Will the Americans Follow the Instructions to Wear Masks? Trump says he won’t.
The United States experienced its first full day on Saturday on the federal recommendation that people often wear cloth masks when they go public. This was the latest attempt to curb the coronavirus pandemic, which infected more than 1 million people worldwide.
After President Trump undermined the Centers’ new guidelines for disease control and prevention by immediately declaring that he would not wear a mask himself, it was far from clear how many Americans would ultimately accept the recommendation.
Over 300,000 people in the United States have tested positive for the virus, and officials believe the number of people infected is far higher. More than 8,000 people have died, including at least 3,565 in New York, the most affected state.
1.1 million cases and 59,000 deaths were reported worldwide. The British government reported 708 deaths – a grim national record for a 24-hour period.
The recommendation for masks in the United States followed an intense debate over several days in the west wing when a divided Trump administration grappled with the question of whether such a drastic change in American social behavior should be required.
Ultimately, the C.D.C. suggested that people in places like grocery stores and pharmacies, where it may be more difficult to stay away from others, were wearing so-called “simple fabric faces”.
“It is important to emphasize that maintaining a social distance of 6 feet remains important to slow the spread of the virus,” said the C.D.C. wrote in his recommendation, which was in part intended to “help people who may have the virus and are unfamiliar with it, to pass it on to others.”
However, at an appearance in the White House on Friday evening, Mr. Trump repeatedly described the recommendation as voluntary and made it clear that he did not intend to wear a mask.
Federal officials are scheduled to speak at the White House on Saturday afternoon.
“Nobody can tell you the number on the top of the mountain,” said Mr. Cuomo, but he estimated that it would be “in the range of seven days.”
He also said that 85,000 people volunteered to help New York City fight the Coronavirus, 22,000 of them from another state, and that the Chinese government allowed 1,000 ventilators to be donated to New York and Oregon 140 sent when the state hurried to increase its offer.
Mr. Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have cited a shortage of hospital equipment, which President Trump apparently alluded to in an attack on the news media at a White House briefing on Saturday.
“I think they’re looking for reviews,” Trump said on unnamed media. “I don’t know what they’re looking for.” He suggested that reports of hospital shortages were exaggerated. Mr Trump said many hospital administrators have reported that their level of care “meets their essential needs,” adding that they “are really excited to be where they are”.
The president also announced at the briefing that 1,000 military personnel, most of them doctors and nurses, would be deployed to New York City to “help where they are most needed. This is the hottest of all hot spots. “
Earlier in the day, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was facing the “hardest time” and repeated his call for a national recruitment system to move doctors and healthcare workers the country in areas with high demand.
“It will be like having a lot of Katrinas,” said de Blasio in MSNBC’s “AM Joy”. “This will be a reality in which many cities and states that are in need of healthcare professionals and respirators will be in crisis at the same time.”
The mayor said the city will need 45,000 additional medical workers to fight the pandemic by April and May.
Dr. Sheldon H. Teperman, director of NYC Health + Hospitals / Jacobi’s trauma center in the Bronx, said the disease had particularly reduced the number of specialized ICUs in urban hospitals, some of whom became ill or needed to care for sick family members .
“If we could get intensive care nurses, if only volunteers would come, we could save more lives,” said Dr. Teperman.
Mr. Cuomo tried to encourage the New Yorkers not to lose hope, although he said he expected the number of infected and dying to continue to increase as the country’s largest and deadliest outbreak occurred.
“This is a painful, disorienting experience,” he said. “But we find our best self, our strongest self – this day will end. We’ll make it, we’ll get to the other side of the mountain. But we have to do what we have to do until then. “
In New Jersey, Governor Philip D. Murphy announced that there have been 200 more deaths in the state since Friday, bringing New Jersey’s total to 846 – more than the number of New Jersey residents who died on September 11 terrorist attack .
Citing coastal cities that are increasingly crowded with people fleeing from other hotspots, Murphy announced that New Jersey would move to make it easier for communities or counties to block “temporary or seasonal rentals” during the crisis, also in hotels and motels.
Centers for disease control and prevention have started testing to find out if people have previously been infected with the coronavirus, officials said on Saturday.
Such tests can help determine how widespread the disease was and whether there were a significant number of people who were infected but did not become ill. The tests, called serology tests, recognize antibodies that the immune system produces in response to the virus.
According to Dr. Joe Bresee, deputy incident manager for the agency’s Covid 19 response, will focus the tests on three groups: people in areas with a high concentration of cases; People in a representative sample of other areas from across the country; and special groups of people who were likely to be at higher risk of exposure, such as healthcare workers.
Antibodies to other viruses confer immunity, but it is not yet certain whether they will work for the novel corona virus. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the leading US infectious disease expert, said last week: “If this virus behaves like any other virus that we know will get better after infection, it will have immunity that will protect you from re-infection.”
And while some countries, such as Italy and the UK, have raised the possibility of allowing people with antibodies to return to work, officials at the C.D.C. Her tests consisted of determining the path of the virus and planning ahead.
The C.D.C. said on Saturday that it had expanded the coronavirus information published online, Add a weekly report of outpatient and emergency room numbers, hospitalizations, deaths, and virus test data.
The first report confirms one aspect of the epidemic that has already been identified: people aged 65 and over are most likely to become seriously ill if they become infected. The over 50s also have a slightly higher above-average risk of serious diseases.
At least 430,000 people have flown to the United States on direct flights from China since this country announced the existence of a pneumonial disease to international health professionals on New Year’s Eve. after analyzing the data collected in both countries.
Nearly 40,000 of them have come in the two months since President Trump imposed travel restrictions.
In total, 279 passenger flights from China have arrived since the restrictions, carrying Americans and other people they have freed. Data show that flights continued over the past week.
Mr. Trump has announced the restrictions as one of his government’s most important decisions in the face of the outbreak. And the majority of the 430,000 passengers – of different nationalities – arrived in January before they were imposed. However, analysis of the flight and other data by the New York Times shows that travel measures, however effective they may be, may have come too late, especially given the Recent statements from officials that up to 25 percent of those infected may never have symptoms.
And despite the limitations, the screening procedures were inconsistent, as interviews show.
“I was surprised at how easy the whole process was,” said Andrew Wu, 31, who landed at Los Angeles International Airport from Beijing on March 10. “The guy I spoke to to pick up a list of questions and he didn’t.” seem to be interested in reviewing anything. “
At least 17 Egyptian doctors and nurses tested positive for the corona virus on Saturday, the National Cancer Institute in Cairo said, fearing that the pandemic could wreak havoc on health facilities in the most populous country in the Arab world.
The outbreak was the first to be reported among medical professionals in Egypt where the infection rate increased over the weekend: the Ministry of Health recorded 120 cases on Friday and increased the total to 985 with 66 deaths.
The University of Cairo, which operates the cancer hospital, said in a statement that all medical workers at the facility would be tested and that the hospital would be closed and refurbished.
The Egyptian Medical Syndicate, an association that represents hundreds of thousands of medical professionals, said in a statement that it was “shocked” by the number of cases and urged the authorities to provide protective equipment and strict test protocols.
A post on Facebook said the infected medical workers were quarantined.
The According to official figures, the coronavirus pandemic has made more than 1.1 million people sick. At least 59,000 people had died by Saturday morning and the virus was discovered in at least 175 countries. Here is the view from around the world.
Spain: The country reported 7,026 new cases, a total of 124,736, outperforming Italy as the nation with the most infections in Europe. Spain said 809 coronavirus patients, including a 5-year-old, had died overnight. It was the lowest number in a week and resulted in 11,744 deaths. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez also said on Saturday that the nationwide ban would be extended for another 15 days.
France: Officials reported 68,605 test-confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country and 7,560 deaths, and 6,838 in intensive care. As an encouraging sign, the country has been admitting fewer and fewer ICU patients every day over the past week – there were 176 new patients on Saturday, compared with 486 a week ago.
Great Britain: Thousands of prisoners in the UK are released early within a few weeks to curb the spread of the virus into cells and facilities that fail to comply with social detachment rules, the Department of Justice said. The announcement comes when the country reported a record 708 deaths overnight, totaling more than 4,300.
Ecuador: The health minister said there was a “sharp increase” in coronavirus deaths in Guayaquil, the center of the country’s outbreak, on Friday. The number of victims increased from 700 to 1,500. The government has announced that it will build a “special camp” for coronavirus patients in Guayaquil, where residents will be subjected to strict quarantine and curfew and left to the police and soldiers Collect the bodies of the dead from houses – up to 150 a day – and have been commissioned to bury the dead.
Republic of Georgia: A 79-year-old woman in the South Caucasus was the first reported cause of death in connection with the pandemic. Medical officials said she had other underlying conditions. Georgia, a nation with a population of 3.7 million, reported a total of 157 confirmed cases.
Germany: The country has identified 91,000 coronavirus infections, more cases reported than all but the United States, Spain and Italy. Thanks to widespread testing and other measures, the proportion of fatal cases was remarkably low at 1.3 percent. In contrast, the reported rate is around 10 percent in Spain, France and the UK, 4 percent in China and 2.5 percent in the United States. Even South Korea, a model for flattening the curve, has a quota of 1.7 percent.
The weeks of Italy’s blockage, which saw the world’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, could start to pay off as officials announced this week that the number of new infections has increased and the ICU cases have disappeared for the first time on Saturday .
This glimmer of hope turned the conversation the enormous challenge of when and how to open again without triggering another catastrophic contagion wave. To this end, Italian health officials and some politicians have focused on an idea that could once have been relegated to the field of dystopian novels and science fiction films.
Having the right antibodies to the virus in the blood – a potential marker of immunity – can soon determine who gets to work and who doesn’t, who is locked up, and who is free.
This debate is somewhat ahead of science. The researchers are not sure whether antibodies actually indicate immunity. However, this has not stopped politicians from grasping the idea as they are under increasing pressure to open economies and avoid widespread economic depression.
An experimental vaccine can be tested on humans once the Food and Drug Administration grants permission, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh medical center said.
“Tests on patients would typically take at least a year, and probably longer,” said Dr. Louis D. Falo Jr., a member of the research team. “This particular situation is different from anything we’ve ever seen, so we don’t know how long the clinical development process will take. Recently announced revisions to normal processes indicate that we may be able to advance this faster.”
Another vaccine from Moderna is already in a clinical trial that started on March 15th. Dozens of other candidates are being developed by other companies.
The University of Pittsburgh vaccine is administered in an unusual way: through a small patch containing 400 “microneedles” of sugar mixed with a coronavirus protein. The microneedles penetrate the skin and the sugar melts, releasing the full protein dose within 10 minutes or less and alarming the immune system to produce antibodies against the virus.
“It is not painful,” said Dr. Falo in an interview. “The needles do not reach nerves or blood vessels. They are just over half a millimeter long and as wide as a human hair.”
This approach takes advantage of the skin’s ability to trigger a strong immune response. The skin is the body’s first line of defense against constant bombardment with environmental bacteria and viruses. It is full of cells that act as scouts for the immune system and look for things that shouldn’t be there.
Vaccination with microneedles consumes a lower dose than the usual shot in the arm, so more people can be immunized, said Dr. Falo. Unlike most others, the vaccine does not need to be frozen or refrigerated, making shipping and storage easier and cheaper.
A report on the research was published in EBioMedicine.
“Once we get approval, we can get started,” said Dr. Falo.
Oil giants delay the meeting and again threaten to confuse the markets.
A meeting scheduled for Monday between representatives of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other oil producers, which had raised hopes of an agreement to end the turbulence in the energy markets, was postponed, two OPEC delegates said.
The news comes when the ongoing tensions between Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of OPEC, and Russia have reappeared over who is responsible for the recent collapse in oil prices. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin partially blamed Saudi Arabia for the fall in prices; The Saudi foreign and energy ministers reacted angrily and accused Russia.
The news of the delay in the meeting can mess up markets when trading resumes on Monday. The expectations of a meeting had added to the hopes OPEC and Russia would agree on production cuts.
OPEC delegates indicated that further discussions would be required before a meeting could continue, which could be postponed until later in the week. Saudi Arabia called for the meeting last Thursday and responded to pressure from President Trump.
In early March, Russia declined to follow an OPEC proposal led by Saudi Arabia to further curb production to cope with falling oil demand due to the coronavirus epidemic, which prompted the Saudis to abandon a three-year deal with Moscow to cut back on production cuts.
The U.S. relies on the law to force 3M’s hand on surgical masks.
The Trump administration is using a Korean War law to use USM-made surgical masks manufactured by 3M in other countries as part of a heated print campaign that is forcing the Minnesota company to stop selling surgical masks abroad redirect.
The policy contained in an executive regulation passed by the Trump administration on Friday evening is a significant expansion of the American government’s reach. It is also a reversal of President Trump’s hesitant application of the Defense Production Law enables the government to force a company to give priority to competing contracts to the U.S. government.
In this case, however, the government invokes the law to force 3M to ship masks made in overseas factories to the United States and to stop exporting masks made in the United States. Some trade and legal experts fear that these measures will backfire and may lead foreign governments to curb the flow of urgently needed medical supplies to the United States.
The Trump Administration’s new executive ordinance instructs the federal emergency and health authorities to use legal authority to store respirators, surgical masks, and surgical gloves for household use.
Since the war on poverty in the 1960s, a network of community health clinics across the country has served as a haven for people without health insurance and with limited financial resources. However, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic have left many of these clinics in financial need.
Across the country, nonprofit community health centers provide basic care to approximately 29 million people regardless of their ability to pay. But now they’re firing workers and shortening their personal appointments because of proceeds from the procedures that usually make money, such as B. dental work, get lost – everything is now canceled with the need for social distancing.
A clinic in rural Washington State has fired more than a third of its workforce. A network of clinics in the Boston region has cut a quarter of its workforce.
“I am very concerned,” said Chuck Jones, managing director of Boston Clinics, Harbor Health Services, “that, as a society, we won’t hear the struggles of these people if community health centers go away.”
The United States was crippled by the brutal flu that struck the country in the middle of World War I, but nowhere was it hit harder than in the industrial cities of Pennsylvania.
In Philadelphia alone, 20,000 people died – 7,500 in the first six months, 4,500 in a week, and 837 in a single day. And then as now, holding large public events despite scientific advice to stay at home had devastating consequences.
Our reporters looked back at how the 1918 flu took lives, overwhelmed healthcare workers and undertakers, and caused ordinary people to do so Stand up in the fight against an invisible enemy right now.
By the end of last week, the coronavirus cases in Philadelphia had reached 2,430 with 26 deaths. And the officials there tried to secure the necessary equipment, including fans.
However, memories of the 1918 epidemic had already triggered an aggressive response from the Philadelphia health authorities. One result: In contrast to some American cities, they expect enough hospital beds to withstand even the worst case.
“The state did it very differently, and the city did it radically differently,” said Dr. Tony S. Reed, chief physician at Temple University Hospital. “Frankly, it will make all the difference in the world for us.”
The Chinese government held a nationwide mourning day on Saturday, the annual Tomb Sweeping Festival, a traditional time to honor ancestors. Flags fluttered on half a stick, and from 10 a.m. alarms and horns sounded for three minutes. Xi Jinping and other leaders of the ruling Communist Party attended a ceremony in Beijing.
It will probably not be enough to reassure many families in Wuhan City who have resisted the state’s efforts to take control of the grieving process.
Officials are urging relatives to bury their dead quickly and quietly, and they are suppressing the online discussion of deaths because of doubts about the actual number of China’s virus-causing numbers. If China’s numbers are very understated, as C.I.A. The White House has been warning since at least early February that forecasting models for the US and other countries are being abolished or a large data pool is being robbed.
Police in Wuhan, where the pandemic started, were dispatched to break up groups on WeChat, a popular messaging app set up by relatives of coronavirus victims. Government censors have cleaned social media with images showing relatives queuing up at Wuhan funeral homes to collect ashes. Officials have assigned relatives to have relatives follow them when they select burial plans, claim the remains of their relatives and bury them, said grieving family members.
Liu Pei’en, whose father died after being infected with the coronavirus in a Wuhan hospital, said the officials had insisted on accompanying him to a funeral home to collect his father’s remains. They later followed him to the cemetery, where he saw his father buried, he said. Mr. Liu saw one of his thoughts take pictures of the funeral that was over in 20 minutes.
“My father has dedicated his whole life to serving the country and the party,” said 44-year-old Liu, who works in finance, over the phone. “Just to be monitored after his death.”
A leading researcher who fought another virus; an amazing songwriter who is still in its prime; the first black president of the Marseille football club; a jazz patriarch.
You are among those who died of Covid-19 this week and were featured in ours Series about people who lost through the pandemic.
Gita Ramjee: In South Africa, Dr. Gita Ramjee AIDS studies and drug trials hoping not just H.I.V. but also cultural obstacles to stop the spread. Another epidemic claimed her on Tuesday: she died of Covid-19 in a hospital in Durban. She had fallen ill from a visit to her sons in London shortly after her return. She was 63 years old.
Adam Schlesinger: He lit suburban characters for the band Fountains of Wayne and brought pop rock perfection to the movie “That Thing You Do!”. Adam Schlesinger, a celebrated performer who had an award-winning second career as a songwriter for film, theater and television, died on Wednesday at the age of 52.
Pape Diouf: Mababa “Pape” Diouf, who became the only black president of a high-ranking European football club when he was named head of the French Olympique de Marseille, died on Tuesday at the age of 68. He was a gifted speaker and a defender of the club’s passionate fan base.
Ellis Marsalis: His sons Wynton and Branford achieved national fame and embodied a fresh revival of traditional jazz. But Ellis Marsalis had long been an influential musician and teacher in New Orleans. He died on Wednesday at the age of 85.
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