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Biden Talks Pandemic at Press Conference | By Saquan Stimpson

March 12, 2020

With the coronavirus being a hot topic locally, notwithstanding the countless cancelations of all major sporting events and classes in some states, presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to reporters at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware about the impact of coronavirus Thursday. 

“This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet. We have a plan on how we are going to aggressively manage at home. The American people have the capacity to meet this moment. We’re going to face this with the same spirit that has gotten us through previous crises,” Biden said.

The former Vice President said that protecting the health and safety of the American people is the most important job of any president. 

Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to reporters at the Hotel DuPont about his campaign and the impact of coronavirus Thursday, MAR. 12, 2020, at Hotel duPont in Wilmington, DE Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“Unfortunately, this virus laid bare to the severe shortcomings of the current administration. Public fears are being compounded by pervasive lack of trust for this president. This crisis will hit everyone. It would hit folks who live paycheck to paycheck the hardest, including working people and seniors. Another tax cut to Google, Goldman, or millionaires won’t get the job done,” he said. 

Biden said when he is president, he will be more prepared, more responsive, and that the nation will recover better. 

“We’ll lead with science and listen to the experts and heed their advice and build American leadership and rebuild to rally the world,” Biden said.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and frequent hand washing. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

* Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

* Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. (Source: CDC)

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Anyone who feels that they have virus-like symptoms should contact their doctor.