“The resumption of the United States now amounts to a ‘death trial’. The government is restarting economic activity not because it is safe, but because of economic interests,” Amber Wike, a 31-year-old social welfare worker, told MailI. By noon Eastern Time on May 27, all 50 states had been reopened to varying degrees.
Original title: The U.S. reboot after the “black milestone”, the second wave of outbreaks are on the way?
According to real-time statistics on the outbreak, the number of deaths from new coronal pneumonia in the United States reached 100,468, or about 30% of the world’s total. Johns Hopkins University’s new corona rye outbreak data also shows that the death toll of new corona pneumonia in the United States is about to break this “black milestone”, 98,913 people.
During last weekend’s Memorial Day holiday, people flocked to the beach to sunbathe or huddle in the pool to cool off, many of them not following the rules, as if the outbreak, which had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world, was over.
Memorial Day this weekend is often considered the beginning of the American summer, and this year it has a different meaning: mourning the deaths of 100,000 new coronapneumonias.
On Sunday, the New York Times published the obituaries of 1,000 Americans who died of new coronary pneumonia in four full-page and four-page, full-page and internal pages. “They’re not just names on the list, they were us,” the report’s subtitle reads.
Natalia Chernysheva, a 42-year-old assistant professor at the university, said the reason the outbreak killed so many people was that the U.S. government didn’t take the job seriously in the first place. “They should better communicate with the public and make people aware of the dangers of the virus,” she told Newsbeat.
She referred to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech on the outbreak. In her speech, Merkel told the crowd that this is one of Germany’s biggest challenges since World War II, and that the government must implement policies that people should support and understand.
Now, all 50 U.S. states have somewhat relaxed restrictions on the outbreak, though many have not met the economic threshold set by the Trump administration, including a two-week drop in the number of new confirmed cases.
In addition, the degree of openness varies from state to state. In Illinois and New York, for example, in-store dining is still open and hair salons are closed. In many southern states, however, most business activities have been opened, limiting the number of people admitted only.
In North Carolina, for example, hair salons and swimming pools are open at half capacity, but gyms, bars and indoor recreation remain closed. Wyke, who lives in Orange County, n.H., said she didn’t choose to eat out or shop at the mall, except to go to the grocery store to buy essentials. “I want to be as safe as possible,” Chernasheva said.
She also said she and her friends were still very cautious, not even aware that some of the restrictions had been lifted.
But many Americans have made different choices. Last weekend, beaches in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana were packed with tourists, many of whom were not wearing masks or socially at their distance.
Not only the beach, social media posts showed crowds at the ACE Speedway racetrack in North Carolina on Saturday, with most of the divisions not wearing masks. “We’re tired of being locked up in the house and I’m not afraid of the virus at all,” Becky Woosley, a spectator, told local media.
Last week, 11 states with record numbers of new confirmed pneumonia scored, rebounded significantly, including Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Maryland, Maine, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to Reuters.
It is not clear whether the rise in new diagnoses was due to expanded testing or a second wave of infections. As of noon on May 27, more than 1.68 million new cases of corolla had been confirmed in the United States, 4.5 times higher than in second-place D.C.
Several federal health officials and governors have called on people to wear masks in public and maintain social distance. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Deborah Birx, the White House’s outbreak response coordinator, said she was deeply concerned after seeing photos and videos of Sunday’s gathering.
But at the same time, President Trump continues to urge states to speed up the restart of the economy. “Schools in the United States should start as soon as possible,” he wrote on Twitter recently.
The outbreak and restrictions aimed at containing it have put enormous pressure on the U.S. economy and the labor market. Data released Thursday showed that 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time in the week to May 16.
More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April, and unemployment soared to a record 14.7 percent, the highest level since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Meanwhile, FIRST-quarter GDP fell at an annualized rate of 4.8% in the first quarter, the biggest decline since 2009, and economists expect the U.S. economy to decline further in the second quarter.
Even economists and officials are deeply divided over how to drive the recovery. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said the U.S. economy would be “permanently damaged” if the state extended the shutdown for several more months, while Federal Reserve Chairman Colin Powell said economic recovery should be resolved once and for all.
Chernasheva said she understood the government’s decision to restart the economy. “Some people do need work to make ends meet, especially if they work in the private sector, such as restaurants, cafes or other private business activities, and it’s harder to survive the impact of the outbreak,” she said.
But she added that it was too early to liberalize restrictions, and that the policy of home isolation should last longer to ensure that the numbers were low enough to reopen the economy. “Now it seems that a second wave of outbreaks is inevitable, ” she said.