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Several states take tentative steps to reopen businesses. The Navy recommended reinstating the captain of an aircraft carrier who had sought help as the virus spread on his ship.

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A new comparison of tests for virus antibodies delivered mixed results, prompting frustration as the public looks for ways to safely escape lockdowns.

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Warnings of the dangers of ingesting disinfectants follow Trump’s remarks.

In Maryland, so many callers flooded a health hotline with questions that the state’s Emergency Management Agency had to issue a warning that “under no circumstances” should any disinfectant be taken to treat the coronavirus. In Washington State, officials urged people not to consume laundry detergent capsules. Across the country on Friday, health professionals sounded the alarm.

Injecting bleach or highly concentrated rubbing alcohol “causes massive organ damage and the blood cells in the body to basically burst,” Dr. Diane P. Calello, the medical director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, said in an interview. “It can definitely be a fatal event.”

Even the makers of Clorox and Lysol pleaded with Americans not to inject or ingest their products.

The frantic reaction was prompted by President Trump’s suggestion on Thursday at a White House briefing that an “injection inside” the human body with a disinfectant like bleach or isopropyl alcohol could help combat the virus.

“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, ”Mr. Trump said after a presentation from William N. Bryan, an acting under secretary for science at the Department of Homeland Security, detailed the virus’s possible susceptibility to bleach and alcohol.

“One minute,” the president said. “And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. ”

Mr. Trump’s remarks caused an immediate uproar, and the White House spent much of Friday trying to walk them back. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines,” Kayleigh McEnany, the new White House press secretary, said in a statement criticizing the coverage of Thursday night’s briefing.

But the president later undermined her argument by insisting that his question to Mr. Bryan in fact had been an elaborate prank that he had engineered to trick reporters.

“I was asking a question sarcastically to Reporters like you just to see what would happen, ”Mr. Trump said on Friday to journalists gathered in the Oval Office.

Three states move ahead with reopenings despite misgivings.



What Georgia Residents Are Saying About Easing Coronavirus Measures

Some businesses in Georgia reopened on Friday, a decision that is being watched closely and one that has divided the state’s residents .

Have you been around anybody? Dry cough or anything? ” “If I can take your temperature really quick. So these are the stickers that we’re using here at Salon . Basically they’re for checking the guest in, and letting all of our service workers know that they’re having no problems with any temperature. ” “I ain’t crazy about wearing gloves cutting hair. I ain’t crazy about wearing a mask, but I’m going to comply with our government, and do what we need to do to be operating. But it’s better to do this then sit at home and lose my business. ” “I booked the appointment. They went through all their procedures that they’re going to be taking, and so I felt at ease. ” “I do not think it makes sense to open these businesses way before the curve, before we hit the peak.” “I wouldn’t go to a gym at this point because there’s too much sweating and breathing heavy, and all that stuff.”


Video player loading Some businesses in Georgia reopened on Friday, a decision that is being watched closely and one that has divided the state’s residents. Credit

Credit. .. John Amis / EPA, via Shutterstock Weeks after a deadly virus reordered daily life in America, shuttering most businesses and forcing most people indoors, three states on Friday took tentative s teps toward something resembling normalcy. But across Georgia, Alaska and Oklahoma, it was anything but business as usual.

A barber giving a trim in Atlanta, With a face mask and latex gloves in place, was dressed more like a surgeon preparing for an appendectomy. Beauty salons asked customers to sign legal waivers before they had their hair colored or curled. And Georgia officials recommended that salon owners perform temperature checks at their entrances.

The relaxed rules varied. Alaska allowed limited in-store shopping at retail stores. Oklahoma reopened its state parks. South Carolina, which was in front of the rest of the country in its effort to draw residents out of their homes, once again allowed access to public beaches.

And Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa on Friday said she would allow farmers’ markets to reopen and let doctors perform nonessential surgeries beginning on Monday.

) “Some people are scared to get out,” said Chris Edwards, a barber who welcomed his first customers in weeks. “I get it.”
Scientists are concerned about false positives in virus tests.
Tests that detect antibodies to the new coronavirus are seen as vital to reopening the country and getting the economy moving again. But public health officials have raised urgent concerns over the tests’ quality.

The false-positive metric is particularly crucial, because people may believe themselves immune to the virus when they are not and put themselves in danger.

“Those numbers are just unacceptable,” said Scott Hensley, a microbiologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

Four of the tests produced false-positive rates ranging from (to) percent, and many of the rest hovered around 5 percent. “If your kit has percent false positive, ”Dr. Hensley said, “it’s useless.”
Navy leaders recommend reinstating Capt. Crozier.

Capt. Brett E. Crozier should be restored to command of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top officials recommended on Friday.

But Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, who was briefed on the recommendations, has asked for more time to consider whether he will reinstate the captain of the nuclear-powered carrier.

Mr. Esper received the recommendation that Captain Crozier be reinstated from the chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael M. Gilday, and the acting Navy Secretary, James McPherson, on Friday.

Esper’s decision to hold up the investigation has surprised Navy officials, who believed that the defense secretary would leave the process in the hands of the military chain of command.

A reinstatement of Captain Crozier would be a stunning turnaround in a story that has seized the attention of the Navy, the overall military and even a nation grappling with the coronavirus. From the

moment that his letter pleading for help from Navy officials first became public , Captain Crozier has taken on the role of an unlikely hero, willing to risk his career for the sake of his sailors.
Federal workers sent to a quarantine site lacked proper gear or training .

Federal health employees interacted with Americans quarantined for possible exposure to the (coronavirus) at a military installation in California without adequate protective gear or training, the top lawyer at the Department of Health and Human Services connected on Friday.

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about the deployment of employees of the department, who were dispatched in late January to help care for Americans repatriated from Wuhan, China, amid the coronavirus outbreak there. The report found that proper procedures to protect the employees “temporarily broke down” amid a chaotic situation at March Air Reserve Base. But it rejected a second allegation of the same lapses at Travis Air Force Base, saying those procedures had been corrected.

“ In this unprecedented, dynamic, and evolving situation, the mission command and control structure during the March deployment temporarily broke down, ”the general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services wrote, according to a summary of the report obtained by the New York Times.

The general counsel cited disarray that attended the repatriation as a key factor in the breakdown, including a last-minute change of plans for where to land a plane carrying evacuees. At March Air Reserve Base, the investigation found, there was a failure to establish clear instructions for the use of protective medical equipment, and federal officials were forced to use equipment from Riverside County because of a shortage.

And even though the employees had possibly been exposed to the virus, they subsequently traveled from March to Travis Air Force Base and other military installations on commercial airlines less than five days after first interacting with evacuees, the investigation found. The summary said none of the evacuees or employees tested positive for Covid – .

Advisers urge Trump to skip daily briefings.

President Trump’s advisers are trying to get him to agree to a different structure for the daily coronavirus briefings that have become both a source of comfort to, and a source of self-destruction for, the president.

The conversations had been going on for some time, but came to a head after Thursday’s briefing, during which Mr. Trump mused aloud about whether scientists could explore the possibility of injecting people with disinfectant to ward off the virus’s effects. Doing so would be toxic and possibly deadly.

The hope is to either restrict the number of times Mr. Trump appears at the briefing, or to have him leave without taking questions, according to a person familiar with the discussions, which were first reported by Axios

The president began joining the briefings consistently last month and typically engages in a back-and- forth with reporters that he enjoys , but has sometimes left without answering questions.

His most effective moment at one of the briefings came weeks ago when he warned of a “painful” two weeks as deaths attributed to the virus were expected to spike. But the news conferences have more commonly served as an opportunity for Mr. Trump to air grievances about the press and his critics.
(The California National Guard has been deployed at nursing homes.)

California is taking additional steps to address the outbreak of the coronavirus in nursing homes, which have been hit particularly hard.

In Los Angeles County, the public health department issued an order on Friday calling for all congregate living facilities – which includes nursing homes – to restrict visitors, end communal dining and require staff to wear surgical masks. Residents must wear face coverings.

And across the state, members of the California National Guard, including military medics and nurses, were deployed at senior nursing facilities this week.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a news conference on Friday that there had been at least one coronavirus patient in 800 nursing facilities across the state. The National Guard was deployed, he said, “to help support the efforts to isolate, conduct tests and to make sure that we’re sharing best practices and protocols within the system.”

According to The Los Angeles Times, (% of the more than

(deaths) in Los Angeles County have been at such facilities. The governor said more than 2, patients and staff members statewide currently have the coronavirus.
With a deficit projected to hit $ 3.7 trillion, Trump signs the aid package.
The Congressional Budget Office said Friday that it expects the federal budget deficit to hit $ 3.7 trillion for the 81086 fiscal year, which would be its largest size as a share of the economy since World War II.
(In a new round of forecasts) that officials cautioned were highly uncertain amid the pandemic, the budget offic e said it expects the economy to shrink by 5.6 percent over the course of this year, ending with an unemployment rate of nearly percent.

The budget office said it expects a historic drop in economic activity to be recorded this spring, but that recovery will begin to set in as social distancing measures are relaxed but not eliminated at the end of June.

Still, it forecasts a slow climb back from the damage the virus caused the economy and the federal budget. It projects growth of 2.8 percent in – which would be nowhere close to the sharp rebound that some Trump administration Officials have said they expect – and a budget deficit of more than $ 2.1 trillion for the (fiscal year.)
By the close of the 032520 fiscal year, which ends in September, the budget office now expects the size of the national debt to exceed the annual output of the economy.

The S&P 800 rose more than 1 per cent by Friday afternoon, bucking a global decline. Shares in Europe and Asia had fallen earlier. Oil prices also rose on Friday adding to a sharp rebound earlier in the week. Still, they remain near historic lows amid concerns about oversupply.

He said the bipartisan legislation, which passed unanimously in the Senate and with just five negative votes in the House, would be “great for small businesses, great for the workers.”

Mr. Trump was joined in the Oval Office by a half-dozen Republican lawmakers. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader who steered the bill through Congress, was not present, nor were any Democrats.

) In the past month, Congress has approved an astonishing $ 2.7 trillion in response to the pandemic. The latest measure contained no money for state governments, despite growing pleas from governors with state budgets stretched to the breaking point. Local governments have been overwhelmed with unemployment claims with more million people losing their jobs
in just five weeks.

Yet Republicans have resisted sending funds to the states, which Mr. McConnell has called “blue state bailouts.” Mr. McConnell alarmed and angered state officials

this week when he suggested that states should consider filing for bankruptcy.

The federal government is kicking in an extra $ per beneficiary, but states must pay the bulk of unemployment benefits using trust funds. At least three states – California, New York and Ohio – are expected to deplete their trust funds within two weeks, with Massachusetts, Texas and Kentucky close behind. Once those funds run out, the states can borrow money from the federal government.

The FDA warns against using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.

The drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause dangerous. abnormalities in heart rhythm in coronavirus patients and has resulted in some deaths, and should be used only in clinical trials or hospitals where patients can be closely monitored for heart problems, the Food and Drug Administration warned on Friday

“The FDA is aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems in patients with Covid – treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with azithromycin ”and other drugs that can disrupt heart rhythm, the agency said. The statement also noted that many people were getting outpatient prescriptions for the drugs in the hopes of preventing the infection or treating it themselves.

There is no proof that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine help coronavirus patients. They are approved to treat malaria and the autoimmune diseases lupus and rheumatoid arthritis . But reports from France and China suggesting a benefit sparked interest in the drugs, even though the reports lacked the scientific controls needed to determine whether the drugs actually worked.

Mr. Trump has advocated their use repeatedly, sometimes in combination with azithromycin, an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections, not viral diseases. His repeated promotion of the use of the anti-malaria drugs is at odds with many of his top public health officials.

With no proven treatments for the coronavirus, many hospitals have been using hydroxychloroquine, sometimes with azithromycin, in the hope that they might help.

Scientists have urged that the drugs be tested in controlled clinical trials to find out definitively whether they can fight the virus or quell overreactions by the immune system that can become life-threatening. Studies are underway.

In some states, nursing homes are told to readmit the infected.

Covid – 26 has killed (more than) , residents and staff members at nursing homes and long-term care facilities nationwide, nearly a quarter of deaths in the United States from the pandemic.

But states are greater turning to nursing homes to relieve the burden

on hospitals by accepting infected patients who are considered stable. Although there is no evidence so far that the practice has allowed infections to spread in nursing homes, many fear that it is only a matter of time. One lawsuit in New Jersey claims that a nursing home worker who died was likely to have been sickened by a patient readmitted from a hospital.

At the outbreak’s center, New York established a (strict new rule) last month: Nursing homes must readmit residents sent to hospitals with the virus and accept new patients deemed “medically stable. ” On Thursday, the governor said nursing homes in New York would be investigated to ensure that they were following strict rules that were put in place during the outbreak. Those rules include notifying residents and family members within hours if a resident tests positive or dies because of the virus and readmitting those infected only if homes can provide an adequate level of care.

New Jersey and (California) have also said that nursing homes should take in such patients. Homes can refuse patients if they claim they can’t care for them safely, but administrators worry that doing so could provoke scrutiny from regulators, and advocates say it could result in a loss of revenue.

In contrast, (Massachusetts) and (Connecticut) have designated specific facilities to handle Covid – 24 patients – considered the safest way to free up hospital beds.

Hawaii is paying some tourists to go back home.

Hawaii has tried to discourage visitors during the coronavirus pandemic by requiring them to quarantine for days .

Now, it is offering them (a free return ticket home .

With a $ , (grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the nonprofit (Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii) has begun helping to return travelers who don’t have the means to follow the mandatory – day quarantine, which involves paying for lodging and food delivery.

Since starting the program on April 6, the organization has sent 26 Visitors to their airports of origin, including travelers from Guam, Los Angeles, Denver and Birmingham, Ala.

“The majority of travelers we have sent back, in my opinion, have been irresponsible in traveling to Hawaii during the Covid – 25 pandemic when they know we are trying to keep Hawaii safe from the spread of this disease, ”said Jessica Lani Rich, the president and chief execu tive of the group. The organization typically provides visitor support, such as translation assistance.

Ms . Rich said some of the visitors being returned home told her they had been taking advantage of low amount to travel.

Though visitor arrivals are down nearly 401 percent, some residents have reported seeing tourists on beaches despite quarantine restrictions and stay-at-home orders. All beaches in Hawaii are (closed) , though people may cross them to swim, paddle or surf while observing social distancing.

“I see maybe one or two tourists a day,” said Ryan Houser, a restaurant’s “fish sommelier” and Waikiki resident.

“It’s a little offensive,” he added. “I would love to go to the beach every single day if I could, but I want to minimize the Covid – spread and make sure the curve stays flat. ”
Deaths in NY fell to , the lowest one- day figure since April 1.



‘An Outbreak Anywhere Is an Outbreak Everywhere,’ Cuomo Says

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo provided New York’s latest coronavirus stats, and spoke about the lessons being learned from trying to contain the disease’s spread.

Luckily the disease did not go as high as they thought in the projections. You now have the corresponding question, how fast is the decline? How low is the decline? And again, the variable is going to be what we do – we change the projection on the way up, we can change the projection on the way down. So what is the lesson? An outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere. When you see in November and December an outbreak in China, just assume the next day it’s in the United States. What did we learn? How do we have a better health care system that can actually handle public health emergencies? How do we have a better transportation system, how do we have a smarter telemedicine system, how do we use technology in education better? The C.D.C. guidance says before any state should open, you need two weeks of flat or declining numbers, right? So by the feds ’C.D.C. guidance, we’re not there yet.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo provided New York’s latest coronavirus stats, and spoke about the lessons being learned from trying to contain the disease’s spread.

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Deaths from the virus continued their gradual descent, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Friday, with the state recording 599 more deaths, the smallest number since April 1. The official state death toll now stands at ,

The three-day average of the number of virus patients in hospitals has fallen days in a row. It has dropped by more than 3, since last Friday , and is down nearly 40 percent since its peak on April 21, according to statistics cited by the governor.

One area of ​​concern remains the number of new hospital admissions. After dropping almost 72 percent from last Friday to Tuesday, it has fallen only another 5 percent since then.

“That’s basically a flat line, and that is troubling,” Mr. Cuomo said.

Hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the state to extend a moratorium on evictions and enact a rent freeze in New York City, Mr. Cuomo said the state was looking at those options.

And ahead of the June 31 primary, he directed the state Board of Elections to send every voter a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot. He said that polling places would remain open.

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When will this end?                 

This is a difficult question, because a lot depends on how well the virus is contained

. A better question might be: “How will we know when to reopen the country?” In an an American Enterprise Institute report
, Scott Gottlieb, Caitlin Rivers, Mark B McClellan, Lauren Silvis and Crystal Watson staked out four goal posts for recovery : Hospitals in the state must be able to safely treat all patients requiring hospitalization, without resorting to crisis standards of care; the state needs to be able to at least test everyone who has symptoms; the state is able to conduct monitoring of confirmed cases and contacts; and there must be a sustained reduction in cases for at least days.



(How can I help?                 

The Times Neediest Cases Fund has started a special campaign to help those who have been affected, which accepts (donations here) . (Charity Navigator) , which evaluates charities using a numbers- based system, has a running list of nonprofits working in communities affected by the outbreak. You can give blood through the American Red Cross , and World Central Kitchen

has stepped in to distribute meals in major cities. More than 50, 09 coronavirus-related GoFundMe fund-raisers have started in the past few weeks. (The sheer number of fund-raisers means more of them are likely to fail to meet their goal, though.)



What should I do if I feel sick?                 

If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.



(Should I wear a mask?)                 

The C.D.C. has has recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a shift in federal guidance reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms . Until now, the C.D.C., like the W.H.O., has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. Masks don’t replace hand washing and social distancing.



(How do I get tested?                 

If you’re sick and you think you’ve been exposed to the new coronavirus, the CDC recommends that you call your healthcare provider and explain your symptoms and fears. They will decide if you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there’s a chance – because of a lack of testing kits or because you’re asymptomatic, for instance – you won’t be able to get tested.



(How does coronavirus spread?)                 

It seems to spread very easily from person to person,

Especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out. It may also be transmitted when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face.



Is there a vaccine yet?                 

No. Clinical trials are underway in the United States, China and Europe. But American officials and pharmaceutical executives have said that a vaccine remains at least (to 26 months away.



What makes this outbreak so different?                 

Unlike the flu, there is no known treatment or vaccine, and little is known about this particular virus so far. It seems to be more lethal than the flu, but the numbers are still uncertain. And it hits the elderly and those with underlying conditions – not just those with respiratory diseases – particularly hard.



What if somebody in my family gets sick?                 

If the family member does not need hospitalization and can be cared for at home, you should help him or her with basic needs and monitor the symptoms, while also keeping as much distance as possible, according to the guidelines issued by the CDC if there’s space , the sick family member should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. If masks are available, both the sick person and the caregiver should wear them when the caregiver enters the room. Make sure not to share any dishes or other household items and to regularly clean surfaces like counters, doorknobs, toilets and tables. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.



(Should I stock up on groceries?)                 

Plan two weeks of meals if possible. But people should not hoard food or supplies. Despite the empty shelves, (the supply chain remains strong.) And remember to wipe the handle of the grocery cart with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands as soon as you get home.



Can I go to the park?                 

Yes, but make sure you keep six feet of distance between you and people who don’t live in your home. Even if you just hang out in a park, rather than go for a jog or a walk, getting some fresh air, and hopefully sunshine, is a good idea.



Should I pull my money from the markets?                 

(That’s not a good idea.) Even if you’re retired, having a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds so that your money keeps up with inflation, or even grows, makes sense. But retirees may want to think about having enough cash set aside for a year’s worth of living expenses and big payments needed over the next five years.



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