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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said it erroneously published guidance that indicated COVID-19 was "airborne."

The CDC in Atlanta claimed it originally published the guidance "in error", following "a pressure campaign" from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health organizations absurdly claimed the virus can linger in the air for hours and travel 26 feet.

The new CDC update confirms the virus doesn't linger in a viral cloud that infects people who walk through it.

On Monday, the CDC updated its website to reflect that the "virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person" in close contact with each other.

The CDC's stunning reversal helps explain why a so-called "deadly" virus doesn't sicken a majority of people who are infected.

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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 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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    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.

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    Most people are expected to attend church services this weekend as America reopens following 2 months of lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Worshipers are expected to wear face masks or face coverings if they attend a church service this weekend. But many people are wearing their masks or face coverings incorrectly.

    Ideally, face masks should be worn for up to a few hours and then discarded. Not worn. all day.

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    Face masks are expensive and some people can only get their hands on a box or 2. Some people use bandanas and DIY masks made out of material.

    According to ABC News, face coverings should be washed daily.

    Penni Watts, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing, says to run DIY face coverings through a washing machine using hot water and detergent and then use a hot dryer. She says place the masks in a clean plastic bag and seal it to prevent germs from entering.

    Dr. Tod Cooperman, founder and CEO of ConsumerLab, said masks can be put on a shelf in an oven with a pan of water placed underneath and heated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

    "Moist heat appears to be better [at killing the virus] than dry heat," he said.

    All health experts stress do not touch your face or your mask with your bare hands. You can easily transfer the virus from your hands to your mask and your face.

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    Always pick up your mask by the elastic ear loops. Never touch the part of the mask that goes on your face.

    Dr. Luke Davis, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health, said disposable masks can be reused if stored properly.

    "Number one is don't touch your mask," he said. Remove the mask carefully by using the elastic ear loops and place it in a well-ventilated storage container, such as a clean paper bag.

    Dr. Davis said, if you don't have a plastic bag to store your mask, a paper bag is a good alternative.

    "Many of us are just using those brown paper bags that we used to take our lunch to work in," he said.

    Experts don't recommend using a disinfectant to spray the mask, as you'd be breathing in the toxic fumes the next time you wear the mask.

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    White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Ben Carson says Black people continue to be hardest hit among the most populated cities ahead of the "second wave" of coronavirus infections in the fall.

    Carson said the crisis has helped reveal issues of disparity among Black people in the country and that it needs to be approached in a "holistic manner" as the so-called coronavirus "second wave" hits America in the fall.

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    Blacks have been hardest hit due to the lack of affordable healthcare insurance and the tendency to lead unhealthy lifestyles.

    "This crisis has really shined the light on this disparity issue," Carson said. "We've known about this obviously for decades and people have talked about it and signed on it. We haven't made a lot of progress."

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    In unrelated news, Dr. Carson reportedly sold $1 million in stock after a coronavirus meeting on Capitol Hill in March.

    The HUD secretary reportedly sold $1 million in Kellogg stock on March 18, likely to avoid a huge financial loss before a volatile Wall Market plunge in March.

    Carson served as Kellogg director from 1997 to 2015. He received the stock as part of his benefits package with Kellogg.

    Carson disclosed the sale in a transaction form he filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on April 20. Typically, public officials are supposed to disclose such sales within 30 days.

    North Carolina Senator Richard Burr stepped down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee after he allegedly sold stocks to avoid huge financial losses amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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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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    More couples are having long distance relationships due to the restrictions imposed by the U.S. government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It's hard to be romantic when you're standing 6 feet apart from each other.

    Many are concerned about exchanging body fluids during the pandemic. They worry if they can contract the virus through kissing or vaginal/anal intercourse.

    Experts say the virus is not transmitted via sexual intercourse but it is spread through saliva. Kissing can transmit the virus.

    Dr, Michael Chang, an infectious specialist at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, tells the Atlantic that whenever you're very close to each other -- whether that means kissing, sexual activity, or cuddling -- you risk exposing yourself to the virus.

    Dr. Chang says, "If you're engaging in any type of sexual activity, there's a high probability that saliva is going to get everywhere. Even if [COVID-19] is not a classically transmitted sexual infection, there's certainly a lot of opportunity for it to spread."

    Carolyn Cannuscio, director of research at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, says couples who are monogamous should be safe.

    "If you're in a steady, monogamous relationship and you and that other person are limiting your social contacts, then be as intimate as you want to be."

    But if your partner is sick, you should avoid contact with them.

    This may be a good time to brush up on your sexting skills.

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    California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday identified nail salons on the West Coast as the source of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

    "This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon," Newsom said in a press conference on Friday. "I'm very worried about that."

    Health officials know that the virus is spread very efficiently by touching the eyes, nose and mouth with hands covered in virus particles. The virus is also spread by coughing or sneezing.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged people to wash their hands before touching their faces.

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    Newsom announced a four-phase plan to reopen the state's economy that begins Friday, May 8. But nail salons in California won't be allowed to reopen until phase 3.

    Newsom said the state will allow some business to reopen, including bookstores, warehouses, florists, etc. But that doesn't sit well with nail salons owners.

    On nail salon owner was "shocked" by Newsom's comments about her industry. She said she hasn't heard from any health officials saying the outbreak started in nail salons.

    "Had they known that this was the situation, absolutely zero information was ever sent to any nail care people in the industry at all," said Michelle Saunders James, owner of Saunders and James Nail Care in Oakland.

    Saunders James is concerned that Newsom's remarks will keep people away from nail salons. She employs 12 nail techs in her salon which opened in January and has been closed since mid-March.

    She said she's stocking up on disinfectants and personal protection equipment in anticipation of reopening sometime in June.

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    Experts say people younger than age 50 should be allowed to leave their homes amid the coronavirus lockdowns.

    People over 50 should be quarantined in their homes or face fines if they can't prove their age while out and about.

    A Warwick University study found that a "rolling age-release strategy" was the best option to ease the quarantine restrictions and allow people to return to work.

    The strategy is based on the high percentage of deaths among coronavirus victims older than 50. The study's author wrote that police should be given powers to fine people if they can't prove their age.

    The study, based on Chinese data, said adults over 50 would be allowed out of their homes when a vaccine becomes available next year.

    "Our risk graphs... show very clearly that younger people are at far less risk of dying from COVID-19 than older citizens," said Andrew Oswald, a professor at Warwick.

    "Any lockdown release policy that does not design itself around this "Age gradient" in human coronavirus risk will have dangerous consequences," he said.

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    According to the Georgia Poison Control Center, two men drank household cleaning products to combat the coronavirus. It isn't clear if the men were infected with the virus.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports both men have a history of psychiatric problems and are expected to recover.

    The poison center's director, Gaylord Lopez, said it isn't clear if the men drank disinfectant after President Trump famously wondered aloud if disinfectant can be used internally to fight the virus.

    Trump made the remarks in jest during a White House press briefing last Thursday. The President later said he "can't imagine why" there are increasing reports of people drinking disinfectants.

    The AJC reported that at least two other people in Georgia were treated for consuming household cleaners to combat the virus prior to Trump's remarks.

    Tap water contains just enough chlorine to kill microbes in municipal city water, making it safe for public consumption. Chlorine is the main ingredient in bleach.

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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 line queued down the block outside one Atlanta barbershop on the first official day of Georgia's reopening.

    Friday, April 24, was the first phase of Gov. Brian Kemp's plan to reopen Georgia. On Monday, Kemp announced that local establishments could reopen for business following a one month lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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    Customers waited in line after 7 a.m. outside Peachtree Battle Barber Shop in Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood.

    Matt Maddox was one of the customers waiting in line to get his hair cut amid the fear and uncertainty.

    "I certainly don't want to spread it to anyone so I've got a mask, but I'm not really concerned," Maddox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "If you're cutting hair or you're a waiter, you haven't been working, so it helps get the economy started again."

    At Studio 151 in Dallas, Georgia, the first appointment was at 6:20 a.m., according to the salon's owner.

    Stephen Richardson's salon in Dallas, Ga, started losing business the week of March 10, according to the AJC.com. By March 26, he was ordered to shut his doors because he wasn't an essential business.

    "I went from 100% to zero," Richardson told the AJC. He said he had to comply with a 14-page list of safety guidelines issued by the state. He added some of his own to keep his customers safe.

    "We have our very own concerns, but we need our clients," he said. His protocols include one client at a time and temperature checks at the door.

    By noon Friday, Richardson and another stylist were seeing a steady stream of clients.

    "People are pretty much getting in and out," Richardson said. "I give the clients credit. Every client that has shown up has had a mask."

    Barber shops and hair salons were grateful to do brisk business after a month of no revenue. But Some businesses were so devastated by the coronavirus lockdown that they will never recover.

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    Pranksters responded to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's social distance violator snitch line by flooding the line with penis pictures and other obscene imagery.

    The Democratic mayor called for citizens to report violators by texting pictures of people who were not social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

    But outraged residents who believe de Blasio overstepped his authority flooded the line with obscene photos and images comparing de Blasio to Hitler. They also posted photos of the mayor going to the gym to workout while New Yorkers are forced to stay home.

    Other images included pictures of extended middle fingers and photos of the mayor accidentally dropping the Staten Island groundhog on Groundhog Day.

    One user wrote: "We will fight this tyrannical overreaction!"

    Another caller left a message saying de Blasio was spotted performing oral sex on someone "in an alleyway behind the 7-11" early Sunday.

    "He looked at me and coofed in my direction," the caller said.

    According to the Urban Dictionary, "coof" is a slang term for coughing while infected with Covid-19.

    The NY Post reports the snitch line has since been shut down.

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    The Department of Justice is not playing with blue states that refuse to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Governors in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee have vowed to reopen their states by Friday, April 24. Texas reopened on Monday, April 20. But Democratic governors and mayors are still resistant to reopening.

    During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General William Barr said the DOJ might join lawsuits filed by residents against blue states if they don't reopen fast enough.

    Signaling that the lockdown was a massive mistake, Barr said, "We have to give businesses more freedom to operate in a way that's reasonably safe. To the extent that governors don't and impinge on either civil rights or on the national commerce - our common market that we have here - then we'll address that."

    The moves comes as conservative business owners took to the streets to protest the forced lockdowns around the country. The CDC's flawed death toll prediction models have failed spectacularly, and the DOJ promised to look into draconian rules enforced by Democratic mayors and governors.

    "We're looking carefully at a number of these rules that are being put into place," Barr said. "And if we think one goes too far, we initially try to jawbone the governors into rolling them back or adjusting them. And if they're not and people bring lawsuits, we file statement of interest and side with the plaintiffs."