In 17 states, the numbers hold steady, according to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. And in 9 states, the number of new cases continues to increase.
But that doesn’t mean it’s time to celebrate and take off the masks in public.
A survey shows that most Americans are not yet ready to resume their usual routines.
And new research shows that the virus can be spread by just talking and that airborne particles can persist for eight minutes.
According to Thursday, more than 1.3 million people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 84,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins.
Wisconsin Court Annuls State Home Order
At the start of next week, at least 48 states will be partially reopened.
Wisconsin is among the most recent after the state’s Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the governor’s house arrest order, calling it “illegal” and “unenforceable.”
It was a victory for lawmakers in the Republican state, who said that the administration of Democratic Governor Tony Evers had overstepped his authority by extending the order until May 26.
Less than an hour after the court ruling, some revelers celebrated by going to bars. Many have ignored advice from health officials to stay 6 feet apart.
“When you have more people in a small space – it doesn’t matter if it’s bars, restaurants or your home – you’re going to be able to spread the virus,” said Evers. “Now we have no plan and no protection for the people of Wisconsin. “
Study provides new details on air droplets
New research finds that speaking releases small respiratory droplets that persist in the air for at least eight minutes, which may explain why the coronavirus spreads faster in confined spaces.
Talking loudly for a minute in a confined space could generate at least 1,000 speech droplets containing particles of Covid-19, according to an estimate by researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Pennsylvania.
“These observations confirm that there is a substantial likelihood that speaking normally causes transmission of airborne viruses in confined environments,” said the study.
Cases of mysterious disease in children spread to 17 states
Hospitals and clinics in at least 17 states have reported a disease that appears to affect children after being infected with a coronavirus. At least 150 children are under investigation, most of them in New York.
Not all affected children have tested positive for coronavirus, but reports from Europe and several cities in the United States show a link.
“There seem to be delayed responses to Covid infections in these children,” said Dr. Moshe Arditi, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Symptoms include persistent fever, inflammation, and poor function in organs such as the kidneys or the heart.
Children could also have inflammation of blood vessels, such as red eyes, a bright red tongue, and chapped lips, Arditi said.
“This multisystem inflammatory syndrome is not directly caused by the virus,” said Dr. Jeffrey Burns, an intensive care specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “The main assumption is that it is due to the patient’s immune response. “
CNN’s Ethan Cohen, Liz Stark, Sergio Hernandez, Steve Almasy, Shelby Lin Erdman, Maggie Fox, Matthew Hoye and John Bonifield contributed to this report.