Current Events

White House COVID-19 Task Force

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“We have not reached our peak… We will see more cases and we will see more suffering and death.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reiterating that the U.S. has YET to see the height of COVID-19, noting that the most vulnerable are the elderly and those with underlying conditions. Nonetheless, as pointed out by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, "almost all people will recover - 98, 99% of people will recover."
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“If you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it.”

Pres. Trump's advice to the American people. The ban against entry into the U.S. from 26 European countries went into effect on Friday. On Monday, the United Kingdom and Ireland will be added to the list. U.S. citizens and green card holders are exempt from the ban. Pres. Trump said the U.S. is *ALSO* considering domestic travel restrictions.
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“We don’t want to say the risk is low when we don’t know how low the numbers are for people who are asymptotic.”

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House COVID-19 coordinator, explaining that although we know a lot about the high risk of serious illness to older Americans, we don't know enough yet about transmission, specifically, how many are carrying COVID-19 that show no symptoms, but are spreading it. BIG unknown: Are people under 20 asymptomatic and spreading the virus?
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“If you are sick, stay home. You’re not going to miss a paycheck.”

Vice President Pence on the stimulus deal that passed the House and is on its way to the Senate on Monday, which has several provisions, including free coronavirus testing, two weeks of emergency paid sick leave for displaced workers, increased Medicaid funding, as well as boosts to nutrition programs for students and low-income persons.
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“We need your help. Social distancing and mitigation – they’re not to protect the 30-year-old or the 20-year-old from getting coronavirus. They’re to protect your nana.”

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on why people of ALL ages need to contribute to the efforts to overcome COVID-19. Dr. Adams' prescription: "know your risk, understand your circumstances, and get the facts to protect yourself at coronavirus.gov."
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What's Next? Treasury secretary Steve Munchkin suggested that other stimulus ideas are on the table, such as a payroll tax cut, refundable tax credits, suspending interest on student loans, and using the strategic oil reserves. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE U.S. RESPONSE TO COVID-19?

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FULL PRESSER: https://www.c-span.org/video/?470387-1/president-trump-announces-tested-coronavirus-travel-bans-extended-uk-ireland

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