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Southwest Georgia has one of the nation's largest numbers of coronavirus cases after accounting for its small population, and yet Gov. Brian Kemp announced this week that the state is beginning to lift its social distancing measures.
Why it matters: Anywhere in America — including rural or suburban communities — can become the next coronavirus hotspot, if the pandemic is mishandled.
The big picture: If any city or state begins lifting social distancing measures without the right public health measures in place, it runs the risk of allowing the virus to get out of control.
Between the lines: Rural areas may have lower overall case numbers than cities, as is expected, but they also generally have much weaker health care systems that can easily become overwhelmed.
The bottom line: There is no ignoring or escaping the coronavirus for the sake of the economy. An economy can't function if people are too scared or too sick to go to work or go out to buy things.
If another wave of the coronavirus coincides next winter with the beginning of flu season, it could be more deadly than the current outbreak, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield told the Washington Post yesterday.
Why it matters: The health care system would struggle to keep up with two simultaneous pandemics.
Between the lines: Add this to the list of reasons we need to be preparing now for future outbreaks.
What they're saying: "It's very important that we have a completely refreshed and a comprehensive stockpile going into the fall. And I think that's why we've continued to bring in those shipments and work on the ventilators," coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx told reporters yesterday.
The Senate passed a $484 billion interim coronavirus funding bill via voice vote on Tuesday after more than a week of intense negotiations between the Trump administration and Congress.
President Trump announced a 60-day suspension on issuing green cards and U.S. oil prices continued to slide Tuesday.
A panel of experts organized by the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday announced a "living document" of guidelines regarding treatment options for the coronavirus, but warned that the public should be wary of any informal studies touting these medicines.
Universities across the U.S. are predicting massive revenue losses as uncertainty looms over whether it will be safe enough for students, staff and faculty to return to campus in the fall.
Envision Healthcare, a Nashville-based healthcare staffing company owned by KKR, is considering a bankruptcy filing, per Bloomberg.
President Trump's latest guidelines for "Opening Up America Again" may be too optimistic for things like movie theaters and concerts, analysts predict.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on MSNBC Tuesday that New York City no longer needs the Navy ship USNS Comfort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Guidelines to cautiously reopen parts of Italy will likely be applied starting May 4, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday in a Facebook post.
Germany's Oktoberfest festival in Munich won't take place this year, the governor of Bavaria announced Tuesday.
Two-thirds of Americans now view China unfavorably, up from 47% two years ago, according to data from Pew that suggests the increasingly adversarial approach from Washington is spreading throughout the country.
Hospitals, doctors' practices and other health care providers are getting another $75 billion in taxpayer money to cover the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, bringing the total pot of bailout funds to $175 billion, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
The big picture: The first $30 billion has been dispersed to providers based on Medicare billings, which raised the ire of hospitals that treat higher amounts of poor patients and children.
Where it stands: Elective procedures and appointments — and the large amounts of revenue associated with them — have dramatically decreased while providers prepared for the surge of coronavirus patients and bought more protective gear for workers.
Between the lines: Critics have questioned whether federal officials are distributing the funds appropriately, and now the government will oversee even more cash.
The bottom line: The coronavirus funding is a lifeline for people on the front lines, but lawmakers are not stipulating any changes within a system that is expensive for patients and profitable for those running it.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The global coronavirus crisis is entering a trial-and-error phase as countries begin to tiptoe out of lockdown, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.
Why it matters: The decisions of what to open and when could determine whether economies stay afloat, and whether fresh lockdowns will be needed if cases spike again. U.S. states now considering their own exit strategies will be watching closely.
Driving the news: Europe led much of the world into lockdown, and is now attempting to find a path out.
In the hardest-hit countries, the opening will be slower.
Elsewhere in the world, strategies are emerging to re-open economies while limiting potential second waves — including some that use tracking policies that are likely too invasive to be useful as models for the U.S.
There's a striking partisan divide on coronavirus-related topics, reflecting the growing divide between reality as President Trump presents it and the reality presented by experts and health care workers.
Between the lines: Some of these issues aren't open to interpretation. We either have enough coronavirus tests to track outbreaks, or we don't. Health care workers have enough masks, or they don't.
Yes, but: While experts may disagree on how many tests we'll need, they're generally in agreement that it's more than we have.