Chelsea Clinton rips Limbaugh for 'peddling' fake news on coronavirus
Chelsea Clinton ripped conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday for "peddling" fake news on the coronavirus. The daughter of former President Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted in response to Limbaugh's comments on his show that the coronavirus epidemic was being "weaponized" against President Trump."February 25th, 2020: The day I wished Rush Limbaugh had stuck to comparing me to a dog," sheThe daughter of former President Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted in response to Limbaugh's comments on his show that the coronavirus epidemic was being "weaponized" against President Trump.
Federal health authorities said they now expect a wider spread of the new coronavirus in the U.S. and are preparing for a potential pandemic.
Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday that the agency expects sustained spread and called for American businesses, schools and communities to brace themselves for potential outbreaks.
“We expect we will see community spread in this country,” said Dr. Messonnier. “It’s more of a question of when.”
Chelsea Clinton rips Limbaugh for 'peddling' fake news on coronavirus
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In the U.S., there have been 14 confirmed local cases, with an additional three cases among the passengers from the U.S. chartered flights and 40 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say the immediate threat to the general public in the U.S. is still low.
So far, public-health systems have sought to contain any cases in the U.S. to delay the virus’s spread. The effort consists of isolating confirmed cases, while monitoring close contacts for any signs of infection.
This strategy is most effective when the case count is relatively low and each case can be epidemiologically linked to each other and traced back to an original source, public-health authorities say.
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People wear protective face masks as they walk in St. Mark's square holding a placard that reads "Corona Tour. You've got to have courage even to be afraid", after the last days of Venice Carnival were cancelled due to coronavirus, on Feb. 25 in Venice, Italy.
Volunteer barbers cut the hair for medical workers at the residence of medical team for Hankou Hospital on Feb. 24 in Wuhan, China's. Five barbers provided free haircut service for members of medical team fighting against the novel coronavirus outbreak as Monday marks Longtaitou Day.
Workers in protective suits are seen at a checkpoint for registration and body temperature measurement, at an entrance of a residential compound in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, on Feb. 23.
People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on Feb. 23. South Korea reported two additional deaths from coronavirus and 123 more cases on Feb. 23, with nearly two thirds of the new patients connected to a religious sect. The national toll of 556 cases is now the second-highest outside of China.
A man wearing protective face mask and gloves puts a drawing made by a girl living in the area asking residents to wear protective gear, next to a quarantine notice for people who have traveled (C) and a notice asking people to register (R), outside a residential compound in Beijing, China, on Feb. 22.
A bus with 34 French citizens repatriated from Wuhan arrives at the "Normandy Garden" resort on Feb. 21, in Branville, France, to be quarantined as part of a repatriation plan from the coronavirus hot zone.
Disinfection workers wear protective gears and get ready to disinfect against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the subway station on Feb. 21 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea reported 52 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 156, with the potentially fatal illness spreading fast across the country.
A bus with slogans written in Chinese Go, we go back to home transfers passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on Feb. 21.
Medical team members prepare to board the flight to Wuhan of Hubei Province at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, in China's Yunnan Province, on Feb. 20. The 7th batch of 176 medical personnel from Yunnan to Hubei departed on Thursday to help the battle against the novel coronavirus.
A man holds a Ukrainian state flag during a protest against the arrival of a plane carrying evacuees from China's Hubei province hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the village of Novi Sanzhary in Poltava region, Ukraine, on Feb. 20.
A Chinese tourist (front right), who was tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and was isolated for treatment, receives a kiss from Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and medical staff after she was discharged from the hospital near Colombo on Feb. 19. The 43-year-old woman, the first and only COVID-19 patient in Sri Lanka, was admitted to the hospital on January 25 and tested positive for COVID-19 two days later.
A passenger (R) leaves on foot after dismembarking the Diamond Princess cruise ship (background) in quarantine due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Feb. 19.
A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus linked to the Wuhan outbreak, on Feb. 18.
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Workers go about their duties at a section of the Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built makeshift hospital for novel coronavirus patients, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on Feb. 18. The first group of patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus was discharged from Leishenshan Hospital on Feb. 18, according to local media.
A man holding his mobile phone walks past a poster by Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende depecting Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa wearing a protective facemask and holding a mobile phone reading "Mobile World Virus" in a street of Barcelona on Feb. 18, a week after the World Mobile Congress was cancelled due to fears stemming from the coronavirus that sparked an exodus of industry heavyweights.
Buses believed to carry the passengers of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens were tested positive for coronavirus, leave at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 18.
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Passengers react after they disembarked from the MS Westerdam, back, at the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on Feb. 14. Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked Friday and were welcomed to Cambodia. China on Friday reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with a Coronavirus (COVID-19), as the death toll neared 1,400.
Passengers on board the Westerdam cruise ship look on in Sihanoukville on Feb. 14, where the liner on February 13 docked after being refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen welcomed on February 14 the passengers of a US cruise ship blocked from several Asian ports over fears of a deadly new virus.
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, centre, wearing a protective face mask waves as he inspects the novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work at a neighbourhoods in Beijing, on Feb. 10.
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A Guardia di Finanza boat patrol around the Costa Smeralda cruise ship docked in the Civitavecchia port 70km north of Rome on Jan. 30. More than 6,000 tourists were under lockdown aboard the cruise ship after two Chinese passengers were isolated over fears they could be carrying the coronavirus.
The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 29.
Airport personnel monitor a thermal scanner as passengers arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay, Philippines, on Jan. 23.
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That is the situation currently, with the confirmed cases within the U.S. occurring among people who had recently traveled to China, were a close contact of a case or were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
If the virus spreads more widely throughout the U.S., it might become difficult or impossible to contain it with the current methods, public-health authorities say. Rather, efforts would shift to strategies designed to stem the virus’s transmission, such as closing schools, canceling mass gatherings and requiring employees work from home.
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“The disruption of daily life might be severe,” Dr. Messonnier said.
So far, health authorities have tested a total of 426 people in the U.S. for the virus, not including those who have been repatriated.
Meantime, many state and local health departments in the U.S. don’t have the test kits they need to rapidly diagnose coronavirus infections because federal health authorities are still working out kinks.
The limited availability of the tests could hamstring local efforts to handle an anticipated rise in the number of U.S. cases, public-health and hospital officials said.
Testing for the virus has been relatively slow because most local health officials must ship patient samples to the CDC in Atlanta and isolate patients under investigation while waiting for the results. That can take days. To speed up diagnoses, the CDC wants to send test kits to state and local health departments.
“We still do not know when the CDC kit replacements will come out, and our members are pretty anxious about it,” said Scott Becker, chief executive officer of the Association of Public Health Laboratories. “It doesn’t feel like a good place to be.”
The CDC said it is working to re-manufacture the reagent, the substance used in a chemical reaction in the test, that is suspected to be at fault for the inconclusive results and send out replacements.
Twelve states and localities are now testing for the virus themselves.
In the U.S., there have been 14 confirmed locally diagnosed cases, with an additional three cases among the Americans who returned from China aboard U.S.-chartered flights and 40 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Asia.
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