What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, April 3
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(CNN) As global cases passed an international war to supply the 1 million mark and life-saving equipment assemblies, President Donald Trump launched a Korean War period law to force the production of ventilators, N95 masks and other vital materials.
In the absence of federal intervention or national coordination, states were left to mix only the resources needed to fight the virus. A notable task appeared yesterday: Massachusetts turned to New England Patriots for mask delivery from China.
Since the U.S. grasps how to handle a virus infecting a quarter million Americans, the CDC is expected to encourage all citizens to wear cloth masks among the public, although Trump says that such a move will not be mandatory.
As the rest of the world goes into locking measures, China is reopening carefully. Next week, for the first time in two months, people will be allowed to leave Wuhan – the zero point of the pandemic. But since China seems to be opening a page on the virus, questions are asked about whether it can be trusted to heal.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
A: Trump’s claim that scarves can work better than masks is not supported by CDC’s guidance to healthcare workers. Although scarves offer some protection, CDC identifies homemade options (such as scarves and bandanas) as possible last resort if masks are not available.
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