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COVID-19: key developments for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

There are now more than 2 million global cases.  The US gained nearly 30,000 since yesterday, for a total of over 643,000. There have been over 2,400 deaths in the US in the last 24 hours. There have been over 130,000 deaths around the world from the pandemic virus.

Social distancing is working in Washington state. R was estimated to be below 1 in March (.73). Rebound transmission is anticipated to occur if social distancing measures are lifted prematurely.

COVID-19’s impact on nursing homes is frequently a state secret. Many times this information only reaches the public when patients, family members, or nursing home workers bring it to light. The Federal Government is not tracking nursing home deaths.

Trump says the White House will release guidelines on restarting the economy tomorrow. Trump says “we have passed the peak on new cases.” He adds that he wants some states to begin this process before May 1. If you’ve followed our weekday key developments, you’ll see that there has not been a significant decline in new case numbers over the last week. Although there’s slight variation, the US has added 20-30k cases each day.

The virus doesn’t just damage the lungs. Cardiac, kidney, and liver damage are also very prominent with severe COVID-19 illness.

China delayed release of critical information about the probable pandemic for nearly a week. The result is a global firestorm. Getting and acting on information earlier could have saves a lot of lives, both in China and everywhere else:

Cuomo orders all New Yorkers to wear face masks in public.

People may be most infectious before they know they are sick:

South Korea’s response is what we needed to emulate.  At this point, a renewed focus on testing, contact tracing, and continued social distancing is all we have in our arsenal.

Supply chain issues and lack of funds means one zoo in Germany may soon be feeding its animals to its other animals. Alternatively, they may have to euthanize animals.

Preventable, infectious diseases likely to surge around the globe as vaccine campaigns are halted. Continuing the campaigns could inadvertently spread the pandemic through person-to-person exposure. Polio, measles, human papillomavirus, yellow fever, cholera, and meningitis infections are going to bloom in the poorest countries.


    • plasma

      >Supply chain issues and lack of funds means one zoo in Germany may soon be feeding its animals to its other animals. Alternatively, they may have to euthanize animals.

      This is a bit misleading – there don’t seem to be any supply chain issues at the zoo currently.

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      • Stephanie ArnoldContributor plasma

        It was information taken directly from the article–it’s not my assertion.

        Edit: You’re right that they’re talking about a worst-case scenario that hasn’t happened yet. There are some travel and business restrictions in Germany that are concerning to the zoo beyond their own closure as a non-essential business (per other articles). The zoo is facing a lot of criticism for drawing attention to their plight this way.

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    • Vaylon

      That Washington Post link about how the novel coronavirus attacks different systems, including even the nervous system, is highly disconcerting. What exactly is this virus?

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