COVID-19 Update: Virus in All 50 States; ‘Into the Swamp’; Italy Taps 10,000 Student Doctors
by Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
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COVID-19 now is in every U.S. state as West Virginia confirmed its first case. (NPR)
European Union member states voted unanimously to close all 27 nations to most non-EU residents for the next 30 days, and the U.S. and Canada are working to close off their shared border outside of essential travel. (CNBC, Reuters)
No official data have been released by the CDC or any other agency, but an anonymous federal official said the government has received reports of more than 60 COVID-19 infections among healthcare workers. (Washington Post)
The current case count in the U.S. (as of 8:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday) is 6,496 — up 40% since Tuesday — and the number of deaths is 114.
What’s known about the first 100 U.S. deaths, according to a CNN tally from state health officials.
Doctors fear bringing COVID-19 home: “I am dipping myself into the swamp every day.” (New York Times)
With more than 2,500 deaths and counting, Italy will tap 10,000 student doctors to work in primary care settings, so more experienced physicians can staff the country’s rapidly filling hospitals. (Reuters)
As the Federal Reserve and White House announced plans to blunt the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic, stocks rebounded Tuesday, with the S&P 500 up 6% and the Dow Jones average rising 5.2% after Monday’s ugly performance. (CNBC)
Japanese public health investigators detailed the coronavirus’s march among Diamond Princess crew members. (MMWR)
Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players testing positive for the coronavirus; the Los Angeles Lakers — the Nets’ last opponent before NBA games were suspended — will be tested today. (ESPN)
Dollar General, Stop & Shop, and Food Town are among retailers reserving the first hour of each operating day for senior customers. (Newsweek)
Quarantined to entertain an audience: contestants from the reality show Big Brother around the world have been locked in houses with no idea about the pandemic outside. In Germany, they’ll be told on live TV. (Vanity Fair)
A primary care doctor and public health researcher look at best social distancing practices. (The New Yorker)
And a psychotherapist offers a guide to staying sane during a pandemic. (The Atlantic)
Italy may extend its coronavirus lockdown beyond April 3 as its number of diagnosed cases climbs beyond 30,000. (Bloomberg)
“We have never seen anything like this,” an Italian anesthesiologist writes in the New York Times. “My country’s health care system may soon collapse.”