Coronavirus Update: Over 2 Million Have Recovered from Virus, Expect Air Travel to be ‘Somewhat Strange’

By Anna Breuer on 22 May 2020
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Visitors to Liberty State Park in N.J. take a selfie with the N.Y.C. skyline as a backdrop

IN BRIEF

Those taking to the skies will find travel somewhat strange this Memorial Day Weekend. They will find signs and floor markings reminding them of the need for social distancing, and everyone will be wearing face coverings.  Airlines will board passengers in smaller groups, many from back to front, and service on board flights will be limited.

New studies show that hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted and taken by President Trump, may harm coronavirus patients.  Those indiviudals who took the drug were more likely to have abnormal heart rhythms, according to the study, which was published in the the Lancet, and they were also more likely to die.

An early-stage vaccine developed in China appears to be safe and may offer protection against the coronavirus, according to a study published in the Lancet.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the suburbs of New York City – Long Island, Westchester, and others – could start to reopen next week if they meet the remaining criteria for doing so.

New York City will begin a crackdown on gatherings in front of restaurants and bars that offer takeaway drinks.  “Take out, don’t hang out” said the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, at a news conference Friday.

Meanwhile, New Jersey will allow gatherings of up to 25 people and will reopen campgrounds, its governor said.

SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC

Practice social distancing consistently no matter where you are outside your home and wear a mask in public.  Wash your hands often.  When you do leave to go shopping, wipe down your shopping cart with a Clorox-type wipe.  And did we say, “wash your hands”?

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands at 5.24 million, of which 2.12 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 335,881.

There are 2.79 million active cases worldwide and 2.45 million closed cases.  Out of the active cases, 2.75 million are mild and 2% or 45,434 are severe.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 1.63 million, while the death toll stands at 96,527. Russia continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, with 326,448, with a death toll of 3,249, which officials in the United States continue to believe to be a significant undercount.

The number of new coronavirus cases and fatalities in Germany declined for the second day, and the country’s infection rate continued to hold below the key threshold of 1.0.

While international comparisons of these figures are difficult, perhaps the most useful comparison is to look at the deaths per million members of the population, with the caveat that there are differences in how countries record deaths. It’s also important to keep in mind that the number of deaths is a lagging indicator.

San Marino, with a population of just over 33,000 and which has been testing all of its inhabitants, continues to have the highest number of deaths per million members of the population, at 1,209, unchanged for eight days.

Belgium the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 795, is followed by Andorra with 660 (unchanged in five days) and Spain with 598. Italy, the United Kingdom, France and Sweden have reported 537, 326, 432, and 389, respectively, while the Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 338, 321, and 220, respectively.  In Germany the figure is 99, while in Austria it is 71.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 292.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there, which are also believed to be an undercount.

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