With global cases exceeding the million mark and an international battle to purchase life-saving equipment, President Donald Trump has used Korean-era war law to enforce the production of respirators, N95 masks and other vital supplies.
In the absence of federal intervention, or national coordination, states were left to defend the resources needed to fight the virus alone. A wonderful mission surfaced yesterday: Massachusetts took refuge in New England Patriots to help hand over masks from China.
As the United States wrestles over how to contain a virus that has infected a quarter of a million Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to urge all citizens to wear cloth masks in public places, although Trump says such a move would not be mandatory.
As the rest of the world digs around the closing measures, China opens cautiously again. Next week, and for the first time in two months, people will be allowed to leave Wuhan – the zero point for the epidemic. But while China appears to be turning a page on the virus, questions are asked about whether it can recover.
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Q: Are scarves better than masks, as Trump said?
A: Trump’s claim that scarves can work better than masks is not supported by CDC guidelines for health workers. While scarves may provide some protection, the CDC describes homemade options (such as scarves and bands) as a possible last resort if masks are not available.
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What is important today
staying at home
With more than 6,000 deaths and statistics, the chief coronavirus expert in America is urging orders to stay home at the U.S. level (Florida was the newest to do so). In the hardest hit state, New York State Governor Andrew Como said hospital beds are not a problem – but ventilators. Como warned that state stocks could be spent in only six days if the hit rate persists: “It’s like a slow moving hurricane.”
The captain launched the naval ship
A commander of a US aircraft carrier infected with the virus has been relieved of his duties for “bad judgment” days after writing a memo warning that critical measures should be taken to save the lives of the ship’s crew.
Economic death toll escalates
The American economy lost more jobs than it did for the first time in a decade. The March unemployment report, which showed that the economy cut 701,000 jobs, marks the start of the US labor market after the outbreak. But – one day after unemployment claims in America jumped to an unimaginable 10 million in just two weeks – we will not be able to tell us how bad things are likely to go.
Stock markets diverged after yesterday’s Crude Oil jumped to a record 25% on hopes (raised by Trump) with a truce in the global price war.
With the growing popularity of the Zoom video conference app, federal officials are now warning of potential new privacy and security concerns called “Zoombombing”. What is Zoombombing, you ask? The term refers to trolls summons to harass participants. Zoom founder and CEO apologized for the problem.
Former State Department officials were “mysterious” and “confused” by the US purchase of medical supplies from Russia – a move experts say is a propaganda victory for Vladimir Putin. But at a moment when cases of coronavirus infection are increasing inside Russia, the PR incident did not go well at home, wrote Nathan Hodge.
Tim Lester and Claudia Ripaza wrote that with the death toll in Spain reaching 10,000, a hill that cut itself off from the world could survive untouched by the virus.