The COVID-19 Pandemic: Unemployment Rate Falls; Research on Hydroxychloroquine Retracted; and More

World News:

At the close of another week, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) continues to affect the world. There are now over 6.7 million confirmed cases and greater than 396,000 deaths due to the novel respiratory disease.

Outside of the US, the countries with the most confirmed infections are:

  • Brazil: 590,485 confirmed cases; 32,688 deaths.
  • Russia: 590,485 confirmed cases; 5,384 deaths.
  • Spain: 287,406 confirmed cases; 27,128 deaths.
  • UK: 281,661 confirmed cases; 39,904 deaths.
  • Italy: 234,013 confirmed cases; 33,689 deaths.

WHO Resumes Hydroxychloroquine Study

The World Health Organization (WHO) will resume a clinical trial which will assess the efficacy of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in treating patients with COVID-19. The antimalarial drug is just one arm of WHO’s Solidarity trial, which is testing different therapies which might potential treat the novel coronavirus. WHO had temporarily suspended testing of hydroxychloroquine after a study in the The Lancet raised questions over the drug’s safety. However, as previously, now the data used in that study is under harsh scrutiny.

National News

Friday, June 5, 2020

Over 110,000 US Fatalities

There are now 110,804 deaths in the United States due to COVID-19 and the number of confirmed cases will soon break 2 million. New York, the nation’s epicenter, now reports 384,837 confirmed cases and 30,296 deaths while second place New Jersey has 165,101 confirmed cases and 12,078 deaths.

Outside of NY and NJ, the US states with the most confirmed cases are:

  • Illinois: 125,915 confirmed cases; 5,795 deaths.
  • California: 123,137 confirmed cases; 4,485 deaths.
  • Massachusetts: 102,063 confirmed cases; 7,201 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: 78,920 confirmed cases; 5,969 deaths.
  • Texas: 71,471 confirmed cases; 1,828 deaths.

US Unemployment Rate Drops

The United States economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May, and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The jobless rate had soared to 14.7% in April. The report suggests the job market may be recovering following its sharpest plunge in history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two COVID-19 Studies Retracted Following Questionable Data

Both The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine retracted coronavirus studies this week after independent auditors were unable to access all the information necessary for data verification. Both studies used data from mystery analytics company Surgisphere Corporation.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Almost 2 Million US Cases; NY Update

There over 1.9 million confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States, as of today. The US death has exceeded 109,000, despite the fact that every state has begun phased reopenings. On a positive note, the nation’s hardest hit state, New York, has seen a dramtic bend in its curve, with New York City seeing the “lowest number” of new infections, according to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

New York’s official number sits at 383,770 confirmed cases and 30,244 deaths, while neighboring New Jersey remains second with 164,155 confirmed cases and 11,998 deaths.

Outside of NY and NJ, the US states with the second most confirmed cases are:

  • Illinois: 123,830 confirmed cases; 5,621 deaths.
  • California: 120,260 confirmed cases; 4,421 deaths.
  • Massachusetts: 101,592 confirmed cases; 7,152 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: 78,232 confirmed cases; 5,838 deaths.
  • Texas: 69,508 confirmed cases; 1,771 deaths.

The Ever-Rising Number of Unemployed

About 1.9 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department’s weekly report. Meaning that, since mid-March, roughly 44 workers have lost their jobs since mid-March due to COVID-19. While the number of weekly filings has reduced, Nick Bunker, director of economic research at the Indeed Hiring Lab, said in a statement to CBS News: “The situation might be improving, but only ever so slightly.”

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The US death toll from COVID-19 now stands at over 108,000, and there now close to 1.9 million infections. New York, the nation’s leader in confirmed cases and deaths, reports 382,824 infections and 30,134 deaths, while neighboring New Jersey reports 163,530 confirmed cases and 11,880 deaths.

Outside of NY and NJ, the states with most confirmed COVID-19 cases are:

  • Illinois: 122,848 confirmed cases; 5,525 deaths.
  • California: 117,962 confirmed cases; 4,360 deaths.
  • Massachusetts: 101,163 confirmed cases; 7,085 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: 77,788 confirmed cases; 5,756 deaths.
  • Texas: 67,973 confirmed cases; 1,735 deaths.

100 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine by 2021, Says Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the United States will have 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2020. “Then, by the beginning of 2021, we hope to have a couple hundred million doses,” Fauci said during a live Q&A with the Journal of the American Medical Association. As previously reported, there are currently over 130 coronavirus vaccines in development worldwide.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Over 107,000 US Fatalities; NY Reporting a Low in Cases

There are now 1.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and over 107,000 fatalities. On a positive note, New York, the nation’s leader in reported cases and deaths, is seeing an “an all time low” in new cases, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. New York reported 58 deaths yesterday, which is slightly up from a total of 54 on Monday. New York’s official tally stands at 380,825 confirmed cases and 29,988 deaths. Neighboring New Jersey has also seen a bend in its curve, and reports 51 new deaths, according to Governor Phil Murphy’s social media account. NJ’s total tally is 162,642 confirmed cases and 11,770 deaths.

Outside of NY and NJ, the US states with the most confirmed cases are:

  • Illinois: 121,234 confirmed cases; 5,412 deaths.
  • California: 115,192 confirmed cases; 4,287 deaths.
  • Massachusetts: 100,805 confirmed cases; 7,035 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: 76,739 confirmed cases; 5,670 deaths.
  • Texas: 66,076 confirmed cases; 1,700 deaths.

US Surgeon General Expects Clusters Amid Protests

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue in America, the US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams is concerned that COVID-19 may spread among demonstrators. “I remain concerned about the public health consequences both of individual and institutional racism [and] people out protesting in a way that is harmful to themselves and to their communities,” Adams said in an interview with Politico. “Based on the way the disease spreads, there is every reason to expect that we will see new clusters and potentially new outbreaks moving forward,” Adams said.

Monday, June 1, 2020

US Toll Over 106,000

As of June 1, COVID-19 is responsible for the deaths over 106,000 people in the US, and there are close to 2 million confirmed cases (currently 1,843,668). US-leading New York now reports 379,902 confirmed cases and 29,918 deaths. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that at least 54 people from coronavirus yesterday, noting that “number is dramatically different than what we were looking at for many many weeks.”

Behind NY, the US states with the most confirmed infections are:

  • New Jersey: 161,764 confirmed cases; 11,711 deaths.
  • Illinois: 120,260 confirmed cases; 5,390 deaths.
  • California: 112,584 confirmed cases; 4,240 deaths.
  • Massachusetts: 96,965 confirmed cases; 6,846 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: 76,271 confirmed cases; 5,586 deaths.

Pharmaceutical Company Begins Human Trials of COVID-19 Antibody Therapy

Eli Lilly and Company has started the first human trial of an antibody therapy to treat COVID-19. The company said that if successful, the therapy could become available by fall. “We’ve already started the manufacturing process to really scale this up without even knowing yet if it works for patients, because if it does work, we don’t want to waste a single day, we want to have as much medicine as possible available to help as many people quickly,” Dr. Dan Skovronsky, Eli Lilly’s senior vice president and chief scientific officer, said in a CNN interview.

Former FDA Commissioner Warns Mass Protests Could Spike Infections

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police has sparked an uproar in the US, with thousands of protesters assembling in many US cities over the past six days. However, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb is warning that the protests could cause a spike in COVID-19 infections. “There’s going to be a lot of issues coming out of what’s happened in the last week, but one of them is going to be that chains of transmission will have become lit from these gatherings,” former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.”

103-year-old Woman Beats COVID-19

In uplifting news, a 103-year-old Massachusetts woman defeated COVID-19, and celebrated her victory with a cold beer, her family told CNN. “She’s always been a feisty woman,” according to her granddaughter.

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