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There's pent-up demand for haircuts and other services, but many Americans say they'll stay home until they feel it's safe, even though President Trump and some red-state governors are antsy to reopen, Axios' Courtenay Brown reports.
No middle seats: The International Air Transport Association, a global airline lobbying group, said leaving middle seats open was among likely conditions for resuming air travel.
Between the lines: A range of CEOs and government leaders agree that scaling up testing is crucial to convince Americans it's safe to go out.
The big picture: Many unemployed Americans plagued by financial hardship won't have a choice but to return to work.
One stark warning: "If we don’t get this right, the public health and economic costs could become even more daunting," Suzanne Clark, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO, wrote in a USA Today op-ed.
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Between the lines: The plan ("Opening Up America Again") appears cautious, because doctors wrote it. But the overarching message is that the decision is up to the governors.
What Trump is being told: The level of concern about the economy is extreme in the senior ranks of the White House.
Behind the scenes: As you could see from yesterday's press conference, Trump is far more eager than the doctors to get the economy open and refuses to believe there will be a long "new normal" of impeded business.
The bottom line: Some advisers are relieved that POTUS is delegating to the governors so heavily because, among other things, it spreads responsibility away from the federal government.
The number of coronavirus diagnostic tests being completed every day has plateaued over the past week — at a number that falls far short of what experts say is needed, Axios' Caitlin Owens and Andrew Witherspoon report.
Nationwide testing capacity steadily increased for weeks, but has appeared to hit a wall around 145,000 tests a day. Several factors are holding it back:
President Trump speaks yesterday during a South Lawn event "celebrating America's Truckers" for moving food and supplies during the pandemic.
At least 50% more people died in China's virus epicenter of Wuhan than previously announced, official state media admitted today.
⚡China’s economy shrank in the March quarter for the first time since current records began in 1992, 28 years ago. — Reuters
Coronavirus patients in a Chicago hospital recovered quickly after receiving remdesivir, a drug made by Gilead Sciences, according to STAT.
Between the lines: This is an anecdotal report, not the kind of rigorous clinical-trial data that can support firm conclusions about remdesivir’s effectiveness.
Stock futures soared on the possibility of an effective treatment.
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The virus is changing how people buy cars and get them serviced — behavior likely to last long after the pandemic is over, Axios' Joann Muller writes from Detroit.
How it works: Consumers already do much of their car-buying research online.
Another place the big get bigger: Not all dealerships will be able to adjust quickly, which will likely lead to consolidation.
Donors of Color Action commissioned a poll in two Midwestern swing states to test the viability of women of color to be Joe Biden's vice presidential pick. Stacey Abrams was the top choice for black voters — but Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the overall candidate to beat, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
Why it matters: This is one of the only publicly disclosed polls surveying likely voters on specific V.P. candidates, as Biden's campaign prepares to vet women on his shortlist.
U.S. astronaut Jessica Meir returned today from the International Space Station to a drastically changed world after more than half a year in space.
Meir landed, along with NASA colleague Andrew Morgan and Russian Oleg Skripochka, in the steppes of Kazakhstan, in a Soyuz landing capsule under a striped orange-and-white parachute, AP reports.
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