Tuesday Coronavirus Update: Dr. Anthony Fauci to Testify In Front of Senate Committee

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Good morning, it’s Tuesday, May 12. 

Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are over 4.1 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 286,000 deaths, per data from Johns Hopkins.

The U.S. has over 1.3 million cases and 80,000 deaths.

New York has nearly 340,000 cases and 21,000 deaths.

Russia now has the second-highest number of cases when looking at countries, with over 232,000. However, the country’s fatalities sit at 2,000, according to Johns Hopkins.

The U.K. has 224,000 cases and the second-highest death count in the world, with 32,000 fatalities.

Dr. Anthony Fauci will testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and is expected to caution against large-scale changes to lockdown restrictions and stay at home orders in the coming weeks.

"If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines to 'Open America Again,' then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country," Fauci told the New York Times. "This will not only result in needless suffering and death but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal."

And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave Quidel emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 test.

Quidel's test has the potential to provide a more accurate read on who actually has been infected, with fewer false positives since it focuses on searching for the presence of the virus itself.

Quidel's new Sofia 2 test is cheaper and easier to produce than other tests currently being used to detect the coronavirus, with the potential for mass-market production.

However, antigen tests can also produce more false negatives, potentially requiring the results to be double-checked via a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, which are more accurate but also take considerably longer to produce results. So the FDA is recommending that the results are checked with a PCR test.

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