COVID-19 Cases Surge, but Hope is on the Horizon

I woke up this morning to learn that the authorities have now confirmed 12,392 cases of COVID-19 in the country, an increase since yesterday of 4,075, an increase of 49 percent. Today is March 20 and that number is closing in on three times the number of known cases we reported on the 17th. There are 195 known deaths, up from 147 yesterday.

The surge in numbers is attributable to two things: Increased testing and the high rate of infection in New York City.  The New York Times is reporting that the state of New York now has 4,152 cases, but the Times appear to be behind as other outlets are quoting a number in excess of 5,600.  This page from Syracuse.com gives NY-specific data and shows that out of 22,284 people tested, 5,638 have tested positive and 777 have been hospitalized.  New York city alone is home of 3,950 cases and 26 deaths, followed by cases 798 in Westchester County and 372 in Nassau, the portion of Long Island closest to the city.

Globally, Italy topped 41,000 cases and 3,400 deaths while the total confirmed cases reported by Johns Hopkins is just over 247,000.

A Possible Treatment

The biggest Coronavirus new is not the increase in cases, which to some extent is to be expected, but that an anti-malaria drug has been shown to halt progression of the disease in patients, especially when given early and in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin, (which many may be familiar with as the ingredient in a Z-pack).  A nice summary of the report is given by ZeroHedge, but I have not seen much coverage elsewhere as one would expect.

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