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The CDC recommends face masks when it's hard to maintain physical distance, such as in grocery stores, as the US reported an all-time high 32,850 new cases yesterday and 1,320 more deaths.
Pandemic activity is increasing rapidly in Africa, up 185% from the previous week, the WHO says.
The world is witnessing nearly exponential growth, and deaths have more than doubled this past week.
As global deaths top 41,000, UK researchers estimate a case-fatality rate of 1.4%.
US social distancing steps will extend through April.
And 1,440 new cases in Spain mean it is now the world's fourth hardest-hit country.
US travel restrictions now include flights arriving from the UK and Ireland.
Doctors in Italy face grim decisions about whom to save.
Three groups announce $125 million to speed treatment development, and CEPI announces $4.4 million more to support 2 vaccine projects.
Also, WHO officials carefully weigh their messaging, stopping short of calling the epidemic a pandemic.
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