📊 Daily Data Brief: 95,606 cases New Cases outside China: 2,156 (+719) New Cases in China: 160 Total Death: 3,287 (+83) Serious or Critical Cases: 6,420 (-351) Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ The spread of COVID19 continues and accelerates outside China. In Europe, Italy is the hardest hit while cases in the UK are soaring from a low base. In the US Washington State is the focal point, California reported its first death and LA declared a state of emergency while Congress passed an $8.3bn coronavirus emergency package. The underlying reality of case numbers remains in doubt given the limited number of tests undertaken outside China and their lack of reliability overall. Genetic epidemiology is now inferring undetected community transmission in new countries. We are slowly adapting to a new reality that the virus is amongst us. In the “age of distrust” we live in, the cacophony from our “leaders” on COVID19 is distressing for now until it will make us angry. In the absence of leadership in most countries and for our well-being we need to counter community spreading with community caring. We had delegated public health to these leaders but need to take it in our own hands (washing that is) until they finally step up. Social distancing demands a behaviour change which is having an undetected and profound economic costs. The distance learning and working it requires will increasingly put video at the centre of our life at least temporarily.
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