Transcript for Encouraging COVID-19 news
Some of the major developments we're tracking right now -- that new global milestone, more than 20 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, more than a quarter of those right here in this country, 5 million cases in the U.S. At least 1.6 million Americans recover. With me is ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton. And Dr. Jen, with unfortunately so much of this covid experience moving in the wrong direction, there are some reasons to be optimistic. From clinical trials to states actually reversing their case counts now. Let's hit some of the bright spots on the good news here, Amy, first of all, when you look at the country as a whole, we are trending down, 18%, that's over a 14-day average in terms of new cases. We've heard new news about Russia's vaccine. But here in the U.S. And the rest of the world, the development of vaccine trials is progressing at an unprecedented and historic speed. Which is going well. There are about 3,000 clinical trials for treatments and prevention of covid-19 listed on clinicaltrials.gov. That's occurring worldwide. And clinically, physicians and healthcare professionals are getting much better at treating severe disease. The learning curve is progressing and we have to remember that up to 45% of people infected with covid-19 can show no symptoms at all and approximately 80% have mild disease that doesn't require hospitalization, so some good news that bears repeating. Yeah, and to continue that good news, talk a little about within the United States what states are improving right now. You have to look at every state differently, of course, and we do that, the states that are doing really well according to their test positivity rate -- Connecticut has less than 1%, Illinois, 4.1%. Massachusetts, about 2.5% of those tested coming back positive and New York hovering around 1% test positivity. As a reminder, we need to be at or below 5% to continue reopening. Texas, Mississippi, some sun belt states are still high. Mask and social distancing. And hand hygiene. All three. We turn now to ABC's Kyra
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