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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the United States and millions face unemployment as businesses across the country shut their doors, President Donald Trump was given a chance to calm Americans at a Friday press conference when NBC reporter Peter Alexander asked what his message was to Americans who were scared.

Trump responded by calling Alexander a "terrible reporter" and said his question was "nasty."

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The amount of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States will soon surpass 16,000, with over 200 deaths. Millions of Americans are facing sudden unemployment as businesses across the country close their doors to help curb its spread.

In a bizarre Friday press conference designed to assure Americans that his administration was keeping the situation under control, President Donald Trump berated a reporter and made wild unverified promises about a drug that hasn't even seen clinical trials.

His behavior gave Americans even more reasons to be concerned.

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The COVID-19 pandemic, which has currently infected nearly 16,000 people and killed over 200, threatens to send millions of Americans into unemployment as restaurants, bars, churches, schools, and businesses shut down across the country to curb the virus's spread.

But even a national crisis wasn't enough to keep President Donald Trump from berating a reporter at a press conference on Friday.

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Numerous vaccines are in development to immunize humans from COVID-19, the rapidly spreading respiratory virus that's upended daily life across the globe.

Scientists at the National Institute of Health (NIH) are among them.

A new report from the Washington Post details the work of Kim Hasenkrug, an NIH immunologist in its Montana laboratories, has a plan for how to most efficiently create and test a viable vaccine that could significantly curb the spread of the virus.

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If President Donald Trump really wants to "drain the swamp," he can start with his own party.

On January 24, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield and National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NAID) director Anthony Fauci briefed Senators on how the Trump administration would be responding to the imminent COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. The briefing was private.

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Toward the end of February, there were about 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. President Donald Trump vowed that those cases would be down to zero by the following week.

Since then, there are over 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and the death toll has surpassed 100. Both of those numbers are expected to sharply increase in the coming weeks.

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COVID-19—or Novel Coronavirus—cases have skyrocketed in the United States, with over 8,000 confirmed cases and nearly 150 deaths. That number is expected to rise exponentially as more people experiencing symptoms finally gain access to tests.

With President Donald Trump's leadership leaving a lot to be desired, governors across the country have largely taken the lead, shuttering schools, restaurants, bars, and other non-essential gatherings in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.

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