Good morning ... I'm filling today while Caitlin takes a well-deserved mental health break.
🎬 "Axios on HBO" returns tonight with interviews with Vice President Mike Pence (clip), Sen. Marco Rubio and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. Plus we explore the bioethics of contact tracing.
All right, on to the depressing stuff. Today's smart brevity count: 974, or a 4-minute read.
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South Korea — a model for how to handle the coronavirus well — has had to re-tighten some of its commercial restrictions amid a new outbreak. On Sunday, South Korea reported the biggest-single day increase in cases it has seen in over a month.
That number: 34 new cases.
What happened in South Korea is pretty much what you'd expect: An infected person went to several clubs in one night. He is believed to have infected 43 fellow clubgoers, who in turn infected another 11 people, per NPR.
We will almost certainly see much bigger subsequent waves of infection here in the U.S., where the focus is on reopening — even in nursing homes. We're already seeing full flights again, and our adherence to social distancing has never been uniform.
Between the lines: The White House is a model of what it would look like to go back to work with ample testing and ample protections, which most of the country will not have.
My thought bubble: The coronavirus can gain a foothold even in the most highly guarded workplace in the country. We've seen in South Korea that a return to normal life can open the door to a new outbreak, even after things seemed under control. We know they're not under control here.
The coronavirus pandemic is a health care crisis, but health care still isn't immune from the rampant job losses the pandemic has wrought, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
By the numbers: The health care industry lost more than 1.4 million jobs in April.
The reason: These jobs have gone away because outpatient care has dried up, as providers postponed elective procedures.
What's next: Don't expect a quick return, even as elective procedures are able to come back online.
What we're watching: All of these delays in elective care a boon to insurers, who are saving a lot of money while outpatient procedures are on ice.
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The evaporation of outpatient care also has real-world health impacts, my colleague Eileen Drage O'Reilly notes.
Vaccination campaigns have been disrupted globally.
Cancer screenings are slowing down, too.
Non-coronavirus emergencies may also be taking a backseat, though it's hard to say for sure.
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This Washington Post story does a very good job explaining an important part of the coronavirus — the scary and surprising symptoms that doctors keep learning about as they go.
The respiratory harm, as we all know, is very bad. But that's also what doctors and scientists were expecting to see when COVID-19 first emerged. They've also been taken aback by a raft of unexpected, harder-to-explain health effects.
Between the lines: The virus appears to do major damage to blood cells, which likely helps explain why it's able to attack so many of the body's systems, and its damage to the heart in particular, the Post reports.
Related: Many doctors are now second-guessing the use of ventilators, because some coronavirus patients are able to function just fine even with oxygen levels so low that they should be unconscious, the Wall Street Journal reports.