SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 3.25.2020

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Amazon workers say coronavirus safety measures are missing despite what company says

Desperate airlines switch passengers for cargo to stay alive

Two passengers from the Grand Princess have died

(CNN)“We ended up getting our first positive patients — and that’s when all hell broke loose,” said one New York City doctor. The doctor, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity out of concern for his job, described a hospital that was woefully unprepared for an influx of Covid-19 patients that started roughly two weeks ago — which has already stretched the hospital’s resources thin and led to severely ill patients outnumbering ventilators. “We don’t have the machines, we don’t have the beds,” the doctor said. “To think that we’re in New York City and this is happening,” he added. “It’s like a third-world country type of scenario. It’s mind-blowing.” At first, patients skewed toward the 70-plus age group, but in the past week or so there have been a number of patients younger than 50. “I don’t think they understand the severity of this disease,” the doctor said of the younger patients. “Two weeks ago, life was completely different.”

Two different Boston hospitals each have more than 40 employees that tested positive
“Based on hospital data, our broad implementation of CDC-guided infection control procedures throughout the hospital, and the extent of community spread now ongoing in Massachusetts, it’s believed that the vast majority of these individuals did not contract the virus at work,” Ogan said in an email.

New York City hospital sets up makeshift morgues to prepare for coronavirus deaths

200 deaths in one day in US

Touted malaria drug no better than supportive care in patient study

Police in UK given ability to enforce stay at home measures

Johns Hopkins March 25: 466955 total confirmed cases, 21162 deaths
Confirmed Cases by Country/Region/Sovereignty
81,661 China
74,386 Italy
65,285 US
49,515 Spain
37,323 Germany
27,017 Iran
25,600 France

Healthy 21 year old dies from virus in UK

Doctors consider universal do not resuscitate order during outbreak

Entire senior homes in NJ tests positive

10 innovative uses of technology to battle the outbreak

Workers at 9 Amazon warehouses now infected

How the US couldn’t manage to stockpile 75 cent masks

Apple procures 10 million masks for US health care workers

Why big US companies had huge mask stockpiles to donate

Gilead withdraws attempt to corner the market on coronavirus drug

MN goes stay at home

South Africa goes into 21 day lockdown.

China reopens some movie theaters, they average 2 customers per day.

Cases in Africa increase 12 fold

WHO is holding a press conference right now

NJ man charged with making terroristic threat against Wegmans grocery store worker. Claimed he had coronavirus when worker asked him to keep distance from them. Then he coughed on them and told them to be glad they had a job.

Trump golf club party causes virus cluster

Ohio public health authority reminds that GI symptoms and fatigue can be symptoms of this, not just cough and respiratory symptoms

Los Angeles will shut off power and water to non essential businesses that refuse to close.

Denver goes into lockdown Thursday

US could reach peak in 3 weeks

Sioux Falls likely has community spread

NY state data for today via CNN

Pandemic delays nuclear waste site in NM, restricts work at Hanford nuclear waste site.

US nuclear regulators relax rules on maintenance and inspections. This may be to avoid requiring reactor refueling outages that require hundreds of traveling workers to gather at a nuclear plant to do this work. This also increases the risk of a malfunction.

An antibody test is closer to being available

UK has 15 minute self administered virus test, expects to roll out to the public in a week

UK postal workers plea for people to not send non essential deliveries

Antibiotic resistant bacteria, a threat for serious virus cases.

Spain death toll surpasses China

US FDA gives drug company exclusive rights to the key drug used to fight the virus using orphaned drug status, usually reserved for older, little used medications.

7 in 10 Americans agree the virus outbreak is a serious threat

Indian doctors evicted from homes over transmission fears: medical body Some doctors combating India’s coronavirus outbreak have been evicted from their homes by force, a medical association said, due to fears that they may be infected and spread the disease to neighbors.

Tokyo governor asks residents to stay home to avoid explosive coronavirus rise Warning of the risk of an explosive rise in coronavirus infections in Japan’s capital, Tokyo’s governor on Wednesday asked residents to avoid non-essential outings through until April 12

Image via Reuters

New York Governor Cuomo says density controls appear to be working, with hospitalizations doubling every 4.7 days on Tuesday, compared with every 2 days on Sunday

Prince Charles has virus

Stimulus bill prevents Trump, Pence, members of Congress, heads of federal agencies, and their families, from taking federal stimulus money.

Johns Hopkins public health expert explains what we need to do.

Asymptomatic cases in Wuhan are not being counted in daily totals

IV vitamin C being given to NYC virus patients after it proved effective in China

Majority of Republicans & Democrats consider virus a serious threat in IPSOS poll

Cuban interferon drug proved useful against the virus in patients in China

Public health experts explain why cruise ships are the perfect petri dish

US emergency ventilator stockpile critically low

World’s main producer of rubber exam gloves cuts output by 50% amid virus restrictions

Deal struck on US virus bail out

6 reasons to be skeptical of Trump’s April reopen claims

CDC and NIH have expanded their public resource information.
CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all.html
NIH  https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus

AHA, AMA and ANA tell people to stay home

34 members of an Arkansas church have the virus in another cluster

CBS all access gives everyone in the US a free month of content

Mexican president vows to help the poor 

Grocery stores add sneeze guards to protect check out staff & customers

Olympic torch relay canceled

The lack of air traffic has made weather prediction more difficult

Amazon workers at 6 warehouses test positive for virus

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