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President Donald Trump is expected to leave the White House on Friday for the first time in a month to travel to Camp David, the day after federal guidelines on social distancing expire.
As many states head for reopening after horrible April that claimed nearly 60,000 lives from coronavirus, new report offers harsh warning: group of experts concluded pandemic could last up to two years, up to 60% to 70% of the population is immune.
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Here are the most important developments on Friday on the coronavirus pandemic. Scroll down for the latest updates.
- The White House has released a three-phase plan to reopen the US economy. President Donald Trump has said he has no plans to extend the social distancing guidelines, which expired quietly on Thursday. But Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, suggested that social distancing would exist in one form or another throughout the summer.
- Trump said Thursday he saw evidence suggesting the new virus came from a Chinese virology laboratory. The president did not provide the evidence, but his top national intelligence official said the virus was not of human origin or genetically modified, as scientists concluded. The intelligence community “will continue to scrutinize the origin of the virus,” said the office of the National Intelligence Director.
- The layoffs represent 1 in 6 American workers and include more people than the total population of Texas. Some economists say the unemployment rate in the United States for April could reach 20% – a figure unknown since the depression of the 1930s, when unemployment peaked at 25%.
- Amidst all of the reopening speeches this week, Dr. Tom Inglesby, a leading expert on pandemics, reminded us: We will not have finished “normal” – no masks, fully social – until that we have a vaccine. Learn more in The Back Story.
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Gilead “Goes Very Fast” to Obtain FDA Approval for Remdesivir
The maker of remesivir, a promising drug for the treatment of coronavirus, “is moving very quickly with the FDA” to get approval, its CEO said on Friday.
Daniel O’Day of Gilead Sciences said on Today that the pharmaceutical company has already increased its treatment prices from 5,000 to 100,000 and hopes to make 1 million available by the end of the year.
The drug has shown promise for critically ill patients. The first results of a study revealed that patients who received remdesivir had a recovery time 31% faster than those who received a placebo.
“It is a drug that is really for the most severe patients. It’s for hospital patients, it’s for patients who have really progressed … “, he said. What we are seeing here is really not, of course, a cure, but a very, very important and important treatment for patients. ”
– Rachel Aretakis
Disney presents face masks featuring Baby Yoda, Black Panther, Forky and more
If you’re afraid to go outside, maybe a facial mask with your favorite Avenger – or maybe Baby Yoda – will help.
Disney has announced a new line of reusable non-medical fabric masks with characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars available for pre-order in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of cloth face covers (masks) to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Some municipalities and businesses, such as Costco, require customers to wear them.
– Josh Rivera
OSHA safety inspectors review dozens of employee hospitalizations and deaths
Occupational safety inspectors are conducting nearly 200 coronavirus investigations to determine if employers have not adequately protected their workers, according to data from the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Half of it concerns employee deaths or hospitalizations.
Inspections target nearly 50 hospitals and two dozen nursing homes, including one in Illinois, where administrators believe an infected maintenance worker has spread the virus room from room to room. Twenty-four residents died, as did an auxiliary nurse and the maintenance person himself.
Also under consideration: a school system garage in Kentucky, where 17 employees tested positive and one died; a meat packing plant in Nebraska, where the widow of a deceased employee said he continued working after falling ill so that he could receive an incentive; and two Native American schools in Arizona which are said to have remained open after the closure of other establishments and where two employees died.
In total, OSHA officials are examining workplaces in two dozen states with a total of 96,000 employees, according to analysis from USA TODAY. OSHA has been criticized for not doing enough to protect workers during a pandemic. Read more here.
– Donovan Slack, Dennis Wagner and Dan Keemahill
Trump says he saw evidence that the virus came from a Chinese laboratory. US intelligence agencies say it’s not artificial
President Donald Trump said Thursday he saw evidence suggesting the new coronavirus came from a virology laboratory in Wuhan, China.
Trump has not provided any evidence to support this claim, and he seemed to cover himself up a bit by saying that there were many “theories” about the origin of the virus. He has repeatedly called for an investigation into the origin of the virus, part of what critics say is an effort to blame China amid mounting criticism of Trump’s faux pas in response to the crisis.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump’s director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, issued a statement on behalf of the American intelligence community indicating that there was broad consensus that the virus was not of human origin. or genetically modified. But the statement left open the question of whether the virus was accidentally released by a laboratory in China or whether it came from animals and then jumped into humans.
A March article published in Nature Medicine stated that scientific evidence shows that the virus was not deliberately manipulated and most likely originated from an animal, and the World Health Organization similarly concluded way.
– Deirdre Shesgreen
White House announces new plan as social distance guidelines expire
The deadline to lift the social distancing guidelines quietly passed Thursday as the White House pushed a new set of suggestions to reopen the US economy now decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The White House is in the process of removing federal guidelines, once a central tenet of its response to coronaviruses and the center of the administration’s message. The Trump administration is under economic pressure to shift its coronavirus strategy to an economic stimulus message which he hopes will help secure his re-election in November.
The administration has pivoted to a three-phase plan that leaves the decision to states, creating a patchwork strategy that, according to some health experts, could undermine progress that has been made to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
– Courtney Subramanian and Michael Collins
“Operation Warp Speed”: Trump administration calls for vaccine by January
Trump administration officials are rushing to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus by January in an effort dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” media reports said.
The effort, first reported by Bloomberg, would cut the time to develop a vaccine by almost eight months and would depend on private pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and the military working together.
Bloomberg said that under the arrangement, taxpayers would bear the brunt of the cost if a vaccine candidate fails or turns out to be dangerous.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it would take at least 12 to 18 months to develop a vaccine, but said on Thursday that the January deadline was possible .
“We want to go fast, but we want to make sure it’s safe and efficient. I think it’s doable, “he said on NBC’s” Today “show.
May Day rallies continue around the world calling for relief from coronaviruses
Millions of workers around the world have demanded better conditions and better relief amid the coronavirus pandemic, as guidelines for social isolation have changed some traditions of International Workers’ Day.
In Greece, protesters were lined up six feet apart, Parisians sang from balconies to plead for work masks, health insurance and more government assistance for the unemployed and strikes were planned in California.
Events take place as the economic impacts of pandemics have led to massive layoffs. In the United States, 30 million people have applied for unemployment. Meanwhile, essential workers who were not laid off demanded better conditions to ensure their safety during work.
In Los Angeles, a coalition of more than 60 organizations that led the movement to legalize street selling in the city, will hit the streets on Friday to demand relief from coronaviruses.
Delta, United, JetBlue to force passengers to wear masks starting Monday
As travelers begin to return to Canadian airports, they will notice the changes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Beginning Monday, Delta, United and JetBlue will require all passengers to wear face covers. Delta and JetBlue will make them mandatory from the time they register until the time they disembark. Delta, which says customers can take them for meals, will also need them in its Sky Club lounges.
The wearing of face masks will be customary and even required by most national airlines. More and more airports can use machines to control passenger fever. Security checkpoints may have Plexiglass shields between passengers and screening officers.
– Curtis Tate
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Broadway actor’s wife Nick Cordero hopes he will “wake up” from a coma
Nick Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots hopes the Broadway star will “wake up” from a medical coma despite several setbacks in his recovery from the coronavirus, including amputation of his right leg.
In a virtual appearance on ” CBS this morning“Kloots said on Thursday that Cordero’s blood count had dropped” really, really low “, suggesting that there may be internal bleeding.
The “Rock of Ages” star was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for what was initially considered pneumonia, Kloots wrote on Instagram on April 1. COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE
– Cydney Henderson
Reopening of the United States: New Mexico eases trade restrictions from Friday
New Mexico is among the latest states to ease trade restrictions, with many non-essential retailers, pet groomers, state parks and golf courses allowed to reopen from Friday under an order from modified state public health. For the latest details on your state map, follow here.
Michigan Protesters Gather at Capitol Hill: “You Kill Small Businesses”
Several hundred protesters gathered in Lansing on Thursday in light rain outside the US Capitol, urging lawmakers not to extend Michigan’s state of emergency linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
They carried signs that said “You kill small businesses” and “Freedom or death”. Many also wore hats or other props touting President Donald Trump and his 2020 re-election campaign. Some carried guns, as Senator Dayna Polehanki pointed out on Twitter. The open carrying of firearms is permitted on Capitol grounds and inside the Capitol, said Lt. Brian Oleksyk of Michigan State Police.
Some wore face masks, but many did not. Many also failed to observe guidelines for social distancing requiring a six-foot separation between people. There were also some counter-demonstrators.
– Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press
Journalists and experts from across the country and the USA TODAY network discuss America’s most pressing issues on disinfection and reinfection.
Governor Gavin Newsom Closes Certain Southern California Beaches
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a targeted “tight shutdown” of certain beaches in southern California after they were overrun by people in a heat wave last weekend. The announcement follows rumors that Newsom would close all state beaches after a note to police chiefs leaked on Wednesday.
“The conditions last week, the images we saw on some of our beaches were worrisome,” said Newsom. He called the crowded beaches in Orange County and commended local officials in San Diego, Los Angeles and other areas for not allowing their beaches to be overrun.
Newsom said the targeted closure affecting “a few coastal towns offshore and around the Orange County area” would be short term and could be canceled once plans are in place to reopen with guidelines to maintain the physical distance.
Local San Diego county leaders have used measures such as closing parking lots to help measure the number of people who can access the beach.
– Joel Shannon
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