We are currently in the middle of phased reopening of the United States following the C19 pandemic. However, with reopening we have continued to see a spike in cases in states like Florida, Arizona and Texas (as well as other cities on a global level).
This has increased the number of COVID cases in some states and we continue to be judicious around CDC guidelines, especially frequent hand-washing, wearing masks in public spaces, and social distancing.
Second, we’ve been promoting washing hands with soap as the number one defense against C19, but never explained the reason why. Soap not only literally washes the virus off of hands, but it also kills it.
The news this week on PPP is that the government may loosen restrictions on the CARES Act in terms of the need to spend 75 percent on labor and the timeframe in which to do it (the 8 weeks following receipt of the loan).
For those interested the New York Times has an excellent set of time series graphs showing the C19 trends on new cases and unpacking the average so that you can see where it is still escalating (e.g. Massachusetts) versus places where it has been more stable or in decline (e.g. Texas and Florida).
In looking ahead, the Trump Administration has announced and set guidelines for a three-phase process in reopening the doors of our economy, based on expertise of public health officials. Included are guidelines for individuals, employers and specific employers.