Here are some of the major coronavirus developments making headlines right now . . .
The FDA is set to approve the first drug to treat COVID-19, an antiviral med called remdesivir. Tests found it can cut the recovery time from 15 to 11 days. Dr. Fauci says it will create a, quote, “new standard of care.”
Last month, the White House announced its social distancing guidelines, branding it “30 Days to Slow the Spread.” Yesterday, President Trump said he won’t be renewing those guidelines, which expire today. They’ll be “fading out” as governors take over.
President Trump also said he plans to start traveling again, which hasn’t happened since March. He’ll head to Arizona next week, then Ohio.
Meanwhile, senior advisor Jared Kushner is being criticized by Democrats for calling the White House’s response to the virus a, quote, “great success story.”
The official death toll in the U.S. now stands at about 60,000. But from looking at CDC stats, some experts think deaths are still being underreported, and it could be MUCH higher. Especially in states that have already been hit hard by the virus.
Los Angeles is now the first major city to offer free coronavirus tests to any resident who wants one, even if they don’t have symptoms.