More than 1,000 well being professionals have now signed an open letter calling for the United States to hit reset in its struggle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reset would basically imply one other shutdown in scorching spot states, with all non-essential companies closed, common masks mandates, and a federally managed response to the novel coronavirus.
Similarly, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Health Security published yesterday a new report referred to as “Resetting our Response: Changes Needed in the US Approach to COVID-19.” Like the letter, the report suggests shutting down non-essential enterprise, together with bars, in scorching spots, and mandating the usage of non-pharmaceutical interventions.
“The foundation for the response in every community should be what it has been for so many successful countries in the world: universal masking, individual physical distancing, hand hygiene, and avoiding large gatherings, particularly indoors. Without having these measures in place, it will be difficult to maintain control of outbreaks or turn the corner on an outbreak that is accelerating,” the authors of the Johns Hopkins report, together with former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tom Frieden, MD, wrote.
In scorching spots, which may imply states, cities, or counties, the authors counsel governors begin with a 2-week lockdown when hospital techniques are shut to capability or instances are surging.
“Closures do not need to mirror those implemented in the spring, when less was known about the epidemiology of COVID-19. Closures should include high-risk indoor settings where people congregate, like bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, gyms, and indoor religious spaces, and possibly indoor offices where transmission risk cannot be lowered through mitigation efforts,” the report says.
Today on “Good Morning America,” Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, of Harvard University, stated the United States wants to give attention to three key adjustments to cease the present trajectory of the pandemic: put on masks, repair testing, and keep away from indoor gatherings.
Deaths rise as economy takes one other hit
The US reported 70,766 new COVID-19 instances yesterday, with 1,403 deaths, in accordance to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus database. Though the every day demise toll remains to be beneath the spring’s peak, numbers are anticipated rise.
In complete, the US has 4,461,585 instances and 151,451 deaths.
Today new knowledge from the Commerce Department present that US financial output fell by 9.5% within the second quarter — for the reason that pandemic started in March and April — for a drop of 32.9% on an annualized foundation.
According to the New York Times, that is the largest drop in gross home manufacturing in trendy US historical past.
The weekly report from the Labor Department reveals that the variety of Americans submitting for new unemployment claims totaled 1.43 million final week, the second weekly improve in a row. This is the 19th consecutive week that the variety of Americans submitting for unemployment breached 1 million.
And most Americans who misplaced their jobs due to the pandemic have now acquired their final weekly $600 supplemental help verify as a part of the CARES Act. The weekly funds are set to expire tomorrow, and lawmakers have but to agree on future supplemental funds. Republican Senate members have advised $200 per week, white high Democrats are pushing to maintain the quantity at $600.
Other US information
- Wisconsin is the latest state to issue a mandate for face coverings. Governor Tony Evers has stated masks should be worn indoors via the tip of September, in accordance to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
- The Ohio State Board of Pharmacies is banning pharmacies from shelling out hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for use in COVID-19 sufferers.
- The first human trials for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate start at the moment within the United States and Belgium. More than 1,000 wholesome adults aged 18 to 55 years, as effectively as adults aged 65 years and older, might be included within the trial, according to Reuters.