Photo by BACKGRID USA

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

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

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

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

Photo by BACKGRID USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

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.

Photo may have been deleted

Photo may have been deleted

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.

Photo by Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images

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.

Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

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.

Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images

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.

China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

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.

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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.

Photo may have been deleted

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.

Photo may have been deleted

Screen grab: YouTube.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images

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.

Xinhua/Liu Ying via Getty Images

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.
 

 

Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

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.

Photo by Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

South Korean boy band BTS urged fans to stay away from their upcoming shows to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

BTS is set to film several TV shows in Seoul this week, marking the release of their latest album, Map Of The Soul: 7, but they are encouraging their faithful fans not to show up to the show's tapings, WENN.com reported.

Photo by Adriana M. Barraza/WENN

In an email to fan club members, the bandmates have confirmed the shows will go ahead as planned, but without a studio audience.

"We have decided to fully co-operate with the government's policy to refrain from holding events with a massive number of participants in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus," a statement from the group's record label reads.

Photo by Apega/WENN.com

"We would like to advise fans to refrain from visiting the venue of the press conference for your own safety, and ask you to support BTS by watching the press conference via livestreaming."

Drone videos show thousands of desperate South Koreans lining up to buy face masks after a few dozen cases of the coronavirus ballooned to over 800 confirmed cases practically overnight.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of seven people in South Korea and over 800 people are infected in the country.

The Korean Music Awards, where BTS was nominated for Artist and Song of the Year, has also been canceled, WENN.com reports.

Stock photo: Getty Images

Wall Street's Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points on Friday amid global coronavirus fears as the death toll jumped to 213 cases in China and nearly 10,000 infections in 18 countries.

The S&P 500 was down 58 points (-1.77%) as stocks tumbled at the close of trading on Friday. Panicked investors dumped shares as the virus outbreak threatened China's economy. China is the world's 2nd largest economy.

Currently there are 6 confirmed coronavirus cases and 168 cases under investigation in the United States. "We are facing an unprecedented health threat," said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Stock photo: Getty Images

The new coronavirus is a SARS-type virus that causes inflammation and swelling in the tiny air sacs in the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe. The cause of death is multiple internal organ failure.

The White House issued a federal mandatory quarantine of 14 days for 195 American evacuees from China. They are currently being held under quarantine at a military base in California after arriving on a chartered plane from Wuhan this week.

The White House also declared the coronavirus outbreak as public health emergency in the US.

President Trump issued an executive order that will block all foreign nationals from entering the US, except for the immediate family of US citizens or permanent residents. The travel ban will begin at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

All flights returning to the US from anywhere in China will be routed through seven airports, including JFK in NY, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Photo may have been deleted

The Chinese government forced a TV host to apologize for popularizing the consumption of cooked bats after the wild animals were linked to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Bat soup is a delicacy in some areas of China. Bats were among the wild animals illegally sold at a wholesale fish market in Wuhan, China where the first case of the virus was identified earlier this month.

The new coronavirus has killed 56 people - including a doctor - in China and sickened thousands more. Some figures estimate that up to 90,000 people are infected with the virus in China.

The woman hosted a TV show called Beauty Eats Bats which originally launched in 2016. In video clips from the show, the woman displays a cooked bat to the camera. She tears the bat apart with her fingers and marinates the meat in soy sauce before eating it.

In a new video clip the host apologized profusely to her viewers for encouraging the consumption of bats. She urged her viewers to wash their hands often - the recommended way to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Chinese government has closed 14 cities and canceled air travel and public transportation. The government came under fire for initially lying about the scale of the infection.

Construction workers are rushing to build 2 new hospitals in Wuhan with 2,000 beds to cope with the outbreak. One of the hospitals will open its doors on Feb. 3.

Photo by Getty Images

500 construction workers operating hundreds of heavy machinery are working day and night to build a 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital in just 7 days to cope with the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.

The six-acres of dirt will be the site of a new 1,000-bed hospital just one week from now. The hospital is expected to open on February 3.

Experts warn that 350,000 people will be infected with the deadly coronavirus in the city of Wuhan alone.

Photo by China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The hospital will comprise of multiple buildings made out of pre-fabricated components and shipping containers that will be assembled in place on the site.

The facility is of the utmost urgency as coronavirus cases quadruple every day.

Photo by China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Aerial photos show workers driving dozens of excavators while hundreds of dump trucks line up at the construction site of an emergency field hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 26 people and infected nearly 10,000 more around the world so far this month, dailymail.com reported.

Airport officials are screening arriving travelers for fevers in Los Angeles, Washington state, New York, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

The virus, which leaped from fish or animals to humans, is linked to a wholesale fish market miles from the Wuhan laboratory.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing inflammation and swelling in lung tissue, making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

Symptoms include a fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, headache and sore throat.

China has locked down 14 cities, canceled public transportation and closed roads in and out of cities to stop the spread of the virus.

A woman bragged on social media that she had a fever but she took medication to cheat screeners at an airport in Wuhan so she could leave the city. The woman was tracked down in Paris, France by health officials. She tested negative for the virus.

Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images

Doctors in Chicago confirmed a coronavirus case there. Doctors say a woman who recently returned to the U.S. from Wuhan, China called ahead to a clinic in Chicago to say she had symptoms.

Tests confirmed the woman was infected with the deadly SARS-like virus. The news comes as China shut down 17 cities and canceled public transportation while closing roads to prevent the spread of the virus.

Early reports claimed the mysterious pneumonia-type virus leaped from fish and animals to humans. London's dailymail.com reports the virus "accidentally" escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan that tests biological weapons.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing swelling in lung tissue and making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

The first case in the U.S. was confirmed at a hospital in Seattle, Washington. That patient is being treated by a robot to cut down on exposure to healthcare workers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) met Wednesday night but they failed to declare a global emergency, saying there is no evidence that the virus has spread beyond China.

Photo by Getty Images

Life goes on inside the Quarantined city of Wuhan, China, where the deadly Wuhan coronavirus was first reported.

The city was closed down by Chinese authorities on Wednesday to stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus. Public transportation was shut down and people were warned not to travel to or from Wuhan.

Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images

Still, panic has not yet set in among the populace in Wuhan or the countries surrounding China. Hundreds of travelers wore face masks at Hong Kong's Kowloon rail station.

Wuhan citizens waited patiently to buy groceries, while children wearing face masks splay on swings at a public playground in Wuhan.

Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images

Hairdressers wore black masks as they cut the hair of their customers in Beijing, China.

The mysterious SARS-like pneumonia virus has killed 17 people and sickened over 10,000. The virus reportedly leaped from fish and animals to humans.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing swelling in lung tissue, making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

The World Health Organization (WHO) met last night but they failed to declare a global emergency.

Photo by D3sign/Getty Images

Chinese authorities have placed Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, under strict quarantine to stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.

The Wuhan coronavirus is named after the city where the first fatal case was reported. The Wuhan virus is now categorized as an epidemic after the death toll quadrupled overnight.

The virus that causes a deadly type of pneumonia has spread around the world from ground zero in Wuhan city. The CDC confirmed America's first case of Wuhan coronavirus in Washington state.

America, Asia and Europe authorities have canceled planes and trains and screened travelers for the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering declaring an international emergency.

Chinese authorities shut down public transportation in Wuhan and urged people not to travel to or from Wuhan. The emergency measures were set to take effect at 10 a.m. local time.

Officials said quarantining the city was necessary to "effectively cut off the transmission of the virus, resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic, and ensure the safety and health of the people."

Officials used television, radio and Twitter.com to spread the word that Wuhan and its population were under quarantine. The hashtag #WuhanLockdown was the top trending topic on Twitter.

Stock photo by Getty Images

Sales of surgical masks have skyrocketed in Asian countries.

Citizens of Wuhan took to Twitter to express concern about what would happen to them if they are under quarantine and unable to leave the city.

"Who will think of the lives of those of us who are healthy in Wuhan? We are also afraid," wrote one Twitter user.

"Even before the city was closed, we protected ourselves and hid at home. Now we are lambs who will still be slaughtered, and we can only leave our fates to the heavens."

Others wondered how sick residents would get from their homes to hospitals without public transportation.

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s from nasal swabs of people who had the common cold.

But the new coronavirus leaped from fish and animals to humans. The virus is easily spread via air, replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system.

One critical patient was placed on a heart and lung machine to bypass their lungs until they recovered from the disease.