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Coronavirus: Bill Gates lists things that must be done for life to “get back to normal”

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The second richest man in the world, Bill Gates has come out with a list of things that must be done for life to get back to normal as countries are easing restrictions on lockdown measures.

The founder of Microsoft who’s acting very concerned with how the world could fight COVID-19 released the list ahead of his Thursday night’s CNN Town Hall interview with White House Infectious disease expert Dr. Fauci.

The list reads;

1..Testing: Gates suggests various strategies to advance current testing methods including at-home test kits and consistent standards about who can get tested.

2.Contact Tracing: Gates suggests following Germany’s model. Interview everyone who tests positive and use a database to make sure someone follows up with all their contacts. However, this relies on the infected person reporting their contacts accurately and requires a lot of staff to follow up with everyone in person. Gates suggest technology may be more adept at this, such as apps that help you remember where you’ve been or using cell phones.

3. Effective Treatment: Right now, there is no treatment for Covid-19. On Wednesday, Fauci expressed optimism about an experimental drug called remdesevir, which is still in the trial phase. Other drugs like hydroxychloroquine have received a lot of attention but are still being studied. Treatments such as convalescent plasma – drawing blood from patients who have recovered from Covid-19, making sure it is free of the coronavirus and other infections, and giving the plasma and the antibodies it contains to sick people – look promising.  But there is no magic drug experts can fully support yet.

4.A Vaccine: Many countries and companies around the world are working at break-neck speed to develop a vaccine faster — and there are promising signs. Gates is particularly excited about pursuing a new approach called an “RNA vaccine.”

He said: “Unlike a flu shot, which contains fragments of the influenza virus so your immune system can learn to attack them, an RNA vaccine gives your body the genetic code needed to produce viral fragments on its own,” So, once your body senses traces of the infection, it attacks it.

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President Trump Terminates US Ties With World Health Organization (Video)

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President Trump announced Friday that he’s “terminating” the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization, claiming China has total control over it. As he listed a litany of grievances with China, the president announced he’s suspending the entry of certain Chinese nationals and sanctioning Chinese officials who have eroded Hong Kong’s freedom.

 

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Donald Trump reacts to the death of George Floyd

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Donald Trump reacts to the death of George Floyd caused by a police officer.

US President Donald Trump has reacted to the death of George Floyd who was murdered by some American police officers.

Four police officers caused the death of George Floyd after one person pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck while the other 3 were supporting him.

Reacting to the death of an innocent black man, Donald Trump called for an independent investigation and justice into the case.

He tweeted:

“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd….

….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”

Four white officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, but Mayor Jacob Frey says that one of the officers should be arrested for pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck.

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Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

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The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak in less than four months.

It has seen more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confirmed infections account for about 30% of the worldwide total.

The first US infection was reported in Washington state on 21 January.

Globally there have been 5.6 million people recorded as infected and 354,983 deaths since the virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

The US death toll stands at 100,276, according to Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, which has been tracking the pandemic.

It means that around as many Americans have died from Covid-19 than from the Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

But on a per capita basis the US ranks ninth in its mortality rate behind the likes of Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland, according to the university.

The US death toll is still climbing, and health officials say the actual number is likely higher than the recorded count.

 

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