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    >>> TONIGHT, THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON SEVERAL FRONTS IN THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK FLORIDA, ALABAMA, AND NORTH CAROLINA ALL REPORTING THE DEADLIEST DAYS SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN

    >>> MUCH OF CALIFORNIA IS SHUTTING DOWN ALL OVER AGAIN, AS IT CLOSES IN ON 340,000 INFECTIONS >>> AND THE DIRE NEW WARNING TODAY FROM THE CDC DIRECTOR THE EMERGENCY ORDER IN NEW YORK, THE ONE-TIME EPICENTER WHAT TRAVELERS FROM 22 STATES MUST NOW DO OR FACE A $2,000 FINE BUT HOW WILL IT BE ENFORCED? >>> PRESIDENT TRUMP IN A NEW INTERVIEW SAYING MORE WHITE PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY POLICE THAN BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA, AND HIS NEW DEFENSE OF THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

    >>> JUST IN, SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HOSPITALIZED HER NEW HEALTH SCARE >>> JEFFREY EPSTEIN'S ALLEGED ACCOMPLICE FACING A JUDGE, ENTERING HER PLEA AND THE MAJOR MOVE FROM THE JUDGE >>> THE BATTLE OVER GOING BACK TO SCHOOL THE BIG DISTRICT RECOMMENDING CHILDREN RETURN WITHOUT MASKS

    OR SOCIAL DISTANCING >>> CAN YOU BE REINFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS? THE NEW RESEARCH, DO ANTIBODIES PROTECT YOU AND HOW LONG DO THEY LAST? >> THIS IS NBC "NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT" >>> GOOD EVENING EVERYONE, FROM LOS ANGELES IT'S LOOKING LIKE MARCH IN THE NATION'S LARGEST STATE TONIGHT NEARLY FOUR MONTHS AFTER CALIFORNIANS WERE FIRST ORDERED TO SHELTER IN PLACE, CLOSED SIGNS ARE BACK UP IN PLACES THAT HAD ONLY RECENTLY REOPENED

    ALL IN AN EFFORT TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID IN THOSE FOUR MONTHS, DEATHS IN CALIFORNIA ALONE RISING FROM JUST 18 TO OVER 7,000 ROLLING BACK RESTRICTIONS, ONE OF THE FEW OPTIONS LEFT FOR STATES, AS THE HEAD OF THE CDC UTTERED A HAUNTING PREDICTION WE'VE GOT IT ALL COVERED MIGUEL ALMAGUER STARTS US OFF

    >> Reporter: WITH CALIFORNIA CRIPPLED BY COVID, TONIGHT THE FIRST STATE TO ORDER A SWEEPING SHUT DOWN NOW BECOMING THE LARGEST TO IMPLEMENT A MASSIVE ROLLBACK THE GOVERNOR'S NEW CLOSURES AREN'T JUST LIMITED TO INDOOR DINING, BARS, MOVIE THEATERS AND CHURCHES MOST HAIR SALONS, MALLS, GYMS AND NON-CRITICAL OFFICES WHERE MILLIONS WORK EVERY DAY MUST ALSO SHUTTER >> I JUST REALLY HOPE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND

    >> Reporter: THE FIFTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD, GRINDING TO A HALT AGAIN THE VIRUS KILLING SMALL BUSINESSES >> WE CAN'T CLOSE IF WE CLOSE, WE'LL LOSE EVERYTHING WE HAVE >> Reporter: FACING ECONOMIC DISASTER, CALIFORNIA IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A HEALTH CRISIS

    THE STATE NOW AVERAGING 8,000 NEW CASES A DAY MORE THAN DOUBLE JUST A MONTH AGO HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE UP 43% IN TWO WEEKS, AS THE DEATH TOLL CLIMBS TO 7,000 MORE THAN 1/3 OF ALL CASES ARE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> WE HAVE NEVER HAD AS MANY PEOPLE INFECTED OR INFECTIOUS

    WE HAVE NEVER HAD AS MANY RECORDED POSITIVE CASES EACH DAY AND WE'VE NEVER HAD AS MANY PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL >> Reporter: WHILE LA'S MAYOR COULD ORDER ADDITIONAL CLOSURES LIKE THE CITY'S FAMED BEACHES AND TRAILS, THE STATE IS HOPING TO DRIVE HOME ITS REQUIREMENT FOR FACEMASKS, RELEASING THIS NEW PSA

    BUT NOT EVERYONE IS LISTENING EVEN IN HARD-HIT STATES, SOME ARE REFUSING TO ENFORCE OR REQUIRE MEASURES LIKE FACEMASKS THE MIXED MESSAGES SAY DOCTORS FUELING THE NATIONAL RISE IN CASES CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, AND TEXAS ALONE APPROACHING 1 MILLION INFECTIONS SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC >> I DO THINK THE FALL AND WINTER OF 2020 AND 2021 ARE GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH

    >> Reporter: BUT THERE ARE SIGNS OF PROGRESS BIOTECH COMPANY MODERNO WILL TEST THEIR TRIAL VACCINE ON 30,000 PATIENTS BUT HELP MAY NOT COME SOON ENOUGH, WHOSE FAMILY IS HOLDING VIGIL ON A SIDEWALK OUTSIDE HIS ROOM WHERE HE'S BEEN ON A VENTILATOR FOR TEN DAYS >> WHEN WE DO THE ROSARY, HE CRIES, WHEN WE TALK TO HIM HE CRIES WE KNOW HE'S STILL THERE

    HE SHOWS THOSE EXPRESSIONS >> WE KNOW HE HEARS US >> Reporter: TONIGHT, THE COST OF COVID IMPACTING LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS IN DEVASTATING WAYS MIGUEL ALMAGUER, NBC NEWS, LOS ANGELES >> Reporter: THIS IS SAM BROCK IN FLORIDA

    WHICH TONIGHT SET A RECORD FOR CORONAVIRUS FATALITIES 132 MARKS THE HIGHEST NUMBER IN A SINGLE DAY, FUELING QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE STATE? >> WE'RE EXPLODING BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE A UNIFIED APPROACH AND WE DIDN'T MANAGE TO CONVINCE OUR POPULATION OF THE SERIOUS RISK >> Reporter: EXPERTS POINT TO A TOXIC COMBINATION OF CROWDED BEACHES, PACKED PROTESTS, BUSTLING BARS, AND PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS >> THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T THINK THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING IS ENORMOUS >> Reporter: HERE IN MIAMI-DADE, WHERE THE POSITIVITY RATE IS AROUND 25%, OFFICIALS SAY MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILIES LIVING UNDER ONE ROOF ARE SEEING HOUSEHOLD INFECTIONS SPREAD OUT OF CONTROL

    >> YOUNGER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONTAMINATING THE OLDER PEOPLE >> Reporter: FLORIDA HAS BEEN RIPPING THROUGH ITS RECORDS FOR DAILY COVID CASES AND TESTING MORE THAN AT ANY POINT IN THIS PANDEMIC I'M IN MIAMI BEACH WHERE CARS ARE TESTING AROUND THE BLOCK THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY TO TEST ALL THESE PEOPLE AS HE'S PUMPED UP TESTING, CALLS FOR FASTER RESULTS, THE GOVERNOR HAS POINTED THE FINGER AT THE STATE'S AGRICULTURAL WORKERS, SAY THING LAST MONTH

    >> SOME OF THESE GUYS, THEY GO TO WORK IN A SCHOOL BUS, AND THEY'RE ALL JUST PACKED THERE LIKE SARDINES >> Reporter: ANTONIO TOVAR REPRESENTS FLORIDA'S FARM WORKER'S ASSOCIATION IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE IT'S THE AGRICULTURAL FIELD DRIVING THIS SURGE IN FLORIDA? >> NOT AT ALL THE WORKERS ARE NOT DRIVING THE SURGE OF THE PANDEMIC >> Reporter: TODAY, THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE TELLING NBC NEWS THE OVERALL AGRICULTURAL PICKING SEASON IS OVER, BUT MIGRANT GROUPS SAY THEY'RE STILL ACTIVE

    TONIGHT, FLORIDA TRYING TO GET A GRIP ON THE CRISIS >> OUR ONLY OPTION UNFORTUNATELY AT THIS TIME, SINCE WE HAVEN'T SEEN A TURN AROUND IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, DESPITE THESE MEASURES, IS TO ENTER ANOTHER LOCKDOWN >> Reporter: ONE OPTION, THE STATE'S LEADER SO FAR HAS LEFT OFF THE TABLE SAM BROCK, NBC NEWS, MIAMI >>> NOW TO NEW YORK

    ONCE THE EPICENTER OF THE CRISIS WITH OVER 30,000 DEATHS, BUT TONIGHT TO KEEP INFECTION RATES LOW, THE GOVERNOR IS GETTING TOUGHER ABOUT QUARANTINES FROM TRAVELERS FROM HOT SPOTS BUT CAN THIS CRACKDOWN BE ENFORCED? HERE'S GABE GUTIERREZ >> Reporter: NEW YORK'S GOVERNOR IS BILLING IT AS A DRASTIC MOVE TO STOP THE SPREAD >> IF YOU LEAVE THE AIRPORT WITHOUT PROVIDING THE INFORMATION, YOU WILL RECEIVE A SUMMONS IMMEDIATELY >> Reporter: STARTING TODAY, OFFICERS WILL MEET PASSENGERS AT NEW YORK AIRPORTS

    THOSE COMING FROM 22 STATES, DESIGNATED AS COVID HOT SPOTS NEED TO FILL OUT THESE FORMS FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, PROVIDING CONTACT INFORMATION OR FACE A $2,000 FINE THE STATE IMPOSED A TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE FOR THOSE TRAVELERS, LIKE ELE HATHAWAY OF CALIFORNIA, WHO IS RETURNING TO SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY >> THEY'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO WORK WITH THE GOVERNOR, BECAUSE REALISTICALLY THEY KNOW KIDS ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK LIKE TWO WEEKS EARLY >> Reporter: WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TRAVELING HERE EVERY DAY, CAN THIS BE ENFORCED? LAST MONTH, THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED UP TO A $10,000 FINE IF A PERSON ENTERED THE STATE WITHOUT QUARANTINING AND SPREAD THE VIRUS SO FAR NO FINES HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN NEW YORK CITY

    MONTHS AGO, TEXAS IMPOSED ITS OWN 14-DAY QUARANTINE FOR TRAVELERS FROM THE NORTHEAST BUT TODAY, TEXAS OFFICIALS TOLD NBC NEWS THEY DID NOT CITE ANYONE, JUST CONDUCTED RANDOM SPOT CHECKS >> JUST BY THE SHEER NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE WOULD NEED TO ENFORCE THIS AROUND THE CLOCK, 24/7, WE DON'T HAVE THAT TYPE OF STAFFING >> Reporter: AFTER THREE PEOPLE RETURNED TO WARREN COUNTY NEW YORK AFTER VACATION FROM FLORIDA, THREE — 46 RESIDENTS ARE ON LOCKDOWN AND BEING MONITORED >> WE HAVE EIGHT ACTIVE CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS

    IF WE HAD 200 ACTIVE CASES, IT GETS A WHOLE LOT HARDER AND A WHOLE LOT MORE LABOR INTENSIVE >> Reporter: DRIVERS TRAVELING FROM HOT SPOTS MUST FILL OUT THE FORM ONLINE AGAIN, IT'S NOT CLEAR HOW THAT WILL BE ENFORCED LESTER? >> GABE, THANK YOU >>> PRESIDENT TRUMP PLUNGED BACK INTO THE ISSUE OF POLICE KILLINGS OF BLACK AMERICANS TODAY AND WEIGHING IN ON THE ISSUE OF THE CONFEDERATE FLAG, THE PRESIDENT MAKING CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS ABOUT BOTH

    AND JEFF BENNETT HAS DETAILS FOR US >> Reporter: IN A NEW INTERVIEW WITH CBS NEWS, PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD BY POLICE TERRIBLE BUT HIT BACK WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE UNDERLYING ISSUE OF DEADLY USE OF FORCE BY POLICE >> WHY ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS STILL DYING AT THE HANDS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY? >> SO ARE WHITE PEOPLE SO ARE WHITE PEOPLE

    WHAT A TERRIBLE QUESTION TO ASK SO ARE WHITE PEOPLE MORE WHITE PEOPLE, BY THE WAY, MORE WHITE PEOPLE >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT ALSO DEFENDING THE DISPLAY OF THE CONFEDERATE FLAG >> YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THE FLAG IS A PAINFUL SYMBOL FOR MANY PEOPLE BECAUSE IT'S A REMINDER OF SLAVERY

    >> PEOPLE LOVE IT I KNOW PEOPLE THAT LIKE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND THEY'RE NOT THINKING ABOUT SLAVERY I JUST THINK IT'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH, WHETHER IT'S CONFEDERATE FLAGS OR BLACK LIVES MATTER OR FIG ELSE YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT, IT'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH >> Reporter: THOSE COMMENTS COMING AS THE PRESIDENT FACES FALLOUT OVER HIS CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE, IN THE FORM OF AN EXTRAORDINARY REBUKE FROM FOUR FORMER HEADS OF THE CDC, WHO ARGUE IN A NEW OP-ED PUBLISHED IN "THE WASHINGTON POST" THAT THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS ARE ATTEMPTING TO UNDERMINE THE AGENCY'S GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS HOPING TO REOPEN IN THE FALL THE CONDEMNATION FROM THE FOUR COMES AS PRESIDENT TRUMP BLASTED THE CDC'S SCHOOL REOPENING GUIDELINES AS VERY TOUGH AND EXPENSIVE

    >> FOR GUIDELINES TO BE ISSUED BY CDC AND THEN UNDERMINED BY THE WHITE HOUSE CONFUSES EVERYONE THE CDC GUIDELINES ARE BASED IN SCIENCE IF WE CAN'T RELY ON THAT, WHERE ARE WE GOING TO TURN? >> Reporter: THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL TELLS US IN RESPONSE IT'S BEEN WORKING WITH THE CDC IN PARTNERSHIP SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC AND THEY SAY THEY ENCOURAGE ALL AMERICANS TO FOLLOW CDC GUIDELINES LESTER? >> JEFF BENNETT AT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT, THANKS

    >>> A LATE DEVELOPMENT THIS EVENING, RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED FOR TREATMENT OF A POSSIBLE INFECTION THE 87-YEAR-OLD JUSTICE UNDERWENT A PRO-SIEGER TO CLEAN OUT A BILE DUCT STENT THAT WAS PLACED LAST AUGUST THE COURT SAYS SHE WILL STAY IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A FEW DAYS TO RECEIVE IV AND ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT >>> A FEDERAL JUDGE DENIED BAIL FOR GHISLAINE MAXWELL, WHO WAS ACCUSED OF SEX TRAFFICKING WOMEN FOR JEFFREY EPSTEIN STEPHANIE GOSK HAS LATE DETAILS

    >> Reporter: BAIL DENIED GHISLAINE MAXWELL WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR HER TRIAL BEHIND BARS THE EX-GIRLFRIEND AND LONG-TIME PARTNER OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN PLEADED NOT GUILTY AND ASKED THE COURT FOR A $5 MILLION BAIL AND HOME ARREST IN A LUXURY MANHATTAN HOTEL THE ELUSIVE 58-YEAR-OLD APPEARED VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE IN A BROWN PRISON UNIFORM >> SHE LOOKED COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

    SHE HAD MUCH LONGER HAIR, DARKER, BACK IN A PONY TAIL >> Reporter: HER DEFENSE TEAM SAID THE PANDEMIC MADE PREPARING FOR TRIAL UNREALISTIC, THE JUDGE REJECTED THE PROPOSAL, SAYING MAXWELL POSES SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF FLIGHT ACCORDING TO PROSECUTORS, MAXWELL WAS LESS THAN CANDID ABOUT HER WEALTH INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE HOLDS A SWISS BANK ACCOUNT WORTH MORE THAN $4 MILLION AND A BRITISH ACCOUNT WORTH MORE THAN $2 MILLION

    PROSECUTORS SAY SHE TOOK DELIBERATE STEPS TO AVOID LAW ENFORCEMENT, INCLUDING WRAPPING HER CELL PHONE IN TINFOIL, WHAT THEY CALLED A SEEMINGLY MISGUIDED EFFORT TO EVADE DETECTION HER ATTORNEYS ARGUED SHE TOOK EXTRA STEPS TO AVOID THE MEDIA, NOT THE POLICE ONE ACCUSER SAID MAXWELL ENJOYED DRAWING HER VICTIMS IN WITH PERCEIVED CARING ANNIE FARMER SAYS SHE WAS 16 WHEN SHE WAS SEXUALLY TRAFFICKED BY MAXWELL SHE TOLD THE COURT BY PHONE THAT MAXWELL HAS LIED UNDER OATH AND TORMENTS HER SURVIVORS

    MAXWELL'S ARREST HAS BEEN MET WITH HOPE AND DISBELIEF BY OTHER EPSTEIN ACCUSERS >> I'M STILL TRYING TO WRAP MY BRAIN AROUND HER BEHIND BARS PART OF ME SAYS JUSTICE HAS FAILED US A FEW TIMES BEFORE IN THIS SITUATION SO I'M KIND OF JUST WAITING FOR THE OTHER SHOE TO DROP >> Reporter: THE TRIAL IS NOT EXPECTED TO LAST LONG, ABOUT THREE WEEKS

    BUT GHISLAINE MAXWELL WILL HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT IN HER JAIL CELL TRIAL ISN'T SET TO BEGIN UNTIL JULY OF NEXT YEAR LESTER? >> STEPHANIE GOSK IN NEW YORK TONIGHT, THANKS >>> IN 60 SECONDS, THE DEBATE OVER REOPENING SCHOOLS AND THE ENORMOUS CHALLENGES FACING STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND EDUCATORS AND FACTS OVER FEAR AND FACTS OVER FEAR

    WHAT EXPERTS SAY ABOUT GETTING REINFECTED RAGING OVER HOW TO SEND CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL SAFELY, DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE MAKING THEIR OWN PLANS TONIGHT EVERYTHING FROM ONLINE ONLY LEARNING TO IN-PERSON CLASSES WITH NO SOCIAL DISTANCING HERE'S BLAYNE ALEXANDER >> Reporter: IN ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, THE DIVIDE RUNS DEEP SOME PLEADING, KEEP STUDENTS AT HOME

    WHILE INSIDE AT A VIRTUAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING — >> TIME TO GET THESE DOORS OPEN AND GET THESE BABIES BACK TO SCHOOL >> Reporter: THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AGREED, RECOMMENDING STUDENTS IN ALL 28 DISTRICTS RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM NEXT MONTH, NO MASKS OR SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED A PAPER ADOPTED AND APPROVED BY THE BOARD SLAMMING DISTANCE LEARNING AS AN UTTER FAILURE, FRUSTRATING TO ALL, CITING IRREGULAR ATTENDANCE AND DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY WHILE THE DECISION TO REOPEN IS UP TO EACH DISTRICT, THE BOARD CALLS IT CRITICAL TO THE WELL-BEING OF OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES BUT TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH, BOTH LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION

    ANNOUNCING THE START OF SCHOOL WILL BE ONLINE ONLY RETURNING TO THE CLASSROOM AS SOON AS PUBLIC HEALTH CONDITIONS ALLOW >> WHEN IN-PERSON LEARNING IS POSSIBLE, WE'RE PREPARED FOR THAT BUT QUITE FRANKLY IN CALIFORNIA, IT'S NOT POSSIBLE RIGHT NOW >> Reporter: FROM STATE TO STATE, A PATCH WORK APPROACH, NO UNIFORMITY EVEN AMONG NEIGHBORING DISTRICTS

    IN MEMPHIS, WHERE PARENTS CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON LEARNING, MORE CLEANING, MASKS FOR EVERYONE, SMALLER CLASSES AND SCHEDULED HAND WASHING >> IT'S GOING TO COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE'VE SPENT ALREADY UPWARDS OF CLOSE TO $50 MILLION ALREADY TO GET SCHOOLS UP AND GOING BUT WE'RE GOING NEED MORE >> Reporter: AND WHILE THE MAJORITY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION IS FUNDED AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS, ALL EYES ARE ON WASHINGTON FOR THAT EXTRA BOOST

    CONGRESS APPROVED MORE THAN $13 BILLION OF AID FOR SCHOOLS EARLY IN THE PANDEMIC AND IN THE NEXT RELIEF PACKAGE, HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS MORE COULD BE ON THE TABLE AND A LOT OF THIS ALSO COMES DOWN TO TEACHERS AND WHETHER THEY ARE READY TO COME BACK HERE IN GEORGIA, A SURVEY BY THE STATE'S LARGEST EDUCATOR'S ASSOCIATION FOUND THAT MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE RESPONDING DO NOT BELIEVE THEIR DISTRICT HAS DONE ENOUGH TO RESPOND TO THE VIRUS LESTER? >> BLAYNE ALEXANDER, THANKS

    >>> SOME KEY QUESTIONS BEFORE SCHOOLS REOPEN CAN PATIENTS WHO HAD COVID GET IT AGAIN AND DO ANTIBODIES PROVIDE PROTECTION, AND IF SO, HOW LONG? OUR TOM COSTELLO WITH FACTS OVER FEAR >> Reporter: 29-YEAR-OLD CARTER WRIGHT KNOWS THE SYMPTOMS THAT COME WITH COVID, THE COUGH, THE BODY ACHES AND HIGH FEVER >> AT ONE POINT, I GOT COLD PACKS AND PUT THEM UNDER MY ARMPITS BECAUSE THAT HELPS COOL YOU QUICKLY >> Reporter: HE WAS FIRST DIAGNOSED IN MARCH, THEN COVID CAME BACK EVEN STRONGER ON JULY 4th

    >> I CRIED HARD THAT NIGHT, BECAUSE IT WAS JUST SUPER OVERWHELMING >> BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE THROUGH WITH THIS? >> YEAH >> Reporter: BOTH TIMES HE TESTED POSITIVE SO WHY DIDN'T THE ANTIBODIES FROM THE FIRST INFECTION PROTECT HIM FROM GETTING IT AGAIN? NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT VIRUS PROTECTION MAY NOT LAST LONG BRITISH RESEARCHERS SAY A STUDY OF 96 COVID PATIENTS FOUND THEIR ANTIBODIES PEAKED THREE WEEKS AFTER THE SYMPTOMS APPEARED, THEN RAPIDLY DECLINED

    THREE MONTHS LATER, ONLY 17% OF THOSE TESTED HAD THE SAME LEVEL OF ANTIBODIES UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA DR MICHAEL SAGG WAS SICK WITH COVID IN MARCH AND STILL WEARS PPE IF ANTIBODY PROTECTION DROPS FAST, HE SAYS, IT COULD BE A TROUBLING DEVELOPMENT >> BECAUSE IF THAT TRANSLATES INTO SOMEONE POSSIBLY GETTING REINFECTED, THAT DESTROYS THE CONCEPT OF WHAT WE HAVE OF HERD IMMUNITY WHERE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO HAD IT CAN ULTIMATELY EXTINGUISH THE INFECTION AND PUT THIS BEHIND US A LITTLE BIT

    >> Reporter: RESEARCHERS DON'T KNOW IF A VACCINE'S PROTECTION MIGHT ALSO DIMINISH OVER TIME >> WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT A SINGLE EXPERIENCE WITH COVID DOES NOT RENDER SOMEONE IMMUNE THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, AND IT MAY NOT MAKE THEM IMMUNE FOR MORE THAN A FEW MONTHS >> Reporter: RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THE SICKEST COVID PATIENTS LIKELY HAVE MORE PROTECTION THAN THOSE LESS SICK BUT BECAUSE THAT PROTECTION MAY DIMINISH OVER TIME, EACH RECOVERED PATIENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR A MASK LESTER? >> WE KEEP LEARNING SO MUCH ABOUT THIS VIRUS, TOM, AND SO MUCH OF IT ISN'T GOOD >>> BACK NOW WITH OUR SERIES LOOKING AT INEQUALITY IN AMERICA

    AS CALIFORNIA SHUTS DOWN AGAIN, LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALONE HAS MORE COVID CASES THAN 44 ENTIRE STATES AND GETTING HIT HARDEST THERE IS THE LATINO COMMUNITY HERE'S GADI SCHWARTZ >> Reporter: UNDER THE HOT SUMMER SUN IN LOS ANGELES, SHE'S SELLING MASKS ON A STREET CORNER SHE SAID EVERYWHERE SHE WAS CLEANING HOUSES, THEY TOLD HER SHE COULDN'T COME BACK UNTIL THE PANDEMIC WAS OVER

    EVERY DAY HER KIDS BEG HER NOT TO GO OUT, AFRAID SHE'LL GET SICK SHE NEEDS THE MONEY TO FEED HER FAMILY [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] SHE SAYS SHE GETS MAD WHEN SHE SEES SOMEBODY WITHOUT A MASK, BUT SHE DOESN'T WANT TO SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE VERY VIOLENT THESE DAYS HER CONCERNS ABOUT CATCHING THE VIRUS ARE WARRANTED IN LOS ANGELES, LATINOS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO GET THE VIRUS AS WHITE REZ DEBTS, AND AKROZ THE COUNTRY, THEY ACCOUNT FOR A THIRD OF ALL CASES

    FRUSTRATING FOR THIS DOCTOR >> WELL, IT'S ALARMING >> Reporter: HE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T SENDING ENOUGH RESOURCES TO MINORITY COMMUNITIES, MANY OF WHOM DON'T HAVE THE OPTION OF STAYING HOME, EACH WHEN CASES ARE SPIKING THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINES WHEN IT COMES TO BEING ESSENTIAL WORKERS, MAKING SURE EVERYTHING IS CLEAN >> THEY'RE DELIVERING OUR FOOD WHEN WE SHELTER AT HOME

    THEY'RE THE SAME PEOPLE WHEN WE GO TO THE GROCERY STORE ARE THERE HELPING US >> A MONTH AGO HE WAS COMPLETELY HEALTHY >> Reporter: KRISTEN'S FATHER, MARK, A FIRST GENERATION MEXICAN-AMERICAN LIVED IN ARIZONA HE CONTRACTED THE VIRUS AFTER THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS WERE LIFTED >> THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED TO MY FATHER

    HE SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED ALONE IN A HOSPITAL WITH A NURSE HOLDING HIS HAND >> Reporter: NOW SHE'S CALLING ON ELECTED OFFICIALS TO DO MORE >> DO MORE TO PROTECT PEOPLE IN COLORED COMMUNITIES ON THE FRONT LINES HOLDING OUR ECONOMY TOGETHER >> Reporter: WHILE THOSE SELLING MASKS TO PROTECT US SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO BE MORE VIGILANT THAN EVER [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] SHE SAYS THIS ISN'T A GAME

    THIS IS A VIRUS AND THIS VIRUS WILL KILL YOU GADI SCHWARTZ, NBC NEWS, LOS ANGELES >>> UP NEXT, ONE BOY'S INSPIRING SHOUTOUT TO >>> BEFORE WE GO, IN OUR LATEST EPISODE OF NBC "NIGHTLY NEWS" KID'S EDITION, A 12-YEAR-OLD WHO IS LIFTING SPIRITS ON THE FRONTLINES BY HOLDING IMPROMPT U CONCERTS OUTSIDE HIS LOCAL HOSPITAL PLUS, WE'LL MEET AN INSPIRING DANCE TEACHER AND HER STUDENTS WHO ARE STEPPING IN AND STEPPING UP DESPITE THE VIRUS OUTBREAK OUR NEW EPISODE IS STREAMING NOW

    THAT IS NBC "NIGHTLY NEWS" THANK YOU FOR WATCHING, EVERYONE I'M LESTER HOLT PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND EACH

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