- The United States leads the world in confirmed COVID-19 cases (~920,000), and the mortality rate exceeded 50,000 by the end of this week.
- In California, autopsy samples confirm SARs-CoV-2-related deaths as early as February 6, leading experts to consider that the virus might have been in the community as early as January.
- California is the first US state to announce expanded COVID-19 testing of all low-risk symptomatic persons and surveillance testing of asymptomatic persons.
- New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo cited a report that 1 in 5 New Yorkers may have already had COVID-19, suggesting that mortality rates might be lower than believed.
- The New York State Nurses Association announced that it had filed 3 lawsuits against the state of NY and 2 hospitals for failing to provide adequate safety measures and personal protective equipment for its nursing staff.
- Some governors are rushing to reopen their states with what experts say is inadequate infrastructure or planning and without consults with public health experts.
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, has released a paper outlining the need for a national comprehensive, validated serological antibody testing program for COVID-19 immunity.
- Following on comments made during a White House press conference, UK-based Reckitt Benckiser, maker of Lysol, has issued a statement warning against ingesting Lysol to treat COVID-19.