Thursday, May 7, 2020
Live updates: White House wants CDC to revise guidelines to reopen U.S.; dire warning issued on job losses 5/7
The White House is seeking revisions to a document drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that offers detailed advice to local leaders on how to reopen public places after determining that it was “overly specific,” according to a coronavirus task force official. The official responded to an Associated Press report that the 17-page document had been shelved by the administration.
More than 33 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the economy was largely shut down — including 3.2 million in the past week, the Labor Department announced Thursday morning. Optimism is high among laid-off workers that they can return to their pre-pandemic jobs, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll, but economists warn that more than 40 percent of job losses could become permanent.