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‘Silent spreaders’ may be responsible for half of Covid-19 cases, study finds – CNN

'Silent spreaders' may be responsible for half of Covid-19 cases, study finds - CNN 1(CNN) Remember “Typhoid Mary” Mallon? She was an Irish immigrant who worked as a cook for New York families and contaminated at least 122 people with typhoid fever in the 1880s, leaving five dead.

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As the first known healthy carrier of the bacterial disease, which is transmitted by a toxin in feces, Mallon refused to believe she was an asymptomatic conduit for typhoid fever. She refused to give stool samples to authorities and continued to spread the bacteria via her unsanitary ways until she was caught and quarantined twice for a total of 26 years, dying alone without friends.

While no one wants to think of themselves as a super spreader of Covid-19, a new study has given support to the idea that “silent transmission” — the spread of virus by someone with no obvious symptoms — could be responsible for half of all novel coronavirus cases in the United States.

Source: ‘Silent spreaders’ may be responsible for half of Covid-19 cases, study finds – CNN

Coronavirus vaccine immunity will be ‘finite’, Anthony Fauci says in update | Fortune

Coronavirus vaccine immunity will be 'finite', Anthony Fauci says in update | Fortune 2Any vaccine developed to ward off the novel coronavirus would likely be limited in how long it would shield against infection, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Monday.

“You can assume that we’ll get protection at least to take us through this cycle,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an appearance on a live-streamed video conference hosted by the National Institutes of Health.

“We’re still knee-deep in the first wave” of the pandemic, Fauci said. Health officials are assuming a shot would offer a degree of protection, though it’s likely “going to be finite.”

Source: Coronavirus vaccine immunity will be ‘finite’, Anthony Fauci says in update | Fortune

A cash cliff spells trouble for U.S. unemployed, and everyone else – Reuters

A cash cliff spells trouble for U.S. unemployed, and everyone else - Reuters 3It’s a cash cliff millions of Americans face this summer as the emergency benefits — which lifted U.S. consumer incomes by a record 10.8% in April — expire. The loss of that safety net looms in the weeks ahead, well before a sustained recovery is likely to take hold from the sudden and deep recession brought on by the novel coronavirus. Personal income dropped 4.2% in May, data Friday showed.

The $600 supplement Congress added to weekly unemployment benefits is due to expire July 31.

Without new support, recipients face a substantial loss of income – particularly devastating for those like the Ramirez family who worked in hard-hit sectors like hospitality where new jobs are scarce. During high unemployment and a still-raging pandemic, the end of enhanced jobless benefits could drag on consumer spending, set off a wave of missed rent and mortgage payments and translate to a slower recovery, economists said.

Source: A cash cliff spells trouble for U.S. unemployed, and everyone else – Reuters

Young adults are also affected by Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus, doctors say

Young adults are also affected by Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus, doctors say 4While the number of cases is extremely small, a University of California-San Diego professor is urging health officials to expand alerts about the mysterious illness previously seen only in children.

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Today’s Top Stories: May 5, 2020

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Models Project Sharp Rise in Deaths as States Reopen

An internal Trump administration report expects about 200,000 daily cases by June. The White House bars coronavirus task force officials from testifying to Congress without approval.

A Trump administration projection and a public model predict rising death tolls.

As President Trump presses for states to reopen their economies, his administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths over the next several weeks. The daily death toll will reach about 3,000 on June 1, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times, a 70 percent increase from the current number of about 1,750.

The projections, based on government modeling pulled together by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forecast about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of the month, up from about 25,000 cases a day currently.

The numbers underscore a sobering reality: The United States has been hunkered down for the past seven weeks to try slowing the spread of the virus, but reopening the economy will make matters worse.

“There remains a large number of counties whose burden continues to grow,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.


Coronavirus update:

3,606,038 confirmed infections, up from 3,529,408 yesterday.
252,151 confirmed deaths, up from 248,025 yesterday.

US stats:
1,180,634 confirmed infections, up from 1,159,245 yesterday.
68,934 confirmed deaths, up from 67,710 yesterday.

May 5, 2020 COVID-19 pandemic map
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Politics:

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Economy Update:

Treasury plans to borrow $3 trillion from April through June as enormous coronavirus costs pile up

The Dow is up over 350 points, rising again into the 24k range.

May 5, 2020 DJIA stock chart
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Upcoming economic reports this week:

  • Last Friday – Motor vehicle sales (annual rate) 8.6 million, up from 7.3 million last month
  • Tuesday – Trade deficit – $44.4 billion (March), slightly up from $39.8 billion in February.
  • Wednesday – ADP employment report – more bad news? Yes.
  • Thursday – Jobless claims, Productivity – expect gruesome numbers
  • Friday – Unemployment rate – expect the unexpected

Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/tools/calendars/economic

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Offbeat Story of the Day:

Florida Woman, 56, Busted After Allowing Her Breasts To Break Quarantine | The Smoking Gun

A Florida Woman who insisted to cops that she was allowed to go topless while cleaning out her garage–in full view of her neighbors–was arrested for indecent exposure, according to a police report.

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