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University Where Polio Vaccine Was Created Says They Have Potential Vaccine

On Thursday, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where Dr. Jonas Salk discovered a vaccine for polio, announced they have created a potential vaccine for the coronavirus.

Researchers gave the vaccine to mice through a patch in the skin, and say not only that the vaccine proved effective, but that producing similar patches with a vaccine for humans is scalable and can be produced in large quantities, according to KDKA radio, which notes, “It is the first study to be published after it was critiqued by other scientists ‘at outside institutions that describes a candidate vaccine for COVID-19.'”

Co-senior author Andrea Gambotto, M.D, who is an associate professor of surgery at the Pitt School of Medicine, stated, “We had previous experience on SARS-CoV in 2003 and MERS-CoV in 2014. Read more…

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Rep. Jim Banks Saw Coronavirus Threat Coming as Dems Pushed Impeachment

As his House Democrat colleagues were arguing to the Senate why President Trump should be impeached, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) was watching with alarm tweets coming in from overseas about the coronavirus.

On January 31, in the midst of the impeachment trial, Banks compared the spread of the coronavirus to the Spanish flu.

Banks tweeted: “#Coronavirus is spreading as quickly as Spanish flu, which infected ~500 Million. And the #CCP is likely under-reporting cases. W/out reliable info, a pro-active response is needed. Quarantine is a good 1st step, @HHSGov.” Read more…

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5 Crucial Questions About Our Response to COVID-19

Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and a prolific and much-cited expert in his field, has published an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with a video addressing some of its contents.

In the letter, dated March 26, Bhakdi poses five questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response to it which, he says, “have not been answered sufficiently so far, but which are indispensable for a balanced analysis.”

“As emeritus of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, and for many years head of the institute for medical microbiology and hygiene there, I feel obliged to critically question the far-reaching restrictions on public life that we are currently undertaking to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” he begins the letter (which is written in German and unofficially translated below). “It is expressly not my concern to downplay the dangers of the viral disease or to spread a political message. Read more…

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Coronavirus Now Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

A physician in San Diego, California, and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting that the coronavirus is now the third leading cause of death, killing 748 people a day in the United States.

This is only outranked by deaths from heart disease (1,774 a day) and cancer (1,641 a day).

The Sacramento Bee reported on the development highlighted by Dr. Maria Danilychev:

Danilychev, a San Diego doctor, made the conclusion and charted coronavirus’ growth throughout the country. Coronavirus has surpassed Alzheimer’s, stroke, chronic lung disease and accidents in deaths per day, her data shows. Read more…

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White House Projects 100,000 to 240,000 U.S. Deaths From Virus

President Trump on Tuesday said Americans should brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” coming, and projected there could be up to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of the measures taken to date to mitigate the spread.

At a daily White House briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nations’ top infectious disease expert, offered some optimism. “This is a number that we need to anticipate, but we don’t necessarily have to accept it as being inevitable,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.

In a somber press conference, Trump said the coming weeks will be a “a matter of life and death” for Americans, urging them to heed the administration’s guidelines to practice social distancing and stay home. Read more…

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British Prime Minister Announces He Tested Positive For Coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a video statement posted on social media Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 55-year-old Conservative Party leader announced in the video that after developing mild symptoms over the last 24 hours, including “a temperature and a persistent cough,” he tested positive for COVID-19. His plan now is to work from home and self-isolate, as he encouraged others to do to continue to “protect” the National Health Service (NHS) from being overwhelmed. Read more…

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California Governor Issues ‘Stay at Home’ Order for Residents

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order for all of the state’s residents to “stay at home” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We need to bend the curve in the state of California,” Newsom said in an announcement. “There’s a social contract here. People I think recognize the need to do more. They will adjust and adapt as they have.”

“Home isolation is not my preferred choice… but it is a necessary one,” Newsom added. “This is not a permanent state; it is a moment in time.”

In accordance with the new “stay at home” measure, dine-in restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, and fitness studios will be closed. Public events and gatherings of people are also not permitted. Read more…

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Trump Closing U.S. Border With Canada

On Wednesday morning, President Trump announced that the United States would temporarily close its border with Canada. He wrote on Twitter: “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!?

An official said the two countries are in advanced talks but are still working out the details, including what the definition of non-essential travelers will be. Generally speaking, the official defined non-essential travel as tourism and cross-border shoppers. The federal government has stressed that border closures will not affect Canadians and permanent residents returning to the country. Read more..

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Disneyland Shuts Down Because of Coronavirus

On Thursday afternoon, The Walt Disney Company announced that Disneyland would be closed, issuing this statement:

As a result of the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Disneyland Resort, including Disneyland and Disney California Adventure is closing to guests on Friday, effective immediately.

While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interests of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. Read more…

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Big Ten Cancels Tournament Games Over Coronavirus Fears

The Big Ten announced Thursday that they will cancel the remainder of their men’s college basketball conference tournament, reversing an earlier decision to play the games, just without an audience of spectators.

“The Big Ten Conference announced today that it will be canceling the remainder of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, effective immediately,” the league said in a statement sent to sports reporters Thursday morning. “The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Read more…

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