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NYC metro area has coronavirus attack rate of 1 in 1,000, Birx says

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Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House response coordinator for the coronavirus task force, sent a hard-hitting warning about social distancing by sharing a deeply personal story.

Birx recalled the guilt her grandmother carried after the 1918 pandemic, known as the “Spanish Flu.” As a child, her grandmother passed the flu on to her mother, who had just given birth, who then fell ill and died, the physician said.

“She never forgot that she was the child who was in school who innocently brought that flu home shortly after her mother delivered,” Birx said. “My grandmother lived with that for 88 years….

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