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Hydroxychloroquine Shows Promise In Coronavirus Study

Researchers in China found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine was effective in treating patients with mild cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a study released Tuesday. Patients treated with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) saw improvements in coughs, fever and pneumonia compared to a control group, the researchers found. The randomized trial looked at 62 patients admitted ...

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Scientist Who Predicted Pandemic Blasts WHO: ‘They Set Us Back A Great Deal’

Dr. Michael Osterholm, a leaded expert on infectious disease, blasted the World Health Organization’s early analysis of the threat posed by the novel coronavirus.  ‘When you look at what WHO did I think they set us back a great deal,’ Osterholm said in a podcast interview this week.  He said that WHO’s guidance about the transmissibility of coronavirus led health ...

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Chinese Government Finally Acknowledges Underreporting Coronavirus Cases

A top Chinese health official said Wednesday that the government will begin counting coronavirus patients without symptoms in its official tally of cases of the virus, in what is a tacit acknowledgement that Beijing has underreported data on the pandemic. China’s National Health Commission disclosed that the government is monitoring 1,541 people who have tested positive for coronavirus but have ...

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‘Lack Of Confidence’: DOJ Watchdog Finds More Problems With FBI’s FISA Procedures

The Justice Department office of the inspector general has a “lack of confidence” in the FBI’s procedures to validate information used to obtain spy warrants on American citizens, the watchdog said in a report released on Tuesday. The office of the inspector general (OIG) found errors in all 29 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications that were ...

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China’s Propaganda Machine Loves WHO Official Bruce Aylward

China’s state-controlled media outlets have frequently boosted the remarks of Dr. Bruce Aylward, a top WHO official who has come under scrutiny following an interview in which he suggested Taiwan is part of China.  Aylward has been a staunch defender of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  “If I had COVID-19, I’d want to be treated in China,” Aylward said ...

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DOJ Is Probing Sen Richard Burr’s Stock Trades

The Justice Department is probing a series of stock trades that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr made in the weeks after receiving briefings about the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported. The Justice Department is coordinating with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the matter, and the FBI has contacted Burr, a North Carolina Republican, according to CNN, which cited two ...

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Study Raises Hope That Blood Plasma Can Treat Coronavirus Patients

A preliminary study released Friday found that blood serum from people who recovered from coronavirus was effective at treating critically-ill patients, raising hopes that the technique will curtail a pandemic that has already killed more than 30,000 people around the globe. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at only five patients, and the ...

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Rhode Island Governor Orders Police, National Guard To Track Down New Yorkers

The National Guard in Rhode Island will begin going door-to-door on Saturday to enforce an executive order requiring visitors from New York to go into self-quarantine for 14 days in order to limit the spread of coronavirus. Gov. Gina Raimondo, who signed the order on Thursday, also authorized police to make traffic stops of vehicles with license plates from the ...

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New Orleans Mayor Blames Trump, Federal Government For Her Decision To Hold Mardis Gras

The mayor of New Orleans on Thursday blamed the federal government and President Donald Trump for her decision not to cancel this year’s Mardi Gras, which health experts believe might have helped spread coronavirus in the Big Easy. “The federal government did not issue any red flags, and therefore we moved forward,” LaToya Cantrell said in an interview with CNN’s ...

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Chinese Propaganda Has Infected Daily Mail’s Coronavirus Coverage

A prominent British news outlet widely read in the U.S. has recently published multiple stories about the coronavirus pandemic based on information from the Communist Party of China’s official newspaper and other propaganda outlets.  The Daily Mail this week published stories that pushed the communist party’s line that the new cases of coronavirus that have appeared in China came from ...

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