 22,630 New U.S. cases today
  • 8,926 New Russia cases today
  • 14,288 New Brazil cases today
  • 4,630 New India cases today
  • 2,419 Mexico cases today
  • 2,294 New cases in Illinois today
  • 1,003 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 4.8 million Global cases yesterday
  • Global Deaths topped 320k today with 3,466 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.550 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 91k today
  • Over 22k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 4,891,419
  • Daily new cases: 89,544
  • Global deaths: 320,137
  • Global recovered: 1,811,658
  • Mortality rate: 6.54%
  • Recovery rate: 39.00%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,550,294
  • U.S. new cases today: 22,630
  • U.S. deaths: 91,981
  • U.S. recovered: 356,383
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,003

 

  • Texas cases: 49,684 with 1,007 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,360
  • Dallas County cases: 7,679
  • Dallas County deaths: 177

Today’s Headlines

This Italian scientist has become a celebrity by fighting vaccine skeptics

In May 2016, Roberto Burioni, a virologist at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, was asked to appear on a popular TV talk show to face off against two opponents of vaccines—a former DJ, Red Ronnie, and an actress and TV personality, Eleonora Brigliadori. The host gave most of the air time to the Italian celebrities. Then, with just a few minutes left, he turned to Burioni.

Burioni realized he didn’t have time to make the usual arguments about statistics and scientific uncertainty, so he kept his message simple: “The Earth is round, gasoline is flammable, and vaccines are safe and effective,” he said. “All the rest are dangerous lies.”

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May 17, 2020:

Today’s Milestones

U.S. cases jumped from 1,507,773 yesterday to 1,527,664

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.8 Million today

  • 19,891 New U.S. cases today
  • 9,709 New Russia cases today
  • 7,569 New Brazil cases today
  • 5,050 New India cases today
  • 2,070 Mexico cases today
  • 1,580 New cases in California today
  • 865 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • Over 4.8 million Global cases today
  • Global Deaths topped 316k today with 3,455 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1.525 million today
  • U.S. deaths topped 90k today
  • Over 19k new U.S. cases today

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 4,801,875
  • Daily new cases: 91,721
  • Global deaths: 313,216
  • Global recovered: 1,811,658
  • Mortality rate: 6.64%
  • Recovery rate: 38.38%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,507,773
  • U.S. new cases today: 19,891
  • U.S. deaths: 90,978
  • U.S. recovered: 346,389
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 865

 

  • Texas cases: 48,677 with 1,055 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,360
  • Dallas County cases: 7,455
  • Dallas County deaths: 176

Today’s Headlines

9/11 saw much of our privacy swept aside. Coronavirus could end it altogether

London (CNN) Spit into a cup when you land in an airport, and your DNA is stored. Every phone in every city talks to every other nearby device, their exchanges floating somewhere in the ether. Cross-border travel is enabled only by governments sharing data about millions of private movements.

These are all possible visions of a future that the coronavirus pandemic has rushed on us — decades of change effected, sometimes it feels, in just weeks. But a lurch into an even more intense era of mass data-collection — the vast hoovering up of who went near whom and when, who is healthy to travel, and even scraps of personal DNA languishing in databases — appears to be on the verge of becoming the new reality.

Lack of immunity means China is vulnerable to another wave of coronavirus

(CNN) China still faces the “big challenge” of a potential second wave of Covid-19 infections, the country’s top respiratory authority has warned, with the lack of immunity among the community a serious concern as the race to develop a vaccine continues.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the Chinese government’s senior medical adviser and the public face of the country’s fight against Covid-19, also confirmed in an exclusive interview with CNN on Saturday that local authorities in Wuhan, the city where the novel coronavirus was first reported in December, had suppressed key details about the magnitude of the initial outbreak.

Virus Reaches Remote Russia

(CNN)Russia hit a grim Covid-19 milestone this week: According to Johns Hopkins University, the country now ranks second in the world for confirmed coronavirus cases.

The Russian capital has been hardest hit. Of Russia’s total of 281,752 confirmed cases, over half — 142,824 — are in Moscow, the country’s coronavirus headquarters said Sunday. But the virus is now spreading across Russia’s regions, an enormous landmass that covers 11 time zones and includes some of the country’s most remote and impoverished places.

 


May 16, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,484,285 yesterday to 1,507,773

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.7 Million today

  • 23,488 New U.S. cases today
  • 9,200 New Russia cases today
  • 13,220 New Brazil cases today
  • 4,864 New India cases today
  • 2,112 Mexico cases today
  • 2,088 New cases in Illinois today
  • 1,606 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,720,077 total Global today
  • Global Deaths topped 313,000 today with 4,571 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,507,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 90,000 today
  • 23,488 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,720,077
  • Daily new cases: 91,721
  • Global deaths: 313,216
  • Global recovered: 1,811,658
  • Mortality rate: 6.64%
  • Recovery rate: 38.38%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,507,773
  • U.S. new cases today: 23,488
  • U.S. deaths: 90,113
  • U.S. recovered: 339,232
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,606

 

  • Texas cases: 47,622 with 835 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,340
  • Dallas County cases: 7,250
  • Dallas County deaths: 170

Today’s Headlines

New Study Shows That This One Thing Could Cause 80% Decrease In COVID-19 Cases

According to the latest data, history and science tell the same story: wearing a mask – combined with social distancing – stops the spread of the virus. Today, after much debate over the effectiveness against the virus, NBC News reports that all White House staffers are required to wear masks. Secret Service members who work near the President and other leaders already are.

Based on research and scientific models from UC Berkley’s International Computer Science Institute and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, wearing masks can cut the incidence of cases by as much as 80%. “I felt like this was pretty urgent,” says lead researcher, Dr. Dekai Wu (or as he is more commonly known, just DeKai), pointing to a living example of why his scientific model shows significant promise.

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May 15, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,457,593 yesterday to 1,484,285

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.6 Million today

  • 26,692 New U.S. cases today
  • 10,598 New Russia cases today
  • 17,126 New Brazil cases today
  • 3,787 New India cases today
  • 2,437 Mexico cases today
  • 2,034 New cases in California today
  • 1,595 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,628,356 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 308,000 today with 5,723 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,484,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 86,000 today
  • 26,692 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,628,365
  • Daily new cases: 102,936
  • Global deaths: 308,645
  • Global recovered: 1,758,039
  • Mortality rate: 6.67%
  • Recovery rate: 37.98%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,484,285
  • U.S. new cases today: 26,692
  • U.S. deaths: 88,507
  • U.S. recovered: 326,242
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,595

 

  • Texas cases: 46,787 with 2,012 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,308
  • Dallas County cases: 7,036
  • Dallas County deaths: 164

Today’s Headlines

COVID-19 Kills More In LA This Week Than The Flu Did Last Year

LOS ANGELES , CAAnother four dozen coronavirus deaths were reported in Los Angeles County Thursday, making the disease deadlier in just a few days than the flu was all last year.

More Southlanders are expected to leave their homes as shutdown orders are relaxed this month, and county health officials sought to dispel myths that downplay the seriousness of the pandemic Thursday afternoon. Officials also warned of an anticipated spike in new cases as more people leave their homes. Even as more businesses and parks are allowed to open, the county added a new restriction, requiring people to wear masks anytime they are around others in public spaces. Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, also stressed the lethal nature of the coronavirus, calling it vastly more deadly than the flu.

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May 14, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,457,593 yesterday to 4,525,420

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.5 Million today

  • 31,204 New U.S. cases today
  • 9,074 New Russia cases today
  • 13,028 New Brazil cases today
  • 3,942 New India cases today
  • 2,409 Mexico cases today
  • 5,239 New cases in Illinois today
  • 1,978 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,525,420 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 303,000 today with 5,207 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,457,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 86,000 today
  • 31,204 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,525,420
  • Daily new cases: 96,188
  • Global deaths: 303,372
  • Global recovered: 1,703,808
  • Mortality rate: 6.70%
  • Recovery rate: 37.65%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,457,593
  • U.S. new cases today: 31,204
  • U.S. deaths: 86,912
  • U.S. recovered: 318,027
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,978

 

  • Texas cases: 44,775 with 1,273 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,258
  • Dallas County cases: 6,837
  • Dallas County deaths: 159

Today’s Headlines

Black light experiment shows how quickly Covid-19 can spread

(CNN) A viral video from Japan aims to show how easily germs and viruses can spread in restaurants when just one person is infected.

The experiment simulates the atmosphere at a buffet restaurant or on a cruise ship. It was conducted by the public broadcasting organization NHK in conjunction with health experts.
The video shows 10 people coming into the restaurant, with one singled out as the “infected” person. Each participant goes about the buffet as they normally would, not considering a potential contamination.
At the end of the video, the participants are cast under black lights illuminating where the “infection” has spread.

Countries reimposing lockdowns amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections

The new spikes underscore the question of when — or whether — it will ever be fully safe for coronavirus-stricken countries to lift their lockdowns.

The latest cluster in Wuhan demonstrates how hard it will be to measure whether any location is truly free of coronavirus. The new cases there suggest the virus can flare up in patients up to 50 days after they have apparently recovered, said Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV.

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Coronavirus may ‘never go away,’ says WHO official

During a media briefing in Geneva, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, warned Wednesday that the disease may join the mix of viruses that kill people around the world every year,
“This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV hasn’t gone away,” Ryan said. “I’m not comparing the two diseases but I think it is important that we’re realistic. I don’t think anyone can predict when or if this disease will disappear.”

72 People Test Positive for Covid-19 After Mass Protest in Wisconsin

Seventy-two individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 in Wisconsin recently attended a “large-gathering” before their diagnosis, according to a report.

According to The Progressive, the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed that they had gathered tracing data on a number of people who had contracted the virus.

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Florida Stops MEs from Releasing Covid-19 Death Data

Exactly how many people have died in Florida as a result of contracting coronavirus may be in question after reports on Wednesday indicated that data compiled by medical examiners in Florida was squelched by the state government.

Lists from the medical examiners had shown a higher number of deaths than the official count from the Florida Department of Health (FDH), according to reporting from the Tampa Bay Times.

Chairman of the Florida State Medical Examiners Commission Dr. Stephen Nelson said state officials were planning on redacting certain information, such as causes of death and descriptions of the cases. Data from medical examiners have not been released in over seven days.

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Doctors Tackling Covid19 Seeing Odd and Frightening Syndromes

(CNN) The patient had been relatively fine for the first 10 days he was down with Covid-19.

Just 38, he didn’t fit the description of people at high risk of complications from the new coronavirus.
“He had mild pulmonary symptoms that he was just sitting at home with,” said Dr. Sean Wengerter, a vascular surgeon in Pomona, New York. “He had been diagnosed at an urgent care clinic and it was going fine at home. He just had a little cough.”
Until one of Covid-19’s surprising effects kicked in.
“Then he just woke up with both his legs numb and cold and so weak he couldn’t walk,” said Wengerter, who is division chief of vascular surgery at Westchester Medical Center Health’s Good Samaritan Hospital.

May 13, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,429,389 yesterday to 1,426,389

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.4 Million today

  • 1,568 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,429,232 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 298,000 today with 5,272 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,426,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 84,000 today
  • 17,753 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,429,232
  • Daily new cases: 88,887
  • Global deaths: 298,165
  • Global recovered: 1,658,995
  • Mortality rate: 6.73%
  • Recovery rate: 37.46%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,426,389
  • U.S. new cases today: 17,753
  • U.S. deaths: 84,934
  • U.S. recovered: 310,259
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,568

 

  • Texas cases: 43,502 with 1,636 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,217
  • Dallas County cases: 6,602
  • Dallas County deaths: 153

Today’s Headlines

Doctors Tackling Covid19 Seeing Odd and Frightening Syndromes

(CNN) The patient had been relatively fine for the first 10 days he was down with Covid-19.

Just 38, he didn’t fit the description of people at high risk of complications from the new coronavirus.
“He had mild pulmonary symptoms that he was just sitting at home with,” said Dr. Sean Wengerter, a vascular surgeon in Pomona, New York. “He had been diagnosed at an urgent care clinic and it was going fine at home. He just had a little cough.”
Until one of Covid-19’s surprising effects kicked in.
“Then he just woke up with both his legs numb and cold and so weak he couldn’t walk,” said Wengerter, who is division chief of vascular surgery at Westchester Medical Center Health’s Good Samaritan Hospital.

Should Texans be worried?

Gov. Greg Abbott is eager to ease stay-home orders, but Texas has yet to show downward trends on new cases or positive tests as a percentage of all tests, and CDC guidelines call for 14-day drops.

…Abbott has taken steps that disregard the guidelines issued by the White House coronavirus task force, including Fauci and three other leading public health experts participating in Tuesday’s hearing who emphasized the risks of moving too quickly.

Last week, Abbott cited data for three successive Mondays, April 20 and 27 and May 4, to argue that week-to-week, rates of positive tests had fallen. But the latest data, for Monday of this week, shows a clear spike upward — to 8.53%, nearly double what it was a week earlier, which itself was a slight uptick from the week before that.

“Mid-April was clearly our high mark,” Abbott spokesman John Wittman said Tuesday after Fauci’s testimony. “If you look at the average week after week, there is a clear downward trajectory.”

That is not accurate, however. The governor’s methodology did not compare averages. It compared daily snapshots once a week, which risks putting too much emphasis on a single day’s numbers. Three successive Tuesdays, for instance, from April 21 to May 5, would have shown a spike from 5.4% to 8.9%, which would have undermined the case for reopening.

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Virus Survivors Could Suffer Severe Health Effects for Years

Some recovered patients report breathlessness, fatigue and body pain months after first becoming infected. Small-scale studies conducted in Hong Kong and Wuhan, China show that survivors grapple with poorer functioning in their lungs, heart and liver. And that may be the tip of the iceberg.

The coronavirus is now known to attack many parts of the body beyond the respiratory system, causing damage from the eyeballs to the toes, the gut to the kidneys. Patients’ immune systems can go into overdrive to fight off the infection, compounding the damage done.

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This generation will be the worst-hit by coronavirus

London (CNN Business) Will Murrell had hoped to pass his further education exams this summer, at a college in London. He was hunting for a job, in a retail outlet or supermarket, to earn some extra money alongside his studies.

Then Covid-19 struck. Now the 17-year-old is stuck at home with his parents. His exams have been canceled and all his plans are on hold.
“I’ve been looking for jobs and now we’re in lockdown, so I can’t,” Murrell told CNN. “It seems like an unnecessary risk.”

 

Biologist: Avoid these places to protect against Covid-19

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Biology Professor Erin Bromage tells CNN’s John Berman which environments have an increased risk of spreading coronavirus.

May 12, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,385,834 yesterday to 1,408,839

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.3 Million today

  • 1,571 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,342,345 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 292,000 today with 5,561 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,408,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 83,000 today
  • 18,196 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,342,345
  • Daily new cases: 86,405
  • Global deaths: 292,893
  • Global recovered: 1,602,441
  • Mortality rate: 6.75%
  • Recovery rate: 36.90%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,408,839
  • U.S. new cases today: 23,005
  • U.S. deaths: 83,366
  • U.S. recovered: 296,746
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,571

 

  • Texas cases: 41,866 with 1,011 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,153
  • Dallas County cases: 6,123
  • Dallas County deaths: 148

Today’s Headlines

Mark Cuban wanted to see if Texas stores were reopening safely. The results are horrifying

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has faced criticism for allowing Texas businesses to reopen when coronavirus cases in the state continue to climb. Texas has one of the lowest test rates per capita in the country.

Cuban wrote that he launched the investigation to get a better sense of what reopening looks like and to see what precautions businesses are taking to make it safe for their employees and for patrons like him and his family. “We will do this again a couple more times so we can learn what the trends are and try to learn from it,” Cuban said in his post.

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May 11, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,367,638 yesterday to 1,385,834

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.2 Million today

  • 1,008 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,255,940 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 287,000 today with 3,472 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,385,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 81,000 today
  • 18,196 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,255,940
  • Daily new cases: 75,635
  • Global deaths: 287,332
  • Global recovered: 1,527,487
  • Mortality rate: 6.75%
  • Recovery rate: 35.89%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,385,834
  • U.S. new cases today: 18,196
  • U.S. deaths: 81,795
  • U.S. recovered: 262,225
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,008

 

  • Texas cases: 40,855 with 9658 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,153
  • Dallas County cases: 6,123
  • Dallas County deaths: 145

 

May 10, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,347,309 yesterday to 1,367,638

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.1 Million yesterday

  • 750 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,180,305 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 283,000 today with 3,428 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,367,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 80,000 yesterday
  • 20,329 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,180,305
  • Daily new cases: 79,517
  • Global deaths: 283,860
  • Global recovered: 1,492,052
  • Mortality rate: 6.79%
  • Recovery rate: 35.69%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,367,638
  • U.S. new cases today: 20,329
  • U.S. deaths: 80,787
  • U.S. recovered: 256,336
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 750

 

  • Texas cases: 38,890 with 1,248 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,133
  • Dallas County cases: 5,870
  • Dallas County deaths: 143


May 9, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,321,785 yesterday to 1,347,309

World total of Covid-19 cases topped 4.1 Million today

  • 1,422 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,100,788 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 280,000 today with 4,216 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,347,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 80,000 today
  • 25,524 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,100,788
  • Daily new cases: 87,947
  • Global deaths: 280,432
  • Global recovered: 1,441,478
  • Mortality rate: 6.84%
  • Recovery rate: 35.15%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,347,309
  • U.S. new cases today: 25,524
  • U.S. deaths: 80,037
  • U.S. recovered: 238,078
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,422

 

  • Texas cases: 38,642 with 915 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,111
  • Dallas County cases: 5,619
  • Dallas County deaths: 143

Today’s Headlines

California identifies nail salons as source of coronavirus

  • Community spread of the coronavirus in California began in a nail salon, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, as other states allow their manicurists to reopen.
  • “This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon,” Newsom said at a news briefing. “I’m very worried about that.”
  • State health directors have put some “red flags” on nail salons as a high-risk business, Newsom added, likening them to gyms and hair salons.

“This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon,” Newsom said at a news briefing. “I’m very worried about that.”

State health directors have put some “red flags” on nail salons as a high-risk business, Newsom added, likening them to gyms and hair salons. He announced Monday that the state will allow some low-risk businesses, including bookstores, warehouses, florists and more, to begin reopening with modifications and offering curbside pick up as soon as Friday.

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May 8, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,292,623 yesterday to 1,321,785

World total of Covid-19 cases just topped 4 Million

  • 1,687 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 4,012,841 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 276,000 today with 5,505 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,321,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 78,000 today
  • 29,162 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 4,012,841
  • Daily new cases: 96,503
  • Global deaths: 276,216
  • Global recovered: 1,385,184
  • Mortality rate: 6.88%
  • Recovery rate: 34.52%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,321,785
  • U.S. new cases today: 29,162
  • U.S. deaths: 78,615
  • U.S. recovered: 223,603
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,687

 

  • Texas cases: 37,727 with 1,177 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 1,079
  • Dallas County cases: 5,369
  • Dallas County deaths: 135

Today’s Headlines

California identifies nail salons as source of coronavirus

  • Community spread of the coronavirus in California began in a nail salon, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, as other states allow their manicurists to reopen.
  • “This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon,” Newsom said at a news briefing. “I’m very worried about that.”
  • State health directors have put some “red flags” on nail salons as a high-risk business, Newsom added, likening them to gyms and hair salons.

“This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon,” Newsom said at a news briefing. “I’m very worried about that.”

State health directors have put some “red flags” on nail salons as a high-risk business, Newsom added, likening them to gyms and hair salons. He announced Monday that the state will allow some low-risk businesses, including bookstores, warehouses, florists and more, to begin reopening with modifications and offering curbside pick up as soon as Friday.

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Is 6 feet of social distancing really enough?

“Usually there’s a lot more social distancing outside,” Dr. Kevin Winthrop, a professor of infectious diseases in epidemiology and public health at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, told National Public Radio. “And environmental factors like wind and UV [radiation, which degrades most viruses] make it less likely you’re going to come in contact with viral particles.”

But one recent study found that when people walk briskly or run, their bodies creates wakes of air that can carry respiratory droplets up to 15 feet.

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Dallas Judges Respond to Texas AG Interference

Dallas City Councilman Omar Narvaez, who represents District 6, on Wednesday evening, May 6, posted on Facebook the following response to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton regarding the letter Paxton sent this morning to Judge Eric Moye, chastising the judge for sentencing salon owner Shelley Luther to seven days in jail for violating Gov. Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home orders intended to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Here is Narvaez’s response:

Our indicted Texas Attorney General violated the ex parte communication of the Texas Code of Judicial conduct by communicating directly with the court without consideration to the other litigants.

Where is the indicted Attorney Generals letter to release black and brown minor offenders that were/are sitting in jail now? Where is his letter to release the moms and dads that are sitting on Texas detention centers that were seeking asylum after walking thousands of miles literally because they wanted to have the basics of life to feed their children most of whom were or are seeking asylum which is completely legal.

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Italian firm claims to have developed vaccine that neutralizes coronavirus

Italy Coronavirus Covid-19 Vaccine: A team of scientists at Italian medical firm Takis conducted tests on a mice which, after a single vaccination, developed antibodies that can block the virus from infecting human cells, ANSA reported.

An Italian medical firm has claimed to have developed a vaccine that neutralises the novel coronavirus in human cells. According to tests carried out at Rome’s infectious-disease Spallanzani Hospital, the vaccine has antibodies generated in mice that work on human cells, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Another article on Takis from Forbes last month

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May 7, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,263,183 yesterday to 1,292,623

World total of Covid-19 cases just topped 3.9 Million

  • 2,121 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,916,338 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 270,000 today with 5,627 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,292,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 76,000 today
  • 29,440 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,916,338
  • Daily new cases: 93,787
  • Global deaths: 270,711
  • Global recovered: 1,343,054
  • Mortality rate: 6.91%
  • Recovery rate: 34.29%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,292,623
  • U.S. new cases today: 29,440
  • U.S. deaths: 76,928
  • U.S. recovered: 217,250
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,121

 

  • Texas cases: 36,550 with 1,617 new cases today – a new record
  • Texas deaths: 1,027
  • Dallas County cases: 5,120
  • Dallas County deaths: 125

Today’s Headlines

Dallas Judges Respond to Texas AG Interference

Dallas City Councilman Omar Narvaez, who represents District 6, on Wednesday evening, May 6, posted on Facebook the following response to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton regarding the letter Paxton sent this morning to Judge Eric Moye, chastising the judge for sentencing salon owner Shelley Luther to seven days in jail for violating Gov. Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home orders intended to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Here is Narvaez’s response:

Our indicted Texas Attorney General violated the ex parte communication of the Texas Code of Judicial conduct by communicating directly with the court without consideration to the other litigants.

Where is the indicted Attorney Generals letter to release black and brown minor offenders that were/are sitting in jail now? Where is his letter to release the moms and dads that are sitting on Texas detention centers that were seeking asylum after walking thousands of miles literally because they wanted to have the basics of life to feed their children most of whom were or are seeking asylum which is completely legal.

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Italian firm claims to have developed vaccine that neutralizes coronavirus

Italy Coronavirus Covid-19 Vaccine: A team of scientists at Italian medical firm Takis conducted tests on a mice which, after a single vaccination, developed antibodies that can block the virus from infecting human cells, ANSA reported.

An Italian medical firm has claimed to have developed a vaccine that neutralises the novel coronavirus in human cells. According to tests carried out at Rome’s infectious-disease Spallanzani Hospital, the vaccine has antibodies generated in mice that work on human cells, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Another article on Takis from Forbes last month

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Coronavirus quickly spread around the world starting late last year

(CNN) A new genetic analysis of the virus that causes Covid-19 taken from more than 7,600 patients around the world shows it has been circulating in people since late last year, and must have spread extremely quickly after the first infection.

Researchers in Britain looked at mutations in the virus and found evidence of quick spread, but no evidence the virus is becoming more easily transmitted or more likely to cause serious disease.
“The virus is changing, but this in itself does not mean it’s getting worse,” genetics researcher Francois Balloux of the University College London Genetics Institute told CNN.

Success Story: No Lockdown – Little Virus

The most important point: Hong Kong’s strategy is working extremely well.

It hasn’t reported a new homegrown case in more than two weeks. Over all, only about 1,000 people — out of 7.5 million — have tested positive. Only four have died.

It’s a sign that a lockdown isn’t the only way to battle the virus. But it’s also a reminder of how different life in a post-reopening United States will be from life in countries that have most effectively stopped the virus’s spread.

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May 6, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,237,633 yesterday to 1,263,183

World total of Covid-19 cases just topped 3.8 Million

  • 2,536 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,822,951 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 265,000 today with 6,746 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,263,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 74,000 today
  • 25,550 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,822,951
  • Daily new cases: 95,149
  • Global deaths: 265,084
  • Global recovered: 1,302,995
  • Mortality rate: 6.93%
  • Recovery rate: 34.08%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,263,183
  • U.S. new cases today: 25,550
  • U.S. deaths: 74,807
  • U.S. recovered: 201,011
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,536

 

  • Texas cases: 34,933 with 695 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 980
  • Dallas County cases: 4,869
  • Dallas County deaths: 123

Today’s Headlines

Coronavirus quickly spread around the world starting late last year

(CNN) A new genetic analysis of the virus that causes Covid-19 taken from more than 7,600 patients around the world shows it has been circulating in people since late last year, and must have spread extremely quickly after the first infection.

Researchers in Britain looked at mutations in the virus and found evidence of quick spread, but no evidence the virus is becoming more easily transmitted or more likely to cause serious disease.
“The virus is changing, but this in itself does not mean it’s getting worse,” genetics researcher Francois Balloux of the University College London Genetics Institute told CNN.

Success Story: No Lockdown – Little Virus

The most important point: Hong Kong’s strategy is working extremely well.

It hasn’t reported a new homegrown case in more than two weeks. Over all, only about 1,000 people — out of 7.5 million — have tested positive. Only four have died.

It’s a sign that a lockdown isn’t the only way to battle the virus. But it’s also a reminder of how different life in a post-reopening United States will be from life in countries that have most effectively stopped the virus’s spread.

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May 5, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,212,835 yesterday to 1,237,633

World total of Covid-19 cases just topped 3.7 Million

  • 2,350 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,727,802 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 258,000 today with 5,942 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,230,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 72,000 today
  • 24,798 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,727,802
  • Daily new cases: 82,263
  • Global deaths: 258,338
  • Global recovered: 1,242,347
  • Mortality rate: 6.93%
  • Recovery rate: 33.33%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,237,633
  • U.S. new cases today: 24,798
  • U.S. deaths: 72,271
  • U.S. recovered: 200,628
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,350

 

  • Texas cases: 34,238 with 1,211 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 960
  • Dallas County cases: 4,623
  • Dallas County deaths: 121

Today’s Headlines

Scientists say a now-dominant strain of the coronavirus appears to be more contagious than original

Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The new strain appeared in February in Europe, migrated quickly to the East Coast of the United States and has been the dominant strain across the world since mid-March, the scientists wrote.

In addition to spreading faster, it may make people vulnerable to a second infection after a first bout with the disease, the report warned.

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Video surfaces of park ranger pushed into Lake Austin, suspect arrested

AUSTIN (KXAN)A park ranger who was trying to disperse a crowd on a sunny Thursday at Lake Austin says he was pushed into the water. Police say a 25-year-old has been arrested in the case.

A video shared on social media appears to shows the ranger speaking to the crowd and asking them to keep six feet of distance between them to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The video then shows a man run up and push him, sending both men into the water. The suspect then climbs out of the lake and runs off.

That matches a description of the incident described in an arrest affidavit for Brandon James Hicks, who faces a charge of attempted assault on a public servant.

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The Price of Reopening the U.S.: American Lives

Trump, who has consistently appeared to care most about his political prospects during three miserable months, mounted another victory lap on Monday — boasting on Twitter that he was finally getting “great reviews” for his virus management.
A new model from the University of Washington, previously used by the White House suggested that 134,000 Americans could now die by August — in a revised toll prompted by the likely impact of state openings. The total was more than double the same organization’s estimate last month.


May 4, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,188,122 yesterday to 1,212,835

World total of Covid-19 cases just topped 3.6 Million

World Total Deaths just topped 250,000

U.S. Total cases just topped 1.2 Million

U.S. Deaths just topped 69,000

Texas Cases just topped 33,000

  • 1,323 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,645,539 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 250,000 today with 4,111 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,200,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 69,000 today
  • 24,713 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,645,539
  • Daily new cases: 79,428
  • Global deaths: 252,396
  • Global recovered: 1,195,070
  • Mortality rate: 6.92%
  • Recovery rate: 32.78%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,212,835
  • U.S. new cases today: 24,713
  • U.S. deaths: 69,921
  • U.S. recovered: 188,027
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,323

 

  • Texas cases: 33,027 with 1,034 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 915
  • Dallas County cases: 4,370
  • Dallas County deaths: 114

Today’s Headlines

Coronavirus model projects 134,000 deaths in US, nearly double its last estimate

(CNN) An influential coronavirus model often cited by the White House is now forecasting that 134,000 people will die of Covid-19 in the United States, nearly double its previous prediction.

The model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, had predicted 72,433 deaths as of Monday morning.
Relatedly, a Trump administration model projects a rise in coronavirus cases and deaths in the weeks ahead, up to about 3,000 daily deaths in the US by June 1, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times. Over the past week, about 2,000 people died daily in the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Three Russian doctors fall from hospital windows

Moscow (CNN) Three frontline health care workers have mysteriously fallen out of hospital windows in Russia over the past two weeks, heightening public attention to the working conditions for doctors and medical professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Two of those health care workers are dead, and one remains hospitalized.
All three incidents, which are being investigated by Russian law enforcement authorities, have prompted intense discussion in the Russian press and on social media.

To avoid web of conspiracies, learn to recognize fake news

Some people believe that the founder of Microsoft planned the coronavirus to take control of the global health system.

He’s also accused of profiting off a vaccine and using the crisis to create strict surveillance systems.

Actually, what Gates did was sound the alarm on a potential pandemic louder than anyone else.

“The coronavirus is a hothouse for conspiracy theorists,” Leonard Apcar said. He holds what may be the only endowed professorship on a new subject called media literacy at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. The site he created with his students is DetectFakeNews.com.

“Trust in official explanations has dwindled,” he said. “Bill Gates and a leading Harvard scientist are the theories-of-the-moment for now. You can bet there will be more.”

How can you verify?

It’s not always easy to separate truth from fiction. In 2016 I could easily tell the fake news reports from the real ones on Facebook. One of my nerdy qualities is that I know the names of newspapers in American cities.

When I saw a news report on Facebook attributed to “ClevelandTribune.com” for instance, I know it was a fake media outlet. But most people outside of Ohio wouldn’t know it should be the Plain Dealer, not the Tribune.

Since then, the subject of media literacy has taken on some urgency. Similarly, a sister field in the library world is named information literacy. One of the leaders in that field is Megan Heuer of the SMU Libraries in Dallas.

Heuer conducts workshops on the subject and also is devising ways to place information literacy in many of the disciplines throughout SMU.

“With coronavirus, people are much more likely to check whether something is true or not,” she said. That’s good.

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George W. Bush’s Call for Unity During the Pandemic

Evangelical fundamentalists who openly defied social distancing guidelines are dying of COVID-19

Countless non-fundamentalist churches in the United States, from Catholic to Lutheran and Episcopalian, have embraced social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and temporarily moved their activities online. But many Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals have been irresponsibly downplaying the dangers of COVID-19 and doing so with deadly results: journalist Alex Woodward, in the U.K.-based Independent, reports that the pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 30 pastors in the Bible Belt.

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May 3, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,160,774 yesterday to 1,188,122

World total of Covid-19 cases just topped 3.5 Million

  • 1,154 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,566,111 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 248,000 today with 3,512 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,188,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 68,000 today
  • 27,348 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,566,111
  • Daily new cases: 82,176
  • Global deaths: 248,285
  • Global recovered: 1,154,014
  • Mortality rate: 6.96%
  • Recovery rate: 32.36%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,188,122
  • U.S. new cases today: 27,348
  • U.S. deaths: 68,598
  • U.S. recovered: 178,263
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,154

 

  • Texas cases: 31,142 with 1,249 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 888
  • Dallas County cases: 4,133
  • Dallas County deaths: 111

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Evangelical fundamentalists who openly defied social distancing guidelines are dying of COVID-19

Countless non-fundamentalist churches in the United States, from Catholic to Lutheran and Episcopalian, have embraced social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and temporarily moved their activities online. But many Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals have been irresponsibly downplaying the dangers of COVID-19 and doing so with deadly results: journalist Alex Woodward, in the U.K.-based Independent, reports that the pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 30 pastors in the Bible Belt.

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Russia Daily Average of New Cases Exceeds 8k

(Obliviots) Over the last 4 days, Russia has averaged 8,822 new cases per day. Today’s number is a record setter at 10,633 new cases. Prior to today, we have seen numbers of 9,623, 7,933 and 7,099 daily cases. Going back before a daily count above 7,000, we were seeing numbers in the high 5k to mid 6k range. Looking at the last two weeks, Russia’s case count has been steadily trending upward with no sign of slowing. In fact, it is accelerating at a significant rate.

Caveat: These are reported cases. Given Russia’s historic lack of transparency – and the fact that until March 17th they were only reporting double digits of Covid-19 cases, it is prudent to assume their numbers are substantially under-reported.

Today’s case count for Russia is 134,687 cases, but only 1,280 fatalities, which is one of the lowest worldwide percentages. At the current growth rate, Russia will overtake Germany for the number six slot in 4-5 days.

The current lineup is as follows:

  1. U.S.: 1,160,997
  2. Spain: 245,567
  3. Italy: 209,328
  4. U.K.: 182,260
  5. France: 168,396
  6. Germany: 164,967
  7. Russia: 134,687

Russia adds record 10,000 coronavirus cases

Moscow (CNN) Russia reported 10,633 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, its fourth record single-day increase in a row, in what is becoming a major headache for President Vladimir Putin.

The country’s total number of cases is now 134,687, the seventh-highest number in the world, in a dramatic turnaround from the situation back in March.
A total of 1,280 deaths has now been recorded, the country’s coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement, adding that around 50% of the cases were asymptomatic. Moscow, the country’s worst-hit city, accounts for more than a half of total cases.

What happens if a coronavirus vaccine is never developed?

London (CNN)As countries lie frozen in lockdown and billions of people lose their livelihoods, public figures are teasing a breakthrough that would mark the end of the crippling coronavirus pandemic: a vaccine.

But there is another, worst-case possibility: that no vaccine is ever developed. In this outcome, the public’s hopes are repeatedly raised and then dashed, as various proposed solutions fall before the final hurdle.
Instead of wiping out Covid-19, societies may instead learn to live with it. Cities would slowly open and some freedoms will be returned, but on a short leash, if experts’ recommendations are followed. Testing and physical tracing will become part of our lives in the short term, but in many countries, an abrupt instruction to self-isolate could come at any time. Treatments may be developed — but outbreaks of the disease could still occur each year, and the global death toll would continue to tick upwards.

 


May 2, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,131,452 yesterday to 1,160,774

  • 1,678 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,401,002 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 244,000 today with 5,171 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,160,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 67,000 today
  • 29,322 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,483,935
  • Daily new cases: 82,933
  • Global deaths: 244,773
  • Global recovered: 1,121,499
  • Mortality rate: 7.03%
  • Recovery rate: 32.19%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,160,774
  • U.S. new cases today: 29,322
  • U.S. deaths: 67,444
  • U.S. recovered: 173,725
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,678

 

  • Texas cases: 31,142 with 1,249 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 874
  • Dallas County cases: 3,899
  • Dallas County deaths: 110

Today’s Headlines

Rare complication seen in some kids with COVID-19

Barber’s case is rare; only a handful of pediatric deaths related to the coronavirus have been reported in the United States. However, the exact numbers for kids are hard to pin down: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told NBC News that it does not track COVID-19 deaths in children under age 18 the way it does for the flu.

Early data on pediatric COVID-19 cases suggested that, for the vast majority of children, the illness is relatively mild.

Recently, however, reports of potential serious complications specific to children have begun to emerge in the U.S. and Europe: A handful of kids have developed dangerous inflammation around the heart and other organs. It’s similar to a rare condition called Kawasaki disease, which causes swelling of the coronary arteries, primarily in children.

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Trump admin pulls NIH grant for coronavirus research over ties to Wuhan lab

The Trump administration has pulled funding for a group of scientists studying coronaviruses in bats and the risk of their spillover into humans — the very kind of infection that started the COVID-19 pandemic — according to EcoHealth Alliance, the New York-based nonprofit organization conducting the research.

The cancellation of the grant after more than a decade of work in this field seems to be tied to EcoHealth Alliance’s partnership with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the biomedical lab at the heart of conspiracy theories that the Chinese government created or unleashed the virus or the unproven thesis that the outbreak started with an accident because of faulty safety standards in the lab.

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White House blocks Fauci from testifying next week

(CNN) The White House is blocking Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the administration’s coronavirus task force, from testifying before the Democratic-led House next week, according to a spokesman from a key House committee.

“The Appropriations Committee sought Dr. Anthony Fauci as a witness at next week’s Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee hearing on COVID-19 response. We have been informed by an administration official that the White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying,” House Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander said in a statement Friday.

Comparing 4 Countries With the Same Population and Covid-19

I thought it would make an interesting analysis to take 4 different countries with virtually identical populations (10 million) and evaluate the Covid-19 statistics for all 4. I chose Sweden, Portugal, Chechia and Greece.

Sweden has come under fire recently since they have a very high mortality rate (over 2,400 people). They never had a lockdown, instead counting on its citizenry to make the right decisions. It is painfully obvious this has not worked out well.

Portugal has a slightly higher case count (.25% of their population compared to .21% for Sweden) but Portugal has only 973 deaths (3.97% of the total cases) compared to Sweden with 2,462 deaths (12.13% of the total cases).

For reference, the U.S. has a 5.84% mortality index today.

The interactive spreadsheet above has 3 tabs. The 3rd tab is labeled “10 Million”. This has all the numbers for both cases and deaths for all 4 countries. Below the statistics are a graph for cases over time and deaths over time.

I think you will find this very educational.

 

 

 

 

 

Related story:

Deaths Soar in Country That Didn’t Lock Down

Unlike its European neighbors, Swedish officials did not institute lock down measures to combat the Covid-19 epidemic. CNN’s Phil Black takes a look at how that has affected the country’s outbreak.

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May 1, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,095,210 yesterday to 1,131,452

Global cases just crossed the 3.4 million mark

  • 1,905 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,401,002 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 239,000 today with 5,497 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,131,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 65,000 today
  • 36,242 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,401,002
  • Daily new cases: 92,769
  • Global deaths: 239,602
  • Global recovered: 1,081,599
  • Mortality rate: 7.05%
  • Recovery rate: 31.80%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,131,452
  • U.S. new cases today: 36,242
  • U.S. deaths: 65,766
  • U.S. recovered: 161,563
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,905

 

  • Texas cases: 29,893 with 1,438 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 849
  • Dallas County cases: 3,718
  • Dallas County deaths: 106

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I want you to look at this chart.

Deaths per day for most of April 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 30, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,064,533 yesterday to 1,095,210

Global cases just crossed the 3.3 million mark

  • 2,193 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,308,233 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 234,000 today with 5,889 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,095,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 63,000 today
  • 30,677 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,308,233
  • Daily new cases: 88,079
  • Global deaths: 234,105
  • Global recovered: 1,042,819
  • Mortality rate: 7.08%
  • Recovery rate: 31.52%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,095,210
  • U.S. new cases today: 30,677
  • U.S. deaths: 63,861
  • U.S. recovered: 147,411
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,193

 

  • Texas cases: 28,455 with 889 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 802
  • Dallas County cases: 3,531
  • Dallas County deaths: 104

Today’s Headlines

Comparing 4 Countries With the Same Population and Covid-19

I thought it would make an interesting analysis to take 4 different countries with virtually identical populations (10 million) and evaluate the Covid-19 statistics for all 4. I chose Sweden, Portugal, Chechia and Greece.

Sweden has come under fire recently since they have a very high mortality rate (over 2,400 people). They never had a lockdown, instead counting on its citizenry to make the right decisions. It is painfully obvious this has not worked out well.

Portugal has a slightly higher case count (.25% of their population compared to .21% for Sweden) but Portugal has only 973 deaths (3.97% of the total cases) compared to Sweden with 2,462 deaths (12.13% of the total cases).

For reference, the U.S. has a 5.84% mortality index today.

The interactive spreadsheet above has 3 tabs. The 3rd tab is labeled “10 Million”. This has all the numbers for both cases and deaths for all 4 countries. Below the statistics are a graph for cases over time and deaths over time.

I think you will find this very educational.

 

 

 

 

 

Related story:

Deaths Soar in Country That Didn’t Lock Down

Unlike its European neighbors, Swedish officials did not institute lock down measures to combat the Covid-19 epidemic. CNN’s Phil Black takes a look at how that has affected the country’s outbreak.

Watch Video Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye-opening South Korea study on Covid-19

(CNN) The most complicated issue in America right now is how, when and where to reopen the cities and towns that have been sheltered in place. Everyone wants resumption of the mobile life of social proximity we enjoyed a few months ago but balancing this against the competing need to assure both individual safety and — because this is a contagious disease — societal safety remains a substantial challenge.

Fortunately, a new study from South Korea has just been published in “early release” form (it is final and peer-reviewed, just early) in the CDC medical journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Fauci Touts Drug’s ‘Clear Cut’ ability to aid Covid-19 Recovery

(CNN) Researchers released some good news about a possible treatment for coronavirus Wednesday — evidence that the experimental drug remdesivir might help patients recover more quickly from the infection.

The US Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved any drugs for the treatment of the coronavirus. But it plans to announce an emergency-use authorization for remdesivir, according to The New York Times. The authorization could come as soon as Wednesday, The Times reported, citing a senior administration official.

 

 

April 29, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,035,765 yesterday to 1,064,533

Global cases just crossed the 3.2 million mark

  • 2,402 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,220,154 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 228,000 today with 10,244 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,138,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 61,000 today
  • 28,768 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,220,154
  • Daily new cases: 82,003
  • Global deaths: 228,216
  • Global recovered: 1,000,333
  • Mortality rate: 7.09%
  • Recovery rate: 31.06%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,064,533
  • U.S. new cases today: 28,768
  • U.S. deaths: 61,668
  • U.S. recovered: 147,411
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,402

 

  • Texas cases: 27,566 with 1,395 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 749
  • Dallas County cases: 3,352
  • Dallas County deaths: 99

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C.D.C.: U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported

Total deaths in seven states that have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic are nearly 50 percent higher than normal for the five weeks from March 8 through April 11, according to new death statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is 9,000 more deaths than were reported as of April 11 in official counts of deaths from the coronavirus.

The new data is partial and most likely undercounts the recent death toll significantly. But it still illustrates how the coronavirus is causing a surge in deaths in the places it has struck, probably killing more people than the reported statistics capture. These increases belie arguments that the virus is only killing people who would have died anyway from other causes. Instead, the virus has brought a pattern of deaths unlike anything seen in recent years.

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April 28, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 1,010,507 today to 1,035,765

Global cases just crossed the 3.1 million mark

U.S. Cases just passed the ONE MILLION mark yesterday

  • 2,463 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,138,151 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 217,000 today with 6,360 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,138,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 59,000 today
    (more than we lost in Vietnam)
  • 25,258 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,138,151
  • Daily new cases: 72,626
  • Global deaths: 217,972
  • Global recovered: 955,770
  • Mortality rate: 6.95%
  • Recovery rate: 30.46%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,035,765
  • U.S. new cases today: 25,258
  • U.S. deaths: 59,266
  • U.S. recovered: 142,238
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,643

 

  • Texas cases: 26,171 with 655 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 690
  • Dallas County cases: 3,240
  • Dallas County deaths: 94

Today’s Headlines

 

WHO says no evidence shows that having coronavirus prevents a second infection

(CNN) The World Health Organization is warning that people who have had Covid-19 are not necessarily immune by the presence of antibodies from getting the virus again.

“There is no evidence yet that people who have had Covid-19 will not get a second infection,” WHO said in a scientific brief published Friday.
It cautions against governments that are considering issuing so-called “immunity passports” to people who have had Covid-19, assuming they are safe to resume normal life.
“At this point in the pandemic, there is not enough evidence about the effectiveness of antibody-mediated immunity to guarantee the accuracy of an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificate,’ ” WHO said.

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April 27, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 987,322 to 1,010,507 today

Global cases just crossed the 3 million mark

U.S. Cases just passed the ONE MILLION mark today

  • 1,388 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 3,065,525 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 211,000 today with 4,615 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 1,000,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 56,000 today
  • 23,185 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 3,065,525
  • Daily new cases: 70,567
  • Global deaths: 211,612
  • Global recovered: 922,389
  • Mortality rate: 6.90%
  • Recovery rate: 30.09%

 

  • U.S. cases: 1,010,507
  • U.S. new cases today: 23,185
  • U.S. deaths: 56,803
  • U.S. recovered: 138,990
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,388

 

  • Texas cases: 25,516 with 535 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 672
  • Dallas County cases: 3,105
  • Dallas County deaths: 84

Today’s Headlines:

Hokkaido Lifted Its Coronavirus Lockdown Too Soon and Became a Warning to the World

Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido offers a grim lesson in the next phase of the battle against COVID-19. It acted quickly and contained an early outbreak of the coronavirus with a 3-week lockdown. But, when the governor lifted restrictions, a second wave of infections hit even harder. Twenty-six days later, the island was forced back into lockdown.

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WHO says no evidence shows that having coronavirus prevents a second infection

(CNN) The World Health Organization is warning that people who have had Covid-19 are not necessarily immune by the presence of antibodies from getting the virus again.

“There is no evidence yet that people who have had Covid-19 will not get a second infection,” WHO said in a scientific brief published Friday.
It cautions against governments that are considering issuing so-called “immunity passports” to people who have had Covid-19, assuming they are safe to resume normal life.
“At this point in the pandemic, there is not enough evidence about the effectiveness of antibody-mediated immunity to guarantee the accuracy of an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificate,’ ” WHO said.

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Coronavirus Case Growth Last Month to Date

I want you all to look at this graph.
#COVID19 case count per country (Top 3) over time.
This is an except from the spreadsheet embedded above.
This just takes the span of time (one full month to date) when the U.S. became the #1 country for case count – until today (4/26/2020).
The day before the start of this graph we were #3.
All of the data is in my spreadsheet, but I think this is especially interesting.
This compares the steady increase for the U.S., Spain and Italy in that order. I think this visually makes it abundantly clear what an abysmal job we are doing at containing this virus. Especially considering we have only tested around 4 million people out of the 330 million in this country.
With the current projections we should pass the ONE MILLION case count in the U.S. sometime today. That is more than 4 times the next highest country count (Spain).
#WTFTrump?
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“The pandemic is far from over,” World Health Organization says

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General said, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over.

“The pandemic is far from over,” he said at a news conference.

He said the World Health Organization “continues to be concerned about the increasing trends in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries.”

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April 26, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 960,896 today to 987,322

Global cases just crossed the 2.9 million mark

  • 1,150 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 2,994,958 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 206,000 today with 3,748 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 987,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 55,000 today
  • 26,426 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 2,994,958
  • Daily new cases: 73,757
  • Global deaths: 206,997
  • Global recovered: 878,954
  • Mortality rate: 6.91%
  • Recovery rate: 29.35%

 

  • U.S. cases: 987,322
  • U.S. new cases today: 26,426
  • U.S. deaths: 55,415
  • U.S. recovered: 118,781
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,150

 

  • Texas cases: 24,981 with 786 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 654
  • Dallas County cases: 3,014
  • Dallas County deaths: 82

Today’s Headlines:

 

Tales from the front: Running Out of Outlets

“This man, who had no past medical history, had become so sick he was requiring daily dialysis. I have said in the past, getting a breathing tube is a death sentence. More accurately, I would say if a patient gets to the point of needing a dialysis catheter, it is just prolonging ‘life’. That being said, there has only been one person who wasn’t taken to the body trailers after their breathing tube was removed. One.”

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April 25, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 925,038 today to 960,896

Global cases just crossed the 2.9 million mark

  • 2,080 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 2,921,201 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 200,000 today with 6,043 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 960,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 52,000 today
  • 35,858 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 2,921,201
  • Daily new cases: 91,119
  • Global deaths: 203,289
  • Global recovered: 836,969
  • Mortality rate: 6.96%
  • Recovery rate: 28.65%

 

  • U.S. cases: 960,896
  • U.S. new cases today: 35,858
  • U.S. deaths: 54,265
  • U.S. recovered: 118,162
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,080

 

  • Texas cases: 24,195 with 1,025 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 641
  • Dallas County cases: 2,909
  • Dallas County deaths: 81

Today’s Headlines:

US coronavirus response hit by foreign hackers

Washington (CNN) The Trump administration is pointing the finger at China for attempting to steal coronavirus research as officials are warning they have seen a growing wave of cyberattacks on US government agencies and medical institutions leading the pandemic response by nation states and criminal groups.

Hospitals, research laboratories, health care providers and pharmaceutical companies have all been hit, officials say, and the Department of Health and Human Services – which oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — has been struck by a surge of daily strikes, an official with direct knowledge of the attacks said.

Germany surges ahead, but US states are flying blind

(CNN) People in the US state of Georgia can nowget their nails done, their hair cut — even get a tattoo or a massage — after just three weeks of a state-wide stay-at-home order. That’s an awful lot of touching, considering a highly contagious and deadly virus is going round.

These activities may give some people in Georgia a sense that life is returning to normal, but Governor Brian Kemp’s decision to allow such businesses to reopen on Friday is a risky roll of the dice. In a state that has performed a relatively small number of coronavirus tests, Kemp is driving Georgia through this pandemic blindfolded.

SCIENTISTS: US COULD’VE PREVENTED 90% OF DEATHS BY SHUTTING DOWN TWO WEEKS EARLIER

As it currently stands, the U.S. is predicting that COVID-19 will kill about 60,000 Americans over the next four months. But if the government had acted and urged everyone to physically distance themselves just two weeks sooner than it did, that number could have been slashed by 90 percent.

That’s according to epidemiologists Britta Jewell of Imperial College London and Nicholas Jewell of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who wrote in a Tuesday New York Times op-ed that just two additional weeks of stay-at-home orders and other self-isolation recommendations could have saved tens of thousands of lives.

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‘No Evidence’ Yet That Recovered COVID-19 Patients Are Immune, WHO Says

The World Health Organization has pushed back against the theory that individuals can only catch the coronavirus once, as well as proposals for reopening society that are based on this supposed immunity.

In a scientific brief dated Friday, the United Nations agency said the idea that one-time infection can lead to immunity remains unproven and is thus unreliable as a foundation for the next phase of the world’s response to the pandemic.

“Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificate’ that would enable individuals to travel or to return to work assuming that they are protected against re-infection,” the WHO wrote. “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.”

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April 24, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 848,994 today to 925,038

Global cases just crossed the 2.8 million mark

  • 2,340 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 2,830,082 total Global Cases
  • A record number of new cases today at 111,285
  • Global Deaths topped 197,000 today with 6,590 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 925,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 52,000 today
  • 44,834 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 2,830,082
  • Daily new cases: 111,285
  • Global deaths: 197,246
  • Global recovered: 798,776
  • Mortality rate: 6.97%
  • Recovery rate: 28.22%

 

  • U.S. cases: 925,038
  • U.S. new cases today: 44,834
  • U.S. deaths: 52,185
  • U.S. recovered: 110,432
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,340

 

  • Texas cases: 23,170 with 545 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 608
  • Dallas County cases: 2,834
  • Dallas County deaths: 77

Today’s Headlines:

No, Trump did not put a Labradoodle breeder in charge of COVID-19 response

WASHINGTONNo, the Trump administration did not put a professional dog breeder from Dallas in charge of COVID-19 response.

Yes, the chief of staff at the Department of Health and Human Services briefly owned a family business raising Labradoodles. But he’s also served three administrations in high level posts at HHS, the White House and the Pentagon.

Colleagues who hired Harrison and served with him in government were appalled to see him disparaged Thursday as a mere “dog breeder,” as if Joe Exotic had catapulted from tiger king to head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Trump, ever the salesman, is peddling dangerous cures for coronavirus

In an eye-popping moment, Trump doubled down on his claim that sunlight and the festering humidity of high summer could purge the virus in his latest grab for a game-changer therapy.
Then, he asked aides on camera whether zapping patients with light or injecting disinfectant into the lungs to clean sick patients from inside could cure them of the disease.

Lysol, Dettol Warn Against Using Disinfectants to Treat Coronavirus

Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser Plc has stated that “under no circumstance” should its disinfectant products be administered into the human body, through injection, ingestion or any other route

The company issued the advice on Friday morning, after being asked whether internal administration of disinfectants “may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus”, amid recent speculation and social media activity.

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April 23, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 848,994 today to 880,204

Global cases just crossed the 2.7 million mark

  • 2,169 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 2,718,797 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 190,000 today with 6,430 new fatalities
  • U.S. Cases topped 880,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 49,000 today
  • 31,210 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 2,718,797
  • Daily new cases: 17,635
  • Global deaths: 190,656
  • Global recovered: 745,813
  • Mortality rate: 7.01%
  • Recovery rate: 27.43%

 

  • U.S. cases: 880,204
  • U.S. new cases today: 31,210
  • U.S. deaths: 49,845
  • U.S. recovered: 85,922
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,169

 

  • Texas cases: 55,625 with 950 new cases today
  • Texas deaths: 604
  • Dallas County cases: 2,763
  • Dallas County deaths: 72

 

April 22, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 765,913 today to 848,994

Global cases just crossed the 2.6 million mark

  • 2,336 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 2,637,723 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 184,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 848,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 47,000 today
  • 29,830 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 2,637,723
  • Daily new cases: 80,542
  • Global deaths: 184,226
  • Global recovered: 717,812
  • Mortality rate: 6.98%
  • Recovery rate: 27.21%

 

  • U.S. cases: 848,994
  • U.S. deaths: 47,676
  • U.S. recovered: 84,050
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,336

 

  • Texas cases: 21,675
  • Texas deaths: 567
  • Dallas County cases: 2,683
  • Dallas County deaths: 65

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UN warns of global famines of ‘biblical proportions’

London (CNN) The world is facing multiple famines of “biblical proportions” in just a matter of months, the UN has said, warning that the coronavirus pandemic will push an additional 130 million people to the brink of starvation.

Famines could take hold in “about three dozen countries” in a worst-case scenario, the executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a stark address on Tuesday. Ten of those countries already have more than 1 million people on the verge of starvation, he said.
He cited conflict, an economic recession, a decline in aid and a collapse in oil prices as factors likely to lead to vast food shortages, and urged swift action to avert disaster.

 

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Earliest known US deaths confirmed

(CNN) New autopsy results show two Californians died of coronavirus in early and mid-February — up to three weeks before the previously known first US death from the virus.

These deaths now stand as the country’s earliest two attributed to the novel coronavirus, a development that may change the understanding of how early the virus was spreading in the country, health experts told CNN Wednesday.
Two deaths in Northern California’s Santa Clara County happened February 6 and 17, the county said Tuesday in a news release.

New Covid Fault Lines Emerge in the U.S.

(CNN) The fragile American consensus on battling the coronavirus is fracturing along bitter political fault lines, as early state openings threaten to undermine the nationwide effort to slow the pandemic.

Divisions have emerged along a timeworn North vs. South divide, on ideological and geographical grounds nationally and within states, and on the level of respect accorded by political leaders to epidemiological science.

Covid-19 causes sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say

The novel coronavirus appears to be causing sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are not otherwise terribly ill, doctors reported Wednesday.

They said patients may be unwilling to call 911 because they have heard hospitals are overwhelmed by coronavirus cases.

There’s growing evidence that Covid-19 infection can cause the blood to clot unnaturally, and stroke would be an expected consequence of that.

Dr. Thomas Oxley, a neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, and colleagues gave details of five people they treated. All were under the age of 50, and all had either mild symptoms of Covid-19 infection or no symptoms at all.

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April 21, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 765,913 today to 819,164

Global cases just crossed the 2.5 million mark

  • 2,736 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 2,557,181 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 177,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 819,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 45,000 today
  • 25,659 New U.S. cases yesterday
  • Global cases: 2,557,181
  • Daily new cases: 67,775
  • Global deaths: 177,641
  • Global recovered: 690,444
  • Mortality rate: 6.95%
  • Recovery rate: 27.00%

 

  • U.S. cases: 819,164
  • U.S. deaths: 45,340
  • U.S. recovered: 72,389
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,736

 

  • Texas cases: 20,267
  • Texas deaths: 528
  • Dallas County cases: 2,602
  • Dallas County deaths: 64

Today’s Headlines:

Michigan toddler spiked 107-degree fever with coronavirus

FARMINGTON HILLS, MILuke Schreiber’s parents didn’t think their thermometer could possibly be right. There was no way their toddler could be registering a 107.1 temperature. And he couldn’t possibly have COVID-19 at his age, could he?

The Farmington Hills couple is sharing their emotional story with MLive readers, saying they want other people to understand that if coronavirus can unexpectedly impact the smallest members of their family, it can happen to anyone.

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Oil crashes to a historic low of MINUS $37 a barrel

Traders fled from the expiring May US oil futures contract in a frenzy on Monday, sending the contract into negative territory for the first time in history, as barely any buyers are willing to take delivery of oil barrels because there is no place to put the crude.

May US crude futures plunged to a depth never before seen, settling on the day at minus $37.63 a barrel, a decline of some 305%, or $55.90 a barrel. Prices set a low of negative $40.32.

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Kentucky sees highest spike in coronavirus cases after lockdown protests

Kentucky experienced its highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases after protests broke out in the state to lift lockdowns, according to reports.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced there were 273 new cases Sunday, bringing the total to 2,960, news station WCPO reported.

“We are still in the midst of this fight against a deadly and highly contagious virus,” Beshear said. “Let’s make sure, as much as we’re looking at those benchmarks and we’re looking at the future, that we are acting in the present and we are doing the things that it takes to protect one another.”

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Stanford study suggests coronavirus is more widespread than realized

Another day, and yet more evidence has appeared that could indicate the number of people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, might be vastly higher than official figures suggest. This time a Californian study suggests the figure in one county could be more than 50 times the number who knew they had had the virus.

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What this Covid-19 survivor wants protesters to know

(CNN) Leah Blomberg’s voice is still raspy from having a tube stuck down her throat for nine days.

Her muscles are so weak, it takes her 45 minutes to take a quick shower.

Now, as she struggles to recover from coronavirus, she wants protesters to stop “crying and complaining” about shelter-in-place orders, like the one in her state of Wisconsin that just got extended until May 26.

“I spent 9 days in a medically induced coma, on a ventilator due to this virus. I spent another 9 days in the ICU having horrible hallucinations from the meds,” Blomberg posted on Facebook.

April 20, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 765,913 today to 793,505

  • 1,480 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today
  • 2,489,406 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 170,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 790,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 42,000 today
  • 27,592 New U.S. cases today
  • Global cases: 2,489,406
  • Daily new cases: 73,699
  • Global deaths: 170,863
  • Global recovered: 656,760
  • Mortality rate: 6.86%
  • Recovery rate: 26.38%

 

  • U.S. cases: 793,505
  • U.S. deaths: 42,604
  • U.S. recovered: 72,389
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,480

 

  • Texas cases: 20,083
  • Texas deaths: 519
  • Dallas County cases: 2,512
  • Dallas County deaths: 60

Today’s Headlines:

Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting*

*Gaslighting, if you don’t know the word, is defined as manipulation into doubting your own sanity; as in, Carl made Mary think she was crazy, even though she clearly caught him cheating. He gaslit her.

Pretty soon, as the country begins to figure out how we “open back up” and move forward, very powerful forces will try to convince us all to get back to normal. (That never happened. What are you talking about?) Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising, messaging, and television and media content to make you feel comfortable again. It will come in the traditional forms — a billboard here, a hundred commercials there — and in new-media forms: a 2020–2021 generation of memes to remind you that what you want again is normalcy…

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April 19, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 738,913 today to 765,913

  • 2,109 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today.
  • 2,415,407 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 166,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 760,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 41,000 today
  • Global cases: 2,415,407
  • Daily new cases: 83,815
  • Global deaths: 166,074
  • Global recovered: 626,639
  • Mortality rate: 6.87%
  • Recovery rate: 25.94%

 

  • U.S. cases: 765,913
  • U.S. deaths: 41,124
  • U.S. recovered: 71,072
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,109

 

  • Texas cases: 19,371
  • Texas deaths: 499
  • Dallas County cases: 2,428
  • Dallas County deaths: 60

Today’s Headlines:

A Group Linked To Betsy DeVos Is Organizing Protests To End Social Distancing

While thousands of demonstrators swarmed the Michigan State Capitol to protest the governor’s stay-at-home order Wednesday — honking horns, waving flags, and bringing traffic to a halt — dozens of Facebook groups were already springing up to organize similar rallies across the country.

“Indiana Citizens Against Excessive Quarantine,” “Operation Gridlock Tennessee,” and other groups with similar names drew people calling an end to stay-at-home orders, measures that health officials say are essential to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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April 18, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 710,021 today to 738,913

  • 1,857 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today.
  • 2,331,892 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 160,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 700,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 39,000 today
  • Global cases: 2,331,892
  • Daily new cases: 51,830
  • Global deaths: 160,763
  • Global recovered: 597,194
  • Mortality rate: 6.89%
  • Recovery rate: 25.61%

 

  • U.S. cases: 738,913
  • U.S. deaths: 39,015
  • U.S. recovered: 68,285
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,857

 

  • Texas cases: 18,679
  • Texas deaths: 469
  • Dallas County cases: 2,324
  • Dallas County deaths: 60

Today’s Headlines:

Japanese medical workers fear the worst as coronavirus cases spike

Tokyo (CNN) Ayako Kajiwara is scared Japan’s medical system isn’t prepared for what might happen next.

She’s the lead nurse at a hospital in Saitama prefecture and is witnessing firsthand the strain on an intensive care unit that’s treating critically ill coronavirus patients.
“It’s hard because we think the patient is improving, but then they’ll suddenly take a turn for the worse,” she said.

Can You Get Reinfected?

Seoul (CNN) In South Korea, health officials are trying to solve a mystery: why 163 people who recovered from coronavirus have retested positive, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The same has been recorded in China, where some coronavirus patients tested positive after seeming to recover, although there are no official figures.
That raises the question: can you get reinfected with coronavirus?

WHO says no evidence antibody tests can determine immunity

The World Health Organization has warned there is no evidence to suggest the presence of antibodies in blood can determine whether someone has immunity to the coronavirus.

Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s executive director for health emergencies, said Friday there was no indication so far that a large proportion of the population had developed immunity.

“There’s been an expectation, maybe, that herd immunity may have been achieved and that the majority of people in society may already have developed antibodies. I think the general evidence is pointing against that… so it may not solve the problem the governments are trying to solve.”

April 17, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 644,089 today to 710,021

  • 2,541 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today.
  • 2,250,751 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 154,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 700,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 37,000 today
  • Global cases: 2,239,082
  • Daily new cases: 68,554
  • Global deaths: 154,261
  • Global recovered: 571,145
  • Mortality rate: 6.85%
  • Recovery rate: 25.38%

 

  • U.S. cases: 710,021
  • U.S. deaths: 37,158
  • U.S. recovered: 60,510
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,305

 

  • Texas cases: 18,074
  • Texas deaths: 456
  • Dallas County cases: 2,190
  • Dallas County deaths: 55

Today’s Headlines:

Covid-19 patients recovering quickly after getting experimental drug remdesivir

(CNN) Covid-19 patients who are getting an experimental drug called remdesivir have been recovering quickly, with most going home in days, STAT News reported Thursday after it obtained a video of a conversation about the trial.

The patients taking part in a clinical trial of the drug have all had severe respiratory symptoms and fever, but were able to leave the hospital after less than a week of treatment, STAT quoted the doctor leading the trial as saying.

See how coronavirus affected this man’s ability to breathe

Coronavirus survivor Jason Hartelius describes his struggle with breathing and fear of dying from the virus to CNN’s John Berman.

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April 16, 2020:

U.S. cases jumped from 644,089 yesterday to 677,570

  • 2,174 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today.
  • 2,182,197 total Global Cases
  • Global Deaths topped 145,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 675,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 34,000 today
  • Global cases: 2,182,197
  • Daily new cases: 98,893
  • Global deaths: 145,521
  • Global recovered: 547,295
  • Mortality rate: 6.67%
  • Recovery rate: 25.08%

 

  • U.S. cases: 677,570
  • U.S. deaths: 34,617
  • U.S. recovered: 57,508
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,174

 

  • Texas cases: 17,216
  • Texas deaths: 424
  • Dallas County cases: 2,066
  • Dallas County deaths: 50

Today’s Headlines:

US explores possibility that coronavirus started in Chinese lab

(CNN) US intelligence and national security officials say the United States government is looking into the possibility that the novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory rather than a market, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter who caution it is premature to draw any conclusions.

The theory is one of multiple being pursued by investigators as they attempt to determine the origin of the coronavirus that has resulted in a pandemic and killed hundreds of thousands. The US does not believe the virus was associated with bioweapons research, and officials noted that the intelligence community is also exploring a range of other theories regarding the origination of the virus, as would typically be the case for high-profile incidents, according to an intelligence source.

Texas is second-worst in the nation for COVID-19 testing

Six times in three weeks, Marci Rosenberg and her ailing husband and teenage children tried to get tested for the new coronavirus — only to be turned away each time, either for not meeting narrow testing criteria or because there simply were not enough tests available.

All the while, the Bellaire family of four grew sicker as their fevers spiked and their coughs worsened. They said they fell one by one into an exhaustion unlike any they had felt before.

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As Many as 50% of People with COVID-19 Aren’t Aware They Have the Virus

There may be a lot of people walking around who have COVID-19 but have no idea they are spreading the virus.

The first word of this possibility came in early April from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Dr. Robert Redfield, in an interview with National Public Radio affiliate WABE.

“One of the [pieces of] information that we have confirmed now is that a significant number of individuals that are infected actually remain asymptomatic. That may be as many as 25 percent,” Redfield said.

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April 15, 2020:

  • Over 2,482 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today.
  • Global Cases just topped 2 Million yesterday
  • Global Deaths topped 134,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 644,000 yesterday
  • U.S. deaths topped 28,000 yesterday
  • Global cases: 2,083,304
  • Daily new cases: 81,974
  • Global deaths: 134,616
  • Global recovered: 510,350
  • Mortality rate: 6.46%
  • Recovery rate: 24.50%

 

  • U.S. cases: 644,089
  • U.S. deaths: 28,529
  • U.S. recovered: 48,701
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,482

 

  • Texas cases: 16,230
  • Texas deaths: 387
  • Dallas County cases: 1877
  • Dallas County deaths: 42

Today’s Headlines:

Scientists have bad news about antibody tests

(CNN) In a phone call last week, some of the nation’s top scientists briefed White House officials about antibody testing, according to two doctors who were on the call.

Much of the news wasn’t very good.
Antibody tests check to see if a person has previously been infected with Covid-19, an indication that they’ve had the virus and now could be immune to it.

Amazon shuts down distribution centers in France

London (CNN Business) Amazon is suspending its distribution activity in France after a court ruled it had to stop all non-essential deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ruling on Tuesday followed the filing of a complaint by a French labor union which accused the online delivery giant of endangering the lives of workers.
In a statement Wednesday, the company said it was “perplexed” by the court ruling that ordered Amazon (AMZN) to restrict its local delivery operations to essential goods only, or face a penalty of 1 million euros ($1.1 million) for each day it failed to comply.

How China Corrupted the World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) put out questionable guidance on how to deal with the coronavirus, it was slow to communicate the magnitude of the threat, and it whitewashed the Chinese government’s early handling of the crisis.

President Donald Trump, who put a hold on WHO funding yesterday, isn’t absolved of his own failures in confronting COVID-19. But there’s no doubt that the WHO’s response destroyed much of its credibility, damaged the field of public health, and failed to contain the pandemic.

The WHO’s actions in response to COVID-19, in part, stemmed from its overly deferential stance towards China, which is its second-biggest financial contributor among 194 member states.

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April 14, 2020:

  • Over 2,300 Americans died on U.S. soil from Covid-19 today.
  • Global Cases just topped 2 Million today
  • Global Deaths topped 126,000 today
  • U.S. Cases topped 600,000 today
  • U.S. deaths topped 26,000 today
  • Global cases: 2,001,330
  • Daily new cases: 73,335
  • Global deaths: 126,600
  • Global recovered: 481,886
  • Mortality rate: 6.33%
  • Recovery rate: 24.07%

 

  • U.S. cases: 613,886
  • U.S. deaths: 26,047
  • U.S. recovered: 38,479

 

  • Texas cases: 15,022
  • Texas deaths: 345
  • Dallas County cases: 1877
  • Dallas County deaths: 42

Today’s Headlines:

For survivors of severe COVID-19, beating the virus is just the beginning

COVID-19’s immediate assault on the body is extensive. It targets the lungs, but a lack of oxygen and widespread inflammation can also damage the kidneys, liver, heart, brain, and other organs. Although it’s too early to say what lasting disabilities COVID-19 survivors will face, clues come from studies of severe pneumonia—an infection that inflames the air sacs in the lungs, as COVID-19 does. Some of these infections progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), in which those sacs fill with fluid. That condition sometimes leads to scarring that can cause long-term breathing problems, Ferrante says, but studies show that most ARDS patients eventually recover their lung function.

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Moscow rolls out digital tracking to enforce lockdown

Moscow (CNN) Moscow has introduced a digital tracking system to enforce a coronavirus lockdown — but critics say the technology represents an unprecedented threat to privacy.

The capital is the epicenter of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, recording 11,513 of the country’s official toll of 18,328 cases of Covid-19. “If previously we had around 500 hospitalizations daily, now we have 1,300,” said Mayor Sergey Sobyanin on Friday. Sobyanin has declared the digital tracking system is a response to Moscow’s rapid spike.

Dallas Announces 10 New Covid-19 Cases – Most in a Single Day

Dallas County announced 10 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon — the first time the single-day count has crossed into double digits.

The dead were a Garland man in his 30s, two Dallas men in their 50s, a Dallas woman in her 50s, a Dallas man in his 60s, a Dallas man in his 70s, a Dallas man in his 80s, a DeSoto man in his 80s, a Mesquite woman in her 80s and a Dallas woman in her 90s.

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Trump halts World Health Organization funding

(CNN) President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he is halting funding to the World Health Organization while a review is conducted.

Trump said the review would cover the WHO’s “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus.”

Taiwan says WHO ignored its coronavirus questions at start of outbreak

TAIPEI (Reuters)Taiwan accused the World Heath Organization of ignoring its questions at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, part of what it has long described as a pattern that puts it at risk because of Chinese pressure to exclude it from international bodies.
Taiwan is barred from membership in the WHO under pressure from China, which views it as a province rather than a state. It responded early to the coronavirus outbreak in China, and has had notable success in limiting contagion so far, with just two deaths and 215 cases.

April 13, 2020:

  • Global Cases just topped 1.9 Million
  • Global cases: 1,927,995
  • Daily new cases: 71,093
  • Global deaths: 119,792
  • Global recovered: 447,238
  • Mortality rate: 6.21%
  • Recovery rate: 22.20%
  • U.S. cases: 587,416
  • U.S. deaths: 23,739
  • U.S. recovered: 32,427
  • Texas cases: 14,583
  • Texas deaths: 314

 

Today’s Headlines:

Israeli COVID-19 treatment shows 100% survival rate

Not only have all the patients survived, according to Pluristem, but four of them showed improvement in respiratory parameters.

Six critically ill coronavirus patients in Israel who are considered high-risk for mortality have been treated with Pluristem’s placenta-based cell-therapy product and survived, according to preliminary data provided by the Haifa-based company.

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NYC Hospital Dr: “I’ve never seen this before in my life”

Dr. Melanie Malloy takes CNN inside Brooklyn’s Mount Sinai Hospital as it works to accommodate an influx of patients due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Italian police fine nearly 23k for coronavirus violations

Italian police fined almost 23,000 people for breaking coronavirus containment rules on Friday and Saturday, the country’s Interior Ministry said today.

The ministry is expected to release the number of fines handed out on Easter Sunday later today.

Over Friday and Saturday, 22,956 people were fined, along with 397 businesses, according to the ministry.

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FBI DISCOVERS PROMISED STOCKPILE OF 39 MILLION MEDICAL MASKS WAS A SCAM

As state governments and hospitals have scrambled to obtain masks and other medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, scammers attempted to sell a fake stockpile of 39 million masks to a California labor union.

The Los Angeles Times first reported on Sunday that the FBI had uncovered the scam, which has been traced back to a broker in Australia and a supplier in Kuwait. The investigators discovered the scam because they were looking into whether the supply could be intercepted by the federal government through the Defense Production Act.

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Global Food Supply at Risk, UN Warns

Hong Kong (CNN) As the novel coronavirus pandemic shuts down businesses globally and sends countries into lockdown, the disruptions are threatening to cut off supply chains and increase food insecurity.

“Supermarket shelves remain stocked for now,” the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in a report released late last month. “But a protracted pandemic crisis could quickly put a strain on the food supply chains, a complex web of interactions involving farmers, agricultural inputs, processing plants, shipping, retailers and more.”

Trump says ‘germ is so brilliant antibiotics can’t keep up with it’

The day coronavirus became the number one cause of death among Americans, US president Donald Trump appeared to confuse the viral disease with a bacterial infection which could be treated with antibiotics.

In a meandering address to journalists on Friday which lasted over two hours and veered between incomprehensibility and flippancy, the president pondered the nature of the deadly virus, which he described as a “very brilliant enemy”, and a “genius”.

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April 12, 2020:

  • We just passed 1.8 million in worldwide cases
  • The UK just surpassed China for high case count of 84,279
  • Global cases: 1,856,902
  • Daily new cases: 73,739
  • Global deaths: 114,484
  • Global recovered: 427,373
  • Mortality rate: 6.17%
  • Recovery rate: 23.02%
  • U.S. cases: 560,433
  • U.S. deaths: 22,118
  • U.S. recovered: 30,502
  • Texas cases: 13,748
  • Texas deaths: 273

Today’s Headlines:

People Are Dressing Up To Take Out The Trash

(CNN)In Australia, previously mundane chores are being turned into a fun public outing in the midst of self-isolation.

Just scroll down the Bin Isolation Outing Facebook group to see. Originally begun as a joke between friends, the page now has half a million members and counting — and is filled with photos and videos of folks around Australia (and, increasingly, the world) taking their bins to the curb in fun costumes.

President Trump is wrong in so many ways about hydroxychloroquine studies.

(CNN)There are several treatments being studied to prevent or treat coronavirus, but President Trump has been a cheerleader for one in particular: hydroxychloroquine, a drug currently used to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Over the past month, he’s made many optimistic statements about hydroxychloroquine. CNN has fact-checked the president multiple times — such as here, here, and here — and found that he’s being unrealistically enthusiastic.

U.S. Cases Top 500,000 While Worst is Yet to Come in Texas, Florida

(CNN)The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States topped 500,000 on Friday as health officials reported the highest number of death in a single day.

As of Friday evening, 18,637 people in the United States have died of coronavirus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, an increase of 1,953 deaths from Thursday. Worldwide, there are 1.69 million confirmed cases and more than 102,000 reported deaths.
The grim milestone comes as researchers warned that lifting social distancing measures too soon could lead to a setback in the pandemic mitigation.

Fox News Is Preparing to Be Sued Over Coronavirus Misinformation

Just over a week ago, former Fox Business host Trish Reganparted ways with the network, ostensibly because she called the coronavirus melee “yet another attempt to impeach…demonize, and destroy the president.” That the comments, which mirrored those of nearly every other Fox host at the time, would result in her termination seemed disproportionate, and last week a member of Fox Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch’s front office told the Daily Beast that Regan represented “a sacrificial lamb”—a scapegoat for critics who lampooned the network for dangerously misinforming its viewers about a deadly pandemic. Regan’s ouster failed to achieve this goal, and according to new reports, Fox is now lawyering up, bracing for a litany of public-interest lawsuits and letters of condemnation for pedaling misinformation for weeks prior to coronavirus’s explosion in the U.S.

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April 11, 2020:

  • Global cases: 1,783,163
  • Daily new cases: 81,380
  • Global deaths: 109,046
  • Global recovered: 407,950
  • Mortality rate: 6.12%
  • Recovery rate: 22.88%
  • U.S. cases: 533,243
  • U.S. deaths: 20,577
  • U.S. recovered: 29,803
  • Texas cases: 13,352
  • Texas deaths: 273

Today’s Headlines:

South Korea reports boomerang coronavirus infections

Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), told a briefing that the virus may have been “reactivated” rather than the patients being re-infected.

South Korean health officials said it remains unclear what is behind the trend, with epidemiological investigations still under way.

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Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP)Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers’ fields.

Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can’t sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

Other states are having the same issues — agriculture officials say leafy greens in California are being hit especially hard, and dairy farmers in Vermont and Wisconsin say they have had to dump a surplus of milk intended for restaurants.

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On Navajo Nation, coronavirus cases surge

Lisa Robbins runs the generator attached to her family’s mobile home for just a few hours most mornings. With no electricity, it provides heat in this rural high-desert stretch of the Navajo Nation where overnight temperatures often linger in the low 30s this time of year.

Robbins first started hearing the whispers earlier this month — the fever, that sickness, something called coronavirus — but most people in this town of about 900 didn’t seem too worried. It was far off, neighbors told her, a world away in the big cities.

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A Promising Covid-19 Treatment Gets Fast-Tracked

“Mindboggling.” That’s how Aaron Tobian, a pathologist and director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, describes the speed of the spread of the COVID-19 virus—and Johns Hopkins’ lightning-fast response to the pandemic.

“When it started to hit the home front and there were no treatments, everybody started saying, ‘We need to act, and we need to act now,'” says Tobian, who has a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. “And that’s when people at Hopkins started coming together and said, ‘Let’s try to do something here.'”

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April 10, 2020:

Today’s daily records:
  • We exceeded 1.7 million cases worldwide
  • we exceeded 500,000 cases in the U.S.
  • We exceeded 100,000 deaths worldwide
  • New York has more cases [ 172,158 ] than any other COUNTRY (except the U.S.)
  • Global cases: 1,701,783
  • Daily new cases: 97,110
  • Global deaths: 102,900
  • Global recovered: 381,845
  • Mortality rate: 6.04%
  • Recovery rate: 22.47%
  • U.S. cases: 502,876
  • U.S. deaths: 18,747
  • U.S. recovered: 27,239
  • Texas cases: 12,859
  • Texas deaths: 425

Today’s Headlines:

Drone Footage Shows Apparent Coronavirus Mass Grave in NYC

Drone footage from New York shows workers putting about two dozen coffins into a trench as the city struggles with a mounting death toll due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The footage is from Hart Island, which has traditionally been used as a potter’s field by the city. In recent years, inmates from the Rikers Island jail have worked as gravediggers there. Last week, the Intercept reported that inmates were offered $6 an hour ― far higher than standard prison rates ― to dig graves. However, according to Reuters, the city has since hired non-prison laborers for the job.

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Private jet of vacationers turned back after landing in France

(CNN)A group of international vacationers who flew from London to the south of France in a private jet were turned away by French police after they landed.
French border police were notified on April 4 by the Marseille Provence Airport that an English company wanted to fly a jet from London to Marseille, carrying 10 passengers of Croatian, French, German, Romanian and Ukrainian nationality.
The passengers, seven men between the ages of 40 and 50 and three women who were “around 25,” were heading to Cannes, an official with the Marseille Provence Air Border Police told CNN.

April 9, 2020:

We just passed 1.6 million global cases today!

  • Global cases: 1,604,673
  • Daily new cases: 84,494
  • Global deaths: 95,729
  • Mortality rate: 5.97%
  • Recovery rate: 22.21%
  • U.S. cases: 468,566
  • U.S. deaths: 16,697
  • Texas cases: 11,426
  • Texas deaths: 222

Today’s Headlines:

Lockdowns shouldn’t be fully lifted until coronavirus vaccine found

(CNN) Coronavirus lockdowns across the globe should not be completely lifted until a vaccine for the disease is found, according to a study based on China’s outbreak published in medical journal The Lancet.

China’s draconian restrictions on daily life appear to have halted the first wave of Covid-19 across much of the country, but the researchers used mathematical modeling to show that premature lifting of measures could result in a sweeping second wave of infection.

Publisher of hydroxychloroquine says research didn’t meet its standards

(CNN) President Trump has been a cheerleader for the drug hydroxychloroquine, pointing in a tweet and in person to a French study as evidence that one particular drug combination might be “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”

But now the medical society that published that French research has issued a statement saying the study “does not meet the Society’s expected standard.”
Dr. Kevin Tracey, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in New York City, gave an even more pointed assessment of the French research.
“The study was a complete failure,” he said.

How a discovery that brought us Viagra could help with coronavirus

Its discovery gave rise to a treatment that snatches thousands of “blue babies” — newborns starved of oxygen by a heart defect — from the jaws of death every year. Later, research into the gas’s knack for relaxing blood vessels led to the development of the world’s best-known little blue pill — the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

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April 8, 2020:

We just passed 1.5 million global cases!

  • Global cases: 1,520,179
  • Daily new cases: 86,591
  • Global deaths: 88,568
  • Mortality rate: 5.83%
  • Recovery rate: 22.26%
  • U.S. cases: 435,128
  • U.S. deaths: 14,795
  • Texas cases: 10,065
  • Texas deaths: 195

Today’s Headlines:

“The world’s on fire with this virus,” said Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and this means that even if one country succeeds in putting out the blaze, sparks will keep arriving from elsewhere to cause new outbreaks. He added: “I think the transmission will continue to occur for some time.”

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Hospitals say feds are seizing medical supplies without a word

Although President Trump has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about where the material is going and how they can get what they need to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Hospital and clinic officials in seven states described the seizures in interviews over the past week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is not publicly reporting the acquisitions, despite the outlay of millions of dollars of taxpayer money, nor has the administration detailed how it decides which supplies to seize and where to reroute them.

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Record Setting Day for America

April 8, 2020 recorded more new cases and more fatalities than at any other time in the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

Ending the day at 435.128 cases, we have added 34,716 since the day before.

Yesterday in America, 1941 people lost their battle with the disease to bring the running total to 14,795.

America has had the dubious distinction of being in the #1 position for Covid-19 cases since March 26, when we jumped from 68,203 cases to 85,483 in a single day. Our mortality rate has been increasing at an accelerating pace since its low of 1.20% on March 23rd. We are currently at 3.40% and climbing. The worldwide mortality rate today is 5.85% and climbing steadily.
On a positive note, for the first time since March 10th, the global recovery rate in now increasing daily. We are currently at 23.07%. The all-time high recovery rate was 56.75% on March 7th, 2020

April 7, 2020:

  • Global cases: 1,433,588
  • Daily new cases: 85,720
  • Global deaths: 82,076
  • Mortality rate: 5.73%
  • Recovery rate: 21.18%
  • U.S. cases: 400,412
  • U.S. deaths: 12,854
  • Texas cases: 9,187
  • Texas deaths: 175

Today’s Headlines:

Japan to declare state of emergency over coronavirus pandemic

Tokyo (CNN) Much of Japan will enter a state of emergency Tuesday, as the country struggles to rein in the coronavirus pandemic, months after the first domestic cases were reported.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that “basic economic activity” will continue in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka, the seven affected prefectures, with public transport and supermarkets remaining open, but urged people to exercise social distancing and avoid unnecessary trips.

Coroners worry Covid-19 test shortages could lead to uncounted deaths

(CNN) Jill Romann, the coroner in Douglas County, Colorado, was so desperate for coronavirus tests that she began calling hospitals in the middle of the night to avoid management, begging whoever was on duty for one or two test kits.

Her total collection reached about 13 before the hospitals caught on and shut her down.
She asked the state health department for help getting the tests needed to determine whether deaths were linked to the virus. But she said the agency told her it was not providing them to coroners because it was prioritizing the tests for the living. She hasn’t been able to get the supplies she needs from private labs either.

Number of dead could be lower as Americans practice social distancing

(CNN) A week after unveiling a stunning projection for the number of people who would die from coronavirus in the US — 100,000 to 240,000 — White House officials have yet to fully explain how they arrived at those numbers.

Some administration officials are now saying the number could be lower than it originally warned — but it comes as there are continued questions about how the administration got to the high number.

April 6, 2020:

  • Global cases: 1,342,032
  • Daily new cases: 75,114
  • Global deaths: 74,706
  • Mortality rate: 5.54%
  • Recovery rate: 20.71%
  • U.S. cases: 367,385
  • U.S. deaths: 10,896
  • Texas cases: 8,138
  • Texas deaths: 151

Today’s Headlines:

Texas Woman Who Claimed COVID-19 Was ‘Media Driven’ Hoax Dies From Virus

“MAGA”: Karen Kolb Sehlke, a Trump-loving woman from Texas is dead from COVID-19 after claiming the virus was a “media driven” hoax.

In a sad, cautionary tale of willful ignorance and hubris, Karen Kolb Sehlke is dead from COVID-19 after claiming the virus was a “media driven” hoax “controlled by the radical people in powerful places.”

In a long-winded Facebook rant Sehlke claimed that “our government is under attack from within” while comparing the coronavirus to “the impeachment hoax” and arguing that those who take the current pandemic seriously “panic like sheep.”

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April 5, 2020:

  • Global cases: 1,203,632
  • Daily new cases: 4247
  • Global deaths: 65,016
  • Mortality rate: 5.40%
  • Recovery rate: 20.61%
  • U.S. cases: 311,357
  • U.S. deaths: 8,741
  • Texas cases: 6,359
  • Texas deaths: 111

Today’s Headlines:

‘Normal’ will look completely different when this is all over

Ryan talked about “transition strategies” and said each country needs a strong public health architecture, a massive investment in our capacity to do surveillance, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, and a robust information system so that people know what to do and where to go if they are sick.
“And if we do that, we have a chance of transitioning back into a life, and economic and social life, that may, in some senses, not be the same again, maybe a more caring, engaged society with a better health care system, with better universal access to health care, with more social justice, and more care for each other, and that won’t be a bad society to go back to.”

 

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Surgeon General: This week will be like a ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘9/11’ moment

(CNN) The US surgeon general said this week is going to be the “hardest and the saddest” for “most Americans’ lives,” describing the upcoming grim period of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as a “Pearl Harbor moment” and a “9/11 moment.”

“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that,” Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Adams continued: “I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

The mystery of why the coronavirus kills some young people

(CNN) When 30-year-old Ben Luderer started to feel sick, he wasn’t that surprised. Just a few days earlier, his wife, Brandy, had tested positive for coronavirus, but there wasn’t much to it.

All she had was a really low-grade temperature, one that the doctors didn’t even really consider to be a fever, she said. She had some congestion, but she was on the mend. He wasn’t all that worried, either, when he started feeling unwell. After all, they were both young and healthy.
The two worked in the Cliffside Park School District in New Jersey, both as special education teachers — she at School #4, he at School #6. A star baseball player in high school, he continued his passion by coaching the varsity baseball team.

Tiger at Bronx zoo tests positive for coronavirus

The Bronx Zoo, in New York City, says the test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.

Nadia, her sister Azul, as well as two Amur tigers and three African lions, had developed a dry cough and all are expected to fully recover, it says.

The cats are believed to have been infected by a zoo keeper.

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April 4, 2020:

  • Global cases: 1,203,632
  • Daily new cases: 103,401
  • Global deaths: 65,016
  • Mortality rate: 5.40%
  • Recovery rate: 20.61%
  • U.S. cases: 311,357
  • U.S. deaths: 8,741
  • Texas cases: 6,359
  • Texas deaths: 111

A new record for daily cases: 103,401

Today’s Headlines:

Doctors say India must prepare for an ‘onslaught’

as one of Asia’s biggest slums reports first coronavirus death

New Delhi (CNN) One of Asia’s biggest slums has confirmed its first coronavirus death as top Indian doctors warn that the country must prepare to face an “onslaught” of cases that could cripple the health system to levels far beyond what Europe and the United States are experiencing.

A 56-year-old man died due to Covid-19-related illness in Dharavi slum, in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai on Wednesday.
The patient, who had no travel history, died hours just after testing positive for coronavirus while being transferred to a local hospital, Kiran Dighavkar, an official with Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told CNN.

Bodies are being left in the streets in an overwhelmed city

(CNN) The streets of Ecuador’s western city of Guayaquil are deserted, with few residents in sight — and a few dead, as bodies are being left in the streets of this overwhelmed place.

The coronavirus pandemic is overloading the public services in the country’s most populous city to a point of collapse. Hospitals have no beds left to accept sick patients, and morgues, cemeteries and funeral homes are straining. With no place left to put them, some residents say they have no choice but placing them outside.

As northern Italy is ravaged by coronavirus, there’s trouble brewing down south

(CNN) Four weeks into a nationwide lockdown, very few Italians are still singing from their balconies or banging pots and pans in solidarity. Instead, flags were lowered to half-staff this week for the nearly 15,000 coronavirus victims including doctors, nurses and health care professionals who have perished since February 23.

The lockdown, which was originally scheduled to end Friday, April 3, has now been extended to beyond Easter, and Italians from north to south are nearing a breaking point just as the draconian measures have begun to show signs of stopping the spread of Covid-19.

How the cell phones of spring breakers who flouted coronavirus warnings were tracked

(CNN) The Trump administration wants to use Americans’ smartphone location data to help track and combat the spread of coronavirus. Now, a pair of US data companies are making a public pitch to show just how that kind of technology might work.

X-Mode and Tectonix focused on a high-profile case: tracking location data from the phones of people who visited the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in March — among them spring breakers who made national news two weeks ago when they ignored warnings to practice social distancing despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

April 3, 2020:

We passed ONE MILLION cases yesterday

  • Global cases: 1,100,231
  • Daily new cases: 77,738
  • Global deaths: 59,208
  • Mortality rate: 5.38%
  • Recovery rate: 20.81%
  • U.S. cases: 277,161
  • U.S. deaths: 7,392
  • Texas cases: 5,658
  • Texas deaths: 98

Today’s Headlines:

Know the new rules at Walmart, Home Depot and Target

In time for the sixth weekend of pandemic-era shopping, big box stores have some new rules promoting social distancing.

Maybe you’ve already waited in line to shop, but expect to see that more often starting this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, Walmart will limit the number of people in its stores, create one-way aisles and designate entrance and exit doors. The world’s largest retailer is also asking people to leave their families at home as it puts in place new rules to emphasize social distancing.

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April 2, 2020:

We just passed ONE MILLION cases globally and 240,000 for the U.S.

  • Global cases: 1,017,204
  • Daily new cases: 81,364
  • Global deaths: 53,259
  • Mortality rate: 5.24%
  • Recovery rate: 20.94%
  • U.S. cases: 245,080
  • U.S. deaths: 6,075
  • Texas cases: 5,162
  • Texas deaths: 83

Another daily record for new cases: 81,364

Today’s Headlines:

Nurse Shares A Harrowing Photo Of COVID-19 Victims

To Show How Horrifying The Outbreak Is

(Buzzfeed) – The 38-year-old registered nurse at a Manhattan hospital was nearing the end of his shift Sunday morning when he stepped toward the building’s ambulance bay.

There, a giant refrigerator truck was sitting, ready to carry away those who had died from complications of COVID-19. He walked up to the truck, opened the latch, and snapped a picture.

“I took it to show to people,” said the emergency room nurse. “It is the ghastly reality of what we deal with and where some of us have ended up already.” He asked that neither he nor his hospital be identified for fear of repercussions. BuzzFeed News altered the image to blur the names of the deceased.

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Experts say coronavirus can spread through talking or just breathing

(CNN) A prestigious scientific panel told the White House Wednesday night that research shows coronavirus can be spread not just by sneezes or coughs, but also just by talking, or possibly even just breathing.

“While the current [coronavirus] specific research is limited, the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing,” according to the letter, written by Dr. Harvey Fineberg, chairman of a committee with the National Academy of Sciences.

UK vows to boost coronavirus testing after criticism, as officials release guidance on who to save first

“As such, some of the most unwell patients may be denied access to treatment such as intensive care or artificial ventilation,” the BMA’s ethics guidance note states.
“This will inevitably be indirectly discriminatory against both the elderly and those with long-term health conditions, with the latter being denied access to life-saving treatment as a result of their pre-existing health problems.”

More than 40 spring breakers test positive for coronavirus

(CNN)Dozens of spring breakers from Texas boarded a plane for fun and came home with coronavirus.
About 70 people in their 20s chartered a plane from Austin, Texas, to Mexico for spring break two weeks ago. They went against the advice of White House officials who asked that people avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 and nonessential air travel.
Now 44 of those people have tested positive for coronavirus — all of them University of Texas at Austin students, a university spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

April 1, 2020:

We just passed 935,000 cases globally and 215,000 for the U.S.

  • Global cases: 935,640
  • Daily new cases: 77,677
  • Global deaths: 47,241
  • Mortality rate: 5.05%
  • Recovery rate: 20.76%
  • U.S. cases: 215,175
  • U.S. deaths: 5,110
  • Texas cases: 4,068
  • Texas deaths: 60

We set another record for new cases today: 77,677

Today’s Headlines:

Coronavirus Could Travel 27 Feet, Stay in Air for Hours

The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak vividly demonstrates the burden that respiratory infectious diseases impose in an intimately connected world. Unprecedented containment and mitigation policies have been implemented in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, including travel restrictions, screening and testing of travelers, isolation and quarantine, and school closures.

A key goal of such policies is to decrease the encounters between infected individuals and susceptible individuals and decelerate the rate of transmission. Although such social distancing strategies are critical in the current time of pandemic, it may seem surprising that the current understanding of the routes of host-to-host transmission in respiratory infectious diseases are predicated on a model of disease transmission developed in the 1930s that, by modern standards, seems overly simplified. Implementing public health recommendations based on these older models may limit the effectiveness of the proposed interventions.

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Trump’s alarming message portends tragic days ahead

(CNN) President Donald Trump finally leveled with America about the desperate reality of the coronavirus pandemic, warning of cruel weeks to come in one of the most chilling White House moments in modern history.

Even with blanket nationwide adoption of stringent mitigation efforts, between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could face death in the coming weeks in a cascading nationwide ordeal, according to modeling explained by senior members of the President’s emergency task force Tuesday.

 

Asia may have been right about coronavirus and face masks

Hong Kong (CNN) In the coming weeks, if they have not already, your government is likely to begin advising you to wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus.

For those living in Asia, such announcements will be a vindication of a tactic that has been adopted across much of the region since the beginning of the crisis and appears to have been borne out by lower rates of infection and faster containment of outbreaks.
In other parts of the world, this message may be confusing, coming after weeks of public health authorities, politicians and media figures confidently claiming masks do not help and urging people instead to focus on washing their hands and maintaining social distancing.

A New York Doctor’s Warning

I do not want to see you in my hospital. I do not want you to go to any hospital in the United States. I do not want you to leave your home, except for essential food and supplies. I do not want you to get tested for the coronavirus, unless you need to be admitted to a hospital.
…Social distancing, while still crucial, came too late in New York to prevent a crisis. Maybe, just maybe, extreme measures can prevent this from happening in other cities around the country.

March 31, 2020:

We just passed 860,000 cases globally and 188,000 for the U.S.

  • Global cases: 863,547
  • Daily new cases: 79,166
  • Global deaths: 42,151
  • Mortality rate: 4.92%
  • Recovery rate: 20.73%
  • U.S. cases: 188,530
  • U.S. deaths: 3,988
  • Texas cases: 3,666
  • Texas deaths: 56

Today is a new daily record of new cases – 79,166

Today’s Headlines:

Texas Governor Extends Social Distancing Statewide

During a live broadcast today, Governor Greg Abbot signed into law an order to extend the federal Coronavirus restrictions across the state of Texas. Stopping short of shelter-in-place, it extends social distancing to all 254 counties in the Lone Star State.

For the actual order: CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_Version_2.0

A state web page contains a listing of Essential Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choir practice turns fatal. Airborne coronavirus strongly suspected

With the coronavirus quickly spreading in Washington state in early March, leaders of the Skagit Valley Chorale debated whether to go ahead with weekly rehearsal.

The virus was already killing people in the Seattle area, about an hour’s drive to the south.

But Skagit County hadn’t reported any cases, schools and businesses remained open, and prohibitions on large gatherings had yet to be announced.

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March 30, 2020:

We just passed 770,000 cases globally and 150,000 for the U.S.

  • Global cases: 775,782
  • Daily new cases: 52,392
  • Global deaths: 37,109
  • Mortality rate: 4.80%
  • Recovery rate: 20.81%
  • U.S. cases: 159,689
  • U.S. deaths: 2,951
  • Texas cases: 2,906
  • Texas deaths: 41

Today’s Headlines:

Pastor of Tampa church that held two large Sunday services arrested, jailed

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church was booked into a local jail on Monday on charges of unlawful assembly and violating Hillsborough County’s stay-at-home order. He posted bail 30 minutes later.

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82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August

(CNN) President Donald Trump’s decision to extend social distancing guidelines until April 30 came after officials reviewed 12 different statistical models, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a Sunday press briefing.

But standing in the Rose Garden, Birx also mentioned another model, created independently, that “ended up at the same numbers.” That analysis, which is publicly available, paints a grim picture of what’s to come in the US, even with social distancing in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 29, 2020:

We just passed 700,000 cases globally and 132,000 in the U.S.

  • Infected: 721,956
  • Daily new cases: 57,060
  • Deaths: 33,966
  • Fatality rate: 4.70%
  • Recovery rate: 21.02%
  • U.S. cases: 132,538
  • U.S. deaths: 2,484
  • Texas cases: 2,808
  • Texas deaths: 38

 

Today’s Headlines:

 

Fauci Says 200,000 Deaths in the U.S. Are Possible

U.S. coronavirus deaths could reach 200,000, top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said, calling the estimate a moving target. New Orleans could run out of breathing machines within a week.

Spain had its deadliest day as the nation’s overloaded health-care system struggles to cope with almost 80,000 coronavirus cases.

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March 28, 2020:

We just passed 660,000 cases globally and 124,000 in the U.S.

  • Infected: 667,473
  • Daily new cases: 70,163
  • Deaths: 30,851
  • Fatality rate: 4.62%
  • Recovery rate: 21.59%
  • U.S. cases: 124,217
  • U.S. deaths: 2,227
  • Texas cases: 2,521
  • Texas deaths: 30

 

Today’s Headlines:

Coronavirus may have infected half of UK population

The new coronavirus may already have infected far more people in the UK than scientists had previously estimated — perhaps as much as half the population — according to modelling by researchers at the University of Oxford. If the results are confirmed, they imply that fewer than one in a thousand of those infected with Covid-19 become ill enough to need hospital treatment, said Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology, who led the study. The vast majority develop very mild symptoms or none at all.

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Beware Fake Covid-19 Checks in Mail

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) A Florida man is sounding the alarm after he received what appeared to be a fake coronavirus relief check in the mail.

The massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package approved by the Senate Wednesday includes “stimulus checks” for many Americans, especially those facing financial difficulty as a result of the outbreak.

However, the House of Representatives still needs to approve the stimulus package, with a vote expected Friday. Once it passes, it will take roughly three weeks for those checks to be received.

That’s why Thomas Andrews knew the official-looking check that came in the mail Thursday was nothing but fishy.

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Air pollution plummets as Europeans stay at home

(CNN) Most Europeans are currently living under severe restrictions, stuck at home, desperately hoping for the coronavirus pandemic to pass soon.

On the flip side: the air is cleaner than it’s been in a long time.
The huge decline in road traffic, air travel and other business activities across Europe has led to sharp reductions in pollution over several major cities, new images published by the European Space Agency show. A similar effect has been recorded across the United States and in China.
The impact of the pandemic-related restrictions on air quality is staggering. In some parts of Europe, the levels of toxic pollutants in the air have been slashed by a half.

Mystery In Wuhan: No Herd Immunity Reported

…some Wuhan residents who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time. Based on data from several quarantine facilities in the city, which house patients for further observation after their discharge from hospitals, about 5%-10% of patients pronounced “recovered” have tested positive again.

Some of those who retested positive appear to be asymptomatic carriers — those who carry the virus and are possibly infectious but do not exhibit any of the illness’s associated symptoms — suggesting that the outbreak in Wuhan is not close to being over.

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March 27, 2020:

We just passed 590,000 cases globally and 100,000 in the U.S.

  • Infected: 597,250
  • Daily new cases: 65,276
  • Deaths: 27,365
  • Fatality rate: 4.50%
  • Recovery rate: 22.88%
  • U.S. cases: 104,205
  • U.S. deaths: 1,701
  • Texas cases: 1,950
  • Texas deaths: 26

A new daily record for new cases: 65,276

 

Today’s Headlines:

Trump touts great success as US becomes world’s worst virus epicenter

(CNN)As America became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump downplayed the escalating national crisis.

His comments at Thursday’s afternoon briefing underscored the growing duality of the fight: While the President is telling a tale of great successes, of a government powerfully mobilizing, front-line health care workers are facing gruesome scenes in hospitals in a growing number of hot spots.

Bill Gates Makes Prediction About Coronavirus Peak

Bill Gates says that the US should shutdown the entire country for a short period of time to control the spread of the coronavirus and predicts that the number of cases will peak in late April.

Mass Migration May Threaten the World’s Largest Lockdown

New Delhi (CNN) Thousands of migrant workers are attempting to leaveIndia’s major cities after a government lockdown designed to prevent a local epidemic of novel coronavirus left them without jobs or pay.

The potential mass migration may undermine attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to prevent the localized spread of the coronavirus, with some workers even attempting to make the journey on foot, due to widespread closures of public transport.

Video reveals lung damage in US coronavirus patient: ‘People need to take this seriously’

The imagery shows extensive damage to the lungs of a generally healthy 59-year-old male with high blood pressure, Mortman said. Since becoming seriously ill, the patient requires a ventilator to help him breathe, but even on the highest setting, it’s not enough. He also needs another machine that circulates and then oxygenates his blood, Mortman said.

Mortgage Crisis and Fed Unintended Consequences

Here’s How the Mortgage Market Works

Let’s begin with the mortgage process. A borrower goes to a Mortgage Originator to obtain a mortgage. Once closed, the loan is handled by a Servicer, which may or may not be the same company that originated the loan. The borrower submits payments to the Servicer, however, the Servicer does not own the loan, they are simply maintaining the loan. This means collecting payments and forwarding them to the investor, paying taxes and insurance, answering questions, etc. While they maintain or “service” the loan, the asset itself is sold to an aggregator or directly to a government agency like Fannie Mae (FNMA), Freddie Mac (FHLMC), or Ginnie Mae (GNMA). The loan then gets placed inside a large bundle, which is put in the hands of an Investment Banker. That Investment Banker converts those loans into a Mortgage Backed Security (MBS) that can be sold to the public. This shows up in different investments like Mutual Funds, Insurance Plans, and Retirement Accounts.

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Trump Hates This Commercial. You Know What To Do

A new advert which uses Donald Trump’s own words about the coronavirus outbreak has angered the president’s campaign team so much that they are trying to get it banned.

The ad, which has been made by anti-Trump super PAC called Priorities USA focuses on how slowly the president reacted to the pandemic and the number of lives they believe he has put at risk due to his own negligence.

The 30-second advert features a simple graph which starts on January 20 and slowly shows how many confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the US since then, soundtracked by a series of Trump quotes, claiming that his administration has everything under control and that the crisis would be over shortly.

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We Finally Have a Name for That Shitty Coronavirus Feeling

“IT’S A SUNNY DAY OUTSIDE. I look out the window. The way the yard behind my apartment looks — peaceful, quiet — almost makes it seem like it’s just another Wednesday morning. But it’s not. There’s a lump in my throat. It’s not a fever, or a cough. It’s something I just can’t put my finger on. It’s not anxiety; it’s something more pervasive.

The coronavirus pandemic has invaded almost every aspect of our lives, from the way we work, to the way we interact with strangers on sidewalks. The fact that nobody has any answers doesn’t help. Nobody knows how long this will last. Nobody knows if their loved ones will be safe. Nobody knows if their job is safe.”

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Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, he confirmed on Twitter.

“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this,” Johnson said on Twitter.

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WSJ Pitch for Mass Murder is Catching On

After opening paragraphs congratulating the response to date, hoping that “with any luck” the nation’s health care system won’t collapse, they lay out their basic thesis:

“Yet the costs of this national shutdown are growing by the hour, and we don’t mean federal spending. We mean a tsunami of economic destruction that will cause tens of millions to lose their jobs as commerce and production simply cease. Many large companies can withstand a few weeks without revenue but that isn’t true of millions of small and mid-sized firms.”

After some attempts at pulling heart strings over the entrepreneurs that will eat the most shit in the months to come — using the petit bourgeoisie as human shields for big business, as is custom — and some other telling admissions we’ll return to, they end with this:

“Dr. (Anthony) Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) has explained this severe lockdown policy as lasting 14 days in its initial term. The national guidance would then be reconsidered depending on the spread of the disease. That should be the moment, if not sooner, to offer new guidance on what might be called phase two of the coronavirus pandemic campaign.”

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How long can the virus survive on surfaces?

Marcus: The New England Journal of Medicine just published a study that tested how long the virus can remain stable on different kinds of surfaces within a controlled laboratory setting. They found that it was still detectable on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and steel for up to 72 hours.

Does the cruise ship report imply that viruses survive up to 17 days on surfaces?

Dr Julia Marcus: A CDC investigation of the cruise ship found evidence of viral RNA in cabins that hadn’t yet been cleaned. But to be clear, that just means the virus was detectable – not that it was viable or that contact with those services would have been able to infect someone. (Editor’s note: RNA, or ribonucleic acid, carries the virus’s genetic information.)

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Looks like a bomb had gone off on either side of their chest

And while English hospitals undergo a “major effort” to expand intensive care beds, they are also training staff. “What is happening all round the country is any nurse who had previous intensive care experience — we are trying to get them upskilled again,” Oliver said, adding a potential problem could be the current standard ratio of one nurse to one intensive care patient may have to be relaxed when hospitals hit peak capacity.
The virus appears to impact older people much harder than younger patients. But Lloyd, the north London doctor, told CNN that 30-year-olds were among the seriously ill patients he saw this week, whose x-rays “look like a bomb had gone off on either side of their chest.”

This denial of science and critical thinking among religious ultraconservatives now haunts the American response to the coronavirus crisis. On March 15, Guillermo Maldonado, who calls himself an “apostle” and hosted Mr. Trump earlier this year at a campaign event at his Miami megachurch, urged his congregants to show up for worship services in person. “Do you believe God would bring his people to his house to be contagious with the virus? Of course not,” he said.

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March 26, 2020:

We passed 530,000 cases today!

  • Infected: 531,974
  • Daily new cases: 60,663
  • Deaths: 24,082
  • Fatality rate: 4.53%
  • Recovery rate: 23.37%
  • U.S. cases: 85,483
  • U.S. deaths: 1,297
  • Texas cases: 1,588
  • Texas deaths: 20

 

New daily cases record: 48,798

Today’s Headlines:

Covid-19 deaths exceed 4,000 in Spain, nation with most fatalities after Italy

At least 4,089 people have now died from Covid-19 in Spain with a total of 56,188 cases recorded, according to Spanish Health Ministry data released Thursday.

But the rise in the death toll of 655 in the past 24 hours was a smaller increase than the record 738 set on Wednesday.

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US has most known coronavirus cases worldwide

(CNN) The US has now surpassed China and Italy — two countries hit hard by the coronavirus — with at least 82,100 reported cases, but several health officials and experts say it’s still the beginning.

“We are in for a bumpy ride for the next 12 to 18 months,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. “If we are aggressive now about stopping things, shutting down, building up a test regime, we can then open up again …. and most places can go back to work.”

March 25, 2020:

We passed 470,000 cases today!

  • Infected: 471,035
  • Daily new cases: 48,461
  • Deaths: 21,283
  • Fatality rate: 4.51%
  • Recovery rate: 24.49%
  • U.S. cases: 68,203
  • U.S. deaths: 1,027
  • Texas cases: 1155
  • Texas deaths: 15

New daily cases record: 48,461

Today’s Headlines:

Fox’s Brit Hume says it’s ‘entirely reasonable’ to let grandparents die for the stock market

On Fox News Tuesday, commentator Brit Hume leaned into the idea suggested by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick that the elderly should be willing to sacrifice themselves to coronavirus so younger people can go work and boost the stock market, telling host Tucker Carlson that such an idea was an “entirely reasonable viewpoint.”

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New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C

“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” he said.

“It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.”

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(CDC) coronavirus RNA found in Cruise ship cabins after 17 days

Coronavirus RNA survived for up to 17 days aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, lasting far longer on surfaces than previous research has shown, according to new data published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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How an Upscale Connecticut Party Became a Coronavirus ‘Super Spreader’

I’m going to illustrate some media / political bias in this example.

This story is originally from MSN, but we are going to start with the Breitbart slant:

Over half of a woman’s 50 party guests tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus following the celebration on March 5 in Westport, Connecticut.

Health experts are calling the 40th birthday bash a suspected coronavirus “super-spreading event” following the gathering that took place at a home in the area, according to Fox News.

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And now the original story from MSN:

About 50 guests gathered on March 5 at a home in the stately suburb of Westport, Conn., to toast the hostess on her 40th birthday and greet old friends, including one visiting from South Africa. They shared reminiscences, a lavish buffet and, unknown to anyone, the coronavirus.

Then they scattered.

The Westport soirée — Party Zero in southwestern Connecticut and beyond — is a story of how, in the Gilded Age of money, social connectedness and air travel, a pandemic has spread at lightning speed. The partygoers — more than half of whom are now infected — left that evening for Johannesburg, New York City and other parts of Connecticut and the United States, all seeding infections on the way.

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Amazon warehouses are getting hit with coronavirus cases

Do what I do.

Leave your Amazon packages where they are dropped off while you spray all surfaces thoroughly with Lysol spray before opening. Let it dry while you wash your hands. Open the box / envelope, remote contents and spray the contents with Lysol spray. Let dry while you wash your hands again.

Then bring everything inside.

Do exactly the same thing with your mail.

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(CNN Business) Amazon warehouses are facing a growing tide of coronavirus cases with at least nine facilities hit so far, according to Amazon and local media reports.

One person who works in Amazon’s Staten Island, New York, fulfillment center tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the online retail giant told CNN Business late Tuesday. The person, who was last at work physically on March 11, is in quarantine and recovering, Amazon said.
That case marks the second to affect Amazon warehouses in New York. It comes a week after the first reported case at any US Amazon facility, in Queens, NY. Other positive cases have been reported at Amazon facilities in Moreno Valley, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Shepherdsville, Ky.; Brownstown, Mich.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Katy, Texas; and Wallingford, Conn.

‘That’s when all hell broke loose’: Coronavirus patients start to overwhelm US hospitals

(CNN) “We ended up getting our first positive patients — and that’s when all hell broke loose,” said one New York City doctor.

The doctor, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity out of concern for his job, described a hospital that was woefully unprepared for an influx of Covid-19 patients that started roughly two weeks ago — which has already stretched the hospital’s resources thin and led to severely ill patients outnumbering ventilators.
“We don’t have the machines, we don’t have the beds,” the doctor said.
“To think that we’re in New York City and this is happening,” he added. “It’s like a third-world country type of scenario. It’s mind-blowing.”

March 24, 2020:

We just passed 420,000 global cases

  • Infected: 422,732
  • Daily new cases: 43,769
  • Deaths: 18,901
  • Fatality rate: 4.47%
  • Recovery rate: 25.76%
  • U.S. cases: 54,823
  • U.S. deaths: 778
  • Texas cases: 1023
  • Texas deaths: 12

Once again we have a new daily record: 43,769

Today’s Headlines:

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggests he, other seniors willing to die

NO WE ARE NOT, YOU IGNORAMUS!

Dan Patrick, Texas’ Republican lieutenant governor, on Monday night suggested that he and other grandparents would be willing to risk their health and even lives in order for the United States to “get back to work” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country,” Patrick said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Arizona Man Dies After Trying COVID-19 Remedy Touted by Trump

An Arizona man died after he and his wife ingested a chemical in an attempt to prevent a coronavirus infection, Banner Health said in a press release. His wife is in critical care. Both are in their 60s.

The chemical — chloroquine phosphate — is commonly used to clean fish tanks.

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Trump predicts ‘this is going to be bad’ but vows to reopen America

(Our Moron-In-Chief is going to kill us all)

(CNN) President Donald Trump appears to have made his choice in the awful dilemma posed by the coronavirus pandemic — whether to destroy the nation’s economic foundation in order to save lives.

In his zeal to fire up American prosperity after helping to trigger an unprecedented self-inflicted economic meltdown, Trump is already losing patience — weeks before the virus may peak.
“Our country was not built to be shut down,” the President warned on Monday. “We are going to be opening up our country for business because our country was meant to be open.”

Richardson Texas issues mandatory shelter-in-place order

Richardson City Council ratified a disaster declaration March 23 that includes a mandatory shelter-in-place order for residents citywide. The order will remain in effect until April 30.

Details of the policy are almost identical to what Dallas County announced March 23; however, Richardson’s order extends about a month longer than the county equivalent, which expires April 3. The mayor has the ability to lift the order at any time, Deputy City Manager Don Magner said.

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U.S. coronavirus outbreak’s deadliest day yet – 1/3 of Americans ordered to stay home

(CNN) One in three Americans have now been ordered to stay home as US health officials give dire warnings about what the next days of the coronavirus pandemic will look like.

The measures come amid a harrowing disease milestone for the US: the deadliest day yet, with 100 new coronavirus-related deaths reported Monday.
“It’s just going to get worse this week and worse next week,” Dr. Leana Wen, a visiting professor at George Washington University, told CNN Monday night. “How bad it gets depends on the actions that we each can take today.”

Trump claims ‘normal life will return soon.’ Doctors and scientists caution otherwise.

President Donald Trump made several false claims Monday during his daily briefing about the coronavirus, downplaying what experts have said is the continued need to restrict social movement to slow the spread of the virus and overstating the successes of a potential treatment.

Here’s what Trump said and what the facts are.

Claim: “Normal life will return” soon

“The hardship will end, it will end soon. Normal life will return,” Trump said Monday.

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A group of young adults held a coronavirus party to defy orders. Now one of them has coronavirus

(CNN) At least one person in Kentucky is infected after taking part at a “coronavirus party” with a group of young adults, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.

The partygoers intentionally got together “thinking they were invincible” and purposely defying state guidance to practice social distancing, Bashear said.
“This is one that makes me mad,” the governor said. “We have to be much better than that.”

‘A Total Joke’: The US’s Busiest Airport Is Skipping Coronavirus Screenings

An undetected coronavirus case passing through the Atlanta airport could have staggering consequences.

“No self-identification form. No temp check. Nothing extra at all. There was no check of any kind upon arriving there at all,” he told VICE.

Steve Ross arrived in Atlanta Friday with his family and “breezed right through” customs and medical screening, saying his family wasn’t checked for symptoms.

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March 23, 2020:

We just passed 375,000 global cases

  • Infected: 381,435
  • Daily new cases: 41,3573
  • Deaths: 16,490
  • Fatality rate: 4.33%
  • Recovery rate: 26.85%
  • U.S. cases: 46,089
  • U.S. deaths: 553
  • Texas cases: 806
  • Texas deaths: 9

A new daily record for new cases today: 41,357

Today’s Headlines:

Hong Kong Lets It’s Guard Down Too Soon

On Monday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that all non-residents would be barred from the territory as of Wednesday, the latest addition to a raft of new measures.
This is a pattern playing out across parts of Asia — mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan — that were among the first to tackle the outbreak. All are now introducing new restrictions as a sudden wave of renewed cases begins to crest.

Dallas County Residents Ordered to Shelter-In-Place

County Judge Clay Jenkins announced the strictest limits yet on social gatherings and movement in Texas Sunday evening. His order, which came the same day the number of positive cases of coronavirus cases in the county surpassed 100 and announced two more deaths, is the latest update to restrictions that were implemented March 12.

DARPA Races To Create a “Firebreak” Treatment for the Coronavirus

The P3 program’s plan was to start with a new pathogen and to “develop technology to deliver medical countermeasures in under 60 days—which was crazy, unheard of,” says Jenkins. The teams have proven they can meet this ambitious timeline in previous trials using the influenza and Zika viruses. Now they’re being asked to pull off the same feat with the new coronavirus, which more formally goes by the name SARS-CoV-2 and causes the illness known as COVID-19.

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Stomach Ache And Diarrhea May Be Among The First Signs Of COVID-19

While we are focused on cough and fever as the initial signs of COVID-19, it’s also important to be aware that abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea could precede respiratory symptoms in some people.

Results of a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology indicate that a subset of persons could develop symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea along with abdominal pain during early stages of infection with SARS -CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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On the lighter side of the news…

Gen X Was Born for This Shit

Generation X has long been waiting for its national moment, as presidential candidates in the age group get bounced early (sorry, Beto) and the music of our time has been all but forgotten (it’s like no one cares about Built to Spill anymore). And it turns out that the coronavirus pandemic is it. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we’ve been training our whole lives for this moment. The rest of you generations can’t get your shit together. But we’re here to fix it for you. With a shrug, of course.

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Don’t get all excited about this, OK?

High temps and muggy weather might make the coronavirus less contagious

Do NOT assume this to be true. This study is yet to be peer reviewed.

Note: this article does not state the virus will die off. It only says it MAY reduce the spread (transmissibility) of the virus.

The difference in transmissibility is microscopic according to these “findings”:

“The new study, which is not yet peer-reviewed and published by researchers in Beijing, China, suggests that for each degree in temperature increase and each percent humidity increase, the contagiousness of the disease caused by the coronavirus, named COVID-19, goes down.”

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Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country

Dr. Emily Landon is the chief infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine, who moments after Pritzker issued the ordinance to take effect Saturday evening, took to the stand with a 7-minute-long speech that went viral after striking a chord for many individuals.

 

March 22, 2020:

We just passed 340,000 cases!

U.S. cases jumped from 26,784 yesterday to 35,017 today!

  • Infected: 343,209
  • Infected last 24 hours: 31,039
  • Deaths: 14,730
  • Fatality rate: 4.28%
  • Recovery rate: 28.60%
  • U.S. cases: 35,017
  • U.S. deaths: 429
  • Texas cases: 692
  • Texas deaths: 7

Today’s Headlines:

Dr. Fauci: There is no ‘magic drug’ for coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of undetected cases is 11 times more than has been officially reported

Those are the conclusions of Columbia University researchers who used a New York Times database of known cases and Census Bureau transportation data to model how the outbreak could evolve based on what is known about the virus. The estimates are inherently uncertain, and they could change as America adopts unprecedented measures to control the outbreak.

But they offer a stark warning: Even if the country cut its rate of transmission in half — a tall order — some 650,000 people might become infected in the next two months.

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Potential Covid-19 Treatment May Cause Fatal Arrhythmia

Effect of Hydroxychloroquine on Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence

…cardiotoxicity and neuromyotoxicity can also occur. To date, up to 70 cases of cardiotoxicity have been reported in the literature, although less than half of these have been proven on endomyocardial biopsy. In the past, CQ has been predominantly implicated, but more recently several reports of HCQ-induced cardiomyopathy have emerged…

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US intelligence warned Trump in January and February as he dismissed coronavirus threat

(CNN) President Donald Trump ignored reports from US intelligence agencies starting in January that warned of the scale and intensity of the coronavirus outbreak in China, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Citing US officials familiar with the agencies’ reports and warnings, the Post reported that intelligence agencies depicted the nature and global spread of the virus and China’s apparent downplaying of its severity, as well as the potential need for government measures to contain it — while Trump opted to dismiss or simply not address their seriousness.

Coronavirus spawns a plague of dangerous doomsday predictions

(CNN) In the summer of 2008, an elderly psychic who claimed she started receiving premonitions at age 5 published a book that contained an ominous prediction.

“In around 2020, a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments,” it said. “Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely.”

Coronavirus Lifespan Graphic Analysis

“We know that viruses are likely to only live a few hours to a few days under the sort of conditions we expose packages to, including shifts in temperature and humidity,” Rachel Graham, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, previously told Business Insider.

March 21, 2020:

We just passed 300,000 cases!
  • Infected: 307,725
  • Infected last 24 hours: 32,128
  • Deaths: 13,054
  • Fatality rate: 4.24%
  • Recovery rate: 31.13%
  • U.S. cases: 26,784
  • U.S. deaths: 344
  • Texas cases: 556
  • Texas deaths: 5

Another record day for new cases – 32,128

Today’s Headlines:

DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights During Covid-19 Crisis

The DOJ has requested Congress allow any chief judge of a district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation,” according to draft language obtained by Politico. This would be applicable to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil processes and proceedings.” They justify this by saying currently judges can pause judicial proceedings in an emergency but that new legislation would allow them to apply it “in a consistent manner.”

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Chloroquine phosphate showns apparent efficacy in treatment of COVID-19 associated pneumonia

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is spreading rapidly, and scientists are endeavoring to discover drugs for its efficacious treatment in China. Chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for treatment of malaria, is shown to have apparent efficacy and acceptable safety against COVID-19 associated pneumonia in multicenter clinical trials conducted in China. The drug is recommended to be included in the next version of the Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Pneumonia Caused by COVID-19 issued by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China for treatment of COVID-19 infection in larger populations in the future.

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March 20, 2020:

We just passed 275,000 cases
  • Infected: 277,500
  • Infected last 24 hours: 31,887
  • Deaths: 11,485
  • Fatality rate: 4.14%
  • Recovery rate: 33.14%
  • U.S. cases: 19,650
  • U.S. deaths: 263
  • Texas cases: 429
  • Texas deaths: 5

Another record day for new cases

Today’s Headlines:

Bats Are Not to Blame for Coronavirus. Humans Are

“When they fly they have a peak body temperature that mimics a fever,” said Andrew Cunningham, Professor of Wildlife Epidemiology at the Zoological Society of London. “It happens at least twice a day with bats — when they fly out to feed and then they return to roost. And so the pathogens that have evolved in bats have evolved to withstand these peaks of body temperature.”

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40 Million Californians Ordered to Stay Home

California’s governor has ordered all 40 million residents to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Though San Francisco and Los Angeles enacted similar measures, it’s still a very big deal.

California is the most populous state in the US. It’s also an economic powerhouse, home to the capital of the entertainment industry (Los Angeles) and the world’s most important technology hub (Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area). The Central California Valley is one of the United States’ most important bread baskets.

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Senator Dumped $1.6 Million of Stock Ahead of Market Crash

Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $582,029 and $1.56 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 29 separate transactions.

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Desperate Scenes Unfold as Italy Calls In Military

Rome (CNN) Soldiers were being drafted in to help enforce the lockdown in Italy on Friday as officials announced 627 new deaths, the largest single-day toll anywhere in the world since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Desperate scenes have unfolded in the north of the country, particularly the hard-hit Lombardy region where infections first exploded last month, as hospitals struggle to treat thousands of cases.

 

Trump viciously attacks NBC News reporter in extended rant

Alexander asked, “What do you say to Americans who are scared?”
Trump, shaking his head, ripped into Alexander in response.
“I say that you are a terrible reporter,” Trump replied. “That’s what I say.”
The President proceeded to launch into an extended rant against Alexander, saying he asked a “nasty question” and assailing NBC and its parent company, Comcast.
“You’re doing sensationalism,” Trump charged. “And the same with NBC and Comcast. I don’t call it Comcast. I call it ‘Con-Cast.’”
“Let me just tell you something,” Trump added. “That’s really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2020:

We just passed 225,000 cases
  • Infected: 276,042
  • Infected last 24 hours: 27,148
  • Deaths: 11,299
  • Fatality rate: 4.15%

A new Daily Record for new cases: 27,148

Today’s Headlines:

North Texas Distillery Turning Alcohol Byproduct Into Hand Sanitizer

“This is a scary situation for everyone right now,” said DeHart, who co-owns the whiskey operation with husband Ryan. “We’re all thinking, ‘What can we do?’ And in the last week, it became clear that this was really needed.”

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Trump Undermining His Own Strategy

“It was so disassociated from what he said this morning at the press conference and what he said to us,” said Dr. David Benton, a nursing industry representative who was at a meeting with Trump on Wednesday at which the President talked of “scaling up” medical supplies.
Benton said that the President left him with the impression “that he’s now using this power to meet the demands that were needed.” But he added that the change in position was “very, very strange.”

Polls show effects of right-wing media’s conspiratorial coronavirus coverage

Gallup’s poll, conducted between March 3 and 13, found that only 42% of Republicans were “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about the virus. In comparison, 73% of Democrats expressed that level of concern.
Pew Research, which conducted its survey from March 10 to 16, found that 83% of Republicans who consumed only a diet of outlets with right-leaning audiences believed the news media had exaggerated the risks of the virus. That number was 30% higher than Democrats who consumed only outlets with left-leaning audiences.

Administration Guts Paid Sick Leave In Covid-19 Bill

“The carve-outs that came in last night through pressure from Republicans and the White House have dramatically weakened what started out as a strong paid leave proposal that would’ve made a difference to tens of millions of families during this crisis,” said Jessica Mason, senior policy analyst at the National Partnership for Women and Families.The so-called corrections actually gut those policies and weaken our nation’s response to this pandemic.”

Doctor: We’re Seeing People in Their 40s on Ventilators

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta says data out of China claims that 4 out of 5 people who contracted the novel coronavirus there did so from someone who didn’t know they had it. Dr. Darria Long, an emergency room physician, says she is seeing people in their 40s on ventilators.

Continuing this same vein…

“Younger people may feel more confident about their ability to withstand a virus like this,” said Dr. Christopher Carlsten, head of respiratory medicine at the University of British Columbia. But, he said, “if that many younger people are being hospitalized, that means that there are a lot of young people in the community that are walking around with the infection.”

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Why Texas is so Far Behind Other States on Virus Response

Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration Friday — after dozens of states already had done so — and activated the National Guard on Tuesday, after more than a dozen states already had. State officials have yet to impose statewide limits on public gatherings, close schools or beaches or issue a special open enrollment period for health insurance, as California, New York and other big states have. And some health providers say Texas has been slow to boost coronavirus testing capacity and help them meet equipment needs.

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March 18, 2020:

We just passed 200,000
  • Infected: 219,101
  • Infected last 24 hours: 20,679
  • Deaths: 8,962
  • Fatality rate: 3.96%

Today’s Headlines:

New Cases Highest in History of Covid-19

20,679 new cases reported today, making it the single worst day for new cases in the history of this pandemic.

Covid-19 is not the flu. It’s worse.

At present, there is also no vaccine to combat it, nor any approved therapeutics to slow the course of its toll on the human body. (Doctors can treat cytokine storm syndrome, an immune response that may in some cases be dealing the fatal blow to those dying of Covid-19.)

Sober-minded epidemiologists say, without exaggeration, that 20 to 60 percent of the world’s adult population could end up catching this virus.

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US coronavirus cases soar past 7,000

“The bottom line is things will get much worse,” said Dr. James Phillips, an assistant professor at George Washington University Hospital.
“We’re at a significant risk of overwhelming the number of (hospital) beds we have.”
More than 7,000 Americans have been infected with coronavirus, and that number changes by the hour.

Texas National Guard Activated

“We just want to make sure that we have activated them,” Abbott said. “They know that they’re gonna be activated. The general of the National Guard, General Norris, can be in charge of getting them ready.”

Gov. Abbott made the announcement as he prepared for a video conference with CEOs of the state’s hospital systems. He added that healthcare workers and first responders that are members of the Texas National Guard are excluded from the call-up.

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Coronavirus Can Last on Surfaces up to Three Days

(CNN) The coronavirus driving the current pandemic can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days, researchers say in a study published as a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine.

And it can linger in aerosols — the suspension of tiny particles or droplets in the air — for three hours, the study says.
The study, funded by the US National Institutes of Health, was initially posted online last week, but further details were published in the letter Tuesday.

March 17, 2020:

  • Infected: 198,166
  • Infected last 24 hours: 15,692
  • Deaths: 7,965
  • Fatality rate: 4.02%

Today’s Headlines:

Corona Test Developed With Results in Just Hours

Many patients, even if they can get a test, have to wait days for results. The Evanston Hospital test is much faster with results in four to six hours. Researchers take a swab specimen from deep inside the patient’s nose and are able to determine whether it contains DNA from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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“The Federal Response Has Been a Fiasco”

“In almost every way, our response has been far less effective than every other major country in the world. It’s baffling, actually. We have, in the CDC, arguably the best public health agency in the world. All of us thought that the CDC was going to — was prepared and was going to help fight this virus. The federal response has been a fiasco.”

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March 16, 2020:

We Just Passed the 175,000 Mark

  • Infected: 182,605
  • Infected last 24 hours: 12,893
  • Deaths: 7,171
  • Fatality rate: 3.79%

Today’s Headlines:

Covid-19 patients with ’20 to 30%’ less lung function, and gasping for breath

People who recover after being infected with the novel coronavirus can still be left with substantially weakened lung capacity, with some left gasping for air when walking quickly, doctors in Hong Kong have found

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Millions Across US Wake Up to Massive Shutdowns

“These measures, which are essential to contain the outbreak will nonetheless… take a toll on the economy in the near term,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said.
The virus has had an impact on the economy despite good participation in the work force and rising wages for lower wage jobs, Powell said.
Despite the major slash to rates, an investor who helps to manage about $150 billion in assets at a high-profile firm said that the Federal Reserve cannot fix the strain that comes from people not leaving their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

368 Die of Coronavirus in Italy in 24 Hours

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Devastating Results of a Philadelphia Parade During the 1918 Pandemic

The virus spread to Philadelphia on September 19, 1918, through the Philadelphia Navy Yard, UPenn states. In a matter of days, 600 sailors had the virus.
Yet Philadelphia didn’t cancel its Liberty Loan Parade, scheduled for just a little more than a week later. Meant to be a patriotic wartime effort, the parade went on as scheduled on September 28, bringing 200,000 Philadelphians together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not a headline but facepalm discussion:

A long time friend recently posted this bit of ill-conceived advice on social media:

States can’t “order”, without Marshal Law being declared first, any prohibitions on gatherings for the Corona/Wuhan virus. Also, for the younger crowd, I am wondering if it might be good to have some Corona “parties” (like in the past Chicken Pox Parties for kids) where groups get together with an infected person in order to get the virus, then get sick, to build the antibodies against it as there is not any antiviral remedy now or inoculation for it.

My initial response:

Given that there are well document long term effects of this virus, I would highly recommend against intentionally spreading Covid-19.

And my next response:

BTW: Yes, states most certainly can tell you to stay of the damned streets and stop infecting people. They can – and will – call our the National Guard if people don’t get their shit together. NONE of us want that. Do NOT give the government a reason to do this.

Then this bright soul said:

Krystal Garcia-Terryah
I’m with <name withheld to insulate the foolish> on this one. Speaking from a younger generation (lol), anytime there was a national disaster or any thing at this point social media was the first place you heard it. How many people have you seen post for help or videos showing them being turned away from a hospital? What about asking for prayer for sick family members with this viruses ? I’ve seen one in Italy  from an actor.  I’ve been through Europe recently and life was normal. There was no panic and their shelves were packed. There were no police roaming the streets looking for sick people and no one was wearing gloves or face masks. What I did see is that they had sanitizer available everywhere and wipes. It’s common since to wash our hands and not touch our face. Wearing a mask make you more acceptable. Why?! Because we aren’t use to wearing them so we continually touch them to adjust or pull them up or down with the same unwashed hands or gloves. We’re not throwing them away after taking it off just reusing it to save money. Common sense People can be lazy.

Look the media “news” has always hyped / over stretched the truth; that’s their job! How many fake YouTube videos did that make a big stink about for weeks before finding out it was fake?

At the end of the day, yes, there is this virus going around (that has been here for years) and we should take extra time to make sure to wash our hands and sanitize before using anything anything.

My thoughts:

This is exactly the kind of misguided thinking that is going to destroy our very way of life.

March 15, 2020:

  • Infected: 169,605
  • Infected last 24 hours: 12,952
  • Deaths: 6,516
  • Fatality rate: 3.85%

Today’s Headlines:

In the “Crisis Brings Out the Worst In People” category…

He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and No Place to Sell Them

(poor baby) — Sign the petition to get this parasite prosecuted

On March 1, the day after the first coronavirus death in the United States was announced, brothers Matt and Noah Colvin set out in a silver S.U.V. to pick up some hand sanitizer. Driving around Chattanooga, Tenn., they hit a Dollar Tree, then a Walmart, a Staples and a Home Depot. At each store, they cleaned out the shelves.

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Asymptomatic Transmission Driving Spread of Coronavirus

New studies in several countries and a large coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts bring into question reassuring assertions by US officials about the way the novel virus spreads.

These officials have emphasized that the virus is spread mainly by people who are already showing symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If that’s true, it’s good news, since people who are obviously ill can be identified and isolated, making it easier to control an outbreak.
But it appears that a Massachusetts coronavirus cluster with at least 82 cases was started by people who were not yet showing symptoms, and more than half a dozen studies have shown that people without symptoms are causing substantial amounts of infection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump Didn’t Push For Testing to Keep Numbers Low

“The president had made clear: The lower the numbers on coronavirus, the better for the president, the better for his potential reelection this fall,” Diamond said.

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March 14, 2020:

We just passed 150,000 cases worldwide

  • Infected: 156,062
  • Infected last 24 hours: 10,702
  • Deaths: 5,817
  • Fatality rate: 3.75%

Today’s Headlines:

Hospitals may face difficulties during coronavirus pandemic, experts say

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracking a Pandemic: Q&A with a COVID-19 Detective

“Viruses mutate very quickly and accumulate changes during the process of transmission from one infected individual to another. The analogy I like to give is the game of telephone. There are errors that occur as it gets passed on and can reveal who spoke to who.”

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US shutdowns and working from home could last ‘8 weeks or more’

“It’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better,” Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases with the the National Institutes of Health, said during an interview on Good Morning America.

He continued to say Americans could see “eight weeks or more” of shutdowns and working from home as the virus surges in communities across the country.

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How testing failures allowed coronavirus to sweep the U.S.

Why the United States declined to use the WHO test, even temporarily as a bridge until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could produce its own test, remains a perplexing question and the key to the Trump administration’s failure to provide enough tests to identify the coronavirus infections before they could be passed on, according to POLITICO interviews with dozens of viral-disease experts, former officials and some officials within the administration’s health agencies.

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March 13, 2020:

  • Infected: 145,360
  • Infected last 24 hours: 10,252
  • Deaths: 4,416
  • Fatality rate: 4.45%

Today’s Headlines:

The United States is CLOSED!

OK, not entirely. But mostly.

Yesterday’s announcements included:

The NBA cancelled the entire season

Broadway is dark. All shows are canceled.

Late night shows all have no audiences.

Therefore you’ll see a bare bones show with no audience (A La Stephen Colbert) or a rerun.

The stock market is in total freefall

after Trump’s stilted address to the nation on Every.Single.Channel.

Sick People Across the U.S. Denied Coronavirus Test

“The system is not really geared to what we need right now, what you are asking for. That is a failing,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Thursday. “It is a failing. I mean, let’s admit it.”

Dr. Fauci added: “The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we are not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes. But we are not.”

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Chinese Diplomat Claims US Military Brought Coronavirus to Wuhan

“CDC was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!” the Foreign Ministry official said.

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Incompetence Exacerbated by Malevolence

The “incompetence” portion of the current situation is all too easy to identify. A February 28 ProPublica report describes how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “lost valuable weeks that could have been used to track [the coronavirus’s] possible spread in the United States,” because the agency insisted on developing its own tests for the virus instead of adopting those provided by the World Health Organization.

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March 12, 2020:

  • Infected: 135,108
  • Infected last 24 hours: 9,239
  • Deaths: 4,972
  • Fatality rate: 3.67%

Today’s Headlines:

(CNN) We don’t have to be helpless in the face of coronavirus.

What can you do to improve your odds of beating Covid-19?
  • …Maximize your health now, before you get sick. Studies have shown that those most at-risk are over 60 and/or have preexisting health problems like diabetes, obesity, cardiac disease, lung disease or generalized deconditioning.
  • …You know that blood pressure medicine you never take because you hate taking pills… get your sugars under control starting today.
  • Got asthma or lung disease? Begin consistently using your prescribed inhalers.
  • Stop smoking and vaping immediately.
  • Commit to losing 10 pounds this month and
  • Force yourself to walk at least a mile every single day, starting today.
  • Get your flu vaccine right now.

 

 

 

 

 

Doctor explains what worries him most about coronavirus

Dr. Sam Fink treated two people who contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus while on a ski trip and explains to CNN’s Anderson Cooper what worries him the most about this particular coronavirus.

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March 11, 2020:

  • Infected: 125,869
  • Infected last 24 hours: 7,300
  • Deaths: 4,630
  • Fatality rate: 3.61%

Daily Headlines:

WHO declares novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Extraordinary Decisions Facing Italian Doctors

Those who are too old to have a high likelihood of recovery, or who have too low a number of “life-years” left even if they should survive, will be left to die. This sounds cruel, but the alternative, the document argues, is no better. “In case of a total saturation of resources, maintaining the criterion of ‘first come, first served’ would amount to a decision to exclude late-arriving patients from access to intensive care.”

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March 10, 2020:

  • Infected: 119,086
  • Infected last 24 hours: 5000
  • Deaths: 4284
  • Fatality rate: 3.48%

Daily Headlines:

(MarketWatch) Coronavirus has now spread to every EU country and Ireland has canceled the St Patrick’s Day parade

Coronavirus has now spread to every European Union country after Cyprus reported its first case on Monday.

After bringing much of Asia to a standstill over the past month, the outbreak now looks set to have a profound impact in Europe, with millions of people in quarantine, sporting events postponed and celebrations canceled. As the scale of the epidemic on the continent was ramped up, all major European indexes fell around 7% on Monday, along with the Stoxx 600 SXXP, 3.131% .

Cyprus had been the only EU member state without a confirmed coronavirus case but the country reported on Monday afternoon that two people have tested positive.

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March 9, 2020:

  • Infected: 113,584
  • Infected last 24 hours: 3700
  • Deaths: 3996
  • Fatality rate: 3.48%

Daily Headlines:

(CNBC) CDC tells people over 60 or who have chronic illnesses like diabetes to stock up on goods and buckle down for a lengthy stay at home

“This virus is capable of spreading easily and sustainably from person to person … and there’s essentially no immunity against this virus in the population,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call, citing World Health Organization data that studied more than 70,000 cases in China.

“It’s fair to say that, as the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the United States will at some point in time, either this year or next, be exposed to this virus and there’s a good chance many will become sick,” she said. Most people won’t develop serious symptoms, she said, adding that 15% to 20% of the people who are exposed to the virus get severely sick.

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(Politico) – Italy Orders Total Lockdown Over Coronavirus

ROME — The Italian government has taken the unprecedented measure of limiting movement for 60 million people in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In a press conference Monday evening, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a nationwide lockdown, under which people will only be allowed to leave their homes for work or health reasons.

Schools and universities as well as public venues, including cinemas, theaters and gyms, will remain shut from Tuesday morning until April 3. Professional sports events, including Serie A football matches, are also suspended.

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March 7, 2020:

  • Infected: 106,026
  • Infected last 24 hours: 4000
  • Deaths: 3592
  • Fatality rate: 3.42%

Daily Headlines:

Scots Scientist ‘Very Excited’ by Vaccine Tests

Lack of Coronavirus Testing Gives U.S. Highest Reported Mortality Rate

From Forbes Online

The U.S. currently has the highest mortality rate among new coronavirus COVID-19 patients due to a low number of actual confirmed cases, and a high number of elderly who passed away recently in the state of Washington.

All told, the U.S. has 238 people that tested positive, of which 8 have recovered and 14 have died, all but one in Washington state.

It’s not because the coronavirus in the U.S. is any stronger than it is anywhere else in the 70+ nations that now have it. It’s that the level of testing here has been slow resulting in a small number of confirmed cases compared to the number of deaths. That means the mortality rate here is higher than it is in Hubei province, the epicenter of the new coronavirus. The U.S. mortality rate is currently 5.9%. In Hubei, it’s 4.3%.

The U.S. does not yet have the capacity to test at the levels South Korea is currently testing at, which is over 10,000 patients a day. South Korea’s mortality rate, meanwhile, is just 0.6%, which is on par with influenza, a disease that infects millions each year.

“Because this is a new coronavirus, we are in a period of uncertainty,” says Winnie Chi-Man, professor of global health policy and economy at Harvard’s School of Public Health. “There is no deterministic response. That’s the reality. People have to trust the government will get this right.”
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March 8, 2020:

  • Infected: 110,034
  • Infected last 24 hours: 4000
  • Deaths: 3825
  • Fatality rate: 3.42%

Daily Headlines:

The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing


March 6, 2020:

Just topped 100,000!

  • Infected: 102,180
  • Infected last 24 hours: 3900
  • Deaths: 3491
  • Fatality rate: 3.42%

 


Daily headlines:

CDC says older adults should “stay at home as much as possible” due to coronavirus

Amid a coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted new guidance on its website, encouraging older people and people with severe chronic medical conditions to “stay at home as much as possible.”

This advice is on a CDC website that was posted Thursday.

The CDC says early data suggests older people and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease are at higher risk for more serious illness from the novel. coronavirus. The CDC says older people are twice as likely to become seriously ill if they become infected with the virus.

Some context: This advice from the CDC comes as two top infectious disease experts with ties to the federal government have advised people over 60 and those with underlying health problems to strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane, going to movie theaters, attending family events, shopping at crowded malls, and going to religious services.

A Trump administration official tells CNN that the US Department of Health and Human Services “is in the process of doing targeted outreach to the elderly community and those that have serious underlying health conditions.”


Shelter-In-Place

So you are in a city (county, state) that has issued a Shelter-in-Place order.  Dallas County is one of those places and it is one of the more restrictive orders.  When determining which, if any businesses can remain in operation, the determination is made based on an “Essential Business” definition.  So you want to know if you can go to work, because YOU think your business is “essential”.  Well, Bubba, maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t.  In the overall scheme of things, the smart approach is to assume your business is NOT “essential” and STAY THE HELL HOME.  This is what it is going to take in order to break the backbone of this virus, stop the spread and get us all back to “normal” as soon as possible.  The more we all ignore advice from very well educated professionals and mill around with others, the more people will DIE and the longer all this will take.

To find out if your industry, business, vocation is “essential”, here is the official position document from the Department of Homeland Security.  If in doubt, just read this PDF.

DHS-Essential-Businesses


SXSW conference has been canceled over coronavirus concerns

South by Southwest, the annual tech, film and music conference in Austin, has officially been canceled because of the coronavirus.

The decision, announced by city authorities on Friday, came just two days after Austin public health officials said the event could proceed as planned despite a string of high-profile dropouts and widespread calls to cancel.

“I’ve gone ahead and declared a local disaster in the city, and, associated with that, have issued an order that effectively cancels South by Southwest this year,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler told reporters Friday afternoon.

The event had been scheduled to take place from March 13-22. This is the first time in 34 years that it has been canceled, according to the organizers.

“We are devastated to share this news with you,” SXSW said in a statement. “We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”

CDC:  It’s likely that this virus will cause a pandemic