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Roughly 27 million people have likely have lost job-based health coverage since the coronavirus shocked the economy, according to new estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Why it matters: Most of these people will be able sign up for other sources of coverage, but millions are still doomed to be uninsured in the midst of a pandemic, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
By the numbers: For the 27 million people who are losing their job-based coverage, about 80% have other options, said Rachel Garfield, a health policy expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation and lead author of the report.
The bottom line: The coronavirus is blowing up health insurance at a time when people need it most.
The first stages of reopening haven't produced a surge in coronavirus cases in most states — at least, not yet.
Yes, but: The reopening process is still in its early stages, so a second wave of infections still remains distinctly possible, Axios' Sam Baker writes.
Between the lines: Our chart compares each state's seven-day average of new cases from Monday, and the seven-day average from a week prior, May 4.
Some of the states that skeptics were most worried about, including Florida and Georgia, haven't seen the rise in total cases that some experts feared.
The other side: Cases are still increasing in other parts of the country. The most worrisome is South Dakota, which saw a startling 123% increase, likely the result of outbreaks in the meat processing industry.
The bottom line: None of this means any state is in the clear — as more businesses open and more people venture back out into the world, the risk of a second wave grows. But it's an encouraging early sign.
The U.S. will "without a doubt" have more coronavirus infections and deaths in the fall and winter if effective testing, contact tracing and social distancing measures are not scaled up to adequate levels, NIAID director Anthony Fauci testified on Tuesday.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) criticized the Trump administration's coronavirus testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir at a Senate hearing Tuesday, accusing him of framing U.S. testing data in a politically positive light: "I find our testing record nothing to celebrate whatsoever."
Millions of Americans are risking their lives to feed us and bring meals, toiletries and new clothes to our doorsteps — but their pay, benefits and working conditions do not reflect the dangers they face at work, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.
House Democrats released Tuesday their phase 4 $3 trillion coronavirus relief proposal that would provide billions of additional aid to state and local governments, hospitals and other Democratic priorities.
The American Federation of Teachers launched several capstone lesson plans Tuesday to help K-12 teachers measure student progress during school closures and overcome the challenges of a remote learning setting.
A new study by economists at the University of Illinois, Harvard Business School, Harvard University and the University of Chicago projects that more than 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March, the Washington Post reports.
Wuhan — the original epicenter of the coronavirus — has ordered all residents be tested for COVID-19 within 10 days following six new infections reported over the weekend, Chinese state media announced Tuesday.
Russia is reporting the most novel coronavirus cases in the world outside of the U.S., per Johns Hopkins data.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's longtime spokesman and close adviser Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, Russian news agencies report, following positive tests for several other senior officials, including Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Nearly two thirds of college students say they would attend in-person classes if colleges reopen in the fall, even if there is no coronavirus vaccine or cure, according to a new College Reaction poll.
Why it matters: The findings suggest that even when faced with the prospect of packed lecture halls without a vaccine, most students want to get back to their classes and have an actual college experience, not a virtual one, Axios' Neal Rothschild reports.
By the numbers:
Between the lines: The desire to attend classes in person comes as students report that the virtual education experience is full of pitfalls: 45% say they attend class less often and more than 70% say they're distracted by their phone, computer and things going on at home.
The catch: The college experience isn't exactly about sheltering in place and keeping six feet away from people, so college administrators will have to solve the public health challenges if they expect to bring students back.
Solving the mystery of how the coronavirus impacts children has gained sudden steam, as doctors try to determine if there's a link between COVID-19 and kids with a severe inflammatory illness, and researchers try to pin down their contagiousness before schools reopen.
Driving the news: New York state's health department is investigating 100 cases of the illness in children, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a Tuesday press briefing, Axios' Orion Rummler reports.
Doctors have described children "screaming from stomach pain" while hospitalized for shock, Jane Newburger of Boston Children's Hospital told the Washington Post.
What's next: The CDC is funding a $2.1 million study of 800 children who have been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus through Boston Children's Hospital. The study aims to understand why some children are more vulnerable to the disease.
Sen. Lamar Alexander with his dog, Rufus. Photo: Sen. Alexander's office
The star of yesterday's Senate coronavirus hearing may not have been Fauci, but rather Sen. Lamar Alexander's dog, Rufus (at least gauging by the response on Twitter).
The scoop: Rufus was Alexander's gift to his wife, Honey, for getting through his primary six years ago.
But wait, there's more: I have a new foster dog! And Paco was also helping with yesterday's hearing, although the photo below was taken while he was listening in on a contact tracing webinar.
The bottom line: Dogs have no idea what is happening in the world and are just glad that we're around more. And, in my opinion, they make everything that is hard right now a little bit happier.