Interfor’s Critical Covid19 Updates – April 6, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 1,287,168 (336,851 in United States)
Total Deaths: 70,530 (9,626 in United States)
Total Recovered: 271,887
- On Sunday, Dr. Fauci said the United States is “struggling” to get the coronavirus under control and warned to prepare for this week “to be a bad week”.
- The United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was taken to the hospital for tests due to persistent coronavirus symptoms. He was subsequently admitted for monitoring.
- US Surgeon General Adams called on governors who have yet to issue a stay-at-home order to impose a week of restrictions saying “the next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment”.
- The CDC now recommends that Americans wear a face covering when out in public “as an additional, voluntary health measure”.
- The death toll in New York State tops 4,000 while the death toll in New York City alone approaches 2,500.
- The United Nations warns of “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” as victims are sequestered with their abusers amid increased stress and hardship.
- Japan’s Prime minister, Shinzo Abe, declares a state of emergency in some of the country’s largest population centers which would last a month.
- In Spain, the daily death toll has dropped for the third day in a row. Despite this, Spain’s Prime Minister said he would ask parliament to extend the lockdown by 15 days until April 26.
- New York City officials said schools are not permitted to use Zoom for remote teaching, due to security concerns. Officials recommend using Microsoft Teams as an alternative.
- China sees rise in new coronavirus cases, with 30 new cases reported on Saturday vs 19 the day earlier. China remains worried about a second wave of infections.
- Dubai extends around the clock lockdown for two weeks. People will be able to leave their homes for essential purposes, and only one family member is allowed to go out at a time.
- Authorities in Texas will start screening drivers traveling from hard hit Louisiana in order to enforce a two week quarantine. Drivers will be asked to fill out a form with personal information and a “designated quarantine location.”
Guidance as to whether masks are effective are now being re-evaluated in favor of advocating the wearing of masks whenever outside. Interfor recommends erring on the side of caution.
Scams related to the imminent bailout checks for individuals are already being detected in the form of fraudulent websites and phone calls. Interfor recommends companies educate their workforce on how to detect these scams so they and their loved ones can avoid further hardship.
FBI warns video conference users to watch out for “Zoom-bombing”, where hijackers disrupt sessions with profanity, hate and inappropriate content. Interfor recommends utilizing unique passwords for each session.
WARNING: Be sure to vet ALL information (including this update). Rumors and misinformation abound, the results of which can be as dangerous as the contagion itself. Be sure to verify the sources of purported medical tips.
Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.
CDC Symptoms page
Recommended video on how the virus works
See Interfor’s new blog post about Cybercrime in the COVID era