President Donald Trump has extended federal social distancing guidance for 30 days as scientists warn virus continues to spread.
While more than a third of U.S. counties have yet to report a single positive test result for COVID-19 infections, the number of counties without a positive coronavirus case is declining rapidly.
Of the counties without positive tests, 85% are in rural areas — from predominantly white communities in Appalachia and the Great Plains to majority Hispanic and Native American stretches of the American Southwest — that generally have less everyday contact between people that can help transmit the virus.
At the same time, counties with zero positive tests for COVID-19 have a higher median age and higher proportion of people older than 60 — the most vulnerable to severe effects of the virus — and far fewer intensive care beds should they fall sick.
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- Billions of dollars from the stimulus bill won’t fix the problem facing doctors and nurses in the U.S.: a critical shortage of protective gowns, gloves and masks.
- Spain overtook China on Monday in confirmed coronavirus infections as the pandemic stretched scores of Spanish hospitals to their breaking point. Spain’s tally of infections reached 85,195, an 8% rise from the previous day but down from earlier increases that had rocketed up to 20%. Spain also reported 812 new deaths, raising its overall confirmed death toll to 7,340.
- The U.S. surpassed 125,000 cases, and about 43% of those are in New York state. Testing is one reason. Doctors can’t detect an infection if they don’t look for it, and New York has been doing more testing than anywhere else in the country.
- More than 1,000 people have now died from the coronavirus in New York state, more than two-thirds of them in NYC.
- The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in July, the same slot scheduled for this year's games. The rescheduled Olympics will start July 23, with the closing ceremony on Aug. 8. The Paralympics were rescheduled to Aug. 24-Sept. 5.
- The family of John Prine says the legendary singer-songwriter is in critical condition with coronavirus symptoms. Notable death: Alan Merrill, who wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll” that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett.
- Prince Charles has ended his period of isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus. The prince’s Clarence House office says Charles is in good health after completing the seven-day quarantine recommended by U.K. health authorities for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
- The coronavirus pandemic is posing fundamental questions for the European Union, as members argue over how to withstand the crisis and how much to share the burden.
- The coronavirus is changing the way democracy works in the U.S. Some state legislatures have started meeting by video conference while others have moved to arenas to comply with social distancing requirements.
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For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.
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