Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has supported reopening efforts, told reporters on Friday that he was “not concerned about specific dates as much as I’m concerned about getting it right.”
But some business owners and customers are still uncertain of the move.
“I don’t understand whether or not the public will have confidence to meet with us,” he told CNN Friday.
In Texas, the state started a “retail-to-go” approach on Friday, allowing retail stores to sell to customers through curbside and delivery.
“We’re going to give it our shot … Hopefully we can make it out the other side,” Penn said Friday.
In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms opposes the decision by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to ease restrictions. She said she hopes many people still will stay home but suspects some won’t.
“They will go into hair salons and go and get manicures and pedicures as if it is business as usual, and then in a couple of weeks, we will see our numbers continue to rise in this state,” Bottoms told CNN Friday.
CDC and states reject Trump’s suggestion to use disinfectants
“Household cleaners and disinfectants can cause health problems when not used properly. Follow the instructions on the product label to ensure safe and effective use,” the CDC tweeted on Friday.
CNN has reached out to the CDC for clarification on what prompted the tweet.
Authorities in other states, including New Jersey, California and Illinois issued similar warnings on Friday, saying there’s no scientific evidence indicating that it’s safe to do so.
“It’s dangerous,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker told reporters on Friday. “You know, all I can say is I hope to God that nobody listened to him yesterday.”
Coronavirus was spreading earlier than thought, research and deaths show
The developments suggest many more people have been infected than official tallies show, and that the fatality rate from the virus may be lower than it seemed, public health experts say.
Dr. Sara Cody, the county’s public health director, said the victims likely would have been exposed to the virus two to three weeks prior to their deaths. Since none of them had a recent travel history, she said they likely were exposed in that community.
But at the time, officials had reassured the public the risk of catching the virus was low. The three victims had not gotten tested for the virus because testing was very limited, the county said, restricted mainly to people with a related travel history.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked coroners across the state to review cases dating back to December to determine whether they were also coronavirus related.
The model suggests that by March 1, the median number of infected people in major US cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle had reached 28,000.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that results of a study conducted on 3,000 New Yorkers show the virus spread in the region much earlier than previously thought.
About 14% of the state’s residents have antibodies, Cuomo said. Antibodies help show who may have previously had the virus and developed the antibodies as a result.
But the results may also be a point of reassurance. When the understood number of people infected is raised, the mortality rate may drop, said Dr. Carlos Del Rio, executive associate dean of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
The World Health Organization is tracking multiple studies across the world trying to determine how many people have been infected by the virus globally, according to Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead for the coronavirus response with the agency.
What the WHO is seeing, Van Kerkhove said, is that the number of people with antibodies globally ranges between 2 to 3%, and up to 14%, according to one study in Germany.
‘Weeks to months’ away from effective treatment
The agency is also tracking hundreds of drug trials, looking for a treatment that can help infected patients recover.
But the world is “weeks to months” from knowing what works, Van Kerkhove said.
Other experts warned Friday that coronavirus antibodies would not be a license to stop physical distancing — partly because not enough is known about whether or to what extent the antibodies offer immunity.
“We do not know whether or not patients who have these antibodies are still at risk of reinfection with Covid-19,” Dr. Mary Hayden, spokeswoman for Infectious Diseases Society of America and chief of Rush University Medical Center’s infectious diseases division, said Friday.
“We don’t know even if the antibodies are protective, (or) what degree of protection they provide. So, it could be complete, it could be partial, or (for) how long the antibodies last,” Hayden said, adding: “We know that antibody responses wane over time.”
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the age of the man who died February 17. He was 69.
CNN’s Wesley Bruer, Tina Burnside, Jen Christensen, Gisela Crespo, Carma Hassan, Jacqueline Howard, Ed Lavendera and Amanda Watts contributed to this report.