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Trump’s decision to take off his mask was ‘disappointing’ — but not surprising: Gov Gretchen Whitmer

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On MSNBC Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) weighed in on President Donald Trump’s refusal to follow state directives and wear a mask during his speech at the Ford plant.

“Per your executive order in the state, anybody who is medically able to do so has to wear something that covers their face in enclosed spaces,” said host Rachel Maddow. “The whole country watched today, as the president sort of personally, gleefully flouted that when he visited your state and visited a plant and didn’t wear a mask, at least for most of the visit, and photos did surface apparently in other parts of the plant wearing a mask, but talking to the press, he was sort of bragging about the fact that he wasn’t doing so. I just wanted to ask your response to that.”

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“Well it’s disappointing. It wasn’t surprising but it was disappointing,” said Whitmer. “I think that our Big Three have just started the re-engagement, right? They are phasing in re-engaging, after what has been a stay-at-home order, and the UAW members are concerned about their safety.”

“It’s really important that anyone with a platform has a responsibility to make sure that they model precisely what we’re asking everyone else to do,” said Whitmer. “This is about public health, not one person or another. This is about all of us. And anyone in a position of power, and responsibility, I hope, emulates and does precisely what they’re asking everyone else to do.”

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COVID-19 cases skyrocket among younger Americans as states reopen

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The coronavirus is tearing into a new demographic as states relax social distancing guidelines.

Younger Americans have gone back to work in the service industry and congregating in public, and their activity seems to be bearing out ominous predictions from public health experts, reported The Daily Beast.

“Watch what’s happening before and after the peak,” said epidemiologist Dr. Judith Malmgren, of the University of Washington’s school of public health. “The disease didn’t change, but the people who were infected changed.”

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Native American tribes’ pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities

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The SARS-CoV-2 virus is novel, but pandemic threats to indigenous peoples are anything but new. Diseases like measles, smallpox and the Spanish flu have decimated Native American communities ever since the arrival of the first European colonizers.

Now COVID-19 is having similarly devastating impacts in Indian country. Some reservations are reporting infection rates many times higher than those observed in the general U.S. population.

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Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections – an infectious disease expert explains the prospects

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Antibodies are part of us – literally.

We have billions of them in our bodies with a combined weight of about 100 grams, or about the weight of a bar of soap. If there are so many antibodies inside our bodies then they must be safe and very important, right?

Indeed, antibodies are perhaps the safest type of therapy and have many important functions. One of them is to protect and cure infections caused by viruses. The human immune system can produce antibodies specific for each type virus that bind strongly to the virus and block it from infecting our cells – so-called neutralizing antibodies.

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