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Two California doctors are sounding the alarm about forced quarantining healthy people. Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi say quarantines are causing more harm than good amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The doctors say quarantines are no longer necessary because the coronavirus is statistically no different from the flu.

The doctors, who own seven Accelerated Urgent Care facilities in Kern County, California, held a press conference to explain their data to local media.

Both doctors say the death rates for Covid-19 are similar to those for the flu -- and there is no justification to continue sheltering in place.

Using data gathered at their facilities and their medical knowledge, the doctors concluded Covid-19 "did not produce a statistically different number of deaths" than the influenza virus. That's the bottom line," said Erickson.

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The doctors say sick people or vulnerable populations should be quarantined and that keeping people indoors prohibits herd immunity and can actually compromise the immune system in otherwise healthy people.

Dr. Erickson explained that the human immune system is actually developed by multiple exposure to pathogens.

Herd immunity, also called population immunity or community immunity, protects against infectious diseases that occur when a large percentage of the population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous vaccinations or through regular exposure to viruses and bacteria.

The physicians say herd immunity can't form if the majority of healthy people stay indoors. Herd immunity also increases good bacteria that helps us fight off infections.

The combination of reducing regular exposure to pathogens in the community and lowering the good bacteria that helps us fight infections is concerning to both doctors.

The physicians say Covid-19 guidelines are not backed by science, but rather by politics. The highest death rates are in Democratic-controlled states, leading to suspicions that the death rates are being padded for political or financial gain.

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Dr. Erickson explained that the vast majority of people are dying with Covid-19, not from Covid-19.

He hit back at reporters who challenged his data, saying reporters are being paid while their fellow citizens are losing their jobs.

Multiple states have plans to reopen within the next few weeks. But that didn't keep thousands of citizens from hitting the beaches for fun and sun over the weekend.

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Florida beaches were packed with sunbathers who ignored the news media and Democratic fear mongers. Some say they are safer outdoors in the sunlight than indoors in the dark.

Last week, President Trump touted the beneficial effects of sunlight that has been proven to kill the Covid-19 virus within minutes.
 

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp refuses to order a statewide lockdown, while Democratic-controlled states go to extreme measures to control the spread of the flu-like Covid-19 virus.

According to the AJC.com, Kemp ordered a series of measures to control the spread of the virus. But he stopped short of infringing on the rights and civil liberties of millions of people who will not get sick.

On Monday, Kemp announced he is instituting a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people and he ordered a shelter in place for "medically fragile" people for two weeks.

Ordering the medically fragile to stay indoors makes more sense than restricting the movements of healthy people, keeping restaurants closed, and destroying the state's economy.

The news comes as President Donald Trump indicated he will lift restrictions and allow businesses to reopen in many states by next Monday.

The AJC reports Kemp faced "increasing pressure" to impose stiffer restrictions on the residents of his state.

He said the ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people ensures the spacing of "at least six feet between people at all times" so that businesses such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and home improvement stores can remain open.

"We are all part of the solution. If your friends, neighbors or local organizations are not complying, call them out. Or report them to us," Kemp said.

"The fight is far from over, but we are in this fight together," Kemp continued. "Look out for your fellow Georgians and pray for their continued safety, as well as the safety of our first responders, healthcare workers, the elderly and the medically fragile."

The novel coronavirus has infected over 100,000 people in the United States, although only 46,000 cases are confirmed. That puts the fatality rate far under 1% and closer to the influenza fatality rate of 0.1%.

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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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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is reportedly canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in the US.

The Coachella music festival is held in April every year in Indio, California. Coachella and the follow up Stagecoach festival have been moved to October this year.

Artists who received top billing at Coachella in the past include Beyonce and Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, The Weekend, Tyler, the Creator, and more.

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This year's lineup included Doja Cat (pictured left), Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, 21 Savage, Big Sean, City Girls, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, FKA Twigs, Ari Lennox, Lil Nas X, and many more.

Music fans expressed their disappointment on social media. Many agree that organizers are overreacting to a virus that is no worse than the flu.

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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.