Our “hidden enemy,” in plain sight.
Peter Piot, 71, one of the giants of Ebola and AIDS research, is still battling a coronavirus infection that hit him “like a bus” in March.
The Chinese city’s goal is unrivaled in scale. But a top expert has questioned the need for it, given the low number of infections.
Officials are under pressure to restart the economy, but many states are moving too quickly, researchers say. The costs may be measured in lost lives.
Experts said the new data suggest that cases could soar in many U.S. communities if schools reopen soon.
In Wuhan, where the pandemic started, the police have threatened and interrogated grieving relatives. Lawyers have been warned not to help them sue.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed President Trump’s assertion that the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, though intelligence agencies say they have reached no conclusion on the issue.
Some analysts are worried that the pressure from senior officials could distort assessments about the coronavirus and be used as a weapon in an escalating battle with China.
There were 1,300 direct flights to 17 cities before President Trump’s travel restrictions. Since then, nearly 40,000 Americans and other authorized travelers have made the trip, some this past week and many with spotty screening.
The province will let people outside Wuhan leave for the first time since late January. Despite the official sign of confidence, many fear the virus is still spreading silently.
U.S. nursing homes were told to halt most visits, a New York City suburb now has a “containment zone” and more schools around the world closed, as governments struggle to slow the virus.
There have now been 135 instances of coronavirus in the United States across 16 states.