It’s official, the U.S. is now the hardest hit country in the world from coronavirus. The number of cases has topped 85-thousand. That's more than China and Italy and comes as the global count has passed half-a-million.
Let’s be clear – that’s doesn’t mean all those people are dying. While 13-hundred have succumbed, 18-hundred have recovered – and a look at the numbers in China shows that the vast majority will recover. Of the nearly 82-thousand cases seen in China, more than 74-thousand have recovered (and just over 32-hundred died in all).
Still, experts say that following social distancing cues is key to flattening the curve. This, as President Trump says that paying close attention to hot button areas is the key to lifting restrictions...as well as changing behaviors. “As soon as we open, that doesn't mean you're going to stop with the guidelines,” he noted at yesterday’s briefing. “You’ll still try and distance yourself. Maybe not to the same extent because you have to lead a life, but I think the time is coming.”
Meanwhile...Army Chief of Staff James McConville is reporting close to 300 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Army. That includes service members, civilian employees and dependents. During a Pentagon briefing, McConville said the military is taking steps to limit unnecessary exposure to U.S. troops around the world. S. Navy and Marine Corps officials are confirming more positive cases of coronavirus within the military, too.
Also overnight...The President is keeping people up to speed on his coronavirus conversations. He tweeted overnight that he had just spoken with the president of China and discussed the global pandemic. Trump tweeted that he and President Xi Jinping had talked in detail about the virus he says is "ravaging large parts of our Planet." Trump noted that "China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. He added "We are working closely together."
ONE MORE THING! The famous face of the coronavirus crisis is now on the menu at a donut shop in New York. "Donuts Delite" wanted to honor Anthony Fauci for keeping everyone informed so they put his actual face on a donut. The idea took off and is now a nationwide hit with other states asking for some. Fauci is the top infectious disease doctor for the National Institutes of Health.
Source: White House