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MSNBC 30 Mar 2020

Trump Backs Off Reopening As Nation's Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 3,000

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With the number of coronavirus cases in America now well over 160,000, the president is no longer talking about having the nation back open by Easter as states look the Washington for supplies and leadership. Aired on 3/30/20.


President Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies Thursday. It comes as the president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are responding to the rising coronavirus death toll. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe and CBS News political director Caitlin Conant discuss.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer pays tribute to those who have died of Covid-19 as the United States death toll surpasses 100,000.
Trump is deflecting all blame amid the coronavirus pandemic response and renewed his fight with several states and governors as the death toll soars. Aired on 04/17/2020.
As states reopen, Trump is taking to calling people warriors seeming to suggest the death toll across the nation is necessary collateral damage to get the American economy going again. But most polls show consumers are not ready to take to stores and restaurants again. Aired on 05/06/2020.

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>>> YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE AT THE
>>> YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, AND IN
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, AND IN CASE YOU MISSED THE POINT WHILE
CASE YOU MISSED THE POINT WHILE LIVING IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN,
LIVING IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, THESE DAYS THE NIGHT SKIES OVER
THESE DAYS THE NIGHT SKIES OVER THE CITY ARE LIT UP WITH A RED
THE CITY ARE LIT UP WITH A RED LIGHT, A BEACON INDICATING THE
LIGHT, A BEACON INDICATING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY ON THE
STATE OF EMERGENCY ON THE STREETS BELOW.
STREETS BELOW. WELL, GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN.
WELL, GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN. DAY 1,166 OF THE TRUMP
DAY 1,166 OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.
ADMINISTRATION. 218 DAYS UNTIL OUR NEXT
218 DAYS UNTIL OUR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND 19
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND 19 DAYS SINCE THE WORLD HEALTH
DAYS SINCE THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARED THE
ORGANIZATION DECLARED THE CORONAVIRUS A PANDEMIC.
CORONAVIRUS A PANDEMIC. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE END
THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE END OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S 15-DAY
OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S 15-DAY STOP-THE-SPREAD GUIDELINES, BUT
STOP-THE-SPREAD GUIDELINES, BUT IT TURNED OUT THAT WAS WISHFUL
IT TURNED OUT THAT WAS WISHFUL THINKING.
THINKING. INSTEAD THE CORONAVIRUS WILL NOT
INSTEAD THE CORONAVIRUS WILL NOT STOP SPREADING WITHIN OUR
STOP SPREADING WITHIN OUR COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. THE GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH
THE GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA WANTS HIS CITIZENS
OF VIRGINIA WANTS HIS CITIZENS INDOORS FOR THE NEXT 70 DAYS.
INDOORS FOR THE NEXT 70 DAYS. THE PRESIDENT, WHO HAS BACKED
THE PRESIDENT, WHO HAS BACKED OFF HIS GOAL OF PACKING CHURCHES
OFF HIS GOAL OF PACKING CHURCHES ON EASTER SUNDAY, HAS NOW GONE
ON EASTER SUNDAY, HAS NOW GONE ALONG WITH HIS EXPERTS.
ALONG WITH HIS EXPERTS. HE WILL CONTINUE THE CURRENT
HE WILL CONTINUE THE CURRENT BEHAVIORAL GUIDELINES FOR AT
BEHAVIORAL GUIDELINES FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER MONTH.
LEAST ANOTHER MONTH. >> YESTERDAY I ANNOUNCED THAT WE
>> YESTERDAY I ANNOUNCED THAT WE WOULD BE EXTENDING OUR SOCIAL
WOULD BE EXTENDING OUR SOCIAL DISTANCE GUIDELINES THROUGH THE
DISTANCE GUIDELINES THROUGH THE END OF APRIL.
END OF APRIL. THIS IS BASED ON MODELING THAT
THIS IS BASED ON MODELING THAT SHOWS THE PEAK IN FATALITIES
SHOWS THE PEAK IN FATALITIES WILL NOT ARRIVE FOR ANOTHER TWO
WILL NOT ARRIVE FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS.
WEEKS. THE SAME MODELING ALSO SHOWS
THE SAME MODELING ALSO SHOWS THAT BY VERY VIGOROUSLY
THAT BY VERY VIGOROUSLY FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES, WE
FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES, WE COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION
COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION AMERICAN LIVES.
AMERICAN LIVES. CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR
CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS, AND THIS IS A
THE NEXT 30 DAYS, AND THIS IS A VERY VITAL 30 DAYS.
VERY VITAL 30 DAYS. WE’RE SORT OF PUTTING IT ALL ON
WE’RE SORT OF PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE.
THE LINE. THIS 30 DAYS SO IMPORTANT
THIS 30 DAYS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GET BACK.
BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GET BACK. BUT THE MORE WE DEDICATE
BUT THE MORE WE DEDICATE OURSELVES TODAY, THE MORE
OURSELVES TODAY, THE MORE QUICKLY WE WILL EMERGE ON THE
QUICKLY WE WILL EMERGE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CRISIS.
OTHER SIDE OF THE CRISIS. >> THAT WAS TODAY’S MESSAGE FROM
>> THAT WAS TODAY’S MESSAGE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.
THE WHITE HOUSE. AGAIN, A FAR CRY FROM THE PUSH
AGAIN, A FAR CRY FROM THE PUSH TO REOPEN THE NATION BY EASTER.
TO REOPEN THE NATION BY EASTER. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY A PARADE OF
IT WAS FOLLOWED BY A PARADE OF CEOs STEPPING UP TO THE MIC TO
CEOs STEPPING UP TO THE MIC TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THEIR COMPANIES
TALK ABOUT WHAT THEIR COMPANIES WERE DOING AND IN SOME CASES THE
WERE DOING AND IN SOME CASES THE PRODUCTS THEY MAKE.
PRODUCTS THEY MAKE. THERE WAS EVEN TALK OF SENDING
THERE WAS EVEN TALK OF SENDING EQUIPMENT WE DON’T NEED TO OTHER
EQUIPMENT WE DON’T NEED TO OTHER NATIONS.
NATIONS. THOSE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING IN AS
THOSE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING IN AS NEW CASES IN THIS COUNTRY SOAR
NEW CASES IN THIS COUNTRY SOAR PAST 161,000 NOW WITH NEARLY
PAST 161,000 NOW WITH NEARLY 3,000 LIVES LOST.
3,000 LIVES LOST. THIS MORNING WE HEARD A
THIS MORNING WE HEARD A STARTLING COMMENT FROM THE
STARTLING COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR OF THE CORONAVIRUS
COORDINATOR OF THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE THAT PUT THIS BATTLE
TASK FORCE THAT PUT THIS BATTLE TO SLOW THIS OUTBREAK INTO A
TO SLOW THIS OUTBREAK INTO A KIND OF GRIM PERSPECTIVE.
KIND OF GRIM PERSPECTIVE. >> IF WE DO THINGS TOGETHER
>> IF WE DO THINGS TOGETHER WELL, ALMOST PERFECTLY, WE COULD
WELL, ALMOST PERFECTLY, WE COULD GET IN THE RANGE OF 100,000 TO
GET IN THE RANGE OF 100,000 TO 200,000 FATALITIES.
200,000 FATALITIES. WE DON’T EVEN WANT TO SEE THAT.
WE DON’T EVEN WANT TO SEE THAT. >> JUST TO REPEAT THESE NUMBERS,
>> JUST TO REPEAT THESE NUMBERS, THEY ARE TALKING IN TERMS OF
THEY ARE TALKING IN TERMS OF 100,000 FATALITIES TO 200,000
100,000 FATALITIES TO 200,000 FATALITIES.
FATALITIES. THOSE NUMBERS AND THE DECISION
THOSE NUMBERS AND THE DECISION TO SET APRIL 30th AS THE NEXT
TO SET APRIL 30th AS THE NEXT GOAL FOR GETTING BACK TO
GOAL FOR GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL EMERGED LATE
BUSINESS AS USUAL EMERGED LATE YESTERDAY.
YESTERDAY. >> AND I THINK IT’S ENTIRELY
>> AND I THINK IT’S ENTIRELY CONCEIVABLE THAT IF WE DO NOT
CONCEIVABLE THAT IF WE DO NOT MITIGATE TO THE EXTENT THAT
MITIGATE TO THE EXTENT THAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO, THAT YOU
WE’RE TRYING TO DO, THAT YOU COULD REACH THAT NUMBER.
COULD REACH THAT NUMBER. >> 100,000?
>> 100,000? >> YEAH, YEAH.
>> YEAH, YEAH. IT’S POSSIBLE.
IT’S POSSIBLE. DR. BIRX AND I SPENT A
DR. BIRX AND I SPENT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME
CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME GOING OVER ALL THE DATA, WHY WE
GOING OVER ALL THE DATA, WHY WE FELT THIS WAS A BEST CHOICE OF
FELT THIS WAS A BEST CHOICE OF US, AND THE PRESIDENT ACCEPTED
US, AND THE PRESIDENT ACCEPTED IT.
IT. >> WE’RE GOING TO BRING DOWN THE
>> WE’RE GOING TO BRING DOWN THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS SO WE DON’T
NUMBER OF INFECTIONS SO WE DON’T HAVE 2.2 MILLION DEATHS OR
HAVE 2.2 MILLION DEATHS OR 1.6 MILLION DEATHS.
1.6 MILLION DEATHS. >> SO IF WE CAN HOLD THAT DOWN
>> SO IF WE CAN HOLD THAT DOWN AS WE’RE SAYING TO 100,000,
AS WE’RE SAYING TO 100,000, THAT’S A HORRIBLE NUMBER, MAYBE
THAT’S A HORRIBLE NUMBER, MAYBE EVEN LESS, BUT TO 100,000, SO WE
EVEN LESS, BUT TO 100,000, SO WE HAVE BETWEEN 100,000 AND
HAVE BETWEEN 100,000 AND 200,000, WE ALL TOGETHER HAVE
200,000, WE ALL TOGETHER HAVE DONE A VERY GOOD JOB.
DONE A VERY GOOD JOB. >> HERE IS A REMINDER OF WHAT
>> HERE IS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID BACK IN
THE PRESIDENT SAID BACK IN FEBRUARY ABOUT WHAT HE EXPECTED
FEBRUARY ABOUT WHAT HE EXPECTED TO HAPPEN BY APRIL.
TO HAPPEN BY APRIL. >> THERE’S A THEORY THAT IN
>> THERE’S A THEORY THAT IN APRIL WHEN IT GETS WARM,
APRIL WHEN IT GETS WARM, HISTORICALLY THAT HAS BEEN ABLE
HISTORICALLY THAT HAS BEEN ABLE TO KILL THE VIRUS.
TO KILL THE VIRUS. THAT’S AROUND THE CORNER, SO
THAT’S AROUND THE CORNER, SO THAT WILL BE A GREAT THING.
THAT WILL BE A GREAT THING. I THINK WHEN WE GET INTO APRIL
I THINK WHEN WE GET INTO APRIL AND THE WARMER WEATHER, THAT HAS
AND THE WARMER WEATHER, THAT HAS A VERY NEGATIVE EFFECT ON THAT,
A VERY NEGATIVE EFFECT ON THAT, AND THAT TYPE OF A VIRUS.
AND THAT TYPE OF A VIRUS. >> U.S. RETAILERS AMONG THE
>> U.S. RETAILERS AMONG THE HARDEST HIT AS AMERICANS BRACE
HARDEST HIT AS AMERICANS BRACE FOR LONG-TERM CORONAVIRUS
FOR LONG-TERM CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWNS.
SHUTDOWNS. JUST TODAY, MACY’S KOHL’S, THE
JUST TODAY, MACY’S KOHL’S, THE GAP ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD BE
GAP ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD BE FURLOUGHING THE MAJORITY OF
FURLOUGHING THE MAJORITY OF THEIR WORKERS, LEAVING TENS OF
THEIR WORKERS, LEAVING TENS OF THOUSANDS WITHOUT WORK.
THOUSANDS WITHOUT WORK. A GROWING NUMBER OF STATES ARE
A GROWING NUMBER OF STATES ARE IMPOSING STRICT ORDERS TO STAY
IMPOSING STRICT ORDERS TO STAY HOME.
HOME. WASHINGTON, D.C., ARIZONA,
WASHINGTON, D.C., ARIZONA, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA ALL JOINED
MARYLAND, VIRGINIA ALL JOINED THE LIST TODAY.
THE LIST TODAY. VIRGINIA’S ORDER IS THE MOST
VIRGINIA’S ORDER IS THE MOST EXTREME.
EXTREME. THAT EXTENDS OUT, AGAIN, 70
THAT EXTENDS OUT, AGAIN, 70 DAYS, PUTS US IN JUNE.
DAYS, PUTS US IN JUNE. A REMINDER HERE THAT GOVERNOR
A REMINDER HERE THAT GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM OF VIRGINIA IS A
RALPH NORTHAM OF VIRGINIA IS A MEDICAL DOCTOR BY TRAINING.
MEDICAL DOCTOR BY TRAINING. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID TODAY HE
PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID TODAY HE HAS NO PLANS TO ISSUE A
HAS NO PLANS TO ISSUE A NATIONWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.
NATIONWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. SOME STATES STILL REFUSE TO
SOME STATES STILL REFUSE TO CLOSE ALL NONESSENTIAL
CLOSE ALL NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES.
BUSINESSES. AMONG THEM, FLORIDA, NUMBER SIX
AMONG THEM, FLORIDA, NUMBER SIX ON THE LIST OF STATES WITH THE
ON THE LIST OF STATES WITH THE MOST CASES OF THE VIRUS.
MOST CASES OF THE VIRUS. THEY HAPPEN TO HAVE A HUGE
THEY HAPPEN TO HAVE A HUGE SENIOR CITIZEN POPULATION.
SENIOR CITIZEN POPULATION. GOVERNOR RON DeSANTIS ANNOUNCED
GOVERNOR RON DeSANTIS ANNOUNCED TODAY HE’S SHUTTING DOWN SOME
TODAY HE’S SHUTTING DOWN SOME COUNTIES IN THE SOUTHEAST PART
COUNTIES IN THE SOUTHEAST PART OF THE STATE AND SETTING UP
OF THE STATE AND SETTING UP ROADBLOCKS BLAMING
ROADBLOCKS BLAMING OUT-OF-STATERS FOR THE
OUT-OF-STATERS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS CASES THERE.
CORONAVIRUS CASES THERE. >> AND SO GIVEN THE NEW YORK
>> AND SO GIVEN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA IS THE NUMBER ONE HOT
CITY AREA IS THE NUMBER ONE HOT SPOT IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW,
SPOT IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, WHEN THE NEW YORK GOVERNOR
WHEN THE NEW YORK GOVERNOR INSTITUTED THE STAY-IN-PLACE
INSTITUTED THE STAY-IN-PLACE ORDER, WE STARTED NOTICING A
ORDER, WE STARTED NOTICING A HUGE UPTICK IN TRAFFIC OUT OF
HUGE UPTICK IN TRAFFIC OUT OF THE CITY, MANY OF THEM COMING TO
THE CITY, MANY OF THEM COMING TO FLORIDA.
FLORIDA. SO WE VIEW THAT AS PROBLEMATIC.
SO WE VIEW THAT AS PROBLEMATIC. >> AND JUST A REMINDER HERE.
>> AND JUST A REMINDER HERE. THIS WAS THE SCENE DURING SPRING
THIS WAS THE SCENE DURING SPRING BREAK IN CLEARWATER BEACH, NOT
BREAK IN CLEARWATER BEACH, NOT IN SOUTH FLORIDA, JUST OVER A
IN SOUTH FLORIDA, JUST OVER A WEEK AGO.
WEEK AGO. A JACKSONVILLE CITY OFFICIAL
A JACKSONVILLE CITY OFFICIAL POSTED THIS IMAGE FROM OVER THE
POSTED THIS IMAGE FROM OVER THE WEEKEND.
WEEKEND. MEANWHILE NEW YORK CONTINUES TO
MEANWHILE NEW YORK CONTINUES TO GRAPPLE WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER
GRAPPLE WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CASES IN THE UNITED STATES.
OF CASES IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE IS NOW A FIELD HOSPITAL IN
THERE IS NOW A FIELD HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL PARK.
CENTRAL PARK. 68 BEDS AVAILABLE.
68 BEDS AVAILABLE. THERE’S NOW A NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP
THERE’S NOW A NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP DOCKED IN THE HUDSON RIVER,
DOCKED IN THE HUDSON RIVER, ANOTHER 1,000 BEDS.
ANOTHER 1,000 BEDS. AS THE HOSPITAL SHIP "COMFORT"
AS THE HOSPITAL SHIP "COMFORT" PASSED BY THE STATUE OF LIBERTY,
PASSED BY THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, A MEMORABLE PHOTO WAS BORN IN
A MEMORABLE PHOTO WAS BORN IN THAT INSTANT.
THAT INSTANT. CHICAGO ALSO DEALING WITH
CHICAGO ALSO DEALING WITH ESCALATING CASES WILL CONVERT
ESCALATING CASES WILL CONVERT ITS ENORMOUS McCORMICK PLACE
ITS ENORMOUS McCORMICK PLACE CONVENTION CENTER INTO THE
CONVENTION CENTER INTO THE STATE’S FIRST FIELD HOSPITAL FOR
STATE’S FIRST FIELD HOSPITAL FOR SOME 3,000 PATIENTS BY APRIL 24.
SOME 3,000 PATIENTS BY APRIL 24. IN LOS ANGELES, THE NATIONAL
IN LOS ANGELES, THE NATIONAL GUARD CONVERTED THE CITY’S
GUARD CONVERTED THE CITY’S CONVENTION CENTER INTO A FIELD
CONVENTION CENTER INTO A FIELD HOSPITAL THERE TO RELIEVE THE
HOSPITAL THERE TO RELIEVE THE BURDEN ON THE CITY’S OVERCROWDED
BURDEN ON THE CITY’S OVERCROWDED MEDICAL FACILITIES.
MEDICAL FACILITIES. MEDICAL STAFF ACROSS THE COUNTRY
MEDICAL STAFF ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN WARNING OF DIRE
HAVE BEEN WARNING OF DIRE SHORTAGES OF PROTECTIVE
SHORTAGES OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, MOSTLY MASKS.
EQUIPMENT, MOSTLY MASKS. YESTERDAY TRUMP SUGGESTED THAT
YESTERDAY TRUMP SUGGESTED THAT HOSPITALS WERE TO BLAME FOR THE
HOSPITALS WERE TO BLAME FOR THE RATE AT WHICH THESE MASKS WERE
RATE AT WHICH THESE MASKS WERE BEING USED UP, AND HE THREW OUT
BEING USED UP, AND HE THREW OUT THAT SAME INFERENCE AGAIN TODAY.
THAT SAME INFERENCE AGAIN TODAY. >> YOU EXPRESSED SOME CONCERN IN
>> YOU EXPRESSED SOME CONCERN IN THE PAST THAT MEDICAL SUPPLIES
THE PAST THAT MEDICAL SUPPLIES WERE GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR AND
WERE GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR AND THAT PERHAPS --
THAT PERHAPS -- >> YEAH.
>> YEAH. >> -- SOME HOSPITALS WERE DOING
>> -- SOME HOSPITALS WERE DOING THINGS --
THINGS -- >> WELL, I ALREADY EXPRESSED
>> WELL, I ALREADY EXPRESSED WHAT WAS TOLD TO ME BY A
WHAT WAS TOLD TO ME BY A TREMENDOUS POWER IN THE
TREMENDOUS POWER IN THE BUSINESS.
BUSINESS. HE SAID THAT AT A NEW YORK
HE SAID THAT AT A NEW YORK HOSPITAL, FOR A LONG PERIOD OF
HOSPITAL, FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME HE WAS GIVING 10,000, MAYBE
TIME HE WAS GIVING 10,000, MAYBE MAXIMUM 20,000 MASKS OVER A
MAXIMUM 20,000 MASKS OVER A SHORT TIME.
SHORT TIME. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN HE’S GIVING
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN HE’S GIVING 300,000.
300,000. AND I SAID NO MATTER HOW BAD
AND I SAID NO MATTER HOW BAD THIS IS, COULD THAT BE POSSIBLE?
THIS IS, COULD THAT BE POSSIBLE? HE SAID, NO.
HE SAID, NO. SO THERE’S ONLY A COUPLE OF
SO THERE’S ONLY A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN.
THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN. IS IT GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR?
IS IT GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR? AND I’VE REPORTED IT TO THE CITY
AND I’VE REPORTED IT TO THE CITY AND LET THE CITY TAKE A LOOK AT
AND LET THE CITY TAKE A LOOK AT IT.
IT. THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON.
THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON. >> AND TONIGHT THE GOVERNOR OF
>> AND TONIGHT THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK WAS ASKED ABOUT THE
NEW YORK WAS ASKED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS.
PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS. >> THE EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN
>> THE EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN THE PPE IS REAL, RIGHT?
THE PPE IS REAL, RIGHT? ALMOST -- IN THE HOSPITALS NOW,
ALMOST -- IN THE HOSPITALS NOW, THERE’S COVID PPE, NON-COVID
THERE’S COVID PPE, NON-COVID PPE.
PPE. EVERYBODY’S WEARING COVID PPE
EVERYBODY’S WEARING COVID PPE BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO HAS
BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO HAS COVID.
COVID. YOU DON’T KNOW WHO DOESN’T HAVE
YOU DON’T KNOW WHO DOESN’T HAVE COVID.
COVID. EVERY TIME THEY SEE A PATIENT,

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