Coronavirus News – April 7

Reports: U.S. records more than 1,200 deaths in 24 hours

The total number of deaths in the U.S. was nearly 11,000 on Tuesday morning as 1,200 deaths were recorded in the latest 24-period. Officials have warned that this could be the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has been blamed for 74,000 deaths worldwide.

Reports: Surgeon General expects death toll to fall short of White House projections

The IHME model by the University of Washington, a forecasting model used by the White House to chart the coronavirus pandemic, has revised its estimates downward, and the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he “absolutely” expects the death toll to fall short of the projections of up to 240,000 U.S. deaths. The model conflicts with other estimates showing higher equipment shortages, deaths and projected peaks.

Reports: U.K. Prime Minister receives oxygen support in ICU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received oxygen support in ICU as he battles a worsening coronavirus infection. He is considered stable, does not have pneumonia and is not on a ventilator, according to officials in London, England.

Reports: China records no deaths for first time since January

China has recorded no deaths for the first time it started regularly reporting in January.  

Dr. Fauci says virus will be threat even with a vaccine

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the world will gradually come back to where it can function again, but even with a vaccine, the virus will be a threat. “When we get back to normal, we will go back to the point where we can function as a society,” said Dr. Fauci in a press conference on Monday. “If you want to get back to pre-coronavirus, that might not ever happen in the sense that the threat is there.” Officials fighting the pandemic are pushing for a vaccine and clinical trials for therapeutic interventions as they prepare for the virus to return next year. Read more.

Scientists learn more about symptoms

Fever, cough and shortness of breath are found in most of COVID-19 cases. But there are additional signs of the virus, some that are like the cold or flu and some that are more unusual. Any or all symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms can include:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Fever
  3. Dry cough
  4. Chills and body aches
  5. Sudden confusion
  6. Digestive issues
  7. Pink eye
  8. Loss of smell and taste
  9. Fatigue
  10. Headache, sore throat and congestion

Read more.