Nasa astronauts who have lived on the international space station, enduring months of close quartered surroundings and isolation, have been sharing advice on how to manage living arrangements during self-isolation.

Peggy Whitson, the world’s 1st female commander of the the International Space Station advised: “You have to be able to communicate effectively… that is the most important thing you have to be able to do.”

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Scott Kelly, another retired Nasa astronaut who lived on the International Space Station for a full year, advised those in self isolation to make sure they plan out their days. “Having a schedule is critical to helping us get through this,” he said.

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Donald Trump has posted two videos to Twitter, one which includes expert advise on social distancing from the lead doctors and scientists on the White House’s coronavirus task force.

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The other is a direct message from Trump. It is seemingly unscripted. The president states:

“Wash your hands, good hygiene, all of that, but social distancing. Keep away, it’s going to have no place to go… and as president I just want to thank you for the incredible job you’re all doing. There is spirit in our country like never before.

“We pull together as a unit. We pull together as a country. We will prevail together.”

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US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin appeared on CNBC this morning to urge Democratic lawmakers to pass a stimulus bill that failed a critical vote in the US senate on Sunday.

Yesterday, the senate failed to advance a “shell” stimulus bill, after Democrats accused Republicans of walking back areas of agreement, including expansion of unemployment insurance. The bill failed on a 47-47 vote.

Mnuchin urged the senate to pass legislation and said he was working to speed direct cash deposits to US workers -estimated at $3000 for a family of four – and support payroll to small business for two months.

“This is a massive amount of liquidity to American workers as we set up these other programs,” Mnuchin said.

“The president is fully determined, we are using all our tools to pump massive amounts of liquidity, and working with the federal reserve, to support the US economy in an unprecedented situation when the government has shut down major parts of the economy.”

Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has made comments alluding to the difficulties of briefing the public on Covid-19 alongside Donald Trump.

Trump has used a number of recent press conferences at the White House to push falsehoods on the virus and potential cures.

Fauci, a key member of the president’s coronavirus task force spoke briefly to Science magazine in an interview published on Sunday.

Dr Fauci, 79, was asked how it felt to “stand there as the representative of truth and facts [when] things are being said that aren’t true and aren’t factual”.

“I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down,” he said. “OK, he said it. Let’s try and get it corrected for the next time.”

That, Dr Fauci said, involved members of the White House coronavirus task force who, “the next time they sit down with him and talk about what he’s going to say, they will say, ‘By the way, Mr President, be careful about this and don’t say that.’”

My colleague Martin Pengelly has more on that interview and Fauci’s increasingly difficult position in this piece:

Good morning

Welcome to our live coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.

We start with comments made this morning by US surgeon general Dr Jerome Adams who appeared on NBC Today, warning Americans: “This week it’s going to get bad.”

He added: “We really need to come together as a nation…we really really need everyone to stay at home.”

Adams offered a stark warning to a few major US cities that have seen a spike in cases recently, using the nation’s Covid-19 hotspot, New York, as an important reminder: “We don’t want Dallas or New Orleans or Chicago to turn into the next New York. It means everyone needs to be taking the right steps right now.”

Adams said that testing around the country has “significantly increased”. But cautioned that “We aren’t testing the people who are at highest risk right now…We need to make sure we’re prioritizing testing for our health care workers.”

We’ll also be following developments in Congress today following a key vote failure in the Senate yesterday on the Coronavirus stimulus bill, as well as news from impacted states and tracking how the markets fare.

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