Coronavirus update: Florida spike raises doubts over reopening strategy; mask debate gets more political
Florida has become the focus of growing concerns that it may become the next US coronavirus hotspot. Increasing cases in the west and south led to increased security measures and fueled doubts about nationwide plans to reopen.
More than 8.5 million cases have occurred worldwide and more than 454,000 have died. In the United States almost 2.2. Millions of cases have been reported and more than 118,000 are dead. On Friday, the Sunshine State reported a 4.4% increase in COVID-19 cases, well above the previous 7-day average of 3.2%.
The relentless rise in domestic cases caused the governor of California to require wearing masks in public, while Texas and Arizona recently began to enforce masks in public as more and more diagnoses are made in these states.
Meanwhile, according to Morgan Stanley, the economy has sent mixed signals about a recovery, underlining volatility in markets hoping for a "V-shaped" recovery.
“We see continuous upward flexion in restaurant dining at 26% (compared to 17% two weeks ago), which is mainly driven by the South region and the rural areas. Visits to the mall are still low, but up to 13% compared to 8% a month ago, ”the bank wrote on Friday.
There are over 2 million coronavirus cases in the United States (graphic: David Foster / Yahoo Finance)
Political debate about masks
As the debate about wearing facewear becomes increasingly political, critics point out that some areas with masking and distancing measures have been careless. The mask controversy that has been at the center of a debate over President Donald Trump's weekend rally in Tulsa is based on an alleged violation of individual freedom and controversial claims about face masks that reduce oxygen intake.
However, public health experts point to success in New York and New Jersey, two former epicentres that are now loosening their home stay orders by implementing such measures to combat the outbreak.
Public health experts expressed concerns about AMC's plan to reopen theaters on Thursday without mask enforcement. The company's CEO said he wanted to avoid the politically controversial issue of wearing masks - a decision that sparked more debate.
The company overturned the decision on Friday and announced in a statement that moviegoers must wear masks.
Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Global Public Health Institute at Harvard, said on Twitter that mask politicization would create more confusion and a "dilemma" for companies looking to get back to normal.
“It may feel easier to give customers the choice. However, long-term success requires companies to boldly take evidence-based measures to ensure customer safety, ”said Jha.
Regardless, Japan has lifted all corporate corona virus restrictions, marking the full reopening of another country this month. The country had fewer than 100 cases a day in the past month.
China appeared to have a head start in the global race for a COVID-19 vaccine and announced on Friday that one of its pharmaceutical companies could start the next phase of human testing in the fall.
Senior US government officials said this week that any successful COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be free for "vulnerable" people who cannot afford it.
In addition, health insurance plans are likely to be covered free of charge for members, similar to testing and inpatient coverage, which billed $ 1.1 million between insurance companies and Congress funding.
Vulnerable people who are neither insured nor on Medicaid belong to a largely underserved population. Some providers refuse to accept Medicaid because the cost of care has traditionally been low.
The CARES Act contains provisions as well as the preventive cover mandates of the Affordable Care Act that could regulate some areas of accessibility. The invoice contains the language "to cover (without cost sharing) a qualified coronavirus prevention service" for commercial insurers.
For Medicare, the law now includes the "COVID-19 vaccine and its administration" in addition to the flu vaccine, and for Medicaid, states must "share all cost services and treatments for COVID-19, including vaccines, specialty equipment, and therapies".
Self-insured and uninsured people who make up more than half of the U.S. population are not included. At least 56% of the population who have had the opportunity to take out insurance are self-insured. COVID-19 member testing and hospital visits during the pandemic.
Anjalee Khemlani is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @AnjKhem
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