More young people in the South seem to be dying from COVID-19. Why?
Robinson MeyerIn Colorado, people younger than 70 make up 20% of Covid deaths.
In Louisiana, they make up 43%.
In Georgia, they make up 49%.
The health conditions of working-age people in the South will likely worsen its Covid outbreak, Vann Newkirk writes
Backlogs at private laboratories have ballooned, making it difficult to treat suffering patients and contain the pandemic.
Robinson MeyerNEW: The United States has tested 1 million people for the coronavirus. We were first supposed to hit that goal 24 days ago.
Now, a new crisis is brewing in America’s private labs, where there’s a growing backlog of tests, @alexismadrigal and I report
The extent of Oscar Health’s work on coronavirus testing hasn’t been previously reported.
Robinson MeyerNEW: Oscar Health—a health-insurance firm closely connected to Jared Kushner—developed a website for the government’s coronavirus response. The site, which looked like a government product, was ultimately shelved. Oscar says it worked for free.
Robinson MeyerAs Jared Kushner has taken the reins of the federal covid response, experts have warned that Oscar, his brother’s health-insurance firm, poses a big conflict of interest.
Now we know: It got involved—at the admin’s request.
My story from late last night
The Trump administration has finalized new fuel efficiency standards, lowering expectations from 54 miles per gallon by 2025 to 40 miles a gallon by 2030.
Robinson MeyerAmid the pandemic, the Trump administration will virtually wipe out the US tailpipe-pollution standard tomorrow. It’s the president’s biggest rollback yet of federal climate protections
One of the ironies of social distancing is that it can put privacy in short supply.
Robinson Meyer“I spoke with HGTV executives. And the reason that they are so big on open-concept [living spaces] is because it gets the male viewers. Like, guys like to watch sledgehammers and, like, taking out walls.”
Robinson MeyerTwo years ago, @edyong209 examined whether the US was ready for the next pandemic. He concluded that it was not.
That pandemic has now arrived. Here’s his sweeping view of what comes next
No automaker is anywhere close to making medical gear such as ventilators and remain months away.
Robinson Meyer“THE FACTS: No automaker is anywhere close to making medical gear such as ventilators and remain months away—if not longer. Nor do the car companies need the president's permission to move forward.”
The scale of death and economic damage that the coronavirus is bringing to the U.S. could have been avoided—if only we had started testing for the virus sooner.
Robinson MeyerIt wasn’t like states or counties failed to prepare for a pandemic. Many drew up lengthy plans that thought through school closures, social distancing, and travel restrictions.
But what they widely assumed is that America would be able to test its sick.
Robinson MeyerNEW - from @alexismadrigal and me, with @TheAtlantic’s COVID-19 team
How many Americans are sick with the coronavirus? When did they get sick?
These are two of the most crucial questions for understanding the pandemic.
We don’t know the answers.
More than 100,000 Americans have been tested. Here are the latest numbers for every state.
Robinson MeyerNEW - from @TheAtlantic COVID-19 team
The United States has now tested more than 100,000 people for the coronavirus and discovered 12,000+ cases.
But just a few states dominate those sums. How is your state doing on testing?
Explore in our live tracker
The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states and the District of Columbia to provide the most comprehensive public data we can on state-level testing for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
In many states, testing rules are so strict that doctors may not notice a community outbreak until it’s too late.
Robinson MeyerA Nebraska doctor told me that she was denied a COVID test despite having symptoms.
Only people who had traveled or been exposed to a confirmed case could be tested, she was told.
Then she was told: “We have no evidence of community spread in Nebraska.”
Robinson MeyerNEW: States and hospitals are rationing COVID-19 tests. A chaotic patchwork of rules now dictates who gets one.
But in many states, the rules are so strict that doctors can’t test for cases of community spread until it’s too late.
From me + @jdkstern13
Robinson MeyerA reminder that if officials say there’s no evidence of COVID-19 community spread in your area, it may be because policy effectively forbids them from looking for it.
A team member on the huge project has tested positive for the virus, delaying the air mission.
Robinson MeyerIf this situation feels like a horror movie to YOU, consider that you’re not a climate scientist watching a global pandemic play out aboard a 600-person research vessel that was intentionally trapped in North Pole sea ice several months ago
Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately.
Robinson Meyer“Anyone in a position of power or authority, instead of downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus, should ask people to stay away from public places, cancel big gatherings, and restrict most forms of nonessential travel.”