There are now over 4.6 million global cases. The US has over 1.48 million cases. Cases have grown by over 26,000 in the US since yesterday, with over 1,500 deaths in that same period. There’s been significant noise in the US data in the last few days and weeks–although the numbers have been trending down in NY, they’re trending up in other states. There have been over 300,000 deaths around the world.
More stimulus money might be on its way. The Administration seems amenable to the idea, saying they’re prioritizing taking care of the American people.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt has another massive outbreak. Half its crew has had to be isolated.
If you borrowed less than $2 million from the PPP, you’re in luck. You’re unlikely to face an audit or additional scrutiny. If you borrowed more than that, be prepared to justify your need for it.
Chest CT findings of discharged COVID-19 survivors show some interesting results. It’s a retrospective study with an n of 29. Serial follow-up chest CTs show at the two-month point that 37% of patients had healed, but 47% had detectable subpleural parenchymal bands. These bands are small linear opacities that indicate damage to the tissues of the lungs.
Health Advisory from @CDCgov: "Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)," the new document Includes a formal case definition for this syndrome from @CDCgov. https://t.co/e7Ui81hdpa pic.twitter.com/e3lxuVEJzx
— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) May 15, 2020
Unicef warns that lockdowns may cause unimaginable suffering in developing countries, including 1.2 million child deaths. Child mortality rates could rise as high as 45%. Maternal mortality and deaths by malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea are major concerns.
7 steps the Administration could take to help the economy and the people of the US: 1) masks for everybody, 2) accelerate vaccines, 3) more and better testing, 4) hire contact tracers, 5) endorse household virus suppression strategies. 6) let people go outside, 7) spend money on public health and on social safety nets for the people.
JP Morgan’s research on household spending shows that during the pandemic, people are charging less, filing more unemployment insurance claims, spending a little on stocking up, but then spending vastly less in general.
This is a strong and unusually political statement from The Lancet. Regardless of your politics (or your feeling about the reporter whose Tweet we’re using), the fact that The Lancet is weighing in like this is certainly an important development:
An incredibly unusual editorial by The Lancet, one of the world's most prestigious medical journals: "Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics…" https://t.co/LqtJ1R6oGL
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 15, 2020
It’s time to bring back the milkman!
— Jennifer Smith (@jensmithWSJ) May 15, 2020
Was the virus in Snohomish County in December? Maybe:
A resident of rural Snohomish County, "Jean" had COVID-like symptoms in late Dec 2019 and has subsequently tested positive in a serological assay. This may have been COVID-19 infection, but it's not certain (or even likely). 1/7https://t.co/7GlZyAmwsu
— Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) May 15, 2020
100,000 cumulative deaths in the US in the next two weeks—a grim prospect:
CDC tracks 12 different forecasting models of possible #COVID19 deaths in the US. As of May 11, all forecast an increase in deaths in the coming weeks and a cumulative total exceeding 100,000 by June 1. See national & state forecasts: https://t.co/PI1AtLCCmt pic.twitter.com/iylBnom5U0
— Dr. Robert R. Redfield (@CDCDirector) May 15, 2020
The prepper movement is in the spotlight:
On @CBSThisMorning Saturday, learn about the prepper movement, which teaches people how to survive disasters or pandemics worse than COVID-19. Barry Petersen introduces us to Drew Miller of @FortitudeRanch and @jpramey of @theprepared pic.twitter.com/gbMzBg34NK
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 15, 2020
JC Penney files for bankruptcy. Other dominoes to fall during the pandemic include J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, True Religion, and Gold’s Gym.