The Heat: Italy reopens and COVID-19 surges in U.S.

The Heat

A couple wears a face mask as they enjoy the sun in park full of flowers, in Milan, Italy, Monday, May 4, 2020. Italy began stirring again Monday after a two-month coronavirus shutdown, with 4.4 million Italians able to return to work and restrictions on movement eased in the first European country to lock down in a bid to stem COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Italy reopens nearly two months after a nationwide shutdown. Manufacturers, construction companies and some wholesalers are back open, and a lift in restrictions means children can once again play in the parks and families can reunite. Ahead we’ll speak with a blogger from Italy. But first, scientists are warning the coronavirus could be with us for years.  A study issued by the University of Minnesota says if COVID-19 follows the pattern of the 1918 Spanish flu, the pandemic may last two years and result in even more deaths this fall and winter. With over a million confirmed cases in the United States, The U.S. Trump administration is working to speed up the development of a vaccine. Globally, the World Health Organization says there are over a hundred vaccines in the works, with several beginning clinical trials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the antiviral drug, Remdesivir, as a treatment for severely ill patients after it showed some success in quickening recovery time. It’s expected to be available this week.

To discuss this:

  • Rafael Perez-Escamilla is a Professor of Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Ana Cojocaru is the Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Department at Prima CARE.
  • Leonardo Salvaggio is a blogger based in Pavia, Italy.


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