Virus in brief: U.S. moves to relieve economic stress. Get this quick look at today’s pandemic news.
America’s coronavirus infections have surged to the most in the world. Italy shut down its industry. Masses of unemployed Indian laborers got food handouts and South Africa began a three-week lockdown. The U.S. cities of Chicago and Detroit saw concerning increases in infections.
And this morning the U.S. House moved to final debate on a $2.2 trillion package to ease the coronavirus pandemic’s devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system, even as a maverick conservative threatened to delay passage until most lawmakers return to Washington for a vote.
Among developments and trends overnight and this morning:
Some leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus. But scientists have challenged their accuracy.The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them many millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing.The coronavirus outbreak is naturally having an impact on couples and their relationships. Family therapists are conducting sessions remotely as patients are confined to their homes.Tourists across Asia find their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus.Spain reports a record number of daily virus deaths at 769, but an official says that the country’s new infections are easing.Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened by ingesting toxic methanol, believing it would help against the virus.
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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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