Today's word count is 1,311, or a 5-minute read.
Today's word count is 1,311, or a 5-minute read.
Most states still aren't doing enough coronavirus testing, especially those that have suffered from larger outbreaks, according to recent testing targets calculated by the Harvard Global Health Institute.
Between the lines: It's much harder to contain the virus once a lot of people have it — which is why we needed strong social distancing in the first place. But knowing who is infected is the foundation of containment going forward, and most states are still behind.
The big picture: Nationally, the U.S. needs to be doing about 900,000 tests a day, according to the Harvard estimate, which was released earlier this month.
Why it matters: Most states have already begun reopening to some extent, even without key public health tools — like testing and contact tracing — fully built up.
The number of daily tests being done nationally is steadily increasing, even though it's still well below what most experts say is needed.
Yes, and: Most states are showing advances on two of the key criteria for being able to safely reopen parts of their economies: They’re testing more people and finding fewer infections, my colleagues Andrew Witherspoon and Sam Baker reported this weekend.
Native Americans across the U.S. are struggling to battle the coronavirus pandemic, as decades of poverty, poor health care and pre-existing medical conditions leave them vulnerable to high rates of infection, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh reports.
Thirteen sailors onboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Politico reports. Those sailors had recently returned from weeks of self-isolation following earlier positive COVID-19 diagnoses.
White House economic adviser Peter Navarro claimed on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus will "indirectly" kill more people than the virus itself.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that while the government and the private sector are committing their "full power" to developing a coronavirus vaccine, it will not be the sole determinant of Americans' ability to return to normal life.
Groceries, drug stores and retailers are trying a variety of methods to enforce face mask mandates and protect employees, following customer complaints and assaults across the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports.
Churches, mosques and temples around the world — including the Vatican — are continuing to livestream religious services amid the coronavirus pandemic, AP reports.
India extended its almost two-month coronavirus lockdown until the end of May on Sunday, although the government's National Disaster Management Authority said in a statement that new guidelines may be issued to help restart economic activity, AP reports.
The United Kingdom has hired 17,200 people to help track down individuals who have been in close contact with people who tested positive for the coronavirus, government minister Michael Gove told the BBC on Sunday.
With some states reopening for business and millions of people heading back to work, the nation's largest labor organization is demanding the federal government do more to protect workers from contracting the coronavirus on the job, Axios' Joann Muller scoops.
What's happening: The AFL-CIO, a collection of 55 unions representing 12.5 million workers, says it is suing the federal agency in charge of workplace safety to compel them to create a set of emergency temporary standards for infectious diseases.
Driving the news: The lawsuit against the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to be filed on Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, in a letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, said employers are already taking steps to protect workers, and that OSHA's industry-tailored guidelines provide more flexibility than a formal rule for all employers.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic could help create a much stronger push to let some older Americans buy into Medicare, the Kaiser Family Foundation's Drew Altman writes in today's column.
By the numbers: 2.4 million adults between the ages of 55 and 64 lost their jobs just since March, bringing the unemployment rate in this group to 12.5% — up from 3.4% in March.
Between the lines: Many of these people will struggle to find affordable coverage, and a slow recovery will leave many without job-based health coverage for a long time.
Millions of uninsured 55 to 65 year-olds could add new urgency to calls for a Medicare buy-in if Democrats control the White House and Congress in 2021.
Yes, but: All the old fault lines would still be at play if such an effort got serious consideration.
Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Pool/Getty Images
Don't be fooled by the whimsical scarf collection. Administration officials say they've been taken aback by Deborah Birx's masterful political skills — including a preternatural ability to get what she wants while telling people what they want to hear, Jonathan reports.
Why it matters: She's better than any of the other public health officials at talking to Trump.
Between the lines: Fauci speaks his mind with little if any consideration of politics. Colleagues say Birx strategically emphasizes the points Trump wants to hear — and she can play multiple angles on any given issue.
The bottom line: Trump has made clear to advisers that he doesn't want to give a daily platform to public health warnings that could discourage an economic reopening.