- The United States still leads globally in total COVID-19 case numbers (>1.5 million) and deaths (likely to exceed 100,000 over the Memorial Day weekend), according to the latest Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard estimates.
- The CDC issued a COVID-19 pandemic planning document this week, outlining 5 scenarios to guide community mitigation preparedness strategies.
- In the scenario the agency describes as its "best estimate," ~35% of transmissions occur before symptom onset, and 0.4% who experience symptoms are predicted to die.
- Experts are already pushing back on the CDC's COVID-19 scenarios, CNN has reported.
- AP reports that officials in several states are modifying COVID-19 infection data to give the impression that infections are under control.
- CDC has revised its guidance about how COVID-19 spreads, emphasizing that the virus spreads more easily person-to-person than from contact with surfaces or animals.
- The agency is launching a COVID-19 seroprevalence study this summer across 25 municipalities in hopes of learning more about transmission dynamics.