Coronavirus Live Blog 3.29.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 3.28 can be found here


The US govt. has begun airlifting medical supplies from China.

U of IL has developed a “disposable” ventilator, they have submitted it for FDA approval to use in hospitals.

IL has 1000 new cases and 18 new deaths

Patient zero in New Rochelle, NY has recovered and returned home.

There is an apparent outbreak at Liberty University in VA, after Jerry Falwell Jr. ignored warnings and invited students back to campus after spring break. In another religious fueled flouting of rules and warnings, a Louisiana church had 100’s of members show up, ignoring state rules against large gatherings.

4 lessons the US needs to learn from Italy’s mistakes

White House task force extends virus outbreak guidelines to April 30th

NY has a week of medical supplies left

The US State department is begging other countries for medical supplies to fight the pandemic.

Head of NIH says for every virus case that shows up in the health care system you have 100 times more out there in the community.

UK ICU cases have 50% survival rate

Who is pushing Trump’s “back to work” idea

Virus rates in US troops jumped 60% this week, higher than civilian totals

Fl cases doubling every 3 days, health care workers ask state to shut down

170 ventilators sent from national stockpile to CA were not working

Use of masks flattened the curve in Czech Republic 

700 NJ police officers test positive 

University grad students filling the gaps in insufficient state lab testing

MN death toll up to 9, over 500 confirmed cases

UK lockdown could last 6 months

Doctor says hanging out with your friends 6 feet apart isn’t social distancing

A study that used home pressure cookers as stand in for autoclave sterilization
Some data on what temperature and duration it takes to kill the SARS virus

UK death toll 1228

FDA restricting Battelle N95 mask sterilizer machines that can disinfect 100,000 masks per day

OH residents discover the assigned “coronavirus hospital” for their area might not be in their insurance network.

MI case count is doubling every 3 days

Mnunchin says reopening anything is a health decision, not a markets decision

14 virus cases out of those tested on Oasis of the Seas. This ship and some others are being held off the coast of the Bahamas.

68 new cases in Tokyo

Social distancing scoreboard, see who is staying home

ME cases jump to over 200 including 3 dozen health care workers

MD has a spike in new cases including an outbreak at a nursing home

Louisiana hospitals will be overwhelmed next week, governor estimates

Some useful advice on dealing with groceries or package deliveries

Private medical device companies seeking to protect their market share for high priced ventilators bought out companies working on cheap portable ventilators for the US strategic stockpile. This article explains why the US has the shortage now.

A proposed roadmap for how and when to ease restrictions in the US

NY governor threatens to sue RI over policy to hunt down and quarantine people from NY.

Abbott medical will have their on site 15 minute virus test machine available next week. They claim they can make 50,000 units per day. Each machine can run a test every 15 minutes on site at a provider or hospital. This could change the testing crisis.

Healthy 25 year old Los Angeles man dies of virus

An infant has died from the virus, state authorities are working to confirm the virus was the exact cause of death.

US deaths exceed 2000, Trump backs off of threat to quarantine states. US deaths doubled in two days

CA virus cases in the ICU doubled overnight, from 200 to 410

CDC issues travel advisory for NY, NJ, CT

Paramedics in NYC are having to make life and death decisions on the fly, overwhelmed with virus cases and people dying in their homes of the virus.


Germany will start mass testing for antibodies in early April. Finding who has antibodies will help bring people back into the workforce.

Russia closes all borders

Apple has a covid self screening app

NJ pauses mortgages for 90 days

Japan’s refusal to expand testing could hint at a larger outbreak around the corner

FEMA activated for multiple states

5 people on what it is like to have the virus and how varied it can be

Mexico’s president seems to be ignoring the growing health crisis, this could fuel a massive outbreak.

The virus outbreak could hit rural areas later but much harder

Burbank, CA nursing home cluster. 10 staff, 7 residents, 2 deaths

Colorado has over 2000 known cases, 274 hospitalizations, 44 deaths

Germany nears approval for massive aid package

New study considers children a major route of transmission. They tend to have lower levels of symptoms or no symptoms but are still infectious.

What it was like to be in Wuhan temporary hospital during the peak of the outbreak

This overview of the 1957 flu pandemic explains some of the common issues with pandemics.

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