WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that reopening the economy must be done in a thoughtful way, but not lifting lockdown orders could result in permanent economic damage to the American public.
With more than 1.3M people infected with the novel coronavirus and a death toll of nearly 79,000 on Sunday, health officials warn Americans to avoid celebrating Mother’s Day in large groups. Officials in Pasadena, CA are encouraging residents to exercise caution following a traced cluster of at least five coronavirus cases that were tied to a birthday party.
Three senior officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are in self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Fauci is beginning a “modified quarantine ” following a low-risk exposure. He has tested negative and will continue to be tested regularly according to a spokesperson from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Countries are seeing a second wave of coronavirus infections as they begin lifting restrictions put in place due to the pandemic. Infections rebounded to a one-month high in South Korea and Germany is seeing an acceleration in cases again .
As lockdown orders are lifted across the U.S., a study that looked at shoppers in a town in Utah found only 19% of customers headed into stores had masks or face coverings of some kind. This directly goes against the advice of Utah health officials.
As Illinois works to ramp up testing efforts, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) criticized the Trump Administration Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying he will not rely on the administration for help. President Trump introduced a plan in April to work with state governors to ensure they had the resources to increase testing.
Remdesivir, a COVID-19 antiviral that has been gaining traction as a possible treatment, is currently being shipped to state health departments. It is almost identical to a black-market cat cure, which cat owners have accessed through China’s underground marketplace.
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
How Pandemics End – New York Times – 5/10/2020
According to historians, pandemics typically have two types of endings: the medical, which occurs when the incidence and death rates plummet, and the social, when the epidemic of fear about the disease wanes. “When people ask, ‘When will this end?,’ they are asking about the social ending,” said Dr. Jeremy Greene, a historian of medicine at Johns Hopkins.
“The first day was really hard”: Life as a contact tracer – MIT Technology Review – 5/10/2020
As American states weigh the possibility of reopening services in the face of the covid-19 pandemic, the demand for contact tracing—helping track down and isolate potential carriers of the virus—will get even larger. We spoke to people working as contact tracers across America to understand what it’s like, what they’re seeing, and what might be coming next.
Why have 14,000 people volunteered to be infected with coronavirus? – NBC News – 5/10/2020
“It’s not every day we give a healthy individual an exposure to a pathogen — the very same thing doctors are trying to protect people from,” said Dr. Nir Eyal, director of the Center for Population-Level Bioethics at Rutgers University. “But it becomes increasingly clear [that] the only sustainable exit from the current health and societal crisis is a vaccine, and there are ways to conduct such a trial that are perfectly ethical.”
Meat-free future? Coronavirus exposes America’s fragile food system – the Guardian – 5/10/2020
For operations like Tyson’s – which had capacity to process 45.6 million heads of beef, pork and poultry a week in 2019 – one plant closure can cause a glut of millions of chickens or thousands of hogs at one farm. Industrial farms don’t have the space or resources to keep these animals alive, and millions are expected to be euthanized in the coming weeks.
Young men break social-distancing rules way more than young women – Quartz – 5/10/2020
Younger teens were more compliant than older ones. The most rule-breaking group by far was men aged 19 to 21: Almost 30% had been asked by police to leave an area, go home, or disperse (22% had been arrested or fined), compared to 11% for similarly aged women. For those aged 22 to 24, it was a fifth of men compared to 10% of women.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
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CGTN @CGTN 9 May The British mom and her newborn baby, who both contracted the #coronavirus, were discharged from the hospital after 37-days of treatment! On the way out, they were met with NHS staff and applause from hospital workers who lined the hospital’s corridor.
Walt Mossberg @Walt Mossberg 10 May Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women who are raising children during this awful period of health crisis and job crisis, shortages and confinement, lack of school and day care. You are all amazing.
Columbus Dispatch @Columbus Dispatch 10 May New mom reflects on birth in coronavirus era
Twitter @Twitter 10 May Mom Tweets are the best Tweets
John Cena @John Cena 10 May I love you Mom. For everything that you are and all you’ve given me a chance to be. #HappyMothersDay
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