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Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hasn't personally briefed President Trump on the coronavirus in two months.

Dr. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says he hasn't seen Trump in person since June 2 and had not briefed him since May.

Fauci told the Financial Times he's passed notes on the pandemic to Trump's staff and he's sure the president receives his messages.

President Trump has been critical of Dr. Fauci's opinions on the coronavirus.

In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Trump said suggested he'd lost confidence in Dr. Fauci because he "made a lot of mistakes".

Dr. Fauci is on record saying Americans should not wear face masks because masks do not prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

"There's no reason for people to be walking around with a mask," Fauci said back in March.

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Dr. Fauci criticized Trump for saying 99% of people in the world who are infected with the virus "automatically get better."

Fauci said the president was incorrect in claiming 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless.

"I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci said. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1%. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case."

The fatality rate, or deaths divided by confirmed cases, is about 4.3%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

But Johns Hopkins didn't take into account the millions of Americans who are infected with the virus but have not been tested yet.

According to USA Today, the death toll could be much lower if cases are undercounted because of lack of testing.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to stop calling the coronavirus an epidemic because of a major drop in deaths.

The death rate has fallen so low that "the percentage is currently at the epidemic threshold."

"Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC," the CDC wrote on its website.

In a leaked memo in April, the CDC urged doctors to classify "probable" deaths as COVID-19-related.

The memo stated tests were not necessary to confirm COVID-related death. Doctors complained that the COVID-19 death rate was artificially inflated.

As a result of the CDC's memo, many family members were denied insurance payouts since insurance companies do not cover pandemic-related illnesses.

Families filed lawsuits against doctors and hospitals which effectively ended the false diagnoses and the COVID-19 death rate tumbled.
 

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Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, and polio that were in decline in recent decades are now mounting a comeback in parts of the world due to the coronavirus.

Tuberculosis cases that were down worldwide over the past two decades (to 1.3 million cases per year) have risen to 1.4 million cases. Researchers are expecting 4,000 cases per day over the next 5 years.

So far this year, Tuberculosis (TB) is outpacing Covid-19 cases in Africa.

Even in the United States, where TB cases are relatively rare, doctors are seeing a rebound.

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TB is a serious lower respiratory illness caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. TB attacks the lungs but can also spread to other organs such as your brain.

TB is highly contagious and is spread by droplets when infected people cough or sneeze.

Because of the extensive damage to lungs and the brain, TB is a much more fearsome disease than Covid-19. America has taken extreme measures to eradicate TB over the past decades.

On the rare occasion that TB is diagnosed in an American hospital, that patient is immediately placed in isolation and the health department is notified. Contact tracing is done to ensure that TB hasn't spread.

Like Covid-19, not everyone infected with tuberculosis becomes sick. People with latent TB do not have symptoms, and cannot spread TB to others.

Signs and Symptoms of Tuberculosis (TB)

The signs and symptoms of tuberculosis are similar to Covid-19.

  • Cough
  • Fever and chills
  • Sweating at night
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • No appetite
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    Treatment of TB

    Without treatment, latent (dormant) TB can advance to tuberculosis and make people sick. Patients are treated with a drug cocktail for 6 to 9 months. Cases of drug-resistant TB are very difficult to treat. Patients may be hospitalized for months.

    Drugs used to treat TB include:

  • isoniazid (INH)
  • rifampin (RIF)
  • ethambutol (EMB)
  • pyrazinamide (PZA)
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    This has been your Medical Minute.
     

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    Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan issued a stern warning to Black people about the vaccine being developed for the COVID-19 virus.

    Normally it takes several years of animal and human clinical trials before a vaccine is brought to market. But the COVID-19 vaccine is being fast-tracked to hit the market within months - despite the low death toll.

    In a speech titled "The Criterion," Farrakhan urged Africans to be skeptical of the vaccine, citing the country's troublesome medical history of experimenting on Black people.

    "I say to my brothers and sisters in Africa... if they come up with a vaccine, be careful," Farrakhan said before also warning Black people in America.

    "Do not take their medications. We need to call a meeting of our skilled virologists, epidemiologists, and students of biology and chemistry," Farrakhan said. "We need to give ourselves something better. There are 14 therapies we can treat it with. The virus is a pestilence from Heaven. The only way to stop it is going to heaven."
     

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    Governor Brian Kemp ordered 1,000 members of the National Guard to deploy to Atlanta, citing the mayor's failure "to quell ongoing violence with armed individuals threatening citizens".

    Atlanta has seen over 75 shootings in the past few weeks.

    Kemp, who is Republican, declared a state of emergency in Atlanta on Monday after 8-year-old Secoreia Turner was fatally shot while riding in a car with her mother and a friend near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed last month.

    Mayor Bottoms was accused of ignoring the armed Black Lives Matter protesters guarding the burned out Wendy's where Brooks died.
     

    In an emotional press conference on Monday, Mayor Bottoms blamed Black Lives Matter activists for the little girl's death.

    "You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

    "Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."

    On ABC's Good Morning America, Mayor Bottoms was asked if she requested the National Guard to control the protests which turned violent.

    "No. An irony of that is that I asked Governor Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no," she said. "But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard.

    "So, I understand if he wants to protect state buildings. We have been coordinating with the Georgia State Patrol -- which we do on any number of occasions... But at no time was it mentioned that anyone felt that there was the need for the National Guard to come in.”

    On Monday afternoon Bottoms tweeted that she and her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. She said she had no symptoms.

    Gov. Kemp does not plan to mandate mask-wearing in the state of Georgia.

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    Despite wearing a face mask, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she has tested positive for COVID-19.

    The mayor is pictured comforting Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks who was killed by police last month.

    Bottoms tweeted her positive test result on Monday evening. "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

    She told reporters she didn't know how she contracted the virus. Mayor Bottoms has repeatedly urged Atlantans to wear face masks in public. She diligently wears a face mask and maintains social distancing.

    It isn't clear if Mayor Bottoms will self-quarantine for 14 days.

    She is among the 99 percentile of people with COVID-19 who show no symptoms or mild symptoms.

    COVID-19 cases are up 134% nationwide but fatalities are down 34%.

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    The iconic Friday the 13th villain Jason Vorhees is being featured in a public service announcement urging Americans to wear face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Bosses at ad agency Ogilvy created a viral video featuring an actor dressed up as the horror slasher character out and about in New York, wearing his iconic white mask.

    "The masked killer from Friday the 13th is taking a machete to the city's epidemic with a PSA (public service announcement) on the importance of preventative face wear," the caption alongside the video reads.

    "It's not easy - the mask makes people uncomfortable," a narrator says over the video, which features bystanders fleeing from Jason. "I know, the whole chainsaw thing, I get it. But the thing is, behind the mask, I'm a regular guy."

    The post concludes with, "Wearing a mask can be scary. Not wearing one can be deadly."

    The ad campaign comes as stars like Tom Hanks and Jennifer Aniston take to social media to urge followers to wear masks in public.

    But many Americans are reluctant to wear masks due to what they say is the politicization of the coronavirus.

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    Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is hospitalized with the coronavirus, his team announced on Twitter.com Thursday.

    "Dan here: Herman has just begun the process of kicking COVID-19's ass," tweeted columnist Dan Calabrese who got the news from Cain's executive assistant Lisa Lisa.

    "If you wouldn't mind, pray for our boss; Covid-19 doesn't know who it's messing with," Calabrese wrote in a post on Hermancain.com.

    "His executive assistant Lisa Lisa gave the news that he’d been taken to the hospital and that he was having trouble breathing. We all prayed for him, right then, right there. And we continued to do so throughout the evening.

    In the morning we started getting better news, particularly the fact that he hadn’t required a respirator. That was probably the one detail we were praying about the most, and God was gracious."

    Cain had appeared at President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week. Cain's team said he was informed that he had tested positive on June 29. He was hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, but he did not require a ventilator.

    The team added: "There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.

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    Bill and Melinda Gates hope to deliver their COVID-19 vaccines to Black Americans first. In an interview with Forbes magazine, the philanthropic billionaire couple said they want to distribute their vaccines based on racial groups first.

    Melinda said "Black people" and "indigenous people" should receive their vaccines first, particularly if they work in the health field.

    "One of the reasons we are so involved in this is that you don't want the first vaccines to go to the highest-bidding countries," Melinda Gates said. "There are 60 million healthcare workers. They deserve to get the vaccine first, they're the ones dealing with this on the front lines, trying to keep us all safe."

    Melinda went on to say Black people in America should receive the vaccines next.

    "Then you have to start to tier from there, based on the countries and the populations. Here in the United States, it's going to be black people who really should get it first and many indigenous people, as well as people with underlying symptoms, and then elderly people."

    According to some reports, 1 in 4 Black people in America have been impacted by the virus.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has lent financial support to finding a vaccine for COVID-19 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

    They have donated to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which the foundation claims will work to pay for and distribute doses of the vaccine to low-income countries.

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    This was the scene in the Harlem neighborhood of NYC on Wednesday, as hundreds of mask-free rap fans danced in the streets and blocked traffic to shoot a music video by rapper Casanova.

    Judging by this scene - and other scenes like it on social media - you wouldn't know the United States in the midst of a record 45,000 jump in COVID-19 cases this week as the global total of coronavirus cases nears 10 million.

    Health officials say the spike in the number of cases is thanks to the "complacency" of young people across the south and the west.

    The 45,000 cases reported on Wednesday tops the late April record of 36,000 cases in a single day.

    The news comes as many states are reopening and allowing salons, barbershops, restaurants and bars to resume operations.

    Seven states, including California, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas saw record spikes in confirmed cases, but the coronavirus death rate has plummeted nationwide.

    New York, NJ and Connecticut have all said they will be reinforcing quarantine orders and targeting travelers from out-of-state.

    Out-of-state travelers will be fined as much as $10,000 if they don't agree to quarantine for 14 days.

    People I spoke with online believe the virus is being weaponized for political purposes. Others who once were afraid have moved on with their lives, saying the coronavirus is just another flu.

    The Trump administration vows there will not be another nationwide lockdown like the one that crippled the U.S. economy and led to a record number of job losses.

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    The NBA is using smart technology to keep players safe when the league returns from a 3-month coronavirus hiatus in July.

    NBA players will wear a "smart ring" that detects symptoms of COVID-19 up to three days in advance.

    According to CNBC, players will wear the new "Oura Smart Ring" that is capable of detecting COVID-19 symptoms up to 3 days in advance with 90% accuracy.

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    Wearing the ring is not mandatory. Some players, including Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, have suggested they may not play when the NBA returns in July.

    The ring can monitor body temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate, according to the manufacturer.

    The Oura Ring was originally designed as a sleep tracker, but Oura Health, the company that manufactures the ring, soon find out the metrics could help detect coronavirus symptoms by monitoring the body temperature and other metrics.

    According to a study by the University of California, San Francisco,2,000 medical workers wore the Oura Ring and completed daily surveys.

    The study's objective was to monitor "the onset of symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, which can characterize COVID-19," according to the UCSF.

    The study's results were incomplete by the time the Oura Rings were purchased by the NBA.

    West Virginia Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute conducted a similar study that found the Oura Ring was 90% accurate in predicting COVID-19.

    But the study was carried out in conjunction with Oura Health, which raised the suspicion of a conflict of interest.

    The Oura Ring is on sale for $299 on the company website and Amazon.com.

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    Health officials and lawmakers are urging protesters to get tested for COVID-19 after thousands broke Covid-19 infection precautions during widespread demonstrations.

    As the global COVID-19 cases rose past 6.5 million on Thursday, health officials and lawmakers in the U.S. worried that the second wave of Covid-19 will arrive sooner than predicted.

    California reported a rise in infections after protests and looting in response to the death of a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on protesters to get tested after a spike in cases in several hotspots.

    "I'm not a nervous Nellie, I'm just looking at the numbers," said Cuomo during his daily press conference on Thursday.

    Cuomo said all protesters have "a civic duty" to get tested. "Assume you are infected."

    He noted that an estimated 30,000 people have protested in New York state. "Many wear masks. But there is no social distancing. Police are in their face ... If you were at a protest, get a test, please," Cuomo said.

    Officials in Chicago expressed similar concerns and asked protesters to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

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    Thousands of people attended memorial services for George Floyd in Minneapolis and Brooklyn, NY. The memorial services will culminate with Floyd's funeral in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Tuesday.

    Watch the livestream here.

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    Kwame Kilpatrick will serve out the rest of his 28-year prison sentence, the Bureau of Prisons announced on Tuesday night.

    Rumors spread this week that the former Detroit mayor, who was sentenced to 28 years on corruption charges, would receive an early release after inmates died during a Covid-19 outbreak at Oakdale federal prison complex in Louisiana.

    Reports claimed Kilpatrick, 49, would be released to his mother's home in Georgia this week.

    Kilpatrick's friends and family's were hopeful when state lawmakers appealed to President Donald Trump on his behalf.

    The ex-husband of Kilpatrick's sister confirmed the rumors after claiming to have seen an email from Kilpatrick himself advising them of his impending release.

    But on Tuesday, May 26, the federal Bureau of Prisons said Kilpatrick will remain incarcerated at the federal correctional institution in Oakdale to serve out his 28-year sentence.

    Corrections officers sued the prison over the lack of masks and gloves for their protection when they come in contact with infected inmates.

    Other high-profile inmates have since walked out of federal prisons, including Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump's former consigliere Michael Cohen, and Black Mafia Family drug kingpin Terry "Southwest T" Flenory.

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    Alyssa Milano came under fire for wearing an impractical crochet face mask after urging her followers to wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

    The actress took to Twitter on Saturday to share an image of herself alongside husband Dave Bugliari and their two children on Instagram.

    "Show me your masks! Masks keep people safe and healthy. Show me yours! Ready? Go!" she tweeted.

    Users on the social media site were quick to criticize the knit mask, leading Milano to defend her mask, claiming there was a filter inside her mask.

    "A-holes, mask has a carbon filter in it. So, yes, it might be crochet but totally safe," Milano wrote. "Mask has a filter in it for f-k's sake (sic). A carbon one. My mom makes them. #WearAMask".

    The former "Charmed" star also shared a screenshot of the pack of 100 filters she had purchased.

    But fans pointed out they could see her skin through the holes in the mask. Which means she was likely not wearing a filter.

    A political war over masks is raging in America as millions take sides in the debate over whether to wear a face mask or go mask-free.

    Social media videos show grocery shoppers attacking one woman who chose to go mask-free. Other videos show people fighting over the right not to wear a face mask.

    In some states, face masks are mandatory, but Georgia is still mask-free.

    Mask advocates say wearing a mask slows the spread of the virus. But experts say masks provide no real protection because the masks are not fitted tightly to the face like N95 respirators.

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    The virus can easily escape or enter through the holes around the nose and wrinkles in masks and face coverings.

    The safest way to protect against spreading the virus is washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, avoiding sick people, and covering your mouth with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.

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    Hundreds of partiers showed up at a pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri amid the coronavirus pandemic this Memorial Day weekend.

    A reporter posted video on Twitter.com showing a crowded pool party at Ozarks Lake on Saturday.

    Scott Pasmore, an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK, shot the drone video footage, MSN.com reported. "No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks," he captioned the video.

    The pool party violates social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures.

    The Lake of the Ozarks expected a large turnout despite the lockdown order in Missouri.

    "It's supposed to be one of the biggest Memorial Day weekends we've seen at the lake here in years," Bill Morgan, manager of Robins Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, told KTVI earlier this week.

    Missouri confirmed 11,800 COVID-19 cases with 680 deaths since February.