Top health officials are warning that the U.S. has entered a new stage in dealing with the coronavirus. “We’re past the point of containment,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration during the first two years of Lord Damp Nut’s administration.
“We have to implement broad mitigation strategies. The next two weeks are really going to change the complexion in this country. We’ll get through this, but it’s going to be a hard period.”
From the No D’Uh Files: the State Department is urging U.S. citizens to not travel on cruise ships. That warning comes as the Grand Princess, with nearly 3,000 travelers aboard, prepares to dock today in the Port of Oakland in California. Also: “CDC warns against long plane trips and cruises as coronavirus cases mount,”
The MIT Newsletter now has a fascinating round-up of Coronavirus links! Some are more interesting than others, but all are worthwhile:
+ We don’t know how many Americans have been tested for coronavirus. (The Atlantic)
Meanwhile, the stock market was automatically halted for 15 minutes this morning. Axios Alert! –
Under “circuit breaker” rules, stocks will resume trading 15 minutes after the halt. The halt on Monday morning was the first since the rules were implemented after the financial crisis.
- If there’s a subsequent drop of 14% from the last trading close, there will be another 15-minute trading halt.
- If there’s a 20% drop at any point, that would halt trading for the rest of the day.
One might say we’re past the point of containment there, too. Also.