Congress’ Doctor Warns A Third Of Americans Will Contract Virus, WHO Declares Pandemic: Live Updates

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Wed, 03/11/2020


WHO declares Covid-19 is a pandemic
Congressional doctor says up to

First death in Indonesia
Washington State to ban events over 200
‘Waffle House’ employee in Atlanta confirmed
Chicago cancels St. Paddy’s Day parade
NY sends in National Guard
IADB cancels meeting in Colombia as virus spreads across Latin America
Mnuchin says first part of virus stimulus plan will be ready in 2 days
Dr. Fauci warns virus 10x more deadly than flu and could infect millions if not handled early
FEMA evacuates Atlanta office over coronavirus scare
3 Boeing workers test positie
Washington DC advises cancellation or postponement of all gatherings with more than 1,000 people
Harvard to prorate room and board for students
US cases surpass 1,000
UK Health Minister catches virus
Ireland, Bulgaria, Sweden report first deaths
Connecticut declares state of emergency
UK total hits 456 following largest daily jump on record (83 new cases)
Global cases pass 120,000
South Korea reports new outbreak in call center
Japan reportedly planning to declare state of emergency
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Update (1350ET): Follow the WHO’s major admission just a few minutes ago, which took the air out of a modest market rally as stocks moved off their session lows, we suspect that Wednesday will be remembered as a critical day in the development of the outbreak outside Asia.

We’ve heard no shortage of alarming predictions today – remember earlier when Merkel said up to 70% of Germans might catch the virus, or Dr. Fauci’s warning that “millions” of Americans could contract it if the US doesn’t act quickly – and Axios has just brought us one more: It reports, citing two sources briefing on the meeting, that Congress’ in-house doctor told Capitol Hill staffers at a close-door meeting this week that he expects 75-150 million people in the US, roughly one-third of the country, to contract the coronavirus.

And here’s Axios telling us “why it matters”:

Why it matters: That estimate, which is in line with other projections from health experts, underscores the potential seriousness of this outbreak even as the White House has been downplaying its severity in an attempt to keep public panic at bay.

Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of the U.S. Congress, told Senate chiefs of staff, staff directors, administrative managers and chief clerks from both parties on Tuesday that they should prepare for the worst, and offered advice on how to remain healthy.

He added that 80% of people who contract the virus will ultimately be fine.

As Axios also reminds us, statistical modeling from Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, have said that somewhere between 20% and 60% of adults worldwide might catch the virus.

During an interview with CNBC following the declaration from the WHO,

“The epidemic is always further ahead than what you perceive at the moment,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.

It’s possible that we have thousands of cases here possibly tens of thousands,” Dr. Gottlieb said.

In other news, Reuters reports that the White House is weighing travel bans against Italians and other Europeans.

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