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ESPN's sports reporter Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Burke, 54, covers many of ESPN's live basketball broadcasts including the NBA and WNBA playoffs. She has been with the network since 1991.

While chatting on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast, Burke revealed she was tested because she has struggled with health problems recently.

Burke warned people to take the virus seriously and to comply with social distancing recommendations.

Burke is the highest profile NBA sports personality to be diagnosed with the disease. She joins 2 unidentified Laker players, as well as Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, and 3 unidentified Nets players.

The NBA canceled its season after Gobert, 27, was the first player to test positive. All of the players have since recovered from the virus.

Covid-19 causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms in healthy adults who don't smoke.

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Americans are feeling anxious and scared as over 93,800 cases of coronavirus are confirmed and 1,428 people have died in the US.

The fear and hysteria has led some families to make rash decisions. Comedienne Luenell Campbell is among Americans who are panic-stricken amid the media-driven hysteria.

The 61-year-old kicked her daughter, Da'Nelle Campbell, out of her home after Da'Nelle apparently laughed in her face.

In an emotional post on Instagram, Luenell shared that she banned her daughter from her home for making light of the coronavirus.

"I have to make the best decision for me and my husband who is Already suffering from COPD," she wrote in the caption of her message.

"I'm sure most of the millennials think we are dramatic and overreacting because they're not as 'woke' as they think they are ... Why am I sharing this publicly? Because maybe some of You might want to think of the activities of Your children outside of your house these days as well. The millennials are not listening and not taking proper precautions. This is our LIVES we are talking about people especially if you are in a certain age category. I’m bummed but it is what it is.
#fukthesekids."

The coronavirus causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults. Covid-19 causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the elderly, those with chronic illness, and people who smoke.
 

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I meant to say it breaks my damn Heart?? not my damn Geart, thats just how emotional I was when making this decision but when you choose ur friends over your Family, I have to make the best decision for me and my husband who is Already suffering from COPD. I’m sure most of the millennials think we are dramatic and overreacting because they’re not as “woke” as they think they are ? Why am I sharing this publicly? Because maybe some of You might want to think of the activities of Your children outside of your house these days as well. The millennials are not listening and not taking proper precautions. This is our LIVES we are talking about people especially if you are in a certain age category. I’m bummed but it is what it is. #fukthesekids ?

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The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives approved President Donald Trump's $2 trillion economic stimulus package on Friday, March 27.

The vote came a day after the Senate voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The president is expected to sign the bill quickly.

The package includes $1,200 checks to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year. Individuals who file as "head of household" will receive $1,200 checks if they earn less than $150,000 a year.

Couples earning up to $150,000 a year will receive $2,400. Families get an additional $500 for each child.

The bill also includes an increase in the maximum unemployment benefit to individuals by $600 a week for four months.

But not all lawmakers were happy with the bill's passage. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at Republicans for refusing to give $1,200 checks to immigrants who don't have Social Security numbers.

She tweeted on Thursday:

"To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs). Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon."

AOC's Twitter followers ripped her to shreds.

One Twitter user responded: "Time for them to go home! There's no jobs here for them! Time to put Americans first!!"

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R&B crooner Tank dropped new music to calm his fans in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 44-year-old singer/songwriter locked himself in his home studio and delivered a six-song feel-good EP for R&B lovers.

Tank recorded While You Wait, accompanied only by a piano. He released the album via R&B Money to further his commitment to keeping the R&B genre alive and thriving. The EP is written, produced, and performed by Tank.

Tank states, "When I decided to do this EP, I wanted to give my fans something different and special, given the times we're in. Just my piano and me. I wanted to bring this back to the basics of R&B."

He goes on to say: "'Perfect' honors all things that make a grown man happy with his woman. Even with their perceived flaws...You're perfect for me."

Tank is best known for his chart-topping hits like "Please Don't Go", "Next Breath", "When We", and "Dirty".

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Rapper Scarface has become the latest weed-smoking musician to test positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The 49-year-old Geto Boys star opened up about his diagnosis on Thursday, March 26, during a livestream chat with bandmate Willie D.

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Scarface, real name Brad Terrence Jordan, was twice admitted to the hospital before he tested positive on Wednesday. He revealed he was given an intravenous drip and antibiotics and then discharged, before returning to the emergency room days later.

"It started off with pneumonia in both of my lungs and three or four days later my kidneys failed," he told Willie D. "I've been to the point where I felt I was gonna die."

The rap star, who lived an unhealthy lifestyle, warned fans to take the virus very seriously: "It's not fake," he said. "I'm not all the way out (of) the woods yet. People out there thinking this s**t is a game; it ain't no joke."

Scarface joins Slim Thug, Bon Jovi's David Bryan, Placido Domingo, and Jackson Browne among the musicians who have tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms in healthy adults who don't smoke.

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Rapper/actor Tip "T.I." Harris has been added to the cast of an upcoming Aretha Franklin TV project, Genius: Aretha. The "ASAP" hitmaker portrays Franklin's one-time lover, fashion designer Ken Cunningham.

Actress Cynthia Erivo will star as the late music icon in Genius: Aretha, an authorized limited TV series that chronicles the life and legacy of the late Queen of Soul.

Although production was halted earlier this month due to the global coronavirus chaos, show officials have unveiled new cast additions.

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T.I., 39, will play socially-conscious New York entrepreneur Cunningham, who approaches Aretha to invest in his fashion business, and ends up embarking on a relationship with the singer.

Cunningham eventually became the singer's road manager, and fathered her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham, who was born in April, 1970.

Notorious star Antonique Smith and acting newcomers Tina Fears and Ethan Henry have also been added to the line-up, with Henry set to portray civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The news was released to coincide with what would have been Aretha's 78th birthday on Wednesday, March 25.

Producers at National Geographic Network marked the occasion by releasing a new image of Erivo as the "Respect" legend.

Genius: Aretha, which also stars Courtney B. Vance as the musician's father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was due to premiere this spring, but will now launch at a later date.

The TV series isn't the only screen project about Aretha in the works - Jennifer Hudson is also playing Franklin in a new movie biopic, titled Respect, which is set to debut this Christmas.

The biopic was pushed back from its previously-announced October opening, according to Deadline.

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French Montana is facing a sexual battery lawsuit from a woman who alleges he was one of several men who sexually assaulted her at his California home.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, an unnamed woman, who filed the suit as a Jane Doe, is suing the hip-hop star, real name, Karim Kharbouch, a member of his entourage, Mansour Bennouna, and bosses at his label Coke Boy Records.

The lawsuit accuses French and his employee of assault and battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and label chiefs of negligent hiring, supervision and retention, and negligence.

The woman claims she was invited back to the "No Stylist" hitmaker's home after they met at a recording studio in the early hours of March 28, 2018. She claimed she was plied with drinks, including a shot that caused her to black out.

She alleges French's employee "sexually assaulted, sexually harassed, and raped" her, and the rapper, "sexually assaulted, sexually harassed" her.

Doe states the rapper and his entourage gang raped her. She remembers "several men coming in and out of the bedroom" and attacking her while she was incapacitated and that she believes French "was one of the men" who sexually assaulted her.

The alleged victim states she "regained consciousness" around 1:30 p.m with Bennouna "spooning" her and that she "felt a pain in her pelvis, lower back and vagina."

The lawsuit states that after leaving the rapper's home, she had a rape kit administered that reportedly showed the presence of semen, after which she reported the rape to the police.

She is seeking unspecified damages for "extreme emotional distress, anxiety, flashbacks and depression" she allegedly experienced and claims the trauma ended her burgeoning career as a model.

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Rihanna surprised fans on Thursday night when she dropped her first new music in three years.

Fans had given up hope that Rihanna would ever step back into the recording booth after she abandoned the music biz to pursue a career in cosmetics and fashion.

The 32-year-old Bajan singer is featured on Canadian singer PartyNextDoor's new track "Believe It." She croons on the chorus: "Babe, best make me believe it / Believe you won't deceive me," while PND praises her "pu$$y power".

The tune is Rihanna's first appearance on the music scene since she teamed up with N.E.R.D. on their track "Lemon" back in November 2017. But she hasn't released any of her own material since she dropped album Anti back in 2016.

Reflecting on Rihanna's "Believe It" appearance, one fan wrote on Twitter: "Rihanna trending #1 in the us and #2 worldwide for repeating 5 words for the entire song is just a power that some girls can never reach."

Another added: "2020 is officially saved. @rihanna made more music."

The track is the second time Rihanna has teamed up with PartyNextDoor, after he co-wrote the tune "Work" for her. "Believe It" is also the first single to be released from the musician's new album Partymobile - his first in four years - which dropped on Thursday at midnight.

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A Missouri man was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat after he recorded himself licking personal hygiene items on a shelf in a Walmart store.

Cody Lee Pfister, 26, posted a video of himself licking a row of deodorants at the Warrenton Walmart on March 11. "Who's scared of coronavirus?" he asked as he licked the items.

Pfister was identified by outraged citizens and arrested on Monday, March 23.

The Warrenton Police Department announced the arrest on its Facebook page, saying police received calls from concerned local residents, as well as foreigners in the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom to report the video.

"We take this incident very seriously, especially with this infectious disease and the state that the country is in," Lt. Justin Unger told NBC News. "We take these things seriously to protect our community."

Pfister's attorney, Patrick J. Coyne, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client's behavior was "immature" and "impulsive" and he shouldn't be treated like a criminal.

That "public conduct that was immature on March 10 looks completely different through the lens of today," Coyne said. "Everything has changed at warp sped, but that should not work retroactively and convert a tasteless and impulsive act into a criminal terrorist threat."

Pfister is being held in jail without bail. He appeared in court Wednesday and his next hearing is set for May.

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Here's a story to take your mind off the coronavirus: Disney Plus released the trailer for "Elephant", narrated by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

The film follows one family of elephants as they make an extraordinary journey across the Kalahari Desert in Africa - an adventure that will change their lives.

The trailer does not feature Meghan's narration, but we all know what she sounds like.

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Meghan and Harry begged Disney chairman Bob Iger to give her a voiceover gig when they met him during the London premiere of the Lion King in July.

Their less than royal behavior was an embarrassment to the royal family and is partly the reason the former royal couple decided to step back from their royal duties to seek fame and fortune on their own.

"Elephant" streams April 3rd on Disney Plus.
 

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Hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic are considering "do not resuscitate" orders to let the sickest patients die so others can live.

Hospitals are struggling with a lack of ICU beds and medical equipment shortages in the hardest hit areas such as New York and California.

Usually a DNR order is a personal decision between the patient's families and their doctors. But hospitals are considering DNR orders for coronavirus patients who are not likely to survive.

"First, do no harm" is the guiding principle for doctors who are tasked with saving lives at all costs. But hospital administrations are debating whether some patients should be removed from ventilators and allowed to die to free up the equipment for patients who have a better chance of survival.

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Dr. Patrice Harris (right), president of the American Medical Association, told Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner the AMA's code of ethics provides guidance to hospitals and doctors about this difficult decision.

"That's the appropriate thing to do," Dr. Harris said. This shouldn't be an individual doctor's decision."

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says hospital intensive care units are "at capacity" during the coronavirus outbreak.

Georgia has confirmed 1,387 coronavirus cases and 7 deaths due to the virus.

Bottoms said intensive care units are struggling to find beds for the sickest patients, partly due to a water main break at Grady, the city's public hospital.

She confirmed Atlanta's hospitals aren't overrun by coronavirus patients, like hospitals in New York City.

"People have to understand that when we overrun our hospitals, people will still come in with heart attacks, people will still have car accidents," she told CBS 46.

"These things that happen every day on top of COVID-19 will make our health care system collapse in the same way you're seeing it in New York and you're seeing it happen across the globe."

Bottoms said hospitals in Atlanta are likely to be "near capacity" as the pandemic grows.

The CDC says people who have mild flu symptoms should avoid going to a hospital unless absolutely necessary.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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Experts say the coronavirus can live under long false nails for days and they warn women to cut their nails to avoid getting sick or spreading the virus to vulnerable people.

Rapper Cardi B (pictured) is among the celebrities who wear impossibly long false nails that are unhealthy and filthy according to experts.

Dr. Elisabeth Dancey, a British beauty and aesthetics expert, told the DailyMail.com that germs easily hide under fingernails that come in contact with the face.

She says if you can't feel your fingers, then your nails are too long.

"Long nails, nail varnish and nail extensions have always been a no-no for anybody who needs spotlessly clean hands; nurses, doctors, therapists, cooks, mothers and carers."

She said germs such as fungi, bacteria and viruses can easily hide underneath the nail space and easily be transmitted to whatever you touch.

"Doctors know this and rigorously scrub under their nails before donning gloves and performing surgery with a sterile brush and sanitizing solution. We should now follow their example."

She noted it is impossible to properly wash your hands if your nails are long.

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Kourtney Kardashian deleted her 10-year-old son Mason Disick's Instagram account after he debunked reports that his Auntie Kylie Jenner and her ex-boyfriend, Travis Scott, were back together.

Her official reason for deleting Mason's account is because she was worried about trolls making "mean" comments to the child.

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Mason, the eldest child of Kourtney and her ex-boyfriend Scott Disick, responded to an Instagram Live viewer who asked if his Aunt Kylie and her baby daddy Travis were back together. "No, Kylie and Travis are not back together," he confirmed.

Mason is too young to understand why Kylie and her sisters manipulate social media for relevancy.

Shortly after Mason's video went viral, Kourtney dropped the axe on Mason's brief career as an Instagram influencer.

In an Instagram Live with her website Poosh on Wednesday, Kourtney explained that she'd made the decision to delete Mason's account after Kylie threw a hissy fit because she knows how tough it can be to deal with horrid remarks from followers.

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"I did delete (Instagram) because Scott and I just felt like he isn't... he’s 10. I think there’s an age limit," she said. "The thing that really worries me with kids is just comments, people can be so mean."

But her followers pointed out that she knew people can be mean when she allowed her 10-year-old to create his Instagram account.

Many believe Kylie has been lying all along about the nature of her arranged relationship with the mumble rapper.

According to Instagram's official policies, the age limit for having an account on the social media site is 13.
 

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The toilet paper shortage in America is causing serious backups at city water treatment facilities due to clogged pipes caused by baby wipes, paper towels and other non-flushable materials.

The problem could cause untreated sewage backing up into homes via overflowing toilets.

The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board announced Friday that it has more sewer backups than normal due to residents flushing non-disintegrating waste.

According to Nola.com, the board has asked city residents to "think before they flush."

A spokeswoman for the board told Nola.com: "As a reminder, only human waste and toilet paper are flushable. Baby wipes, paper towels, and even 'flushable' wet wipes may clog your sewer line and cause overflows."

The backups have come as New Orleans grocery stores struggle to keep a high stock of toilet paper on the shelves amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The toilet paper crisis has led to unscrupulous vendors marking up the price of toilet paper on Amazon.com and eBay.com.

According to behavioral expert Paul Sheard, people's fears over dwindling supplies amid a possible martial law is causing the problem. He said the problem is not a shortage of toilet paper, but people's fears causing them to hoard the bathroom tissue.

"It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If people are concerned that the shelves will become empty, they will become empty."

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Sherri Shepherd has been in quarantine at home with her 14-year-old son Jeffrey Charles during the coronavirus outbreak. The single mother reached her breaking point when she learned his school will not reopen until May.

Sherri, 52, took to Instagram to vent her frustration over being at home all day with her developmentally delayed son.

"I'm sorry, I just, I just found out that the Los Angeles Unified School District is pushing school back to May 1st," she said tearfully.

"Jeffrey is going to be here for the rest of March, and he's going to be doing online schooling for all of April. He's going to be doing online schooling for all of May. We're gonna be together 24/7 until the 1st of May."

She turned to Jeffrey and said, "Jeffrey, you're gonna be here until the 1st of May with me...

When Jeffrey assured her that she'll be fine, she said, "Okay, I'll be fine? Are you sure?"

She added: "I gotta cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for you for the next two months."

Through her tears Sherri offered a public service announcement for her followers: "Wash your hands."

Sherri isn't the only working mom who is losing her religion after being stuck at home with her kid during the coronavirus lockdown.

Hospitals in California and New York are reporting a spike in child abuse cases that they believe is linked to stress from parents being forced to stay cooped up with their children.
 


 

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After days of arguing back and forth, the Senate finally reached a bipartisan agreement on President Donald Trump's $2 trillion economic stimulus package deal early Wednesday.

The bill contains checks ranging from $1,200 to $4,500 for individuals and small business owners. Families will receive an additional $500 for each child.

Checks for $1,200 will be sent directly to taxpayers who earned less than $75,000 a year in 2018.

But before you start spending money you haven't received yet, Tamar Braxton's fiancé, David Adefeso is sharing financial advice on his Instagram account.

The stock market is soaring on the news of the economic stimulus deal. David thinks you should take some of that federal money and invest it for your future.
 


 

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Small businesses including retailers, restaurants, real estate and personal care professionals, comprise the largest employer pool in the U.S. They are also some of the hardest hit during this shutdown because many haven’t built up enough cash reserves to account for the plunge in revenues they are currently experiencing, with no end in sight. Mass furloughs and layoffs by small businesses could drastically drive up the unemployment rate and cause consumer spending to plunge precipitously, thereby extending the inevitable recession. To make loans cheaper the Federal Reserve reduced interest rates to close to zero and Congress is currently debating measures to aid small businesses, including loan guarantees. For those who need immediate assistance, a growing list of programs exist to help small businesses, including emergency funding from the government, protection from eviction and business loan deferment. The Small Business Administration’s website (www.sba.gov) is a good place to start for information on some of these programs. “Together We Stand; But Divided We Fall”.

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Top Chef Masters star Chef Floyd Cardoz passed away from pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). He was 59.

Cardoz died Wednesday from complications related to the virus.

According to The Blast, Cardoz was hospitalized last week with a fever, and ultimately tested positive for the virus.

The co-owner of Mumbai's Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and NYC's Tabla restaurants likely caught the virus while on a business trip to Mumbai, India earlier this month. All of India - 1.3 billion people - are on lockdown to contain the virus.

Cardoz updated his fans by sharing an Instagram photo from his hospital bed.

"Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York. I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters. I returned to New York on March 8th via Frankfurt."

Friends, fans and celebrities, including actress Padma Lakshmi, paid tribute to the celebrity chef on social media. "This is a huge loss," Lakshmi tweeted on Wednesday.

Cardoz, a native of India, is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha, and their two sons, Peter and Justin.
 

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Halle Berry shared a rare peek into her personal life at home with her 2 children during the novel coronavirus outbreak in California.

The 53-year-old Oscar winner shared video footage of her son Maceo Martinez wearing a pair of her white high-heeled boots. In the video he is seen attempting to climb up the hardwood stairs while wearing his mother's boots.

Halle captioned the video: "#Quarantine Day 12."

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The video raised eyebrows amid concerned social media users who are still trying to process the news that Dwyane Wade's son, Zaya Wade, thinks he's a girl.

Child advocates shamed Halle for allowing the boy to play on the stairs in her boots. They say navigating stairs in high heels is risky even for women who have mastered the art of walking in heels.

Halle shares Maceo with French actor Olivier Martinez. The couple divorced in 2015.
 

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Heidi Klum has tested negative for the novel coronavirus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults.

The 46-year-old German supermodel and TV personality confirmed the news to fans on Tuesday, after numerous erroneous reports that she was very sick from the virus.

Sharing a picture of herself on Instagram while on quarantine, she wrote: "Day 14 of staying HOME. #covid_19negative."

Replying to one fan in the comments, she explained that she was feeling "much better thank you. i just have a bad cold and trying to get over it. sending love out to you and everyone."

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Heidi's negative test came after her husband Tom Kaulitz also tested negative for Covid-19, following the pair's decision to quarantine themselves separately when they both began experiencing cold symptoms.
 

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Cardi B is calling out celebrities for "causing confusion" by going public with their positive coronavirus diagnoses with no symptoms.

The 27-year-old rapper took to Instagram Live on Tuesday to question why celebrities and athletes are being tested for the virus if they have no symptoms.

"I wanna let these celebrities know, the confusion that the general public has, if a celebrity is saying I don't have no symptoms... but I went and got tested and I got positive, that causes confusion. That makes people be like 'wait a minute, I went out... I might just have it. I'm scared!"

Cardi claimed celebrities are paying $34,000 for private testing, which is not available to the general public.

"The coronavirus is very much real. First things first," she continued.

"A lot of celebrities, you have the luxury to pay $34,000, or whatever the f**k it costs to get tested and treated. A lot of these people don't f**king have that money. Some people don't even have enough to f**king afford healthcare. And I feel like all this s**t, for coronavirus treatments, for testing, I feel like the government should take that s**t, charge that s**t to the game, and not charge people for it."

And while the United States is currently offering tests to older people in their 40s to 60s who have flu-like symptoms, they have to wait four days for the results.

"If you are positive for coronavirus they will tell you to quarantine in your home and come back if your fever goes 100 and some s**t degrees. I don't feel like that's right," the "Bodak Yellow" rapper added.

Cardi has been sharing her thoughts on the flu-like pandemic on her social media pages. She recorded a gimmick song about the virus that went viral.

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Travis Dyson, a well-known male escort who was involved in a crystal methamphetamine incident with Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum, voluntarily surrendered his professional license to practice as a registered nurse in Florida.

Dyson, 30, was found in a South Beach hotel room with Gillum, 40, who made history as the first Black gubernatorial candidate in Florida.

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Both men were apparently under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Dyson was treated for a suspected drug overdose by paramedics.

A search of the Florida nursing board website for Dyson's name reveals he voluntarily surrendered his registered nurse license. He was originally licensed as a RN on Dec. 11, 2017 and he renewed his RN license on April 30, 2019.

Dyson is a popular male escort who advertises his escort services under his government name on Rentboy.com and other adult websites.

Working as a male escort is not prohibited under the Florida Board of Nursing's professional code of conduct rules.

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Britain's Prince Charles has tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The Prince of Wales is pictured with his youngest son, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, 35.

Clarence House confirmed the news in a statement on Wednesday. The 71-year-old royal was said to be displaying "mild symptoms" but is otherwise in "good health".

"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus," the statement read. "He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual."

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Charles' wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was also tested but does not currently have the virus, the statement confirmed.

The couple is now "self-isolating at home in Scotland".

"The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing," the statement continued. "It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."

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Prince Charles is the latest high profile name to test positive for Covid-19, following Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Kevin Durant and Harvey Weinstein. All have recovered or are in the process of recovering from the virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults.

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Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, was literally caught with his pants down with a naked man in a hotel room on South Beach on March 13.

The news coverage slowed to a crawl and then halted days after Gillum, 40, was found naked and vomiting on the bathroom floor in room 1107 at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. His friend, male escort Travis Dyson, 30, was treated for a possible drug overdose.

A police report was leaked to conservative activist Candace Owens by someone who knew the news media would cover up the story.

Gillum apologized to his wife, R. Jai Gillum, and his friends and supporters. He announced he was entering rehab for an alcoholism problem.

After recovering from their shock, Gillum's supporters collectively shrugged and moved on, leaving Gillum to his sexual demons.

But 2 of Gillum's supporters believe Black men should uplift Gillum, and the news media should not demonize down low Black men.

Preston Mitchum and Michael Seaberry penned an open letter to Gillum, Black men and the news media to "be our Brother's keeper".

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The open letter came days after The Central Florida Post and London's Daily Mail published embarrassing photos of Gillum naked in a hotel room strewn with drug paraphernalia and bedsheets soiled with blood and feces.

Mitchum, an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law Center, told NewsOne in an email Monday night that "all media has a role to play" in supporting Gillum and Black people.

"...mainstream media, in particular, must be careful in how it displays Black people and our bodies and it isn't something they are often forced to do."

Seaberry, a high school science teacher in Clayton County, Georgia, appealed to Black men to be more supportive of Gillum and each other in their times of need.

"Fellow Black men, allow this letter to be a reminder that we, too, must be allowed the space to explore, mess up, reevaluate ourselves and become anew," Seaberry and Mitchum wrote.

Addressing the rightwing news media. Mitchum and Seaberry wrote:

"We should not be shocked that you, the media, would fetishize a Black life for clickbait, likes, and shares -- for anything. Black life, in moments of pain and terror, has long been delectable to the American palate."

While acknowledging that Gillum's story is newsworthy, they said the coverage should not be done in such a "salacious way."

The men asked the news media for decorum and restraint when covering stories about down low high-profile men.

"Sharing photos of Mayor Gillum's naked body, especially in such a vulnerable state, is inexcusable and triggering to a community that has seen our own bodies fetishized and/or slain across the nation, from the lynching tree to Main Street. Quite frankly, we are sick of seeing Black bodies become a call-to-fame and the subject of your headlines."

NewsOne chose not to publish the nude photo of Gillum or the drug-strewn hotel room.

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President Donald Trump is doubling down on his recommendation that all government employees return to work within 2 weeks.

15 states are under lockdown and half of the country is under self-quarantine to curb the spread of the virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy people.

"We have to get back to work," Trump said during a Fox News virtual town hall in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.

"I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter," Trump added. "I gave it two weeks... We lose thousands of people a year to flu and we don't turn the country off."

Easter falls on Sunday, April 12 this year.

"We'll assess at that time and we'll give it some more time if we need a little more time, but we need to open this country up. We have to go back to work, much sooner than people thought."

Earlier, Trump tweeted:

"Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!"

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The White House is encouraging lawmakers to pass a $2 trillion economic stimulus package that will include checks ranging from $1,200 to $4,500 for individuals and small business owners who are impacted financially by the virus.

The Senate is set to vote on the bill on Tuesday afternoon after voting no on Monday.

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Slim Thug, the Houston rapper best known for his verse on Beyonce's 2006 hit song "Check On It", says he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Slim, real name Stayve Jerome Thomas, announced his positive test result on Instagram on Tuesday. He said he caught the virus despite taking Ebola-like precautions.

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"Check this out. No games being played. The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, and it came back positive. As careful as I been self-quarantine and staying home -- I might have went and got something to eat, stayed in my truck, mask, gloves, everything on -- my test came back positive."

 

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Slim, who last released a single in 2016, warned his followers to take the virus seriously and cautioned them to stay indoors. "Y'all gotta take this stuff serious," the 39-year-old rapper said. "Stay home, self-quarantine, and do not come outside for however long they're saying. If you have symptoms, you need to go get checked out."

Slim's mild symptoms included a slight fever and a cough. "I don't have any problems right now... I feel better now. I don't got no fever. I feel like I'm good, but y'all better take it serious. It's real out here."
 

 

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Oprah Winfrey isn't taking any chances amid the coronavirus outbreak that infected over 46,000 people in the United States.

Oprah, 66, said Stedman Graham, 69, was "late to the party" so he is living in the couple's guest house to help prevent either of them contracting coronavirus.

"Stedman is at the guest house," she told viewers during an Instagram livestream. "You all know I had pneumonia late last year and you can still hear the raspiness in my throat sometimes. And I just got off antibiotics last week and so Stedman was late to the party. Stedman didn’t arrive from Chicago until Thursday and he was speaking in St. Louis on Saturday and he's been on planes."

Oprah insisted the decision to distance himself was his idea.

"(He) was like, 'What's the procedure for coming home?' And I was like, 'You ain't coming in here and sleeping in my bed. It doesn’t work that way... Social distancing doesn't mean you can go sleep in a bed with someone after you got off American Airlines.' We can not play those games."

According to the billionaire TV mogul: "I leave food on the doorstep... He's happy to have me safe. We just take him dinner and we take him breakfast."

The couple is following advice from the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) officials, who are advising people to practice social distancing and stay at home in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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Actor Idris Elba's wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, deliberately ignored the advice of experts after he tested positive. Sabrina, who tested positive days later, said she refused to maintain distance because she wanted to be with her husband.

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Hospitals around the country have canceled or delayed surgeries and procedures for "non-life-threatening" medical conditions in order to free up healthcare personnel to treat coronavirus patients.

But one minority group believes they are being inconvenienced by people with life-threatening illnesses related to Covid-19.

On March 19, VICE magazine published an article titled, "As Hospitals Prepare for COVID-19, Life-Saving Trans Surgeries Are Delayed."

The writer blamed the coronavirus outbreak for the cancellation of "lifesaving" surgeries to cut off healthy body parts such as breasts and genitals.

VICE interviewed "a handful of people" who say they face delays from getting their body parts removed in "gender-affirming" surgeries, which VICE called "life-altering procedures".

Riley Cooper, a 23-year-old biological female, wants "top surgery" to lop off her breasts so her physical image can be closer to a masculine image.

"This is the third time it's been postponed," Cooper complained to VICE. "It's getting more and more heartbreaking to keep getting so close to something that will make me feel better and feel like I'm in the right body for once."

Joshua Safer, executive director at Mount Sinai's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, told VICE that staff are reaching out to patients who already underwent procedures to ensure continuity in their post-surgical care.

"As soon as it is safe to do so, all postponed surgeries and clinic appointments will be rescheduled with the highest priority," Safer said.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp refuses to order a statewide lockdown, while Democratic-controlled states go to extreme measures to control the spread of the flu-like Covid-19 virus.

According to the AJC.com, Kemp ordered a series of measures to control the spread of the virus. But he stopped short of infringing on the rights and civil liberties of millions of people who will not get sick.

On Monday, Kemp announced he is instituting a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people and he ordered a shelter in place for "medically fragile" people for two weeks.

Ordering the medically fragile to stay indoors makes more sense than restricting the movements of healthy people, keeping restaurants closed, and destroying the state's economy.

The news comes as President Donald Trump indicated he will lift restrictions and allow businesses to reopen in many states by next Monday.

The AJC reports Kemp faced "increasing pressure" to impose stiffer restrictions on the residents of his state.

He said the ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people ensures the spacing of "at least six feet between people at all times" so that businesses such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and home improvement stores can remain open.

"We are all part of the solution. If your friends, neighbors or local organizations are not complying, call them out. Or report them to us," Kemp said.

"The fight is far from over, but we are in this fight together," Kemp continued. "Look out for your fellow Georgians and pray for their continued safety, as well as the safety of our first responders, healthcare workers, the elderly and the medically fragile."

The novel coronavirus has infected over 100,000 people in the United States, although only 46,000 cases are confirmed. That puts the fatality rate far under 1% and closer to the influenza fatality rate of 0.1%.

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Byron Allen is furious over a U.S. Supreme Court decision in his discrimination lawsuit against cable TV giant Comcast.

The billionaire TV mogul criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that dismissed a lower court's ruling that had allowed him to move forward with his case.

Allen accused Comcast of discriminating against him because he is Black, saying Comcast discriminates against minority-owned programming.

Allen argued that Comcast refused to license his TV channels Cats.tv and Pets.tv because he is Black.

But the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Allen failed to prove Comcast would have licensed his channels if he was not Black.

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"This is a vey bad day for our country," Allen told Yahoo Finance in a statement on Monday.

"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has rendered a ruling that is harmful to the civil rights of millions of Americans."

Allen added: "We will continue our fight by going to Congress and the presidential candidates to revise the statute to overcome this decision by the United States Supreme Court, which significantly diminishes our civil rights."

In a separate statement, Comcast said it was pleased with the Supreme Court's decision.

"We are proud of our record on diversity and will not rest on this record. We will continue to look for ways to add even more innovative and diverse programming that appeals to our diverse viewership and continue our diversity and inclusion efforts across the company."