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CNN10 2020-04-20

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U.S. State Governments Consider New Coronavirus Guidelines; Three Space Travelers Come Home To A Changed World; Veterans Once Again Answer The Call To Serve

Aired April 20, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Too reopen or not to reopen, that is the question that starts off a new week of our down the middle coverage on CNN 10. I'm Carl Azuz. Late last week, the Trump Administration issued new guidelines for how the U.S. could reduce restrictions on where people can go and what they can do.

It's a three phase approach. It would start with certain businesses allowing employees to return in limited numbers and it would eventually lead to schools, gyms and stadiums being allowed to completely reopen. But these are Federal suggestions, not Federal law and President Donald Trump says it will be up to individual states to decide what to open back up and when.

Those decisions will depend on how many coronavirus cases they have and how equipped they are to deal with them. In New York, for instance, there've been more than 240,000 cases of COVID-19 but states like Maine, Montana and Wyoming have each recorded fewer than 1,000 cases.

Many governors and health officials say testing is key to knowing who's spreading the virus and that there's still not enough of that being done across America. President Trump says his Administration's working to increase testing and that the U.S. has tested more people than any other country. There've been protests in several states with people asking their governors to open things back up.

One organizer says small businesses are being destroyed under the lockdowns. On the other hand, health officials have said the state closures and social distancing laws have been effective in preventing COVID-19 from spreading. So the debate pits economic concerns against health guidelines and because the disease isn't spread evenly across America, there's no one clear policy that can be applied nationwide. In terms of testing and tracking coronavirus, South Korea has a variety of tools it uses but critics say what it costs in privacy is enormous.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A patient tests positive for the coronavirus. Time is critical to trace where they have been and who they've seen. South Korea says it can access that information in as little as 10 minutes. If I was confirmed with coronavirus, what would you do then?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE TRANSLATED: We put in the mobile phone number, the credit card number, set the time period and all the information we need appears in our system.

HANCOCKS: You location from at least two days before you noticed you had symptoms, how long you spent in each place, how busy the area might have been. Mobile emergency alerts are sent out to the public sometimes six or seven a day telling you about cases in your area. It wasn't always this fast. The KCDC said it took up to 48 hours to get the same information five years ago during the MERS outbreak, criticism of a slow response at the time to the law being changed.

So officials can now use patient statements, mobile records, credit card transactions, CCTV footage for an accurate tracing of transmission. One recent example in my neighborhood shows just how much detail has been shared with the public by both the government and the local businesses. For example, I know the exact locations this individual went to. I know the door that they used in order to get inside my local supermarket. I even know they bought dried chili peppers at the self-checkout. So could this model be used elsewhere?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE TRANSLATED: This is not advanced technology. The difference is while other countries have laws allowing them to use this personal information.

HANCOCKS: There are plenty of coronavirus apps here. A map showing every case in your neighborhood and around the country started by students, adopted by the government. And an app showing which pharmacies currently have masks in stock but the government says that this system using big data to track citizens who tested positive that has been the key first step in their policy of trace, test, treat. Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.


AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Who are Thomas Marshburn, Jessica Meir, and Andrew Morgan? Are they all Shark Tank stars, Federal Reserve leaders, British royals or NASA astronauts. All three of these people have spent time in space as NASA astronauts.


JESSICA MEIR: It's quite surreal for us to see this whole situation unfolding on the planet below. We can tell you that the Earth still looks just as stunning as always from up here, so it's difficult to believe all the changes that have taken place since both of us have been up here. It's going to be kind of like a planes, trains and automobiles scenario where I think we're going to even end up riding in an ambulance for several hours across the Kazakh Steppe in order to get to our airplane. So it will be a little bit different than normal but this is the first time landing for both me and my -- and my crewmate Drew Morgan. So we really don't have anything to compare it to. It will just be the way that it is for us.


AZUZ: Veterans across America are once again answering the call to serve. This time in the fight against coronavirus. Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization, is among the nonprofits mobilizing their volunteers. It's made up of veterans. Some are helping with large scale efforts. Some are doing the grocery shopping for elderly neighbors. Team Rubicon's founder is a CNN Hero.


ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST ANDERSON 360: The coronavirus is pushing healthcare workers and first responders to their limits. Volunteers are also stepping up to help those in need. One of those is 2012 CNN Hero Jake Wood, a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the last 10 years, Jake's nonprofit Team Rubicon has deployed veterans in response to more than 500 natural and humanitarian disasters. It started with the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

JAKE WOOD: Let's get our gauzes. Let's get our Chlorhex.

COOPER: When Jake led dozens of veterans --

WOOD: I'm going to go through and I'm going number the beds.

COOPER: -- on a mission to help.

WOOD: You match up the name to the meals.

COOPER: Now Jake's groups is mobilizing it's 100,000 volunteers to respond to the COVID-19 crisis across the country.

WOOD: Is there anything else we can do for you? Team Rubicon has launched a nationwide neighbors helping neighbors campaign. Our volunteers are going into supply much, much needed volunteer assistance in operations, logistics and the execution of food delivery for vulnerable populations.


WOOD: Assisting organizations like Feeding America and Meals on Wheels.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This food will all be used or maybe redispersed to soup kitchens, nursing homes. I'm very fortunate to be a part of all of this.

WOOD: We're also helping to establish testing and screening sites in collaboration with major healthcare systems.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: RN's on both. Four EMTs on both.

WOOD: Soon we'll be operating at 250 a day, Federal Medical Station in Santa Clara, California.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We can't do this mission if we put ourselves at risk.

WOOD: Safety has to be the number one priority. It's really, really important that we follow established guidelines and protocols so that we're not contributing to the problem.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We got some meals for you. All right.

COOPER: It's all work that Jake believes veterans are uniquely suited for.

WOOD: These are men and women who have volunteered to serve in harms way before. They may have taken the uniform off but they still have service in their hearts. They still have those incredible skills. And in times like this, we should be turning to the veterans in our communities.

COOPER: But Jake wants to help all Americans make a difference in their communities regardless on whether or not they've served in the military.

WOOD: We are hoping that neighbors helping neighbors can become a nationwide call to action for all members of our society. If you're at home and you want to pitch in, go to TeamRubiconUSA.org/neighbors and find out all the ways that you might be able to get involved through our organization.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're here because we're all in this together trying to meet the need where we can.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To be able to help a little bit fills my heart.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here's a newspaper.

WOOD: This about your community. This is a moment for all Americans to rise to the occasion by thinking about the greater good. We will get through this together because that's what Americans do best.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're welcome. Bye-bye now.


AZUZ: Gyms closed. Many national parks are closed. Unless you happen to have your own granite outcropping, there are just not that many places to go rock climbing. So an arborist went into an old barn and built his own. It took Noah Peck (ph) about three days to construct a wall he could scale.

He uses old tree stumps to fashion new climbing hand holds and while most people stop when they hit the wall. That's where Peck gets started on his workouts.

So Noah "Pecked" (ph) a great way to stay in shape. And it's easy to see how we got "roped" into it. Oh sure, some may layback or choose to "balay" around all day but climbers tend to be "boulder" than that. The very idea "repells" Noah (ph). They're not afraid to take up a "mantle" that totally "rocks". I'm Carl Azuz. The American International School of Egypt totally rocks. Thank you for watching from Cairo. We'll see you tomorrow on CNN.