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Virus review: Things to know about declining death rates, summer travel risks and more
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Virus review: Things to know about declining death rates, summer travel risks and more

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The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since late March, even as states increasingly reopen for business. But scientists are deeply afraid the trend may be about to reverse itself.

“For now, it’s too soon to be reassured that deaths are going down and everything’s OK,” said Dr. Cyrus Shahpar of Resolve to Save Lives, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent epidemics.

Deaths from COVID-19 across the country are down to about 680 a day, compared with around 960 two weeks ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The analysis looked at a seven-day rolling average of deaths through Wednesday. Read the full story here:

Here's a look at updates from the past 24 hours

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci on football this fall: "Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall. If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year."
  • Baseball season should not extend past October to avoid the risk of spreading coronavirus, Fauci says. MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the player's union, are still negotiating a shortened baseball season. Both sides remain at odds over health protocols and the length of the season.

  • Coronavirus cases are rising in Oklahoma as President Donald Trump forges ahead to host a rally in Tulsa on Saturday that is expected to be attended by thousands. As of Thursday morning, Tulsa County currently has the most cases — 1,825 total — of any county in the state, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Things to know about traveling in a pandemic as the first day of summer approaches

  • The Sunshine State has "all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission," and risks being the "worst it has ever been," according to Wednesday's projections from a model by scientists at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • At least eight residents of Preston County in West Virginia have tested positive for Covid-19 after "recent travel to the Myrtle Beach area," according to a news release from the county's health department posted Wednesday.

  • Airlines for America (A4A), a trade organization that represents leading U.S. airlines, says that its member carriers are vowing to vigorously enforce face-covering policies put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A few good things

Although times are tough in many parts of the world, some good stories have surfaced during the pandemic. Here are a few.

Don't forget the basics of self-care

From hair care to mental health to exercising and more, here's a roundup of resources for all your socially distanced self-care needs — as well as a reminder on how to socially distance in the first place.

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