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President Trump ordered governors to reopen churches in states where church services are banned. Open the churches, or I will, he said in a tersely-worded statement on Friday.

In his daily coronavirus press conference, Trump declared all churches should open for Memorial Day weekend. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to governors declaring places of worship "an essential part of life," allowing them to reopen as of this weekend.

He said if governors had any questions they could call him at the White House, but they're not going to be successful changing his mind.

Trump made it clear that if governors refused to open the churches, he would "override the governors."

Trump added: "In America we need more prayer -- not less!"

Watch Trump's press conference below.

Question: do you plan to attend church services this weekend?

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After stating the coronavirus can remain on surfaces for days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says the virus "does not spread easily on surfaces."

With public mistrust in the CDC at an all-time high, the federal health agency walked back its warning that the virus can survive for up to 3 days on contaminated surfaces.

According to Fox News, the agency again revised its guidelines on the way the virus easily spreads on surfaces.

"This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus," the CDC states on its website.

For months, the CDC claimed the virus survived on surfaces for days and that frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down with household cleaners.

Now the agency emphasizes that the virus is mainly spread between people who are in close contact, within 6 feet of each other, when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks, causing droplets of spittle to land in another person's mouth or nose.

The CDC recommends wearing face masks -- but studies show standard face masks and face coverings do not prevent the spread of the virus. In fact, face masks can spread the virus if worn incorrectly.

Masks should be discarded after a few hours of use and the same mask should not be worn the next day.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last month there was no evidence to suggest the virus can be transmitted on the surface of food items and there is no need to wipe down groceries or food packaging.

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A White House valet has tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump's personal valet is part of a military unit that works with the president and the first family.

President Trump confirmed he has had little contact with the infected valet. Trump was notified of the valet's test result on Wednesday and the president was again tested for the virus, which was negative.

It's unclear if the valet is symptomatic.

The president and Vice President Mike Pence are each tested several times a week for the potentially deadly virus. White House staff and Trump's cabinet members are also tested weekly, but new guidelines were issued on Thursday to test White House staffers daily.

A former CDC official urged President Trump to quarantine himself for 14 days since someone who works close to him has tested positive.

Dr. Cyrus Shahpar recommended that the president "quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the confirmed case."

Dr. Shahpar told CNN:

"We all don't want to transmit disease. In this case, as a high visibly person, I think he should set an example and really go into that quarantine of 14 days. And don't put too much stock into one negative test. It takes time to develop, you know, enough virus to test positive. So, one test today doesn't necessarily mean that you know, over the next few days, it may not be something different."

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tripled the number of signs and symptoms for Covid-19.

The original symptoms included fever, coughing and shortness of breath. The new symptoms include muscle pain, headache, shaking chills, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. The symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

A rare sign usually seen among the elderly population is reddened eyes, pink eye or eye irritation and itching.

Many adults report a loss of taste or smell. There are enough reports of this symptom to add it to the original list.

"If you have a sudden change in taste or smell... this may be the initial marker, so you would not want to be spreading it," said a CDC researcher.

The CDC warns that older adults over 50 and those with underlying, preexisting conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart problems, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and asthma continue to be at high risk for Covid-19.

98% of people who test positive for Covid-19 recover after showing no symptoms or mild to moderate symptoms.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have come up with a plan to reopen parts of America.

The CDC and FEMA have created a public health strategy to reopen parts of the country that were locked down in response to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 causes mild symptoms or no symptoms in most healthy adults. The virus causes acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems, obesity, and smokers.

According to The Washington Post, the federal agencies plan to get Americans back to work by giving guidance to states on how to ease restrictions by removing draconian measures such as stay-at-home orders and wearing face masks in public.

The guidance is part of a larger White House effort to get Americans out of their homes and back to work by May 1.

President Trump wants a detailed plan on reopening the country on his desk within days so he can issue suggestions for some states to reopen by May 1.

"The plans to reopen the country are close to being finalized," Trump reassured Americans on Tuesday.

The plan involves reopening some states in three steps beginning on May 1. Then, through May 15, ramping up the manufacturing of tests and PPE equipment and increasing emergency funding to states. Then reopening schools for children who, as a group, are least affected by the virus.

Some Americans may have to give up their health and location data to return to work.

Tech giants Apple and Google are developing software to track COVID-19 infected people via their cell phones.

And the plan calls for a workforce of 670 support communities to do contact tracing of people who came in contact with the infected.

President Trump said he will speak with all 50 governors "very shortly" and would begin authorizing individual governors to implement "a very powerful reopening plan" at a specific time and date for each state.

Trump hinted he will not take "no" for an answer from governors.

He added: "We will hold the governors accountable. But again, we're going to be working with them to make sure it works very well."

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines late Wednesday night allowing employees to return to work if they have been exposed to coronavirus and are asymptomatic.

President Donald Trump celebrated the news after previously predicting the country would return to work by Easter.

Earlier in the day Trump tweeted:

"Once we OPEN UP OUR GREAT COUNTRY, and it will be sooner rather than later, the horror of the Invisible Enemy, except for those that sadly lost a family member or friend, must be quickly forgotten. Our Economy will BOOM, perhaps like never before!!!"

The new CDC guideline is the first step towards reopening the U.S. after weeks of lockdowns and quarantines that led to 10 million workers losing their jobs.

The CDC specified that "essential workers" in such fields as healthcare or grocery stores, can return to work if they were exposed to the virus and are asymptomatic.

The virus causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults. About 80% of those infected show no symptoms.

COVID-19 can cause a rare fatal pneumonia among elderly people or people with chronic illnesses (heart disease or respiratory problems such as asthma, diabetes).

Employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are asymptomatic must wear face masks at all times and continue to practice social distancing when applicable at work.

The CDC has been criticized for predicting unrealistic death rates based on flawed statistical models.

In an effort to raise the death toll to match their flawed predictions, the CDC instructed hospitals and funeral homes to classify every death as COVID-related if the deceased tested positive for coronavirus before they died. Even deaths at home are added to the tally.

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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 death 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 task force, 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.