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‘Nobody believes you’: Trump ripped for ‘spreading false hope’ about coronavirus ‘cure’

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President Donald Trump sounded a chipper note Monday morning on his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The president will meet with drugmakers at the White House to discuss a potential vaccine, which experts have said is far off from being broadly available to the public.

“I am meeting with the major pharmaceutical companies today at the White House about progress on a vaccine and cure,” Trump tweeted. “Progress being made!”

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Other social media users piled on, saying his message was overly and unrealistically optimistic.

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What it feels like to survive COVID-19’s dreaded ‘cytokine storm’

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Of all the possible compounding effects of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the cytokine storm is one of the most feared. An immune system overreaction in which the body is flooded with the eponymous signaling molecules, those who suffer a cytokine storm are at risk of dying at the hand of their own immune system, as an indirect effect of the virus they are fighting.

This is the opposite of how we think of our immune system working: if we have a good, strong immune system, we should be safe from the novel coronavirus, right? Unfortunately in this case, too much of a good thing is not a good thing. This is true beyond the example of the cytokine storm, as there are other diseases, often milder ones, caused by a misbehaving immune system; lupus, allergic reactions and celiac disease are all examples of overactive immune responses.

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‘This president has blood on his hands’: Congresswoman rips Trump for touting anti-Malaria drug as miracle cure

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The nation's top expert on infectious diseases was forced once again on Sunday to negate President Donald Trump's latest claim that an anti-malaria drug can treat coronavirus, which the president made at his Saturday evening press conference.

On CBS's "Face the Nation," National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci told host Margaret Brennan that "in terms of science, I don't think we could definitively say it works," regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine for the virus.

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New York’s Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus after developing a cough

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A tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, the institution said Sunday, and is believed to have contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time.

The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions all developed dry coughs and are expected to fully recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the city's zoos said in a statement.

"We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world's continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus," the statement sent to AFP said.

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