NEW YORK PATIENTS SKEW YOUNGER
Younger adults in New York City are being hospitalized with Covid-19 infections at surprisingly high rates, said doctors treating them, undermining assumptions about who’s most at risk from the coronavirus. For months, the message from authorities had been that older people were at the highest risk. It was a belief so strongly held that health officials took to chastising people in their 20s and 30s to stay home — not to protect themselves, but to avoid transmitting the disease to older populations.
BIDEN SAYS HE’D DEBATE TRUMP VIA VIDEO
Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden is so eager to debate President Donald Trump he’s even willing to face off via video. “I’m ready to debate President Trump on Zoom or Skype anytime he wants,” Biden said in an Instagram interview with Enrique Santos, the chairman and chief creative officer of iHeartLatino, which is part of iHeartMedia, Inc.
FLORIDA ISSUES STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he is signing a stay-at-home order for the state. DeSantis said the order would go into effect Thursday night, and that it would be similar to guidelines in Miami-Dade County.
CHINA UNDERSTATED OUTBREAK
China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak there, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials. China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete, they said. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.
U.K. TO INCREASE TESTING
The number of coronavirus deaths in the U.K. rose about 31% to 2,352 from 1,789 on Tuesday. The rate of increase is roughly in line with recent days. Cases climbed to 29,474 from 25,150. The U.K. plans to “significantly” increase testing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman, James Slack, told reporters on Wednesday. The government has faced criticism over why the U.K. is lagging behind countries including Germany on testing.
MALARIA DRUGS FACING SHORTAGE
Drugs for malaria and certain autoimmune diseases that President Donald Trump touted as Covid-19 treatments have been added to the Food and Drug Administration’s shortage website. Some patients who took the medications for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other disorders before the coronavirus pandemic are now unable to fill prescriptions. Demand surged after doctors overseas said they had seen some signs that the drugs could be used to treat Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.
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