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Candace Owens is skeptical of Stephen A. Smith's claim that the COVID mRNA vaccine saved his life.

Smith was hospitalized with double pneumonia on New Year's Day and he credited the vaccine, saying, "It almost took me out."
 
RELATED: Stephen A. Smith: ‘If I wasn’t vaccinated I would have died’
 
Smith, 54, returned to the set of ESPN's "First Take" on Monday, where he told viewers his doctors said he would have died without the vaccine.

"I didn't know if I was going to make it. They told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn't be here. That's how bad I was. The vaccine, according to [my doctors] saved me," said Smith who is triple vaccinated.

But Owens called his remark "stupidity" and suggested his life was saved by his doctors, not the vaccine.

She tweeted:

"Stephen A. Smith caught Covid, was hospitalized with severe symptoms, and *almost* died. He believes that this is proof that the vaccine he received, worked. Because he only *almost* died. We did it y'all. We've reached peak stupidity as a species."

She added:

"2020: Get vaxxed so you won’t catch or spread it!/2021: You can still catch & spread it but won’t get severely ill or hospitalized/2022: So you caught it and were hospitalized but at least you didn't die!/Next: you can still die but expect minimal suffering. Safe & effective!"

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If you're having difficulty ordering your free COVID at-home tests you're not alone. The US Postal Service acknowledged delays with a "small percentage of orders" on Thursday.

On Monday, the White House launched its website COVIDTests.gov, where Americans can order up to 4 tests kit per household at no cost. The tests will be shipped through the USPS for free.

But some people are unable to place orders because the website won't recognize their apartment number. Others are told an order was already placed for their address because a roommate placed an order.

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Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer confirmed the agency was seeing delays in orders due to multiple issues.

"The Postal Service is seeing very limited cases of addresses that are not registered as multi-unit buildings which could lead to COVID test kit ordering difficulties," Partenheimer said. He said the USPS recommends filing a service request at https://emailus.usps.com/s/the-postal-store-inquiry or contacting our help desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Julian Randall, who lives in an apartment building in Garfield Park, said he was having issues placing an order.

"I've tried everything under the sun and every combination. I wrote out 'Apartment 1,' 'Apt. 1,' 'Unit 1' and every other way you can think of. None of it worked," he said.

Randall said. "I just wished they put a dropdown box for the apartment number like the postal service has for everything else."

TikTok users claim the tests return false-positive results for tap water.

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The White House plans to distribute 400 million N95 dust masks beginning next week at no cost, The Washington Post reported.

The news comes a day after the White House launched its website to distribute millions of free at-home COVID rapid antigen tests.

N95 respirator masks are tightly woven triple layered synthetic cloth masks typically worn by healthcare workers, painters, and factory workers to filter bacteria, dust, aerosol paint, and other large particles.

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N95 masks are so-called because they filter out 95% of particles down to 0.3 microns.

The coronavirus measures around 0.1 microns or smaller.

In 2020, Pres. Joe Biden announced a joint effort with the US Postal Service to mail millions of blue surgical face masks to American homes.

However, late last year, the CDC finally admitted blue surgical masks are useless against the virus. Surgical masks were designed to trap larger bacteria - not virus.
 
RELATED: Health experts say cloth surgical masks are 'not effective' against omicron
 

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The CDC recommended N95 or KN95 masks for adults and children to battle the mild Omicron virus.

The White House said the N95 masks will be distributed by the Strategic National Stockpile, which has about 750 million N95 masks.

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COVID at-home tests will be mailed to every home in the U.S. You can order up to four at-home COVID tests for free beginning on January 19. Orders usually will ship in 7-12 days.

According to to COVIDtests.gov, the tests are rapid antigen, not PCR (DNA).

PCR tests, which are analyzed in a lab, are much more accurate than rapid tests which are prone to false-positive results.

Rapid tests provide results in 15 minutes. You should only take the rapid test if you have symptoms. The rapid tests are more accurate if you are symptomatic.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include: cough, loss of smell and taste, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, fever, diarrhea, headache, muscle weakness, muscle pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.

Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

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Don't panic. If you have symptoms and your test result is positive you should follow-up with your doctor or healthcare professional.

Your health insurance company will reimburse you for 8 at-?home tests per month for each person on the plan.

At-?home tests are also available for sale at pharmacies around the U.S. Check with local retailers and pharmacies for availability.

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ESPN host Stephen A. Smith credits the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine with saving his life after he was diagnosed with double pneumonia on New Year's Day.

The 54-year-old sports analyst is triple vaccinated, but his vaccine status didn't prevent him from becoming severely ill and hospitalized.

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Smith returned to the set of ESPN's "First Take" on Monday, where he told viewers his doctors said he would have died without the vaccine.

Smith says he thought he was dying after he was hospitalized with a 103-degree fever and double pneumonia on January 1. "It almost took me out."

He described waking up at night soaked in sweat and "coughing profusely."

"I didn't know if I was going to make it. They told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn't be here. That's how bad I was.

"The vaccine, according to [my doctors] saved me," he said.

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Smith noted that "everybody's different," and he mentioned his sister, who is a smoker, had recovered from COVID in a few days.

"You're assuming that you'll have a fever, might have a cough, gonna have that massive headache — but you'll get over it," he said. "In a lot of cases that was the case. In my case it was totally different."

As Smith spoke, he coughed and cleared his throat often. He assured his viewers that he'd tested negative for COVID.

Smith urged viewers to get vaccinated and wear N95 or KN95 masks.

"I think the one thing to emphasize the importance of, no matter how you feel about the vaccine, that mask is important," he said.

"The reason why the mask is so important is you don't know how the next person is affected. How I'm affected is different from you are affected."

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Smith shared a photo of him receiving his first vaccine dose in March 2021 and urged his fans to "think about your fellow man and woman, not just yourself, when it comes to this."

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People at risk of death include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, those with pre-existing conditions, and smokers (cigarettes or marijuana).

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Argentinian reporter Carlos Ferrara suffered an apparent heart attack and collapsed during a live news broadcast on Thursday.

Ferrara was reporting outside a COVID testing center in Buenos Aires, when he suddenly collapsed while speaking to a colleague.

At the end of the segment, Ferrara said to Channel 9 host Claudio Perez, "Sorry Claudio, sorry."

Claudio asked "What happened? What happened?" as the camera panned to Ferrara lying face down on the sidewalk. A small pool of blood spreads outward from Ferrara's head.

Claudio shouted "No!" then composed himself and said, "Well, Carlos had some difficulty. They will surely attend to him. We are going to make a cut."

Ferrara is the latest reporter to collapse during a live broadcast.

Last week, Brazilian reporter Rafael Silva, 36, collapsed while hosting "Alterosa." The camera quickly cut away to pre-filmed footage while the TV crew rushed to Silva's side.
 

According to Mediate.com, Silva suffered 5 heart attacks in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Both journalists reportedly received Covid-19 mRNA injections before suffering heart attacks.

Previously, Silva announced that he had received the third booster shot on Dec. 28. It isn't clear when Ferrara received his booster.

The incidents of reporters collapsing on air is beginning to strike fear in the hearts of news reporters everywhere.

"Another isolated case of illness in a young boy with no history of health problems," Federal Deputy Carla Zambelli tweeted along with a video of the incident.

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The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test mandate for workplaces with over 100 employees.

The court allows vaccine mandates for healthcare workers at federally funded hospitals and clinics nationwide.

The Justices voted 6-3 to strike down the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for private corporations and large workplaces.

The Court also voted 5-4 to allow a vaccine mandate for workers at health care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid.

27 Republican governors asked the Court to block vaccine mandates proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Biden administration had asked the Court to allow vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.

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CNN is disappointed that more Americans are ignoring COVID news coverage and returning to their everyday lives.

What's more surprising is that it took CNN so long to notice they were losing viewers.

CNN's Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy expressed disappointment and dismay that more Americans are ignoring their doomsday COVID coverage and living their lives.

"Is the media out of touch with the public about COVID?" asked CNN anchor Brian Stelter.

Darcy replied that the news media is out of touch with the public who returned to their normal lives in 2021.

"A lot of the media does seem to be very out of touch with the public," he said. "I think this is an issue because if people are tuning out what's going on in cable news... you know, they're just, you know, ignoring everything and living their lives and we're not really getting the information that they need to them."

CNN is in a ratings slump after losing 68% of their viewers in the last quarter, leaving them in third place behind Fox News and MSNBC.

Watch the discussion below.

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American corporations have cut their sick leave policies for asymptomatic workers who abuse the COVID sick leave policy.

Millions of asymptomatic Americans stood in lines for hours to get tested during the holidays. They then requested 10 days of paid sick leave despite having no COVID symptoms.

PCR tests have been criticized for returning false positive results for people who have the common cold or flu.

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The epidemic of testing caused severe staff shortages in every industry over the holidays.
Major corporations complained to the CDC, which reduced the quarantine time from 10 days to just 5.

Corporations such as Amazon and Walmart followed suit by cutting sick pay to 40 hours.

Furniture retailer IKEA went one step further and cut sick pay to zero for unvaccinated employees who test positive and self isolate even though they have no symptoms.

The company announced the new policy will apply only to unvaccinated employees with "high levels of absence."

IKEA already offers workers paid leave to go get vaccinated.

In London, PCR tests are banned for people who have no Covid-19 symptoms.

Oncology professor Angus Dalgleish of St George's Hospital, University of London says British people have become obsessed with taking COVID tests.

Dagleish said "hundreds of thousands of British businesses are now being crippled because of a mania over checking people for an infection that they may have no symptoms for."

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In March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci went viral when he said blue face masks were not effective against the novel coronavirus. Face masks were designed to trap large bacteria, not a virus.

For the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended wearing blue surgical face masks or bandanas for protection against the novel coronavirus.
 
RELATED: Video: Dr. Fauci Explains Why Face Masks Aren’t Necessary
 
Now the CDC agrees with Fauci that blue surgical masks and cloth masks are not effective against Covid-19.

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The CDC now claims the best protection against the mild Omicron variant are N95 masks or KN95 masks for adults and children.

N95 masks are "respirator" masks that filter 95% of airborne particles. The white masks are worn by healthcare workers, painters and factory workers to trap bacteria, dust and aerosolized paint.

However, in order to be effective, N95 masks must be fitted by another healthcare worker and it must pass an air test to ensure no air is getting in.

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Officials say adults and children should wear N95 masks and eye coverings, in addition to getting three vaccines.

Worcester Medical Director and Director of Pediatric Trauma at UMass Memorial Health Dr. Michael Hirsh said, "Cloth masks and ... bandanas and homemade bandanas around their face are not effective against omicron. That is clear."

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He added: "The universal precaution is now one of these better masks, eye coverings and in general, the three doses of the vaccine, your first two and then the booster. That's your basic level of protection."

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People most affected by COVID include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, smokers, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.