After a more than two week hiatus from national TV interviews, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN he thinks the public will be “seeing more” of him and his public health colleagues moving forward and that he’s spoken with “the communications people.”
“A study of 96,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients on six continents found that those who received an antimalarial drug promoted by President Trump as a ‘game changer’ in the fight against the virus had a significantly higher risk of death compared with those who did not,” the Washington Post reports.
“People treated with hydroxychloroquine, or the closely related drug chloroquine, were also more likely to develop a type of irregular heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, that can lead to sudden cardiac death, it concluded.”
Said cardiologist Eric Topol: “It’s one thing not to have benefit, but this shows distinct harm. If there was ever was hope for this drug, this is the death of it.”
Axios: “For the last four weeks, counties newly designated as having a high prevalence of coronavirus cases — meaning at least 100 cases per 100,000 people — were more likely to have voted for President Trump than Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to a recent analysis by the Brookings Institution.”
President Trump says he won’t support shutting down the country of a possible second wave of coronavirus cases develops, NBC News reports.
Said Trump: “People say that’s a very distinct possibility. It’s standard. And we’re gonna put out the fires. We’re not gonna close the country.”
“And I tested very positively in another sense. So this morning. I tested positively toward negative, right? So no, I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative. But that’s a way of saying it. Positively toward the negative.”
— President Trump, quoted by CNN.
“Hospitals in Montgomery and Prattville have a total of one ICU bed remaining and are now being forced to send acute care patients to Birmingham for treatment,” the Montgomery Advertiser reports.
“Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said he called a news conference to reveal the sobering situation at the urging of overwhelmed area doctors, and with the Memorial Day weekend ahead.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to President Trump requesting that he order flags to be flown at half staff on all public buildings on the sad day of reckoning when we reach 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
A new AP/NORC poll finds 83% of Americans said they are very (54%) or somewhat (29%) concerned that lifting restrictions will lead to a rise in infections.
A new NPR/PBS/Marist poll finds two-thirds of Americans do not expect their daily lives to return to normal for at least six months, and as states reopen, 77% are concerned that a second wave of coronavirus cases will emerge.
Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “There’s a great sense that normalcy is not around the corner… The overwhelming majority feel we’re in no way out of the woods. The notion that there’s the potential or likelihood of a second wave is strong, and we see that clearly across party lines.”
New York Times: “If the United States had begun imposing social-distancing measures one week earlier in March, about 36,000 fewer people would have died in the pandemic, according to new estimates from Columbia University disease modelers.”
“And if the country had begun locking down cities and limiting social contact on March 1, two weeks earlier than when most people started staying home, a vast majority of the nation’s deaths — about 83 percent — would have been avoided, the researchers estimated.”
CDC Director Robert Redfield told the Financial Times that the rapid spread of coronavirus in the southern hemisphere suggests it is likely to flare up again in the US this autumn and winter, raising the possibility of a second round of lockdowns this year.
The warning from the CDC chief comes despite repeated efforts by President Donald Trump to convince Americans the worst of the pandemic is over, arguing the country was “transitioning to greatness”.
Illinois state Rep. Darren Bailey (R) was removed from the state legislature after refusing to comply with a rule requiring all lawmakers to wear masks during the special session, NBC Chicago reports.
After the State House voted overwhelmingly to adopt the rule, Rep. Chris Welch (D) made a motion to remove Bailey from the House proceedings. After Bailey refused to put on a mask, the House voted 81-27 to remove him from the chamber.
“I think it’s fine. It’s the flu. It’s the flu… It’s going to be handled. It’s going to come. It’s going to be bad. And maybe it will be worse than the normal flu seasons. And it’s going to go away. I think it is being handled fine. I think the words are right.”
— Donald Trump, on Fox News, on April 24, 2009, commenting on the Obama administration’s response to H1N1 Swine Flu.
A new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that Americans, by 62% to 29%, say that deciding to wear a face mask is more a matter of public health than a matter of personal choice.
“A day after President Trump privately excoriated the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Republican senators during a lunch on Capitol Hill, the fate of the agency’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield, is in question,” CNN reports.
“As recently as last week, Redfield told colleagues he didn’t think he was in trouble or that his job was on the line… Over the weekend, the momentum appeared to have shifted. Redfield grew concerned he may have a target on his back.”
Ford Motor Co. is backpedaling from a policy that every visitor to its factories wear masks ahead of President Trump’s tour of a components plant that it’s converted to a ventilator-making facility, Bloomberg reports.
“Churches in states at the forefront of reopening efforts are closing their doors for a second time,” the Washington Post reports.
“Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold, Ga., less than 20 miles away from Chattanooga, Tenn., and Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Houston have indefinitely suspended services after members and leaders tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after reopening.”