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Nashville, Tennessee officials concealed "extremely low" coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in leaked emails, according to WZTV.

The leaked emails between a senior adviser to Nashville's mayor and a health department official reveal a "disturbing effort" to conceal the low number of coronavirus cases among people who patronize bars and restaurants without wearing masks or face coverings.

"On June 30th, contact tracing was giving a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes causing problems more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases," according to one leaked email obtained by WZTV.

In the same email chain, Leslie Waller from the health department asks "This isn't going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor's Office?"

"Correct, not for public consumption," writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

In another email exchange, Tennessee reporter Nate Rai asked the health department to clarify the low number of COVID cases coming from bars and restaurants.

"If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn't that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?"

His query left health department official Brian Todd scrambling for a suitable response.

He asked five other health officials: "Please advise how you respond. BT."

The response from an official whose name was redacted from the leaked email:

"My two cents. We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those numbers are low per site. We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be "because that number is increasing all the time and we don't want to say a specific number.""

For months now, conservatives have accused health officials of over-exaggerating the coronavirus pandemic to keep Americans on lockdown until after the November elections.

Atlanta has fully reopened after a 3-month lockdown. Every bar and nightclub within the Atlanta city limits is packed with patrons who don't wear masks or social distance.

There has not been a spike in coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in Atlanta.

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Trump supporters are convinced that Joe Biden's coughing fits during campaign stops in Detroit means he will call out sick before debates.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Biden visited Detroit, Michigan -- one of the swing states he needs to defeat Trump in November.

While Trump holds massive rallies around the country, Biden prefers small intimate gatherings of five or six supporters and friendly journalists in attendance.

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Biden spoke with members of the United Steelworkers union in a supporter's back yard on Wednesday. The 77-year-old Democratic presidential nominee began experiencing coughing fits.

Biden also coughed a dozen times while speaking at another campaign stop in Michigan.

He pulled down his black face mask down and touched his nose -- against the CDC's advice not to touch the face to avoid contracting the virus from contaminated hands.

Trump supporters believe Biden's coughing fits are proof that his team will say he is too sick to debate with Trump. The first debate is scheduled for the end of this month.
 

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LG, makers of flat screen televisions and other electronics, has developed a high tech mask that moves air in and out more efficiently than a cloth mask.

The death toll for the coronavirus is well below 1% in the United States. Despite this, millions of Americans are required to wear face masks or face coverings.

For many Americans, face masks are not an option due to health, personal and political reasons. In lieu of wearing masks, they wash their hands and avoid touching their faces.

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The battery-operated LG PuriCare mask debuted at a consumer electronics trade show in Berlin last week. The air purifier mask has built-in fans and replaceable H13 HEPA filters.

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A respiratory sensor detects how much air the wearer inhales and exhales and adjusts the fans accordingly.

The air purifier mask is large and bulky and the air intake fans may be annoying for autists who are noise intolerant.

LG Electronics doesn't make any claims that the mask will block the virus 100%. The Covid-19 viral particles are extremely tiny and can easily pass through disposable face masks and ventilator masks.

The air purifier mask simply makes breathing easier for those who feel safer wearing a mask but have difficulty breathing through disposable masks.

The LG PuriCare masks are not available to consumers yet. LG must secure regulatory approval from many governments before the masks go to market.

LG recently donated 2,000 units to a hospital in Seoul, Korea.
 

 

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Journalist Bob Woodward claims President Donald Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus during a phone call.

In February, Trump spoke to Woodward who was doing research for his latest book, Rage. Woodward claimed Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus at the time to prevent the public from panicking.

Democrats reacted with outrage to the leaked audio, saying Trump "intentionally" mislead the general public about the virus that originated in Wuhan, China in December.

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On the campaign trail in Michigan, Joe Biden told auto workers that Trump "lied" about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump's admission was "a life and death betrayal of the American people."

But Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the White Task Force on the coronavirus, told Fox News: "I don't think [Trump] ever distorted things that I spoke to him about."

Fauci added: "I don't think he said much different than what we said [to him] when we were in the Oval Office."

The White House Task Force held daily press briefings and Fauci even predicted that "millions" of Americans would die from the virus.

On Jan. 30, Trump told his supporters at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, "We're working with China just so you know, and other countries very, very closely, so it doesn't get out of hand, but it's something that we have to be very, very careful with, right? We have to be very careful.

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Kamala Harris refuses to say whether she would take the RNA vaccine if it becomes available in October or November.

President Trump has insisted a vaccine will be available by the end of the year, and potentially before the November 3 elections.

"It will be delivered before the end of the year, in my opinion, before the end of the year, but it really might even be delivered before the end of October," Trump said Thursday. "How do you like that? Wouldn't that be nice?"

But the Democratic vice presidential candidate said she doesn't trust Trump's word on the safety or efficacy of a vaccine that was rushed through three years' worth of clinical trials in a matter of months.

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In an interview with CNN, Harris said, "I would not trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he's talking about. I will not take his word for it."

Alarm bells went off when the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent letters to governors in every state requesting that states consider "waiving requirements" to allow vaccine distribution sites to be fully operational by November 1st.

Unlike normal vaccines, RNA vaccines are "encoded" with genetic "instructions" that tell your cells what to do.

Many Americans expressed concern that the CDC might be subjecting them to a potentially harmful vaccine.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who sits on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, doesn't share their concern.

In an interview with Kaiser Health News earlier this week, Fauci said that Phase Three of the clinical trials could end earlier than expected, if the results prove "overwhelmingly positive."

Fauci told the publication that the Data and Safety Monitoring Board had a "moral obligation" to end the third phase of clinical trials early if the results were significant.

"I'm not concerned about political pressure," he added.

Fully one third of Americans say they would refuse the RNA vaccination even if it was deemed safe by the FDA and distributed to all 50 states before the election.

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A Black Atlanta woman signed up for Coronavirus vaccine clinical trials to ensure Black people are represented.

Ashley Nealy, 32, applied to participate in late-stage Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials by answering a social media ad looking for diverse volunteers.

Nealy tells Channel 2 Action News anchor Jovita Moore that she felt it was important to make sure the clinical trials were as diverse as possible.

"I actually wanted to do a clinical trial before I even saw the ad. I had registered at the website that Dr. Fauci mentioned, the Covid prevention network, and I never heard a call back. So whenever I saw the ad, I was like, let me just see if they'll accept me for this trial. So I signed up and less than two hours later actually got a call to participate in the trial," Nealy said.

Nealy said she was aware that there aren't enough Black volunteers for the trials and that there cannot be a vaccine product without more Black people. "So I figured that I can put my name in a hat and see if I can help be part of that," she said.

The vaccines contain RNA (Ribonucleic acid) that use specific instructions to tell human cells to produce antibodies against the coronavirus.

The RNA vaccine differs from normal vaccines that contain dead virus particles that trigger the immune system to produce antibodies against a specific pathogen.

RNA vaccines have never been approved for human use before because of the potential for something to go wrong.

What if human cells misread the mRNA instructions and go haywire inside the body?

Nealy says she participated in the trials knowing the RNA vaccine could negatively impact her health.

"This is so that I can help stop the pandemic and make sure that the vaccine works for Black Americans and everyone whenever it comes out," she told Moore.

"You know, so many people will say that they sort of have a mistrust," said Moore. "You're like a guinea pig. You don't know what's going to happen. You don't know what you're being injected with. What would you say to those people who have a real fear or maybe just a lack of interest right now?"

"Yeah, I will say I definitely understand," Nealy responded. "I know Black people in particular have a really long mistrust history with public health and with us being experimented on. And I understand that 100%. I will say if you are willing, and maybe if you're like a guinea pig like me to definitely participate, because we really can't move forward on this pandemic without knowing that a vaccine works for all of us."

Nealy says so far there have been no side effects.

"So actually, the next day after getting the vaccine, I did feel tired. I wasn't expecting to feel that fatigue. And I did have some body aches and sweating. And that was some of the things that they said you might experience if you have the vaccine."

Some volunteers received placebos while others were given the real vaccine.

"And then of course, they can't tell us but I'm pretty sure I did. And those are the only symptoms I had. They only lasted about a day and the next day I was fine," said Nealy.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has asked all 50 states to prepare for massive distributions of Covid-19 vaccines by late October or early November.

Further complicating the vaccination effort is the cold storage requirement and the fact that two vaccine doses will need to be given 2 weeks apart.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has asked states to prepare for massive distributions of Covid-19 vaccines by early November.

Public health officials want the most vulnerable high-risk groups to get the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as late October or early November.

Officials agree that health agencies in all 50 states should "urgently" prepare for a complex effort to distribute the vaccines to "hundreds of millions" of Americans - despite the fact that the death rate is very low.

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The CDC sent guidance to every state on the same day President Trump told the Republican National Convention that a vaccine might be ready before the end of the year.

Over a dozen companies have accelerated clinical trials in a race to get their vaccines to market first. The usual safeguards have been waived in order to get the vaccines to market in a matter of months.

The FDA normally requires three years of clinical trials before a vaccine goes to market.

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The vaccine contains RNA (Ribonucleic acid) that are designed to alter the body's host cells to produce antibodies against the coronavirus.

Unlike normal vaccines, which contain DNA fragments of dead virus to produce antibodies, RNA vaccines are genetically engineered messenger RNA that contain specific directions to alter human DNA and tell it to create proteins, which in turn stimulates the cells to make antibodies.

RNA vaccines don't require dead pathogens to make antibodies. The human host's own genetic code is theoretically supposed to be altered (changed) by the RNA vaccine. RNA vaccines have been used on animals in veterinary medicine for years.

No RNA vaccines have ever been approved for human use.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and and Dr. Stephen Hahn, who heads the Food and Drug Administration, have said in interviews that RNA vaccines should be made readily available for certain groups, i.e. Black people, the elderly over 65, and "those incarcerated", before clinical trials have been completed.

Doctors and nurses on the frontlines will get the vaccines first, according to Fauci.

With so few Black people willing to step up and volunteer to be guinea pigs, the CDC's guidance acknowledged that its distribution plan is "hypothetical".

Dr. Saskia Popescu, an infection prevention epidemiologist based in Arizona, is concerned that the vaccine is highly politicized.

"It's hard not to see this as a push for a pre-election vaccine," he said.

Further complicating the vaccination effort is the cold storage requirement and the fact that two doses will need to be given 2 weeks apart.

"How are you going to make sure people get both [doses]?" said Dr. Cedric Dark, an emergency medicine physician at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

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Dwayne Johnson is counting his blessings after revealing he and every member of his immediate family tested positive for COVID-19.

In a new video message, the Jumanji: The Next Level star shared that he, his wife Lauren, and their daughters, Jasmine and Tiana, were diagnosed with the coronavirus, adding the diagnoses are among "the most challenging and difficult" things he's ever had to deal with.

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"Testing positive for COVID-19 is a lot different than recovering from nasty injuries, getting evicted or being broke, which I've been more than a few times," he said. "My number one priority is to always protect my family and my loved ones... I wish it was only me that tested positive.

"It was my entire family and it was a kick in the gut."

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But he admits there's light at the end of the tunnel, adding, "We're on the other end of it and no longer contagious. Thank God, we're healthy.

"We are counting our blessings right now. We are well aware you don't always get to the other end of COVID-19 stronger and healthier. I have had some of my best friends lose their parents to this virus that is so incredibly relentless and unforgiving. We are counting our blessings, but we are good."

Dwayne ended the video message by urging fans and followers to always wear a mask when out in public and limit the amount of people at social gatherings.

He's not the only Hollywood star who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first back in March, and Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Antonio Banderas, Lena Dunham, Bryan Cranston, and Mel Gibson have all battled the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of almost 860,000 people around the world.

Johnson is the latest celebrity to test positive for Covid-19 while wearing a face mask.

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President Donald Trump has blocked all evictions through the end of the year. Trump’s executive order gives the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) leeway to stop evictions by labeling evictions a health risk.

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The order helps people who fell behind on their rent because their income was impacted by the coronavirus.

Any landlord who violates the order will face stiff fines at a minimum of $100,000.

Under the executive order, the CDC can use its power as the country's health authority to block all evictions from taking place because of the risk of newly homeless people spreading the virus.

"I want to make it unmistakably clear that I'm protecting people from evictions," Trump said in a statement on Tuesday.

Trump took action after House Democrats and the White House failed to deliver a new stimulus package.

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The order left landlords and home builders angry and threatening to file federal lawsuits as soon as the moratorium takes effect.

Many landlords have already begun filing evictions around the country.

White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told reporters on Tuesday that the president's executive order signed Tuesday will help millions of Americans stay in their homes.

"Today's announcement means that people struggling to pay rent due to the coronavirus will not have to worry about being evicted and risk further spreading, spreading of, or exposure to the disease due to economic hardship," he said. "The administration has also made funds available to alleviate any economic impact to tenants, landlords, and property owners."

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Nancy Pelosi is under fire for getting a blowout at a San Francisco hair salon that was shuttered amid the coronavirus.

The House Speaker is seen on leaked surveillance video having her hair done while not wearing a face mask or social distancing - actions she criticized President Trump for just hours after getting her hair done.

Pelosi's team issued a statement on Wednesday, blaming the salon owner for telling Pelosi the city said she could have one client at a time in the salon.

But salon owner Erica Kious disputed that explanation. She said she received a text message from one of the stylists who rents a booth at eSalon, asking her to open the shuttered salon because he had Nancy Pelosi coming in on Sunday.

"I'll be there at 2:45 tomorrow," the stylist texted. "Pelosi assistant just message me to do her hair."

Kious said, "I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?"

Overreaching coronavirus restrictions prohibits salons from opening for business in San Francisco.

After seeing Pelosi on surveillance video inside her salon the next day, Kious shared the surveillance footage with Fox News.

"It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can't work," Kious told Fox.

"We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can't – it’s a feeling – a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down," she continued. "I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen."

The news spread like wildfire under the viral hashtag #Pelosimustgo.

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President Trump tweeted: "The Beauty Parlor owner must really dislike Crazy Nancy Pelosi. Turning her in, on tape, is a really big deal. She probably treats him like she treats everyone else...And she strongly supported a Kennedy who just lost in, of all places, Massachusetts!"

Voters expressed their frustration with the Democratic Party for shuttering small businesses and ruining the economy just so they can return to power in November.

"The only things that 'matter' to Democrats is money and power," said one frustrated social media user.

@CongressmanHice wrote: There's one set of rules for the liberal elite, and another for the rest of us. Brazen hypocrisy. Double standards. #PelosiMustGo."

@w_terrence tweeted: "Nancy Pelosi think she's more important and better than the American people. She can go to Salons but other people have to stay home and not go to work or church. Raise your hand if you are ready for Pelosi to go!"

Others expressed similar outrage. Twitter marked all of their tweets as "Not helpful."

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Twitter.com removed a viral post retweeted by President Donald Trump over the weekend that showed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) dramatically revised the Covid-19 death toll to just over 9,000 cases.

In a weekly update on its website on Aug. 26, the Atlanta-based agency noted only 6% of Covid-19 deaths were due to Covid-19 alone. 94% of deaths had underlying medical conditions. The majority of the deaths were people over age 65.

Under Table 3: "Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)", the CDC lists conditions contributing to Covid-19 deaths in death certificates.

Of the deaths related to Covid-19, only 6% listed Covid-19 alone. 94% had other causes of death, such as cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, gunshot wounds or car accidents.

All of the cases were counted as Covid-19-related deaths bringing the death toll in the U.S. to over 180,000. If only Covid-19 was listed on the death certificates, the death toll would be just over 9,000 -- far less than deaths caused by the common flu.

President Trump retweeted the viral post that trended under the hashtag #only6%.

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Anyone who clicked the link saw the message: "This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules."

Twitter decided the post violated its rules because it didn't fully explain: "For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death."

Twitter was annoyed that users would see the viral post and assume that only 6% of those who died from Covid-19 didn't have any preexisting conditions -- even though that is basically what the CDC stated based on the death certificates.

The death toll from Covid-19 has plunged to record lows, particularly in the East. For example, Maine and New York City counted no new Covid-19 deaths in the past two weeks.

The CDC recommends hand washing and social distancing to prevent spread of the flu-like coronavirus.

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Kamala Harris clarified Joe Biden's national face mask mandate that he plans to put in place if he is elected president in November.

Biden, who is campaigning from his beach house in Delaware, has previously said he will order a nationwide mask mandate if he is elected.

But the former vice president's running mate says the Democrats' plan for a national mask mandate is "a standard" and no one will be punished for not wearing one.

"It's a standard," she said in a sit-down interview Today's Craig Melvin. "I mean nobody is going to be punished. Come on"

Harris admitted mask-wearing isn't fun, saying, "Nobody likes to wear a mask. This is a universal feeling, right? So that's not the point - 'hey, let's enjoy wearing masks,'" she said. "No, the point of this is that we are responsible people who love our neighbor, we have to just do that right now."

"God willing, it won't be forever," she added.

But all indications are that the mandate will go into effect if Biden is elected president. The Democrats' are pushing face mask mandates at least until vaccines are available, which is expected to be in the 1st quarter of 2021.

Harris also explained she and Biden plan to campaign together during the weakening pandemic.

"You know, Joe, that's one of the things that he and I have in common. We love to interact with people," she said.

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Harris said she and Biden plan to campaign "in every way that we can in a way that will be safe for the people we are meeting with, right?"

"It would be irresponsible of us to try and pack people into a situation where they cannot safely social distance," she said.

She seemed to be referring to President Donald Trump's packed RNC speech on Thursday night, where 1,500 invited guests mingled on the White House's South Lawn.

Very few RNC attendees wore face masks or social distanced.

"And that's one of the problems, frankly, with the way Donald Trump conducts himself," Harris continued. "Because it really, it appears to be more about the people around him and himself, doing what is necessary to feed his ego, as opposed to what is necessary to feed the needs of the American people."

Biden also commented on Trump's packed RNC speeches on a fundraising call from the comfort of his beach home on Thursday evening.

Biden said the Democratic ticket wants to campaign in-person in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Arizona after Labor Day, which is next weekend.

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Biden, who has been dubbed "The Manchurian candidate" by some on social media, said if he and Harris do travel, there would not be "irresponsible rallies" like Trump's well-attended events.

"I'm a tactile politician," he said. "I really miss being able to, you know, grab hands, shake hands, you can't do that now."

"We're going to do it in a way that is totally consistent with being responsible, unlike what this guy's doing," Biden said of Trump. "He's on the White House lawn tonight, first of all, violating the Hatch Act, virtually throwing every major rule in the dustbin."

"So what we're working on is how I get out. I'm going to be traveling throughout the country where I can do it consistent with the state rules about how many people can be assembled," Biden said.

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Kevin Hart has received a public apology from NBC Network officials after a photo of the comedian was used to accompany news articles about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.

The headline read: "Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, tests positive for coronavirus".

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Bolt confirmed he tested positive for the coronavirus following a huge birthday bash in Jamaica last week. Hart and Bolt are Black - but they don't pass for twins.

The Jumanji: Next Level star was left stunned on Tuesday after noticing his photo appeared in online NBC News pieces detailing Bolt's positive COVID-19 test.

Hart, who recently revealed he was diagnosed with the coronavirus back in March, shared a screenshot of the glaring mix-up of the two black celebrities, and remarked, "No comment", alongside a series of facepalm emojis.

The famously short funnyman then quipped, "I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight....I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever....S**t just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule....IM BACK B**CHES!!!!!!

"P.S this is Disrespectful on so many levels....All you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid 19 shrunk his legs & torso".

Bolt has yet to comment on the photo mishap, but an NBC News representative has since issued a formal apology to Hart via Twitter.

"Very sorry about that @KevinHart4real - bad technical glitch in how photos show up on Facebook," the spokesperson posted.

The picture problem has also been corrected, with editors noting, "A previous version of this article included an incorrect photo on some platforms due to a technical problem. The photo depicted actor Kevin Hart. It has been replaced with a photo of Usain Bolt."
 

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Kentucky Fried Chicken is suspending the use of the slogan "It's Finger Lickin' Good" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Monday, KFC said the use of the 64-year-old slogan "doesn't feel quite right."

"We find ourselves in a unique situation – having an iconic slogan that doesn't quite fit in the current environment," KFC officials said in the statement. "While we are pausing the use of It's Finger Lickin' Good, rest assured the food craved by so many people around the world isn't changing one bit."

KFC said the slogan will not be suspended permanently and they will bring it back "when the time is right."

The CDC recommends washing your hands frequently and avoid touching your face with contaminated hands to prevent the spread of the virus.

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All Gas No Brakes host Andrew Callaghan went down to Florida to get comments and reactions to Covid-19 from young Black people on vacation/quarantine.

The footage shows young people denying the coronavirus exists, while others say the virus was developed by the United States for population control. Callaghan posted the footage to Instagram on Thursday.

Young Black people all over the country have resumed their lives as if there is no pandemic.

Nightclubs in Atlanta and Miami are packed, as young people ignore the CDC's advice to wear masks and practice social distancing. Watch the video below to see why the guideline recommendations are falling on deaf ears.