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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.

Watch Sharon Stone's video below.
 

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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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    Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan issued a stern warning to Black people about the vaccine being developed for the COVID-19 virus.

    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.

    In a speech titled "The Criterion," Farrakhan urged Africans to be skeptical of the vaccine, citing the country's troublesome medical history of experimenting on Black people.

    "I say to my brothers and sisters in Africa... if they come up with a vaccine, be careful," Farrakhan said before also warning Black people in America.

    "Do not take their medications. We need to call a meeting of our skilled virologists, epidemiologists, and students of biology and chemistry," Farrakhan said. "We need to give ourselves something better. There are 14 therapies we can treat it with. The virus is a pestilence from Heaven. The only way to stop it is going to heaven."
     

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    Governor Brian Kemp ordered 1,000 members of the National Guard to deploy to Atlanta, citing the mayor's failure "to quell ongoing violence with armed individuals threatening citizens".

    Atlanta has seen over 75 shootings in the past few weeks.

    Kemp, who is Republican, declared a state of emergency in Atlanta on Monday after 8-year-old Secoreia Turner was fatally shot while riding in a car with her mother and a friend near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed last month.

    Mayor Bottoms was accused of ignoring the armed Black Lives Matter protesters guarding the burned out Wendy's where Brooks died.
     

    In an emotional press conference on Monday, Mayor Bottoms blamed Black Lives Matter activists for the little girl's death.

    "You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

    "Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."

    On ABC's Good Morning America, Mayor Bottoms was asked if she requested the National Guard to control the protests which turned violent.

    "No. An irony of that is that I asked Governor Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no," she said. "But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard.

    "So, I understand if he wants to protect state buildings. We have been coordinating with the Georgia State Patrol -- which we do on any number of occasions... But at no time was it mentioned that anyone felt that there was the need for the National Guard to come in.”

    On Monday afternoon Bottoms tweeted that she and her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. She said she had no symptoms.

    Gov. Kemp does not plan to mandate mask-wearing in the state of Georgia.

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    Despite wearing a face mask, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she has tested positive for COVID-19.

    The mayor is pictured comforting Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks who was killed by police last month.

    Bottoms tweeted her positive test result on Monday evening. "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

    She told reporters she didn't know how she contracted the virus. Mayor Bottoms has repeatedly urged Atlantans to wear face masks in public. She diligently wears a face mask and maintains social distancing.

    It isn't clear if Mayor Bottoms will self-quarantine for 14 days.

    She is among the 99 percentile of people with COVID-19 who show no symptoms or mild symptoms.

    COVID-19 cases are up 134% nationwide but fatalities are down 34%.

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    The iconic Friday the 13th villain Jason Vorhees is being featured in a public service announcement urging Americans to wear face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Bosses at ad agency Ogilvy created a viral video featuring an actor dressed up as the horror slasher character out and about in New York, wearing his iconic white mask.

    "The masked killer from Friday the 13th is taking a machete to the city's epidemic with a PSA (public service announcement) on the importance of preventative face wear," the caption alongside the video reads.

    "It's not easy - the mask makes people uncomfortable," a narrator says over the video, which features bystanders fleeing from Jason. "I know, the whole chainsaw thing, I get it. But the thing is, behind the mask, I'm a regular guy."

    The post concludes with, "Wearing a mask can be scary. Not wearing one can be deadly."

    The ad campaign comes as stars like Tom Hanks and Jennifer Aniston take to social media to urge followers to wear masks in public.

    But many Americans are reluctant to wear masks due to what they say is the politicization of the coronavirus.

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    Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is hospitalized with the coronavirus, his team announced on Twitter.com Thursday.

    "Dan here: Herman has just begun the process of kicking COVID-19's ass," tweeted columnist Dan Calabrese who got the news from Cain's executive assistant Lisa Lisa.

    "If you wouldn't mind, pray for our boss; Covid-19 doesn't know who it's messing with," Calabrese wrote in a post on Hermancain.com.

    "His executive assistant Lisa Lisa gave the news that he’d been taken to the hospital and that he was having trouble breathing. We all prayed for him, right then, right there. And we continued to do so throughout the evening.

    In the morning we started getting better news, particularly the fact that he hadn’t required a respirator. That was probably the one detail we were praying about the most, and God was gracious."

    Cain had appeared at President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week. Cain's team said he was informed that he had tested positive on June 29. He was hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, but he did not require a ventilator.

    The team added: "There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.

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    Bill and Melinda Gates hope to deliver their COVID-19 vaccines to Black Americans first. In an interview with Forbes magazine, the philanthropic billionaire couple said they want to distribute their vaccines based on racial groups first.

    Melinda said "Black people" and "indigenous people" should receive their vaccines first, particularly if they work in the health field.

    "One of the reasons we are so involved in this is that you don't want the first vaccines to go to the highest-bidding countries," Melinda Gates said. "There are 60 million healthcare workers. They deserve to get the vaccine first, they're the ones dealing with this on the front lines, trying to keep us all safe."

    Melinda went on to say Black people in America should receive the vaccines next.

    "Then you have to start to tier from there, based on the countries and the populations. Here in the United States, it's going to be black people who really should get it first and many indigenous people, as well as people with underlying symptoms, and then elderly people."

    According to some reports, 1 in 4 Black people in America have been impacted by the virus.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has lent financial support to finding a vaccine for COVID-19 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

    They have donated to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which the foundation claims will work to pay for and distribute doses of the vaccine to low-income countries.