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woman, friends and colleagues say she was witty, fiercely intelligent, and lived a long and vibrant life. kitty hoffman was 105 years old. may all of their memories be a blessing. the news continues. i hand it over to chris for "cuomo primetime." welcome to "primetime." i am chris cuomo. this country is not going to get back on track unless there is a plan to reopen schools safely. that's what i mean when i say let's get after it. we're not selling t-shirts here. every day that passes without the task force, this white house, congress, someone in power on the federal level telling us what will be done to help the states because just look around you. they clearly don't have the resources or wherewithal to go it alone. every day that passes without a plan is a day that makes it less likely we will get this all
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important job done. what the president peddled today will not cut it. >> we do have a national strategy but ultimately it is up to the governors of the states. i would like to see the schools open a hundred percent safely and carefully but when you look at the statistics i just read having to do with children and safety, they are very impressive. they have very strong immune systems. they do say that they don't transmit very easily and a lot of people are saying they don't transmit, they don't catch it easily. they don't bring it home easily. if they do catch it they get better fast. we're looking at that fact. >> not a fact. something that is unknown, and we do not know how asymptomatic people including kids present as spread risks. so if it is unknown it is not a fact. what about the people teaching them?
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what about the people taking care of the schools? what about if they get sick? you have to have a plan. you have to think. you can't just want things to happen. it is also not a fact that we have a strategy. trump saying there is a strategy, if anything, makes it less likely. here is the rule. we only know what they can show. where is this plan? the cdc had guidelines for states. the white house closed them down. stop the bs. the president said he knows the pandemic may get worse. what are you going to do about it? make a plan. let the experts do it. bring them to the briefings so we can hear the truth. the truth about what we know and don't about kids and cases. listen. >> i think there are still open questions there and that is why the president concluded with we are studying this very hard. i think it is a very important
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question that we have to understand do children under 10 transmit the virus less? that is what the south korea study suggests but i think it really needs to be confirmed here. >> not a fact. she did her best to cover for what he said. he never emphasized the studying part. he made it sound to you like he knew. he doesn't know. because the scientists don't know because it's not scientific. we haven't studied it. we don't know. so we need a plan. #where is the plan? #do your job. congress, too. be outraged at the inaction. show us what should be done. hold zoom hearings. come to us from your districts. tell us what they need. call out the president. call out the task force. do something. the rest of us. we have to get loud about this. i know you're frustrated and
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you've had it. how do we get to a better place? we only know what they show. for instance trump showing up alone. why? so the scientists aren't there to rebut his bs. we don't have any more time for this. we're about to hit 4 million new cases and on track to hit a million new cases in a two-week time frame. our covid death toll topped a thousand yesterday for the first time in two weeks. nearly 13,000 cases reported just today in california. a new record there. they now have the highest total cases in the united states. i know i say these numbers and it is like the teacher from charlie brown. i know that we're drowning in numbers. i'm just doing the obvious to present the obvious. we're not doing well. we know why. that is the part that's killing me. the testing is a nightmare. how many of you have heard
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stories that people still can't find a place to get a list, got to wait in line for hours, and if they do get the test, how long for a result? some 24, 48 hours. great. others? come on. be honest. more often than not, days. a week. more than a week. what good is that? what about all the things that happen in those week, ten days? are you supposed to just stay home even if you don't feel badly? nobody is telling you what to do. and the president is at best all talk. he finally told you yesterday masks are a must. it's been true for months. when it comes to action, that's his job. it's hard to find a mask at his indoor white house event today. if it is so important, where are they? all these guys immune? are they people we can get plasma from and study? what does this tell you?
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the president says he'll make a decision in the next 24 hours about mandating mask use in federal buildings like the white house. why didn't he set the example and start today? why didn't they have masks on? because it is not real to him. he's scared. he doesn't like the polls. but that's not our problem. we have to get our kids back to school. it is the key. why? because in order to get kids back to school we have to up the smarts of how we test. we have to test better, smarter. we have to trace more smarter. it will require communities to have to be more responsible because you need to keep your numbers in check for the kids. we have to have a plan because we have to be doing the same things in similar places across the country so there is continuity to the change. otherwise we'll keep getting killed by pockets, clusters. if the kids aren't in school you can't get back to work the way you want. how many of you hear about people having to take part-time
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work because they can't do the hours. the kids are home. the economy can't accelerate. the kids are the hub. if we are not all together and with a plan that unites efforts i'm telling you, we are in for a long, hard winter. let's look at the reality with chief dr. sanjay gupta. thank you for joining me as always. just to be clear, i don't know of any strategy to help schools reopen. every state official i talk to expresses need and frustration that while they've had a little contact here and there with the federal government there are no guidelines. there is no accessing of resources. there is no real help to figure out what they are struggling to figure out themselves. your experience? >> i talk to administrators all over the country and it is a total patchwork. different strategies and dufrnt places. people trying to figure it out on their own. to their credit, many of the administrators trying to look at the science, asking me about the scientific data, you know, trying to figure this out.
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there's a couple of things that we do know. there's a lot we don't. there are a couple things we do know and that is this south korean study i think was an interesting study. these are hard studies to do. they did a contact tracing study and found that kids 10 and older spread the virus just as much as adults. just keep that in the back of the mind as you think about what is likely to happen in areas where the virus is already spreading. take a look at this graphic from israel. chris, i'm sure you've seen this before but you can get an idea of what could possibly happen in a community when the schools start to reopen. you could see a sudden, significant increase overall in cases. this is what we're trying to avoid. second point, chris. very important one. and this was part of those gating criteria from months ago that everyone basically ignored as soon as they came out. they basically said if you have 14 day downward trend in the community you're ready to graduate to the next phase. on the flip side they said if
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you see five days of sustained increase in your community you've got to go back to the earlier phase and that means not opening schools. i mean, you know, look. it is as simple as that. we don't know about kids younger than 10, chris. they haven't been out as much since mid march. they don't have as many contacts. they are much harder to study but could also be spreading the virus and that is the big concern here. >> you don't have to be certain about the science. my reckoning from talking to different people is let's plan this way. assume they're all going to have it. plan that way. assume it's going to happen. you're going to have cases. so now what do you do? what kind of equipment do you need for the teachers? what kind of spacing? what kind of staffing? i don't hear any idea, you know, robust idea debate coming. i don't hear it on the federal level. i don't hear it on the state level. we have the superintendent from fairfax county. they pulled back. they're going all remote now. i want to question that. did they think about the unused public spaces, the libraries, the churches that aren't being
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used, renting them, bringing in more staff? are they thinking this way? is anybody telling them to think this way? you know, i think we're really going to set ourselves up, doc, for the next wave of pain by what happens with our kids. >> yeah. i think you're right. i think because there hasn't been guidance people are sort of trying to come up with some of these strategies on their own. i talked to my own school administrator for my kids and what's the biggest concern? square footage they said. we just need space. we're trying to find space in all the various ways we can. the other thing, chris, you brought this up for many months now and just said it again, the testing. it's very interesting to me that even if you go to the cdc guidelines now they say there is no universal sort of requirement or guidance around testing. i still don't understand why not. why don't we have to -- it is not a panacea. i'm not suggesting that it is. but if you have more available, rapid, accurate testing, you'd
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have a pretty good idea at least you are not carrying the virus. people around you are not carrying the virus. it is remarkably hard to get. chris, i was in the operating room on monday doing brain surgery on somebody. i could not get a covid test on the patient i was about to operate on. therefore i had to wear personal protective equipment. all my residents, the anesthesiology team, the scrub nurses, everyone had to do it. we could do brain surgery on someone, check their coagulation numbers. i can do all these tests, sophisticated tests on this patient. do this operation on this patient but we still can't get a rapid response covid test to know we're at least not dealing with somebody who has covid and we don't have to wear personal protective equipment throughout entire operation. that is where we still are in july in this country. so, you know, the schools -- >> why wouldn't we be there? you've been around a lot of different viruses and situationas round the world. without exception in every circumstance you've been in the
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catalyst for change is always the man or woman in charge. they are on message. they are repeating the message to death. they are all about that message. they make it their mantra. they make it their methodology for leadership. they make it the sum total of their existence. obviously i'm not objective about the guy but my brother talked about nothing else but what they had to do. did he get everything right? of course not. but we don't have that here. the president doesn't want to own testing. he doesn't want these numbers to be real. the only explanation that makes sense. you talk to the task force guys all the time. they want to do the job. the cdc guys. they want to do the job. why aren't they doing it differently or more? they're told not to. that's got to be the only answer. there is no other answer that makes sense. we've never done it this way before. >> i think that the testing problem in some ways has been a manifestation of a larger issue almost since the very start which was a desire to minimize this problem. to ignore it, pretend it wasn't
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there. lost an entire month of february, part of march, in that time the virus continued to spread like wildfire as everyone has described it now. so when we say that we've done more testing now in terms of absolute numbers, perhaps that's true. but that's because we needed to because we have a lot more viral spread. but i think the original sin even before testing is really the, i think, the tip of the spear problem, but before that even is this desire to minimize the problem. what i think boggles my mind, chris, is that at this point even, even in hospitals, nursing homes, there are places that still have a hard time getting tests. >> and getting them processed. >> if you don't get them back within five days they are really not doing anything in terms of curbing this pandemic. i'll take it a step further after talking to sources yesterday. the idea of testing so you can bring down the numbers, isolate, quarantine, all that, i think we've basically -- we're in no
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position to do that right now because there is so much virus. all we can do is flag hot spots. fire there. throw water on it. fire there. throw water on it. that is no way to take care of the underlying problem. it is just taking care of the symptoms. so that is what really worries me is we're not addressing the fundamental, underlying problem in this country. >> we are not taking care of what we can and we're being arrogant about what we don't understand, making assumptions about kids, about asymptomatic, the study that just came out of ucla. i've been speculating on this for a long time because anecdotally i keep hearing people saying i didn't have that bad of a case but my antibodies are gone. isn't that weird? i keep hearing from people. hey i got tested again. my antibodies are gone. we're hearing it. we'll see what it means. this comfort we're taking that when people get it this is over for them i don't buy it. dr. gupta, i love you and thank you. >> you got it. we'll talk soon. >> again, this isn't pie in the sky talk. other countries that are far less sophisticated than we are
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from a public health perspective have come up with ways to reopen schools and keep them open. why haven't we? why don't we have a plan? just demanding, open says me, is not magic. it doesn't cut it. they'll need guidance and resources. we need a strategy that can be applied to similar situations across this country. what is the task force doing otherwise? we have big school districts in the president's back yard now defying pressure from the white house. why? because they can't do what he is saying to do. the superintendent of one, loudoun county, on why -- they had a plan and now had to pull back and go all virtual. we'll speak to the superintendent about the reality, next. blended with purpose for dry, from wdamaged hair with lush honey and propolis known to nourish and repair as a whole blend, it helps heal damage to the ends blended makes us better whole blends by garnier, naturally
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enterprise. three of the largest school districts in the country are canceling plans to open classrooms for in-person learning in the weeks ahead. montgomery county in maryland, fairfax and loudoun counties in virginia. they each initially rolled out a hybrid plan. you've heard the term. a few days in person. different shifts. combined with distance learning. now they're going all remote. interestingly, education secretary betsy devos called fairfax county's original hybrid plan a disaster. my question that we'll be able to get an answer to i think in a
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second is did she offer any better guidance to any of these counties? is there any resource offer? is there a guideline? is there a plan? is there even an extended offer? joining us now the superintendent for loudoun county public schools eric williams. mr. williams, thank you for joining "primetime." >> thank you. i appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. >> let's talk macro then get micro. am i unaware of this plan offered to you and other counties all over the country from the federal government with how you should reopen saufl and how you can get resources if you need them and good ideas to make it happen? >> so we have not received federal assistance as it relates to the specifics of planning to reopen schools. we have received some support and resource documents at state level but not from the federal level. >> okay. now of course i knew that. i want people to hear from you. i really think this is a big problem. you are faced with challenges you cannot satisfy on your own.
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you don't have the money. you don't have the staffing. you don't have the space. you don't have anybody giving you solutions to those problems. is that an accurate assessment? >> it is absolutely accurate that the resources and the solutions are key challenges that we face. >> okay. on the federal level they're not doing it. you haven't heard of anything like that. a little bit from the state which should make sense right? it is primarily a state issue but you would think in a state of emergency you'd have federal assistance. now to the micro. why did you pull back from the hybrid to the all remote >> so we received state guidance, the state commissioner saying before you reopen you need to have a health plan filed and the governor is setting forth parameters for how we can reopen schools. within three weeks as you mentioned, on june 29th, our board had endorsed this concept of opening with a hybrid model
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while also offering parents a choice of a hundred percent distance learning. within three weeks, our board voted to support my recommendation last night, so within three weeks we received new information that led us to instead plan to start the new school year a hundred percent distance learning with few exceptions, with a plan to implement our hybrid, original hybrid plans in stages. >> why? >> so we received a number of different, additional information. first of all, we had new experience with implementing in-person learning ourselves on a very limited basis. so last monday, ten days ago, we began a very small scale providing in-person learning to students with disabilities, and that experience has really reinforced our understanding of the challenges related to
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in-person learning. >> how so? >> well, just for example so students, very well meaning students, arrive at the beginning of this abbreviated day, 4, 4 1/2 hours, wearing face coverings. and it varies extensively in terms of the extent and length of day they ended up wearing them. so that is an example of one challenge. also, some students have particular challenges in terms of not being able to operate effectively with -- and still maintain 6 feet of physical distancing, successfully working with certain students requires closer contact. so that's a challenge. so our experience with the in-person learning has shown the complexities. it is not just about students but it is about consistent practices by staff who are incredibly hard working but we
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need to give reminders to administrators and teachers need to constantly remind us, hey. we do need to pay attention to 6 feet physical distancing. that is just one piece of additional information. some other new information that we have from our -- the director of loudoun county health department relates to the amount of time to receive test results. so in the last several weeks the amount of time for processing test results -- >> too long -- >> has increased. >> yeah. >> the director of the health department explains that is a result of the national rise in cases. but that increase in testing is significant concern. >> yep. i keep hearing it. i keep hearing it. i know you guys are talking to one another and starting all these new network connections and stuff around educators around the country. i don't even like that. i mean obviously we love communication between people. you learn from each other. but you shouldn't have to. you guys are like all islands
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across the country trying to figure out things for yourself. the testing is the key because you can't have six, seven, ten days before you know whether you have a problem in a group like that. everybody becomes exposed to risk. well, look. we'll stay on this because you need better solutions. remote learning stinks. stinks for you guys. it stinks for the families. it stinks for the economy. we have to find better solutions. i appreciate you putting health first and looking for solutions. superintendent eric williams, you're always welcome to use this as a platform to tell us the reality on the ground. okay? >> sounds good. >> all right. just think about if we had the same urgency. you heard the guy. all right? he does not get paid to not have school. it is no the good for his future to -- not good for his future to come up with solutions like this. i guarantee people are not happy with what they're hearing. but you can't get the tests back. why? why haven't we had the energy on the federal level for this that the president put into the wall? that the president is putting into this surge of federal agents? it is not a state issue either.
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this is not about protecting courthouses. okay? it's not what was happening in portland. you know it. you saw it first person on the tape. you met the guy, the navy vet who went there and they tried to kick his ass. okay? it wasn't about him going into the courthouse. it's about hyperpolicing in those situations to send a political message and the president wants to do more. the cities plagued with violent crime. i'm going to send more of my guys in. what does that have to do with courthouses? the governors that want more help fighting covid? they're on their own. why? why all the urgency to deal with a situation you can't control and can only make worse and no urgency on the situation you could actually help? can you answer that? let's deal with the controversy and the facts, next. try wayfair. you got this! ♪ ♪
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there are no coincidences. on the heels of what happened in portland with federal officers coming on the scene there, right? today a big announcement. a surge of federal law enforcement to combat the recent spike in homicides around the country. the president, attorney general, director of the fbi, acting dhs secretary all there. a lot more man power that showed up to talk about the pandemic. a lot bigger offer of help with this as well. now, just saying additional federal officers are heading to chicago, kansas city, albuquerque, places where extra resources to track illegal guns could certainly help, it all came draped in lies that once again were backed up by the attorney general. >> the effort to shut down policing in their own communities has led to a shocking explosion of shootings, killings, murders, and heinous crimes of violence. >> what we have seen is a significant incoo esin violent crime in many sfis and this rise is a direct result of the attack
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on the police forces. >> who says? so the increase in homicides around the country which was starting before all this that we're dealing with, that's because of the black lives matter movement? that's what the attorney general just said? what is his basis for saying that? now, what's the truth? he doesn't know that. not a single mayor of the cities targeted by today's announcement has called for defunding the police. not one. and barr's gross exaggeration of the number of arrests already in kansas city, on this show we've shown you real solutions that would mean tackling the inequality that permeates these communities that creates the desperation that creates the crime. this president doesn't even talk about it. he doesn't even use the words systemic racism that flows through all of this.
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despite being vilified by this president, the mayors of chicago and kansas city say they welcome help. of course they do. as long as they don't see a repeat of what's going on in portland. this isn't about just coming there and beating people up. the spike in homicides is real. does the president have authority? yes. bill clinton did in 1999. he sent federal officers to fight gun crimes. it was done cooperatively. exactly that legitimate use of power, which best illustrates the abuse, the abdication of that same authority by this president. opposition to this push is strong among democrats like the u.s. senator from new mexico that we have here tonight. now it's setting off local battles. the senator that we're about to talk to is accusing the sheriff in albuquerque of inviting the president's, quote, storm troopers in. he wants the sheriff to pay a big price. we're going to talk to him right
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we know as a matter of fact that homicide rates are spiking in cities across america. the number of gun related deaths in this country is dwarfed by the lives lost to coronavirus but they both matter. the question is, why is the president only paying attention to one? why is he so eager to talk up a so-called surge of federal law enforcement while it's been months of waiting on any real action to speed up testing or make our schools safe? where is the surge there? to help schools reopen? where is the surge to help hospitals in these states that are overwhelmed? why aren't they equal priorities? let's bring in new mexico democratic senator martin hinrich. good to see you and welcome to "primetime." >> thanks for having me. >> let's start with the basics. did your state ask for help from the federal government with crime? >> the city of albuquerque, the mayor, the governor, none of them asked for this assistance.
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in part because there is simply no trust at a time when you see the kind of chaos that gets in places like portland or even downtown d.c. >> the sheriff asked. is that enough? what is your response? >> i'm sorry. >> a local sheriff asked for help and he was -- he is a big advocate for the feds coming in. is that enough? >> they're not sending the support to the county. they're sending that to the city. and they haven't even engaged with the city to talk about what that is going to look like. what we want to make clear is what is going on in portland, what went on in downtown washington, d.c. that is not the kind of help we want. if we're going to have help we need a written agreement about what that looks like and it should prohibit the kind of actions we've seen in portland. >> what do you think this is about for the president? >> re-election pure and simple. he wants to make albuquerque, he
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wants to make chicago, he wants to make portland a stage for his re-election campaign. otherwise he'd have been there two years ago, three years ago, four years ago. this is all about his re-election and a distraction from his failure to be able to address the public health crisis. >> now for the point of advocacy, i'm okay with the president making it about his election as long as he is doing the right thing. that's what he should be doing to secure the election. what is your criticism of this methodology of help? >> one, he has created conflict where conflict did not need to happen. two, we just haven't gotten any real help. we've got a lot of rhetoric, a big photo op at the white house. the last time the president tried to engage with the city of albuquerque $10 million was promised and never delivered. that is not how we solved these issues. we need a lot more action. a lot more delivery. and a lot less campaign
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promises. >> what is your concern if a bunch of federal agents touch down in different municipalities within your state? >> if they have uniforms on, if they're identifiable, if they're operating within their jurisdiction, we work with the feds in new mexico all the time as a matter of course. what we're not used to seeing is the kind of action that we saw in portland where people are unidentifiable, where it's hard to tell whether they're actually law enforcement or not and when you have, you. >> people who are protesting in a way that is completely nonviolent like the navy veteran that you mentioned and he gets his arm broken and pepper sprayed like we don't need that in our communities. we love our city. we want to bring down crime and we'll bring down crime with anyone who wants to partner with us. but we will not be a back drop for a campaign commercial that doesn't do anything to solve the underlying problems and the
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underlying systemic racism and inequality that you talked about. >> you can't stop it either. what happens next? >> well we can stand up to it and we're not going to have -- we've got a mayor. we've got a city police department. we've got a governor. we've got a community that expects more from this administration. we're simply not going to take this lying down. we're going to keep fighting until we have guard rails in place to make sure that law enforcement is actually about solving crimes and not just, you know, a campaign promise with no follow through. >> the mayor of chicago, the illinois governor, and the mayor of kansas city, they all welcome help but they're saying what you are saying. your mayor in albuquerque does not welcome help but that aside it is about how -- >> actually i want to say i listened to him tonight on another -- on a radio station. what he said is we don't have
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the trust to know that what we're going to get is help. >> okay. >> we want to solve crimes and we want to work with the feds but we need some guard rails to make sure that that's actually what we're going to get and we're not going to get what they're getting in portland. >> senator, we'll stay on the situation and we remain a platform for you to let us know what is happening on the ground and the realities in the state. >> we will. >> all right. be well and thank you. >> thank you. all right. here's another story that's becoming all too common. the outcome is extreme. a 21-year-old goes out partying. hard to keep them home, right? let's be honest. even in the covid era. it was against the wishes of the parents. again, it is not easy. all right? why are we trying to keep our kids around? what happens? risk. the whole family got sick. and i mean sick, sick. the dad has been battling in the icu. listen to this.
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for spending a perfectly reasonable amount of time on the couch with tacos from grubhub? grubhub's gonna reward you for that with a $5 off perk. (doorbell rings) - [crowd] grubhub! (fireworks exploding) i'm alive. it's ban nightmare. the worst thing ever. wear your mask. stay your distance. -- real. >> there but for the grace go i
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but not you if you stay your distance, if you wear your mask, if you wash your hands, if you observe the protocols, you got a chance of avoiding that. i am alive. the words from john place, husband and father, letting the world know he survived coronavirus after being on a ventilator for nearly 20 days. john in the land of the very fortunate. he tested positive after his entire family after his 21-year-old son went to an event with friends where he contracted covid-19 and passed it on to the rest of the family. john's wife, michelle, joins us now to share their story. thank you for taking the opportunity to talk to us. how are you doing? how is the rest of the family? >> thank you so much, chris, for having me. we're definitely much better now. we're hanging in there. it's been quite an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. it is like living a real
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nightmare. you know, the past month. but doing the best i can taking care of the kids here but just keeping them safe and here in the house of course and our 6-year-old daughter especially is the one who i think was hit the hardest because she is a daddy's girl and every i miss daddy. i want to see daddy. we face time as often as we could. it's been hard. we're better now he's off the ventilators and we're grateful he's alive. >> thank god for that. and thank god for how you look and sound too. you're obviously doing well. it doesn't hit everybody in the family the same way. the person i'm most concerned with is your son. the 21 year-old. he must feel horrible. does he thuns is just how is goes. is his head and heart in a good place? >> he is. we talked about this quite a bit. he knows i did try to express to
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him every time wear a mask. social distance. wash your hands, take a shower when you get home. he's a grown man. he's an adult. he has to make his own decisions. he didn't choose wisely. it's hard. kids are kids. they want to hang out with friends and chill and get very comfortable in the setting they are lax and take off the mask and drinking and in each other's faces. i express him it's not a blame game. i'm not shaming my stepson. he feels guilt and -- you see it on tv. you say wow i can't believe it. until it hits home, it becomes they think they are invincible and want to hang out and party and they live in a bubble. and no big deal. a little cold and that's not the
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case. you spread it o one or come home and we catch it. if you have under lying issues you can see what happens. you wind up in the hospital and god forbid the worst out come. >> he got off the ventilators after a long time. he's in rare air. in terms of getting off after that period. what are they telling you about where he is in terms of how far out of the woods? >> the doctors said you're very lucky woman your husband pulled through this. usually 80% don't come off. when they have diabetes, high blood pressure and other issues. when he came off the ventilators it was like wow. they were ecstatic. a miracle. and we're so grateful for that. it's amazing he pulled through. he's far from out of the woods. breathing improved. he went from a ventilator to
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oxygen mask and he's breathing better. he's weak. he can't lift his art or move his legs. they look look twigs. it's four weeks in a bed with no movement. the muscle mass you lose and you have to start from scratch. it's rehab and physical therapy. we have a long road ahead. months of therapy kp rehab. he's a fighter. he'll pull through. we're on the right track. >> another reason that people don't want this. plenty enough already. it ain't cheap if you get sick. you can't work. certainly your situation you weren't able to work. you had to take care of the kids. husband in the hospital. the medical costs -- you get a test for free. what's happening in the hospital isn't free. insurance is always on the side of paying you slow and asking for money fast. how much have you had to come out of pocket?
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>> so far we haven't gotten a bill yet. i have heard from quite a few people that experienced what i'm going through a couple weeks in the hospital in the icu starts about 500,000 and up. so close to a million. we don't know, i don't have a clue. we haven't worked since march. we're both in the event industry. we have been living off unemployment. which is a couple thousand dollars. hit with this and rehab and possible other supplies to provide for him when he comes home. it's a lot. i have been fortunate my best friend set up a go fund me. we know people from all over the world and have been blessed people have been donating. we're so grateful. it will help us at least get a ahead somewhere and pay the bills and do what we can at this point. we have to take care of dad when he gets home. it will be my next full-time
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job. >> we all tell each other for better or worse. and you're in that now. and i wish you the grace and strength to get through it. we're very selective about talking about go fund me pages. people will say the kid went out this is what happens. i know. again, here but for the grace. i have a 17 year-old. she just got her license. i don't see her but two days a week. i don't know where she is. you can't keep them home. there's so much risk for all of us. again, there but for the grace the families could be in your position all over the country. thank god you are making it through. you have a long way to go. send your son my best. send your kids my best. thank you for the example you are being to the family about strength in the center. we'll put out on social media how people can help. >> thank you so much for having me. god bless you. >> i look forward to talking to
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