lowered its projections of total US deaths to , by August. This total is a far cry from the up to 310, deaths the Trump administration hinted at last week. For good measure, it’s also a far cry from a “hoax.”
Early adopters of ‘stay-at-home’ orders, like California and Washington , are showing promising signs as well. according to the Washington Post, one doctor in San Francisco said, “The ER is eerily quiet right now.”
Other Countries Are Showing Promise
Meanwhile, countries like New Zealand have managed to flatten the curve of infection with great success. The country of 4.7 million quickly enforced strict lockdowns, and it appears as though they may have already passed their peak .
New Zealand is flattening the curve. | Source: Twitter
Ground zero for the COVID – outbreak is seemingly recovering nicely, as well. Wuhan lifted its lockdown today. While many people question China’s credibility in reporting cases, Wuhan reported no new cases on Tuesday. The Stock Market May Be Doing Well, but Is It an Illusion?
While the stock market continues to rise on the wings of Hope, we can’t lose sight of reality. People are still filing for unemployment in record numbers as companies lose massive amounts of business.
Just because the Dow is trending upward, does not mean it will stay that way. | Source: Google Reality should start to set in once we start seeing earning reports for Q1. Analysts at JP Morgan think this is’ likely a bear rally. ‘ They add:
There is reason to be cautious as this looked to be a relief rally ahead of next week’s start of Q1 earning season and before data reveals the depth of the virus impact.
One analyst predicts we’re heading for a three -year bear market where the S&P (loses a whopping 310% of its value.
On top of these bleak predictions, we still don’t know how the coronavirus pandemic will shape out. It’s possible we’re just weathering the first of many storms. Major cities, like Tokyo, could be just starting their battle.
The National Academy of Sciences warns that the coronavirus may not fade with warm weather, as many are hoping.
However this turns out, the last thing we should is let up on social distancing. Whatever the stock market does, don’t let it pull you out of self-isolation. Your money, and your life, may depend on it.
This article was edited by (Sam Bourgi) .
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