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An internal email obtained by the Associated Press revealed 65 World Health Organization (WHO) staffers have been infected with the coronavirus.

The United Nations health agency is investigating how and where the staffers at its base headquarters contracted the virus despite safety measures such as PPE and social distancing.

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World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured) self-quarantined after being identified as a contact of a person who tested positive for Covid-19.

"To my knowledge, the cluster being investigated is the first evidence of potential transmission on the site of WHO," Dr. Michael Ryan told reporters on Monday after the AP released a report on the email.

According to the AP the email said about half of those infected worked from home. But 32 of the infected staffers worked on the premises at The W.H.O. headquarters building in Geneva, Switzerland.

The CDC reported last month that 88% of Covid-19 positive tests were people who always wore masks.

Researchers quietly withdrew a study on the effectiveness of face masks after Covid-19 positive tests surged in places where face masks are mandated.

"The authors have withdrawn this manuscript because there are increased rates of SARS- CoV-2 cases in the areas that we originally analyzed in this study," the researchers wrote.

The study was funded in part by Yale University.

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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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Sharon Stone blames "non-mask wearers" for infecting her beloved sister with Covid-19. Stone made the allegations in an emotional Instagram post on Saturday, as she revealed her family's battle with the coronavirus.

The Basic Instinct star took to social media to share a picture taken from her sibling Kelly Stone's hospital room.

In the caption, Sharon explained that her sister, who already has lupus, contracted the coronavirus after a trip to the pharmacy. It is assumed her sister was wearing a face mask and still contracted the virus anyway.
 

"My sister Kelly, who already has lupus, now has Covid-19," she wrote. "This is her hospital room. One of you Non-Mask wearers did this. She does not have an immune system. The only place she went was the pharmacy. There is no testing in her county unless you are symptomatic, & then it's 5 day wait for results. Can YOU FACE THIS ROOM ALONE? Wear a mask! For yourself and others. Please."

In a separate video shared to her Instagram page on Sunday, Sharon revealed that Kelly's husband Bruce is also fighting Covid-19 in the same hospital as his wife, and that her grandmother and godmother both lost their lives to the coronavirus.

"I posted about my sister being in the hospital in a Covid room and that she has lupus and she's fighting for her life," the tearful 62-year-old actress said.

"I didn't let you know that her husband Bruce is also in a Covid room in the same ward fighting for his life. And that they stayed at home as long as they could. I want to tell you a little bit about why.

"In Montana where they live you can't get tested unless you're symptomatic and then you don't get your test results for five days. Also the people that they came in contact with, like my mother - who has had two heart attacks, five stents and a pacemaker in the last five months, couldn't get a test because she wasn't symptomatic, even though she could have been the asymptomatic contact that gave them Covid...

"They keep telling you that the risks are so small and that you might not die and that it will be fine but I'm telling you what is going on with my family. My grandmother died of Covid and my godmother died of Covid. My sister and her husband are fighting for their lives and my sister is not doing well."

Sharon concluded her powerful video by urging her followers to vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, alongside vice president hopeful Kamala Harris, explaining that the countries where women are in power have fared better during the pandemic.

There are only 82 Covid-related deaths reported in Montana this year.

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Bill Gates says it will likely take multiple doses of his coronavirus vaccine to protect against the virus.

Gate now says you will need to purchase several doses of his vaccine -- and even then he's not promising you will be protected.

In an interview with CBS Evening News' Norah O'Donnell, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said that it is likely that an effective coronavirus vaccine will require multiple doses.

"None of the vaccines at this point appear like they'll work with a single dose," Gates said. "That was the hope at the very beginning. Maybe one of them particularly in the second generation will surprise us. We hope just two, although in the elderly sometimes it takes more, and so making sure we have lots of elderly people in the trial will give us that data."

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Gates, who expects to earn billions from the sale of his vaccines, says there needs to be 70 to 80 percent coverage globally for herd immunity to occur.

In other words, most people in the world (at least 6 billion) will need to take multiple doses of the Gates' vaccines -- which isn't cheap.

This is bad news for the most vulnerable populations: the elderly, HIV-positive people, smokers, and people with preexisting conditions.

Experts predicted a working vaccine for COVID-19 would be difficult to develop due to the various strains of coronavirus. A coronavirus causes the common cold but, there are no vaccines for colds.

Normally it takes several years of animal and human clinical trials before a vaccine is brought to market. But the COVID-19 vaccine is being fast-tracked to hit the market within months - despite the low death toll.

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Phaedra Parks says business is booming during the coronavirus pandemic. Parks, who is currently on "Marriage Bootcamp", is a licensed funeral director and mortician.

She told Page Six that business is "booming" due to the loss of lives caused by the pandemic.

"Oh my gosh, it's going great," she gushed during a Page Six podcast on Wednesday. "Didn't you hear about that pandemic, girl? We are booming. Unfortunately. We have been jam-packed since the pandemic started."

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Parks said she's seen the devastation caused by the infectious disease.

"I'm not a physician, however, I do have a mortuary and I'll tell you this: Normally in the summer months, we're waiting for a boating accident or a motorcycle crash, because otherwise, we're pretty empty," she said.

"We are jam-packed. We are working like it's our heaviest season, so… I tell people when they say, 'It's a joke, it's not that big of a deal,' well, let me put it to you in real terms, I'm getting 17 calls a day for [corpse] pickups and that's at one location. Last week, all of the people were under 59."

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She said seeing so many victims in their 20s "makes it extremely frightening… I've seen several mothers come in burying their children... the pandemic really wreaks havoc on families, so we've buried three or four people in one immediate family. It's really sad. It definitely takes a toll on you emotionally seeing a mother, a father, a son, an aunt… this pandemic is really serious and people should realize that, because it's not a joke."

Parks, who is currently in a long distance relationship with L.A.-based boyfriend Medina Islam, said the heavy workload gives her little time to cultivate her love life.

"I've got several jobs. But when it comes to relationships, I haven't always been so successful with it," Parks said of her decision to go on Marriage Bootcamp. "I wanted to make sure that the passion didn't cloud my judgment, because… when you're entangled, sometimes the entangling can be so good you can't really [think] outside the entanglement."

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A detailed New York Times map shows where masks are being worn most in the United States.

The map was created from 250,000 survey responses and reflect the behavior patterns, political affiliations, peer pressure and the footprint of the coronavirus.

You are most likely to see all 5 people wearing masks in five random encounters in states where face masks or face coverings are mandatory.

According to The NY Times, the chances of all five people wearing masks in five random encounters are almost non-existent in states where the coronavirus rates are low.

At least 45 states require face masks to be worn in public or indoors in public places.

You are least likely to see all 5 people wearing masks in 5 random encounters in states where masks are not mandated - such as Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

About 59% of respondents in the U.S. say they wear a mask whenever they leave home. Compare that to 92% of people who wear masks in the Philippines and 85% of respondents in Mexico.

The next highest percentage of mask wearers in the world are Spain (84%), Hong Kong, Italy and Thailand (83%), Japan and Malaysia (77%), Vietnam (71%), and Germany (63%) followed by the U.S. (59%).

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Respondents who are majority mask-free when leaving home include the U.K. (19%), Australia (10%), Netherlands (9%), and Norway (4%).

Residents of Denmark, Finland and Sweden (where coronavirus cases are very low) rarely wear face masks.

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Houston Rockets teammates James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook both tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

On Monday, Westbrook announced his positive test result on social media. Later that day, Elite Media reported that Harden had also tested positive.

Westbrook and Harden say they have no symptoms and they feel well. The majority of people with COVID-19 experience no symptoms or mild symptoms.

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Both players are expected to join their teammates at the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida next week.

When they arrive in Orlando they will be quarantined until both players test negative twice.

Most of the team and staff have already arrived at the facility to begin workouts for the restart of the NBA season which was canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak in the US.

They are likely to miss the first game against Dallas.

On Monday, the NBA announced two other players tested positive. Both players are in 14-day quarantine away from the bubble.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hasn't personally briefed President Trump on the coronavirus in two months.

Dr. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says he hasn't seen Trump in person since June 2 and had not briefed him since May.

Fauci told the Financial Times he's passed notes on the pandemic to Trump's staff and he's sure the president receives his messages.

President Trump has been critical of Dr. Fauci's opinions on the coronavirus.

In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Trump said suggested he'd lost confidence in Dr. Fauci because he "made a lot of mistakes".

Dr. Fauci is on record saying Americans should not wear face masks because masks do not prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

"There's no reason for people to be walking around with a mask," Fauci said back in March.

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Dr. Fauci criticized Trump for saying 99% of people in the world who are infected with the virus "automatically get better."

Fauci said the president was incorrect in claiming 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless.

"I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci said. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1%. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case."

The fatality rate, or deaths divided by confirmed cases, is about 4.3%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

But Johns Hopkins didn't take into account the millions of Americans who are infected with the virus but have not been tested yet.

According to USA Today, the death toll could be much lower if cases are undercounted because of lack of testing.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to stop calling the coronavirus an epidemic because of a major drop in deaths.

The death rate has fallen so low that "the percentage is currently at the epidemic threshold."

"Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC," the CDC wrote on its website.

In a leaked memo in April, the CDC urged doctors to classify "probable" deaths as COVID-19-related.

The memo stated tests were not necessary to confirm COVID-related death. Doctors complained that the COVID-19 death rate was artificially inflated.

As a result of the CDC's memo, many family members were denied insurance payouts since insurance companies do not cover pandemic-related illnesses.

Families filed lawsuits against doctors and hospitals which effectively ended the false diagnoses and the COVID-19 death rate tumbled.
 

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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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