Coronavirus Live Blog 5.2.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 5.1 can be found here


People who get the virus then test negative then positive are probably not getting reinfected or having a resurgence. The test is picking up the dna fragments left over from the virus rather than active virus

Three anti lockdown protesters arrested in NC

MD national guard protecting virus test kits so federal govt. can’t steal them.

32 arrested in California Capitol protest demanding end to stay-at-home order, CHP says 

Another wave of coronavirus will likely hit the US in the fall. Here’s why and what we can do to stop it 

Surveillance testing in WA shows the actual cases are much larger

Inslee extends coronavirus stay-home order through May 31, outlines plan to reopen Washington in phases

Roads closed into New Mexico city to mitigate ‘uninhibited spread of Covid-19’ 

Houston restaurants describe the problems with reopening dining rooms 

Smithfield will reopen Monday in Sioux Falls

How a llama could hold the key to beating the coronavirus. An antibody engineered from the animal’s immune system was found to neutralise the virus that causes Covid-19. American and Belgian researchers hope the discovery may help protect humans from the deadly illness

A Carnival Corp. ship had the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the industry. Now Congress is probing the company.

First wave of virus litigations are filed

More than 120 Atlanta restaurants refuse to open despite Georgia Gov Kemp lifting stay-at-home orders – Chefs and restaurateurs have signed onto the #GAHospitalityTogether initiative, saying they will not reopen dining rooms until it’s safe.

Georgia reports nearly 1,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours

More people are dying from Covid-19 than the official count says

New Mexico orders city lockdown near Navajo country over ‘frightful’ virus spread

DARPA has a covid test that can detect the virus before someone has symptoms, before any of the other tests can.

Too risky to come home, crew of ‘clean’ U.S. warship in coronavirus limbo

Florida curtails reporting of coronavirus death numbers by county medical examiners 

German May Day protesters defy social distancing rules

Coronavirus’s new mystery: It’s causing strokes in healthy people “These people are clotting, and we can’t shut it off.”

Truly, what is up with Elon Musk

“COVID-19 outbreak could last for up to two years, report says

The Dakota City meat plant that announced yesterday it would close for cleaning has 669 positive virus cases 

Cold hard (storage) facts about meatpacker threats of scarcity

The moral cost of America’s meat-supply obsession – Thousands of meat-plant workers are getting sick and millions of animals are being euthanized during the pandemic

America’s Covid-19 hot spots shed a light on our moral failures – It’s no accident that prisons and meatpacking plants are hotbeds of Covid-19

Canada is having meat plant outbreaks too

Federal Inspectors Are Fearful, Angry About Trump’s Order to Reopen Outbreak-Stricken Meat Plants

White House blocks Fauci from testifying before House panel, committee spokesman says

‘Heads we win, tails you lose’: how America’s rich have turned pandemic into profit – As 26 million Americans lose their jobs, the billionaire class has added $308bn to its wealth

Poll: Most freelance workers still haven’t gotten unemployment or government loans – A survey of Freelancers Union members showed the vast majority of freelancers who applied for government relief still haven’t received it.
Armed protesters entered Michigan’s state Capitol during rally against stay-at-home order – Heavily armed men were among a crowd of hundreds protesting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive actions.
Why even a super-accurate Covid-19 test can fail – It’s hard to find a disease that’s rare.
Federal employees push for COVID-19 protections in ‘dangerous’ workplaces

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