Virus briefing: 'Hardest, saddest' week is here. And more updates across the US today
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Virus briefing: 'Hardest, saddest' week is here. And more updates across the US today

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams offered some of the starkest warnings yet Sunday as he braced Americans for the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus, warning “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.”

The number of people infected in the U.S. has exceeded 300,000, with the death toll climbing past 8,400; more than 3,500 of those deaths are in the state of New York.

Much of the country is under orders to stay home, and federal officials said that have seen signs that people are listening to the message about social distancing. But the Trump administration also is also emphasizing that the worst is yet to come for many communities.

Among other developments today:

  • The global pandemic muted traditional observances from family grave-cleaning ceremonies in China to Palm Sunday for many Christians.
  • Home testing for the new coronavirus is still too risky, U.S. regulators say. But the Food and Drug Administration is aggressively pushing new options onto the market.
  • Pope Francis is celebrating Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter's Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo thanks the Chinese government for sending 1,000 donated ventilators to his state, highlighting the extreme measures leaders are taking to secure lifesaving devices during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The rate of the coronavirus outbreak continues to slow in Spain. The country has the second most infections behind the United States. Spain recorded 6,023 new infections. That is down from an increase of 7,026 infections in the previous 24-hour period.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for helpful tips, a guide to coping, maps tracking virus spread, and live updates from verified social media accounts.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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