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YET, WHETHER IT’S JUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS, BUT HE’S GOING TO OF QUESTIONS, BUT HE’S GOING TO BE DISCUSSING THE CORONAVIRUS BE DISCUSSING THE CORONAVIRUS ONE DAY AFTER HE TRIED TO ONE DAY AFTER HE TRIED TO REASSURE THE MARKETS AND THE REASSURE THE MARKETS AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE DISEASE AND PUBLIC ABOUT THE DISEASE AND THAT BACKFIRED THAT BACKFIRED

>> YOU MAY ASK ABOUT THE >> YOU MAY ASK ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS WHICH IS VERY WELL CORONAVIRUS WHICH IS VERY WELL UNDER CONTROL IN OUR COUNTRY UNDER CONTROL IN OUR COUNTRY THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING BETTER THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING BETTER THEY’RE ALL GETTING BETTER

THEY’RE ALL GETTING BETTER >> WE HAVE CONTAINED THIS, WE >> WE HAVE CONTAINED THIS, WE HAVE CONTAINED THIS, I WON’T SAY HAVE CONTAINED THIS, I WON’T SAY AIRTIGHT, BUT PRETTY CLOSE TO AIRTIGHT, BUT PRETTY CLOSE TO AIRTIGHT AIRTIGHT WE’VE DONE A GOOD JOB IN THE WE’VE DONE A GOOD JOB IN THE UNITED STATES, HATS OFF TO OUR UNITED STATES, HATS OFF TO OUR PUBLIC HEALTH PEOPLE PUBLIC HEALTH PEOPLE

>> WELL, THE MARKETS DIDN’T LIKE >> WELL, THE MARKETS DIDN’T LIKE THAT AT ALL THAT AT ALL THE PRESIDENT AND HIS CHIEF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER TRYING TO ECONOMIC ADVISER TRYING TO PROJECT A ROSY SCENARIO AT THE PROJECT A ROSY SCENARIO AT THE SAME TIME THE PROFESSIONALS, THE SAME TIME THE PROFESSIONALS, THE HEALTH EXPERTS, THE SCIENTISTS HEALTH EXPERTS, THE SCIENTISTS AT THE CDC, WERE SAYING IT WAS AT THE CDC, WERE SAYING IT WAS NOT A QUESTION OF IF THE NOT A QUESTION OF IF THE EPIDEMIC GETS TO THE US BUT EPIDEMIC GETS TO THE U

S BUT WHEN WHEN AND THAT AMERICANS SHOULD BE AND THAT AMERICANS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR DISRUPTION IN THEIR PREPARED FOR DISRUPTION IN THEIR DAILY LIVES DAILY LIVES

MORE THAN 81,000 CASES, 2,700 MORE THAN 81,000 CASES, 2,700 DEATHS SO FAR WORLDWIDE AT THE DEATHS SO FAR WORLDWIDE AT THE TIME WE GOT ON THE AIR TIME WE GOT ON THE AIR MORE BEING REPORTED EVERY DAY MORE BEING REPORTED EVERY DAY RICHARD ENGLE IS IN SINGAPORE RICHARD ENGLE IS IN SINGAPORE WHERE NEARLY 100 CASES HAVE BEEN WHERE NEARLY 100 CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED BUT MORE THAN HALF OF REPORTED BUT MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE PATIENTS HAVE RECOVERED

THOSE PATIENTS HAVE RECOVERED PHILIP RUCKER PHILIP RUCKER PHILIP RUCKER JOINS US, AND ALSO PHILIP RUCKER JOINS US, AND ALSO WITH US DR EZEKIEL EMANUEL A WITH US DR EZEKIEL EMANUEL A FORMER SENIOR ADVISER TO THE FORMER SENIOR ADVISER TO THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE

WELCOME ALL WELCOME ALL RICHARD, FIRST TO YOU THERE RICHARD, FIRST TO YOU THERE GROUND ZERO, REALLY, SINGAPORE, GROUND ZERO, REALLY, SINGAPORE, OF COURSE, AND CHINA AND OTHER OF COURSE, AND CHINA AND OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES WHERE IT ALL ASIAN COUNTRIES WHERE IT ALL STARTED, NOW IN SINGAPORE, WHAT STARTED, NOW IN SINGAPORE, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING, HOW IS IT ARE YOU HEARING, HOW IS IT SPREADING? SPREADING? >> Reporter: SO WE CAME HERE >> Reporter: SO WE CAME HERE BECAUSE THERE IS A LAB WHERE BECAUSE THERE IS A LAB WHERE THEY’RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY TO THEY’RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY TO TRY AND ISOLATE THIS VIRUS TO TRY AND ISOLATE THIS VIRUS TO FIGURE OUT ITS WEAKNESSES

FIGURE OUT ITS WEAKNESSES I WENT TO A LAB EARLIER TODAY I WENT TO A LAB EARLIER TODAY AND SPOKE WITH ONE OF THE TOP AND SPOKE WITH ONE OF THE TOP VIRALGISTS IN THE WORLD AND THEY VIRALGISTS IN THE WORLD AND THEY HAVE — THEY HAVE IT AND THEY HAVE — THEY HAVE IT AND THEY ARE TRYING TO BREAK DOWN ITS ARE TRYING TO BREAK DOWN ITS GENETIC CODE TO SEE WHAT WORKS GENETIC CODE TO SEE WHAT WORKS TO KILL IT AND THEY HAVE SOME TO KILL IT AND THEY HAVE SOME PROMISING LEADS BUT NOTHING YET PROMISING LEADS BUT NOTHING YET AND THE DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT IT AND THE DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT IT IS GOING TO BECOME A PANDEMIC IS GOING TO BECOME A PANDEMIC

YOU CANNOT BLUFF YOUR WAY YOU CANNOT BLUFF YOUR WAY THROUGH THIS THROUGH THIS YOU CAN’T MARKET YOUR WAY YOU CAN’T MARKET YOUR WAY THROUGH THIS THROUGH THIS YOU CAN’T TELL PEOPLE EVERYTHING YOU CAN’T TELL PEOPLE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT WHEN IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT WHEN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING VERY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING VERY DIRECTLY WITH THIS VIRUS SAY DIRECTLY WITH THIS VIRUS SAY THAT IT IS A MATTER OF TIME THAT IT IS A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE IT SPREADS

BEFORE IT SPREADS WHAT SHE TOLD ME WHAT WAS MOST WHAT SHE TOLD ME WHAT WAS MOST UNIQUE ABOUT THIS VIRUS, AND UNIQUE ABOUT THIS VIRUS, AND SHE’S WORKED ON VIRUSES FOR THE SHE’S WORKED ON VIRUSES FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS IN FRONT-LINE PAST 20 YEARS IN FRONT-LINE EXPERIENCES, IS THAT IT IS SO EXPERIENCES, IS THAT IT IS SO CONTAGIOUS CONTAGIOUS IT IS NOT THE END OF DAYS VIRUS IT IS NOT THE END OF DAYS VIRUS

IT IS NOT GOING TO KILL US ALL IT IS NOT GOING TO KILL US ALL 98% OF PEOPLE GET BETTER 98% OF PEOPLE GET BETTER 98% OF THEM OFTEN HAVE MILD 98% OF THEM OFTEN HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS BUT THAT IS STILL 2%, ROUGHLY, BUT THAT IS STILL 2%, ROUGHLY, THAT DIE WHEN THEY GET THIS AND THAT DIE WHEN THEY GET THIS AND GENERALLY IT IS THE ELDERLY OR GENERALLY IT IS THE ELDERLY OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND THAT, IF YOU SPREAD IT OUT AND THAT, IF YOU SPREAD IT OUT OVER THE ENTIRE POSSIBLY OVER THE ENTIRE POSSIBLY INFECTED POPULATION, COULD BE A INFECTED POPULATION, COULD BE A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES VERY LARGE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES

SHE THINKS THIS IS GOING TO SHE THINKS THIS IS GOING TO BECOME A PANDEMIC BECOME A PANDEMIC WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT WHERE IT WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT WHERE IT CAME FROM AND THAT IS — THAT IS CAME FROM AND THAT IS — THAT IS IMPORTANT, THAT IS IMPORTANT IN IMPORTANT, THAT IS IMPORTANT IN THIS INFORMATION AGE BECAUSE IF THIS INFORMATION AGE BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK ONLINE, THERE ARE A LOT YOU LOOK ONLINE, THERE ARE A LOT OF RUMORS, ESPECIALLY NOW OF RUMORS, ESPECIALLY NOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE GOING THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE GOING TO GOOGLE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT TO GOOGLE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THIS CAME FROM AND ONE OF WHERE THIS CAME FROM AND ONE OF THE BIG CONSPIRACY THEORIES OUT THE BIG CONSPIRACY THEORIES OUT THERE THAT THIS WAS SOME THERE THAT THIS WAS SOME SECRETIVE CHINESE WEAPON OR A SECRETIVE CHINESE WEAPON OR A BIOLOGICAL WEAPON THAT WAS PUT BIOLOGICAL WEAPON THAT WAS PUT OUT THERE OR ESCAPED

OUT THERE OR ESCAPED SHE ACTUALLY WORKED IN THE SHE ACTUALLY WORKED IN THE FACILITY IN WUHAN THAT IS OFTEN FACILITY IN WUHAN THAT IS OFTEN POINTED TO AS A POTENTIAL POINTED TO AS A POTENTIAL CULPRIT FOR A PLACE WHERE THIS CULPRIT FOR A PLACE WHERE THIS VIRUS WAS ALLEGEDLY BEING MADE VIRUS WAS ALLEGEDLY BEING MADE SHE SAID THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT SHE SAID THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT THE CASE THE CASE

SHE’S VERY CONVINCED THAT IT SHE’S VERY CONVINCED THAT IT CAME FROM BATS, ABOUT 90% SURE, CAME FROM BATS, ABOUT 90% SURE, IT WAS FROM BAT TO HUMAN IN AN IT WAS FROM BAT TO HUMAN IN AN ILLEGAL WILDLIFE MARKET IN ILLEGAL WILDLIFE MARKET IN WUHAN, CHINA WUHAN, CHINA SO LET’S HEAR A LITTLE BIT OF SO LET’S HEAR A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY WE WENT INTO A CAGE AND SAW SOME WE WENT INTO A CAGE AND SAW SOME OF THE BATS THAT THEY ARE OF THE BATS THAT THEY ARE WORKING ON AND CONDUCTING WORKING ON AND CONDUCTING RESEARCH TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT RESEARCH TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT HOW THE TRANSMISSION HAPPENED HOW THE TRANSMISSION HAPPENED AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO FIND THE AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO FIND THE VULNERABILITIES IN THIS VULNERABILITIES IN THIS CORONAVIRUS

CORONAVIRUS >> YOU DON’T THINK THIS WAS SOME >> YOU DON’T THINK THIS WAS SOME BIOLOGICAL WEAPON? BIOLOGICAL WEAPON? >> I DO NOT >> I DO NOT I DON’T THINK IT WAS EITHER I DON’T THINK IT WAS EITHER INTENTIONAL OR ACCIDENTAL INTENTIONAL OR ACCIDENTAL

THIS VIRUS CAME FROM THE THIS VIRUS CAME FROM THE WILDLIFE WILDLIFE >> IT CAME FROM BATS? >> IT CAME FROM BATS? >> MOST LIKELY CAME FROM BATS, >> MOST LIKELY CAME FROM BATS, YES YES >> AND CAME FROM BATS IN THIS >> AND CAME FROM BATS IN THIS WILDLIFE MARKET? WILDLIFE MARKET? >> YES

>> YES >> AND THAT WAS PRETTY >> AND THAT WAS PRETTY EXTRAORDINARY WITH YOUR EXTRAORDINARY WITH YOUR REPORTING NOW, DR EZEKIEL REPORTING NOW, DR EZEKIEL EMANUEL, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED EMANUEL, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT THE MORTALITY ABOUT THE MORTALITY

THE MORTALITY RATE THAT I HEARD THE MORTALITY RATE THAT I HEARD FROM THE WORLD HEALTH FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WAS GENERALLY ABOUT ORGANIZATION WAS GENERALLY ABOUT 25% TO 3% 25% TO 3% THIS IS NOT EBOLA, BUT THE THIS IS NOT EBOLA, BUT THE TRANSMISSION IS DIFFERENT

TRANSMISSION IS DIFFERENT TELL US HAVING EXPERIENCE WITH TELL US HAVING EXPERIENCE WITH THE OTHER KIND OF DISEASE THE OTHER KIND OF DISEASE >> YOU’RE 100% CONNECT >> YOU’RE 100% CONNECT

THIS ISN’T SARS WHERE WE HAD A THIS ISN’T SARS WHERE WE HAD A 10% MORTALITY OR EBOLA, 50%, 10% MORTALITY OR EBOLA, 50%, 60% 60% THIS IS CLOSER TO SEASONAL FLU THIS IS CLOSER TO SEASONAL FLU GIVEN THE WORLD STATISTICS NOW, GIVEN THE WORLD STATISTICS NOW, IT’S BETWEEN 2

5% AND 3% IT’S BETWEEN 25% AND 3% REMEMBER, THOSE WORLD STATISTICS REMEMBER, THOSE WORLD STATISTICS PROBABLY IGNORE MANY MORE CASES PROBABLY IGNORE MANY MORE CASES THAT ARE SO MILD THAT ARE SO MILD

SO EVEN IF YOU SAY DILUTE THAT SO EVEN IF YOU SAY DILUTE THAT NUMBER BY FIVE FOLD OR TENFOLD, NUMBER BY FIVE FOLD OR TENFOLD, YOU’RE DOWN TO ABOUT 5% YOU’RE DOWN TO ABOUT 5% MORTALITY RATE WHICH IS HIGHER MORTALITY RATE WHICH IS HIGHER THAN SEASONAL FLU THAN SEASONAL FLU SO IT’S VERY DIFFERENT

SO IT’S VERY DIFFERENT ON THE OTHER HAND, IT’S VERY ON THE OTHER HAND, IT’S VERY TRANCE MISSABLE AND THAT’S WHAT TRANCE MISSABLE AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING WHEN WE HAVE THESE WE’RE SEEING WHEN WE HAVE THESE HOT SPOTS POPPING UP IN IRAN, HOT SPOTS POPPING UP IN IRAN, ITALY AND OTHER PLACES WHERE NO ITALY AND OTHER PLACES WHERE NO ONE HAS BEEN TO CHINA BUT NOW ONE HAS BEEN TO CHINA BUT NOW YOU’RE GETTING TRANSMISSION, YOU’RE GETTING TRANSMISSION, PERSON-TO-PERSON, AND THAT SEEMS PERSON-TO-PERSON, AND THAT SEEMS TO BE VERY EASILY ONE PERSON TO BE VERY EASILY ONE PERSON TRANSMITS IT TO ABOUT 25 TO 3 TRANSMITS IT TO ABOUT 25 TO 3 PEOPLE AND THEN THEY TRANSMIT PEOPLE AND THEN THEY TRANSMIT IT IT

AND THAT’S ACTUALLY THE SERIOUS AND THAT’S ACTUALLY THE SERIOUS PROBLEM IS, AS YOUR PROBLEM IS, AS YOUR CORRESPONDENT MENTIONED, CORRESPONDENT MENTIONED, WIDESPREAD TRANSMISSION WITH A WIDESPREAD TRANSMISSION WITH A LOW DEATH RATE IS STILL A HIGH LOW DEATH RATE IS STILL A HIGH NUMBER NUMBER I THINK WE ALL IN AMERICA NEED I THINK WE ALL IN AMERICA NEED TO BE WELL AWARE, WE STILL HAVE TO BE WELL AWARE, WE STILL HAVE A VERY LOW NUMBER OF CASES A VERY LOW NUMBER OF CASES THERE ARE NO CASES, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE ARE NO CASES, FOR EXAMPLE, IN PHILADELPHIA, NO CASES IN IN PHILADELPHIA, NO CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA

PENNSYLVANIA THIS IS GOING TO GET WORSE THIS IS GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER AND I BEFORE IT GETS BETTER AND I THINK WE NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR THINK WE NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR THAT THAT AND IT’S BEEN QUITE CLEAN THAT AND IT’S BEEN QUITE CLEAN THAT THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN VERY THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN VERY SLOW IN PREPARING OR EVEN SLOW IN PREPARING OR EVEN RECOGNIZING THIS AS A PROBLEM RECOGNIZING THIS AS A PROBLEM

I SOMEHOW THINK MAYBE THEY I SOMEHOW THINK MAYBE THEY THOUGHT CLOSING THE BORDER TO THOUGHT CLOSING THE BORDER TO PEOPLE FROM CHINA WOULD DO IT PEOPLE FROM CHINA WOULD DO IT AT BEST, ITS DELAYED THE ENTRY AT BEST, ITS DELAYED THE ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES INTO THE UNITED STATES IT’S CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO IT’S CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO PREVENT IT

PREVENT IT >> AND ON THAT EXACT POINT, >> AND ON THAT EXACT POINT, PHILIP RUCKER, YOU’VE DONE SO PHILIP RUCKER, YOU’VE DONE SO MUCH REPORTING FOR YOUR BOOK MUCH REPORTING FOR YOUR BOOK VERY STABLE GENIUS ON THE VERY STABLE GENIUS ON THE PRESIDENT’S RESPONSES PRESIDENT’S RESPONSES WE SAW THE PRESIDENT IN INDIA WE SAW THE PRESIDENT IN INDIA TRYING TO REASSURE THE MARKETS TRYING TO REASSURE THE MARKETS AS WELL AS LARRY KUDLOW, HIS AS WELL AS LARRY KUDLOW, HIS ECONOMIC ADVISER, AND IT ECONOMIC ADVISER, AND IT BACKFIRED BECAUSE THE CDC WAS BACKFIRED BECAUSE THE CDC WAS TELLING A MORE ACCURATE TELLING A MORE ACCURATE FORECAST FORECAST

PLUS, THEY’VE CUT THE CDC PLUS, THEY’VE CUT THE CDC BUDGET BUDGET THEY’RE ON THE HILL TODAY THEY’RE ON THE HILL TODAY GETTING SLAMMED BY THAT GETTING SLAMMED BY THAT THE BUDGET PROPOSAL HAS BEEN THE BUDGET PROPOSAL HAS BEEN CUT

CUT CHUCK SCHUMER SAYS WE NEED CHUCK SCHUMER SAYS WE NEED ANOTHER 8 BILLION, NOT THE ANOTHER 8 BILLION, NOT THE PROPOSED 25 PROPOSED 25

BUT SCIENCE HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED BUT SCIENCE HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED IN THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT THE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT THE MARKETS CAN’T REALLY BELIEVE MARKETS CAN’T REALLY BELIEVE WHAT THEY’RE HEARING WHAT THEY’RE HEARING >> THAT’S RIGHT, ANDREA, AND >> THAT’S RIGHT, ANDREA, AND THAT’S ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FOR THAT’S ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FOR THIS PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW IF IN THIS PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW IF IN FACT THE CORONAVIRUS DOES EXPAND FACT THE CORONAVIRUS DOES EXPAND AND BECOME A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AS AND BECOME A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AS MANY OF THE EXPERTS FEAR IS ONLY MANY OF THE EXPERTS FEAR IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME A MATTER OF TIME YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT HERE WHO’S YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT HERE WHO’S BEEN AT WAR WITH SCIENCE INSIDE BEEN AT WAR WITH SCIENCE INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT, AT WAR WITH THE GOVERNMENT, AT WAR WITH FACTS WHO REGULARLY EXAGGERATE FACTS WHO REGULARLY EXAGGERATE RATES, MANIPULATES THE DATA AND RATES, MANIPULATES THE DATA AND TRUTH IN HIS PUBLIC TRUTH IN HIS PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND THIS IS A PRESENTATIONS AND THIS IS A MOMENT WHERE PRECISION IS MOMENT WHERE PRECISION IS WARRANTED AND NEEDED AND WARRANTED AND NEEDED AND NECESSARY

NECESSARY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD, REALLY, ARE GOING TO BE WORLD, REALLY, ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING TO THE PRESIDENT TO HEAR LOOKING TO THE PRESIDENT TO HEAR TRUTHFUL ACCOUNTS OF WHAT’S TRUTHFUL ACCOUNTS OF WHAT’S HAPPENING, WHAT THEY SHOULD DO, HAPPENING, WHAT THEY SHOULD DO, WHAT THEY SHOULD BE FEARFUL OF WHAT THEY SHOULD BE FEARFUL OF AND IF EVERYTHING IS OKAY, THEN AND IF EVERYTHING IS OKAY, THEN THEY SHOULD HEAR THAT TOO THEY SHOULD HEAR THAT TOO

IT’S A PRESIDENT WHO’S NOT IT’S A PRESIDENT WHO’S NOT EQUIPPED FOR THIS MOMENT GIVEN EQUIPPED FOR THIS MOMENT GIVEN HIS TRACK RECORD AND THE WAY HIS TRACK RECORD AND THE WAY HE’S BEEN SO LOOSE WITH FACTS

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