tv Coronavirus Pandemic Special FOX News March 22, 2020 10:00am-11:00am PDT
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washington. throughout the hour, kristen, obviously we will get the latest news and get some folks questions answered by our team of doctors. kristen: i'm kristen fisher. also in washington, just in a separate studio. we're practicing our social distancing just like all of you at home. the number of coronavirus cases, also of course on the rise nationally. more than 26,000 infections confirmed here in the united states. and at least 340 people have been killed by the virus so far. our steve harrigan is tracking all of this outside the cdc's headquarters in atlanta, georgia. hi, steve. >> kristen, we have been watching the numbers creep up. both globally and in the u.s. exact figure as of this morning 26,747 cases, 340 deaths. these numbers continue to rise. we heard this morning from the former director of the cdc on fox news sunday about what we can expect in the near future. >> the severe cases we're seeing today are people who are infected 10 to 14 days ago.
that means for the next 10 to 14 days we're likely to continue to see a big increase in cases in places like new york city. that's why we're so worried about healthcare becoming overwhelmed. >> part of the reason the numbers keep going up, that's because the testing keeps going up, 800% jump in testing over the past week alone and for the first time the fda approved on site diagnostic test for the virus. gives results in about 45 minutes. this instead of sending a sample to a lab waiting one or two days. those tests those on site tests expected to be on the market by the end of the week. they are used either with a swab or a saline rinse. that's good news because swabs are suddenly in short supply. of course masks in short supply as well. that's why the task force yesterday cautioned people about unnecessary testing by the so-called worried well. the shortages of protective equipment. the task force said the government had ordered 600 million new protective masks but
gave no date as to when those masks would be in use in the system. kristen, back to you. kristen: really sounds like the next 10 to 14 days are going to be absolutely critical for hospitals across the country. steve harrigan, thank you. leland? leland: 10 to 14 days critical as well for the economy. negotiations going on as we speak on capitol hill for a phase three coronavirus aid bill that could top 2 trillion dollars. molly henneberg following those negotiations that appear to have hit at least one or two snags. hi, molly. >> just minutes ago we heard from the top senate republican, majority leader mitch mcconnell, a couple of notes from that, it doesn't sound like there's a final deal yet. mcconnell says the g.o.p. and democratic leaders from the house and the senate are still talking about issues they disagree on, that they are still some back and forth, some as mcconnell put it, some elbowing and maneuvering for room, but at some point, mcconnell says that needs to stop and there needs to be legislation. will there be a final bill that
can pass the senate perhaps by tomorrow and also have a chance in the house? here's what mcconnell just said on that. >> well, you would have to ask her. what we intend to do here in the senate is to move forward with a senate bill. i'm hopeful and optimistic that we'll get bipartisan support because this bill has been negotiated on a bipartisan basis here in the senate. best for the country if the house would take it up and pass it just like we did. >> mcconnell spoke after a bipartisan meeting this morning, with treasury secretary steve mnuchin, representing the trump administration, and then the top four legislative leaders, senate republican mcconnell, senate democrat schumer, house speaker democrat pelosi and house republican mccarthy. going into the meeting, as speaker pelosi walked in, she was asked if there would be a deal today, and she said going into the meeting, quote, from my
standpoint, we are apart, but i will have more to say on that later. they are trying to hammer out what and how much aid goes to individuals and families, what and how much aid goes to small and medium businesses and what and how much aid goes to big businesses. here's speaker pelosi after the meeting. >> their deadline for a vote. we will be introducing our own bill and hopefully it will be compatible with what they discussed in the senate. >> so no deal -- [inaudible] -- at this point? >> if somehow a deal is resurrected today, there could be a procedural vote later today in the senate that essentially test if there's enough initial bipartisan support of the measure. final vote could come tomorrow. a lot of ifs here. the price tag on this evolving legislation as you were talking about leland is over a trillion, some estimates up to 2 trillion. those are eye-popping numbers,
indicating the impact of shutting down huge parts of the u.s. economy. leland? leland: you think about how long these negotiations have stalled. they talked about having a deal midnight on friday. already past noon on sunday. molly, thank you. kristen? kristen: we are also waiting for an update out of the white house this afternoon. members of the coronavirus task force are set to address the nation again at 4:30 p.m. eastern this afternoon. here to talk about how the trump administration is handling this crisis and trying to help americans during this pandemic is hud secretary and white house coronavirus task force member dr. ben carson. doctor, secretary, both titles, very applicable in this case, secretary, let's start by talking about what your department is doing in particular. hud has suspended foreclosures and evictions for two months, for single family homes, with loans through the federal housing administration, but that only applies to about 8 million units. so what is your message to
everyone else who will likely be struggling to pay their rent and pay their mortgage in the coming weeks and months? >> part of what is being negotiated in congress right now are measures to be able to help take care of some of our most vulnerable citizens. a lot of people who live, for instance, in public housing or assisted housing, you know, they are not covered by our fha guarantees. and as a result of that, you know, we've been in contact with the phas, with the various landlords, to ask them to extend forbearance and to use a variety of different things, including some of their reserve funds to tide them over, recognizing that, you know, if they evict people, then you've got to start all over again, plus you're exacerbating the situation nationwide. i have not found many people who don't understand that. i don't think that's a particular issue, but we've also
been in contact with the continual care providers for homelessness and given them a tool kit that can be utilized to help get them connected with local healthcare resources and understand what the best practices are and what kind of contingencies to have in place in case somebody contracts the disease. >> secretary, these servicers of mortgage loans will be feeling the economic pinch themselves. at some point, could you see yourself supporting or advocating a national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures? >> i would -- if that was necessary, certainly advocate that. but again, i really don't think it's going to be a big problem because everybody is in this. everybody knows what the consequences are of exacerbating the problem, so i don't think that's going to be a big issue. what we do need to concentrate
on is recognizing that we're all in the same boat, and even though you may have an advantage today, you're not going to have one tomorrow, unless we all pull together and solve the problem. >> secretary, i would like to ask you to put on your doctor's hat or in this case mask for a minute, i know the administration, the federal government working very hard to provide all of the personal protective equipment to hospitals, doctors, and nurses across the country, but there is no doubt, it is in very short supply, which prompted president trump to suggest this yesterday. listen and then i will get your reaction on the other side >> i said why are we sanitizing masks? you look at the masks. i have looked at all the different masks. some don't lead themselves to doing that, i think, but many do. i said why aren't we -- we have very good liquids for doing this, sanitizing the masks? >> secretary, you are a well respected doctor. do you agree with president trump that this is what it has come to, in some cases sanitizing and reusing masks?
>> there are some masks for which that would be totally inappropriate, but there are some that could be resterilized. there are some that are being made with cloth like materials, some with plastic like materials with cloth like materials around the edges. people are taking that into consideration. we are in a very innovative society and they are recognizing that this is going to be a problem and they're trying to create things that in fact can be reused. >> i mean, did you ever think you would see a time in the united states in the cdc was being forced to issue guidelines like in worst-case scenario, use a bandana? >> well, you know, it just goes to show you how quickly things can change. you know, some of your older viewers remember how quickly the soviet union fell apart. it was like overnight. and we should never be overconfident. we always need to be looking at what we can do to make sure we stabilize our society and stabilize it for the future, which is one of the reasons we
need to be careful as we go about this economic recovery that we don't compromise future generations. we have to be very wise in the way we do this. >> secretary carson, i know you are a busy man today. thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. >> one extra thing -- kristen: please. >> i would love to tell federal workers we need blood. you've got income coming in. it's safe to donate. please donate blood. kristen: great point, dr. ben carson, thank you very much. >> thank you. kristen: leland? leland: great point, live coverage of the virus briefing at 4:30. the task force there from the white house here on fox news. it's of course been made very clear to folks, stay home. yet, thousands if not tens of thousands of spring breakers are determined not to let the coronavirus ruin their spring break and they've headed for miami. miami mayor has been in quarantine now for 11 days after having tested positive for
covid-19. mr. mayor, we appreciate you joining us. it looks like you are feeling a bit better than the past week or so. this is the moment where the skype connection that we've been using for social distancing as we try not to make sure we don't have people in the bureau, in studios next to each other. sometimes the technology -- >> i hear you perfectly. leland: he's not hearing the show. he was hearing somebody else. let's see if he hears me in a minute. kristen, dr. carson saying we need blood. you don't often hear a plea like that. so often at times of crisis in america, i'm thinking 9/11, often times after mass shootings, there are lines of people to give blood, and now nothing. kristen: i think a lot of people are scared to go to the places where you do donate blood. that's why it was so important to hear the secretary say he
believes it is still very safe to do so and urging all americans to do so. and, you know, all you have to do is take a look at what's happening in countries like the united kingdom and of course italy to get a sense of why the call for blood now is so important. and right now the italian prime minister is calling the coronavirus the worst crisis that the country has faced since world war ii, and despite being on lockdown, the country is still facing a growing number of infections. amy kellogg has been tracking it all as she has been for several days if not weeks now, and she joins us from florence, italy. hi, amy. >> hi, kristen. we just got the latest italy numbers. we all wait for these every day at around this time. 59,000 people since the outbreak began have been infected with coronavirus here. in the last 24 hours, there have been 651 deaths and about 4,000
new infections. now, what do these numbers mean? i mean, it is overwhelming. we keep hearing about the u.s. numbers and the european numbers. spain is about at half where it will is -- where italy is, i think it is important to point out that each of these numbers represent a family, some tragedy, some stress and some sorrow, so we need to consider that as we parse all the information. in an effort to lift the spirits of her patients, this doctor made an announcement that all of italy is with them, and then she played the national anthem through the ward here by loud speaker. the prime minister made another announcement, late last night, just before midnight, calling the coronavirus outbreak italy's worst crisis since world war ii. he announced further closures. until now, a lot of factories have still been up and running, but now they've drawn up a very strict list, and only the most strategic and essential are
allowed to carry on. and another decree came down, no more movement between towns. everyone with very rare exceptions needs to stay where they are. people in affected countries are pining for their older isolated family members. this opera singer in israel serenaded her father who was under quarantine. israel has buried its first covid-19 casualty, an 88-year-old holocaust survivor with an underlying illness. iran is one of the worst-hit countries by this pandemic in gravity. it's third after china and it y italy -- italy. the u.s. has offered to help. in an address to the nation, the supreme leader rebuffed the offer. >> translator: you americans are suspects of having produced this virus. i do not know how real this accusation is, but when it exists, who in their right minds would trust you to bring them
medication? >> now, again, kristen, with all of these numbers that cause a bit of confusion, iran's death rate from covid-19 so far has been 7%. the u.s. is just over 1%. but italy, kristen, is at 9%. and people are just trying to understand whether calculations have been done differently, whether it has to do with the fact that this is such an aging population, whether it has to do with the fact that there are a lot of smokers in italy perhaps, compared to other countries, or whether it has something to do with the bad air pollution in the northern part of italy, which has been the hardest hit. there's of course an ongoing debate about all of this. certainly we won't know exactly why until this is all done. kristen? kristen: 9%, that's hard to wrap your head around. amy kellogg, please be safe out there. thank you very much. leland? leland: with that, we think we have the skype connection worked out with the miami mayor, francis suarez who has been in quarantine himself and trying to continue to work from there. you like you are feeling a bit
better sir after testing positive and going through some rough fevers. >> good afternoon, leland. yeah, i feel much better now. i'm on day 10. i should be getting out of quarantine in the next few days. so i feel much better. i'm very fortunate that all things considered, i had a pretty mild case of the covid-19. but we're still very serious about the precautions that we as a city are taking and the message that we're sending to our residents which is basically to stay home. we're telling spring breakers to go home and was pleased to announce along with the governor and the county mayor just moments ago the opening of a new testing site at the stadium where the miami dolphins play, which will begin testing first responders today and tomorrow testing the members of the general public for free. leland: we have heard this message from you even you being willing to work through some pretty serious sicknesses, and we could tell to try to get this word out, about telling spring breakers to stay home and stay off the beaches, they just don't
seem to be listening, though. we saw this flier -- i know you saw it as well -- about a big spring break beach party and bring your jet-skis, sunday march 22nd, 2020, sandbar boat and jet ski party. do you think people just don't believe you? they just don't care? what's your feeling? >> unfortunately, i think some people just don't care or they think because they are young, that they are not susceptible to having severe complications. we have seen a lot of young people suffer some severe complications. i believe we had the death of a young person here in the state of florida. what we have seen across the country, as was stated by your prior guest is definitely in countries as high as 7 and 9 percent. we know that happens when our medical system gets overloaded, and so one of the reasons why we're telling people to be responsible is not just because they need to take care of themselves, but they need to take care of the others in our community. they need to take care of those who have a compromised immune system. they need to take care of our first responders who are the
ones that are responding to them and keeping them healthy. and they need to take care of our doctors and hospital system as well. leland: mayor, you will understand as the television star that you have become over the past week or so, that we're up against a hard break in about a minute. i want to get to this, what can you do if people just won't listen? what can you do to actually force them to stop these parties and to stop going out to the beaches, etc.? is there a next step that people should be aware that you are going to take? >> well, a couple of days ago i announced a stay at home rule, an order, unfortunately right now it does not have the force of law because our city attorney is telling us that i don't have the power to enforce it legally. and so we're looking at any and all options that we can explore in combination with any sort of emergency powers that i may have or that the state may grant us for a temporary period where we can actually enforce this because our county has shut down the beaches. they have shut down the boat
ramps. they have shut down tying up of boats which is something we also saw happen, so we will be enforcing that for sure. leland: all right, mayor, we're glad to hear you are feeling better. we're going to have you back on as you head back to work, sir. god speed in your recovery. appreciate it. >> thank you very much. god bless you all. leland: there are so many questions still to be answered about the coronavirus, even the mayor brought some of those up. our panel of doctors is next to answer your questions that we've gotten on twitter and facebook and instagram about the coronavirus, when we come back. announcer: there are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. wash your hands. avoid close contact with people who are sick. avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. stay home when you are sick. cover your cough or sneeze. clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with household cleaning spray. for more information, visit cdc.gov/covid19. this message brought to you by the national association of broadcasters and this station.
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leland: welcome back. healthcare workers across the country are struggling to keep up with the growing number of coronavirus cases in seattle, one of the cities that was hardest hit by the pandemic and hit the earliest, officials have had to come up with creative solutions. dan springer is at a soccer field that is soon going to become a field hospital. hi, dan. >> yeah, when this outbreak first began here in the seattle area, we were told to expect a number of new cases to about double each week. but as testing has increased, availability of testing, we have actually seen a tripling of the new cases in just the last week. in fact, yesterday we saw the single biggest jump in one day
totals, with 269 new cases day-to-day. to ease the pressure on hospitals, what we're seeing is king county is quickly building several field hospitals. one is being built on a soccer field owned by a local school district. it will have 200 beds for people who have tested positive and need a place to recover away from people who are healthy. this allows the hospitals to take the sickest patients. king county is adding 3,000 beds through these makeshift quarantine zones, if you will. providence hospital in everett, washington, which treated the first known case of coronavirus in the u.s. is now making protective face shields for healthcare providers. the state's epidemiologist said the warehouse is empty. supplies should arrive this week, millions of disposable gloves, respirator masks and surgical masks and gowns. king county has also just shut down its parks and outdoor basketball courts. too many people have not been
practicing social distancing. we have seen examples at local parks and beaches, so the county decided to take action. most places of were shoip are closed, but that's not stopping -- worship are closed but that's not stopping everyone. a drive-in style services, the pastor stands on the roof of the church and the people listen from their cars on a dedicated radio channel. the service lasts about 35 minutes. we are also hearing about some churches that are doing their services on-line. so the faithful are still getting their messages just in a different way. leland? leland: the world is changing in so many ways and will continue over the next couple of weeks and months. dan springer has been on the front lines of this since it began. dan, thank you. kristen? kristen: we will be back with our doctors to answer more of your questions, in just a moment, but first, mark meredith standing by tat white house a -- at the white house ahead of the next briefing. hey, mark. >> hey, kristen.
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leland: the next coronavirus task force briefing from the white house with the president and vice president and others is at 4:30 eastern, three hours from now. live coverage of course here on the fox news channel, as it happens. mark meredith was in briefing room yesterday as things got fair to say a little contentious at times. mark will be there again today. hi. >> good afternoon, leland. i will be there this afternoon. so many questions that many people want answered. the administration fighting this on so many different fronts both the health crisis and the economic crisis. let's start with the economic crisis because that's what we're watching on capitol hill. law makers still working to get some sort of stimulus package approved as fast as possible. we heard from treasury secretary steve mnuchin earlier today, the point man the white house has been using up on the hill.
here's what he had to say to john roberts earlier today. >> this bill gives us a lot of money to create a lot of liquidity in the system and protects americans. if this lasts longer, we will come back again. >> while the treasury secretary and senate leaders have sounded optimistic in last few hours we have heard from house speaker pelosi who has said there's still no deal yet and it's possible the house could be workingen o its own bill -- working on its own bill. but both leaders said yesterday and today they seemed optimistic. the president has gotten into a war of words on twitter with the governor of illinois. this is a tweet the president wrote earlier he said the governor of illinois and certain other governors as well shouldn't be blaming for the federal government for their own shortcomings. we are there to back you up should you fail and always will be. then a few minutes ago the governor of illinois fired right back writing you wasted precious months when you could have taken action to protect americans, you should be leading a national response instead of throwing tantrum from the backseat. where were the tests when we
needed them? where's the ppe? get off twitter and do your job is what the governor of illinois went on to say. this is blowing up here in the last few minutes. i'm sure it will come up during the briefing. fox news has confirmed that the president has sent a letter to north korea's leader kim jong-un recently as part of the president's effort we're told to reach out to world leaders in this pandemic. north korea had recently said it had not seen cases of covid-19 but there's no free media there. we are having to rely on what we're hearing from north korean officials. a lot we're watching this afternoon. leland? leland: yes, tough to believe either what the north koreans or the chinese are saying these days. mark meredith will be in the briefing for some pointed questions in a few hours. thank you. kristen? kristen: we want to make sure that you have all the information that you need to keep yourself safe during this pandemic. so we've brought in two doctors to answer some of your questions that you have sent to the show. joining us now to answer those questions. we have a senior scholar at the johns hopkins university center
for health security and infectious disease expert and doctor, a clinical associate professor at the nyu school of medicine and director of metropolis pain medicine. doctors, thank you both so much for coming on and answering all these questions so many people have questions, and we're going to get to a few of them right now. here's the first one. she writes this covid-19 caused -- does covid-19 cause permanent damage in the organs like the lungs of recovered patients? what do you say, doctor? >> well, the data that we have right now is coming from the patients that were the sickest, the ones that were hospitalized. there's a lot of people that didn't show symptoms or had mild symptoms, so they may be okay. we will have to wait and see. of the ones that were sickest, some did show some signs of damage to the lungs. whether it's permanent or not still has to be seen. i mean, think about other injuries that you might have had, like if you've had a cut in
your skin, some of those cuts heal completely. others you know may leave a scar over time. we have to see what will happen and whether those scars if they form actually cause a long-term problem. kristen: a great way to think of it, like a cut on your skin, you have to wait and see how the scar heals. all right. let's go to our next question. this one is from betty wilson. she writes i want to support local restaurants that are closed and can only do takeout, but what if the person preparing my food has the virus? can the virus be transmitted to us? doctor, that is -- that's a question i have had so many times. what do you think? >> i don't think that's a major risk. this isn't a food-borne illness. this is spread by respiratory droplets that land on you your or your hands and you shake somebody else's hands. restaurants need to be meticulous about their food handling procedures and make
sure their workers aren't sick when they are preparing the food. kristen: that's great news. next question, i have copd. if after the 14th day of quarantine, i'm not showing any signs, is it safe for me to go out to the store? should i wear a mask, gloves, even if i go during special hours? >> there are a couple things that you brought up in that question. first if you're in quarantine and you're worried because you have had an exposure, because you're sick, then for the most part, you should be okay after that 14 day period to go back out. but with copd, asthma, there's some other conditions bronchitis, where people have a chronic cough, there's two issues they might be perceived as being sick and second they are more at risk if they get exposed to the virus. i would say as much as possible, try to stay indoors, try to do delivery or other things. if you go out, get everything at
once and then come back to your home. kristen: we can do delivery. we can order food, not have to cook every night, if you're so inclined. all right. we have time for one more question. this one is going to go to the doctor, this one's from richard sanchez. he writes my son has severe psoriasis but is taking a vaccine that makes his skin somewhat clear. it is my understanding that psoriasis is all about the immune system. what is the risk with the coronavirus? >> some of the drugs that people use to treat psoriasis are what are called immuno sup press sants -- suppressants, those suppress your immune system. we believe people who are on those immuno suppressants a are the an increased risk. i would be more cautious with that child, social distance him more than the less, be on alert for any kind of symptoms. have a low threshold to contact
your doctor if he does develop symptoms. kristen: could you stop taking those? >> there are consequences to stopping those. you need to discuss that with your doctor that's prescribed them, see what the risks are, benefits are, see if you can lower the dose or change the dosing regiment but i wouldn't stop those without talking to a doctor. kristen: great answers. thank you very much. we need more of this during this time when people have so many questions. thank you very much. leland? leland: right back on the other side of the break, with more of your questions, @ leland vittert, @ kristen fisher, if you have them. we will check in on the other side. >> tech: don't wait for a chip like this to crack your whole windshield. with safelite's exclusive resin, you get a strong repair that you can trust. plus, with most insurance
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nyu school of medicine. nice to see you both. i've got both of your names close to right and there's no way i'm going to get the name of the person who submitted the first question right. i'm not going to try. can you have the coronavirus without having a fever or shortness of breath but have what you think is a really bad cold sore throat congestion with body aches? doctor, it seems as though you can have the coronavirus and have all sorts of different symptoms. >> right. you can have just body aches sore throat kind of common cold or severe flu-like symptoms and not have shortness of breath and still have the coronavirus. if you have those symptoms, you should think about yourself having the coronavirus. you may not necessarily need to be tested for it, but you should think and act as if you have the coronavirus and protect others from being infected by you. leland: all right. doctor, this is from heather for healthcare workers with exposure, does it have a cumulative effect, more exposure equals increased severity of illness?
we have sort of seen this play out; correct, in italy and some other countries? >> yes, we're seeing more healthcare workers with more severe disease, but it is unclear why. it could be because they are seeing a lot of sick people in a short period of time. it could also be related what they are doing because certain healthcare workers are at greater risk. i mean, procedures where you're putting breathing tubes into people, procedures where you're doing a lot of work kind of putting cameras down to look at the airways and the lungs, these types of things are much higher risk because you have a chance of pushing the virus out into the air, so we have to separate that out a little bit more, depends on what type of healthcare worker you are i would say and also your own preexisting conditions because healthcare workers have, you know, they have medical issues too and a lot of them are older. leland: we've seen in china at least we saw some healthcare workers die. we have seen them get sick in italy as well. doctor, this is from tammy. i understand we are keeping distance and shelter in place to flatten the curve. after a few weeks if we let up
on all this, won't the curve spike again when more people start going out? secretary mnuchin was talking about 10 to 12 weeks. so is the devastation going to be caused to the economy worth it if all of a sudden we just have more disease 12 weeks from now? >> that's the big question that we're all trying to answer, that we have to find some way to balance this extreme social distancing and these forced shutdowns in certain states with the benefit that you get from flattening the curve. i think we will start seeing data on that over the next few weeks. this is something that will be very hard. we know that social distancing to work has to be done for a long period of time because the virus isn't going anywhere. we don't have a vaccine for this virus. so you're seeing these models with long periods of time where you are doing the extreme social distancing. the question will they have a benefit that outweighs the cost of them? because there are real costs on people's jobs, on hospital disruptions, on lots of other cascading impacts that have to be measured. that's a hard decision to make. leland: speaking of cascading impact in terms of the way the
american government works at least, we now understand via twitter dr. rand paul u.s. senator from kentucky ended up with the coronavirus as well. i'm going to bring dr. debbie back in. it is warm here down in the south i guess what this says. mosquitoes are out. can mosquitoes spread the virus? we have heard that about for example among other things west nile. >> it's a good question, and so far there's no evidence that mosquitoes are spreading the virus. if we look at tropical areas, for example in africa, where there are a lot of mosquitoes, the rate of spread seems to be low, you know, so it is unlikely it is related to mosquitoes. the second thing is we also have to consider as it gets warmer, will that be better for us in terms of seasonality of some of these viruss? one other point about africa, they tend to use more antimalaria drugs like the chloroquine that's being
discussed right now. maybe all these factors will come together to help us in terms of our fight against the coronavirus. leland: you bring up the issue of the malaria drug. this is worth asking. how is this working for people -- and there are so many people now -- a number of friends of mine who are talking about trying to get prescriptions for some of these antimalaria drugs that have shown a little bit of efficacy in chinese studies and azithromycin and stockpile it in one way or another. how does that balance right now? >> what we don't want is people rushing out to their pharmacies to get chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine or azithromycin. we want to study these in clinical trials. there are some hospitals that are using hydroxychloroquine in protocols right now. we want to look at this in a controlled fashion to make sure et works and doesn't harm individuals and we don't want to create shortages of this. one thing about azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine together can be very dangerous. you don't want to mix those without the supervision of a doctor. they can cause heart rhythm problems.
this needs to be done in a proper controlled fashion with doctors in hospitals with protocols randomized control trials. leland: excellent point in terms of the self-medication thing can get pretty dangerous pretty quick. we sure appreciate you, doctors. this goes on for another couple of month. we will have you back to talk about it. talk to you soon. >> thank you. kristen: europe is seeing a sharp increase of coronavirus infections with countries on lockdown in an effort to control the pandemic. we will have a senior official from the world health organization on to talk about the global response, next. come d the corner. or could it play out differently? i wanted to help protect myself. my doctor recommended eliquis. eliquis is proven to treat and help prevent another dvt or pe blood clot. almost 98% of patients on eliquis didn't experience another. and eliquis has significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment. eliquis is fda-approved and has both. don't stop eliquis unless your doctor tells you to.
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kristen: a fox news alert. we have just learned that senator rand paul has tested positive for the coronavirus. the official confirmation came in a series of tweets just a few minutes ago. i want to read them to you in full. they read: senator rand paul has tested positive for covid-19. he is feeling fine and he is in quarantine. he is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution, due to his extensive travel and events. he was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person. he expects to be back in the senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of kentucky at this difficult time. ten days ago our d.c. office
began operating remotely. virtually no staff has had contact with senator rand paul. that's certainly some good news there. senator rand paul becoming the latest member of congress to test positive for the coronavirus. we knew that this was certainly a possibility, when you have this many members of congress traveling and flying from all parts of the country to capitol hill. leland: brings up a couple important issues. number one, voting, because they have to vote in person, by law, on things, and you've got this huge couple trillion dollars spending bill coming up. there's questions about what the house is going to do. would they pass it by unanimous consent so they don't all have to fly back from their districts? what happens if it's a close vote? what are the constitutional rules as it relates to voting from some distance away? the other thing on a personal level you think about rand paul, he's a physician himself. if there's anybody who would know as your father would and other doctors that we know about the risks of the coronavirus and how to be careful in your every day life not to get it, it would be him.
it does show you how contagious this virus can be. we know cory gardner is in quarantine as well, the senator from colorado. is this mushroomed out as we think about just how different the week looked a week ago, and what we were talking about last sunday versus today, just extrapolate that out till seven days from now and america will once again look very different. kristen: it just shows you anybody can get the coronavirus. if you think it might be easy to allow members of congress to vote remotely, just think of what happened during the iowa caucus. these things are not easy to do. they're very technologically difficult. while they are not, you know, kind of like comparing apples and oranges, but it is -- any time you try to do something digital, that that is that complex, it is tough. leland: we know that there are contingency plans out there. whether or not they get put into use or not, we'll wait and see, as the negotiations on capitol hill continue, and that bill was -- the spending bill was
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kristen: fox news alert, we are now learning that german chancellor merkel is under quarantine. she has not tested positive for the coronavirus, but a doctor who gave her a vaccine has tested positive for the coronavirus. merkel spokesman says the german chancellor was informed about the doctor's test shortly after holding a news conference on sunday, announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus. so she is now in quarantine and working from home, but leland, merkel now the latest world leader to be self-isolating and quarantined at home. leland: we know the president and the vice president have both received tests as well. those came up negative, but we're even seeing a lot of the issues at the white house in terms of who they are letting in, taking people's temperature, etc., limiting the number of pool cameras in. you can just imagine the people whose job it is to protect the most important people of the world are quickly pulling their contingency plans off the shelf. kristen: absolutely. you know, thank you all so much
for watching this coronavirus special with us. we really are all in it together. the next few days and weeks are going to be tough for our country, but we will all get through it. that's all for us here in washington. "fox news sunday" with john roberts. >> i'm john roberts in for chris wallace. tens of millions of americans directed to stay home as coronavirus cases in the u.s. rise above 20,000. and lawmakers work on a nearly 2 trillion dollars rescue plan. >> want to give workers money, and whichever way the best way to get it, i want to keep the businesses open. >> as congress debates a financial relief package, american life grinds to a halt. manufacturing, travel, main street and wall street all feeling the effects. >> never before has our society changed so much. seemingly overnight. >> we don't deal with the health crisis, nothing we do will make the economy any better. >> we will ask treasury