As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus reached 100,000, some experts are saying there’s a good chance the virus will never go away, even after a vaccine is discovered and deployed. Experts in epidemiology, disaster planning and vaccine development say embracing that reality is crucial to the next phase of America’s pandemic response.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Vermont reported zero covid-19 hospitalizations for first time since mid-March.
  • New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) delivered a fiery defense of federal funding to states that have been hit hard by the coronavirus. “Stop abusing New York. Stop abusing New Jersey," Cuomo said at a briefing at the National Press Club after meeting with President Trump at the White House.
  • House lawmakers cast the first-ever remote congressional floor votes Wednesday, albeit under a legal cloud after Republican leaders filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the arrangement.
  • New research suggests the coronavirus outbreak began in the United States in mid-February — a conclusion that could change our understanding of how the virus spread here and how it has been fought.
  • Small community hospitals in Southern California, some of the poorest in the state, have been flooded with Americans who have fallen ill and crossed the border from Mexico.
  • Millennials are the unluckiest generation in U.S. history, according to a Post analysis. After accounting for pandemic, the average millennial has experienced slower economic growth since entering the workforce than any other generation, and they will bear that burden for the rest of their lives.
  • Disney revealed plans to reopen its four theme parks in Florida in July with masks, temperature checks, smaller crowds and social distancing — and without the parades, fireworks shows or character meet-and-greets.

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