By WND. A key model used by the White House Coronavirus Task Force lowered its projection of coronavirus deaths in the United States by 25% in an assessment issued Wednesday.
The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now forecasts 60,415 deaths, down from 81,766 in its previous report.
IHME’s director, director Christopher Murray, explained in a press release issued Sunday that this institute’s estimates “assume statewide social distancing measures are continuing in states where they have already been enacted, and for those states without such measures in place, it is assumed they will be will be in place within seven days.” . . .
The lowered projection comes as the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers loosening its guidelines for self-isolation. (Read more from “CDC May Loosen Guidelines Thanks to This Game-Changing Update” HERE)
Feds Loosen Virus Rules to Let Essential Workers Return
By AP News. In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration issued new guidelines Wednesday to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to get back to work if they do not have symptoms of the coronavirus.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced at the White House that essential employees, such as health care and food supply workers, who have been within 6 feet of a confirmed or suspected case of the virus can return to work under certain circumstances if they are not experiencing symptoms.
The new guidelines are being issued as the nation mourns more than 14,000 deaths from the virus and grapples with a devastated economy and medical crises from coast to coast. Health experts continue to caution Americans to practice social distancing and to avoid returning to their normal activities. At the same time, though, they are planning for a time when the most serious threat from COVID-19 will be in the country’s rear-view mirror. (Read more from “Feds Loosen Virus Rules to Let Essential Workers Return” HERE)