(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.
Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 35,527,480
Global deaths: 1,044,822. The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 210,196.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 24,783,272
Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 7,459,102 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 210,196. New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,214.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,935,142
U.S. total people tested: 108,831,227
The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 836,152 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million. That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,553,653 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 1,004,579 reported cases.
President Trump returns to White House, immediately removes mask
After spending three days in Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment of his COVID-19 infection, President Trump on Monday night returned to the White House. Immediately upon his arrival, the president walked up the staircase to the South Portico entrance and removed his mask for a photo op before reporters. Medical experts say it’s highly likely that the president is still symptomatic, and as such should be wearing a mask whenever possible to prevent infecting others. So far, at least 18 White House staffers are known to have tested COVID-19 positive, including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. First lady Melania Trump is also infected. The White House has declined to provide updates on others who may be infected, citing privacy concerns.
President Trump also drew broad criticism for a tweeted video after his return to the White House Monday in which he declared of COVID-19, in part, “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines.” Experts note the president is not the average coronavirus patient, and that he received immediate, world-class medical care unavailable to the average COVID-19 patients, including experimental drug treatments. Trump’s comments came on the same day that the number of Americans who have died from COVID-19 exceeded 210,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That’s more deaths than any other country. The U.S. also has the most reported COVID-19 infections, with 7,459,102 as of Tuesday morning.
The president also again erroneously compared COVID-19 to the seasonal flu, tweeting, “Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” In fact, the latest CDC data estimates between 12,000 and 61,000 people die annually from the seasonal flu, which is less contagious than COVID-19 and also less lethal overall.
CDC re-posts warnings about COVID-19 airborne transmission
After a back and forth last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted new guidance Monday on its website once again warning that COVID-19 can be spread via airborne transmission. The CDC defines that as “exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space.” The update further states “There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away,” and goes on to describe those conditions, which include lack of adequate ventilation. However, the update says, “Available data indicate that it is much more common for the virus that causes COVID-19 to spread through close contact with a person who has COVID-19 than through airborne transmission.” Last month, the CDC posted a similar update on its website then quickly removed it, explaining that it hadn’t been vetted through proper channels and was posted in error.
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