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Americans Are Demanding To Know If President Trump Has Been Tested For COVID-19 After Being Exposed Numerous Times

COVID-19 is all anyone can talk about. There is little known about the virus and it seems that President Donald Trump has been exposed, yet there is no word on whether or not he has been tested. Brazilian government officials who recently met with President Trump and other Republican officials at Mar-a-Lago have tested positive for the virus and we deserve to know if our president is sick.

Several politicians have tested positive for COVID-19 after an event at Mar-a-Lago with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Miami’s mayor is the latest politician to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending an event with Brazilian officials visiting Miami. Florida Senator Rick Scott was also at the event and has self-quarantined as a precaution. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has allegedly tested negative after attending the same event, according to Local10.com.

Mayor Francis Suarez tweeted a video addressing the residents of Miami explaining his self-quarantine and what residents should know.

Mayor Suarez made it clear that there should not be any panic among Miami residents. Mayor Suarez said he didn’t have any symptoms but self-quarantined after people who attended an event he was at tested positive for the virus.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claims to have tested negative for the virus after reports alleged that he had tested positive.

Brazilian President Bolsonaro has claimed that he has tested negative for COVID-19 despite his press secretary recently testing positive for the virus. O Dia, a Brazilian new outlet, first reported the Bolsonaro tested positive and Fox News confirmed in. In response, Bolsonaro called it fake news and declared that he tested negative for the virus.

Bolsonaro’s press secretary Fabio Wajngarten, who interacted with President Trump and Vice President Pence, recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Wajngarten was at an event and had close contact with President Trump and Vice President Pence, as proved in the above photo. The press secretary is on the right standing next to President Trump. The kind of proximity to someone with COVID-19 is enough to warrant a self-quarantine and testing for the virus.

The White House press secretary is denying that President Trump had close contact with the Wajngarten despite standing next to him.

“Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy.”

President Trump is 73 years old putting him in one of the most vulnerable demographics when it comes to the virus.

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People 60 years old and up are facing some of the most fatal complications from COVID-19. One of the recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control is for people 65 years old and up no to fly. The U.S. government refused to make this announcement yet later tried to claim they did.

Due to his age and reported lifestyle, it is important that the American people find out if the president has contracted COVID-19.

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President Trump, who spent the beginning of the outbreak trying to dismiss it as a Democratic hoax, has finally called for a national emergency. The national emergency over the coronavirus will allow for billions of dollars to be deployed to states for testing and treatment to get the virus’s spread under control.

President Trump’s recorded contact with people who have tested positive for the virus is sparking demands from Americans that he be tested.

There has been a lot of speculation about the president’s health and whether or not he is truly physically fit for the job. President Trump being of the age that proves more fatal for the coronavirus and his repeated exposure is reason enough for a test a public release of the results. The American people deserve to know if the president is healthy enough to lead the nation through this health crisis.

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This Pop-Up School For Migrant Kids Along The Border Went Virtual Thanks To Covid-19 But It’s Thriving More Than Ever

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This Pop-Up School For Migrant Kids Along The Border Went Virtual Thanks To Covid-19 But It’s Thriving More Than Ever

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The people traveling hundreds or thousands of miles to reach the U.S.-Mexico border aren’t living in some ‘migrant vaccuum’ where nothing else matters. They still have lives to live and experiences to have and, particularly for the young ones, an education to continue.

That was the thinking behind one sidewalk school that popped up in one of the many migrant camps along the U.S.-Mexico border. It was becoming filled with children from across Latin America who were forced to wait out their asylum process from within the border camps, thanks to Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. But their need for an education didn’t just go away.

One woman – with no formal teacher training – decided to help and launched what was called a ‘sidewalk school’ for kids in the camp. But it’s been incredible successful and has blossomed into an online academy for kids throughout the border region.

Despite Covid-19, this pop-up school for migrant kids along the border is thriving.

Just as the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted schools around the world, it’s also having an impact on a pop-up sidewalk school for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The school, which launched to help fill the educational needs of a growing group of kids stuck at the border, had to go to virtual learning because of the pandemic. But instead of seeing that as a challenge, the school instead has blossomed.

What started out with one teacher at one camp on a sidewalk, how now blossomed by hiring 20 teachers – all asylum seekers themselves – to give classes via Zoom to children across the border region.

To be able to switch to distance learning, the teachers and students were outfitted with more than 200 Amazon tablets by The Sidewalk School for Children Asylum Seekers. The organization was founded by Felicia Rangel-Samponaro, who lives across the border in Brownsville, Texas, and has been crossing to help the asylum seekers by providing them food and books.

It started in just one migrant camp with one teacher but it’s blossomed ever since.

A program like the sidewalk school was severely needed as hundreds and thousands of kids starting being forced to wait at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s well-known that the border region is one of the most dangerous and violent parts of Mexico and that only underscores the need for quality activities.

Many point out that parents aren’t sending their kids to Mexican schools because they’re afraid to be apart from them. Crime is common here, and kidnappings have been reported. Other parents say registering for school in Mexico is difficult. But program leaders want the kids to be able to continue their education, and they say that many of the asylum-seekers have skill sets they can put to use at the school.

Parents are grateful, too, with one woman telling NPR that she knows “her children will be safe at the sidewalk school, and it gives her time to meet with an immigration lawyer. Volunteer attorneys have been coming over on the weekends to give free legal advice. The asylum-seekers could wait for months to be able to make their asylum case in the U.S.”

Teachers try to give the students some sense of normalcy amid the often dire circumstances at the border.

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Many students start their day with an arts and crafts class. Kids are asked to draw on paper plates then outline them with flue and drop glitter. Then they get to hang their creations from trees.

One impromptu teacher, who told NPR he preferred to remain anonymous, said that he wants the kids to “see other people appreciate the artwork they did and let them know how important they are, too, even to people, like, just walking past and driving by. It’s beautiful work.

The classes have offered children not only the chance to catch up on studies that were interrupted when their families fled violence in their homelands, but also a distraction from the long days of boredom.

Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is what is fueling the need for programs like these.

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It’s the Trump policy of ‘Remain in Mexico’ that has forced programs like these to exist in the first place. The program forces asylum seekers to wait south of the border as their immigration cases proceed through the U.S. court system.

It leaves thousands of families living in tents or at Mexican shelters. Previously, asylum seekers were allowed to remain in the United States with relatives or other sponsors while their cases proceeded.

Many have spent more than a year with their lives in limbo, and the wait has only grown longer with the Trump administration suspending immigration court hearings for asylum-seekers during the pandemic.

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Another day, another tragic COVID-19 related death. On November 3rd, a Los Angeles comedian Joe “El Cholo” Luna passed away from the coronavirus.

Throughout his battle with COVID-19, Luna documented his struggle through social media.

Just two days before he passed away, Luna posted a video on Instagram chronicling his COVID-19 journey. He shared the video with his followers for “educational purposes”. In the video, Luna got extremely candid about the realities of the deadly illness.

“Let me tell you, man, when I would hear people talk about what COVID did to them, I always said to myself, ‘You know what? I doubt it’s that bad’,” he says in the video. “I’ll tell you guys right now, I’ve been putting up a fight. I’ve been fighting for my life for the last week or so, man. This COVID shit is no joke.”

Luna described his symptoms: losing his taste and smell, fainting, having trouble breathing, fevers, chills, chest pains. He also contracted pneumonia. At one point, he even lost consciousness.

Luna explained that he had been discharged from the hospital a few days ago simply to be taken back to the hospital via an ambulance. “I ended up passing out,” he said in the clip.

He also revealed that his mother, his girlfriend, and his children had tested positive for the virus. His mother was also hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Luna was a diabetic and had previously lost both of his legs due to the disease. According to him, COVID-19 hit him especially hard due to his preexisting conditions.

Luna’s family and community mourn the loss of a vibrant man who had been full of humor and light when he was alive.

“We are currently all mourning him because not only was he a great son, dad, hubby but also a best friend to many of us,” wrote Blanca Castro on his GoFundMe page.

She continued: “He fought hard after losing both legs to stay ok. He fought hard with the everyday pain. He was my comedian superhero. Even when he was hurting he managed to put a smile on our faces.”

Because of his father’s bright spirit, his family insists on celebrating his death the way he would have wanted: with humor. “For his funeral, he doesn’t want anyone crying so we’re going to put together a show because that’s what he would have wanted,” said his son, Jose Talavera, to Fox 11 News. “He wanted people to be laughing and having fun,” said Talavera.

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