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Former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is leaving political life and entering an alcohol rehab facility following his romp with a naked male escort who overdosed in a Miami Beach hotel.

In a statement Sunday night, Gillum said he had "fallen into a depression that led to alcohol abuse" after losing his bid for governor in 2018.

He said he decided to seek help for his alcoholism after conversations with his family and "deep reflection." He called the decision "a wake-up call for me."

According to a Miami Beach police report, Gillum, 40, was found "inebriated" and wearing a tank top and boxer's shorts in a South Beach hotel room with a male escort who was treated for a suspected meth overdose early Friday.

Travis Dyson, 30, advertised his homosexual male escort services on the website RentMen.com, Florida's Local10 reported on Friday.

In his profile on the website, Dyson identified himself as "a pornstar performer" who offers services such as a "gay massage", a type of deep tissue massage that doesn't involve using his hands.

Police responded to room 1107 at the upscale Mondrian South Beach Hotel around 1 a.m. Friday, and found Gillum vomiting in a bathroom and a naked Dyson being treated by medics for a suspected drug overdose.

Officers found three clear plastic baggies containing "suspected crystal meth" on the bed and on the floor.

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Police were unable to communicate with Gillum due to his "inebriated state," the New York Times reported.

Police body cams captured bed sheets soiled with "blood and feces," according to Candace Owens' police source. Owens added that the footage will be released to the public.

Dyson was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was treated and released Friday. Medics returned to room 1107 to check on Gillum, who was by that time alert and oriented with normal vital signs.

Gillum was escorted a short distance home by Miami Beach police officers "without incident."

Another man in the room, Aldo Mejias, 56, said he called police when he arrived to the room around 11 p.m. Thursday and found both males "under the influence" of an unknown substance.

Mejias told police he gave Dyson his credit card info to rent a room. The room was booked at 4 p.m. Thursday. Dyson and Gillum arrived to the room around 6 p.m. for what police are calling a "sex/drug party."

Mejias said Dyson opened the door for him and then walked over to the bed and collapsed. He said Gillum, whom he did not know, was passed out on the floor, vomiting.

"No arrests were made and none are expected," said Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez. He said police impounded the drugs.

Rodriguez explained why no arrests were made, despite obvious evidence of illegal activity.

"We responded as a medical call," he said. "Though there were narcotics in plain view, no one was in physical possession of those narcotics."

Asked if his officers typically don’t make arrests when illegal drugs are found, the police spokesman said it depends on the situation.

"Officers are not going to make an arrest every time they go into a house and drugs are found. Every situation is different," he said.

After the embarrassing incident, Gillum released a statement on Friday, claiming he attended a wedding in Miami and was helping his "friend" who needed medical assistance.

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He thanked "the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts" and he said he plans to spend the next few weeks with his wife of 11 years, R. Jai Gillum, and their three children, 5-year-old twins Caroline and Jackson and 2-year-old Davis. He also asked for privacy for his family.

Gillum, a Democratic candidate for Florida governor, was narrowly defeated by Republican Ron DeSantis in 2018. Gillum was hired by CNN as a political contributor in 2019.

CNN provided low-key coverage of the scandal involving another of their high-profile Democratic contributors who fell from grace.

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Just one month ago the mainstream news media downplayed the coronavirus threat. A Washington Post headline on Feb. 1 read: "Get a grippe America. The flu is a much bigger threat than coronavirus, for now."

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6 weeks later, the flu is still a much bigger health threat to Americans than the coronavirus, also known as Covid-19.

The common flu virus has killed over 30,000 Americans since October 2019. Last month the death toll was 20,000. That means 10,000 people lost their lives to the flu in just one month.

In that same one month timeframe, about 40 people died from Covid-19.

Yet the media continues their fear mongering coverage as if the C-virus is the biggest health threat to Americans currently.

Now some Democratic cities are closing bars and nightclubs and considering declaring martial law - to stop the spread of the virus, or to conceal the real numbers?

The numbers don't add up.

Two months after Covid-19 breached America's shores, the disease kills an average of 2 people per day. If everyone infected with the C-virus was tested, the mortality rate would fall well below 1%.

The Covid-19 death toll in America is so low that conspiracy theorists point to death tolls in other countries as confirmation that America's extreme response to the C-virus is justified.

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Drastic measures are being undertaken to contain the coronavirus, while the flu goes on a rampage, killing 60,000 Americans per year. Up to 80,000 Americans are expected to die this flu season.

In America's history there has never been school closings, social distancing campaigns, cancellations of major sports leagues, and entire cities shut down to contain the flu virus epidemic that killed millions of Americans over the last half century.

Unlike Covid-19, the influenza virus does not discriminate. The flu kills everyone young and old. Nearly 100 children have died from the flu this season. Not a single child has died from Covid-19 anywhere in the world.

As the news media presses the panic button, nurses and doctors are not seeing a spike in respiratory distress cases in their hospitals.

People who are in respiratory distress typically rush to a hospital emergency room. But doctors and nurses on Twitter say they are seeing emergency rooms packed with patients who have asthma, flu symptoms or the common cold.

But news outlets report that hospital emergency rooms are packed with coronavirus patients.

So who's lying?

Question: Are you prepared if martial law is declared in your area?

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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who tested positive for the coronavirus last week, is keeping himself busy playing video games while isolating himself at home.

In a video released on social media on Saturday, Mitchell, 23, thanked his fans for their support and said he feels "fine". The incubation period before symptoms begin to appear is 2-14 days.

In an unprecedented move, the NBA cancelled its season after Rudy Gobert, 27, was the first to test positive on Wednesday. Mitchell announced he tested positive on Thursday. Gobert and the 2018 NBA All-Star slam dunk champion are the only 2 Jazz players or staff member to test positive for the virus.

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ESPN and Sports Illustrated report that Mitchell is "frustrated" with Gobert for his lackadaisical behavior before he tested positive.

Gobert said he felt "embarrassed" after jokingly touching reporters' microphones and touching his teammates' gear in the locker room in the days leading up to his positive test.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, Gobert apologized for being "careless".

The Athletic reported that Mitchell and Gobert were unusually close teammates. They sat next to each other on the team's chartered plane and bus rides. And they have adjacent lockers in Utah's Vivint Arena.

No one knows whether Gobert infected Mitchell or Mitchell infected Gobert. Both men could have easily contracted the virus from thousands of people who are infected but have not been tested yet.

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As more celebrities and public figures recover from the virus, the mainstream news media's manipulation and fear mongering tactics will become more obvious.

Trump supporters are suspicious of the overhyped coverage of Covid-19. There was no sense of panic when the Obama administration tackled the deadly H1N1 pandemic in 2009.

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Many believe the virus is being politicized to destroy the economy and hurt Trump's chances for reelection in November. But others note that panic shopping is stimulating Trump's economy and making retailers richer.

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On Saturday, the White House announced President Donald Trump tested negative for the coronavirus.

The news comes amid reports of fist fights over toilet paper and paper towels in stores in New York and Georgia. President Trump called for calm and reminded the populace that the CDC says the virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy people and no symptoms in others.

All those infected with the virus have not been tested yet. When they are tested, the mortality rate will drop well below 1%.

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak stands at 52 in the U.S. The average age of those who died is 81.

The virus causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems.

Also at risk are people with weak immune systems, smokers (cigarettes, weed) or young people who vape. Smoking or vaping damages the lining of the lungs. The lungs also express ACE2, an enzyme that the virus attaches itself to in order to attack human cells.

People who have a high concentration of ACE2 receptors, such as the Chinese, are more likely to contract coronavirus. ACE2 receptors are located in the nose, mouth, lungs, kidneys, and other internal organs.

Black people of African descent have mid to low range levels of ACE2, and are at low risk of catching the virus (that doesn't mean Black people can't catch the virus).

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

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.
 

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Miami Beach police say former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum was found "inebriated" in a hotel room with a known homosexual male escort who was treated for a suspected meth overdose.

Police responded to a hotel room at the upscale Mondrian South Beach Hotel around 1 a.m. Friday and found Gillum in a room with Travis Dyson, a homosexual male escort and adult film star who may have overdosed on crystal meth.

In a police report obtained by conservative activist Candace Owens, medics treated Dyson, 30, for a suspected drug overdose and transported him to a local hospital, where he was evaluated and released.

Police observed Gillum, 40, in a bathroom vomiting in the toilet and officers found three plastic baggies containing "suspected crystal meth" on the bed and on the floor.

Police observed bed sheets soiled with "blood and feces," according to Owens' police source. She said Gillum, Dyson, who was naked, and the soiled bed sheets were captured on the officers' body cameras and that the video footage will be released.

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Police were unable to communicate with Gillum due to his "inebriated state," the New York Times reported.

Aldo Mejias, 56, told police he lent Dyson his credit card to rent a room at the hotel around 4 p.m. Thursday. Mejias said he planned to meet up with Dyson later that night for drinks on South Beach.

Dyson and Gillum arrived at the room around 6 p.m. Thursday, and Mejias arrived just after 11 p.m. that night.

Dyson opened the door for Mejias and then walked over to the bed and collapsed. Mejias told the NY Times that Dyson was in the room with a man he did not know.

"I was seeing very shallow breathing," Mejias said of Dyson. Mejias said Gillum "was passed out on the floor, throwing up."

Mejias performed chest compressions on Dyson and called 911. After police returned to the hotel a second time to conduct a "welfare check" on Gillum, he was allowed to leave the hotel and police escorted him the short distance to his home, according to Owens.

Despite an earlier report by Miami Beach police that "arrests were made," Gillum was not arrested.

"At this time, the incident is not being investigated as a criminal matter, Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said in an email to The NY Times.

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After the news broke on Friday, Gillum released a statement to the Miami Herald, saying he was in Miami for "a wedding celebration" when "first responders were called to assist one of my friends."

He added: "While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement."

The former Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida didn't clarify which movement he was referring to. He was hired as a CNN contributor in 2019, after he was narrowly defeated by Republican Ron DeSantis in the election.

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Gillum thanked "the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts" and he said he plans to spend the next few weeks with his wife of 11 years, R. Jai Gillum, and their three children, 5-year-old twins Caroline and Jackson and 2-year-old Davis. He also asked for privacy for his family.

In an interview with The Miami New Times newspaper, Dyson said he and Gillum met in the spring of last year and have been "friends for a while." He said he was not celebrating a wedding, which conflicted with Gillum's statement to The Herald.

"I personally was not celebrating a wedding," Dyson said. "I don't know if Gillum was in town for a wedding. He did not mention that."

Dyson then paused and hung up the phone without further comment.

House Rep. Matt Gaetz, who self-quarantined for 14 days after shaking hands with a man who had coronavirus, poked fun at Gillum in tweets on Friday.

"Everyone should respect @AndrewGillum's privacy as he explains why he was one of three men in a hotel room [with] 3 bags of meth, too impaired to talk to first responders. I know what you're all thinking - this is not very COVID-19 hygienic. #GillumSurge."

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President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to free up billions in funds to agencies battling the coronavirus outbreak in America.

Trump made the announcement during a White House presser with Vice President Mike Pence, who heads up the president's Coronavirus task force.

"I am officially declaring a national emergency. Two very big words," said Trump during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Friday.

Trump made the announcement as chaos ensued and Americans emptied store shelves of food, water, toilet paper, alcohol, bleach and other essentials.

Trump has come under extreme pressure from lawmakers to increase testing sites where people who believe they have the virus can go to get tested.

Medical experts say there is a shortage of testing kits to determine the extent of the epidemic.

Wall Street panicked as the stock market suffered its worst 2 days since the financial crash in 1987.

The president said he would direct billions in aid to the CDC and other health agencies to speed up testing.

Trump urged calm as schools were shut down in multiple states and major sports leagues canceled their seasons in an unprecedented overreaction to a virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults.

"This will pass," Trump said of the coronavirus. "We'll be stronger for it. We've learned a lot."

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A police report provides more detail into what transpired inside a Miami Beach hotel room where former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum was caught in a compromising position with a naked man late Thursday.

According to a police report obtained by conservative activist Candace Owens, Gillum was arrested in a drug-filled hotel room with two other men last night in Miami Beach.

Officers responded to the upscale Mondrian South Beach Hotel at 1100 West Avenue after one of the men, Travis Dyson, allegedly overdosed on crystal meth.

According to the report, Aldo Mejias provided Dyson with his credit card to book a hotel room where Dyson and Mejias were to hook up later that night. Dyson booked the room around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Mejias told police that when he arrived just after 11 p.m., he found Dyson in the room with Andrew Gillum.

Mejias said Dyson walked over to the bed and collapsed, and Mejias observed Gillum in the bathroom vomiting.

Mejias stated he called 911 after he observed Dyson having difficulty breathing and vomiting on the bed before collapsing again.
 

Read More: Travis Dyson: 5 Facts You Need to Know
 

Responding medics rushed Dyson to a hospital where he was in stable condition and alert as of Friday morning. Officers attempted to speak with Gillum but he was too "inebriated" to communicate with police.

A police source told Owens that Gillum was naked inside the hotel room with Dyson. Police observed methamphetamines in three small baggies on the bed and the floor.

Police responded to the hotel a second time that night to "conduct a welfare check on Mr. Gillum." Medics stated Gillum was in stable condition with normal vital signs.

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Gillum, 40, left the hotel and went home to his wife, R. Jai Gillum, and their three children.

The next day, after the news broke, Gillum issued a statement asking for privacy.

"I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement."

Mejias later said he did not attend a wedding in Miami. He was there to meet up with Dyson.

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Gillum added that he will spend "the next few weeks" with his family and asked for privacy.

R. Jai Howard is Gillum's wife of 11 years. Gillum, a Democrat, served as the 126th Mayor of Tallahassee from 2014 to 2018.

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Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was caught with his pants down - literally - at an alleged meth orgy with two men Thursday night.

According to a police report obtained by conservative activist Candace Owens, Gillum was arrested in a drug-filled hotel room with two other men last night in Miami Beach.

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According to the police report, Gillum, 40, was arrested in a Miami Beach hotel room with two other men in various stages of undress. Police responded to the location after one of the men overdosed on crystal meth.

The drugs were in three small baggies on the bed and the floor in full view of cops. One of the men told police that when he arrived at the hotel shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, Gillum and the person having the medical issue were "inside the room under the influence of an unknown substance."

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The police observed Gillum, who was partially undressed, in a bathroom vomiting. He was unable to communicate with officers due to his level of inebriation.

Gillum confirmed he was the man in the police report. The failed gubernatorial candidate released a statement on Friday, calling his arrest a "distraction".

"I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement."

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Gillum, who is married, added that he will spend "the next few weeks" with his family and asked for privacy during this embarrassing time.

Gillum and his wife of 11 years, R. Jai Howard, have three children. Gillum, a Democrat, served as the 126th Mayor of Tallahassee from 2014 to 2018.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, has tested positive for coronavirus.

The news was confirmed in a statement tweeted by Trudeau's communications director, hours after the Associated Press reported that Trudeau's wife was experiencing flu-like symptoms.

She began experiencing a fever on Wednesday night after returning from a speaking engagement in the U.K.," according to the statement. Sophie is in isolation and Justin Trudeau, who does not have symptoms, will also self-quarantine.

"She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild," the statement said. "The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms."

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Justin will remain in isolation for 14 days, and will not be tested because he is not exhibiting any symptoms. Doctors reportedly said there is "no risk" to the people the Prime Minister has been in contact with recently.

He will continue with duties as normal and will address Canadians on Friday.

Some people who have recovered from the virus describe it as mild to severe with fever, sore throat, headache and crushing fatigue.

For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

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Utah Jazz teammates Donovan Mitchell (left) and Rudy Gobert have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. So far, they are the only members of the NBA team to test positive after all players and coaches were tested on Wednesday.

Mitchell, 23, revealed his diagnosis on Thursday, a day after the NBA suspended all games until further notice due to irrational fears over the viral outbreak.

Gobert, 27, announced he tested positive on Wednesday before the game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder. The game was cancelled before tip-off on Wednesday and the fans were sent home.

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The 7-1 center playfully touched every microphone in the press room to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the virus.

Gobert was remorseful. "I was careless and make no excuse," he said in an Instagram post.

Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

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Mitchell issued a statement on Instagram.com, thanking everyone for positive messages.

"Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test," Mitchell wrote. "We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them."

Many took that last sentence as a subtle message to Gobert.

Mitchell added that he was following his doctor's medical advice. So far, he and Gobert show no symptoms of the disease.

Mitchell's father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., who works for the New York Mets, will be tested for the coronavirus. He most recently saw his son when the Jazz played the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 4. The virus has an incubation period of 2 to 14 days.

For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.
 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she has ordered Watershed not to turn off residential water over unpaid bills for 60 days due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Mayor Bottoms is also considering banning large outdoor gatherings for 30 days as irrational fears over the virus spreads.

The mayor issued the order because some people may be out of work due to concerns over the coronavirus epidemic.

"The health and wellbeing of Atlanta residents is at the forefront of everything we do as a city," she said in a news release on Wednesday. "Access to water is paramount in the prevention of COVID-19 or any infectious health threat and no one should be deprived of this fundamental resource because of an inability to pay."

According to WSB-TV, the mayor urged all city residents and visitors to follow preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
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    Read the mayor's order here.

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    A second Utah Jazz player has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus a day after the NBA suspended all games until further notice due to irrational fears over the viral outbreak.

    Donovan Mitchell, 23, revealed he was diagnosed with the virus, joining teammate Rudy Gobert, who said he tested positive on Wednesday.

    Gobert playfully touched every microphone in the room to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the disease prior to Wednesday's game.

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    Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

    The National Hockey League and National Soccer also suspended their seasons.

    Dr. Drew Pinsky blames irresponsible media reports for the unprecedented overreaction to the virus epidemic.

    Dr. Drew is among the health experts who blame the news media for overhyping the Coronavirus while ignoring other threats such as the influenza epidemic which caused over 20,000 deaths in the U.S. since November.

    Drew said the press needs to be held accountable for "hurting people."

    For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

    The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

    So far, the majority of the 38 deaths in the US were people who were elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

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    A doctor based in Spain has self-quarantined in his home after he was diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus on Sunday. Dr. Yale Tung Chen contracted the virus while treating patients. He decided to document the course of his illness online to help relieve the public's fear and anxiety over the outbreak.

    Covid-19 is a virus similar to the flu that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) among the elderly population and those with chronic illness, people with weak immune systems, or smokers.

    Dr. Yale Tung Chen began documenting his illness in an online diary on day 1, telling his Twitter followers he had a sore throat and developed "a dry cough and a strong headache". He said he had a low-grade fever which "soon disappeared over the weekend."

    He said, "It was reassuring to see [his lungs] were completely normal" on lung scans.

    Day 2

    "The headache and the sore throat started to fade away on day two. On the lungs there appeared to be a little effusion [liquid] with signs of pneumonia on the back." The doctor stated he had developed mild pneumonia which he is treating at home by taking Motrin and Tylenol and doing push ups, adding: "I'm doing fine."

    Those with weak immune systems will need to be seen in hospital if they develop pneumonia.

    Day 3

    Dr. Yale Tung Chen said: "Today the cough went heavily up, and has now calmed. Diarrhea started." Referring to his ultrasound of his lungs, he said it "remained similar" to the previous chest scans. "I'm feeling well, and there is no data to say the opposite."

    Day 4

    Dr. Yale Tung Chen told LBC News he was feeling "awfully tired" by Thursday - four days after his diagnosis. He said his latest ultrasound shows pneumonia in the middle lobe of his right lung. "More cough & tiredness (very badly), still no [pain on inhaling]/chest pain." More fluid buildup in left lung.

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    He said he was "overwhelmed" by the public response to his health diary.

    For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

    The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

    So far, the majority of the 38 deaths in the US are elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

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    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr's ex-girlfriend and mother of 3 of his 4 children, Josiel "Josie" Harris.

    Harris, 40, was found dead inside her parked car at her home on the 25700 block of Oak Meadow Drive. Police tape still blocked the driveway to the 3-story home in Valencia, California on Wednesday morning.

    Police responded to a medical rescue call at the home around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and found Harris unresponsive in her car. The call was later changed to a cardiac arrest and Harris was not transported to a hospital. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:10 p.m.

    Police initially said there was no evidence of foul play -- an indication that she died from natural causes or a drug overdose.

    Harris' friends and family urged detectives to investigate her death as a homicide. They noted Mayweather served prison time for assaulting her and she filed a $20 million lawsuit against him after he told Katie Couric Harris was drug addicted.

    Mayweather, 43, and Harris shared three children, Jirah Mayweather, King Koraun and Zion Mayweather.

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    The Golden State Warriors became the first NBA team to ban fans from attending home games due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    For most people, the novel coronavirus (or Covid-19) causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

    The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

    Also at risk are smokers (cigarettes, weed) or young people who vape. The reason is smoking or vaping damages the lining of the lungs, causing inefficient exchange of oxygen and C02. The lungs also express ACE2 which the virus uses to enter human cells.

    So far, all of the deaths linked to the virus are elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

    The Warriors' ban will remain in place for the foreseeable future "due to escalating concerns about the spread of the coronavirus."

    A sign posted at the entrance to Chase Center reads:

    "Do not enter if in the last two (2) weeks you have:

    Experienced fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches & pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea; or

    Travelled to any location subject to Level 1, 2, or 3 travel health notice by the CDC (such as Iran, China, Italy, South Korea, Japan, or Hong Kong).

    The NCAA defended its decision to proceed with March Madness men's tournament games despite Ohio Governor Mike DeWine warning fans not to attend.

    The March Madness men's basketball tournament generates over $1 billion in revenue for the NCAA. And while the NCAA is not banning fans from attending the games, local governments are stepping up efforts to avoid contamination.

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    Josiel "Josie" Harris, Floyd Mayweather Jr's ex-girlfriend and mother to 3 of his children, was found dead in her car, TMZ reported.

    The 40 year old was found dead inside her car at her home in Valencia, California on Tuesday night. She was mother to Jirah Mayweather, King Koraun and Zion Mayweather.

    Mayweather, 43, has 4 children by two women.
     

    Police were called to the home around 9:30 p.m. and found Harris unresponsive in her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say there was no sign of foul play -- an indication that she died from natural causes or a drug overdose.

    Harris had a chaotic relationship with the boxing champ. She filed a domestic violence report against Mayweather in 2010 and he later served 2 months in prison.

    In an interview with Katie Couric, Mayweather admitted "restraining a woman that was on drugs... Yes, I did. So if they say that's domestic violence, then, you know what? I'm guilty. I'm guilty of restraining someone."

    Harris was reportedly "outraged" by the interview and sued Mayweather for $20 million. The lawsuit was pending when she died.

    The investigation into Harris' death is ongoing.

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    Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison on charges of sexual assault and rape in a New York court on Wednesday.

    Weinstein, 67, entered the court in a wheelchair to face sentencing after a jury convicted him last month of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haley and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

    Weinstein is seen arriving to New York State Supreme Court on Feb. 24. The father of 5 was transferred last week to New York's Rikers Island jail after having a stent inserted in his heart during surgery at Bellevue Hospital.

    Judge James Burke imposed a lengthy sentence of 20 years for the assault on Haley and three years for a third degree rape on Mann, to be served consecutively. He was also sentenced to five years of post-sentence supervision.

    According to Variety.com, Weinstein expressed "deep remorse" for his actions but also claimed to be "confused" by his conviction, citing his "serious friendships" with the two victims, and claimed men were not being given "due process" when accused of sexual misconduct.

    Four other women who testified against Weinstein during the case were in court for the hearing. Scores of others have also accused the shamed movie mogul of misconduct ranging from harassment to rape, allegations he has denied.

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    A viral video shows Biden getting into a heated confrontation with an auto worker while touring the Fiat Chrysler plant in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, March 10.

    When the worker asked Biden to clarify whether he would take away union worker's guns, Biden told the man, "You're full of sh*t!"

    Seeing that the confrontation would not end well for Biden, a female campaign aide tried to move him along. But Biden put his hand in her face and told the woman of color, "SHUSH! shush!"

    Clearly his aide is used to being shushed and put in her place by her boss, who is showing signs of dementia.

    One can only imagine the indignation and outrage coming from the left if President Trump told a woman to shush. Some in the mainstream media even suggested Biden, 77, was correct to silence his subordinate while he's talking.

    The incident occurred hours before Biden pulled off major primary wins over Bernie Sanders in Missouri, Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday night.

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms again endorsed Biden, during a speech at a church in DeKalb County, Georgia on Sunday night.
     

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    D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo is a married man. Malvo got married in prison while serving a life sentence for his 2002 sniper spree that left 10 people dead and three wounded in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

    Malvo, 35, married "a young lady" at Red Onion State Prison in southwest Virginia where he has served 17 years of his life sentence.

    Carmeta Albarus, his mentor and adviser since his 2003 trial, confirmed the marriage to the Associated Press. She said she attended the "beautiful" ceremony in the prison.

    "Over the past 17 years, he has grown despite his conditions of confinement," she said in a phone interview with the AP.

    Albarus declined to identify the young lady.

    Malvo, who was 17 when he committed his crimes, will be eligible for parole in 2024. Virginia passed legislation giving those who committed crimes as minors an opportunity to seek parole after serving 20 years.

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    Media reports about the coronavirus (Covid-19) have caused widespread panic around the world. But health experts say the virus is only a danger to certain populations such as the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, and smokers.

    Dr. Norman Swan is urging smokers to quit to avoid developing a fatal pneumonia if you catch the virus.

    For most of us, the Covid-19 virus will cause mild symptoms such as cough, sore throat and a low-grade fever. But health experts warn the effects of nicotine and smoke inside the lungs makes smokers more vulnerable to the virus.

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    People who smoke have weaker lungs because smoke is caustic and damages the fragile lining inside the lungs. If the lining of the lung is damaged, it causes the lungs to leak, prevents the exchange of oxygen and C02, and may require the patient to be placed on a ventilator.

    Dr. Swan said smokers are particularly at risk of getting sick -- and dying.

    "If you are a smoker, the lining of your lungs is more vulnerable and you're producing more of the (ACE2) receptors which the COVID-19 virus latches on to.

    "So quit now -- there are plenty of resources around to help you [quit]."

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    Professor Chris Whitby, Englands's chief medical officer, said: "For most respiratory infections, you worry about people who smoke a bit more. They're more likely to get it and their immune system is less good. If you are going to give up smoking, this is a very good moment to do it."

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

    1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds

    2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

    3. Avoid close contact with sick people

    4. Stay home if you are sick

    5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.

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    Talk about overreacting: the Italian government locked down the entire country in a desperate effort to slow down the Coronavirus -- which many experts have said is no worse than the common flu for most healthy people.

    Flights in and out of the country are suspended, and the government suspended mortgages for homes and businesses as families struggle to pay bills while they stay home from work.

    "Yes, that will be the case, for individuals and households," said Laura Castelli, Italy's deputy economy minister.

    Italy's banking lobby ABI said on Monday lenders representing 90 percent of total banking assets would offer debt moratoriums to small firms and households during the lockdown.

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    Heavily armed police roamed the streets of Milan and Naples to enforce the lockdown and maintain law and order in the streets. Officers warned residents to stay home. Any traveler arriving in the country by car are held in a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

    Residents are allowed to shop for groceries but few grocery stores are open, resulting in long lines. Only 3 shoppers are allowed in the stores at one time. Residents are ordered to stay at least 3 feet apart.

    Irrational fears of the Coronavirus, aka Covid-19 or Coronavirus-2019, has spread around the world.

    The U.S. stock market went into a free fall just after the opening bell on Monday, causing an emergency breaker to halt trading 15 minutes in.

    The Milan stock market also took a pounding, falling 17 percent since the outbreak began in Italy.

    The government confirmed 9,000 Coronavirus-19 cases and 463 dead as of Monday night. But many Italian people have not been tested.

    The virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults under age 50. Children seem to be unaffected or have mild symptoms. No child under age 10 has died from the virus anywhere in the world.

    Coronavirus-19 causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population and those with chronic illness and weak immunity.

    Here in Atlanta, Fulton County closed all schools after one teacher tested positive for the virus.

    Critics point out that school closures will force parents to leave their children at home with their grandparents - the population most vulnerable to the virus.

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    Fulton County schools were closed after one teacher tested positive for the virus. Creekside High School, Bear Creek Middle School and Woodland Middle school were closed Monday after a teacher felt ill and went to a hospital on Friday.

    The teacher, who tested positive for the coronavirus, had direct contact with students at 2 middle schools, Patch.com reported. A high school was also closed because it was in the same neighborhood.

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    "The closure will allow us to clean and sanitize affected schools as well as share additional details of our ongoing plan," school officials said in a statement. "Updates regarding this concern will be shared via additional emails and the district website."

    The district said all extracurricular activities are also closed until Tuesday. The school district will make a decision by 5 p.m. on Tuesday if additional schools need to close.

    There are six confirmed cases of covid-19 in Georgia. Cases were confirmed in Cobb, Fulton and Floyd Counties. A sixth case in Gwinnett County is presumed positive but still awaiting confirmation.

    The CDC confirmed 566 coronavirus cases in the U.S. and 26 deaths. The majority of the deaths are among the elderly population and people with chronic illnesses.

    No child under age 10 has died from the virus anywhere in the world. The virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults under age 50.

    And causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population and those with chronic illness and weak immunity.

    Critics point out that school closures will force parents to leave their children at home with their grandparents - the population most vulnerable to the virus.

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    Democrats fear President Trump will exercise his executive powers to postpone the November elections and remain in power amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    Health officials in the U.S. report 500 cases in 26 states. The death toll stands at 22 -- all but one are elderly.

    The news media continues to spread panic, despite 20,000 deaths from the common flu since December, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Democrats and liberals took to Twitter.com last week to suggest Trump may try to exploit the coronavirus outbreak to postpone the November elections.

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    Meanwhile, President Trump has accused Democrats like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of attempting to politically weaponize the coronavirus outbreak to tank the economy and put the blame on him.

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    The president attacked Democratic governors who declared a state of emergency over one or 2 coronavirus cases in their states.

    As the panic spread among Democratic stronghold cities, Americans saw dwindling supplies of food and essentials on store shelves.

    But at a local Publix in a conservative area of Gwinnett County on Sunday, your auntie observed shelves fully stocked with water, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, alcohol and bottles of Theraflu.

    There was no sense of urgency or panic in the store, as shoppers exchanged smiles and greetings in the aisles.

    Coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms among healthy people younger than 50. It causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population.

    Those most at risk are Asians, the elderly with chronic conditions, and those with weak immune systems (such as HIV patients).

    If you have flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat), the CDC advises you to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days. Wash your hands frequently, eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.

    Go to the emergency room if you experience shortness of breath or chest pain.

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    A sick passenger was airlifted to a hospital from the stranded Grand Princess cruise ship anchored off the coast of California. The Coronavirus-stricken ship is carrying 3,500 passengers and crew. Most of the passengers are retirees in their 60s and 70s.

    The "critically-ill" passenger was airlifted from the ship at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, the ship's captain announced.

    "We have a guest who requires medical assistance at the moment, the Coast Guard has been called and the possible airlift of that guest may be possible tonight," the caption said Friday in a video clip obtained by KCRA.

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    All passengers have been asked to remain in their cabins. Menus are delivered to the cabins several times a day for passengers to place orders from room service.

    "The ship will not come on shore until we appropriately assess the passengers," said California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    The CDC confirmed 400 cases of Coronavirus in the United States. The death toll stands at 19 -- which pales in comparison to 20,000 deaths caused by influenza. Most of the Coronavirus deaths are people over age 70.

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    19 crew members and 2 passengers were found to have the Coronavirus in the initial round of testing. Only 46 people have been tested on the ship, Vice President Mike Pence announced during a press conference on Friday.

    Pence said arrangements are being made to allow the ship to dock and all 3,500 passengers and crew will be tested before leaving the ship.

    Those most at risk for the Coronavirus are Asians, the elderly (over age 60) with chronic illnesses (heart and respiratory conditions such as COPD) and anyone with a weak immune system (such as HIV-infected people).

    Among the elderly with chronic illnesses, the virus causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia.

    No child has died from Coronavirus anywhere in the world. Black people of African descent do not appear to be affected by the Coronavirus.

    Infected people younger than 60 experience mild symptoms of cough and fever (below 101.5). Those who experience shortness of breath with fever over 101.5 should contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.

    If you have mild flu-like symptoms, the CDC requests you self-quarantine at home, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. Drink plenty of fluids and eat a well-balanced diet. Infected people are contagious for up to 2 weeks before showing symptoms.

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    Before visiting the CDC in Atlanta on Friday, President Trump toured the devastation and destruction caused by a tornado in Tennessee. A loyal reader emailed Sandrarose.com to say Trump toured a neighborhood in Cookeville, Tennessee where 24 people died and many lost their homes.

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    Trump offered comfort and condolences to families who lost everything. "We love them, they're special people," he said. The president declared a state of emergency and promised disaster aid to help the residents rebuild their shattered neighborhood. Read the email below.

    Hello,
    First, I would like to say that I am a loyal reader. Second, after reading the Trump post I had to come in and say the President was also in Tennessee yesterday declaring it a state of emergency. We had tornadoes that landed in parts of Nashville and surrounding areas and killed people. Thousands of people are without homes and electricity days after the storm. I don't specifically know the schedule for the president and the recent virus is completely serious but I'm sure he was assessing the grounds in Tennessee yesterday.

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    President Trump is currently touring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He urged Americans to remain calm even as the news media overhypes the virus outbreak in the U.S.

    Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak that killed 11 people -- all middle aged or elderly -- on the West Coast.

    "We have 240 cases -- most of those people are going to be fine," Trump told reporters at the CDC. "We've had 11 deaths and they've been largely old people who are susceptible to what's happening."

    Trump, who wore his red campaign cap, compared the Coronavirus casualties to the common flu, noting that over 30,000 people have died from the flu this season -- but the media won't report that.

    "The common flu kills people and old people... the interesting thing here -- it's very interesting... the young seem to be doing unbelievably well, actually better than they do with the flu."

    Trump said he is not big on handshaking, but he said he shakes hands because he's a politician. "I feel very secure," he said.

    The White House canceled Trump's planned visit to the CDC earlier today due to a report that a CDC employee tested positive for the virus. But Trump explained that the employe tested negative, so the trip was back on.

    He said the Secret Service worked out the logistics so he could visit the CDC to thank scientists for their hard work on his way to Florida.

    In response to a question about canceling his campaign rallies, Trump said he's not planning to cancel his rallies. "It doesn't bother me at all and it doesn't bother them," he said, referring to his supporters who pack arenas to attend his rallies.

    Governor Brian Kemp, who accompanied Trump on his tour of the CDC, urged people to wash their hands and stay home if they feel sick.

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    Kim Kardashian paid tribute to convicted cop killer Nathaniel Woods, who was executed by lethal injection on Alabama's death row late Thursday, March 5, despite heroic attempts by celebrities and politicians to save him.

    Woods was pronounced dead at 10:01 p.m., 23 minutes after the execution process began. For his last meal, the 44-year-old requested sweet potatoes, spinach, chicken patty and leg quarter, cooked apples, fries, two oranges and an orange-flavored drink. But he only took one bite, according to ABC News.

    Kardashian and other Woods supporters vented their anger and frustration at Alabama Governor Kay Ivey for refusing to halt Woods' execution after the Supreme Court lifted a last-minute stay of execution.

    The 39-year-old reality star, who is known for her criminal justice reform activism, took to Twitter to mourn the Alabama man, who was sentenced to death after being convicted of fatally shooting three police officers in June 2004.

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    "Nate will die for a crime another man confessed to and says Nate had nothing to do with. My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family and all the advocates who worked tirelessly to save his life," she wrote, before adding in a later tweet: "RIP Nathaniel Woods."

    Despite her claims that Woods was innocent, media reports stated that Woods actively participated in the murder of three police officers Carlos Owen, Harley Chisolm and Charles Bennett.

    Four officers went to Woods' apartment on the morning of June 4, 2004 to serve a misdemeanor warrant on the known crack dealer. While inside the apartment, Woods' roommate Kerry Spencer opened fire on the cops with a shotgun.

    A surviving officer testified that Woods pointed out one of the officers for Spencer to shoot. Two of the officers were shot in the back. Woods and Spencer fled the apartment. Woods then surrendered to cops.

    Spencer confessed to being the triggerman. He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. He now sits on Alabama's death row. Woods was also convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.

    Per Alabama law (and other jurisdictions), a criminal who participates in a capital murder is charged with capital murder as if his finger pulled the trigger.

    While it was Spencer who committed the murders, prosecutors argued that Woods previously bragged about killing cops and it was his idea to ambush the officers.

    Woods made headline news this week after Martin Luther King Jr's son took up his cause.

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    Transracial activist Shaun King pleaded with his followers to call Gov. Ivey and ask her to halt the execution. But it was too little too late.

    After Woods was executed, King vented his anger on Twitter.com.

    "And it is done.

    The State of Alabama just executed an innocent man. Nate Woods is dead.

    We are crushed that Nate experienced this grizzly injustice and crushed for his family.

    This is a modern day lynching. He broke no laws, at all. Never fired a gun. And surrendered."

    Bernice King, youngest daughter of MLK, tweeted: "We must eradicate the #DeathPenalty in the U.S."

    She quoted her late mother, Coretta Scott King: "As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder and assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses.” #CorettaScottKing #SaveNate."

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    Barack Obama added his voice of reason to put an end to the misinformation and fear-mongering about the Coronavirus.

    The Coronavirus has not turned out to be the Armageddon virus that health organizations predicted it would be.

    The former U.S. president took to Twitter.com on Thursday to call for calm and to urge common sense as the virus spreads among the populace in metropolitan cities.

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    FYI about face masks: The flimsy masks that are sold to the public won't do you any good. Respirator masks worn by healthcare workers are adjusted to fit their faces to prevent air leaks. They also wear eye protection with the masks. Health care workers are not at risk of running out of face masks. Medical supply companies that supply respirator masks to hospitals are not open to the public.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday confirmed "the more elderly and medically frail" are the ones more likely to "succumb" to the virus.

    During an appearance on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom" Azar said, "For most of us, the risk of getting the Coronavirus is low and it remains that way. We're learning more every day, every hour."

    Most healthy people who get the Coronavirus will have mild to moderate symptoms. Azar cautioned those with respiratory symptoms to stay home and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.

    The people most at risk are the elderly population and those with weak immune systems or chronic illnesses.

    You're more likely to be sickened by the flu virus than the Coronavirus.

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    Harvey Weinstein is "likely" to remain under his doctor's care at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital until his sentencing on March 11, his attorney confirmed.

    The disgraced movie mogul was rushed to the medical center on February, 24, while en route to Rikers Island prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and rape.

    Weinstein, 67, complained of chest pain and shortness of breath shortly after hearing the split verdicts in a Manhattan courtroom.

    Upon his arrival at the hospital, Weinstein was treated for heart palpitations and high blood pressure.

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    Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman (pictured with Weinstein in 2014) has not been to the hospital to visit him with his 2 youngest children. But he speaks to all of his children by phone.

    In response to numerous media inquiries about Weinstein's discharge date from the hospital, Arthur Aidala, an attorney on Weinstein's legal team, told Variety that Weinstein will "likely" stay there until his court date next week.

    Aidala denies reports that Weinstein is malingering or faking his illness to avoid being transferred to jail.

    "(He's) likely there 'til sentencing on March 11. The treating doctors think that's where he should be - it's that simple," he said.

    "It's no secret he was under several doctors' care over the course of the last couple of months. The doctors at Bellevue, up until today, at least, have determined that he's not ready to go to a non-medical facility. It's totally up to the medical team to make that determination. Obviously, nobody wants anything to happen to Mr. Weinstein because of his health."

    Aidala added that the Department of Corrections is "making their own determinations" about Weinstein.

    Meanwhile, Weinstein is getting the VIP treatment on the hospital's prison ward. There are no guards posted outside his room, and he has free run of the ward.

    Recently, photos surfaced showing Weinstein in a media room watching television while relaxing on a sofa. His wheelchair was next to him. A source said Weinstein is ambulatory and he pushes his wheelchair like a walker.

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    Dr. Drew Pinsky, also known as "Dr. Drew", slammed the national news media for overreacting to the Coronavirus, leading people to panic buy food and medical supplies.

    "We're not overreacting, the press is overreacting, and it makes me furious," Dr. Drew said during an appearance on Daily Blast Live last month.

    "The press should not be reporting medical stories as though they know how to report it," he continued.

    "If we have a pandemic, I won't know how to tell that we're actually having a pandemic because everything is an emergency."

    "The press needs to shut up because you're more likely to die of influenza right now."

    In a follow-up call to Daily Blast Live this week, Dr. Drew questioned why the press is ignoring the flu epidemic that killed 16,000 people so far."

    "Let me frame it this way: We have in the United States 24 million cases of flu-like illness, 180,000 hospitalizations, 16,000 dead from influenza. Why is that not being reported? Why isn't the message: get your flu shot?"

    "There are people walking around out there with the virus that don't even know they have it it's so mild," said Dr. Drew.

    "Where was the press during the Mediterranean corona[virus] outbreak where the fatality rate was 41%? If they wanted to get crazed about something, why didn't they get crazed about MERS or SARS? This is an overblown press-created hysteria."

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday confirmed "the more elderly and medically frail" are the ones more likely to "succumb" to the virus.

    During an appearance on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom" Azar said, "For most of us, the risk of getting the Coronavirus is low and it remains that way. We're learning more every day, every hour."

    Most healthy people who get the Coronavirus will have mild to moderate symptoms. Azar cautioned those with respiratory symptoms to stay home and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.

    The people most at risk are the elderly population and those with weak immune systems or chronic illnesses.

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    Washington state officials confirmed three more deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 9 in the state.

    2 people who died last month in the Seattle area were the first casualties of the virus in the United States. A total of 27 cases are confirmed in Washington state.

    The 2 victims - a man in his late 50s and a woman in her 70s - were only recently confirmed to have the virus.

    One of the February fatalities was a patient at the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, where 7 patients died from the coronavirus.

    Eight deaths are linked to the Life Care nursing home. One patient who was transferred from the nursing home to Harborview Medical Center died in the intensive care unit. Another fatality occurred in nearby Snohomish County.

    8 of the deaths are elderly patients in their 70s and 80s and the ninth death is a man in his late 50s.

    People most at risk for Coronavirus infection are the elderly population and those with weak immune systems.