The CDC says that new deaths are likely to increase in Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Tennessee and Washington. Some of these states had previously reported progress in their coronavirus numbers, but are now raising their alarm again.
In New Jersey, officials reported that there had been no deaths in hospitals for at least 24 hours on Thursday for the first time since early March. But as the state recorded this “extraordinary milestone,”
“Anyone who goes around refusing to wear a mask or hosting an indoor house party or boarding a boat is contributing directly to these increases. This must stop and must stop now.”
Expert: multiple masks could mean multiple lives saved
Despite an increase in cases in recent weeks, experts insist that ways to curb the spread remain simple: avoid dating, social distance and wearing a mask.
While some young people in the United States continue to attend social gatherings, they could bring the virus home unwittingly, experts said, as many young people are asymptomatic.
Washington is one of at least 39 states that have some kind of masked mandate. But even with mandates, not enough Americans needed to bend the curve for the infection rate are using facial masks, an expert said Friday.
“We are approaching about 55% of Americans wearing a mask,” said Dr. Chris Murray, a researcher behind an influential coronavirus model from the University of Washington. “This is good news, but of course there is still a long way to go before reaching levels like Singapore has 95%, which would really save many lives in this country.”
Texas researchers reported that just two weeks of social distancing policies reduced the spread of the virus by approximately 65% globally, preventing over 1.5 million new cases.
“We found that states observed significant reductions in transmission speeds following the implementation of social distancing policies, compared to states without such policies,” said Daniel McGrail, a postdoctoral fellow who studies systems biology.
“In fact, two of the smallest reductions in diffusion have been observed in states without policies of social distancing.”
Charlotte GOP convention closed to the press
In an unprecedented move in modern American political history, reporters will not be present when Republican leaders vote to officially nominate President Donald Trump as the 2020 Republican presidential candidate in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The already reduced Republican National Convention by the end of the month will be closed to the press, a spokesman and a republican official told CNN.
Republican officials said they were forced to limit attendance because of social distance restrictions imposed by the state governor.
Not all delegates will participate. Instead, 336 delegates will vote on the convention’s work – one for every six delegates.
Some proceedings – including the vote to formally name Trump – will be streamed live, according to a Republican official.
Greater selection could control college outbreaks
According to a modeling study published Friday in the JAMA Network Open magazine, frequent virus screening may be needed for college students.
The researchers found that screening of college students every two days – even with a low quality test that detects 70% of cases – is an inexpensive option, estimated to keep infections at a more controllable number than weekly tests with a higher quality option.
For younger students, districts across the country have taken different approaches: some have opted to go completely virtual at the start of the year and others offering hybrid options.
While some leaders said younger students face a lower risk from the virus, they may still be able to pass it on, experts said.
Children under the age of five, if infected with the virus, have up to 100 times more genetic material in the nose than older children or adults, according to a new study published Thursday as a research letter in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
“He says younger children up to 5 have many, many times more viruses in their nasopharynx than adults, which would mean that it would be reasonable to assume that they would be able to transmit the virus, so they are not immune,” Anthony Fauci, one of the leading infectious disease experts, he told CNN.
CNN’s Ben Tinker, Jamiel Lynch, Hollie Silverman, Shelby Lin Erdman, Andrea Kane and Maggie Fox contributed to this report.