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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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ESPN college football reporter, Edward Aschoff died from double pneumonia, weeks after coming down with the flu. He was 34.

Aschoff died Tuesday on his birthday following a "brief illness," according to ESPN. He was known for his "compassionate" reporting on college football players.

Friends and colleagues of the young reporter said he died from pneumonia after being sickened with the flu.

Aschoff wrote an Instagram post about contracting pneumonia after covering a football game in early December. "Covering #TheGame was a lot of fun. Getting pneumonia ... not so much. But, hey, I'm a hockey player," he wrote.

On Dec. 4, he wrote:

"Having pneumonia is pretty terrible. Like the absolute worst. But it helps having this sweet angel taking care of you even when she’s risking getting this soul-crushing illness herself. All the soup, tea and delicious meals have kept me from crawling into a corner and crying the days away. Love you, babe. Thanks for putting up with my 5 am coughing fits..."

Aschoff and his fiancee, Katy Berteau, planned to marry in April 2020.

On Dec. 5, Aschoff tweeted that he was suffering from pneumonia in multiple lobes of his lungs. He described himself as someone who "never gets sick and has a very good immune system."

"Anyone ever had multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia in their early 30s as [someone] who never gets sick and has a very good immune system? Asking for two friends ... my lungs."

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Aschoff's death shocked his friends and colleagues who shared their grief on social media.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta reports the widespread flu epidemic has killed nearly 2,000 people this flu season.

A new, unusual strain of the flu can make even healthy people vulnerable to common bacteria and virus that cause pneumonia.

Socialite Kim Porter, who had three children with hip-hop mogul Sean Combs, 50, died from double pneumonia on Nov. 15, 2018 after suffering with the flu for weeks. She would have turned 49 on Dec. 15.

The CDC estimates there have been at least 3.7 million flu cases this season, 32,000 requiring hospitalization. Over 1,900 people have died, including 19 children.

Doctors urge everyone 6 months and older to get flu shots ahead of the peak flu season, which is January through February in some geographical areas. High-dose flu shots are being marketed to people over 65.

You should call your doctor or healthcare professional as soon as you begin to feel symptoms of the flu and if your symptoms persist for longer than 7 days.

Symptoms include:

  • runny nose
  • cough
  • fever/chills
  • body aches
  • headaches
  • eye pain
  • sore throat
  • low appetite
  • fatigue (weakness)
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    People at high risk for the flu are those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, HIV, the over 65 population, or people with weak immune systems.

    Adults with a fever of 102 F or higher and children with a fever of 103 F or higher should see a doctor right away.

    A common cold and the flu are caused by different viruses. Learn the difference between a cold and the flu.

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    Lizzo was forced to cancel a Sunday night performance after falling ill with what she says is the flu. The 31-year-old hip-hop star was forced to cancel a gig in Boston, Massachusetts after falling ill.

    The "Truth Hurts" hitmaker took to Twitter hours before showtime on Sunday to reveal she was sick with the flu - and she was pulling out of her planned performance at KISS 108's Jingle Ball event.

    "I am so sorry I have to cancel tonight's show due to the flu," she tweeted after going to the emergency room to get an infusion of IV fluids.

    "I hate letting my fans down more than anything. I hope that you all can forgive me while I recover and I promise we are doing everything we can to make it up to you."

    A representative for the event reposted the tweet and replied, "We (love) you @lizzo! Feel better! #Kiss108JingleBall".

    Lizzo's friends and fans warned the morbidly obese star to lose weight because she risks serious illness or sudden death.

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    The singer last performed at the Z100 Jingle Ball concert in New York City on Friday, Dec. 13. She was seen entering the venue decked out in a Beetlejuice-inspired checkered body sleeve and black ankle booties.

    Lizzo courted controversy last weekend when she wore a revealing thong dress to a Lakers game and began twerking in full view of children and little old ladies.

    Amid the backlash, she half apologized while telling her fans to kiss her ass and "be blessed."

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