Undeterred by a death toll approaching 100,000, Americans crowded beaches and swimming pools over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, The Guardian reports. Police tried to break up a party on Daytona Beach, Florida. Hundreds packed a Lake of the Ozarks pool party; a tweet…

36,000 deaths could have been averted had the US launched social distancing measures on March 8 instead of March 15, according to Columbia University researchers’ estimates that haven’t yet been peer reviewed. 

World leaders rebuffed US efforts to punish WHO and China over the pandemic, rallying instead for global solidarity at the World Health Assembly,

The Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen ventured this weekend into a wealthy area of shops, bars, and restaurants in Alpharetta, Georgia. She found mostly unmasked and unworried people “eating, drinking, touching and throwing caution to the wind.” Some quotes she gathered:

Venezuelans who fled their country’s economic collapse have returned home to escape Colombia’s strict coronavirus lockdowns, thinking they might be better off. Instead, hundreds have been met with dire conditions.   Venezuelan returnees reported being treated “like dogs”…

Bucking a president worried by a battered economy and intent on reopening the country, a top US health official warned a Senate committee yesterday about the costs moving too quickly, The Washington Post reports. Anthony Fauci’s message: Be prepared for new outbreaks if…

As the US grapples with the need for “an army” of 100,000 contact tracers, a free online course aims to get Americans trained for the task. Before the pandemic, just 2,200 contact tracers were working in the US, The Washington post.

New COVID-19 case numbers may appear flat in the US—but central to that shift is a massive epidemic being contained in one place: New York City, warns Erin S. Bromage, a biology professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.   Nevertheless, that false hope is still…

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. 

Even as 27 states have taken steps toward reopening their economies, new models show a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths.  Texas, Indiana, and Florida—among others—are easing social distancing strictures although they haven’t met reopening criteria set by the…