Trendlines Work Against US Reopening

A man supports local businesses reopening in Wickenburg, Arizona on May 1, 2020.  Image: Christian Petersen/Getty
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A man supports local businesses reopening in Wickenburg, Arizona on May 1, 2020. Image: Christian Petersen/Getty

With the loss of 21 million US jobs in April and unemployment reaching 16%, pressure continues to build to reopen the economy. 

But SARS-CoV-2 trendlines show that’s not a good idea. 

  • New US cases peaked at 30,000 in early April but haven’t fallen significantly since then, Axios reports. Cases are falling in states like New York but rising in others. The lack of a broad economic lockdown allowed the virus to spread, said Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the John Hopkins Center for Health Security.

  • And a new Columbia Mailman School of Public Health study  shows even a small jump in contacts will lead to more cases and deaths., The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.


Meanwhile countries like China and South Korea are successfully containing COVID-19: 

  • After a disastrous start, Italy and Spain were able to halve new cases within 2 weeks of the peak, and the numbers continue to fall. 

  • And Germany’s clampdown on the virus has lowered cases in the past 2 weeks, leading to a reopening, The New York Times reports.
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