There are over 5 million global cases. The US has nearly 1.6 million of those cases. There have been over 329,000 deaths around the world from the pandemic virus. Cases grew by over 20,000 in the US since yesterday.
Universities are taking different approaches to re-opening in the fall. Many are holding lectures remotely. Some are combining remote lecturing with on campus activities. Some are opening fully but implementing social distancing policies. Others will be implementing temperature checks and changing housing policies.
Even the otherwise healthy and fit have struggled to survive after COVID-19 infection:
A man who spent 6 weeks in the hospital after contracting the coronavirus at a festival has a message: "It can happen to anyone. It doesn't matter if you're young or old…It can affect you." https://t.co/LF5VQYYplo
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 20, 2020
Animal to human transmission? Mink farms may be a problem. The Dutch plan to begin the mandatory screening of mink farm workers:
Fur farm worker caught coronavirus from mink, Dutch minister says https://t.co/S3DMgA9tpo
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 20, 2020
Church events are still creating super-spreader events. The attack rate is high in churches and in any closed location/event where people are singing, speaking for a long duration, or breathing hard. Knowing this, I worry for gyms as they reopen.
A cook in a Colorado Waffle House was shot after a patron was asked to don a mask. The suspect has been arrested. The cook is said to be recovering. This follows the death of a security guard and father of 8 in Michigan, who was also shot after insisting that a business patron wear a mask. Confrontations over the enforcement of mask-wearing are likely to continue.
Folks at the CDC say they are being muzzled. CDC efforts to release an advisory about the pandemic were delayed by more than a week. Had the US acted earlier many lives could have been saved. Global travel alerts were also delayed. The CDC also made several high-profile, damaging mistakes of their own. These mistakes eroded public trust in the organization and possibly Administrative trust as well. The mistakes include the botching of test primers and promotion of mass communications that risks were low to Americans–like this disastrous one from February:
While CDC considers #COVID19 a serious situation and is taking preparedness measures, the immediate risk in the U.S. is considered low. Everyone should always take simple daily precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. https://t.co/uArGZTrH5L #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/pYnCXI8Aaa
— CDC (@CDCgov) February 23, 2020
Along the lines of the allegation of muzzling: the detailed CDC Guidelines for safely re-opening the country have been released—quite late in the game.
Here’s the difference a week could have made:
Holy shit: If the US had started social distancing just one week earlier in March, about 36,000 fewer people would’ve died from Covid. https://t.co/cmaeoa5miu
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) May 21, 2020
Things aren’t going so well on the pandemic front in Russia. Health care workers, particularly in more rural areas, don’t have the personal protective equipment they need. 10,000 cases were added to the Russian tally yesterday:
— Judy Woodruff (@JudyWoodruff) May 20, 2020
Florida officials defend firing of COVID-19 data dashboard manager:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended the firing of data scientist Rebekah Jones, and attacked her claims that she created the state's highly-praised COVID-19 dashboard portal.https://t.co/6QRb8f4wuZ
— NPR (@NPR) May 20, 2020
Sweden’s economy contracts after all, making the “let it burn” approach even more questionable:
A tragic natural experiment – Sweden now has both high COVID19 mortality and massive contraction of the economy. Plus economic recovery will be much more challenging given uncontained community spread and inadequate testing.
What will it take to reconsider this failed approach? https://t.co/9yec5zYmdO
— Nancy Baxter MD PhD (@enenbee) May 20, 2020
The virus is taking a heavy toll on Bay Area Asian-Americans:
Asian Americans account for half of all COVID-19 deaths in San Francisco. The look into the data may provide some urgent insights.https://t.co/iYFIs9ZVYv
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) May 21, 2020