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Trump Extends Isolation Till April 30

President Donald Trump extended the White House Coronavirus mitigation guidelines until April 30.  On Saturday, Trump went to Norfolk to send off the USNS Comfort hospital ship to assist New York City.  The USNS Mercy arrived in Los Angeles on Friday.  Both ships are well equipped with 1,000 beds to accept non-Coronavirus medical cases, relieving local hospitals to deal with the pandemic.  On Sunday, Trump and his Coronavirus Response Task Force held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.  The big news was that the protocols to slow down the spread of the pandemic have been extended until April 30.  These were originally scheduled to end today, Day 15, of the mitigation plan.  However, the virus is showing no sign of subsiding.


Hitting the Sunday morning news shows, NIH Dr. Anthony Fauci made the rounds, warning that computer models show the death rates from the Coronavirus pandemic could amount to some 100,000 to 200,000 possible deaths once the disease has run its course.  That is just here in America.  An earlier model from the Imperial College of London put potential deaths in the United States at 2.2 Million dead.  However, that model assumed that little is done in response to the outbreak.  

The area around New York City has been hardest hit so far.  Nearly 60,000 of the nationwide 143,000 confirmed cases are in New York State.  Nearly half of the 2,500 dead are also from there.  On Saturday, the idea of imposing a forced quarantine was floated in The Media.  But, instead, the CDC issued a more general advisory for people not to leave NY, New Jersey or Connecticut for at least 14 days.  Those whom have left from those states should self-quarantine for two weeks.  

Plans to reopen the nation's economy have also been pushed back, possibly till June 1st.  The data is showing some slowing in New York, but infections and deaths are expected to continue to increase for at least the next two weeks.  Only after then we may see the 'apex' of the outbreak.  Meanwhile, other areas are now showing major increases to cases and deaths, such as New Orleans and Detroit.  So, the country remains on a semi-lockdown for now with some places requiring even stricter rules against unnecessary travel and gatherings.  Social Distancing is still the name of the game for now.  The good news is that early use of anti-malaria drugs are showing promise with the FDA now approving use for preventing the Coronavirus from spreading among healthcare and 1st responder workers.  New testing and sterilizing equipment are also coming on line this week as more companies begin producing more ventilators, masks, face shields and gowns.

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