On Wednesday, Montgomery, Ala., Mayor Steven Reed announced his city was facing a crisis: the hospitals were out of ICU beds. “Right now, if you’re from Montgomery, and you need an ICU bed, you’re in trouble … our health-care system has been maxed out.” Reed said. The news came as a research team warned that a second wave of coronavirus infections was likely in the South — Dallas, Houston, southeast Florida, the entire state of Alabama — where reopening has happened rapidly, and other counties with cases on the rise.
Sweeping measures to prevent the spread were announced on March 15 — a federal warning against large gatherings, health screenings at airports, states of emergency declared by governors and mayors. But what if they had been announced just a week before? A new study from Columbia University has the possible answer: If social distancing had been in place seven days earlier, the United States could have prevented 36,000 deaths through early May.
Months into the pandemic, physicians keep learning new things about covid-19 and the way it attacks our bodies. The severe, Kawasaki-like inflammatory condition that doctors have recently reported in children appears to also affect young adults. More reason for concern: teens and young adults have more of an “overwhelming” response involving the heart and multiple organs, an NYU doctor told The Post.
Ahead of President Trump’s trip this afternoon to a Ford manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., the state’s attorney general implored him to wear a face mask on his tour, citing a “legal responsibility” — and said Trump would be asked not to return if he does not do so. Trump appears to have not worn a mask on the tour, though he told reporters he did wear one in another area “where they preferred it." The president said he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”
As Trump has urged communities to reopen and cheered on order-defying protesters, places such as Ypsilanti are struggling to contain the virus. Nearly one in 100 residents has tested positive or is presumed positive, but the area didn't get a testing site until early May, after local leaders fought for one. The city's mayor was not invited to the president's event, but she had a message for him: “I would let him know that his dishonesty cost lives,” Lois E. Allen-Richardson said.
The pandemic is dramatically changing the way we will shop. Retailers that have spent years encouraging customers to linger. Not anymore. Gone are the days of trying on makeup or playing with toys in the aisles. The focus now is on making shopping faster, easier and safer. This is what you can expect when you head to a reopened store.
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