CDC documents set up guidance for more US flare-ups; Uncertainty pierces survivors’ recovery journeys
Advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to safely reopen businesses and institutions in the midst of the pandemic included detailed instructive guidance and some more restrictive measures than the plan released by the White House last month.
The guidance, which was shelved by Trump administration officials, also offered recommendations to help communities decide when to shut facilities down again during future flare-ups of the virus.
The AP obtained a 63-page document that is more detailed than other, previously reported segments of the shelved guidance from the CDC. Jason Dearen and Mike Stobbe have this latest AP exclusive on this story.
Stark Warning: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, issued a blunt warning as he testified by video to a Senate committee that cities and states could see more deaths and economic damage if they lift stay-at-home orders too quickly. His urgent caution struck a sharp contrast to President Donald Trump, who is pushing to bolster a free-falling economy.
COVID-19 Survivors: Patients face considerable uncertainty and exhaustion about what they can expect in recovery and beyond from a virus that sickened more than 4 million people and killed more than 250,000 around the world. In support groups, survivors post head-to-toe complaints: anxiety, heart palpitations, muscle aches, bluish toes. It’s hard to know which ones are clearly related to the virus, but the accounts help fuel doctors’ increasing belief that COVID-19 isn’t just a respiratory disease, reports AP medical writer Lindsey Tanner.
|As Europe reopens, key virus protections are still elusive; China to test all 11 million Wuhan residents
Italy’s cautious reopening was meant to be buttressed by a series of measures to limit infections in Europe’s one-time epicenter. But it hasn’t been.
The country is by no means alone in emerging from lockdown before all its infection-prevention pillars are in place.
But its problems epitomize the challenges many countries face as they seek to balance economic and health care needs while seeking to reassure terrified citizens with promises that perhaps were too optimistic, Nicole Winfield in Rome and Sylvie Corbet in Paris report.
Wuhan Mass Testing: Authorities in the Chinese city where the pandemic erupted say orders have been issued to test all 11 million residents for the virus within 10 days after a handful of fresh infections were found in the city. It’s a massive push that the U.S. and U.K., among other nations, will be watching with some astonishment.
More from the AP Global team:
- India’s Economy: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a huge relief package to jumpstart the economy, the outbreak in the financial center of Mumbai and elsewhere is starting to overwhelm hospitals, prisons and slums, complicating any recovery plan.
- UK Economy Slumps: Official figures show it shrank by 2% in the first quarter of the year from the previous three-month period as restrictions on economic activity were ramped up ahead of the lockdown towards the end of March. The decline is the biggest since the global financial crisis in 2008. In March alone, the British economy shrank by 5.8%.
- Deglobalized Dubai: The city was built and flourished on the promise of globalization, creating itself as a vital hub for the free movement of trade, people and money worldwide. All of that has been disrupted by the pandemic, which forced the cancellation of events, and caused flights to be grounded and investment to be halted.
- Brazil’s Lockdown: With hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients, the country’s state and city governments are lurching forward with mandatory lockdowns against the will of President Jair Bolsonaro.
- Muslim Funerals: The virus is causing pain after death for a number of Muslims in Europe. That’s because their bodies cannot be flown home for burial in the places they were born. A newly opened cemetery in the Netherlands is offering graves facing Mecca for Muslims.
- Spain’s Ambulance Workers: This photo gallery captures these exhausted front-line workers in Madrid who, after helping to flatten one of Europe’s sharpest contagion curves, fear that a rebound in the outbreak could throw them into another frantic period.
- South Sudan: For the first time, COVID-19 has been confirmed in a crowded civilian protection U.N.-run camp in the capital, Juba. It’s a worrying development in a country that’s one of the world’s least prepared for the virus’ spread.
- Mexican Nurse: A nursing supervisor, Fabiana Zepeda, who touched the hearts of her countrymen when she made a tearful appeal for respect for health care professionals says she has now tested positive for the coronavirus.