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by Jennifer Leach
Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Lt's dizzying, the amount of information out there about the Coronavirus. You’re dealing with story after story online and through social media, television, radio, and in newspapers and magazines — each with its own take — at all hours of the day and night, from all around the world.

So how can we sort out what’s real and what’s not?

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The U. S. Department of State announced a series of rewards for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Venezuelan nationals for whom the Department of Justice unsealed indictments today for their roles in international narcotics trafficking: Nicolás Maduro Moros, Diosdado Cabello Rondón, Hugo Carvajal Barrios, Clíver Alcalá Cordones, and Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah.

The Venezuelan people deserve a transparent, responsible, representative government that serves the needs of the people – and that does not betray the trust of the people by condoning or employing public officials that engage in illicit narcotics trafficking. The United States is committed to helping the Venezuelan people restore their democracy through free and fair presidential elections that will provide them with honest and competent national leadership.

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Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State with Hugh Hewitt

QUESTION: First, bravo to the men and women of State around the world holding the line in some countries where the virus is on a rampage, not blinking. It’s like your old CIA colleagues and your old comrades-in-arm in the military. Just thank you and to everyone at State.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Hugh, thank you. The team has responded in a way that’s in the finest tradition of American diplomacy. Our team is out there taking care of Americans, keeping our own team safe, and we’ve now brought over 10,000 Americans back home from places where they were stranded through no fault of their own.

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How It Spreads

What is the source of the virus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the "Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus" at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html.

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Background

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 WHO publiclyexternal icon characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.

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One of nation’s largest health system-run diagnostic labs now able to process hundreds of tests daily

LAKE SUCCESS, NY — Northwell Health Labs today began semi-automated testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Through an emergency use authorization submitted Tuesday night to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the lab now has approval to move immediately from manual testing to the lab’s semi-automated molecular diagnostic system, developed by GenMark Diagnostics, Inc.

“Since we began manual testing Sunday evening, we processed about 133 tests,” said Labs Executive Director Dwayne Breining, MD. “Moving to this semi-automated system will enable us to increase our testing capacity immediately to about 160 a day, and then to several hundred a day later this week."

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