The US now has the most cases in the world: 81,846. Over 50,000 cases were added to the global total overnight. Worldwide cases surpass 500,000.
MAJOR BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Now Officially Epicenter of Coronavirus Pandemic pic.twitter.com/qHOUXydFSG
— Seth Abramson (@🏠) (@SethAbramson) March 26, 2020
Close to 150 nursing homes in the US are impacted by COVID-19. CDC and CMS aren’t disclosing the locations of these facilities to the public. 19 nursing homes are in Florida, but Florida officials are also refusing to disclose the locations of the facilities. Privacy is the touted reason for the lack of disclosure. But what about the public’s need to know? Doesn’t the public have the right to this information? Are these facilities still accepting admissions?
Antibody treatment for critically ill patients to begin in NY this week. Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients was found helpful in neutralizing the infection in ill patients in China and hospitals are eager to try it here. Hospitals in NY and throughout the US will need to identify more patients who have recovered in order to procure the much-needed plasma. Serological (blood) tests created by Dr. Florian Krammer and others can be used to identify those who have already recovered.
SARS-CoV-2 seems to be relatively slow to mutate. This is good news from the vaccine-efficacy perspective. Hopefully the vaccines that are produced will be effective for years.
A randomized, controlled trial (RCT) shows chloroquine is not efficacious against COVID-19. 15 subjects received the drug and 15 got treatment as usual. There were no significant differences in outcome. The number of subjects is still small, but the subject numbers have been small in all of the studies and the RCT is the strongest study design so far. An RCT of Lopinavir-Ritonavir also showed no significant difference in outcome. Now what?
The Mayor of Walton, Kentucky completely loses his mind:
This is the mayor in Walton Kentucky and I think we should put him in charge of everything pic.twitter.com/2TQn5649xQ
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) March 26, 2020
Economic woes continue. 3.3 million jobless claims. Let that sink in:
This subprime auto lenders stock could get cut in half in the next two weeks.
3.282 million jobless claims this week (2.1% of est. 157M working Americans). Next week may be as bad.
Companies not paying rents. We expect massive numbers of people will stop paying car loans. pic.twitter.com/v7vHoicmjo
— Forge River Research (@ForgeRiver) March 26, 2020