The governor of Nebraska also resisted attempts to make masks mandatory.
Governor Pete Ricketts said he will withhold state coronavirus aid from counties where people must wear face masks in government buildings. This emerges from a government policy document that CNN received on Friday.
Fifteen states and Washington DC are now requiring the use of facewear in public.
But while the guidelines to curb spread – including social distancing and the limitation of large gatherings – have remained consistent, heightened anti-scientific sentiments have caused people to ignore the public health guidelines, Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday on CBS Radio.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases called the trend “disturbing”
Most coronavirus cases worldwide were reported to the World Health Organization on Thursday in one day since the outbreak began, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing on Friday.
• These 24 states see upward trends from one week to the next in newly reported cases: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
• Seven states see a constant number of newly reported cases: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
• These 18 states see a downward trend: Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Dakota Virginia.
• In one state, Vermont, there has been a decrease of at least 50%.
Uncertainty about expected treatments and vaccines
As the virus spreads, researchers are trying to approve treatments and vaccines.
However, a clinical trial has ended. Novartis, one of the manufacturers of hydroxychloroquine, announced on Friday that the clinical trial of the drug in coronavirus patients in the United States will be discontinued.
The FDA revoked the emergency approval for the distribution of the drug for the treatment of coronavirus patients on Monday, saying there was “no reason to believe” that it was effective against the virus and that it also increased the risk of side effects such as heart problems.
Novartis said the study did not stop because of safety issues, but had problems recruiting patients.
However, the treatment of the virus could not be due to a drug, said Dr. Rick Stevens, deputy laboratory director for computers, environment and life sciences at the Argonne National Laboratory, told the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Friday.
“We believe that the best strategy is likely to be a multiple … therapeutic mix that pursues multiple goals – perhaps one that helps block viral entry, one that blocks replication, and one that blocks a host process a problem, “said Stevens.
And it can take a while. It took over a decade to develop effective treatments for HIV, he said.
WHO immediately interrupted trials with hydroxychloroquine when safety issues arose, and Tedros said that this will also be the case for highly anticipated vaccines.
Vaccination is “the most effective health measure and the most effective life-saving measure for children around the world,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergency Program. But he said, “There are no shortcuts in science and security is a must.”
Studies show rapid cardiac arrest during the pandemic
The longer the pandemic continues, the more researchers learn about its ripple effects.
Fatal cardiac arrests rose in the streets and houses of New York at the height of the coronavirus epidemic there in March and April, researchers reported on Friday.
People in need of emergency resuscitation tripled in 2020 and 90% of those people died, the team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Health System found.
While coronavirus likely caused many of these deaths, others were likely a result of overwhelmed medical systems, the researchers reported in JAMA Cardiology.
“The tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic is not only the number of infected patients, but also the sharp increase in cardiac arrest and deaths outside the hospital,” said Dr. David Prezant, professor of medicine at Einstein and chief medical officer of the New York Fire Department and colleagues closed.
CNN’s Alexandra Meeks, Jen Christensen, Jenn Selva, Maggie Fox, Jacqueline Howard and Stephanie Becker contributed to this report.