FRIDAY, April 3, 2020 -- As the number of coronavirus cases worldwide swept past 1 million and the United States saw its death count rise beyond 6,200 on Friday, the Trump administration said it will announce new guidance that urges many Americans to wear face coverings to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The recommendation is believed to apply only to those who live in areas hard-hit by community transmission of the virus and not all Americans, the Associated Press reported.
FRIDAY, April 3, 2020 -- The Trump Administration is expected to announce guidelines that will recommend many Americans wear face masks when out in public, to curb transmission of the novel coronavirus.
The recommendation will apply to those living in hard-hit areas only, and it is not mandatory, the Associated Press reported.
FRIDAY, April 3, 2020 -- Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be susceptible to pregnancy complications, an obstetrician-gynecologist says.
Pregnant women have physiologic changes in their chests that may make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, according to Justin Brandt. He's assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal-fetal medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.
FRIDAY, April 3, 2020 -- Even if your takeout dinner was prepared by a cook who has COVID-19, there's little need to worry about your risk of infection, according to an expert in viruses.
"Restaurant kitchens can be one of the safest places in this coronavirus outbreak because they already practice strict hygiene protocols to avoid foodborne illness," said Paula Cannon, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.
FRIDAY, April 3, 2020 -- People with asthma and other lung diseases are at increased risk for serious complications from COVID-19, caution experts from the American Lung Association.
"Everyone's health is at risk from COVID-19, and those living with a lung disease or who are immunocompromised may be more vulnerable to the impacts of the virus," said Dr. Albert Rizzo, the association's chief medical officer.
THURSDAY, April 2, 2020 -- As the number of U.S. coronavirus cases surged past 200,000 and deaths neared 5,000, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday morning that 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment in the past week.
For the second straight week, jobless claims have been record-setting, with the latest claims bringing the two-week total to 10 million, the New York Times reported.