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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE MARCH 30, 2020

Good afternoon dear Neighbor:

Here you have your coronavirus update for March 30, 2020. According to new numbers released by the Florida Department of Health, more than 5,473 people have been afflicted with COVID-19, and another new seven people have died from the virus since yesterday. When we compared these new numbers to those I published on March 29, 2020, we find out that we were right about being cautious about the lack of new death cases reported yesterday. The national and state statistics of new cases and their respective deaths continue to be alarming. Therefore, we must continue to remain at home for as long as we can.

 

USA

FLORIDA

Reporting Dates

Cases

Deaths

Cases

Deaths

Monday, March 30, 2020

140,904

2,405

5,473

63

Increases

18,251

293

1,227

7

Percentages

-13%

-12%

-22%

-11%

Prove

18,251

293

1,227

7

Healthcare Retirees are allowed to return to work in Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said this Monday, March 30, 2020, that he plans to sign an executive order allowing recently retired law enforcement and health care professionals to return to the workforce to help fight coronavirus.

DeSantis said his order would allow recently retired law enforcement and health care personnel to return to work immediately.

Current Florida law prohibits law enforcement and healthcare professionals who retire from the state's workforce from returning to work for six months after the retirement date. This new measure will ensure these professionals don't have to wait six months any longer.

A Uniform Safer at Home order was issued to all the southern Florida counties.

The Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis has issued a uniform Stay Safer at Home order throughout South Florida counties. Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties residents are now ordered to stay at home and keep the social distance.

Schools may be closed until pass of April.

According to Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade's schoolboard superintendent, the public schools will probably be close until way past April. If this is the case, then students will remain to receive classes online.

FPL to lower bills during coronavirus pandemic

Florida Power & Light Company ("FPL") announced a plan Monday to issue a one-time decrease of nearly 25% for the typical residential customer bill as a result of lower fuel costs.

According to Governor DeSantis, 60-percent of all COVID-19 cases in Florida are in Southeast Florida. 

The FPL usually refunds any fuel savings over the course of several months. Nevertheless, this time, the FPL has sought permission to grant the annual savings in a single month's bill in consideration of the financial challenges people are facing.

If the Florida Public Service Commission approves the refund, you will see the relief as soon as on May 1, 2020.

President Trump Adds 30 Days to Distancing Guidelines as Coronavirus Keeps Spreading.

The initial 15-day period of social distancing, which will expire today Monday, March 30, 2020, has been extended by our president Donald Trump to a maximum of 30 days. This extension will extend the social distancing through April 30. Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Trump's foremost infection disease expert, says the country could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic.

"I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 cases," he said, correcting himself to say he meant deaths. "We're going to have millions of cases." But he added "I don't want to be held to that" because the pandemic is "such a moving target."

Us reporting more cases than any other country

While our country has an alarming number of corona cases, this does not necessarily mean that we are doing any worse than any other country. A close look at the statistics shows that whereas Italy did not report any new case in the last 24 hours, they are still leading the death toll list with more than 10,000 death in the same period in which the USA had only 2,608 deaths.

There is an alarming number of coronavirus cases in the USA, wich could be the result of the amount of testing performed all over the country. According to the Surgeon General, the number of tests reached more than 100K tests per day in the last 24 hours. The number of testing may be the reason for a lower death number compared to those of other countries around the world. Earlier detection of the infection may have helped to reduce this number. 

Here are the numbers for the last 24 hours:

Country,

Total

New

Total

New

Total

Active

Serious,

Reported

Other

Cases

Cases

Deaths

Deaths

Recovered

Cases

Critical

1st case

World

746,112

22,722

35,347

1,283

157,098

553,667

28,515

10-Jan

USA

145,131

1,640

2,608

26

4,574

137,949

2,972

20-Jan

Italy

97,689

 

10,779

 

13,030

73,880

3,906

29-Jan

Spain

85,195

5,085

7,340

537

16,780

61,075

5,231

30-Jan

China

81,470

31

3,304

4

75,700

2,466

633

10-Jan

Germany

63,929

1,494

560

19

9,211

54,158

1,979

26-Jan

Totals:

1,219,526

30,972

59,938

1,869

276,393

883,195

43,236

 

Is it safe to take ibuprofen to treat symptoms of COVID-19?

We have seen a social media post claiming that taking ibuprofen to reduce the symptoms of coronavirus may become a threat to your life. Is this a valid claim?

Some French doctors advise against using ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, many generic versions) for COVID-19 symptoms based on reports of otherwise healthy people with confirmed COVID-19 who were taking an NSAID for symptom relief and developed severe illness, especially pneumonia. Nevertheless, these are only observations, which are not based on scientific studies.

The World Health Organization (“WHO”) initially recommended using acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen to help reduce fever and aches and pains related to this coronavirus infection. But, now the WHO stays that either acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used. Rapid changes in recommendations create uncertainty. Since some doctors remain concerned about NSAIDs, it still seems prudent to choose acetaminophen first, with a total dose not exceeding 3,000 milligrams per day.”

Traditionally, fever-reducing medicines, which contain acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Motrin), can be given to people who are sick with flu to help bring their fever down and relieve their pain. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) should not be given to children or teenagers who have flu; this can cause a rare but serious illness called Reye’s syndrome.

 

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