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Hospitals have been clearing beds to care for the influx of coronavirus patients, but there's a looming capacity and equipment problem for the vast majority of patients who recover and need to be discharged to another facility, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
Reality check: "I don't know that there's a nursing home in the country right now that is really able to admit an individual who is COVID-19-positive," said David Grabowski, a Harvard professor who studies post-acute care.
The big picture: Millions of people with chronic health conditions get care through home health agencies, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehab centers and long-term hospitals.
What's next: Grabowski and many other post-acute experts are warning that precautions must be taken.
The bottom line: Hospitals have invested a lot of time and resources into freeing up beds, expanding intensive care units and acquiring ventilators. The same thinking should apply for care that's needed after the hospital.
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Widespread contact tracing will be key to the next phase of our coronavirus response, but the U.S. is severely behind.
Why it matters: Contact tracing — tracking down the people who have interacted with a coronavirus patient, so they can quarantine — helps prevent the virus from spreading.
As with diagnostic testing, the U.S. missed its chance to do this before the coronavirus caseload got too high.
Where it stands: Neither the federal government nor most state and local governments have a plan to drastically increase contact tracing.
What they're saying: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield told NPR last week that the agency is working on a plan to ramp up contact tracing.
Yes, but: Some states and communities are trying to get ahead of the curve.
The bottom line: "Failing to invest in and train more workers for contact tracing now could extend this crisis months," said Chris Meekins, a former Trump administration health official who is now an analyst at Raymond James.
The number of novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. now exceeds 582,000, with more than 2.9 million tests having been conducted as of this morning, per Johns Hopkins. Over 44,000 Americans have recovered from the virus.
Only public health authorities will be able to create apps using Apple and Google's new contact-tracing technology, and governments won't be able to force people to use the tech, the companies clarified Monday.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments via teleconference in May, it announced Monday.
A Navy sailor who had been assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt died Monday of complications from the coronavirus, the Navy announced.
Pressed on how he will force governors to re-open their state economies during the coronavirus crisis, President Trump said at a press briefing Monday: "When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total."
Preempting President Trump, two groups of states are working on regional plans to lift their lockdowns as conditions permit.
54% of American workers, 41% of Brits, 44% of Germans and 35% of Swedes are "very concerned" about their job security due to the coronavirus crisis, according to polling from Kekst CNC, an international strategic communications firm, shared exclusively with Axios.
While some politicians have been criticized for a lack of leadership during the coronavirus crisis, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega takes that to an extreme, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.
The global coronavirus crisis is testing the world's democracies in myriad ways, but one is particularly fundamental: how to hold elections, Dave writes.
Seven in 10 people now consider going to the grocery store a risky act — and a majority of Americans say they've started wearing masks outside their homes at least sometimes — in the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
The big picture: In Week 5 of our national poll, we're seeing in more detail just how people are adapting to common fears and changes about the "new normal," Axios' Margaret Talev writes.
There's more evidence that the virus is affecting society unevenly.
Masks, more than gloves, are becoming part of Americans' daily uniform when they suit up to leave home.