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CDC Advises Older Americans To Stay Home; More Than 100,000 Coronavirus Cases Now Reported Worldwide; Biden Sanders Campaign In Midwest Ahead Of Super Tuesday II; Pro And College Sports Bracing For Coronavirus; How Biden's And Sanders' Health Care Plans Affect You; Outdated 911 System Put Lives In Danger. Aired 7-8a ET

Aired March 7, 2020 - 07:00   ET



CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you so much. So, listen, we are -- have some more coverage coming up for you here about the coronavirus outbreak. Some developments that have happened there.

AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: Right, and the latest on the White House response we will check back in with the coronavirus patient who was on board that Diamond Prince cruise ship who has been in isolation.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A race to trace coronavirus infections. More than 3500 passengers and crew stranded on board the Grand Princess cruise ship.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The risk of getting infected as taking the nation as a whole is low, but that could change.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is like a flu on steroids.

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.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Anybody that needs a test gets a test. They're there. They have the test. And the tests are beautiful.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For 2020 Democrats, it's now effectively a two- man race.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: This campaign is not just a political campaign, it is a movement of millions of people.

JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Oppression, the punisher declared a campaign dead! And we're (INAUDIBLE) away when we got the Super Tuesday be over. Well, I'm maybe a (INAUDIBLE).


PAUL: Morning to you. We're so grateful to have you with us here on this Saturday. I'm Christi Paul.

WALKER: And I'm Amara Walker in for Victor Blackwell.

PAUL: Think about this, put yourself in this position because right now floating off the coast of California at least 21 people on board this cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus and officials are frantically working to bring that ship into port. Thousands of passengers and crew are expected to be tested at that point.

WALKER: Meanwhile, CNN is being told by a passenger on that ship that a supply helicopter airlifted one other passenger back to San Francisco for medical attention. We will bring you the latest as we learn more.

Now, back on land, Vice President Mike Pence, the Head of the U.S. Coronavirus Task Force, says 900,000 tests have been distributed around the country.

PAUL: The Vice President says another 200,000 are expected to be sent today and private labs will have coronavirus tests available for distribution by Monday.

WALKER: All right. Joining us now for more on the coronavirus is CNN Health Reporter Jacqueline Howard.

Jacqueline, good morning to you. So, first off, just update us on where all the numbers stand. Because these numbers of cases and deaths, it just keeps rising and changing quickly.

JACQUELINE HOWARD, CNN HEALTH REPORTER: Exactly. We're seeing a rise in cases and we're seeing a rise in deaths in the United States in particular. We know that more than half of states 28 states have reported at least one coronavirus case. We have 332 U.S. cases and 17 deaths and we're just, again, continuing to see a rise in these cases and these deaths. And we're kind of bracing ourselves because as we do more testing that could open up even more cases.

PAUL: Sure. This is what I thought was interesting this morning that the at least 21 people on this ship have coronavirus, 19 of them are crew members. I would want off that ship if I were a passenger.


PAUL: Where does that stand? And I mean is keeping them quarantined like that really -- are there questions about whether that's the right thing to do?

HOWARD: There are questions, definitely. And I mean, scientists even call outbreaks on cruise ships like this floating petri dishes or hot zones because we do know that cruise ships kind of provide that perfect environment for a virus like this or any pathogen to really spread. And also, there are more than 3500 people on the Grand Princess cruise ship. We've only tested so far, 46, and that's how we got that 21 number. So as --

PAUL: So, half of almost of the people that weren't tested. HOWARD: Yes. As more tests get done, then it might, you know, shed light on really how widespread this outbreak could be.

WALKER: I think a lot of people are rethinking or rescheduling their, their travel plans, especially if they have a cruise scheduled, including flights. What are the guidelines when it comes to flying? Or, you know, even going on a cruise ship?

HOWARD: Yes, that's a great question. The CDC does have travel notices for international travel. So definitely, if you plan on any international travel, take a look at you know, what the travel notices are, we do know there are travel notices for China, Italy, Iran and other countries, so keep an eye on that. But for domestic travel, you know, the guidelines are really different based on your age. If you're, you know, older in age, then it is advised to be a little more, you know, cautious and aware of the net higher risk compared with you know, if you're at a younger age.

PAUL: So, speaking of age, I know the CDC just recently put out some new guidelines, particularly for the people who are most vulnerable for the coronavirus and that is of course, the elderly.

HOWARD: Right, exactly. And if you have any underlying health conditions. And those guidelines, we shouldn't have them here, they include say at home if you can avoid people who might be sick as well, and avoid crowds if you can. So, as long as you follow those guidelines that should help you to, you know, lower your risk of infection. But again, if you're an older age and if you have any underlying health conditions, definitely be more on alert.


WALKER: Because if you're older, your immune system is obviously a little weaker than the average person, right.

HOWARD: Right.

WALKER: Some common-sense precautionary tips. Thank you so much, Jacqueline.

HOWARD: Thank you.

PAUL: Jacqueline.

WALKER: Well, as we mentioned at the top of the show, at least 21 people on board the Grand Princess have tested positive but none of them knew about that until they heard about it on T.V.


PENCE: Among those tested, 46 persons were swab. 21 of those on the ship tested positive for the coronavirus. 24 tested negative. One test was inconclusive. Again, let me say: 21, 21 individuals on the Grand Princess tested positive. Among those were 19 crew members and two passengers.


PAUL: Now, it wasn't until after Vice President Pence's remarks that the captain of the ship addressed the passengers and apologize for the fact that they found out when they were watching T.V.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Vice President Mike Pence announced that 21 people have tested positive for COVID-19. You may have heard this on the news by the media already. And we apologize but we were not given advance notice of this announce by the U.S. Federal Government.


WALKER: Now, here's what one passenger told CNN's Erin Burnett.

DEBBI LOTTUS, AMERICAN QUARANTINED ON GRAND PRINCESS CRUISE: There was like, excuse me, I thought the passengers were supposed to be notified first. I immediately called down the passenger services and said, you better get the captain aware of what's going on and get on the intercom, and he did come on about 10 minutes later, but the fact that we weren't told first made us quite upset and angry.


WALKER: Well, for now there's just one cruise ship quarantine now off the coast of California but the entire cruising industry is at risk. In fact, Vice President Mike Pence, Head of the White House Corona Task Force plans to meet with cruise line executives later today about how to stop the spread of the virus.

PAUL: Now, CNN White House Reporter, Sarah Westwood is in West Palm Beach, Florida right now. I mean, Sarah, we heard from the President, from the Vice President yesterday about tests for the coronavirus. The thing is, they both had two very different things about it. Have you have you gotten any sort of reconciliation on what that is? I mean, we don't understand why we're getting two different messages from the same administration.

SARAH WESTWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Yes, that's right Christi, a bit of mixed signals from the White House when it comes to the availability of coronavirus tests, especially when it comes what Vice President Mike Pence this week was saying about it, and what President Donald Trump was saying about it. That sort of reflects a broader disconnect in the tones between these two leaders over the past several weeks.

Vice President Mike Pence, setting more realistic expectations being more measured when he speaks about coronavirus in general, these tests specifically. And President Trump, striking a rosy or more upbeat tone about coronavirus and the likelihood that it will spread throughout the U.S. Now, the President yesterday visited the CDC in Atlanta that trip was briefly called off and then put back on his schedule the day that he went. And while he was there, the President said that anyone who needs to get tested for coronavirus has the ability to do so. Take a listen. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

TRUMP: I think, importantly, anybody right now and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. We -- they're there. They have the tests, and the tests are beautiful. Anybody that needs a test, gets a test.


WESTWOOD: Now, the vice president earlier in the week had said that the administration at the moment doesn't have enough test for what it believes could be anticipated future demand. Take a listen to that.


PENCE: We don't have enough test today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward.


WESTWOOD: Now, the administration had said it plan to have one million tests available. So, one million people could get the coronavirus test if they needed to by the end of the week. The spokesperson for Vice President Pence told CNN that they were on track to hit that goal by week's end, Christi and Amara.

WALKER: All right. Sarah Westwood with the latest from West Palm Beach, thank you very much.

PAUL: So, our next guest was still testing positive for the coronavirus when we checked in with him last weekend. He's still in isolation after being infected aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship and evacuated from Japan to Omaha, Nebraska last month Carl Goldman is with us now. Carl, I know you just took another test. A week ago, you were still testing positive, what was your test last night?


CARL GOLDMAN, TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19: Yes, thank you. It's, it's still a bummer. I came out positive again, though, I still have to stay here go through the cycle. Once again, I now have to wait 48 hours for another test. The protocol then is if I do test negative, I have to test three days in a row free 24-hour period below.

WALKER: This must be quite frustrating for you, although, I'm sure you're grateful that you look seemingly healthy. I'm curious to know, Carl. I mean, I know you've said that the coronavirus hasn't been as bad for you as many people would think in terms of symptoms. How are you feeling today?

GOLDMAN: I'm feeling fine today. It's still early in the morning. Of course. I'm going to get my body moving. We're here in Omaha, Central Time, but I feel fine. I still have a little cough, a dry cough that has been getting better and better every day. And other than that, there have been no symptoms other than when I first got hit with the virus, which is that high spike and fever very, very quickly. That seems to be the common denominator for most people who are getting the virus.

PAUL: OK, so how long -- help us understand how long you have had this tested positive, and how long doctors are telling you they think this could last?

GOLDMAN: I first tested positive on February 5th when we were still aboard the Diamond Princess. Never got that test back because the U.S. embassy, they are evacuating all the Americans about 36 hours or later, so that has been catch up with me for about five, six days, they left us in Omaha. The first positive test I knew about was when we landed in Omaha here at the (INAUDIBLE) Center on February 7.

So, I, but I know now after the test from the Diamond Prince came back, I've had it since February 5th. The doctors here are saying you just have to wait it out, wait for my body to heal off all the virus so that I can no longer be (INAUDIBLE). If -- I was going to say there were 15 folks from the Diamond Princess that came here to Omaha. 13 had the virus. Two did not, including my wife, who after her (INAUDIBLE) went back to going out radio station (INAUDIBLE). That was this past Monday, and we are now down to seven of us here in Omaha.

WALKER: Carl, just before we let you go because I know that I understand that you've gotten death threats because of your condition regarding people concerned about you coming back home. You're also concerned about the misinformation that is out there are, people panicking without the facts. What is your message to the people at home who are watching you now concerned about the spread of the coronavirus?

GOLDMAN: Yes, stay calm. Know that my wife is not coming from a leper colony. She never had the virus and yet people are still treating her like she's returning with the plague. And so, my -- and 95 percent people are great, but five percent that they've got a fear are reacting in a really weird way. Our (INAUDIBLE) who watched our dogs and house while we were gone.

He walked into his work on Tuesday after being in contact with my wife, and again, my wife never had it, and got fired on the spot because he'd been in contact with my wife. So, there's craziness out there. I suggest just having a digital thermometer nearby, and don't freak out with each confer sniffle, most of the time, not the virus, the fever seems to be what gets folks. At least 99 percent of the folks seem to be hit with that high fever very quickly.

PAUL: OK, Carl, was sorry that you are going through this. I thought for sure you were going to get on with us this morning and say that you tested negative and you were close to going home. We, we still wish that for you and for your wife, and thank you for sharing some of the concerns you have about that because we need to keep this in perspective.

WALKER: Sure thing.

PAUL: At the end of the day, there are still many more people dying from the flu than they are from this. The fear and this, I know, is that there are unknowns more so than you know we think we have more of a handle on the flu. But it is not these people's fault.

WALKER: I think it was 80 percent that I saw the statistic that, that who get coronavirus may not know or will just have mild symptoms and it's the 20 percent who go on to have more severe symptoms and a much smaller percentage of for those who end up passing away from that. So, our best to Carl Goldman.

Mick Mulvaney is out as President Trump's Acting Chief Staff. He is being replaced by North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows. He will be Trump's fourth Chief of Staff since he took office.


PAUL: It was widely known the president wanted to replace Mulvaney back in October. Mulvaney admitted there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine and then told the reporter to get over it. Mulvaney has been named now the Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.

WALKER: Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders trading jabs ahead of next Tuesday's primaries what we can expect in the next round of voting?


PAUL: All right, it's now essentially a two-man race for the White House, although there is still one woman in the race. Tulsi Gabbard is still officially there. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders though fighting it out for the Democratic nomination.

WALKER: Today, the two are campaigning across the Midwest ahead of next Tuesday's primaries. 352 delegates are up for grabs with Michigan awarding the biggest prize. Right now, Biden is leading in the overall delegate count. Plus, he is racking up key endorsements heading into the contests.


PAUL: That's not stopping Sanders. His campaign seems to have taken on new messaging, as we see him start to align himself with the Former President Obama.

WALKER: Right. Joining me now is Political Correspondent for The Guardian, Lauren Gambino.

Good morning to you, Lauren. Thanks for joining us.


WALKER: So, we are just saying this has basically been whittled down to a two-man race between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. And just last night, we heard Joe Biden saying, look, this primary cannot turn into a negative bloodbath. And, you know, he raised concerns about the increasingly negative campaign that the Bernie brothers will run. Is the Democratic Party right now, are they concerned that they will see a repeat of 2016 a long, pretty nasty drawn out battle between an anti-establishment candidate Bernie Sanders and an establishment candidate, Joe Biden?

GAMBINO: I think that's been the concern all along. And now that you have a very clarified race between someone who is seen as very firmly aligned with the establishment and someone who is seen as very anti- establishment has embodied that role as the anti-establishment outsider. I think there is now as you know, now the concert is real. And there are, you know, we've already started to see them go back and forth on Twitter and in their campaign events.

And it is taking on and increasingly, we, you know, I wouldn't say we haven't got to the nasty point yet, but it is certainly getting negative. And, you know, the Sanders campaign is really sharpening their contrast and sharpening their attacks on Joe Biden, and he's, you know, he's starting to respond. So, I think, I think there's this sort of anticipation of a very negative campaign, especially because it's so close. And, you know, this is as close as progressives have really gotten to the nomination. So, this is, you know, a very serious competition for them.

WALKER: Lauren, were just mentioning how Bernie Sanders has been aligning himself with Barack Obama. We should make it clear: the former president has not endorsed anyone. He's not, he's not planning to endorse any of the Democratic candidates in the name of unity. But hours after Joe Biden had his remarkable comeback on Super Tuesday, you had Bernie Sanders releasing an ad where President Obama is in that entire 32nd ad. And if you didn't know any better, you would think that Barack Obama was endorsing Bernie Sanders. Here's a look at that ad.


BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Bernie served on the Veterans Committee and gotten bills done.

I think people are ready for a call to action.

They want honest leadership who cares about them? They want somebody who's going to fight for them, and they will find it in Bernie.

That's right. Feel the burn!

SANDERS: I'm Bernie Sanders and I approve this message.


WALKER: So, this is baffling to a lot of people, some say a misleading because again, you have an anti-establishment candidate, aligning himself with the establishment figurehead, you know, what was the strategy in this is and talk a little bit about the backlash.

GAMBINO: Well, so a couple thoughts. You know, obviously, Joe Biden has also strongly aligned itself with the President. We've seen Mike Bloomberg when he was still in the race run ads like this. So, you have this theme of tying yourself to Barack Obama, who remains incredibly popular in the Democratic Party, and who is seen as someone who, you know, he rose past Hillary Clinton in 2008. And he wasn't essentially anti-establishment, but he wasn't, you know,

he did have this sort of outsider campaign. It came from behind. So, I think the Bernie Sanders is obviously trying to tap into that popularity. But I think, he also realizes, if he wants to be the nominee of the Democratic Party, you are going to need some win over some members of the establishment. Clearly, Sanders has not shown that with, with his base alone, he can win a majority of this party.

And so, you know, he's going to have to start making some inroads again, with people that he's spent, you know, most of his career sort of railing against. And I think this is an effort to, you know, to sort of tap in and sure that there's some goodwill among, you know, President Obama, and hopefully that that helps him in some of these Midwestern states that Obama won when he ran.

WALKER: Yes, Bernie Sanders, obviously under a lot of pressure to grow his support, especially with young voters who didn't turn out the way that he had hoped for. Just lastly, with Biden, because we are seeing him get a big boost from, from donors.

The last few days, he's raised $22 million, according to his campaign. He's got a long list of endorsements, especially after this remarkable turnaround on Super Tuesday. So, he's got this infusion of cash, what does he need to do to step up his ground game or step up his game period?

GAMBINO: I mean, I think he needs to see him just keep this momentum going really turn and he, he's, he's been in the south and he's been in the Midwest. If he can keep, if he can stay competitive with, with Bernie Sanders in Michigan, which is going to be the key state that we see on Tuesday, and then you know, really do well in the south, as we've seen him as we see some do on Super Tuesday and as he expects to do that, I think that you know, he he's a really good position to, to come out of next Tuesday and roll into the following Tuesday just in a really strong position.

Obviously, Michigan though, is going to be the one to watch because I think that's the state where you can, where the candidate who wins will be able to make this case that I can win in the Midwest. These are the states we need to win to beat Donald Trump and I can bring together this coalition of working class African American college students, et cetera.


WALKER: Lauren Gambino, appreciate you joining us. Thank you.

GAMBINO: Thank you.

PAUL: Well, the coronavirus crisis is leaving people with so many questions about what to do if they have to travel. This is spring break time. A lot of families had a vacation planned. Our next guest Dr. Nadine White, is going to talk to us about that. She's a medical doctor and a travel blogger. Important information coming up here.

WALKER: And our fans about to be told to stay home from watching their favorite teams. It's already happening in the college ranks and it's not ending there.



WALKER: All right, so with all the uncertainty about the coronavirus outbreak, many people have questions about whether they should travel and how they can keep themselves healthy if they do travel.

PAUL: Yes, so let's talk to Dr. Nadeen White. She's also a travel blogger, as well as a practicing medical doctor.

Thank you so much for being here. We appreciate it. I know there are a lot of people struggling with, do I take my family on this trip? Do I not? What -- how do you make that determination that it's right or wrong for you?

DR. NADEEN WHITE, PEDIATRICIAN IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Sure. Well, thanks for having me, first of all.

PAUL: Of course.

WHITE: I think it's important to get the facts out there.


WHITE: And for people to make decisions based on themselves, their own family, every situation is going to be different. But the thing that they first need to look at is the travel advisories.

So, on the CDC and State Department web sites, they have travel advisories from level one to four. Three and four are the most serious advisories. So, for instance, on the CDC web site, level three is to avoid non-essential travel. On the State Department, that's similar for level three and level four is do not travel.

So, the first thing you have to look at is what's your destination, where are you going to? So, right now, there's limitations on travel to China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. So I would say if you had plans to go to any of those countries, in the next few weeks, then you should not go.

WALKER: There is this kind of grey area, though, especially when it comes to domestic travel, right?

WHITE: Right.

WALKER: And for me, especially, I mean, not especially, but me, included.


WALKER: You know parents are -- we're scheduled to fly to Atlanta from California on -- in a couple of days from now, and we're really reconsidering. But let's say you do fly.

WHITE: Right?

WALKER: What precautions do you need to take?

WHITE: Right.

WALKER: I mean should you take your wipes and wipe everything down?

WHITE: Absolutely. Absolutely. So, the main way that they feel that spread is by respiratory molecules. So, basically, somebody coughs or sneezes near you, usually within six feet, that's the most likely way that you're going to get it, is being in contact with somebody who has a virus.

But the virus does live on inanimate object, so, it can live on the tray tables, armrest, the airlines are doing a good job of beefing up, cleaning the planes in between flights. But I definitely recommend bringing your own disinfectant wipes. Wipe everything down, the window, the tray table, the arms.

And then, there's a study that shows that window seats, you're more -- you're better in a window seat in terms of being away from people who may be sick?

WALKER: Good to know --

WHITE: Yes, yes, there's a study that showed that. So, if you get to pick a window seat, clean everything down being your window seat, and you should be good.

WALKER: Good to know it.

PAUL: So, I'm wondering, some people might just be most comfortable canceling their trip.


PAUL: But, can they -- can they do -- I mean, nobody wants to just throw that money away.

WHITE: Exactly.

PAUL: Is it -- is it -- are companies open?



PAUL: Or embracing the idea that, you know what, if you want to get a credit for a year, more than that.

WHITE: Absolutely. So, all the major airlines, United, Delta, American Airlines, even JetBlue, they have now that you can -- not necessarily cancel but you can reschedule. So, if you've booked flights between end of February through the end of March, you can call them and they'll reschedule your flights. There's no penalty, there's no cancellation fee. So, that's great. Amtrak is doing that, cruise lines are doing that. So, for those countries, I think it'd be easy because the flights aren't going there. So you may not have to decide on your own, Oh, I can't go to Beijing because all the flights there are canceled.

But if it's even like a level two like Japan, and you decided not to go, then they are waiving cancellation fees for that time period.

WALKER: So, what would you do about going to events where there's a lot of people? You know, I have a concert coming up here in Atlanta that I may get a refund --

WHITE: Right.

WALKER: Try to get a refund on.

WHITE: Right.

WALKER: I have families who've asked me as if I'm the expert, I don't know. Should we continue with our trip to Disneyland? Because you know, kids love to touch everything and stick everything in their mouth.


WHITE: Disneyland is major -- yes, Disneyland, a major. So, right now, there's no restrictions on U.S. travel. So that's the first thing. The second thing is kids have not been affected greatly by this virus, and they're still trying to figure out why but it's also a good thing. There have been no deaths under the age of nine.

And when kids have gotten the virus, it's been mild. Like cold symptoms, cough, runny nose. So, if parents do decide to go to large gatherings like that, Disney World is pretty large. Definitely, practicing proper hygiene, having a lot of hand sanitizer, try and avoid being around anyone that you know of is sick.

So, yes, right now, everything is running in terms of the parks like Disney World. As you know, a lot of -- a lot of major conferences have been canceled.

WALKER: Right.

WHITE: So, even South by Southwest just canceled.

PAUL: Yes, last night.

WHITE: Yes, I was really surprised by that. So, social distancing is the main thing that the CDC is trying to get out. So, if you do not have to be around large groups of people --

WALKER: Don't do it.

WHITE: Don't do it.

WALKER: We appreciate the practical advice. Dr. Nadeen White. Thank you very much.

WHITE: Oh, no problem.

PAUL: Thank you for being here.

So, the most important issue for voters on Super Tuesday. According to some exit polls and reporting was health care. We're taking a close look at Biden's and Sanders's proposals and how it might affect you comparatively.

WALKER: But first, Prince Charles is the subject of an all-new episode of "The Windsors." Here's a preview



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Gordonstoun, a remote boarding school in the north of Scotland is renowned for its tough regime.

WESLEY KERR, ROYAL CORRESPONDENT, BBC: Philip chose Gordonstoun for his son because it had been the school he'd been up from the 1930s.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Philip had been a terrific success there. And so, he believed that this school would fit Charles to wear the crown. You couldn't have a wimp sitting on the throne.

JOHN STONBOROUGH, FELLOW STUDENT OF PRINCE CHARLES: His parents, very much wanted Prince Charles to be treated just like anybody else, but he wasn't anybody else.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And so, he was ostracized by the other pupils.

STONBOROUGH: He was so vulnerable and such an easy target.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They set in dormitories, and they would come across them beaten up at night. He was unmercifully bullied.


WALKER: Watch an all-new episode of "THE WINDSORS: INSIDE THE ROYAL DYNASTY" Sunday night at 10:00 Eastern, right here on CNN.



PAUL: 40 minutes past the hour right now. And the coronavirus has been disrupting a whole range of industries, including sports.

WALKER: We're talking hundreds if not thousands of people, many of them don't know the person next to them -- next to them all in the same place. Coy Wire is here, and Coy, it's already impacting teams, both professional and in college.

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, right, Amara. Good morning to you and Christi. I just looking more and more like coronavirus fears are going to impact major sporting events here in the U.S. the way they have already overseas.

We're talking cancellations, postponements, even events without fans. Take a listen to LeBron James what he said last night about the possibility of being asked to play in empty arenas.




JAMES: Who, what? Do we play games without the fans?


JAMES: No, It's impossible. I ain't playing. If I ain't got the fans and the crowds, who I play for? I play for my teammates, play for -- I play for the fans, that's what it's all about. So, if I show up to arena that ain't no fans in there, I ain't playing. So, they could do what they want to do.


WIRE: That's what the pros are doing in top-level soccer overseas right now. LeBron statements coming hours after the NBA sent a memo regarding its cancellation policy to all of its teams on Friday.

The memo which was attained by CNN, says in part, "Any decision to play a game without admitting fans, media, or other typical attendees may be made only by the league office pursuant to the procedures described above."

Now, here is a look at how COVID-19 concerns are already impacting sports here in the U.S. Fans banned from an NCAA Division III basketball tournament on Johns Hopkins campus in Baltimore yesterday and today, empty gym.

Here in those squeaking sneakers on the court. The bouncing ball echoing off the walls. One player said it was a weird experience.

Now, at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus Ohio, row after row of empty seats. Fans barred from going to one of the biggest bodybuilding competitions in the world, leaving just the competitors, judges, and Arnold Schwarzenegger himself who says he's disappointed, but understands why it has to be this way.


ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, FOUNDER, ARNOLD'S SPORTS FESTIVAL: We can go and to play Monday night of -- you know quarterback and all that stuff.

In Germany, we have a saying, vorsicht is better as nachtraglich. Which means caution is always better than feeling sorry after the fact.


WIRE: Now, MLS also here, Amara and Christi, they told their fans the San Jose earthquakes, told their fans they can get refunds. They also urging any fans over 50 years old and those who are at risk to not even come to the games.

WALKER: Going to take precautions. Coy Wire. Thank you.

PAUL: Thanks, Coy.

So, according to CNN exit polls, health care was the top issue for voters on Super Tuesday in Maine and Massachusetts most Democratic voters said they support Medicare-for-all, a signature platform, of course, for Senator Bernie Sanders.

WALKER: But that support didn't necessarily translate at the polls. Voters leaned towards former Vice President Joe Biden who has a more moderate health care plan.

PAUL: So, how do they compare? Well, I talked with financial expert and founder of Oxygen Financial, Ted Jenkin, about what the two candidates are proposing, how they plan to pay for it, and how it might affect you?


PAUL: Ted, first of all, how do these two health care programs compare?

TED JENKIN, FOUNDER, OXYGEN FINANCIAL: So, Christi, know, Bernie's plan is a Medicare-for-all plan. It's a single-payer system that's funded by taxes. So, everybody is covered. And what we're talking about here really is no premiums, no co-pays, no deductibles, it's 100 percent government health insurance, including dental and vision.

Under Biden's plan, this is an extension of Obamacare. So, really is going to have some sort of public option that will look like Medicare, premium tax credits for the middle class and a lower class to make healthcare more affordable.

While also let you shop your prescription drugs in other countries to make that more competitive. But the big difference is that Biden still going to say you can buy private insurance, or you can choose the public option where Sanders is saying it's going to be 100 percent government health care.

PAUL: So, there's no private option for anybody -- under Bernie Sanders.


JENKIN: There'll be no private option underneath Sanders' plan.

PAUL: OK, OK, good to know. So, let's break down the numbers for this over the next 10 years.

JENKIN: Well, they are staggering. According to the Urban Institute, which is a nonpartisan group in Washington, D.C., Sanders' plan will be $27 trillion over the next 10 years, and Biden's plan only $750 billion over the next 10 years.


JENKIN: So, the numbers are really, really stark about how much it's going to cost to implement these health care plans.

PAUL: OK, so you just talked about the magic question for everybody is going, how do you pay for this?

JENKIN: Yes. Well, it's a lot of math. Under Bernie's plan, he's going to raise the top federal tax rate, somewhere in the 50 percent range, Christi. He's also going to implement a wealth tax, that's going to start at one percent for people that have $32 million, and it's going to go as high as eight percent for people that have $10 billion.

He's also going to raise the corporate tax rates back to 35 percent from 21 percent where they are today.

But the big doozy in here, Christi, is that people that have 10 or more billion dollars will have a 77 percent estate tax when they transfer their wealth to their kids. Whereas Joe Biden is basically saying for those that make a million or more, there's going to be a federal tax rate of 39.6 percent, and he does plan to raise the corporate rate.

The big issue here is in both the plans, Christi, the capital gains rate which is 20 percent now at a maximum is going to actually be doubled in both the plans because capital gains rates become ordinary income tax rates. So, those at the top are going to pay 40 to 50 percent when it comes to capital gains.

PAUL: And that's in either plan, you said.

JENKIN: In either plan. Whether it's Biden or Sanders, you will see capital gains tax, be taxes, ordinary income. Wow.

PAUL: Wow, all righty. So, talk to us about Super Tuesday, because we learned some things, did we not? About exit polls and what people were saying.

JENKIN: Well, I mean, yes. I was surprised by this, Christi, but about half the people that are in states like Maine and Massachusetts and Virginia, where health care was the number one option. They basically said, Biden substantially outperform Sanders. 38 percent to 30 percent, they said they would prefer that public option.

But I think the big news is with swing voters. Two times the swing voters basically said, I want a public option. I don't want to have a single-payer system, and I think that could tip the scales as they figure out who the nominee is going to be.

PAUL: Yes, it's going to be something else. Ted, thank you so much.

JENKIN: Thanks, Christi.


WALKER: Finding your exact location is vital information for 911 operators, but that's a real problem when emergency calls are made from cell phones. Up next, how a system designed for landlines is putting lives at risk.



PAUL: So, when you call 911 for help, we expect, don't we, that emergency responders are going to know our location.

WALKER: Right.

PAUL: Well, apparently that's become a problem, a real problem now that most 911 calls to make from our cell phones.

WALKER: Well, here is CNN's Ryan Young with the real-life consequences of an antiquated emergency call system designed for landlines.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Called here this morning and they were unable to locate the person that called.

RYAN YOUNG, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In February, graduate student Yeming Shen call 911, dying from conditions brought on by the flu. Alone in his Troy, New York apartment and unable to give dispatcher his exact address, police responded to his general area but were unable to pinpoint his cell phone's exact location. Shen's roommate found his body five hours later.

Shen's case was further complicated because he was using a Chinese cell phone and a U.S. number. The number was traceable to his area, but not a specific address.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 911, what's the address of the emergency?

YOUNG: Another incident in Ohio.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I need a rescue. I've been on these rocks for like three hours.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What's the address you're at?

YOUNG: Police desperately search for 71-year-old Charles Roman, who call 911 from his cell phone, apparently confused about his location, saying he was stuck on rocks. Several officers responded but couldn't find Roman. His body was found two days later in a creek about three miles away. Her cases highlight a growing concern with local 911 networks across the country designed for landlines decades ago. Today, up to 80 percent of the more than 240 million 911 calls made every year are from cell phones.

RON PLUSH, SON DIED IN CAR ACCIDENT, DESPITE CALLING 911: There's a misconception out there in the public of how that industry is set up. People have a belief that when they call 911, that, that call-taker knows your location.


JILL PLUSH, SON DIED IN CAR ACCIDENT, DESPITE CALLING 911: Kyle was our son. He was an amazing, brilliant boy.

YOUNG: Ron and Jill Plush's 16-year-old son Kyle die when he became trapped under a seat in his minivan. Slowly suffocating with his arms pin, Kyle use Siri to call 911.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Seven Hills what parking lot?

YOUNG: Although first responders were reportedly able to trace Kyle's cell phone to his vicinity. They didn't find the boy, but his father did roughly five hours later.

J. PLUSH: I want people to understand that their families aren't always safe. That if they need help immediately, and they call 911, they might not get that help.


YOUNG: Emergency management expert, Apostolis Sambanis, says roughly 16 percent of 911 centers have the capability for next-generation 911. That allows emergency operators to better pinpoint a caller's location, especially in dense urban areas.

SAMBANIS: We need to set a higher expectation and if they can only do so much with their current technology.

YOUNG: But higher expectations come with a hefty price tag.

SAMBANIS: It would cost approximately $9.5 to $12.7 billion to upgrade that. Congress hasn't done anything about it at this point.

YOUNG: While the FCC has set a 2021 deadline for wireless providers to increase location accuracy, for 80 percent of all calls, it's still up to local governments to continue funding upgrades to the 911 centers.


R. PLUSH: There should never be another family that has to go through this again.

YOUNG: Ryan Young, CNN, Cincinnati, Ohio. (END VIDEOTAPE)

PAUL: That has something to think about --


WALKER: Tragedies that should not happen.

PAUL: So, there are growing concerns this morning regarding testing costs for coronavirus that could keep people from receiving the care they need.

WALKER: That's right. Just ahead, we're going to speak with the Kaiser Family Foundation about the strain that could be coming to America's healthcare system. The next hour of NEW DAY continues after the break.




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