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Top U.S. Health Official: Start Taking Coronavirus Seriously

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At the White House, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that private insurance companies would join Medicare and Medicaid in waiving copayments for coronavirus testing. Coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci warned people to take steps to slow the spread of the disease, like social distancing and avoiding handshakes, washing hands and staying home when feeling ill.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: “We would like the country to realize that as a nation, we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago, that it doesn’t matter if you’re in a state that has no cases or one case, you have to start taking seriously what you can do now, that if and when the infections will come — and they will come, sorry to say, sad to say. They will.”

The number of U.S. coronavirus cases has topped 1,000, with at least 31 deaths.

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