1 in 5 New Yorkers May Have Had COVID-19

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1 in 5 New Yorkers May Have Had COVID-19

Quick Take

  • An antibody study shows that 21 percent of 1,300 people in New York City have had COVID-19.
  • The House has approved a $484 billion coronavirus relief package.
  • California reported its deadliest day with 115 fatalities.
  • Trump suggested medical experts study the use of light and “injecting” disinfectant into the human body.

There are now more than 900k confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and more than 50k Americans have died from the virus.

1 in 5 New Yorkers May Have Had COVID-19

A new antibody study shows that 21 percent of 1,300 people in New York City have had COVID-19. If the results translate to the true incidence of the virus, they would mean that more than 1.7 million people in New York City, roughly 1 in 5, have had coronavirus.

The results come from a state program that randomly tested 3,000 supermarket customers across New York State. Nearly 14 percent of those tests came back positive. According to a model by researchers at Northeastern University, thousands of infections were already silently spreading through New York City by the time it confirmed its first case on March 1st.

House Passes $484B Relief Package

The House has approved a $484 billion coronavirus relief package to replenish a depleted small-business loan program and provide funds for hospitals and coronavirus testing. The bill now awaits a signature from President Donald Trump, who indicated he would sign the measure. The bill allocates $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, $75 billion for hospitals, and $25 billion for coronavirus testing. It’s expected that the new funds will be depleted almost immediately.

The bill described as an interim measure is the latest installment in a government aid program that is approaching $3 trillion. The House also voted to establish a new panel with broad authority to oversee the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The new committee will have the power to subpoena documents, review US preparedness for the crisis, and examine decisions about the crisis within the administration.

California Records Its Deadliest Day

That’s California Gov. Gavin Newsom reporting that the state experienced its deadliest day since the start of the pandemic, with 115 COVID-19 fatalities in one day. California now has 1,469 coronavirus deaths and more than 37,000 confirmed cases.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 68 new deaths over the last 24 hours, saying that COVID-19 is rapidly becoming one of the leading causes of death among L.A. County residents. Gov. Newsom told Californians that the number of deaths should serve as a warning that even as the weather warms and people may be tempted to flock outdoors, the virus is still an insidious force. Newsom also announced that hospitals in the state will begin scheduling elective procedures.

When asked about the relaxation of lockdown measures, Newsom referred to a list of six broad measures, including testing capacity and contact tracers.

United Airlines Orders Staff To Wear Face Masks

Flight attendants on United Airlines are now required to cover their faces while on duty. United has added masks on all flights to ensure flight attendants have one mask each workday. In a letter to flight attendants, United said they will replenish supplies while availability lasts and encourages the use of personal cloth masks when supplies are unavailable.

In a securities filing, United said it has cut about 80 percent of its capacity this month and expects to cut 90 percent of its capacity in May. Frontier Airlines has also mandated the same face-covering requirement for all crew members. Major carriers including Delta, American, and Southwest have said they have made masks available to their flight attendants.

Trumps Suggests Injecting Dininfectant As Treatment

In today’s daily press briefing, the president proposed for medical experts to study exposing the human body to light and injecting disinfectant into the body as possible treatments for coronavirus. Trump’s remarks followed a presentation from William Bryan, undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security. 

Bryan presented the results of a study that showed the virus deteriorates more quickly when subjected to higher temperatures and humidity — a finding that has drawn much skepticism from other experts given outbreaks in a number of places w
ith warm climates, including as Singapore and Brazil. Bryan later cautioned that the agency’s findings did not mean that sunlight will kill the virus, nor should going outdoors supersede social distancing guidelines put in place by state and federal leaders.