Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 427 words, a 2-minute read.
Situational awareness: Ford and GE Healthcare announced a plan to build 50,000 ventilators by early July to fight the coronavirus. Go deeper.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
If you thought March felt like the longest month in American history, just wait for April and May, when people will be forced to witness spring from the indoors.
The big picture: 28 states are in or entering lockdown, with Maryland and Virginia joining those ranks today. So is D.C., as its mayor made official this afternoon. Those states include roughly 3/4 of the American people, the N.Y. Times notes.
Between the lines: Governors in states with beaches or other outdoor recreation have run into problems with keeping crowds at a minimum, Axios' Marisa Fernandez says.
Why it matters: The numbers that persuaded President Trump to extend the 15-day lockdown are premised under the assumption of a lockdown through May, professor Chris Murray told the WashPost today.
The bottom line: For most people, this isn't a crisis that can be fixed via direct action. Instead, we're huddling at home, waiting and watching to see how it plays out.
An image for the ages: The USNS Comfort hospital ship enters New York to help relieve the load on coronavirus-stricken hospitals.
"America Falls to Pieces Over Shortage of Jigsaw Puzzles," reports a Wall Street Journal A-hed by Michael M. Phillips (subscription):
"Of the top 10 items that shoppers searched for on Amazon.com last Tuesday, nine were antivirus cleaning supplies or personal-hygiene products (read: toilet paper). No. 7 was 'puzzles for adults.'"