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The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is not the catastrophe that doctors with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted it would be.

U.S. lawmakers locked down many states under guidance from the CDC who predicted millions of people would die from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The CDC is being accused of fraud for inflating death toll numbers by instructing hospitals, morgues and funeral homes to assign COVID-19 as the cause of death - even if people died from another cause.

The CDC's official guidance for coding COVID-19 is to assign cause of death as COVID-19 if the disease is "caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death."

No lab tests or autopsies are required under the CDC's guidance. The CDC's policy has come under scrutiny and is being mocked on social media by activists such as Candace Owens, who has been very vocal about the CDC's deception.

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"We've now arrived at the point where doctors and politicians are openly admitting to fluffing the death count," she tweeted on Wednesday.

Owens suggested that doctors are classifying every death as COVID-related to artificially raise the date toll.

"Apparently, doctors and nurses around the world are wondering why no one is dying from heart attacks and strokes anymore. Flu and pneumonia deaths also went off a cliff. Turns out everyone is only dying of #Coronavirus now.

Gee. I wonder why."

Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued that the coronavirus outbreak in America hasn't been the "disaster that we feared."

And Fox News host Britt Hume noted that Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, confirmed suspicions that the government is fudging the death count.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is considering urging people to wear face coverings in public.

According to The Washington Post, two federal officials are saying the CDC was debating whether to advise the general public to wear masks in public.

As of Tuesday morning, the CDC's Covid-19 website recommended that only people with symptoms and those caring for people with symptoms cover their faces.

The CDC stressed that the public should reserve medical face masks for health care workers.

The news is the latest in a series of confusing messages by health experts at the CDC. The CDC previously urged the public not to wear faces masks after studies have shown that wearing face masks will not prevent infections.

Doctors and nurses wearing protective equipment such as face masks still contracted the virus after they put on and removed the masks with contaminated hands.

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Encouraging the general public to wear face masks will only lead to more infections. The correct way to put on a face mask is to have it fitted or adjusted to the face by someone else to ensure there are no gaps in the mask, such as in this photo.

But look at the man's hands: he is touching the mask near his eyes. If he has live virus on his hands he probably transmitted the virus to himself via his eyes.

If the CDC changes its guidelines, it will send another confusing message to the general public that will result in more infections.

The CDC still recommends that people wash their hands and avoid touching their faces while in public.

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

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
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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Idris Elba's wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba told Oprah Winfrey she tested positive for the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Sabrina, 30, said she tested positive days after her husband announced he was positive for the novel coronavirus.

She revealed her diagnosis in a joint webcam interview with Idris on Oprah Winfrey's Apple TV+ series Oprah Talks on Sunday.

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"I found out this morning I tested positive, Sabrina told Oprah. "I'm not surprised. As soon as I heard Idris was possibly exposed, I mean I was on my way anyway, and I wanted to be with him. I think that's an instinct as a wife. You just wanna go and take care."

Sabrina said she didn't take any precautions to avoid contracting the virus.

"We didn't change the way we interact," she said. "I could have made a decision to put myself maybe in a separate room or stay away and Im sure that people are making this decision and they're tough decisions to make, but I made the decision to want to be with him and you know, still touch him."

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Idris, 47, and Sabrina are currently in self-isolation in New Mexico, where Idris was filming his latest movie, The Harder They Fall.

Sabrina was heavily criticized for breathing all over her husband in a video when he announced his positive test last week.

Neither Idris or Sabrina have reported any symptoms of the virus. Idris said none of the people he came into contact with - including his son and mother - have contracted the virus from him.

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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The Coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the global economy as stock markets crash, small business shut down, and more employees are being let go or laid off.

Employees who still have jobs are working from home, and restaurants that haven't shut their doors have switched to take-out only or delivery only.

Grocery store shelves are bare. Millions of children are out of school for weeks or months, and nursing homes have banned families from visiting their loved ones.

The mass hysteria over the coronavirus is unprecedented in the nation's history. Never before has the major sports leagues in America canceled their seasons for a virus epidemic or pandemic.

The following are questions culled from my comments section and emails. Hopefully this Q&A will help ease some of your fears and concerns.
 

What is a coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a virus that causes common respiratory tract infections such as a cold virus.

What is COVID-19?

The novel (new) coronavirus is dubbed COVID-19 because it was first identified in Wuhan China in 2019.

Is Covid-19 deadly?

Covid-19 is deadlier than the common coronavirus because it 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.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

The symptoms include fever (over 101.5), cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include sore throat, joint and muscle pain, headaches and weakness.

How is the virus transmitted?

The main route of transmission is via droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing. The other mode of transmission is via touching contaminated objects or surfaces then touching your face.

I have flu-like symptoms? Should I go and get tested?

First, don't panic. Call your doctor or healthcare professional for instructions. Don't go to the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

What is the incubation period for Covid-19?

The incubation period (the time before you experience symptoms) is anywhere from 2 days to 14 days.

Is there a cure for Covid-19?

There is no cure for a virus. There are treatments such as Theraflu or a similar medication to relieve the symptoms.

Who is most at risk for dying from Covid-19?

People most at risk for dying from the virus are the elderly, over age 60, who have chronic illnesses such as cancer, respiratory or cardiac problems. And people who smoke.

I was recently in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. How many days should I self-quarantine?

Follow the quarantine instructions on the CDC's website. Avoid going to the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

Why are young people dying from Covid-19?

Less than 19% of the death cases in Italy are people under age 40. Those young people may have been smokers or vapers. They may also have respiratory illnesses or compromised immunity caused by HIV/AIDS. The data shows that young people who have no preexisting conditions are not affected by the virus.

Is the coronavirus deadlier than the common flu virus?

No. Statistics shows the coronavirus kills an average of 2 people per day (out of a population of 327 million) in America. By comparison, the influenza virus kills 100-200 people per day in America.

Is Covid-19 more contagious than the flu virus?

There is not enough data to know the answer. The CDC is very slow to complete testing - unless you are wealthy or a celebrity.

What is the fatality rate for Covid-19?

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the fatality rate is less than 1%. When more Americans are tested for the virus, the fatality rate will fall to 0.1% (same as the flu). About 81% of people who have the virus will recover. A majority of those don't have symptoms.

Is my child at risk of catching the coronavirus?

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The data shows most children who test positive for the coronavirus have no symptoms or mild symptoms. Some children get sick if they have preexisting conditions or weak immunity from a recent cold or the flu. No child has died from Covid-19 anywhere in the world.

Sandra, you keep saying the coronavirus is just like the flu. Isn't that irresponsible?

What I said is Covid-19 is "no worse than the flu." Most people who contract Covid-19 have no symptoms or their symptoms are mild. People who have recovered from Covid-19 say it feels like a mild case of the flu.

Are the gheys more vulnerable to dying from Covid-19?

Homosexuals and transgenders are most at risk if they have weak immunity from HIV/AIDS or some other respiratory illness.

Will washing my hands protect me from the virus?

Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds kills the virus on your hands. But you may still contract Covid-19 if someone who is sick coughs or sneezes around you.

I want to comply with social distancing. How far should I separate myself from others?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends maintaining a distance of 6 feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. The CDC recommends 3 feet of separation between yourself and others.

Can I have sex with my partner if we're positive for Covid-19?

Covid-19 is not a sexually transmitted disease. But transmission during sex is 100% due to kissing. If you are both positive - and neither of you are sick - you can enjoy physical intimacy to pass the time while you're both in self isolation.

Can food transmit the coronavirus?

According to the FDA, there is no evidence that Chinese food transmits the coronavirus.

Why is the response to Covid-19 so different from the response to H1N1 (Swine flu) in 2009?

Thanks to the internet and social media, fake news spreads faster now than it did in 2009. Dr. Roger Marshall, who represents Kansas' 1st district, believes Covid-19 is being "sensationalized," and he says the news media has blown the virus out of proportion. Dr. Drew Pinsky also criticized the news media for overhyping Covid-19.

Why aren't celebrities and athletes who test positive for the virus getting sick?

Because the Covid-19 virus is no worse than the flu. Many people are healthy and have strong immune systems to fight off the virus, so they don't get sick.

Why are so many people dying from Covid-19 in Italy and Iran?

Because the healthcare systems in those countries are not as good as in the United States. Also, many people in those countries are smokers or they were HIV-positive.

Why is there so much hysteria surrounding Covid-19?

Because we live in an era where fake news and bad information spreads instantly via the internet and cable news before it is verified.

What are antibodies?

Antibodies are part of your immune response to any virus. When you catch a cold, your immune system kills the virus then creates antibodies that will recognize that virus and protect you from that virus (except HIV).

If I have Covid-19, can I transmit it to my dog or cat?

One dog in China contracted a "low-level infection" from its owner. The dog did not get sick. Current data shows humans do not transmit Covid-19 virus to their pets.

What is ACE2?

Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, or ACE2, is a protein that Covid-19 virus attaches to so it can enter human cells to replicate (make copies of itself).

Are Black people immune from Covid-19 because we have less ACE2?

No. Black people can still acquire Covid-19, but the symptoms are usually mild to non-existent.

I heard that a Black person died from Covid-19. Is that true?

Yes. A few Black people have died from Covid-19 because they smoked or they had chronic illnesses such as cancer, AIDs, respiratory or heart problems.

I have diabetes. Should I be concerned?

Just like the flu, Covid-19 can drive your blood sugar up. Monitor your blood sugar and urine ketones if you're a diabetic Type 1. Be cautious adjusting your insulin dosage (if you take insulin). You should keep emergency carbohydrates on hand in case your blood sugar drops unexpectedly.

I smoke a lot of weed. Should I be concerned?

Yes. The data shows people who smoke or vape are in the high risk category.

I ordered something on Amazon. It's shipping from China. Should I be concerned?

No. According to the CDC, the virus doesn't survive long on packages or letters. The virus needs a host to survive. Covid-19 can survive up to 9 days on surfaces but only under laboratory conditions. A hot, stuffy UPS or FEDEX truck is not a laboratory condition.

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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Rapper Offset is among the healthy youth making light of the coronavirus outbreak that is affecting the elderly and ill people.

The 28-year-old Georgia native commented on the widespread panic and hysteria over the C-virus that has claimed 63 lives since January. Of the 63 deaths, 25 were in one nursing home in Washington state.

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After finding bare shelves at multiple grocery stores, the Sagittarius took to Twitter.com to beg for a loaf of bread for his wife Cardi B and their 1-year-old daughter Kulture.

"Who got bread for sale????? Can't find shit," he tweeted.

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Young people are virtually ignoring the advise of the CDC to maintain social distancing of 3 feet to prevent the spread of the virus. Nightclubs and bars in Atlanta and Boston were packed over the weekend.

But even doctors and nurses are questioning America's overreaction to the virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy people.

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

Yet those statistics are ignored while there is pandemonium in the grocery store aisles over the C-virus.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering closing roads and setting a curfew after shutting down clubs and bars over the weekend.

The news comes after the mayor denied he was shutting the city down following the reported deaths of 2 people in New York state.

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Doja Cat is not afraid of a corona -- the virus or the beer. The 24-year-old rapper, born Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini, says those who are running scared from the virus are "pu$$y."

In a livestream interview, Doja said, "B*tch, I'm not scared of a coronavirus or the motherf*cking beer version of that sh*t."

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Doja, who is clearly more educated on the virus than some of her fans, added: "I don't give a f*ck about corona, b*tch. It's a flu! I would literally... I'm not scared. Y'all are pu$$y, period."

The former stripper offered some advice if for those who catch the flu or the coronavirus: "You just take some Mucinex and drink water and tea and sleep -- that's all you gotta do. Y'all are so scared of some damn corona. Y'all are so scared of corona that I need a Corona."

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The CDC confirmed 20,000 deaths due to the common flu in the U.S. Only 26 people (out of thousands infected) have died from the coronavirus - and all but one are elderly or those with chronic illnesses.

The population most at risk for the flu or coronavirus are Asians, elderly, those with chronic illnesses or weak immune systems and smokers.

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

Those at low risk are children, young healthy people under age 50, and Blacks of African descent.

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.
 

 

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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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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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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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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp held a late night press conference on Monday to announce confirmation of the first Coronavirus in Atlanta.

Two people who live in the same household tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The couple are the first in Georgia to test positive for the virus.

Kemp and state officials announced the news at a hastily arranged press conference, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The couple, who live in Fulton County, showed minor symptoms of the illness shortly after one of the people returned to Georgia from a business trip to Milan, Italy.

"I want to reassure you that they're at home, in home isolation with other household members, with minimal symptoms so they're not hospitalized," said Dr. Kathleen Toomey, head of the state's public health department.

Dr. Toomey said the person who traveled to Italy detected the symptoms immediately and contacted his doctor upon returning to Atlanta. He was advised to stay home and wash his hands frequently.

The news comes as Washington state reported 6 Coronavirus deaths -- all in the same nursing facility in Kirkland. The 6 elderly women were in their 70s and 80s.

President Donald Trump is set to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta on Friday. He has urged calm and said the risk to the American public remains low.

People who are at most risk are the elderly and those with weak immune systems. Most people who are 50 or younger who were infected with the Coronavirus have fully recovered.

Apple founder Steve Wozniak and his wife Janet say they may have been infected with the Covid-19 virus during a trip to China in January.

Wozniak tweeted on Monday that he and his wife had sore throats and coughs when they returned to the U.S. on Jan. 4.

Although they have fully recovered, Wozniak contacted the CDC but he received a form letter advising them to wash their hands.

The Coronavirus is not as deadly as the common flu virus which has killed 10,000 people this flu season. The CDC is expecting 40,000 deaths from the flu virus by the end of the flu season.

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Four more people have died from the Coronavirus in Washington state, raising the death toll there to 6, officials confirmed Monday, March 2.

The four deaths are elderly women in their 70s and 80s, King County Public Health confirmed. All 6 Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are in the Kirkland, Washington area.

Four of the deaths are residents in the Life Care Center nursing facility in Kirkland. Four other residents and an employee in the nursing facility are infected with the virus.

50 people in the nursing facility are being tested for the virus. Officials say they will open isolation centers in Kirkland in an effort to contain the virus.

There are at least 18 cases in Washington state, with at least 14 cases in King County and four in Snohomish County.

The Coronavirus, dubbed Covid-19, is still not as deadly as the common flu virus, which has killed 10,000 Americans this flu season. The CDC expects 40,000 deaths from the influenza virus by the end of the flu season.

Influenza virus and Covid-19 are highly contagious virus that cause serious respiratory problems. But Covid-19 also attacks the heart and kidneys - two organs that express ACE2 enzymes, which the virus needs to enter human cells.

Black people of African descent have less ACE2 enzymes than Caucasians. So we are not at risk. Children have much less ACE2 than we do, so they are not affected. No child under age 10 has died from the coronavirus anywhere in the world.

People who are most at risk are the elderly and those with weak immune systems.

The important thing to remember is most people younger than 50 who were infected with the coronavirus have fully recovered.

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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Hundreds lined up outside Costco stores on both coasts to buy food, water and other essentials amid Coronavirus fears as 2nd death in U.S. is confirmed.

Americans as far away as Hawaii were in panic mode, stripping store shelves bare of water and bread. Costco stores in Washington state, where the first Coronavirus death was reported last week, purchased every pallet of water and toilet paper.

A YouTube video showed hundreds of people standing in the freezing cold outside a Costco store at 9 a.m. in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday.

Another video shows panic shoppers grabbing economy size rolls of toilet paper off shelves at a Costco store in Seattle, Washington.

President Trump urged people to remain calm on Friday, but his words fell on deaf ears.

Despite earlier reports of hundreds of deaths in China alone, the Wuhan coronavirus (aka Covid-19) has not turned out to be the deadly pathogen that some experts had predicted.

The typical flu virus, for which there is a vaccine, has killed over 14,000 people so far in the U.S. alone.

19 million Americans have been sickened by the flu and 40,000 are expected to die by the time flu season is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Yet no one is panicking over catching the flu.

The coronavirus kills 1% of infected people globally. Most of the deaths are elderly people and those with weakened immune systems.

Influenza virus and Covid-19 are highly contagious virus that cause serious respiratory problems. But Covid-19 also attacks the heart and kidneys - two organs that express ACE2 enzymes, which the virus needs to enter human cells.

Black people of African descent have less ACE2 enzymes than Caucasians. So we are not at risk. Children have much less ACE2 than we do, so they are not affected. No child under age 10 has died from the coronavirus anywhere in the world.

Most people infected with the coronavirus have recovered. The coronavirus has killed a grand total of 2 people in the U.S. - yet people are in panic mode.

Even if the coronavirus kills 1,000 more people in the U.S. (which isn't likely to happen) - that statistic would still pale in comparison to deaths caused by the typical flu virus in America.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus: wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds; don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with sick people; stay home if you are sick; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.
 

 

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Critics were outraged when President Trump named Vice President Mike Pence to head a task force overseeing the nation's response to the Coronavirus.

They pointed to Pence's handling of the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana when he was governor.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noticed a spike of new HIV cases clustered in Scott County in March 2015.

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Nearly 200 people tested positive for HIV in small time period in tiny area of the US. The HIV outbreak was eventually traced to intravenous drug users sharing dirty needles.

The CDC and the local health department suggested a needle exchange program similar to the one in California that allowed IV drug users to exchange their dirty needles for clean ones.

But Pence, a devout Christian, had his doubts about enabling intravenous drug users by giving them needles to feed their habit.

After pressure from the CDC, he eventually issued an executive order allowing a program in Scott County before signing a law allowing the state to approve the program for counties on a case-by-case basis.

But critics said Pence's action was too little too late.

They claim Pence dragged his feet for a year - allowing more drug addicts to contract HIV and hepatitis C.

Greg Millett, director of public policy at amfAR, said Indiana's HIV outbreak would have been "entirely preventable" if Pence had only acted sooner.

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Pence took credit for Indiana's successful needle exchange program in an interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on Wednesday night.

"We worked the problem early in the year from a law enforcement standpoint, from a health standpoint. I don't believe in needle exchanges as a way to combat drug abuse, but in this case we came to the conclusion that we had a public health emergency, and so I took executive action to make a limited needle exchange available."

Needle exchanges were illegal in Indiana before Pence changed the law. The needle exchange program now operates in nine of Indiana's 92 counties.

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President Trump announced he will hold a Coronavirus press conference this evening, a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned the virus outbreak in the US will be bad.

Trump will hold a press conference from the White House at 6 PM ET.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter.com after the Democrats said he was dragging his feet on handling the coronavirus.

Trump attacked the liberal media for "panicking the markets" following two straight days of heavy selling on Wall Street.

The president said he his working hard to respond to the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus, including considering appointing a coronavirus czar to lead the battle to contain the outbreak.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. is 57, including 36 who came from the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The coronavirus was reportedly developed in a level 4 biohazard laboratory in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak which began in December.

The virus uses ACE2 receptors to enter the human body. Some people have more ACE2 receptors and are more vulnerable to the infection than others. The risk for infection is low for those who have less ACE2 receptors.

Health experts ask people who have a mild case of coronavirus to stay home to prevent infecting others. There is no cure and no vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has issued a warning to parents to make arrangements tp "tele-school" their children as the coronavirus moves closer to a pandemic.

Senior CDC official Nancy Messonier said she called her children's school and asked if there are plans for tele-schooling if the school closes to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad," Messonier said.

So far, 57 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. 40 of the cases came from the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship.

More than 80,000 people are infected and 2,700 people have died worldwide. But the numbers are believed to be much higher.

A Harvard professor predicts 40-70 percent of the world's population - 3 billion to 6 billion people may become infected with the coronavirus.

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China admits it was slow to react to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The death toll has climbed to at least 213 amid claims that officials are hiding the true death toll by cremating bodies.

Crematorium employees are working overtime as it was revealed that bodies are being sent from hospitals without recording the actual numbers of dead in the official record.

More than 50 million people have been quarantined in and around Wuhan, where the first case of the virus was reported. The virus has spread around the world with nearly 10,000 people infected.

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The first cases were confirmed in Britain and six confirmed cases in the United States includes the first person-to-person transmission in Chicago.

President Trump announced the U.S. is ready to cope with the killer virus. But CDC officials worry that the official figures are "way too low."

The confirmed cases of infection exceeds 8,096 cases from SARS, a similar virus outbreak that killed 774 people in more than two dozen countries in 2002-03.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States.

The CDC announced that a man has been diagnosed with the deadly pneumonia virus in Washington state.

The first cases of the deadly coronavirus were reported in China.

CDC officials said the patient recently traveled to Wuhan, the Chinese city where the respiratory infections began.

At least six people have died and hundreds more are sickened by the mysterious virus. The virus is very contagious and spreads easily from human to human. Sales of disposable masks have skyrocketed.

Human coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s in cultures taken from nasal swabs of patients with the common cold.

The CDC and Chinese officials report that the new coronavirus leaped from fish and animals to humans. Only seven known coronaviruses infect humans, including the well-publicized SARS outbreaks.

The outbreak has spread to three other Asian countries -- Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

Major airlines are screening passengers for symptoms of the coronavirus before they board commercial jets.

Planes are delayed and travelers wait in long lines at New York's JFK Airport and airports in Los Angeles and San Francisco to be screened for the virus.

Stocks on Wall Street are trading near session lows on the news that the mystery virus is spreading to other countries.