Virus briefing: World toll tops 10,000 as signs of recession emerge. Plus, more tips for coping
The death toll from the global pandemic surpassed 10,000 people worldwide and the effects of a global economy grinding to a halt because of the pandemic were beginning to show. The U.N. chief warned of a looming global recession “perhaps of record dimensions.”
Among the developments overnight and this morning:
Members of President Trump’s economic team convened to launch negotiations with Senate Republicans and Democrats racing to draft a $1 trillion-plus economic rescue plan amid the coronavirus outbreak.California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay home except for essential trips. It’s the strongest statewide restriction in the U.S.An AP review finds price gouging has surged across the country because of the pandemic. One store was accused of charging $79 for one bottle of Purell. An increasing number of businesses and individuals have stopped using cash, fearing it could spread the virus.The coronavirus is moving into parts of the world that may be the least prepared. In Africa, ventilators and medical equipment are in short supply.The economic fallout from the new coronavirus coupled with a sudden drop in oil prices threatens to catapult Iraq into an unprecedented crisis.At least four U.S. senators or their spouses sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock before the market’s precipitous plunge, reportedly after a private briefing on the coronavirus threat. Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr sold as much as $1.7 million.The Scripps National Spelling Bee won’t be held as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus.
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For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.
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