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    Dr. Drew coronavirus supercut restored to YouTube after copyright takedown / ArsTechnica · 3 days ago - 19:25 · 1 minute

Dr. Drew Pinsky having opinions on March 9, 2020 in New York City.

Enlarge / Dr. Drew Pinsky having opinions on March 9, 2020 in New York City. (credit: Jason Mendez | Getty Images )

Everyone who is (or wants to be) anyone seems to have some opinion or advice about the current COVID-19 crisis. Many of those opinions have been, frankly, quite bad. And someone who makes his money from media appearances trying to disappear those opinions from the Internet after realizing those opinions were, in fact, quite bad, doesn't help matters any.

Dr. Drew Pinsky is up there with Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil on the list of "celebrity doctors whose name you probably know." He soared to fame in the 1990s and 2000s on the back of his TV and radio advice show Loveline . Pinsky, who performs and markets himself as Dr. Drew, is indeed a medical doctor—but he is not an epidemiologist or specialist in infectious disease. He earned his MD from the University of Southern California in 1984 and went to work as a physician, specializing in the treatment of addiction and chemical dependencies, in the decades that followed.

But not being an expert in infectious disease did not stop him from being widely dismissive of the potential threat from COVID-19 throughout the year, even as the threat continued to grow. Dr. Drew is taking the threat seriously, now that more than 330,000 people inside the United States have tested positive for the disease and more than 10,000 have died. On Saturday, he released a video apologizing for his earlier comments, which he said were "wrong."

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    Airing Trump’s false statements won’t get TV stations in trouble with FCC / ArsTechnica · 3 days ago - 18:59

President Donald Trump at a press conference, standing in front of a chart showing the number of coronavirus deaths in New Orleans.

Enlarge / President Donald Trump holds a press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 5, 2020, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Sarah Silbiger )

The Federal Communications Commission has rejected a request to investigate TV stations' handling of President Donald Trump's coronavirus press conferences.

Advocacy group Free Press' emergency petition asking the FCC to investigate said that TV broadcasters' "context-less coverage of President Donald Trump's press conferences and other statements" may violate the broadcast-hoax rule. Denying the petition today, the FCC said that Free Press "misconstrues the Commission's rules and seeks remedies that would dangerously curtail the freedom of the press embodied in the First Amendment."

Free Press' petition said that "broadcasters are prohibited from knowingly airing false information about a catastrophe that causes 'substantial public harm.'" Under FCC guidelines , broadcasters can avoid violating the hoax rule by including a disclaimer that "clearly characterizes the program as a fiction and is presented in a way that is reasonable under the circumstances."

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    Acting Navy Secretary hammers captain he relieved over coronavirus / ArsTechnica · 3 days ago - 18:35 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 21: Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. (credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

There were two major developments in the saga of the USS Theodore Roosevelt , which saw its captain relieved of command after a email leaked in which the captain argued that he needed more assistance in dealing with a coronavirus outbreak among his crew. The first is that the former captain, Brett Crozier, has now had a positive test result for coronavirus. According to the New York Times' sources, Crozier had already been experiencing symptoms when he was removed from command. In that, he joins at least 155 members of his crew, based on numbers provided by the Department of Defense on Sunday.

The second is that the man who relieved him, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly, visited the Theodore Roosevelt to give a talk that was sent over the ship's intercom system to the entire crew. In it, Modly blasted Captain Crozier, telling the crew he "put you at great risk." Modly said that the former captain's actions caused problems for the Navy staff that was caring for sick crew members, as well as for the government of Guam, where the ship is currently docked. "Think about that when you cheer the man off the ship who exposed you to that," Modly told the crew.

"I understand that you love the guy," Modly said, speaking of the captain's warm send-off "It's good that you love him, but you're not required to love him." Instead, he reminded the crew that their duty was to the Navy and the US public.

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    Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 3/20] / ArsTechnica · Friday, 20 March - 19:05 · 1 minute

Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 3/20]

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More than 263,000 people have been infected with a new coronavirus that has spread widely from its origin in China over the past few months. Over 11,100 have already died. Our comprehensive guide for understanding and navigating this global public health threat is below.

This is a rapidly developing epidemic, and we will update this guide every day at 3pm EDT to keep you as prepared and informed as possible.

March 8: Initial publication of the document.
March 9, 3pm ET: Added three new question-and-answer sections and updated case counts.
March 10, 3pm ET: Added one new question-and-answer section and updated case counts.
March 11, 3pm ET: Added a new section about claimed remedies and updated case counts.
March 12, 3pm ET: Updated the sections on US cases and how SARS-CoV-2 spreads. Updated global case counts.
March 13, 3pm ET: Updated the answers to "Should I avoid large gatherings and travel?" and "How does coronavirus transmission compare with flu?" Also updated global and US case counts.
March 14, 3pm ET: Updated global and US case counts.
March 15, 3pm ET: Updated global and US case counts.
March 16, 3pm ET: Updated global and US case counts. Updated guide on what to keep in your medicine cabinet.
March 17, 3pm ET: Updated global and US case counts.
March 18, 3pm ET: Updated global and US case counts
March 19, 3pm ET: Added new section on risks for pregnant women. Updated global and US case counts
March 20, 3pm ET: Added a new section on the risk to US millennials . Updated the section on risk to children and the section on reinfection . Updated global and US case counts .

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