**CORONAVIRUS – COVID 19 – SHUTDOWNS GLOBALLY**
3:30 PM ET – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
4:05 PM ET – Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, is based in Italy, with his wife Callista who is the United States Ambassador to the Vatican. He is at the epicenter of all that is happening with the virus in Italy. With this virus affecting those with compromised health and the elderly Italy was a prime target. Italy is among Japan and Germany having the oldest population in the world. The Speaker gives his advice to the American people, seeing what Italy did wrong and what we can learn from it:
Ultimately, because there is no vaccine yet and no approved drugs for treatment, old-fashioned public health tools — such as social distancing and good hygiene — are some of the best preventative measures that people can take.
One of the challenges of this virus is that there is no way to distinguish it from so many other viral infections. The symptoms, if they even manifest, are often identical to a cold or the flu. Which makes it all the more important for Americans to self-isolate, wash their hands, and not go into work sick if they do experience symptoms. As Dr. Butler told me, Americans should be prepared rather than scared, and also flexible with their plans.
5:05 PM ET – Dr. Marc Siegel, is a Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, a Medical Director of Doctor Radio at NYU and SiriusXM, and a Fox News Medical Correspondent and also the author of False Alarm, the Truth About the Epidemic of Fear, and Dr. Nicole Saphier, board certified radiologist in New York City, Fox News Medical Contributor and author of the book Make America Healthy Again: How Bad Behavior and Big Government Caused a Trillion Dollar Crisis are here to discuss the Coronavirus and the ramifications of social distancing. With NYC now closing all public schools, bars and restaurants restricted to take out and delivery, our way of life is being drastically altered. Dr. Siegel had a great point in his op-ed with what we are teaching our children during this pandemic:
It is deeply disturbing that some of our teens and young adults are out partying at bars and concerts late at night or take cheap discounted planes around the country even while many of the rest of us restrict our movements, engage in social distancing, wash our hands carefully, disinfect surfaces and insert elbow bumps instead of handshakes and hugs. Partying instead is the kind of denial I can understand, but not what we should be teaching our children.
We should tell them that we will get through this, that schools will reopen, that life will return to normal. Tell them that we have been through worse, that this country was created in the name of freedom, rose from the ashes of the Civil War, and rode to the rescue in World War I and II and helped to save the world. We restricted our freedoms during WWII in the name of the war effort, and we can do it now too.
We are a proud people, and we rise to the occasion and vanquish our enemies, including contagions. We have beaten polio here, and smallpox, and measles, and we will beat this coronavirus.
Teach our children that when we are afraid we over personalize our risks and jump right away to the worst-case scenario. Teach them that words matter, and to avoid fear words like “sweep across” or “deadly” or “devastating” when describing this virus. Too many are using these words every second already, in social media, on the Internet, in newspapers, and on cable news, and we don’t need to add to it.