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today. i am jessica dean, in for fredricka whitfield. we begin this hour with the u.s. entering a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic as the delta variant spreads like wildfire across the country. vaccinations remain the key tool in preventing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, and those vaccinations clearly are on the rise, even in some of the least vaccinated states. a silver lining there. the vaccination numbers are not high enough to prevent that variant from spreading. every state is now reporting more coronavirus cases than the previous week, and this as we are learning more about the delta variant. the cdc making what it calls a pivotal discovery, saying new study shows the variant produces similar amounts of virus in vaccinated and unvaccinated people, if they infected. that prompted new mask guidelines this week even for the vaccinated.
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president biden says more restrictions are not off the table. >> in all probability. had a good day yesterday, almost a million people got vaccinated. >> hospitalizations in the u.s. have skyrocketed in recent weeks as well. we're now at 40,000 per day. at this pace, the u.s. will reach record highs in about two months. paul vercammen is in a neighborhood near los angeles. california is one of 20 states that have vaccinated at least 50% of residents. how much is that helping? >> reporter: well, it is helping a lot, yet in a populous county like los angeles, we're seeing this absolutely dramatic jump in the number of hospitalizations, jessica. right now, we have more than a
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thousand people hospitalized in los angeles county. we also have 3,606 new cases. in this hospital, it is mid sized, they have 20 patients here for covid related reasons. i'm bringing in the director of the icu, dr. tom yadigar. he has an amazing story about something that happened this morning. come in here, doctor. you told us you had a 49-year-ol d woman -- [ audio issues ] >> unfortunately, we are having audio issues. we'll try to get back to paul with the doctor. meantime, with spiking cases, vaccinations are on the rise as well. they're up in several states. the cdc says vaccinations have risen to the same point as
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beginning of the month. let's go to natasha chen outside of atlanta where there's a vaccination drive ahead of the start of school there next week. natasha, what has people choosing to get the vaccination now? what's changing their mind? >> jessica, partly incentive to get a $50 gift card today. this is wrapping up in dekalb county, georgia. they vaccinated 230 people today. that's better than they expected to do. this is the third time the county has run such an event, only the second time they offered such incentive like a gift card give away, and each time in the past month, they've seen more people come in. that's a good thing. across the country, we know vaccination rates are picking up, that's true in georgia as well. the vaccination rate, 85% higher than it was three weeks ago. that's the seven day average of new vaccine doses administered. some of the people coming here have been teenagers who are getting ready to go to school
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this week. we talked to one 13-year-old who was a little skeptical, in the last week, decided it was best to do this before she goes back to class. >> i don't want to go to school, catch the virus. first i thought if i got the vaccine, virus went into my body, i saw people sick that didn't have the vaccine. >> that's worse, right? >> yes. >> reporter: the fear of actually getting covid. of course, that's a worse experience than perhaps feeling the effects of the vaccine for the first day or so. she was given the choice to make her own decision by the adults in her family, though they told me they tried to nudge the kids the right direction by telling them the benefits of being vaccinated and not just incentives like gift cards and money that people are responding to, for example, those kids told their family, they want to go on a cruise vacation.
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adults says fine, on a cruise ship there are more privileges afforded to people who are vaccinated than those who are not. and right now, it is a difficult thing with parents sending kids back to school in person, conversations being had at various districts whether to mandate masks or vaccinations among employees that are eligible. a lot of that under consideration. >> absolutely. natasha chen outside atlanta. thanks so much. back now to los angeles and paul vercammen, joined by the director of the medical center. paul, to you. >> reporter: well, as we were speaking, we were talking about a 49-year-old unvaccinated patient who was in the hospital. the doctor was telling us that she up and left this morning. and speaks to the larger situation where people just don't believe that the virus is real. >> that's what she told us. she's like this isn't a real
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virus, a real disease, there's nothing wrong with me, even though she was on oxygen, signed out against medical advice and left. >> this has to be frustrating for you. are you seeing more unvaccinated patients pour in here still doubting the virus? >> reporter: it is beyond frustrating, everyone that we're seeing, the vast majority of patients are unvaccinated, to men and women, they all say if i knew i would feel this bad, i would have gotten the vaccine. >> reporter: she's the exception. tell us, you have a small amount of so-called break through cases here, but you hate the term break through. >> i do. for 20 years, i have taken care of patients that develop influenza after being vaccinated. we don't call them break through cases, i call them expected cases. with the vaccines available, my conversation with patients has always been yes, you can still get the infection, but the vaccine protects you in terms of developing severe covid. the vaccine prevents the hospitalization and death.
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it is kind of a seat belt doesn't prevent you from getting in a car accident, prevents you dying or being severely disabled from a car accident. that's what the vaccines are, they're the seat belt or an air bag. they're not going to prevent you getting into an accident, but if you get into an accident, infected, they'll prevent you requiring hospitalization and potentially dying of the virus. >> still rare for you, but cases where people come into the hospital and were vaccinated, what are symptoms like? >> symptoms are milder and usually don't progress to requiring intensive care unit care. usually in the hospital for much less time, get better faster. >> so if you could talk to people out there who are debating getting the vaccine, what do you tell them? >> tell them there's nothing heroic, patriotic about wearing a mask or not wearing a mask and getting vaccine. the only thing you're doing is help the virus spread, helping it become stronger, kill more people, cause more death and misery. >> we appreciate your insights.
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we hope things go better for you in terms of patients staying where they're supposed to be. you heard from the frontlines, it is a battle here. sometimes you have a patient who is unvaccinated, just ups and leaves. >> quite a story there. paul vercammen in california. thanks for the update. coming up, a congresswoman takes a stand for struggling americans by sleeping on the steps of capitol hill. i talk to representative cory bush about the expiring eviction moratorium. okay, everybody, let's do a ticket check. paper tickets. we're off to a horrible start. ...but we can overcome it. we're not gonna point out our houses, landmarks, or major highways during takeoff. don't buy anything. i packed so many delicious snacks. -they're -- -nope. would you say, ballpark, when group two is gonna get boarded? 2 hours and 58 minutes. progressive can't protect you from becoming your parents, but we can protect your home and auto when you bundle with us. someone should've left home earlier. the world's first fully autonomous vehicle is almost at the finish line
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someone once told me, that i should get used to people staring. so i did. it's okay, you can stare. when you're a two-time gold medalist, it comes with the territory. as of midnight tonight, more than 11 million americans will lose protection against eviction put in place during the pandemic, and with the house out for recess, there isn't any hope it will be fixed by tonight when it expires. it remains unclear why this was left to the last minute. some democrats are blaming the white house. house speaker nancy pelosi said friday she just learned of the need to act in the house, adding she thought it should be done
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through the cdc, that they should be extending the moratorium. the white house legal team didn't see that as a viable option though. last night, democratic congresswoman cory bush slept on the steps of the capitol to call attention to failure of democratic leaders to get it passed. congresswoman maxine waters gave her support to bush's efforts. >> do everything you can, fight 'til the last breath for our renters and the most vulnerable people in society, see what we can do to eliminate them becoming homeless. >> cory bush is a democrat from missouri, joins me live from steps of capitol hill. congresswoman, thanks so much for making time, for talking with us. we know that you slept out there last night to get your message across. what makes you hopeful that that will do anything to move the needle? >> because speaking out, using our voices, being able to use whatever platform we have to get
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the message out, our colleagues, knowing that we are out here and that we are supposed to be one body, that is the hope that i have because right now, we still have time. we still have 11 hours or something like that. we still have some time, as long as it is not midnight, we have time. that's what my hope is. and senator elizabeth warren left from these steps out here saying come on, let's keep going, let's do everything we can do. we have other congress members talking about coming out here to be with us. congresswoman presley, congresswoman omar, the hope is there. because we know that we have to save lives. our job should be to save lives we are representing. >> congresswoman, the clock had been ticking on this moratorium expiring for some time and the white house knew this was coming, speaker pelosi said she didn't know the house was going to have to act on it. why do you think this came down
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to the wire like this? what happened, where was the disconnect? >> our office, we reached out to the cdc back in may, may 2nd, sent a letter to the cdc saying hey, we want to see the moratorium extended through the pandemic but also strengthened. we want to see that moratorium strengthened. we didn't want to be here now. even this past week, we made sure we sent another letter saying hey, we want to see this done and need it done now. we have been working, trying to make sure the word was out and that we were reaching those people in higher power anyway to be able to keep what could possibly happen later tonight from happening. now we're here. whether it was the white house, i personally was hoping that the cdc, believed the cdc and the president would go ahead and do that, but now punting back to congress a couple days ago, we
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were running around, trying to get this done, trying to see if votes were there. you know what, at the end of the day, the house is at recess. people are on vacations. how are we on vacation when we have millions of people who could start to be evicted tonight. there are people already receiving and have received pay or vacate notices that will be out tomorrow. people are already in a position they need help, the most vulnerable, the most marginalized, those that are in need. how can we go vacation? we need to come back. i am asking for colleagues to come back, for house leadership to reconvene and get this done for people. >> have you talked with house leadership, speaker pelosi or her office, has she given you any indication or assurances they would come back or they're open to coming back to deal with this? >> we haven't heard any assurances right now that that
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can happen. but we're holding out hope. our office has been in communication, they know very well, we made sure we sent the letter and said how we feel, why we feel like we feel, need to make sure we have the vote yesterday which didn't happen. leadership is very well aware, our offices will continue to talk, but no, we don't have any new information. >> before i let you go, i want to talk about your personal connection to this. your own story includes a period of time you were forced to live in your car with two small children, you know what this feels like. >> yes. >> what is your message to families facing possible homelessness? >> you know, i am heartbroken that this may be your possibility but you know what, we won't stop fighting for you. chair woman maxine waters won't stop fighting for you, i won't stop fighting for you,
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congresswoman presley and alexandria ocasio-cortez and so many others, we won't stop fighting for you. congresswoman ilhan omar, we won't stop fighting. there are so many of us. we won't stop. let me say this. hold onto hope. we are holding on on these steps. there are people that slept out here. when you sleep on the ground, you're open and vulnerable to all of the elements, whatever the elements are, it was cold, now it is super hot. we've still been here. that's what's going to happen to people if we don't take care of this today, they'll be subject to all of the elements. if we don't take care of this, i have on the same clothes as last night. i am dirty, sticky, sweaty. i still have on what i had on last night. this is how people will have to live if we don't do something. 7 million, 6 million, 11 million, however many it is, they deserve human dignity and deserve for people that represent them to show up, do
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the work, to make sure basic needs are met today. >> quickly, before i let you go, sounds like you have people there with you, congresswoman. before i let you go, people in the party, moderate democrats were saying they didn't want to deal with this, they were done. you have within your own party on this, they're not unified. what do you say to them? >> i say what is dissent? what is there to talk about and negotiate about or have a disagreement about when we are talking about humans that will sleep on the street. there's no discussion. we're talking about saving lives. how can we not stand up for those folks, our most vulnerable in our communities, those looking to us because when we signed up to be in congress, we said we would serve and represent every person in our district, regard mless of socioeconomic status, regardless if they live in a home or not. let me say this, too.
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at the end of the day, the job is to serve. let's serve. i don't care if it doesn't matter who should have money and who shouldn't, money is there. there's $40 billion still on the table that hasn't been spent, so we take care of our landlords that way. i care about our landlords, you know what, there's money for you. states and localities need to act, get that money through to make sure land lords get what they're supposed to have. >> cori bush, talking about money already set aside and not distributed. thanks for making time for us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. while congress failed to extend the federal eviction moratorium, the senate is working this weekend to try to put final touches on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. the details need to be hammered out. legislation still needs to be written. things may be looking good for the biden white house to score a win. how are things progressing? >> reporter: the short answer,
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jessica, is that we are in a holding pattern. the long answer is that the legislative text for the bipartisan infrastructure proposal that is still being finalized, text is not done. chuck schumer said earlier today, he took to the senate floor to say it is still the same. we're still in the same situation we were yesterday after they proceeded with the vote to advance the legislation. right now, we're waiting for text to be done. take a listen to what he said. >> look, i understand that writing the text of the bill of this size is a difficult project. i have been part of many such efforts in the past. but i urge the bipartisan group to finish their work so we can begin the amendment process here on the floor. i have said for weeks that the senate is going to move forward on both tracts of infrastructure before beginning of the august recess. the longer it takes to finish,
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the longer we'll be here, but we're going to get the job done. >> reporter: as you heard from him, he is committing to the senate, passing this legislation before august recess, when all of the senators go back to home states. he also is committing to budget reconciliation bill and the bill that would be passed with simple majority in the senate, $3.5 trillion package that's filled with democratic priorities. lots to be done in the senate on this. i want to talk a little about what's in this legislation so americans know what will be going into this. over half the bill, $550 billion, is new federal funding. it would invest $73 billion to rebuild the electrical grid, $66 billion in passenger and freight rail, $65 billion to expand broadband internet, water
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infrastructure. the bottom line is the senate is racing to finalize this text and proceed. that's why they're working this weekend. >> all right. we'll see how much progress they maim. da daniella diaz, thanks so much. the cdc explains rationale behind mask guidelines, includes data how contagious the delta variant is. we're talking to our experts about your top concerns. that's next. with university of phoenix, we support you with career coaching for life, including personal branding, resume building and more. that's our promise to you. that's career services for life. learn more at
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the u.s. is now averaging
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67,000 coronavirus cases every day, that's up more than 50% in the last seven days alone, fueled by the delta variant. new cdc research shedding light on how much more contagious this more transmissible strain is. although the spread is driven by people who have not been vaccinated, that's the majority of driver, vaccinated people infected with coronavirus can be contagious as well. bottom line, vaccinations save lives, masks can go a long way toward helping keep people safe. we have a team of experts here to discuss this. dr. esther chu, jessica rivera, science communication lead for covid-19 tracking project, and dr. el-sayed. thank you to you all as we sort through this. i want to talk first about the cdc released a lot of new
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information, and some is different than we knew before. walk us through what it means, what stands out to you. there's a lot of nuance here. >> that's right. i want to give folks framework to understand how the delta variant is different than the garden variety coronavirus we were dealing with at this time last year. it has to do with how sticky this variant is in our anyways dnaso fpharynx. vaccinated people have enough to pass it on. that explains the difference. how much more infectious it is, rather than one case infecting two to three people, one case is infecting five to nine people. it explains why vaccinated people are potentially passing it on, and the cdc recommendation for vaccinated people in high transmission
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areas to wear masks indoors, and explains potentially why we are seeing serious outbreaks in communities where people are unvaccinated. the key point i want folks to remember, even though vaccinated people may be passing on the virus, they're still heavily protected. we've seen the quote, unquote break through infections, .08% of people vaccinated, most important thing you can do is get vaccinated, make sure your friends and loved ones are too. >> it is a tiny percentage of people getting break through cases. one of the pieces of the new data, study from province town that found 469 people were infected, and 46 were fully vaccinated. 79% reported symptoms. but there were no3 how do you tk americans should interpret
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findings? >> i think what we'll see, what we see in provincetown, we'll see more break through cases as we have more people vaccinated, just by sheer numbers, even with a small percentage of break through infections, we'll see higher case counts. but the key thing is as you said, vaccine provided little hospitalization and no deaths reported. this is still illustration of the vaccine works, but just a reminder no vaccine is perfect, that we will continue to see break through infections and break through disease, and more than ever, need protections of vaccines as well as layered protection like masks. the thing about provincetown, there were a lot of people coming from out of town, bringing with them different risk profiles, and they were close gatherings, indoor and outdoor gatherings where people were crunched together over a
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long period of time. even with vaccination, we need to be mindful, there are settings where masks and other layer protections are important. >> jessica, right now, the cdc recommends masks in high risk areas, more than 80% of the u.s. do you think the biden administration lifted the original mask mandate too soon or changed guidance too soon, i guess it would be the cdc there. do you think it was too soon or is this a case of the virus is evolving, so the guidance has to evolve. >> i do think it was premature and i think so because really what we were looking for were two major indicators to make policy changes, looking for high vaccination, low transmission. we were seeing lower transmission but not near thresholds for the population sufficiently vaccinated to have that major change. as expected as viruses do, they
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evolve, more variants emerged, expect more to emerge as it continues to replicate in people's bodies. it seems like too early claim of victory and what it did, too, it created a false dichotomy that it is mask or vaccine. it has to be cllayered and nuanced. people thought if i get vaccinated, i can take the mask off, now that i have to put it back on, i think that's where we are failing explaining it doesn't mean vaccines don't work, we are in more acute situation with viral transmission. >> that's an important take away for people to hear. it is not that they don't work, it is that the situation is acute. listen to how republican governors responded to the new mask guidance. >> tuesday's change in the cdc mask guidance is foolish.
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it wreaks of political panic to appear they are in control. it has nothing, let me say that again, it has nothing to do with rational science. >> there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of florida. >> ron desantis in florida, they do not want to allow schools to mandate masks. how do you counter arguments from the two governors? >> well, it is interesting to watch somebody with no training in science and with clear political motives try to interpret science for us. at risk are people that cannot be vaccinated yet, young people, under the age of 12, and the immuno compromised. the reality that the governor is highlighting is that if we don't do what we need to do to protect the most vulnerable people in the place where we systemly concentrate them most of the day and year, in their schools, we have to ask ourselves what our
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responsibilities are in society. what's sad to see is desantis is putting political motive, anti-science venlt taking over the politics in his party ahead of well-being of our children. i don't want to be in a situation where we talk about a child who gets sick, potentially hospitalized or potentially passes because somebody decided to make a political stand, rather than follow science, do what was necessary to protect young people. people in florida need to be thinking about what it means to protect our kids, need to stand up against this attempt to put politics over public health. >> i am going to ask a panel of experts to stick around. coming up, delta variant could have a big impact on our everyday lives. the question is can you go on vacation, should you send children back to school, how will all this work. the panel will address some of your biggest questions and concerns. that's coming up next. adding lysol laundry sanitizer kills 99.9 %.
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again. start with dr. chu, as we learn more information on the delta variant, what changes, if any, should vaccinated americans be making to their daily lives? >> well, based on the new cdc guidance, the push is really for vaccinated people to understand there are circumstances in which they need to go back to some of the layered security safety measures we had. vaccinated people in many places need to wear masks indoors, that includes in places where there's hi prevalence, substantial or high prevalence of covid, and includes if they have high risk conditions, if they don't have normal immune system, or if they have medically vulnerable people at home. i think it is not to say vaccination doesn't work, we have good protections, but there are times to go back to layered protection since it is not 100%, and cases are rising everywhere.
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>> and doctor, the cdc says the delta variant spreads as easily as chickenpox, putting unvaccinated people at severe risk. researchers thought the variant spread to two other people on average, now they think it is close to eight or nine others with the delta variant. lollapalooza is happening in chicago, that event requires proof of vaccination or a negative test. do you think that's enough, enough safety precautions? >> well, i want to step back and highlight what it means when you say 8 to 9 people versus 2 to 3 people that it spreads to. if you think about three generations of spread, the difference is 27 people in the original calculation for the original sars covi-2 virus to 614 with delta. that's how much more infection, exponential growth. when you think about lollapalooza, yes, it is outside, it is important that
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organizers sought to guarantee people are vaccinated or have a negative test, for folks that are concerned, the additional layer of protection is a mask. a prudent thing to do, particularly as mentioned, if people are immuno compromised or unvaccinated in the home with whom you're coming in contact. >> jessica, we are averaging 67,000 new cases a day, similar to what we saw last year. this time, cases are rising rapidly. we are still in summer vacation season. do you think families should be cancelling plans, making changes to plans at this point? >> really difficult question, honestly. struggle with it myself, my family have plans to travel, to see family for big events. and i think risk tolerance is very individual because we all have different experiences with what we're doing with school now, if there are, you know, at home situations or camps, et cetera. i don't think it is one size fits all answer, but i think we
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need to be considering the fact when we talk about the unvaccinated, our children are in that population. and because i have two unvaccinated children who are not eligible to be vaccinated for a few more months, we're going to scale back some things we were enjoying a few months ago after we got vaccinated just out of abundance of caution. >> dr. chu, some students are going back to school in a matter of days. a charter school in atlanta says nine students, five staff members tested positive for covid, that means more than 100 students are quarantining. what is your advice to parents who may be nervous about sending young children back for in person learning, kids who are not eligible to be vaccinated yet. >> yeah. there's a lot of guidance from the american academy of pediatrics and the cdc about the importance of going back to in person learning. it won't be possible for a some
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students, particularly those with medical conditions, but on the whole aap and cdc are emphasizing supporting schools in making it safe enough for students to return but providing all the layered protections that they need so they can feel that way. while we are waiting for vaccinations, students should continue to wear masks, distance as much as possible, make sure schools are well ventilated, sanitary precautions are in place, monitoring for symptoms, that testing is readily accessible and screening is happening. all those things should be in place in schools and parents should be in conversations with school administrators and community and public health officials to make sure what's right for that location is happening to the fullest extent so students of all backgrounds and needs can come back in person whenever possible. i think the priority should be addressing parents' concerns to make it feel as comfortable and
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safe as possible for most students to return to in person learning this fall. >> we're going to have more with the panel in just a moment. [music plays.] ♪ ♪ ♪
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advice on some practical things people are wondering about. jessica, one question is, would you go grocery shopping without a mask if you're vaccinated? >> without a mask, no. i think it's important to wear a mask indoors in public settings. >> dr. el said, would you visit older folks immunocompromised? >> i would but wear a mask and a if possible, do it outdoors and take advantage of the weather. stepping back, one idea, if you have to ask, wear a mask. >> good one, okay. dr. chu, would you take unvaccinated children to an amusement park? >> i would make some modifications from usual. we would all wear masks. we would stay outside as much as possible and we would certainly probably pack food or purchase food and eat it outside or anywhere indoors. >> got it. what about an indoor wedding? what would you do about that right now? we lost her.
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dr. el said, we'll give that to you. an indoor wedding at this point? >> i would encourage folks to make sure folks who attend are vaccinated or wearing masks, but indoor, i would likely wear a mask and make sure that my family did too. >> dr. chu, what about a broadway show? they're going to require masks and vaccinations. would you feel confident going to a broadway show? >> i would. i would look for other things like distance between seats and good hand sanitation and some screening going in about people with symptoms, but if they're requiring vaccinations, all wearing hamasks, i would feel comfortable doing is that. >> dr. el said, what about a football game at a sold out outdoor stadium? >> i live in ann arbor and love wolverines, so yes but againo a mask, was that it?
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>> that's right. >> dr. chu, would you send your children back to school in person if their teacher was unvaccinated? >> oh, boy. yeah, you know, i think i would. i have four kids. i'm very eager for them to get back to school and i think it would be very important to me to have a conversation about what that classroom is doing to make sure that everyone is staying safe, including the teacher, and i just wanted to add on one thing. there's been some conversation about this being a pandemic of the unvaccinated. i don't think that's an accurate statement. i think all my panelists agree that we're all in this together and delta variant is really underscoring this, that these are conversations. there is shared responsibility across the community to make sure that everyone is safe and that we're not basically allowing this pandemic to continue and create more variants, but everybody vaccinated and unvaccinated has a role to play in that.
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kazeer khan, cases on infringement of religious right. you may remember his speech at the democratic national convention with an attack on then candidate donald trump for making disparaging comments about muslim americans. for 58 hours, with bated breath and the incredible rescue of baby jessica. the infant who fell into a well in her aunt's backyard in texas. here's a preview. >> little kid fell down a well. well, everybody's first thought, well, four or five feet, six feet, reached to get her out of there. but, you know, it turned out to be very different. but i don't think it's 12 inches. would a dog fall down there?
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a chihuahua? small terrier, yeah. but a baby? last thing to come to your mind. >> "58 hours: the baby jessica story," a cnn shortfilm at 9:00 eastern tonight right here on cnn. thank you so much for joining me today. i'm jessica dean. boris sanchez picks up our coverage right now. hello, everyone. you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm boris sanchez in washington. jim acosta has the day off. we start with a fight to eradicate covid-19. it's a fight that is evolving and the president of the united states is warning that americans should soon expect new guidelines and restrictions as the rate of new covid cases continues to rise, the biden administration is dismissing the idea of lockdowns, but it is
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