China, faced with the first outbreak, chose strict quarantine and isolation after an initial delay. These measures were severe but effective, essentially eliminating transmission at the point where the outbreak began and reducing the death rate to a reported 3 per million, as compared with more than 500 per million in the United States.
-- New England Journal of Medicine
U.S. coronavirus map: What do the trends mean for you?
-- Mayo Clinic
Leading Swedish health experts claim the country has a falling coronavirus infection rate because it was one of the few that didn’t go into lockdown and has rejected the need for masks, while critics point to the country’s relatively high rate of death per 100,000 population.
-- Rupert Steiner, MarketWatch
Median age of countries listed in the article:
But just as quickly, the Lancet results have begun to unravel—and Surgisphere, which provided patient data for two other high-profile COVID-19 papers, has come under withering online scrutiny from researchers and amateur sleuths.
-- Kelly Servick and Martin Enserink, Science Magazine
Two months after the cruise industry shut down amid repeated COVID-19 outbreaks on ships, more than 100,000 crew members remain trapped at sea with little reliable information about what will happen to them.
-- Taylor Dolven, Miami Herald
...the CDC’s reported number of actual confirmed flu deaths—that is, counting flu deaths the way we are currently counting deaths from the coronavirus—has ranged from 3,448 to 15,620, which far lower than the numbers commonly repeated by public officials and even public health experts.
-- Jeremy Samuel Faust, Scientific American
But there are still questions about how accurate they are. And even with a very good test, it's possible to test positive for antibodies even when you don't actually have them.
-- Lucas Waldron and Nadia Sussman, Propublica
Make face masks mandatory
Put more space between passengers
Test passengers before boarding
-- Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes
I think every business is going to be operating that way, at least initially. Our office in Silicon Valley just went to mandatory masks this week, by order of the county. For the airlines (and hotels, rental cars, etc.) though, demand for their services is simply non-existent. I've had an April conference in Raleigh rescheduled to June, then cancelled completely, and of course all of my travel to the office in Silicon Valley is cancelled at least through June. The current consensus seems to be "if you can work from home, work from home" which enhances distancing in the office. Amazon in the Seattle area is working from home through October. Vacation travel is also non-existent, with Las Vegas and the major theme parks all closed and a 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Hawaii.
Congress is sounding the alarm after early data from researchers in California who "tested the tests" showed troublingly high rates of false results. One in 3 antibody tests they analyzed produced false positives more than 10 percent of the time.
-- Josh Lederman, NBC News
A test of 200 people just outside Boston found that 32% had been exposed to the coronavirus
Coronavirus antibody testing finds Bay Area infections may be 85 times higher than reported
1 in 5 New Yorkers May Have Had Covid-19, Antibody Tests Suggest
Antibody test study results suggest COVID-19 cases likely much higher than reported
Around six million partygoers gather every year in Munich for the two-week long festivities, held in packed tents with long wooden tables and oompah bands, which makes more than 1 billion euros ($1.08 billion) for the city.
-- Madeline Chambers, Reuters