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improvement, it is his behavior that has some in his administration concerned, including taking to twitter for an extended rant that included jabs at political rivals, more unfounded claims about voter fraud and call to end stimulus talks that sent the stock market into a tailspin. some worry that the steroids the president is taking could be a factor. inside the white house, at least 20 people, including the president has tested positive, includes his top aide, stephen miller. jim acosta, tell us what else the president's physician said. >> reporter: it was a very short statement from dr. sean conley, the president's top physician. it begins the way you read it just a few moments ago. the president this morning says
i feel great. physical exam and vital signs all remains stable and in normal range. he's now been fever free for more than four days, symptom free for 24 hours, has not received any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization. the beginning of the same from dr. conley begins with something that the president wants to get out there. this is pretty consistent all throughout this saga for the president, that the top doctors for the president are essential putting out information he wants to get out there to the public. the other thing we don't have a firm handle is is why the president has been fever free or symptom free. is it because of the medication? if he gets off the medication, could he be fever free and symptom free after that? those questions have not been answered. other questions as to the president's whereabouts since he's been back on the white house grounds since returning
from walter reed. earlier this morning larry kudlow said the president had been in the oval office yesterday and mark meadows said, no, that's not the case. he wanted to go to the oval office to deliver a statement, but it ended up not happening. we're still not getting straight answers from white house officials, including when the president's last negative test was. of course they're guarding that sort of information, because that could help us determine the timeline of events when the president might have been testing positive and when he began showing symptoms. the white house continues to say he first tested positive last thursday, but we don't know if he was symptomatic before that and potential spreading the coronavirus during the week last week, potentially at a presidential debate, potentially at a rally in minnesota last wednesday, and so on. a lot of unanswered questions so far today, brianna. >> thank you, jim, for that
report. i want to bring in dr. gandhi, an internist and pediatrician. so let's talk about how the doctor is very conspicuously saying that the president has antibodies in his bloodstream. you can say he's fighting this off. is that really the truth, though, considering that the very thing they infused are antibodies? >> first, thank you for having me today. the most important thing is we need some data, right? the data so far from the white house has been unclear. great, i'm glad they can detect antibody. he did receive a hefty dose, the regeneron, and for folks watching at home, this is a protein produced by these cells to fight pathogens.
when you find an igg antibody, that usually happens around ten days around symptom onset. now, what i would potentially question is, is this the regeneron, one. and two in the setting of taking detecti de dexa meth asone. >> he also says he's fever frears, but that's only meaningful if he's not taking any medicines that would reduce hi fever. >> we don't know what medication he's taking. we know he's ending the current dose of meds he's been on for a few days. the most important thing here is
we need to know exactly when his symptoms started. we need to know when his last negative test was, and we need to follow the guidelines. at the earliest he should be out and about ten days after symptom onset, provided he's gone 24 hours without a fever, but to make a judgment, it's predicated on having some of these facts. >> what happens, dr. gandhi, if a covid patient is on steroids, but they stop using it and they leave the body and they're still battling infection? >> yeah. so at times the body can actually be falsely thinking that it's doing a good job, right, because the steroids help you fight this infection, when in reality when patients get off steroids, sometimes the infection can worsen, right? so i think we have to keep an i'd out for that.
dexamethasone is powerful. the i don't use it in the outpatient world, right? this would be used by my colleagues in the hospital setting. so we have to keep an eye, see how the president does. remember, we're still in this window here, right? the tip daypical window, is aro days 7, 8, 9, the symptoms can worsen. let's keep an eye out the next few days. >> can you talk to us a bit about the concerns for staff, both in the west wing and also in the white house residence, considering he is likely still contagious? >> he is, and these are real issues here, right? this is very complicated. every day my team and i think through what ventilation is,
where we see patients. what is the air exchange per hour? what is the distance we all need to be working from each other to ensure that folks are safe? what kind of masks do folks have? have the masks been tested, so we know they're truly filtering at the capacity that they are? so, so much investment is made to ensure the safety of our staff and the safety of our patients. it is highly complicated. it's complex and requires time. it is unclear to me if that same kind of investment is happening at the white house. look, if they have calculated those things, if folks have access to ppe, if they're trained in how to put it on and take it off, that's wonderful. but it is a massive scale-up of effort to ensure the safety of folks who are around people who have symptoms and who are infectious. >> there is ppe, as we understand it. we do not know the answers to the other questions about the level of training to ensure
they're using it maximally. thank you for your insight. really good to see you. >> happy to be here, as always. thank you. as more people in president trump's orbit are testing positive, there's concern about gold star families maybe becoming symptomatic. as you can see, there was no social distancing, and many people there were not wearing masks. also attending that indoor military event with us coast guard admiral charles ray, who now has contracted covid. admiral kirby joins us now. great to see you. tell us about what you are observing here. there are questions being raised about how the white house
handled this event. what concerns do you have? >> first of all, it doesn't appear they're doing any contact tracing. at least press reports that none of the families that were there have been contacted about by the white house. some are quarantining themselves, of course, but i think it's great that the white house took time on a sunday to honor these families and sacrifices, but you would think in the midst of a pandemic, you would want to show greater respect to their sacrifices by doing everything you can to keep them safe. social distancing and wearing masks, but it could have been done outside as well. it was a nice day that sunday. it just doesn't seem like the white house went by making sure they could arrive and leave in perfect health. >> and in stark contrast, the
generals who were in contact with admiral ray are still quarantining, despite the fact they've been tested and are negative. they know you have to wait this out. >> they're being very stringent and mindful some of the staffs, too. they have a circle of people around them. they're trying to be responsive and responsible. they're doing the right thing. i'm convinced and confident they'll be able to do their job from quarantines at homes. they have communications set up, even classified communications. they've been careful before this. they're clearly being careful afterwards. i think they're doing exactly what you would expect a responsible leader in our government to do, having known you may have come in contact with somebody who tested positive. >> doing it by the book. >> yeah. admiral kirby, thank you so much. good to see you.
>> you too. thanks. the former economic adviser says the u.s. is on the verge of economic calamity. i'm going to speak to a flight attendant who was brought to tear on the last flight before she lost her jobs. plus the vice presidential candidates face off tonight. we're going to tell you what to watch for on the substance of this debate, and there will probably be more tonight than in the first presidential debate. former cia director michael hayden has a stark warning, in a new ad endorsing joe biden. between ideas and inspiration, trauma and treatment. gained a couple of more pounds. that's good for the babies. between the moments that make us who we are, and keeping them safe, private and secure, there's webex. ♪ ♪ beautiful.
in washington to do theirs. yet, as of today, americans are no closer to a desperately needed second stimulus. president trump attempted to walk it back, but all it's done is cause confusion, where more than ever americans are looking for clarity and an economic lifeline. take millions of parents who are worried about trying to feed their children and keep a roof over their heads. >> one day i will go back to work, or i'm going to be one of them. now it's not check, it's a box. a box that i have to stretch out for seven days. >> for this father, israel rodriguez, who was recently evicted along with his two young children. >> when it hit, i lost my job, so it took me like a month to get another job.
this is my check, but i ain't making it with $300. >> restaurant owners are barely scraping by. >> we went from being about to franchise basically running a to-go business. i'm worried about having a heart attack, to be honest are you. >> and thens of thousands of airline employees, whose jobs just evaporated. >> so a stimulus could save jobs at delta? >> absolutely. my next guest is one of those nearly 32,000 airline workers who were furloughed. here is brianna ross saying good-bye on her last leg as a flight attendance. >> as all of you know, the airline industry has been dramatically -- our for myself
and one other crew member, this means we'll be furloughed october 1st. unfortunately this is my last working flight before that day comes. i will never forget seeing your faces today. thank you from the bottom of my hard for the kindness shown today. i also want to personally thank each and every one of you for choosing to fly american today. while i have -- there are many of my co-workers who have not, and the -- i ask that you -- during this time. you never know how small -- please by kind to within another, practice compassion,
and until i see you again, please take care of yourselves. >> you told my producer that people see these numbers, but they don't realize these are real people. why do you think the human factor is getting lost? >> first of all, thank you, of course, for having me on. i talked with a producer earlier. all this time has gone by, the country sees they numbers. we are real people behind those numbers. you know, we all have a story. we all will be struggling very soon to make ends meet. i think people are forgetting, because people are very affected.
>> your address to the passengers was incredibly touching. you were so sensitive in asking for their thoughts as well for your colleagues. what was their reaction after you said that? >> actually we landed. we got to the gate. as everyone was deplaning, everyone was stopping me, saying you're going to do great with your next chapter, good luck. people were giving me hugs. i actually had a lady who wrote me a letter. i didn't read it until i got home that evening. she wrote that she made a dough assassination to the make-a-wish donation in my honor. she said i don't know your name, but i know somewhere a child will be touched because of you. so the response has been amazing. i never expected it to be what it is. i've had people contact me from literally all over the world how
touched they were. keep your head up, everything is going to be okay. honest li i'm still in disbelief about all the people it's touched. >> it's not surprising, right? they sort of need that right now. you mentioned in the video that you have a next chapter. what are you going to be doing? >> yes, ma'am, i actually do already have a bachelor's degree. i left a desk job to become a flight attendant. i knew i didn't really want to go back to that, so i love skincare. i'm in aesthetician school right now. i started in september, so for the month of september i was just flying for the airline on the weekends. so that's what i'm in right now. >> and what is your message? you have the floor right now. what is your message to the president, to congress, to leaders in washington who have the power to do something for
americans? >> yes, ma'am. i just want to say it feels like we're on an emotional roller coasters right now. once day we're going to do something about it, the next we're not. i feel for all of my co-workers who have packed up their lives and moved across the country or moved back home with their parents just to make ends meet. i just ask that they realize these are the people you were elected to be there for and to take care of. it sort of feels like honestly we're not being taken care of. it feels like it's being dangled over our heads. it's an emotional roller coaster. i just want to get off the roller coaster. >> i do, too. i hear you on that. thank you so much for coming on today and talking to us. we appreciate it. >> of course. thank you for having me. >> brianna ross, thank you. and here a doctor with her
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reportedly preparing for him to return to the oval office, despite the fact he still has coronavirus. his attempts to portray strength have infuriated some medical experts. when he told the nation to the to be afraid of the virus, emergency room dr. amy cho took to twitter with a long thread that said in part -- please know that doucovid-19 scares health e workers. we have experienced what happens. we know that money, power and fame can't purchase a cure. dr. cho is joining me. explain to us, dr. cho, why you needed to speak out and needed to put your voice out there, in response. >> thank you so much for this opportunity to speak today. you know, i wanted to speak out to my fellow citizens, and my family members, my friends, to
let them know that most people do do recover from covid, not everybody does, and one of the benefits of working in the emergency department and being a physician, with the great privilege to care for people at some of the worst times in their lives. that's also a really hard thing about working in the emergency department and caring for people. it gives you some insight into what is reality, what is actually happening, and it lets you know that even with all of the best medicine, the best medical care, everything that we bring to bear to treat patients, we can't always fix them. in those situations when we can't fix people, when we don't have magic bullet or a special cure or something to do to help
people, we need to do what we can to prevent the illness from ever happening. so i want people to have a bit of fear about this, because it's important. fear helps you to be careful, it helps to motivate the actions and behaviors that help to reduce risk, and it will actually help to save lives in the long run. >> i get the sense, talking to you, something that i get from a lot of doctors and medical professionals who have been around this, which is just how hard this is. you guys have been going through this for months. i can't imagine how traumatic it is to see so many folks. it's wonderful the people who walk out of the hospital, but the numbers of people who don't, what has it been like for you and your colleagues as you're still very much in the middle of this. >> you know, it really scary. most people who go into medicine
show up every day and do the hard work, because they want to help people. they want to cure people. they want to save lives. unfortunately there's not a lot we can do right now. we don't -- we can't fix it all the time. that really weighs on you. in the beginning of a pandemic, i was extremely fearful about going to work. i was really scared about my co-workers and my colleagues, and losing the high-risk people i work with. i was afraid they were going to get covid at work and they were going to die. i was afrayed i wid i was going bring it home and i was going to kill my husband or lose my in-laws or parents from it. it was really scary. the good news is what we've been doing in hospitals has been really pretty effective. it's not super high tech. it's worked.
if it works in hospitals where we're at the highest risk from treating patients with covid, that it can work in the community as well, and that all of us can actually be the people to save lives. >> dr. cho, thank you so much for that incredible message. >> thank you. dr. amy cho from minneapolis. we're just hours away from the first vice presidential debate. we're going to break down what to watch for, next. at t-mobile, we have a plan built just for customers 55 and up. saving 50% vs. other carriers with 2 unlimited lines for less than $30 each.
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barriers let's get to the content. the stakes here are high. this is their one shot. they're both skilled debaters. >> it's their one and only shot, both running for somebody who would be the oldest person to be elected as president. what i'm looking for is the coronavirus debate. not only is the plexiglas going to plate out visually and physically, but also in the content of the debate and how that plays out will be very important. senator harris' political mission is to put the handling or mishandling of the pandemic front and center for as much of the debate as possible. mike pence who heads the coronavirus task force, he has a load of defending to do of the
president's behavior this week. the joyride, or ripping your mask off, or the don't be afraid of the virus. the second thing, of course, is pence's approach to this debate. watch, brianna, to see how he tries to take kamala harris and make her the key evidence that it would bring the socialist agenda to america. despite the fact that that's not actually true, but watch the vice president try and take kamala harris, being a co-sponsor of bernie sanders' medicare for all bill, and sort of try to hang that around her neck. that's not the health care position of the biden/harris
platform, but she's going to have to defend that -- and finally, do not lose sight, brianna of the historic moment of harris up on that stage. i think this is something we talked about when she was nominated, obviously, at the convention. this is something we talked about when biden picked her, but seeing for the first time an afric african-american woman, indian-american woman, on that stage, in that seat, what that representation means, the historic nature of her candidacy, and how vice president pence has to negotiate that i think is something to watch for as well. >> i want to scud, david, aboas
about senator mcsally struggling to answer a question. >> are you proud of your support for president trump? >> well, i'm proud that i'm fighting for arizonians on things like cutting your taxes. >> senator, the question was, are you proud of your support for president trump? >> i'm proud to be fighting for arizona every days ago. >> is that a yes or no? >> putting legislation on president trump's desk. >> what did you think about that, david? >> yeah, that is the very embodiment of the rock meeting the hard place, right? this is the situation that vulnerable republican incumbent senators find themselves in right now, brianna, which is that the president is not popular, therefore you don't want to do a full embrace, yet you can't distance yourself, because you need every one of president's supporters if you have any chance of being elected
in arizona. so that puts her in a bind. what you saw was her struggling, understanding that bind, but it ends up, i think, showing the real problems she hasn't had, why she's in the hole she's in, because the president is overhanging everything in this election. >> david, thank you so much for coming on today. i know it's a busy day. we can't wait to see what's going to happen tonight. everyone, don't miss the live coverage of the debate starting at 7:00 eastern. you can watch it right here on cnn. joe biden picking up a new endorsement in a scathing video that michael hayden has put out in support of the former vice president. he delivers this stark warning. >> truth is really important, but especially in intelligence. president trump doesn't care about facts. president trump doesn't care about the truth. he didn't listen to his experts.
the fbi says white nationalism is a real problem, and the fbi wants to do something about it, but the president doesn't want to talk about that. he doesn't keep the country safe. it's unbelievable. i absolutely disagree with some of the biden's policies, but that's not important. what's important is the united states, and i'm supporting joe biden. biden is a good man. donald trump is not. >> hayden served decades in mill th -- military and intelligence. he said today he fears for u.s. alliances in a second trump term. >> ten, 20, 30, 40, years i was with them and would talk with our friends in korea and in
europe and so on, okay? i talk with them now. people will say, what is going on? i thought this was america, but now i'm not sure. if it's a second term, i think we will be alone. we will not have any friends at all. >> now, hayden was among 70 former officials who signed a letters saying they would vote for biden the day he officially accepted the democratic nomination. next, the human cost of this pandemic. i'll be speaking with a friend and former colleague of aic in increa -- north carolina teacher who died just days after getting coronavirus. line last night ♪ ♪ and a yoga mat, to stay zen ♪ ♪ now, i'm gonna just buy a bike for him ♪
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the people was 49-year-old julie davis, a third grade teacher from north carolina who died just days after testing positive for covid-19. davis left behind a husband, a daughter, a son and a grandson who called her lolly. according to the stanley county school district, none of her students have developed any symptoms or tested positive, and they are remembering her as an inspirational teacher. i want to bring in troy krozalka who worked with julie davis for over a decade.
troy, thank you so much for talking to us about her. it's so important that we don't forget the people affected and lost by this. tell us how you're holding up and how the community is holding up. >> thanks for having me, brianna. hey, all you have to do is go through the social media feed and just scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll and you see the impact that she's had and to read articles and things like that. i'm learning things i didn't know. she was an incredible lady. it was a privilege to be able to have worked with her for around the ten years i got to work with her. >> so when you think about the time where you guys worked together, what are some of the favorite memories you have of her as a fellow teacher? what was she like? >> i had the privilege of teaching with her my first year of teaching, and right out of the gate, she was meant to be a
teacher. as the years went on, one thing that stands out the most is she was teaching during the day and getting her master's in the evening. on top of that she's raising her family. as you mentioned, she's got two children and her son is special needs, is so that takes even mo. when she would come to school each day, her face did not show all the things that she, you know, faced each day. most of us, we're tired and it's easy -- we wear it on our face, but she always had that joy. she brought that to the classroom every day, all those experiences, and what can you say? she was an inspiring teacher. >> your state, north carolina right now has the seventh highest number of covid-19 cases in the u.s. as a former educator, do you think teachers and students should be back in the classroom at this point? >> well, i mean, that's a question -- everybody has their
perspective on that. p i guess the best way i can answer that is we're in this position, we're in this situation, and what teachers are facing every day, what they need is that love, respect, support as they go through this. because everybody's situation, some teachers are different. some teachers, they have -- they're vulnerable, they have family that's vulnerable, and then, hey, these teachers know that their students that are at home that are in a worse situation as bad as covid. so they're trying to figure that out, and so, you know, it's a tough question -- there is no plain answer. >> i'm the sister of an elementary schoolteacher, and i think about what a difficult choice it is, because on one hand you have families who need this assistance. i know we've heard from a lot of them that distance learning isn't working. then on the other hand, it's the difference between asking 30
families, right, in a classroom to kind of take on the role of assistant teacher or one teacher to take on the germs of maybe 30 families. it's a really difficult decision to make, and i wonder what you think about how you kind of come out on the other side of that. >> well, it's tough. i have a child with special needs. we're in that group. but the way i look at it is we're kind of all of us on this journey together, and i think we have to show each other a little more grace. when your child's teacher is trying to connect and nothing connects quite right, it's okay. some of these things we're experiencing, the frustrations, hopefully six months from now or so, they'll all be insignificant. to julie davis' daughter and son and grandchild and husband and all her friends, this doesn't end here, and that's the same for all these people who have experienced this.
it's tough. >> tony, so well put. thank you so much for joining us and talking about your colleague, julie davis. we appreciate it. >> appreciate it, brianna. thanks for having me. >> thank you. next the uk's prime minister explains how he's changed his life since getting coronavirus. still a father. but now a friend. still an electric car. just more electrifying. still a night out. but everything fits in. still hard work. just a little easier. still a legend. just more legendary. chevrolet. making life's journey, just better.
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rule out pausing the season as cases around the league are growing. the league has already postponed two games this season and today a second new england patriots' player tested positive. here are more headlines from around the world. i'm selena wang in hong kong. the crowds around the great wall of china, massive crowds packed along the wall. even though there is a minimum capacity, people were seen in tight quarters. it's one of the country's biggest travel periods. it's also a major test for china as it gets past the pandemic with nearly zero transmissions. i'm scott mclean in london where prime minister boris johnson is one of the few people who can understand what it's like to be in president trump's shoes right now, the world leader battling the coronavirus in full public view. johnson has been pretty blunt about his own experience with
the virus this spring, and the fact that it almost killed him. this week in a speech to his own conservative party, he said the reason he had such a difficult time with the virus is because he was overweight. since then he's lost 26 pounds and is using his own recovery from the virus as a metaphor for the countries, promising that things will come back stronger than before. >> our special coverage continues now with jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper and we begin today with the politics lead in a new update of sorts from president trump's physicians, commander sean conley. the note, characteristically brief and vague, does not give any specifics about the president's specific oxygen levels or the conditions of his lungs or what medications president trump may be taking, though conley says the president said today, quote, i feel great! with an exclamation point. conley says