MSNBC medical correspondent Dr. John Torres said Monday that the measles epidemic hitting New York City may go national — and urged people to get vaccinated.
“It is pretty scary, and it’s spreading across the country and it’s spreading across the world,” said Torres. “The World Health Organization just came out saying there’s 112,000 cases so far this year of measles around the world.” The U.S., he added, was home to 555 of those cases, just four months into the year.
“In 2000, the US declared measles eliminated, meaning either there were very few cases, it wasn’t eradicated but it wasn’t endemic, it wasn’t entrenched in the U.S.,” Torres went on. “Talking to measles experts, they’re saying we can’t say that anymore.”
“The thing people have a hard time realizing is that measles is one of the most contagious viruses out there known to man,” he added in a dig at the anti-vaccine movement which is at least partly to blame for the current surge in infections. “Somebody you pass in the concourse of an airport, boom, you catch it very easily. Ninety percent of people unprotected catch it if somebody passes them with measles.”
“Get vaccinated. There’s no harm in the vaccine,” Torres urged. “It’s rare to get any problems from the vaccine. It’s not rare to get problems from measles.”
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Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year
The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021.
"The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5," Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference.
Only hours earlier, Mori had said he expected a decision from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the course of the week.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were due to open on July 24 this year and run for 16 days, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the first peace-time postponement of the Games.
‘She’s a sick puppy’: Trump goes off the rails attacking Pelosi in Fox News coronavirus update
President Donald Trump railed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a phone interview with Fox News.
The president called in to "Fox & Friends," which he regularly watches and promotes on his Twitter feed, and complained that Pelosi had criticized his response to the coronavirus crisis.
"She’s a sick puppy, in my opinion," Trump told the hosts. "She has a lot of problems."
Trump pushed the emerging Republican attack that claims Democrats were too distracted by impeachment to respond to the COVID-19 threat in its early stages.
Don’t believe the polls — Trump is killing his re-election chances with his pandemic floundering: columnist
According to longtime political observer David Leonhardt, Donald Trump's chances of being re-elected are diminishing every day as the economy continues to crash and Americans are dying because of the COVID-19 pandemic despite "snapshot polls" saying voters are still supportive of him.
Writing for the New York Times, the columnist notes that the full horrors of what is now occurring won't fully be revealed for months to come -- and for Trump, the resulting damage may be too much to overcome in November when voters head to the polls.