COVID-19 Update: 17 Days on Surfaces; U.S. ‘New Epicenter’? Fatal Chloroquine
by Staff Writer, MedPage Today
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Japanese investigators found traces of the COVID-19 coronavirus in some Diamond Princess cabins up to 17 days after they were vacated. (MMWR)
Unofficial U.S case count rose by more than 10,000 Monday, standing at 46,450 as of 8:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday; deaths increased by more than 100 to 593.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery told members that loss of sense of smell (anosmia) is an early indicator of disease — citing a statement by its British counterpart that, in turn, cited unspecified “good evidence” from other countries and its president’s own recent experience.
The U.S. may become the new epicenter of COVID-19 as about one-third of all new global cases were in this country, a World Health Organization said. (Reuters)
Globally, the number of cases nears 400,000. More than one-fifth of the global population is currently under lockdown. (AP News)
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson joins other European countries in ordering a more or less full lockdown in England. (Reuters)
In India, is 14 hours of self-quarantine enough to slow the spread of the virus? (NPR)
As the pandemic begins to slow in Wuhan, China, public transit will soon reopen and travel restrictions will be lifted April 8, officials announced. (ABC Columbia)
President Donald Trump hinted at relaxing stay-at-home restrictions to weeks — not months — against public health experts’ recommendation. (AP News)
Olympics officials have postponed the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, to a date no later than summer 2021. (USA Today)
The FDA will loosen its inspection regulations to allow non-healthcare related manufacturing of ventilators and other protective hardware. (FierceBiotech)
An Arizona man died and wife became critically ill after ingesting chloroquine phosphate — used to clean fish tanks, as well as treat malaria — in an attempt to prevent coronavirus. (CNN)
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19.
New York will begin treating individuals with coronavirus with plasma from recovered patients, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. (NBC News)
A growing proportion of Americans reported their physical and emotional health have deteriorated in the past week. (Axios)
A 26-year-old yoga teacher hospitalized for coronavirus COVID-19 sends a message to millennials: Stay home. (New York Times)
More than 4,000 foreign doctors selected to do medical residencies in the U.S. are scheduled to start working in July, but the State Department has put a hold on processing the J-1 visas they need to work. (STAT)
Immigration judges in San Diego are postponing asylum cases under the Migration Protection Protocols. (BuzzFeed)