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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Governor Hogan Announces Maryland’s Official Designation for SBA Economic Injury Loans During COVID-19 Pandemic

Small Businesses Can Apply Directly to SBA For Financial Assistance

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland has received official designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the SBA, the loans will help alleviate financial strain and allow businesses to pay bills, payroll, and accounts payable, with long-term payments stretching up to 30 years. Small businesses and private non-profit organizations can apply directly to the SBA for financial assistance here.

“Our first and foremost priority is protecting the health and safety of Marylanders, but we are also deeply concerned about the economic impact of this pandemic, which is why we worked quickly with our federal partners to apply for this designation,” said Governor Hogan. “This program will offer immediate relief to our small business community and help them to remain afloat during this difficult time.”

In order to receive designation, the state was required to provide at least five examples of companies that have suffered a significant economic injury due to COVID-19. With the recent executive order closing restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and theaters, along with the prohibition of gatherings of more than 10 people, several businesses across the state have reported substantial impacts and are in need of immediate financial assistance.

“Maryland’s small businesses are critically important to our economy and we recognize the impact this crisis is having on them,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “This loan program, combined with other state and federal assistance, will give businesses the support and resources they need to continue to operate.”

“This assistance is available to those businesses who have suffered economic hardship as a result of COVID-19," said Russell Strickland, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). "MEMA worked closely with local emergency management agencies to expedite the request for assistance from the SBA. These loans will help those hit hardest by the effects of COVID-19.”

For additional business resources available during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit

For details on the administration’s ongoing response, visit

We Are The World - 35 Years 'Singers Before And After'

Dr. Nicole Saphier: Trump Offers ‘Glimmer of Hope’ with Chloroquine, but Stop Hoarding

Dr. Nicole Saphier told Breitbart News Daily on Friday morning that there was hope chloroquine and other drugs could treat coronavirus — but that people who did not need the medicines should stop hoarding them.

Saphier, a former microbiologist, is a Fox News contributor and the author of Make America Healthy Again: How Bad Behavior and Big Government Caused a Trillion-Dollar Crisis. She spoke with host Alex Marlow about the latest developments in the fight against the pandemic.

She explained that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, two drugs the president discussed Thursday at the White House press briefing, are malaria drugs that incorporate themselves into viral RNA and stop a virus from replicating. They also stop inflammatory immune responses, which is why they are used in arthritis.


It's Know As The "Pool Of Death"

Sending in the troops: More than 3,300 National Guard soldiers are deployed across 28 states

With tens of millions of Americans on lockdown and more expected, the United States military is likely to take on a greater role in helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the coming days and weeks.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is looking at converting more than 10,000 rooms in New York, potentially in hotels and college dorms, into medical care units to help address the fast-spreading coronavirus, the commanding general of the Army Corps said on Friday.

President Trump on Friday declared New York State a major disaster area as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases skyrockets and New York City was declared the epicenter of the US outbreak by Mayor Bill de Blasio.


The End of Civilization?

Governments all over the world are using the alleged threat of a COVID-19 pandemic to shut down the world’s economy. Daniel Lacalle, an authority on energy economics, writes: “The decision to shut down air travel and close all nonessential businesses is now a reality in major global economies. The United States has banned all European flights as Italy enters a complete lockdown, Spain declares a state of emergency, and France closes all nonessential public places and businesses.”

Further, he points out, governments can’t solve the problems they have created through massive spending programs and bigger deficits. These policies make things worse: “Governments will implement large demand-side policies that are the wrong answer to a shutdown of the economy. Most businesses will suffer from the collapse in sales and subsequent working capital build, and none of that will be solved with deficit spending. You cannot mitigate a supply shock with demand policies, which increase debt and overcapacity in the already indebted and bloated sectors and do not help the sectors that are suffering an abrupt collapse in activity.” And government printing of money, i.e., outright inflationism, is even more dangerous.

Lacalle’s remarks bring to mind the trenchant comments on Ludwig von Mises. He warns against attempts to shore up disastrous policies by printing more money. Mises says, “No emergency can justify a return to inflation. Inflation can provide neither the weapons a nation needs to defend its independence nor the capital goods required for any project. It does not cure unsatisfactory conditions. It merely helps the rulers whose policies brought about the catastrophe to exculpate themselves.” He tells us where a policy of inflationism will end: “Inflation is the fiscal complement of statism and arbitrary government. It is a cog in the complex of policies and institutions which gradually lead toward totalitarianism.”


The Fear Factor ... An Insidious Contagion

Rachel Maddow demands that networks STOP airing Trump's press conferences about coronavirus crisis and blasts his 'fairytale' promises about malaria drug to combat the pandemic

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has demanded that networks stop airing White House updates about the coronavirus pandemic, excoriating President Donald Trump for making optimistic promises about an unproven drug to treat the infection.

'I know we ought to be getting used to this kind of thing by now, but I'm not,' Maddow said on her show Friday night. 'President Trump today, again, just flat-out wrong in public about this malaria drug that has gotten stuck in his mind, quite some distance from the facts.'

Maddow was referring to Trump's sweeping claims about a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine, which is being investigated as a potential treatment for coronavirus patients.


Debunking Nature Magazine's "COVID-19 Definitely Didn't Come From A Lab" China Propaganda

Nature magazine has censored over 1,000 articles at the request of the Chinese government over the past several years. And it seems pretty clear that their recent article, “The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2” is just one more example of their influence.

China bought off the head of Harvard’s chemistry department, you don’t think they could buy off run-of-the-mill research scientists scrambling for tenure and funding and publication? It’s absolutely horrific that so many scientists and researchers are taking part in what’s really clearly a disinformation campaign orchestrated by the Chinese Communist Party, and willfully spreading a smokescreen about something that’s already killed thousands and is projected to kill millions more across the planet.

And while the mainstream corporate media mindlessly regurgitates claims from the Chinese government that are falsifiable with the simplest of google searches, allowing the public to be lulled into a false sense of security and complacency, and Reddit rapidly censors and moderates anything that might indicate that this virus leaked from a Chinese lab and so the Chinese government is to blame for this pandemic – sites like ZeroHedge, that have been at the forefront of keeping the lines of investigation open, have been banished from Twitter and marginalized.

Below is a takedown of that article, and the good news is a much more nuanced and honest look at the origins of COVID-19, the Wuhan Strain of coronavirus is just a click away.


Worcester Health Confirms second case of COVID-19 in Worcester County

(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) confirmed the second positive test for a case of COVID-19 in Worcester County on March 21, 2020. The patient is a female in her 20s who lives in Worcester County and is recovering at home. This case is a close household contact of the first positive COVID-19 case in the county, reported earlier this week, and has been in quarantine since known exposure. Worcester County Health Department is conducting a contact investigation of this second case and appropriate close contacts will have arrangements made for testing if indicated.

If you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) contact your primary care doctor for further screening to determine if you should be tested. Unless you are suffering a medical emergency, please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or other medical facility. You should speak with your healthcare provider, who can alert an emergency room so that its staff is ready with proper protective gear. To protect yourselves and others, wash your hands often, cover cough/sneezes, clean and disinfect surfaces, and stay home if sick. For more information on Coronavirus and prevention tips, visit or call 410-632-1100 option #8 to connect to our call center (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm). For COVID-19 information in the State of Maryland, please dial 2-1-1.

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Wicomico County playgrounds, pavilions, tennis courts, basketball courts and pickle ball courts to close Monday, March 23

SALISBURY, Md. – Following guidance from the state of Maryland, Wicomico County officials will close playgrounds, pavilions, tennis courts, basketball courts and pickle ball courts at county parks effective Monday, March 23.

Day use areas and trails will remain accessible during posted hours. Visitors should follow gathering and social distancing guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC; and the Maryland Department of Public Health (MDH; to ensure a safe environment for themselves and others.

Marinas and boat ramps will also remain open for public use at this time.

In a statement released on March 18, the National Recreation and Park Association expressed support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The NRPA’s statement read, “In places where there are no restrictions on the use of local parks, trails and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations,”
  • Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.
Playgrounds, pavilions, tennis courts, basketball courts and pickle ball courts will remain closed until further notice. Decisions made by county officials are fluid and can be changed at any time.

The Wicomico Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Civic Center department will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation through regular updates from the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services. Updates will be shared with the press, as well as posted to department websites and social media outlets.

Second Confirmed Case of Covid-19 In Wicomico County

What the MSM Was Afraid to Tell You

5 Reasons to Doubt China’s Claim It Has Stopped Seeing Coronavirus Cases

China’s report of zero new coronavirus cases sparked celebration across the globe, with some viewing the communist regime’s Thursday report as a beacon of hope.

While global efforts to curb the impact of the virus continue, there is reason to doubt China’s “milestone” claim of no new local coronavirus infections.

1. There are still cases of people reporting symptoms, but China is reportedly refusing to test them.

One patient in China, identified as Ms. Fu, told the anti-communist publication the Epoch Times that her condition deteriorated after officials released her from a “makeshift” hospital. The city has since shut temporary hospitals down, a move which coincided with Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s Wuhan visit this month.


Coronavirus cases in New York State now top 10,000

New York City alone has 6,211 cases, an increase of about 1,800, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday morning that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased by more than 3,000 and now tops 10,000.

The state has conducted 45,437 tests, he said, and now has a total of 10,356 coronavirus cases.

"The more tests you take, the more positives you find," he said, adding that New York is now conducting more tests per capita than China or South Korea.


Coronavirus killing more than a person an hour in NYC

The coronavirus killed city residents at a rate of more than one per hour on Friday.

Between just 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., 14 people in New York City died from the virus, pushing the Big Apple’s total death toll to 43.

The toll had been 29 prior to Friday’s jump in deaths.

It was the first time that the city’s single-day toll had hit double digits.


Governor Carney considers closing Delaware beaches

A packed beach in Lewes March 20 prompted Gov. John Carney to doubt that the public is following the social distancing recommendations state officials have issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Carney said he is now considering closing beaches and other public areas.

“If we get to the point that we can't see the kind of social distancing that we need, that may be something we do,” he said.

Speaking at Cape Henlopen State Park, Carney said he came to the Sussex County state park to encourage people to get out and exercise. There were plenty of people enjoying the balmy 80-degree weather, but many were not heeding the 6 feet of separation doctors say are needed to prevent germs from spreading.


New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issues stay-at-home order for nearly all of state's 9M residents

“We must flatten the curve and ensure residents are practicing social distancing," the governor said in announcing the sweeping mandate.

The governor of New Jersey on Saturday issued a stay-at-home order for nearly all of the state's 9 million residents in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

Similar sweeping mandates have been made in California, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania.

“We must flatten the curve and ensure residents are practicing social distancing," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in announcing the new restrictions. But, he added, “Even with this order in effect … life in New Jersey does not have to come to a complete standstill.”

The governor told residents not to panic, but, he said, "We're at war."


James Rosen Drops Bombshell Report That the CDC ‘Lied’ to the White House About Wuhan Virus Testing

I’ll preface this by saying that it’s possible “lie” is too strong of a word here. Nonetheless, James Rosen dropped a bombshell report today that could explain the early slow distribution of Wuhan virus tests. It involves a former official speaking on the record about what he saw at the time.

You can watch the full hit above, which includes the comments from the former official about the CDC misleading the Trump administration on the viability of their early testing regimes. That’s been a hot topic in regards to judging how quickly the President did or didn’t act, often used as a bludgeon within the current news coverage.

This has actually been a question for quite a while, with strong evidence to support the idea that CDC, operating within all the red tape previously created, had really dropped the ball. Tests from overseas were rejected that could have gotten the U.S. testing capacity up and going much sooner. Eventually, the CDC would admit that their early tests were giving false positives, requiring a rework. That’s how we ended up where we are today, with private companies doing the lion’s share of the heavy lifting to get this done. The fact that those private companies had to get involved is a pretty good signal that the CDC screwed this up.


Delaware Gov. Carney 'absolutely' considering stay-at-home order

Delaware Gov. John Carney says he is "absolutely" considering a stay-at-home order after seeing a lack of social distancing in his state. He says is speaking with Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, and Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey so the states can have a "consistent set of requirements and restrictions" across the four states.


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UPDATED: Gov Carney Orders Delaware Beaches to Close at 5pm Saturday

Governor John Carney has issued a third modification to his emergency declaration. The new orders close Delaware beaches to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The public is prohibited from accessing the beach except to exercise or walk their dogs where dogs are permitted. Local officials may choose to enact tighter restrictions.

These modifications go into effect at 5:00pm tonight, March 21, and will last until May 15, or until the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated.

“We need everyone to take this situation seriously. We saw too many people on the beaches yesterday and we weren’t seeing the kind of social distancing that we need in order to slow the spread of coronavirus,” said Governor Carney. “This was a difficult decision, but we need folks to follow the rules to keep all Delawareans safe. Don’t go out in public unnecessarily. Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces frequently. Stay home, especially if you feel sick and even if you have mild symptoms. We will get through this together.”

“We fully understand Governor Carney’s decision to close the beaches,” said City of Rehoboth Mayor Paul Kuhns. “This move is for the health and safety for all our citizens.”


Maryland National Guard units activated in response to Hogan’s order

Maryland National Guard units and service members started the process of activation Friday in preparation for the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who declared a state emergency on March 5, activated the Guard a week later. More than 2,000 members of the Guard are expected to be called to duty statewide.

Lt. Col. Wayde Minami said members of the Guard were being processed into service in small groups and heading out for various missions. While some guard members and their vehicles were spotted on the streets of Baltimore near Camden Yards and a downtown hotel Friday afternoon, no mission has yet been established in the city, Minami said.


2020 End of Session Wrap Up

Senator Addie Eckardt, District 37
End of Session Wrap Up
March 20, 2020

For the first time since the Civil War, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned early on March 18, 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19. Under the guidance of Senate President Bill Ferguson and Speaker of the House Adrienne A. Jones, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned with a plan to reconvene for a special session in the last week of May. I would like to thank Senate President Ferguson, Speaker Jones, and Governor Larry Hogan for their leadership and commitment to the State of Maryland during this State of Emergency. 
Despite the early adjournment, I want to thank those who participated in making this year’s legislative year so successful. A big thank you to all of those who came to testify and sent in testimony for this year’s bills; it is important that all Marylanders continue to have a voice in the Legislative session. Even in this time of emergency and shortened legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly was able to work together in a bipartisan fashion on a number of important policy initiatives to benefit residents across Maryland. 
Below, please find a summary of key legislation that I sponsored or supported, as well as other bills of interest from this legislative session. During the interim, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office should you have any questions about recent or future legislation.

Berlin man needs kidney donation

Berlin resident Nick Morris, 74, is in dire need of a kidney transplant and is searching for an O-positive donor in the area.

Morris has been a resident of Worcester County since 1975, and has been an English teacher, college instructor, long-time employee of the Alaska Stand, and lifeguard for the Ocean City Beach Patrol, Assateague Island National Seashore and Ocean Pines.

Two years ago, Morris was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate, which in turn caused his kidneys to fail. He has been waiting for a kidney transplant since January 2019.

Since his diagnosis, he noticed his energy levels dropping.

“My levels go up and down, up and down [and then] I have to come to grips mentally with this [condition] that you’ve got to monitor all the time.” Morris said. “There are days when I’ll start out and never quite feel as if I am really ever at 100 percent. I start out at a lower level and then by the end of the day, I’m done.

“Some days I ask myself, ‘Is this a sign that I should go right to the doctor,’” he continued.


Why No One Trusts the Mainstream Media

Pelosi demands increased unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and paid sick leave in stimulus deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Friday letter to rank-and-file Democrats she would not greenlight a major coronavirus stimulus deal with the GOP unless it “greatly” increases unemployment insurance and Medicaid and expands paid and sick family leave.

Pelosi wrote to House Democrats as the House and Senate engaged in intense, bipartisan negotiations on a stimulus package likely to cost more than $1 trillion. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has set up a Senate vote to advance a deal on Sunday, even as the two sides continued talking on Friday.

“Our committees are hard at work on legislation that is truly visionary, fast-acting, and evidence-based,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said. “They are also engaged in conversations with the Senate about provisions that could be added to improve the Senate bill.”


Israeli drug company donating 6M doses of malaria drug to US to combat coronavirus

Israel’s leading drug producer announced Thursday it will donate 6 million doses of anti-malaria drugs to the United States in hopes that it could be helpful treating coronavirus symptoms.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries says the drug could potentially treat people with the coronavirus and will ship the hydroxychloroquine tablets through wholesalers nationwide by the end of the month and will provide 10 million doses in total, according to Breitbart News.

“We are committed to helping to supply as many tablets as possible as demand for this treatment accelerates at no cost,” Teva Executive Vice President Brendan O’Grady said about the move.


Judicial Watch: FBI Finds New Clinton Emails, Including Discussion about Benghazi and Additional Classified Material

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 80 pages of new emails recently found by the FBI that further document how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her unsecure, non-government email to transmit classified and other sensitive government information. The documents include 11 new Clinton email documents. The emails include an email sent by Mrs. Clinton a month after the Benghazi terrorist attack referencing a “Benghazi security” issue. The emails also include talking points, which are redacted, for a meeting with President Obama. (This is the second release from the batch of Clinton emails the FBI inexplicably found late last year.)

The State Department previously claimed it had produced all releasable Clinton emails, including emails recovered by the FBI that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or withhold. The State Department initially claimed all responsive emails had been produced in 2018, but then found more emails, which were produced for the first time early this year.

The emails were produced to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for all of Clinton’s government emails sent or received on her non-government system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)):



In an effort to find a cure for the COVID-19 coronavirus, researchers are using the world’s most powerful supercomputer, the IBM-built Summit, to find potential compounds that could be used to fight the pandemic.

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are screening through more than 8,000 compounds to determine which ones can bind to a so-called S-protein spike. Viruses infect host cells when they inject them with a “spike” of the virus’s genetic material. If scientists find compounds that bind to the spike, they could potentially stop the virus from infecting host cells.

So far, the computer has identified 77 compounds that may potentially be used and has ranked them according to how likely they are to bind to the spike protein of the coronavirus. The research has been published in the journal ChemRxiv.


Garth Brooks will be livestreaming a concert on Facebook, and he's taking requests

Country music superstar Garth Brooks announced during his Facebook Live show on Monday that he will livestream an acoustic concert next week, and he's taking requests.

Brooks answered a fan's question about livestreaming a show for those who need entertainment during this time, and he said, "Let’s do that!"

Brooks said he will play a 30-minute acoustic show, and that fans can submit requests ahead of time through his Facebook page.


Police try to identify teens who taped themselves coughing on produce in Va. grocery store

Young people videotaped themselves coughing on produce in a Purcellville, Virginia grocery store, Wednesday, and police are investigating and narrowing their search for the juveniles.

The Purcellville Police Department said the store, which has not been identified, immediately removed the affected items, and took measures to ensure the safety of shoppers.

Friday, deputy chief Dave Dailey told WTOP police have not been able to find the video.


Coronavirus Latest: FedEx Field Could Become COVID-19 Testing Site; National Guard Helping Set Up

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) —A caravan of National Guard vehicles made their way through Baltimore Friday en route to FedEx Field, which officials said could become a coronavirus testing site.

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ office said county and state health officials are creating a “limited closed PILOT program for screening” at the site several miles outside the nation’s capital.

“The goal for the site is to become a testing location in the future. At the direction of Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland National Guard is assisting in building the site, and we thank the Washington Redskins for allowing us to utilize the FedExField parking lot,” Alsobrooks’ office said in a statement Friday evening.


Brian Griffiths: Hogan should veto every bill passed by a reckless General Assembly during pandemic

What we have seen in Maryland during this pandemic crisis has been a tale of two distinct types of leadership.

Gov. Larry Hogan has been an exemplary leader at a time when we needed it most. He has been calm, providing us what we need to know in a way that has not incited panic. He has been blunt, telling us exactly what we need to know without any spin. He’s been decisive, making decisions in the best interest of the public good. And he’s been hands-on with this crisis, handing off day-to-day control of the rest of the state government over to the capable Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

When they write the new crisis management books, they’ll write extensively about Hogan’s decisive leadership in a time of a public health emergency. Especially compared to what’s been happening at the other end of Route 50.


Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

Kenny Rogers, a longtime star of country music, died Friday night, according to a statement posted by his family. He was 81.

Known for such hits as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “Lucille,” Rogers died peacefully at home in Sandy Springs, Ga., of natural causes at 10:25 p.m., the statement said.

Rogers later developed "The Gambler" into a series of television movies in which he starred.

In all, Rogers had 24 No. 1 hits and was the winner of six CMA Awards and three Grammys, the family's statement said.


MD National Guard staging in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Military vehicles were spotted today in downtown Baltimore, and the Maryland National Guard confirmed they have troops on active duty in Baltimore that are awaiting missions.

Also, National Guardsmen were seen going in and out of SpringHill Suites by Marriott downtown. The National Guard confirmed that members of the National Guard are staying at the hotel.

The vehicles were seen underneath a bridge near M&T Bank Stadium.


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New study finds coronavirus can survive in air for hours, on surfaces for days

New research suggests the highly contagious virus that causes COVID-19 can stay viable in the air for hours and live on some surfaces for days.

A new study by researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Princeton University and UCLA published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests the coronavirus is still viable in aerosols, when the virus becomes suspended in droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, for up to three hours.

On surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel, the virus survived for up to two to three days. On cardboard the virus was viable up to 24 hours and just up to four hours on copper. The research provides key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and suggests people could become infected through the air and after touching contaminated objects.