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Mainers had been on their computer screens at home, watching Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, give his daily updates about the spread of the corona virus throughout Maine. Coldplay-citing doctors now household names in all states.
After delivering news on Wednesday that two Maine residents died from COVID-19 – bringing the death toll across the state to 14 – Shah gave general updates and answered questions from the media. These are the most important moments of April 8 press conference at Maine CDC.
Common myths about COVID-19
Here, Shah answers press questions about the myths he hears from friends and family. He wants people to know: No demographics are immune, and put all unnecessary supplements. There is no magic pill nor is there a magic vitamin C capsule.
What worries Nirav Shah the most
When asked what kept him up at night, Shah discussed the ongoing challenges facing the country against COVID-19, including lack of personal protective equipment, or PPE.
Like what back to normal?
The question in the minds of many people is when life will look normal and which benchmarks will take us there. Shah explained that just as Maine became submerged in this crisis gradually, its return to normalcy would likely be gradually completed, and might not look the same throughout the state.
Nirav Shah overcame racial gaps in handling coronavirus cases nationally
When asked about report from other cities about racial differences in diagnosis and treatment from coronavirus, Shah said the Maine CDC is tracking the data and working to prevent a similar situation in Maine.
Nirav Shah thanked the mothers every day for staying inside
Nirav Shah ended his opening remarks by thanking Mainers every day for staying inside. He even throws what seems to be a reference to “Tiger King”.
“No one is grateful for canceling your child’s birthday party. No one is grateful for delaying your marriage. Nobody thanked you for not going to the party, and nobody thanked you for changing the way you observe and celebrate important religious holidays fundamentally, but I want to change it today, “Shah said.
Watch the complete Maine CDC press conference for April 8
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