Coronavirus update: US hospitals braced, fake virus claims exposed, and more you need to know

The United States declared a state of emergency Friday as many European countries went on a war footing amid mounting deaths as the world mobilized, hopefully not too late, to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic.

Among the myriad of announcements and developments so far today:

Millions of students will be staying home at states cancel public school or extend spring breaks to prevent infection spread. Churches are canceling services, and other event postponements piled up in communities around the nation.President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to allow more direct relief for coronavirus response. Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said a deal was reached with Trump administration on emergency aid package for coronavirus.Wall Street gyrations continued: Stocks surged, recouping much of a historic plunge, with the Dow up about 1,900 points at close.A second person who was at Mar-a-Lago with President Trump tests positive for coronavirus. Trump says he will likely get tested for coronavirus after all. Last weekend, Trump was near Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications director, Fábio Wajngarten, who was the first to test positive for the virus just days later.US internet companies won’t disconnect people for unpaid bills for 60 days amid coronavirus pandemic, FCC says.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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