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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) Is Interviewed On Coronavirus Spread In New York; FDA Officials To Hold Press Conference On Government Response To Coronavirus; Some Passengers And Crewmembers On Cruise Ship Near San Francisco Test Positive For Coronavirus; School Districts In Seattle Hold Classes Online Due To Coronavirus Spread; Joe Biden And Bernie Sanders Campaign In Michigan; Interview With Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) On Bernie Sanders' Campaign Against Joe Biden For Democratic Presidential Nomination; Measures At Shanghai Costco To Prevent Coronavirus Spread Among Shoppers Examined. Aired 2-3p ET
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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: At least 377 Americans have contracted correspondent with 21 news cases just reported in New York.
And it's a waiting game for thousands of passengers on board the Grand Princess cruise ship. They are being quarantined off the California coast after 21 people on board tested positive for coronavirus. One passenger even needed to be airlifted to a San Francisco hospital.
Also happening this hour, Vice President Mike Pence meeting with leaders of the cruise line industry in Florida. The travel industry has been especially hard-hit as the coronavirus spreads.
Let's begin right now in New York, which has just been put under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus. I'm joined now by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Governor, good to see you. You had already said before today that this is like a flu on steroids. But what does this now declaration of state of emergency mean for your state?
GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-NY): Good afternoon, Fred. The state of emergency gives us additional flexibility to do things faster, purchasing, hiring of staff, et cetera. And for us, the challenge is what the challenge is for every state -- test as many people as you can. Once you find a person who has tested positive, run down that chain, test as many as you can as quickly as you can just to get them into a place where they no longer infect other people. And that's what we're doing.
At the same time, Fred, it's important that we don't feed this undue hysteria and fear that is out there, right? If you're infected with the coronavirus, 80 percent self-resolve, 20 percent could get ill, and the vulnerable populations are senior citizens, people who have immune systems that are compromised, or underlying illnesses. So we have to keep that basic reality in check.
WHITFIELD: Well, this fear, and hysteria among some people is really because they don't feel like they know enough, and maybe they're a little confused about if they need to be tested, if there are enough tests, et cetera. There were 21 new coronavirus cases in your state alone today, bringing the total to 76 statewide. That in and of itself is enough to alarm many. So how do you allay the fears?
CUOMO: Yes, I think facts allay the fear here, right? If you understand the facts, you would be calm. If you understand the bottom line, what happens if I get the coronavirus, OK? If I get the coronavirus, 80 percent of the people who get the coronavirus will self-resolve, 20 percent will be ill and maybe hospitalized. The mortality is primarily among senior citizens, immune-compromised, and people with underlying illnesses. That is the bottom line.
Well, then why all this running and testing, et cetera? Because we want as few people infected as possible. But I think in some ways the anxiety is outpacing the reality of this situation. I think part of it is people don't know who to believe. And they are listening to all these experts. I also think, frankly, part of it is they don't trust what they're hearing from the federal government. I also think the federal government further complicates it.
WHITFIELD: What are your constituents telling or asking of you? What clarity are they looking for from you, the governor of New York?
CUOMO: Well, they're saying I don't know what to believe. The CDC says this, but this one says this. The bottom-line question is, what happens if I get the coronavirus, or my spouse or my child gets the coronavirus? And that's why the fundamental fact is most important, right?
If you look at the number of cases we have in New York, we have 76 cases, we only have a handful who are hospitalized. If you look at Johns Hopkins, that has been tracing all of the coronavirus cases, 100,000 cases, you see that the overwhelming majority stayed at home, they had symptom, they're feeling better. And now actually more are recovering than are getting the new infection.
So the ultimate reality we can deal with. It's this current hysteria and confusion. Frankly the CDC, I don't think, has been helpful here, because they have sent mixed messages. They say on one hand, anybody who needs a test, call your doctor and get a test. The vice president then goes on TV and says, oh, by the way, we can't test enough people. That kind of confusion, or the sense that your government is not competent, that is what is not helpful here.
WHITFIELD: So a lot of folks are concerned. I can't help but be concerned about my 87-year-old mother who likes to go to the senior center, who likes to socialize with other seniors, who likes the exercise classes, but is pulling back from doing that right now.
And then we are also hearing that a number of people in Washington state were at an elderly facility where they had seen a spike and a large number of deaths. In Westchester County there in New York, you've got, what, 57 cases, in that county. Are you finding any common thread, what the source is, why such a concentration in Westchester County?
CUOMO: Westchester County is a cluster scenario, where you had people who attended large gatherings together, and it spread from those gatherings, a Bar mitzvah that had 400 people in it. So that is a unique case, and we're dealing with it.
But your point is right, Fred. Personally, what have I done? I've spoken to my mother, who is elderly. Don't tell her I said that, she doesn't consider herself elderly. She doesn't act elderly.
WHITFIELD: Seasoned. I like the word "seasoned."
CUOMO: Seasoned. But as senior citizens have to be careful, yes, where they go, how they expose themselves, et cetera. People who are immune- compromised, if you're fighting cancer, if you're HIV-positive, et cetera, you have to be careful. Governmentally, nursing homes I'm very worried about. Senior living facilities, I'm worried about. That's where we have our greatest vulnerability.
WHITFIELD: And what are you turning that worry into? What can you do proactively, or what can be recommended proactively for those areas that you are most concerned about and worried about?
CUOMO: Well, for example, in the nursing homes, we have a whole new protocol on how staff should be operating within that nursing home. This morning, in areas where we have high clusters, we said no outside visitors in the nursing home. I know that's difficult on one level, family members can't visit, but no outside visitors, because if one person brings in the virus in a nursing home, then we're going to be off to the races. That I can tell you.
WHITFIELD: All right, we're all paying attention, trying to discern the facts, right, and make sure that people are not too fearful, but cautious. Governor Andrew Cuomo, thank you so much. Appreciate it.
CUOMO: Thank you, Fred.
WHITFIELD: At any moment now, the FDA is expected to give a rare Saturday coronavirus update from the White House. The Trump administration has been holding regular briefings as the number of cases grows. CNN's Kristen Holmes is in west palm beach Florida, near Mar-a-Lago where the president is spending the weekend. So Kristen, what do we expect to hear from the White House, from the FDA officials?
KRISTEN HOLMES, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Fred, hopefully some answers. We have to keep in mind that there are still so many questions about the virus, and particularly about that testing. It was Dr. Steve Hahn, the head of the FDA, who gave the briefing last Monday, who said that there was going to be a million tests available by the end of the week. He is also the same person who is giving the briefing later today, actually at any moment now, as you said.
So where is that million testing number? Since then, there has been several clarifications made by several different groups on what exactly a million tests look like. Is it specimens? How many people would that actually be? Which has raised a lot of question and concern among people who feel like they may have the symptoms and they don't actually know how to get tested.
So that's one of the big questions here, is where are the tests being held, where are the private labs that have been granted permission by the FDA in developing those tests? Are they going to have tests available by the beginning of next week? By the end of next week? What do the numbers actually look like? So that's going to be a big question here.
Another big question for the FDA is going to be about drug shortages caused by the coronavirus. What exactly is the FDA going to do about it? They put out a report saying that coronavirus was likely to cause several drug shortages in different areas in this country. What are they going to do to try and combat that?
Let's take a step back and look at this overall, because this is just a bunch of back and forth, a lot of mixed messages, and a lot of questions here. And there's really a lot of clarity missing. And the FDA is just one part of it. We've seen it with the CDC, within the administration, and with President Trump in particular. It seems as though President Trump often is not on the same page as several of his health official, particularly when it comes to vaccines or testing. Take a listen to what he and Pence had to say about testing this week.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They're there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful.
MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We trust in a matter of weeks the coronavirus test will be broadly available to the public and available to any American that is symptomatic and has a concern about the possibility of having contracted the coronavirus.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HOLMES: OK, so what exactly is the truth here, what exactly does all of this mean? Well, on one hand, the administration has it possible for any person who wants to get testing to get testing. Let's look back to the beginning of the week when we know the criteria was so strict for people to get testing that several people slipped through the cracks.
But the big question is, can anybody who wants to get testing actually get testing if there aren't enough tests? We're talking at about 475,000 people able to get testing right now. That number came directly from the CDC yesterday. We asked them this question when we were traveling with President Trump there.
That is clearly not every person in the country, and in fact, it is not even the city of Atlanta, which is where the CDC is located. So how are they going to try to fix this? How are they going to try to get on track? And how is their messaging going to come together so that people actually know where they can go and when they can go get tested.
WHITFIELD: Still lots of questions. All right, Kristen Holmes, thank you so much. Of course, again, this hour, FDA press conference coming out of the White House this hour.
Meantime, passengers and crew on board the Grand Princess just want answers. The cruise ship was scheduled to return to San Francisco this morning. But 21 people tested positive for coronavirus. That's leaving thousands of other passengers in limbo off the coast of California. CNN's Lucy Kafanov is in San Francisco with more. So Lucy, is there any indication of when and where this ship will dock?
LUCY KAFANOV, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Fred, there is still no plan for docking. We know that more movies have been uploaded to the entertainment system. Passengers got more activity packs, perhaps a sign that the folks on board are prepared to hunker down as they wait word for what happens next to the 3,500 people on that ship. We did get a clip from one of the passengers who has been in touch with us here at CNN of the captain announcement from this morning. Let's take a listen to what he had to say.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know you are anxious to know what are plans. But unfortunately, those have not yet been given to use by the authorities. We are continuing to work with federal and state authorities regarding our destination and when you will be able to disembark. This morning we successfully evacuating the critically ill guests with ships tender and U.S. Coast Guard cutter. We have arranged telephone access to trained counselors who can provide support to anyone needing extra support.
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KAFANOV: So he was talking about that critically ill passenger who was evacuated from the ship overnight. I should emphasize that person's illness does not have anything to do with the coronavirus. That person taken to a hospital here in San Francisco. But again, all of us, especially those passengers, waiting for word on what happens next. Fred?
WHITFIELD: All right, Lucy Kafanov, keep us posted as you learn more. Thank you.
Still to come, inside the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak. The major changes at businesses and schools all over Seattle.
Plus, as Joe Biden gains momentum in the presidential race, what is Bernie Sanders' strategy moving forward? I'll talk with Sanders' campaign co-chair Congressman Ro Khanna.
WHITFIELD: In the U.S., the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak is Washington state, where there are 80 cases and 14 deaths. Seven of those were residents of the Life Care Center near Seattle. Dozens more were experiencing symptoms and are being tested. Some families wondered if the staff had the resources to deal with the outbreak and are now left to mourn their loved ones.
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PAT HERRICK, MOTHER DIED AT LIFE CARE CENTER: My mom loved to give roses to each one of the mothers in this place, including the staff members every Mother's Day. She loved to make sure, make sure that they got Christmas gifts, too. As far as we knew, she wasn't sick. So I was surprised.
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WHITFIELD: Heartbreaking. Also, a Seattle Starbucks says one worker at one of its downtown locations has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The company says the worker is now isolated at home, and the location is being deep-cleaned.
And as CNN's Omar Jimenez explains, the coronavirus outbreak is changing that city.
OMAR JIMENEZ, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In Seattle there is a new reality beginning to form, affecting nearly every aspect of life, from business to travel, and even education.
On a normal weekday morning, like today, these hallways would be packed with students. As we can see, there are absolutely none. This school is one in 33 in the Seattle area school district that will look like this for the foreseeable future -- empty classrooms, instead moving to online American learning for up to 14 days, all as a precaution for the coronavirus.
DR. MICHELLE REID, NORTHSHORE SCHOOL DISTRICT: I was actually prayerful that it was the right decision.
JIMENEZ: And you feel like it is?
REID: Yes, absolutely, no doubt.
JIMENEZ: Dr. Michelle Reid is the superintendent of Seattle's Northshore school district where a parent volunteer tested positive for the coronavirus.
REID: When we have a fact pattern that affects the safety and health of our students that we're going to stop and recognize it is not business as usual.
JIMENEZ: But this district wasn't alone. The University of Washington announced shortly after, they, too, are suspending in-person classes.
DR. ANA MARI CAUSE, PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON: We are very much guided with the very best public health information possible. JIMENEZ: Between the university and the Northshore school district,
that's around 80,000 students now out of classrooms. Statewide, cases have soared, going from just a few to more than 75 in less than a week, including double digit deaths. And the wider Seattle area, felt a difference.
MICHELE AULD, BAKERY OWNER: It can be stressful when your, just in your day to day, trying to do what you normally do, and you're running into stumbling blocks of things beyond your control.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On a rainy day, I hardly see anybody around here. You'd see groups, yes. It is kind of empty.
JIMENEZ: But some, like at Seattle signature fish market, famous for tossing fish, say they're not changing a thing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, you're going to travel all this way to see a fish fly, I'm going to give it to you.
JIMENEZ: And while life in Seattle hasn't entirely shut down, it is adjusting to a new reality at the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
And the legal world hasn't been immune to the shadow of the coronavirus either, with a federal judge here in Washington state announcing they will be postponing all in-court proceedings for multiple courthouses in the Seattle area. Many of these places are in crucial assessment periods. The University of Washington, for one, says at this point, they have every intention of reopening once their quarter ends in a little over two weeks time. But only time will tell.
Reporting from Seattle, Omar Jimenez.
WHITFIELD: Up next, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders preparing for Super Tuesday part two. And they're battling it out over Social Security. We're live on the campaign trail, next.
WHITFIELD: Joe Biden announces a $12 million ad buy after accelerating his campaign's fundraising efforts with big wins in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday. The former vice president now warning against negativity from what he calls the "Bernie brothers," as Senator Sanders attacks his record on Social Security and women's health issues. CNN's Abby Phillip is joining me right now at a Sanders event in Chicago. Also with me, CNN's Arlette Saenz in Missouri. Let's begin there. What more can you tell us, Arlette, about Biden's big fundraising haul? ARLETTE SAENZ, CNN POLITICAL REPORTER: Well, Fred, Joe Biden was at a
rally in St. Louis, his first rally since Super Tuesday, and he started things out there saying what a difference a week makes, and not just when it comes to winning those Super Tuesday contests, but also when it comes to fundraising. He told donors at a fundraiser that he called into last night that he raised $22 million over a five-day span.
To put that into perspective, that is more than he raised in the month of February and it's almost as much as he raised during the entire fourth quarter of 2019. So certainly, Biden's fortunes when it comes to fundraising has started to turn and go his way. And the campaign today announced that they will be starting a $12 million ad campaign in many of those states that are set to vote on March 10th and March 17th.
But Biden today brought his campaign right here to Missouri, starting things out in St. Louis. And take a listen to the message he had for voters.
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JOE BIDEN, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Folks, you're all part of a movement, a movement that has a backbone, the backbone of the Democratic Party, a movement that is going to defeat Donald Trump and restore this nation. You want a nominee who will bring the party together, who will run for a positive, progressive vision for the future, not turn this primary into a campaign of negative attacks, because that will only re-elect Donald Trump if we go that route.
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SAENZ: Now, Biden will be here in Kansas City a little bit later this afternoon. Missouri is one of those states that votes on Tuesday along with Mississippi where Joe Biden will be heading to the campaign tomorrow. He is hoping to do quite well there since it has a large African-American population, similar to a lot of those Super Tuesday states, which he won.
And then he'll turn his attention to Michigan on Monday, which is going to be a very close and hard-fought battle between him and Bernie Sanders as Sanders is hoping for a repeat in that state on Tuesday. Fred?
WHITFIELD: And Abby, while Joe Biden says, OK, no negativity, Bernie Sanders is really sharpening his attacks on Joe Biden.
ABBY PHILLIP, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Yes, that's absolutely right, Fred. And that ad campaign that Arlette just mentioned features one ad that calls Bernie Sanders out pretty directly, not just for Sanders' comments about Biden's history on Social Security, but also for the rhetoric. Take a quick listen to a little bit of it.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Super Tuesday, state after state after state called for Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders goes on the attack. PolitiFact has called the Sanders campaign's attacks false. Joe Biden has always been a strong supporter of Social Security.
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PHILLIP: Now, Sanders is firing back today with a series of tweets, accusing Joe Biden of working with Republicans to cut Social Security. He says in one of them, "Joe Biden claims in a new ad that he has always protected Social Security. That is patently false. He can't hide 40 years of working with Republicans to cut Social Security."
So things are clearly heating up here, partly because the Sanders campaign has a lot to prove. Super Tuesday did not go the way that they wanted it to. And they are hoping to turn things around as they head into this next set of states on Tuesday. But we're here in Chicago, Illinois, which is actually a state that votes on March 17th, so they're looking even further out.
And what you're hearing is this midwestern part of the country from Sanders is criticizing Joe Biden over his record on Social Security, but also his record on trade, talking a lot about these trade deals that were a big deal for autoworkers and for industrial midwestern workers in decades past, in the same way that Sanders used that argument against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
That's going to be really important. Sanders wants to have a repeat of what happened in Michigan in 2016. He beat Hillary Clinton in a surprise win. The Sanders campaign hoping to really have a repeat of that kind of performance and not lose any ground as we go forward here, Fred.
WHITFIELD: All right, 125 delegates up for grabs there in Michigan. Six states on Tuesday, March 10. It also happens to be my brother's birthday, so it's a Super Tuesday indeed. Thank you very much, Abby Phillip, Arlette Saenz, appreciate it.
Coming up next, the coronavirus changing how we live, work, and even shop, the changes for Costco customers in America and how a store in China is trying to stop the spread.
WHITFIELD: Despite their long-term political bond, Senator Bernie Sanders could face an uphill battle to win an endorsement from Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren dropped out earlier this week after a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday, clearing the progressive lane for Sanders. However, Warren has refused to publicly endorse a candidate, this as the Sanders campaign admits that a Warren endorsement could be significant.
Joining me right now to discuss, California Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna. Good to see you, congressman, also as co-chair of the Sanders
campaign, glad you could be with us. So are you at all --
REP. RO KHANNA (D-CA): Thanks for having me.
WHITFIELD: Thank you. Are you at all surprised, Congressman, that Warren has not immediately endorsed Sanders given their relationship and similar agendas?
KHANNA: I am not. I mean she just ran for president in a very difficult campaign for a year. I think we need to give her some space to make a decision. And frankly, I think it's incumbent on the Sanders campaign to earn the trust of her supporters. We need to make the case that Medicare for all, free public college, universal child care, are policies that Senator Warren has championed and that senator Sanders is championing, and that's why we deserve to earn those votes.
WHITFIELD: But she knows him. They were campaigning simultaneously, and they know each other long before that, and look how quickly Buttigieg and Klobuchar endorsed Biden. So what's to think about, do you think, for Warren?
KHANNA: Well, I think she has been a lion and giant in the Senate on so many progressive issues. She really was the intellectual leader on many of the policy proposals. She has a relationship with Vice President Biden as well, going back to Vice President Biden's service. So it's not for me to speculate what she should do. It's her decision. I think she's earned that right. I think we have to respect her in whatever decision she makes, and we ought to try to focus on the voters in making that case to the voters.
WHITFIELD: Sure. You also want to focus, I guess, on some of her supporters. Do you read into her quote to "The Boston Globe," where she kind of inferred that maybe she's not going to endorse? She says "Why would I owe anybody an endorsement? Is that a question they ask everybody else who dropped out of this race?" How disappointing would it be to you and the Sanders camp if this fellow progressive does not back Sanders?
KHANNA: Well, frankly, I agree with Senator Warren. Why does she owe anyone an endorsement? She was the person putting a lot of the policy plans. She faced, frankly, a lot of sexism in the campaign on issues of electability.
WHITFIELD: But don't her supporters want to know or get some kind of directive from her, perhaps, since there have been so many loyal supporters at all of her events, making donations. Aren't they curious about who she would endorse?
KHANNA: I've talked to a lot of Warren, many of whom who are considering Senator Sanders. What they want to know is where Senator Sanders stands, what is he going to do to earn their trust and earn their votes.
And I think what they'd rather is that we focus on our vision for America, convincing them that we are going to be strong on progressive policies and get things done in effective governance than focusing on what Senator Warren is going to do. I think it would totally backfire to try to pressure Senator Warren into doing anything in terms of endorsing right now when she has just run a remarkable race and deserves the right to make her own decisions on her own timetable.
WHITFIELD: OK, the other candidates, still in the race, Joe Biden, former vice president, he's warning against negativity that could be coming from the so-called Bernie bros, he called them Bernie brothers, but he says it could lead to a real bloodbath. So what do you make of his comments that he's trying to encourage everyone to stay away from being negative?
KHANNA: So are we. Senator Sanders has said that any comments online that are demeaning or that are brow-beating are absolutely unacceptable. But we also have to look at the comments and attacks on people like Senator Turner. Just the other day, there was a surrogate who was attacking Senator Turner, saying Senator Turner didn't have the standing to quote Dr. King, and ended up apologizing for that. So I think all sides have to elevate the discourse and live up to the highest standards.
WHITFIELD: OK, while I have you, California congressman, let me ask you about coronavirus. Thousands of people on board the Grand Princess cruise ship are in limbo after 21 people tested positive for the virus.
You're from the Bay Area. This cruise ship was scheduled to return to San Francisco this morning. That's your district. But President Trump says passengers on board should stay there. What are you hearing about the situation, and how concerned are you?
KHANNA: I'm concerned. I want to make sure that any passenger stays through the quarantine until we are sure that they are not infected. I think that is, that makes sense. But I think the biggest concern here is that we got -- we have to get the testing out. I don't understand how South Korea has already tested 100,000 people and we are at about 500 people. Why is our administration not being able to get tests out so that people can get tested is really incompetence, and that's what we ought to be focused on.
WHITFIELD: Congressman Ro Khanna, good to see you, thank you so much.
KHANNA: Thank you, appreciate it.
WHITFIELD: Coming up, Facebook announces a ban tied to the coronavirus outbreak. How it's helping consumers save money.
WHITFIELD: We're following breaking news on the coronavirus, the state of Washington now reporting 24 new cases of the virus, including two new deaths. Washington is the epicenter of the outbreak, with more than 100 cases of coronavirus statewide, which includes 16 deaths. Fears that the coronavirus outbreak is spreading quickly has sparked a
rush on supplies at stores. Costco is suspending free samples over safety concerns. The stores have also seen a jump in sales as shoppers race to stock up on cleaning products and household essentials during the coronavirus outbreak.
CNN's David Culver shows us how China is keeping shoppers from spreading the virus and panic.
DAVID CULVER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In the U.S., when you're stocking up for a hurricane, a blizzard, or a viral outbreak, you tend to buy in bulk. Many Shanghai residents flocking to China's only Costco location to do that, and we joined them for some shopping of our own.
So this is the long line that's moving actually at a pretty good pace. We've heard several announcements as we've been standing here, and essentially, they're telling people, keep your distance from the person in front of you.
The store only allows 1,000 customers in at a time. The wait outside, about 10 minutes.
All right, we're going in. So they just told us to come into this one line where they're going to take our temperature here.
Carts sanitized one by one, but some shoppers adding a layer just to be safe. All employees, customers, and their little ones, wearing face masks. Plastic used to protect the apples from germs, and plastic even used to shield kids.
In here, there's a loud speaker. Essentially, they're telling people to keep one meter apart from each other. But as you look around, folks are definitely getting a lot closer than that.
And if you did not catch that warning, this guy will keep you in line. But there are other options for folks looking to avoid stores altogether. One company launched this mobile grocery van before the outbreak. Since it's gained a loyal following, mostly older crowd.
You can see the folks lined up here. They get essentially a menu of items that they can pick from, and the idea is that they're not going into a store, they're not congregating with other masses. Instead they hand off the paper with what they want, and folks who are inside do the preparation and then pass out their food. You can check it out. It is seeming to be pretty popular here.
The company behind it says over the course of a week, mobile grocery visits 20 neighborhoods, serving more than 40,000 Shanghai residents. The project manager says they get fresh produce daily and they make sure it's all fully sanitized. But a van can only hold so much. For shoppers looking for a taste of normalcy, and plenty of options, like palates of hand sanitizer, it's back to Costco. But a warning, if you decide on a cooked meal here, or a beverage, like I did, it's now a to-go purchase only.
They said you have to eat and drink everything you buy in there outside of this store, keep your mask on at all times. They're also telling folks to get in and out as quickly as possible. You don't hear many stores telling their customers to rush, but they're doing that here.
An effort to minimize exposure and to maximize what you can stock up on.
David Culver, CNN, Shanghai.
WHITFIELD: And also, this breaking news out of China. We're learning new details surrounding a collapsed hotel there that was used as a coronavirus quarantine center. We're told 33 out of 70 people have been rescued from the debris, including an infant.
This, as we get new pictures of the damage you see right there. So far, we don't know if there are any fatalities, or why the building collapsed. You can see that small child there being rescued, but we are told that the infant boy and his parents were found alive and have been taken to a hospital.
Up next, the handshake is on hold. Americans getting creative with how they greet each other now. Jeanne Moos has some of the highlights, next.
But first, Emmanuel Bishop is a Down syndrome advocate with an ambitious goal, to inspire young people like himself around the world. In today's "Human Factor," Emmanuel shows us what's possible when you reach for your potential. Here's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: At age 22, Emmanuel Bishop is challenging common preconceptions of young men with Down syndrome.
EMMANUEL BISHOP: I'm a violinist, a swimmer, a golfer, and a polyglot.
GUPTA: As a kid, the violin became his first love.
BISHOP: I started to play at age six.
GUPTA: Emmanuel's passion for music has taken him to stages around the globe, including an invitation to perform at mass at the Vatican.
BISHOP: I am an ambassador of hope.
GUPTA: An ambassador of proficient in multiple languages.
BISHOP: English, Spanish, French, and I study Latin. GUPTA: Off the stage, Emmanuel has his sights set on his next Special Olympics win.
BISHOP: I have won 52 medals in swimming and golf.
GUPTA: Laps in the morning, and hitting the greens in the afternoon, proving he can excel in the pool or on the links.
BISHOP: I'm living the dream.
GUPTA: To those who doubt his abilities, he says --
BISHOP: Presume competence.
GUPTA: And to young people like him --
BISHOP: I want people with Down syndrome to follow your talents.
WHITFIELD: Facebook says it is temporarily banning ads selling medical face masks. The company says it already prohibits listings that make medical or health claims related to the coronavirus. In a tweet, a spokesman said they're rolling out the policy in the coming days and, quote, "anticipate profiters will evolve their approach as we enforce on these ads." Facebook is also asking its users to flag any ads that are exploiting the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus, what to do, what to avoid, and when to see a doctor. CNN's new podcast has answers. Join Dr. Sanjay Gupta for "Coronavirus, Fact Versus Fiction," listen wherever you get your favorite podcasts.
And as fears continue to grow about coronavirus, daily pleasantries and greetings of one another requires a little creativity these days. Here is now is CNN's Jeanne Moos.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: If the now dreaded handshake leaves you shaking your head, no, our doctors and our politicians are elbowing their way in, from Senator Dick Durbin to the vice president, and not just once.
JIMMY KIMMEL, LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST: And there you go.
MOOS: Jimmy Kimmel has a name for it.
KIMMEL: It's called the elbow.
MOOS: Something Jimmy practiced with his sidekick with a coffee filter maker mask. Even a floor broker known as the Einstein of Wall Street is doing it. But you know who is not doing it? President Trump shook 10 hands on a single receiving line.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: If you don't shake hands, they're not going to like you too much.
MOOS: He says he is not taking protective measures, though he must ae least be doing what Stephen Colbert did.
If you're not into sanitizing, jokey alternatives range from the booty bump, to the foot bump, to the Vulcan salute, and whatever you do.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Start working on not touching your face.
MOOS: Maybe you better start working on it.
TRUMP: And I haven't touched my face in weeks. I miss it.
MOOS: You know what else is catchy? That germy pen used to sign the coronavirus spending bill.
TRUMP: Here Steve, this is for you.
MOOS: Tossed to an unsuspecting reporter.
There are even pizza do's and don'ts. Don't lick your fingers and then touch the elbow lid. Do, do the elbow bump while wearing a pizza mask. As someone noted, is that the same elbow that everyone is supposed to cough and sneeze into? "The Daily Show" did a bit called "Watch those hands."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've been looking around the room here. I can't tell you the number of you who have put your hands to your face in the last 20 minutes.
MOOS: Go ahead, lecture us.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just be smart.
MOOS: Then rub it in.
Jeanne Moos, CNN --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Corona bump, my brother.
MOOS: New York.
WHITFIELD: Coronavirus bump.
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