COVID-19 Chicago Monitor

COVID-19 Business & Economy Monitor 

Worldwide: At least 476,583 people are dead and more than 9,271,392 cases have been confirmed, as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads across the world.

World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and other health authorities are on the front lines battling COVID-19, the global pandemic which emerged in Wuhan, China and has now spread across the world. There are over 9.2 million cases and over 476,000 deaths reported across the world with epidemics emerging in parts of Europe and the United States. 

June 23rd Updates

  • Hot spot rise in cases and deaths as of June 23rd
    • United States: 15,803, 472 new deaths
    • India: 15,380, 468 new deaths
    • Russia: 7,425, 153 new deaths
    • Brazil: 6,082, 95 new deaths 
    • Mexico: 4,577, 759 new deaths 
    • Pakistan: 3,946, 105 new deaths
    • Chile: 3,804, 3 new deaths
    • Bangladesh: 3,412, 43 new deaths
    • Saudi Arabia: 3,139, 39 new deaths
    • Iran: 2,445, 121 new deaths 
  • There are now over 9.2 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide 
  • England chief medical officer says he expects a significant coronavirus presence into 2021
  • London’s Imperial College vaccine was delivered to fist human volunteer 
  • Russian president proposes raising taxes to cover coronavirus costs
  • Federal judge in Brazil orders president to wear face mask in public 
  • Dr Fauci says rigorous clinical testing is underway for several vaccines 
  • Peru marks 100 days of state of emergency 
  • South Korea and Germany racing to stop new clusters of COVID-19 after virus was under control 
  • Prime Minister Johnson relaxes more restrictions in UK 

Quick Facts

  • The Virus

    • WHO early estimates places fatality rate at around 2% (Swiss Medical Weekly)

    • Incubation period: CDC believes at this time that symptoms of Covid-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.  Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath

    • Official name of coronavirus named “COVID-19” (BBC)

    • Maker of Remdesivir to supply to other companies to distribute internationally to help treat COVID-19 

    • CDC has issued a notice about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndome in Children (MIS-C) after several cases emerging in NY, United States and in United Kingdom 

      • Heathcare officials told to be on alert 
      • Case definition (MIS-C) 
      • An individual aged <21 years presenting with feveri, laboratory evidence of inflammationii, and evidence of clinically severe illness requiring hospitalization, with multisystem (>2) organ involvement (cardiac, renal, respiratory, hematologic, gastrointestinal, dermatologic or neurological)
      • No alternative plausible diagnoses
      • Positive for current or recent SARS-CoV-2 infection by RT-PCR, serology, or antigen test; or COVID-19 exposure within the 4 weeks prior to the onset of symptoms (CDC)
  • International

    • Saudi Arabia has opened some malls across the country
    • Dubai has reopened malls fully  
    • Shops are reopening across Italy, with more openings beginning May 4th
    • Switzerland is beginning to reopen 
    • Students returned to school in Denmark
    • First case in refugee camp in Bangladesh sparking concern due to densely populated camp 
    • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania reporting overwhelmed hospitals despite lack of reporting on COVID-19 cases 
    • Latin America continues to see rapid increase of cases
    • Brazil projected to hit over 1 million cases within the next 3 weeks
    • Portions of Saudi Arabia to reimpose curfews due to rising cases 
  • US

    • 2,403,956 total confirmed cases across the country as COVID-19 spreads  (CDC), 123,082 deaths reported in the United States
    • Some states have started easing 
    • Several US states and cities are enforcing mask protection when in public places
    • Cases rise following crowds flocking to public areas during Memorial Day Weekend; 8 states recording spike

Air Travel & International Response

  • Level 3 Travel Health Notice: The CDC recommends that travelers avoid nonessential travel to the following destinations. Most foreign nationals who have been in one of these countries in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter the United States
    • China
    • Iran
    • Most European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
    • United Kingdom and Ireland
  • CDC recommends passengers avoid all non essential international travel 
  • For updated worldwide airport status amid COVID-19, check out ICAO safety site
  • United States places travel restrictions on Brazil amid rising cases
  • Beijing under new residential lockdown restrictions due to rising cases; raises emergency response from level 3 to level 2 

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Last updated June 23rd, 2020 

Contact Tracing & Vaccine updates

  • Contact tracing is part of the process of supporting patients with suspected or confirmed infection
  • Immediate action is required by local communities to train a contact tracer work force to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Contact tracing app in the UK expected to launch next week
  • Contact tracers need to:

    • Immediately identify and interview people with SARS CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 (i.e., disease)
    • Support isolation of those who are infected
    • Warn contacts of their exposure, assess their symptoms and risk, and provide instructions for next steps
    • Link those with symptoms to testing and care (CDC Contact Tracing)
  • Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine shows encouraging early results in human safety trial (Washington Post)
    • Participants developed antibodies against the virus
    • If future studies go well, it could be used by the public in January
    • US biotech company to deliver 10 million doses of coronavirus vaccine candidate 
    • Vaccine expected to go into phase 3 trial next month
    • Contact tracing app in Germany goes live 

Updated 06/23/2020