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Google Desktop Search versus Microsoft Windows Search
or "Honey! Have you Seen My Keys, Glasses, Tivo Remote?"
By Mike Banks Valentine (c) Oct. 17, 2004

Google Desktop Search Software can't find your lost keys or tell you where you left the Tivo remote control, or that your glasses are on top of your head, where you left them. But the beta software from Google Labs is nothing short of mandatory for those with more emails, Word documents, Powerpoint, Excel and PDF files than they know what to do with. That's me.

New fixtures in our lives can become near necessities pretty quickly. You know, like the Tivo remote when you want to skip repetitive loud jingles in commercials. I've even begun to start reaching for that Tivo remote out of habit when I've missed an important news item on the car radio! Wait, Back up!


I'll grin as I catch myself doing this, while wondering why that Tivo functionality isn't built into our new car radio. My wïfe has told me she does the same thing. And, I believe I've been just as spoiled & smitten by Google Desktop Search!

Once you install the software at http://desktop.google.com and try it a few times, you'll be hooked. In fact, if you're like me, you'll wonder how you got along without it! My wïfe is less impressed, but she also said to me, "I know where stuff is on my computer!" That's because she only has emails and occasional Word documents and photos on her machine and knows where each of them are stored.

Those of us who use the computer all day long, every working day, have multiple folders, long lists of emails, downloaded files, emailed receipts from online purchases, ebooks, pdf's, spreadsheets, client information and files, PowerPoint files, and web pages we've visited while doing work all day long.

Have you tried using the Windows built-in search lately? The search function is accessed by clicking the "Start" button, where you see the option "Search" and then options including "For Files or Folders", then "On The Internet", then "Using Microsoft Outlook" and "For People". Clearly, you must know where your lost item might be & decide to search only there.

Your choices expand and you choose where to look from among more places your lost item might be found so Windows knows where to look. Choose from among "Look for Files or Folders Named" and then "Containing Text", the infuriating "Look In" choices "My Documents" and "Desktop" and "My Computer" and "Local Hard Drives (C)", and inexplicably - "Browse"! Might as well do that first by opening every folder and browsing!

My experience has been that I don't remember where it is, and that is why I need to search for it! And most often, Windows search function fails to find what I've misplaced - Because I Can't Remember Where It Is, So Can't Tell Windows Where To Look For It! That is certainly not a useful search tool.

Google has completely resolved this problem and eliminated my frustration with Google Desktop Search Software. It's a 400k application that takes less than a minute to download on a dial-up modem! This powerful tool is tiny, fast and nothing short of amazing in it's functionality.

The first thing you see after installatïon is completed is a note in your browser window that says "Indexing has Begun" or something similar. I tried to use Google Desktop Search to find the cached page of that window, but it didn't turn up. I went to their "Help" pages and found that it's because I am using FireFox Browser and "Web pages which you view in Firefox aren't added to your Desktop Search index". They apologize and promise future Mozilla Firefox support.

But Desktop Search does show you cached copies of every web page you've visited in Explorer and search result pages show the Title of each page, along with a thumbnail sized image of those pages to the right of those results!

But that is only the beginning. I did a search for a phrase from an email to a new client as my first search in Google Desktop Search. A search for three words brought up several of the emails we had exchanged, a (Word) contract with my client, cached web page with thumbnail image and yes, the email I was looking for was among the results. Very impressive and fast!

The results page has links across the top including "All - 3 emails - 2 files - 1 chats - 6 web history" with the number of items that match each type of result in Google Desktop Search. If you clïck one of these links it shows results only in that file type or email results or web pages. All results display as "Cached" in browser windows, including Word documents, so that each software needn't open for that document! I love it!

If you clïck the "emails" link from those in the top of the Desktop Search links, it lists only the emails that turned up with the search words in them, then clïck on any one of those results and it shows the email in the browser window. At the bottom of that page it shows "< Older | Newer >" links to see them by date, then "View Entire Thread (2)" and "Reply", "Reply to All", "Forward", "Compose", "View In Outlook" links, which to me, makes Microsoft look awful! (Again, sigh . . .)

Why? That functionality is not even an option in Outlook or Explorer - even with the so-called integration that has courts trying to separate Windows software bits out of the operating system, and Microsoft claiming that would harm Windows! Google provides a powerful little bit of code that does all this as a stand alone tool which outperforms Windows search tools in speed and functionality in a 400k application! For Frëe!

Google Desktop Search even performs searches in the background when you search the web with Google online and inserts their odd little Desktop Search logo beside the first result on the search results page - which is a result from your computer! The first time I saw this, I was unaware of how it was done and found it quite disturbing that my private hard drive was indexed by Google for all to see!

I looked closely at the result and clicked the "About" link beside my personal email description in the Google Web Results page. It took me to a Google page that set my mind at ease by telling me that "These combined results can be seen only from your own computer; your computer's content is not sent to Google (or anyone else)." Whew! It's described in detail at: Google Help Center

On top of all this magical stuff, Google online search pages also have another link on the page labled "Desktop" right next to the Froogle link because it is inserted by the browser if you have Google Desktop Search software installed on your own machine! (This browser integration does work in Firefox.)

There's a cute little item at the bottom of the Desktop Search that tells you "Searching 5,834 items" which references their "Searching 4,285,199,774 web pages" online, and seems downright charming by comparison. If Google can search billions of pages online, then surely my few thousand files are nothing for them on my comparatively tiny machine, eh?

This all adds up to an incredibly fascinating bit of software that I simply cannot live without, having seen it work.

I can't wait until Google turns their attention to helping me find my lost keys! Results page shows "Black jeans, laundry basket - Cached 3pm Sunday - 6 keys".

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He is the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump who has a surprisingly long history of controversial comments and hate speech.Graham seems to harbor a special level of disdain for followers of Islam, which he characterizes as a ?wicked and evil religion? that encourages adherents to beat their wives and murder their disobedient children. In 2015, he recommended banning all Muslims from immigrating to America and suggested our government treat them like the Japanese and German during World War II. As rationale, he argued that Muslims have ?the potential to be radicalized? and participate in ?killing to honor their religion and Muhammed.?That?s the man running Samaritan?s Purse?s coronavirus hospital, so yes, Muslim New Yorkers are right to be skeptical.Graham?s hate speech is also often aimed at LGBTQ people. He has called same-sex marriages ?detestable? and has drummed up fear toward gays and lesbians?whom he believes should burn in hell?by claiming they want to ?drag an immoral agenda into our communities.? In an article that has mysteriously disappeared from the Decision Magazine website, Graham wrote that the architect of the LGBTQ rights movement was ?none other than Satan himself.? And when Vladimir Putin initiated a violent crackdown on LGBTQ rights in Russia, it sparked a wave of beatings, abduction, public humiliation and other forms of violence against sexual minorities there. Graham responded by praising Putin?s policy, lauding the authoritarian leader for ?[protecting] his nation?s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.?Given such history, it makes complete sense that Mount Sinai Hospital asked Samaritan?s Purse to ?sign a written pledge to treat all patients equally.?Some conservative Christians have dismissed this as harassment, claiming that a scenario in which evangelicals discriminated against gays and lesbians is ridiculous to imagine. But our fair city has a long memory. We remember all the gay men who fled communities across America where evangelicals pastors condemned them as ?abominations? and found safe harbor in New York. We remember that when masses of them contracted HIV/AIDS and filled our hospital beds, evangelical preachers on TV called it God?s judgment. We remember Jerry Falwell and the religious right lobbying against HIV research and relief in the '90s, leading to untold deaths.All this occurred in my lifetime, and I am only 37. So please pardon New Yorkers if they feel uneasy, given American evangelicals? often-unacknowledged track record coupled with Graham?s comments, and want to take some minor precautions to ensure all citizens are protected. Gay, lesbian, and transgender New Yorkers are right to be skeptical.Even some conservative Christians who?ve acknowledged the disturbing nature of Graham?s comments have attacked Samaritan?s Purse?s critics for intolerance. Anyone should be able to help anyone in this time, the argument goes. It?s wrong to prevent people from serving the sick. I totally agree; but Samaritan?s Purse does not. The organization is requiring that all personnel serving in its pop-up hospital be Christians who agree to Samaritan?s Purse?s 11-point ?Statement of Faith,? which includes the beliefs that non-Christians will burn in hell and that same-sex relationships are sinful.It?s unsurprising, if lamentable, that a Christian aid group would turn away a Buddhist doctor looking to help its efforts. But if a lung doctor shows up in Central Park with the knowledge and experience to save lives, she could be sent home if she happens to be a liberal Episcopalian who voted for Hillary Clinton and supports marriage equality.If it is wrong to quibble over who is fit to help save lives in the middle of a crisis, then we must admit that Samaritan?s Purse is no better than its critics.The group?s defenders are correct, however, that the organization has laudably worked to meet emergency needs in crisis regions since its founding. They have accomplished much good in places like Kosovo, Sudan, Somalia, and Darfur. But their record is not unblemished, and many in the humanitarian world have questioned the quality of some of Samaritan?s Purse?s work.After USAID gave Samaritan?s Purse a large grant to help victims of the earthquake in El Salvador, they were disturbed to learn that the Christian group ?blurred the lines between church and state? by using funds to evangelize victims instead of just help them. An official with Samaritan?s Purse dismissed the criticism by claiming, ?We are first a Christian organization and second an aid organization.?That wasn?t the first time such blurring occurred, however. During the first Gulf War, respected U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf publicly criticized the group for trying to coerce American troops serving in Saudi Arabia to covertly distribute Arab-language Bibles under the guise of humanitarian work. And Samaritan?s Purse?s popular ?Operation Christmas Child? has recently been drawn fire when people learned that the holiday shoeboxes given to poor children in non-Christian families around the world were stuffed with Christian evangelism materials.The vast majority of New Yorkers are not Christian, and if they find themselves wheezing for air due to COVID-19, they don?t want to be proselytized while receiving treatment. They too have reason to be skeptical of the organization?s makeshift hospital.?This is what Samaritan?s Purse does?we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus? Name. Please pray for our teams and for everyone around the world affected by the virus,? Graham declared in a press release announcing the ward.None of Samaritan?s Purse?s detractors have argued that the Central Park ward should be shuttered or that the organization be barred from offering care. And no one is casting aspersions on the many courageous health-care professionals who will put their lives at risk when this hospital opens. Most agree with the letter from Mount Sinai staff and doctors?at least one of whom is LGBTQ?that concerns about Samaritan?s Purse, while valid, must be set aside at the moment because ?the higher mission at present is to preserve human life.?To this, I say ?yes and.? New Yorkers can admit that Samaritan?s Purse should have a role to play in this vital work, and they can also acknowledge the many valid reasons that might make vulnerable and marginalized residents a little more than nervous.?Jonathan Merritt is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing?And How We Can Revive Them.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. 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  • Reusable respirators protect doctors and nurses against coronavirus. They aren't in the national stockpile. -

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  • Thailand suspends incoming passenger flights to fight coronavirus -

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    Trump Responds to Schumer?s Coronavirus Criticism: ?I Never Knew How Bad a Senator You Are?President Trump sent a scathing letter to Senator Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) after the Senate minority leader criticized the president?s coronavirus response and demanded that he establish someone ?unpolitical? to oversee the flow of medical equipment to embattled providers.?No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win,? Trump wrote. ? . . . I've known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a senator you are for the state of New York, until I became president."> Trump sends a letter to Sen. Schumer and it is worth reading in full. pic.twitter.com/jrvFnEI8oa> > -- Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 2, 2020The criticism comes after Schumer claimed Trump was politicizing the government?s coronavirus response, after reports that hospitals and other medical providers are facing shortages of crucial medical equipment. ?It is the cruelestirony that this nation is now dependent on China for many of these products,? Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily press briefing on Thursday.?I am calling on the administration to put in charge of both production and distribution of materials a military man as czar under the [Defense Production Act],? Schumer said Thursday on MSNBC?s Morning Joe. "We need someone unpolitical to produce the materials more quickly and to distribute them to the places that are most needed ? to not have my governor have to call up California and compete with other states.?Trump initially responded on Twitter, saying ?we do have a military man in charge of distributing goods,? in reference to Rear Admiral John P. Polowczyk, who is overseeing the supply chain task force at FEMA.> ?It wouldn?t matter if you got ten times what was needed, it would never be good enough. Unlike other states, New York unfortunately got off to a late start. You should have pushed harder. Stop complaining & find out where all of these supplies are going. Cuomo working hard!> > -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2020He added in later tweets that ?Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the Federal Government.?Schumer then sent a letter to Trump to further press the issue, accusing the Trump administration of ?tardiness and inadequacy? in its response.?The existing federal leadership void has left America with an ugly spectacle in which States and cities are literally fending for themselves,? Schumer wrote. ? . . . The only way we will fix our PPE and ventilator shortage is with a data-driven, organized and robust plan from the federal government.?The president then responded with his own letter. ?Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way,? Trump opened.He then reiterated the points from his tweets, before laying into the Democrat further.?If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared,? Trump leveled. ?. . . You have been missing in action, except when it comes to the ?press.??


  • A California ER nurse told her family that if she gets COVID-19 she doesn't want a ventilator and to give it to someone else who needs it more -

    A California ER nurse told her family that if she gets COVID-19 she doesn't want a ventilator and to give it to someone else who needs it more"If I were to get really sick, my sisters know I don't want to take a ventilator from someone else who may need it," Paige said.


  • Italy sees signs of hope despite 766 new virus deaths -

    Italy sees signs of hope despite 766 new virus deathsItaly saw more evidence Friday that it might have made it through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic despite the world-leading death toll growing by 766 to 14,681. In new data from the civil protection service the daily rise of officially registered infections dropped to a new low of just four percent. The situation in some of Italy's worst-hit regions also appears to be gradually easing.


  • ?Inexcusable?: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Goes Off on Georgia Governor?s?Stunning? Coronavirus Admission -

    ?Inexcusable?: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Goes Off on Georgia Governor?s?Stunning? Coronavirus AdmissionDr. Sanjay Gupta was visibly furious on Thursday afternoon as he watched footage of Georgia?s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp defend his delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic by claiming that he had just found out it can be transmitted asymptomatically.?Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad, but we didn?t know that until the last 24 hours,? Kemp said on Wednesday when he finally announced a state-wide shelter-in-place order. He referred to the revelation as a ?game-changer.??I?m really kind of stunned by what he said, because we?ve known that for quite some time, haven?t we?? anchor Anderson Cooper said to his CNN colleague.?Anderson, this is inexcusable,? Gupta said, adding, ?My kids who go to school in Georgia knew that a month ago.? He noted that the CDC, which is based in Kemp?s state, warned about asymptomatic transmission as early as Feb. 4. ?We?ve known this for a long time,? he said. ?To say that we?ve just found out in the last 24 hours and that?s why we?re doing this, this is just not right.?Seth Meyers Exposes Fox News? Sean Hannity Over Huge Coronavirus ?Hoax? LieGupta went on to say that he finds it ?very hard to believe? that Kemp, who narrowly defeated Stacey Abrams in 2018 while serving as Georgia?s secretary of state, was being honest in his comments while Cooper said that the governor is guilty of ?political malpractice? if not outright ?criminal? negligence.?If it?s true that he just heard that, he just learned that,? Cooper said later, ?then he has not been paying attention and he has not been doing his job. That is completely irresponsible.??He?s not been paying attention to the most important issue that he?ll probably ever run into in his lifetime and certainly as governor,? Gupta added. ?And he says, ?I just found out about this??? All he could do was shake his head in disgust.Dr. Sanjay Gupta Tells Colbert Trump ?Failed? Americans With Coronavirus ResponseRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Asian countries impose new restrictions as coronavirus cases come roaring back -

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  • More than 1,000 in US die in a single day from coronavirus, doubling the worst daily death toll of the flu -

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  • Countries face 'fights' over facemasks in China: German health minister -

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  • Trump nominates McConnell ally to powerful appeals court -

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  • A landlord sent an email blast to 300 tenants telling them to pay rent. It inadvertently helped them organize a rent strike. -

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  • Rights groups lament latest Taiwan execution -

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  • A small Georgia city is facing hundreds of coronavirus cases after residents flocked to a beloved janitor's funeral -

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  • Coronavirus: Islamophobia concerns after India mosque outbreak -

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  • Some Coronavirus Patients Show Signs of Brain Ailments -

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He was short of breath, and could not tell doctors his name or explain what was wrong -- he had lost the ability to speak.The patient, who had chronic lung disease and Parkinson's, was flailing his arms and legs in jerky movements, and appeared to be having a seizure. Doctors suspected he had COVID-19, and were eventually proven right when he was finally tested.On Tuesday, doctors in Detroit reported another disturbing case involving a female airline worker in her late 50s with COVID-19. She was confused, and complained of a headache; she could tell the physicians her name but little else, and became less responsive over time. Brain scans showed abnormal swelling and inflammation in several regions, with smaller areas where some cells had died.Physicians diagnosed a dangerous condition called acute necrotizing encephalopathy, a rare complication of influenza and other viral infections."The pattern of involvement, and the way that it rapidly progressed over days, is consistent with viral inflammation of the brain," Dr. Elissa Fory, a neurologist with Henry Ford Health System, said through an email. "This may indicate the virus can invade the brain directly in rare circumstances." The patient is in critical condition.These domestic reports follow similar observations by doctors in Italy and other parts of the world, of COVID-19 patients having strokes, seizures, encephalitislike symptoms and blood clots, as well as tingling or numbness in the extremities, called acroparesthesia. In some cases, patients were delirious even before developing fever or respiratory illness, according to Dr. Alessandro Padovani, whose hospital at University of Brescia in Italy opened a separate NeuroCovid unit to care for patients with neurological conditions.The patients who come in with encephalopathy are confused and lethargic and may appear dazed, exhibiting strange behavior or staring off into space. They may be having seizures that require immediate medical care, and experts are warning health care providers who treat such patients to recognize that they may have COVID-19 and to take precautions to protect themselves from infection.Much is still unknown about the neurological symptoms, but efforts are underway to study the phenomena, said Dr. Sherry H-Y. Chou, a neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who is leading a team of investigators for the Neurocritical Care Society."We absolutely need to have an information finding mission, otherwise we're flying blind," Chou said. "There's no ventilator for the brain. If the lungs are broken we can put the patient on a ventilator and hope for recovery. We don't have that luxury with the brain."Experts have emphasized that most COVID-19 patients appear to be normal neurologically."Most people are showing up awake and alert, and neurologically appear to be normal," said Dr. Robert Stevens, a neurologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore who is tracking neurological observations.Neurological specialists also say that it is too early to make definitive statements or identify the specific mechanisms by which the new coronavirus is affecting the neurological system.In one recent paper, Chinese scientists noted that there was some evidence that other coronaviruses were not confined to the respiratory tract and invaded the central nervous system, and the authors speculated that this may potentially play a role in acute respiratory failure in COVID-19.Stevens emphasized that all mechanistic explanations at this point are hypotheses because so little is known: "It could be as simple as low levels of oxygen in the bloodstream," resulting from respiratory failure, along with an increase in carbon dioxide, which "can have significant impact on the function of the brain, and lead to states of confusion and lethargy," he said."We are still in the early days of this, and we don't really know for sure."Neurologists in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak started, were among the first to report the symptoms in a preliminary paper published online in February.Since that report, specialists observed similar symptoms in Germany, France, Austria, Italy and Holland as well as the United States, including among patients under 60, Stevens said.Some doctors have reported cases of patients who were brought in for treatment because of their altered mental state, and who ultimately tested positive for COVID-19, although they had none of the classic symptoms like fever or cough.Four elderly patients who came into Danbury Hospital in Connecticut with encephalopathy ultimately tested positive for COVID-19, although they had no other symptoms, said Dr. Paul Nee, an infectious disease specialist at the hospital. Two of the four went on to develop low grade fevers and needed oxygen briefly, but two did not, he said.While it is not unusual for elderly people to experience confusion when they develop other infections, "the striking thing is we have not seen any real respiratory illness in these patients," Nee said. They have continued to test positive and cannot be discharged, even though they are not really ill, he said.But earlier reports had indicated that severely ill individuals with more typical symptoms were more likely to exhibit the rare neurological conditions, which ranged from dizziness and headaches to impaired consciousness, stroke and musculoskeletal injury. The Chinese study in February said that about 15% of those patients with severe illness experienced a change in mental status, compared with 2.4% of those who did not have severe illness, according to that study.Another study, published in the British Medical Journal in late March, found that of 113 patients from Wuhan who died of COVID-19, 22% had experienced disorders of consciousness, ranging from somnolence to deep coma, compared with only 1% of another group of patients who recovered from the illness.For potential COVID-19 patients and the people caring for them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes "new confusion or inability to rouse" among the warning signs that should prompt a decision to seek immediate medical care.Patients who have encephalopathy and seem confused or incoherent are prone to having seizures, and should receive treatment as soon as possible, said Dr. Jennifer Frontera, a neurologist at NYU Langone Health who is working with Chou. She added that seizures can manifest in more subtle ways than the dramatic presentations often depicted in movies and television shows."Seizures are not always big things where people fall down and are shaking on the ground," Frontera said. "Some could be just veering off, not paying attention, making repetitive nonpurposeful movements, or just mental status changes where people are just not themselves."But even if seizures are not observed, people who are sick should be aware of other potential mental symptoms."You don't feel your best when you have a fever, but you should be able to interact normally," Frontera said. "You should be able to answer questions and converse in a normal fashion."She added: "I don't want everyone calling 911 because they're overly concerned. We just don't have the capacity. But if someone is really out of it, they probably need medical attention."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


  • Exclusive: Navy probe to decide future of fired U.S. carrier commander -

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  • A New Jersey doctor is the first emergency physician to die from coronavirus in the US -

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  • Dr. Fauci: 'I don't understand' why there's not a stay-at-home order in every state -

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  • The US Army warned 2 months ago that the coronavirus could kill as many as 150,000 Americans -

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