President Trump resumes starring role in virus briefings – Health News Today

President Donald Trump has resumed a starring role in the White House’s coronavirus briefings on Tuesday, returning to the podium in the press briefing room in hopes that he can shore up support for his administration’s work amid flagging poll numbers.Trump says the administration is doing well with vaccine and therapeutic development.He says the country has learned so much about the disease, and “my administration will stop at nothing to save lives and shield the vulnerable, which is so important.”Trump also warns the virus outbreak “will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better – something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is.”Numbers continue to climb, likely lower than actual countThe number of people who have had COVID-19 is much greater than the official case count, according to data and a new analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.Depending on the region, the number of people infected was sometimes six to 24 times the number of reported cases, the CDC team said.”For most sites, it is likely that greater than 10 times more … infections occurred than the number of reported COVID-19 cases,” the team concluded.These numbers are likely conservative, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The data used in the analysis was published on the CDC website.CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said earlier this month that testing had likely missed 90% or so of cases.The country remains far from a level that would give the population herd immunity.The latest numbersCurrently, more than 3.8 million people in the country have been infected with the virus and more than 141,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.Testing overwhelms labsMeanwhile, record-breaking numbers of people are testing positive for coronavirus across the U.S. and the surge in cases is slowing the time it takes to get test results.Labs across the country are now facing what seems like an almost “infinite” demand, one expert says.”We really do need to improve our turnaround times, primarily in areas and counties of outbreaks,” Adm. Brett Giroir, a White House coronavirus task force member, said.Diagnostic labs are feeling the effects of the spike in cases, with a leading commercial lab saying test results can now take up to two weeks for some patients.The delays come even as labs work to scale up their capacity, Quest Diagnostics said in a news release.And the pandemic is still in its early stages, said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.A total of 56,750 cases of COVID-19 and 372 virus-related deaths were recorded in the U.S. on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases. Nearly 40 states now have some type of mask requirement in place as communities battle the spread of the virus. Masks, experts say, are one of the most…

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