From The New York Post, "Trump accuses NYC of padding its coronavirus death toll":President Donald Trump said the U.S. has “passed the peak” of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 632,000 people in America.
“While we must remain vigilant, it is clear that our aggressive strategy is working,” Trump said at a White House news briefing with coronavirus task force on Wednesday. “The battle continues, but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases.”
Trump said new cases are “declining” in New York, which has more confirmed cases than any country outside the U.S. He added that cases are “flat” in Denver and Detroit, while other cities including Baltimore and Philadelphia “are showing great signs of success.”
“Some states are looking at other states and they’re saying I can’t imagine what they’re going through because they’re not in that position. They’re in very good shape,” he said. “I would say that we have 20 states, at least, but you really have 29 that are in extremely good shape. You have others that are getting much better.”
There's been a lot of promising data suggesting the curve flattened but it's still up in the air whether it will spread again when the quarantines are lifted.President Trump on Wednesday questioned Mayor Bill de Blasio’s revised coronavirus death toll — a day after New York City revised how it tracks fatalities by adding more than 3,700 victims who died of apparent coronavirus symptoms and were never tested.
“I see this morning where New York added 3,000 [sic] deaths because they died. Rather than [a] heart attack, they say heart attack caused by this,” he said during the daily briefing of the Coronavirus Task Force, referring to COVID-19.
Responding to a question about the staggering US death toll, which topped 27,000 Wednesday, the president suggested that the Big Apple added the new deaths to the tally “just in case” the victims had the virus.
“If you look at it, that is it. Everything we have is documented and reported great. What they are doing is just in case — that is OK. We have more cases because we do more reporting.”
NEW from @NYGovCuomo: New York State hospitalization rate appears to be plateauing, with net change in hospitalizations down, ICU admissions down and intubations down https://t.co/R4icFrKRTQ pic.twitter.com/7KswNw4Zjm
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 15, 2020
Breaking News: New York City’s coronavirus death toll soared past 10,000 after officials added more than 3,700 people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it. https://t.co/NXpgwwltWi
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 14, 2020
A few moments ago, I signed an executive order which will require the wearing of masks or face coverings when inside any retail establishments, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores, or when riding on any form of public transportation in Maryland. It also requires all essential retail locations to require their staff to wear face coverings and requires those businesses to put into place appropriate social distancing measures in order to keep their customers and their staff safe. To give these retailers time to make these adjustments, this order will go into effect beginning Saturday at 7 a.m.
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COVID19 treatment deaths
A recent clinical trial in Brazil highlights the dangers of two potential COVID-19 treatments: chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
As the world searches for effective COVID-19 treatments, some nations have authorized doctors to give patients antimalarial drugs (chloroquine and the closely related hydroxychloroquine) as part of experimental clinical trials. Health experts have cautioned against overhyping the results of these studies, flagging methodological issues in the research like not including a control group or having a small sample size.
To date, there's no solid evidence showing that these drugs effectively treat COVID-19 or block coronaviruses from infecting cells. In the recent Brazil trial, researchers gave chloroquine to 81 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Manaus. The study involved two groups: One received a high dose of 12 grams of chloroquine over 10 days, the second group received 2.7 grams over five days. Both groups also received the antibiotic azithromycin, which poses its own heart risks. By the sixth day of the trial, 11 patients had died. The high-dose group had an especially high risk of suffering heart arrhythmias, a finding also observed in a separate trial on hydroxychloroquine conducted in a hospital in France.
"To me, this study conveys one useful piece of information, which is that chloroquine causes a dose-dependent increase in an abnormality in the ECG that could predispose people to sudden cardiac death," Dr. David Juurlink, an internist and the head of the division of clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto, told The New York Times." it's possible that some combination of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin may be effective at preventing and treating COVID-19, but the researchers in Brazil say that more research is "urgently needed."
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