Americans Told to Wear Masks Over Fears That Simply Breathing Could Spread Coronavirus

The US Government began informing people to wear masks if they go outside, pointing to research that shows the coronavirus could be spread just by breathing.

by Sabiya

Updated: Apr 04, 2020 14:42 IST

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Wear Masks Over Fears

America logged another massive rise in its death toll, almost 1,500 in one day, New infections continued unabated. It also came as China, the origin of the outbreak held a national day of mourning for its citizens killed by the disease. COVID-19 began late last year, around 1.1 million people have fallen ill, almost 60,000 people have died. Europe for the lion's share of the dead, with Italy and Spain bearing the brunt. Still, the situation is rapidly deteriorating in the United States, and President Donald Trump's administration on Friday suggested widespread use of simple masks or scarves might help stem the rocketing infection rate. It's going to be a voluntary thing.  Eddie Marrero, a 58-year-old handyman, told AFP that he is trying to protect himself and his family. Protecting ourselves is better for all of us.

Almost 277,000 Americans tested positive for the disease, and the infection curve shows no sign flattening, despite ten citizens living under some sort of lockdown. China appears over the worst of its outbreak, National day of mourning for its dead, well 3,000 people died in the country. Cars, trains, and ships blew their horns, and air-raid sirens wailed, as flags flew at half staff from 1O: OOam (0200 GMT). Beijing said the observance is a chance to mourn virus martyrs. This week 14 medical workers died fighting the outbreak, including the man who was punished by officials for raising the initial alarm.

Hope in Europe

On Friday, Europe's awful death toll hit 40,000 in 24 hours, Spain reporting more than 900 deaths. A 29-year-old who was athletic and didn't smoke. He said, Panicking that his daughter got infected. When he started showing symptoms, he said he wouldn't hold her or go near her—facing death with an eight-week-old as the worst moment in his life. Italy recorded 766 new deaths, its infections rose by just four percent, the lowest yet, according to the civil protection service.The latest figures indeed give us a little bit of hope, as the growth in new infections is slower than it was a few days ago. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said, where strict social distancing measures are credited with curbing the spread. It is much too early to see a clear trend in that, and it is undoubtedly too early to think in any way about relaxing the strict rules we have given ourselves.

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Worst yet to come

There was yet another warning over the fate of the less developed world, especially conflict zones or places with large refugee populations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, referring to countries like Syria, Libya, and Yemen.  The COVID-19 storm is coming to all these theaters of conflict. The world economy has pummelled by the virus and associated lockdowns, with millions more people signing on for unemployment payments in the US.  Financial agency Fitch predicted the US and eurozone economies shrink this quarter up to 30 percent, and the Asian Development Bank warned the global economy could take an S4.1 trillion hit equivalent to five percent of worldwide output. According to the UN, Latin America is heading into a deep recession with an expected drop of 1.8 to 4.0 percent.

 

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