Politics Overnight Health Care: Trump says coronavirus will 'get worse before it gets better' | White House considering drug price orders | McConnell offers details on the GOP response bill
Coronavirus updates: Florida sets new record in deaths but confirmed cases down; Infectious Diseases Society backs Anthony Fauci
New York will deploy testing and contract tracing teams to Atlanta. Hawaii extended its quarantine. Oregon to limit group gatherings. Latest news.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday in a joint conference with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that his state would send testing and contact tracing teams to the city.
Welcome to Tuesday's Overnight Health Care.
The White House could try to revive action on drug pricing, pharma execs were optimistic about a safe COVID-19 vaccine in the next six months, Senate Republicans previewed their coronavirus relief bill, and the CDC has new data showing a much higher number of infections than reported.
Juan Soto cleared to return following negative coronavirus tests
Soto tested positive for the coronavirus on Opening Day, and he has had several negative tests since. He was reportedly frustrated with the league’s testing process.Soto has tested negative for COVID-19 enough times for Major League Baseball to give him the green light, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
We'll start with the return of President Trump's briefings on coronavirus:
Trump says coronavirus will 'get worse before it gets better'
said Tuesday that the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States would "get worse before it gets better" amid surges in cases in parts of the country.
"It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better," Trump, reading from prepared remarks, told reporters at a White House briefing.
Trump went on to implore Americans to wear masks, physically distance and wash their hands, and urged young Americans to avoid bars.
Bucs TE Cameron Brate reveals he had coronavirus
Brate said he is fully recovered from COVID-19 and encouraged people to donate plasma to help fight the virus in others who contract it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cameron Brate (@cambamgram) on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:13am PDT What does that have to do with Brady? Last month, Brady and several Buccaneers teammates got together for workouts despite the NFLPA’s medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, advising players against it. Brady and his teammates continued to work out together, and Brady posted a quote on Instagram that appeared to be a response to Mayer’s advice.
"We're asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask," he said. "Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. They'll have an effect, and we need everything we can get."
Be on guard for some drug pricing action this week: White House considering executive orders
The White House is considering one or more executive orders aimed at lowering drug prices that could come as soon as this week, prompting pushback from some GOP lawmakers and the powerful pharmaceutical industry.
One idea under discussion, sources say, is to link some U.S. drug prices to the lower prices paid overseas, an idea that is opposed by many Republicans, who see it as a price control that violates free-market principles.
The politics: This comes a little more than three months from the election, on an issue that is key to voters. Democrats have been pounding Republicans on the issue of health care, pointing to a -backed lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and executive action on drug prices could be a way for Trump to try to counter on the issue.
MLB, MLBPA reportedly considering further rules changes for 2020
It appears that the recent run of COVID-19 infections within the Marlins organization has prompted further contemplation of rules changes. The MLB Players Association has reached out to its members to gauge their sentiment regarding a few potential tweaks, per Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic. © Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports The 30-man roster currently is in effect for first 2 weeks of the season. The proposed changes, if enacted, would be in place for the 2020 season. Right now, the 2 matters are only under discussion. No firm decisions made by the union or MLB. https://t.
The intra-party drama: Some congressional Republicans have been calling the White House in recent days to raise objections to the proposal, sources say, an effort spurred on by the pharmaceutical industry, which is rallying to try to stop the idea.
Another idea in the mix is bringing back the "rebate rule," which bans discounts drug companies pay to pharmacy benefit managers in a bid to simplify the system.
CDC: US coronavirus infections likely 10 times higher than reported
Infections of the coronavirus in the U.S. may be up to 10 times what is currently known, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data .
The estimate is based on detection of antibodies in the population. Testing indicates the number of people with antibodies is between two and 13 times the approximately 3.8 million recorded cases of the virus in the U.S., according to the CDC's research.
An analysis of blood samples from 10 geographic regions, including Washington state, Utah, New York and South Florida, found that New York City has the highest proportion of antibodies within the population, with 24 percent.
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May and June data indicates that 2.8 percent of Missourians have antibodies, while 3.6 percent of Philadelphia residents have them.
CDC updates isolation guidelines
The CDC also updated its guidance on self isolation: if you are symptomatic with COVID-19, you should isolate at home for 10 days after symptoms begin, and for 24 hours after your fever has broken.
People with more severe to critical illness, or severe immunocompromise, likely remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset, the agency said. Asymptomatic patients should isolate for 10 days from the date of the first positive test.
The new guidelines were previewed , when the agency said it would recommend people do not need to have two negative tests in order to end isolation.
Multiple studies have found evidence that recovered patients will continue to "shed" viral RNA for up to three months, but none have shown those patients can transmit the virus to others.
Isolation rules are for people who test positive. The CDC continues to recommend a 14-day quarantine period for people who come into contact with someone who tested positive.
Context: The update comes as the U.S. testing system is strained to the brink, because so many states are seeing surges of coronavirus cases. Results can take as long as two weeks to return, which makes the tests effectively useless.
Michael Porter Jr. reprimanded by Snapchat for coronavirus comments
Michael Porter Jr. was reprimanded by Snapchat for his comments about a coronavirus “agenda."The Denver Nuggets forward answered fan questions on his Snapchat account Tuesday and shared his thoughts on the coronavirus and the government’s reaction to it. Porter said he believed the virus was being used as an opportunity to control people. Porter Jr. also shared that he never had been vaccinated.
Some details from McConnell on the GOP response bill:
Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) on Tuesday provided a broad outline for what to expect in the forthcoming Republican coronavirus relief proposal, including help for schools, small businesses and testing.
McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, indicated that he would soon be unveiling the Republican proposal after swapping ideas with the administration in recent weeks.
"The majority will be laying down another historic proposal very soon," McConnell said.
- $105 billion for schools
- Another round of small business loans and reimbursing business for coronavirus expenses
- Another round of stimulus checks
- Funding for testing and vaccines
- Liability protection for businesses
Pharma execs say FDA will not lower standards for coronavirus vaccine
Drug company executives on Tuesday painted a mostly rosy picture of the timeline for developing and getting a coronavirus vaccine approved
Four out of five executives said they hoped to have some sort of regulatory approval by this fall, but cautioned that there are many uncertainties.
"We would hope in the fall or towards the end of the year we have data that we could submit to the Food and Drug Administration for them to make a determination on whether to approve it," said Stephen Hoge, president of Moderna. "We would also hope at that point to have millions of doses of vaccines available," Hoge said.
High standards remain: The executives also sought to reassure House Democrats that the federal government is not lowering its approval standards, and any coronavirus vaccine that gains approval will be safe.
NFL opt-out deadline likely to be delayed?
The initial August 3 deadline for NFL players to decide whether or not to opt out of the 2020 season is likely to be pushed back due to delays in formalizing the league’s CBA adjustments. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports NFL players will have a few extra days to make their decision on the 2020 season. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the opt-out deadline is meant to be seven days after the league’s COVID-19 protocols are finalized by both the NFL and NFLPA. That has not actually happened yet as of Wednesday night, meaning at this point the deadline won’t come any earlier than August 6.
Executives from Moderna, Janssen, Merck, AstraZeneca and Pfizer told lawmakers during an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Tuesday that despite the unprecedented speed, any vaccine candidate will be safe.
The Hill event
The coronavirus pandemic is presenting new challenges for the 34 million Americans living with diabetes. On Thursday, July 23, The Hill Virtually Live hosts "Diabetes and the COVID Threat" to discuss effective diabetes care during the time of COVID-19. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Diabetes and a panel of health experts join The Hill's Steve Clemons. .
What we're reading
Tension, infighting roil Trump White House as coronavirus strategy sputters ()
The deputy HHS secretary's wife has been lobbying the agency ()
How deadly is COVID-19? Researchers are getting closer to an answer ()
State by state
After bending the curve, California is poised to take over New York for the most Covid-19 cases ()
The virus found a crowded Houston neighborhood, sparing one nearby ()
Coronavirus cases are way up in nursing homes in hard-hit states ()
Op-eds in The Hill
One Phillies coach, one clubhouse staffer test positive for COVID-19 .
The plan had been for the Phillies to resume play on Saturday. Whether that is now in jeopardy isn’t known. The organization has already dealt with some infections earlier this year, but managed to avoid further spread within the club.This is worrisome news on several levels. First and foremost, it’s concerning to see two more individuals in the game carrying this disease. Hopefully they’ll both make a swift and full recovery.Beyond that, it’s obviously concerning to see that spread (presumably) occurred between the teams.