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house, ayman mohyeldin, but i'll see you over there. >> let us know if you hear anything from the white house. there's always some news coming out of there. >> hello, everyone. it's a very busy day at msnbc headquarters in new york. we are watching a growing number of cases, growing fear and a growing response to the coronavirus. 2020 democrats make their final push in south carolina, less than 24 hours away from polls opening. these are live pictures from joe biden and bernie sanders, both holding events in south carolina. these are the candidates who are on the ground there right now. but while their attention is on south carolina, today most of them are ready to bolt heading to super tuesday states starting tomorrow. we start with our road warriors across south carolina. mike memoli is covering joe biden, garrett haake is in st.
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george and vaughn hillyard is in charleston covering pete buttigieg. mike, let me begin with you, first of all. this is a big moment for the biden campaign. it has been a very busy day for him there. he's certainly got a lot of momentum in his campaign. three stops. does this campaign feel confident going into tomorrow about how it will do in south carolina and how that could translate into some result on super tuesday? >> they really do, ayman. this is a campaign that felt for a while that everything that could go wrong did go wrong where out of ayia and new hampshire -- iowa and new hampshire he stumbled out of the gate there. they have a really good feeling of how the public received the debate performance tuesday night, wednesday the nationally televised town hall, the clyburn endosrsement and senator tim
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kaine from virginia, the former governor of virginia announced he was going to throw his weight behind joe biden. it's really a sign potentially of what the biden campaign hopes is happening among democrats nationally, the establishment, moderate wing of the party seeing joe biden as their best chance to unite around a candidate that could beat bernie sanders. biden was asked about his state of affairs today. he sounded confident if not a little bit superstitious, though. let's take a listen. >> i feel very good about it, felt good about it from the beginning. it's been the launching pad for barack obama and i feel will be the launching pad for me. we'll see how much i need to win by. i don't want to jinx myself along the line here. i feel very good. >> reporter: joe biden speaking inside just behind me. he started talking about the
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coronavirus and said it's bad enough to have a president who doesn't tell the truth and bad that he's silences medical experts trying to do the same. >> garrett haake, you're covering the sanders campaign who is covering a lot of ground right now. he's got four states in two days on his agenda. tell us the strategy from the sanders campaign perspective going into super tuesday and the fact that he's going to elizabeth warren's home state tonight for a big rally. >> apologies for keeping my voice down because the senator is speaking behind me. bernie sanders and joe biden appear to agree on something this morning. a few minutes ago senator sanders also went after the president for his response to coronavirus, arguing it was totally inappropriate for him to be campaigning here in south carolina when the president should be back in d.c. dealing with this outbreak. sanders will just nair otherrrn joe biden. sanders has been doing a couple
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things at once here. he's been continuing to compete in south carolina, the next state up, he's had his eye to the super tuesday states. by tonight sanders will be in boston. he's going to hold the first of a couple of rallies in massachusetts. you mentioned elizabeth warren's home state where polling has shown sanders creeping up and up and up on the massachusetts senator. while it doesn't appear that sanders will have the opportunity to knock out joe biden by beating him in south carolina, they may see an opportunity to knock out elizabeth warren by beating her in her home state. sanders will also be competing in arizona. he's taking advantage for the opportunity to spend money, be on the air everywhere and be every r eve everywhere between now and tuesday and maybe squeeze one of these other rivals out of the race. >> pete buttigieg, it's the last day of his campaign in south
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carolina where it's been hard for him to pick up any meaningful support. what's the campaign expecting to do ahead of tomorrow? >> reporter: he's just kicking off his first event here. he's here at the citadel, a military college here just outside of charleston. the campaign has seen this through the finish line. the numbers have never been good for them in south carolina but they committed to stay here. they're going to tonight jump ahead to raleigh. and then it so much about super tuesday. they're realizing that the south carolina numbers are not likely to be good in their favor but they're also saying joe biden's nuls weren't good in some of those other early states, nor with elizabeth warren's. go to super tuesday on march 3rd, they're going to make stops in nashville, in raleigh, in dallas, san diego and oklahoma city and then they say let's look at march 10th, look at march 17th.
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there's a lot of states in play. places like alabama, washington, arizona, some conservative states where this campaign believes they can fare better and it's a similar message osto what you just heard from him a few moments ago. >> coming from a place like indiana, i know how it is to be a democrat in a conservative state and when we stand together and insist that there is no such thing as a permanently red state or county or district or precinct, we can make incredible things happen. >> pete buttigieg is now heading out of charleston, he'll head over to sumter before heading to north carolina. >> vaughn hillyard there, adjusting audible levels to keep up with the roar of the crowd there. appreciate it. garrett haake, mike memoli, thank you all very much.
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>> i appreciate you guys joining us. michael, beginning with you, joe biden saying south carolina has launched presidencies and cited that of your former boss. he's looking forward to that launch. if he wins big, how big of a boost does that actually give him going into super tuesday? can he turn it around just based on south carolina? >> well, it depends on how big of a margin he wins by. if he were to win by 18 to 20 points, that helps him in states like virginia and north carolina, especially in the south where african-american support is going to turn out big. i've been here a couple days and you can feel the surge in the community. when i go to college campuses, you hear people talking about senator sanders. there's been a lot of voters coming home to the biden campaign from places like steyer and buttigieg. >> adrienne, here's an op-ed from the "post and courier" column. it reads "south carolina dems
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hope to right a ship steering more to the left." so the question then becomes what role does south carolina play in the big picture of the democratic primary as we've seen it unfold so far? >> reporter: well, that's the real question here. to the point that you just mentioned, south carolina has served as a spring board for previous candidates in the past. hillary clinton's campaign that i worked on in 2016, we lost nevada and then we came back very strong in south carolina. and that really propelled us into super tuesday states. i think joe biden will have a decisive victory here tomorrow and i think that's going to really propel him into super tuesday, but, you know, going back to some of the polls that we've been receiving in super tuesday states, california, for example, the latest poll shows only elizabeth warren and bernie sanders who have passed the threshold for delegates. that magic 15% threshold that you simply have to have in a state in order to get delegates. so again, when you've got four
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moderates that are sort of vying for the same bucket of voters, as long as those four people stay in the race on super tuesday, it's going to be that much harder for somebody like joe biden, somebody like michael bloomberg, you know, somebody like pete buttigieg to do well and get delegates. if nobody else or if only two candidates qualify for delegates in california, bernie sanders will walk away with not just his proportionate -- his share of votes and delegates, he will walk away with a substantial sum of delegates in a state that has well over 400 delegates. so there's a lot the stake here in south carolina but do i think joe biden is going to do well and we'll see how that shakes out going into super tuesday let me ask you about that dynamic behind the elizabeth warren campaign. there's a lot going on in her particular campaign with the super pac money now. she's had some momentum over the past couple weeks that's not necessarily translating into wins at the poll. i'm curious to get your
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thoughts. bernie sanders going to elizabeth warren's home state tonight in massachusetts. they're going to vote on super tuesday as well. what are the chances that he pulls off a win there? how important is it for her to actually win her state? >> reporter: well, that is the challenge here. you're not just seeing that with sanders and warren but with amy klobuchar in minnesota. there is risk of course if you lose your home state. and a lot of -- we're talking about a national campaign here, right? we saw when kamala harris was still in the race, she was losing california before she dropped out. so there is a challenge here for these candidates. a lot of it has to -- a lot of the results that will come from that, if, for example, elizabeth warren loses massachusetts will be -- will affect her senate races going forward. bernie sanders could win massachusetts, bernie sanders could win minnesota. those are going to be the challenges that candidates
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representing their home states will have to contend with for their own local races. >> let me ask you your thoughts about president obama, several candidate have evoked president obama, even in their pitches to voters and some distancing themselves from obamacare. "the new york times" said mr. obama said he wonuld enthusiastically support any of the candidates but said as far as bernie sanders, it could be difficult. is there anything he can do to convince people that he would be able to bring the factions of the party together if in fact he is the nominee? does he have any leg to stand on
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saying he can bring this party together? >> it's been interesting to watch the sanders campaign watch the tightrope of embracing the president -- i mean president obama -- while going after some of his record. i think what senator sanders is going to have to do is he's going to have to switch from a primary strategy, which is winning a lot of progressives, to a general election strategy, bringing democrats back home and in the fold. the question is whether he can do that. everything he's put out on social media and rhetoric on the campaign trail is pointing toward directly toward voters in his fold. >> is there a risk that he loses his core base of support that has been with him from the get go? michael? >> reporter: i think i'm losing you in my ear. >> we'll try to come back to you
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this morning panic over the coronavirus. right now there are more than 82,000 reported cases, 2,800 deaths across the globe. the governor of california says the state now is monitoring more than 8,000 people. they arrived on commercial flights from what he calls points of concern. california is also undertaking a
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massive effort to trace the contact from just one woman with the coronavirus. she was infected despite having no known alongs to others with the illness. to americans looking to the government for assurance, a whistle-blower complaint is raising new scrutiny to the trump administration's response to the virus. i want to bring in yamiche alcindor. reed, let me start with you. federal workers were sent to assist with americans initially evacuated from china in wuhan. the complaint laealleges the employees were improperly deployed and not properly
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trained or equipped to help in the emergency situation. it says they were potentially exposed to coronavirus because steps were not taken to properly deploy them and were not provided with equipment to protect them. take a listen. >> we also suspect that there was inadequate safeguards for the personnel serving these evacuees at the air bases. we now know there is community spread in my district. i know there's an individual that's very sick. >> how bad is this for the administration? >> well, the president's response to the coronavirus has been stumbling to begin with. a big part of that is because he has dismantled a lot of the infrastructure that was set up under the obama administration
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during the response to the ebola outbreak in 2014/2015. that was supposed to last offer the long term. we know there are going to be viruses that break out periodically over time. we just don't know where they're going to come from. after the ebola outbreak, the centers for disease control and prevention helped set up essentially 49 mini cdcs in countries around the world, including in china. just recently 39 of those 49, including the one in china shut couns down because of lack of funding. the trump administration is starting from ground zero here, even though they inherited the infrastructure to respond to a virus like this from the obama administration. >> it seems like they dismantled it and now they're trying to rebuild it. yamiche, i'm curious to get your thoughts. has the white house said anything about the whistle-blower complaint? we're hearing from the president's son saying this is
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politics, blah, blah blar, blah the reality is they're not commenting right now. >> as of now i haven't seen anythiany comment on the whistle-blower complaint. they are calling on the president to be a consoler in chief. that's not a role he's ever been in. he's going to south carolina, he thinks democrats are out to get him and are making the virus sound worse than it is. we saw mick mulvaney at a gathering for supporters of president trump. he said why are people even freaking out? people don't freak out in the same way when it's the flu. we don't know if the coronavirus is anything like the flu. so what we have is a white house really trying to calm people and tell people to relax without actually putting out the facts or knowing the full fact,
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because they aren't really available right now. >> let me play for you what the president said at the white house event yesterday. take a listen to this. >> it goi's going to disappear day. it like a miracle. it's going to disappear. from our shores it could get worse, maybe gets better, kp go aw away. >> it's something to hear the president say it could be a miracle as a way to solve this virus. he's tapped the vice president to lead the response. the president, according to them, donald trump rarely has missed an opportunity to seize the political advantage and it is why his reluctance to be in charge of the federal government's coronavirus response is very telling and instead passing the buck to someone else to lead it is so striking what are you hearing from within the white house about why he appears to be letting others take the lead for this? is that in and of itself a
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telltale sign? >> people that are critics with the president would say the fact that he is putting vice president mike pence at the head of corona is it could look good on the president or he could become the fall guy and if the white house needs someone to point to to say this person didn't do well. all signs point to the fact the president is looking at this and is very worried about the political impact and economic impact of the coronavirus. i think the president is saying these things about miracles because he want people to be calm but he's putting out misinformation. just the other day he also was saying there are signs the coronavirus is going down, there are cases going down and that's simply not true. what we do know and we know not that much but what we do know for sure is that cases are going up around the world. that's something the president has not been willing to acknowledge. >> reed, you wrote a book on ebola, preventing the next outbreak. in january of 2019, about a year
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or so ago the office of the director of national intelligence put out their global threat assessment and it has this following passage our team dug up, quote, we assess the united states and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources and increase calls on the united states for support. based on the current mobilization of this administration, what you've seen happen around the world, does it seem like the white house in fact heeded those warnings from the dni? >> no. and previous administrations haven't either. this isn't only on prulesident trump's team. the infrastructure under the obama administration was built up. we live in this globalized world where somebody can get on a plane in wuhan or democratic
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republic of the congo or anywhere else and this is a globalized world which means viruses that happen can come here. they can get on a plane and show up here in the body of an american, a traveler or anything like that. we have to really pay attention to global health around the world, not just here. and investment in another country's public health is an investment in our own public health over the long run. one of the things i'd just say about president trump's comments about how this virus is about to disappear magically, you know, that's a double-edge sword for him. if he's trying to calm the market, it's a short-term game but a long-term loss if this virus does start spreading significantly in the u.s. >> thank you both very much for joining us this hour. the coronavirus fears are driving what could be one of the worst weeks on the market since 2008, if not the worst week.
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right now the dow is down around 700 points. nbc news senior business correspondent stephanie ruhle is at the exchange. break it down for us. what are you seeing in terms of how this is playing out, what is driving this and what does it mean for american workers who are watching this volatility? >> for american workers, it doesn't mean anything yet. people are paying attention to their 4 401(k)s and retirement accounts. when there's no news, we're seeing investors large and small sell. selling a stock is far durch from selling a business. you're not seeing ceos shutting their businesses down. you could sell a stock and the market can be in the red and just as quickly it could be in the green on moneday.
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markets are moving lower because we simply don't have enough information yet. in the last few days alone, now 50 countries are facing this outbreak. two days ago the president said we have this airtight. the white house is managing this, but there's just not enough information. we're coming from a place where we don't even have a test here in the united states. and one of the other issues in economic terms is the precautionary measures that be being taken around the world from governments, from companies and from individuals. you mentioned it earlier. when you see things like the auto show in geneva being cancelled, facebook's big technology conference, these are economic events. we already received from goldman sachs say we could see growth down in 2020. it means a lot of actions taken around it could have serious economic impact. >> stephanie ruhle going beyond the nuls to explain it for us.
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still ahead, the price tag to combat the coronavirus here in the united states. will partnership get in the way? plus the majority of democratic voters in south carolina are black and many of them live in rural counties throughout the state where getting to the polls can actually be tough. we'll check in with a group of voters who say they still feel forgotten.
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electorate but that is not just necessarily in the scities and suburbs, it's in the sticks in places like edietown. let's tack a look at what i found. edietown, south carolina is the kind of small, no stop light town you'd miss on a map if you blinked. it's 60 miles north of charleston but a world away. >> the kind of place where everybody knows -- >> everybody knows everybody. everybody be to one particular house on super, we play basketball, football, baseball. >> the lead of don't haves in this rural part of the county is long. they don't have a grocery store, access to public transportation or public house persian gulf. >> -- public housing. >> people are older, stores have
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closed down. it's not the same. >> she's never lived more than seven miles from the home she was raised in. she said many rural black voters have given up on politicians because the politicians have given up on them. >> the only time we see those politicians is when it's time for reelection. they don't come down. if we have something and we invite them, they'll show up. other than that, you are don't see them. >> reporter: but it may be the same rural black voters who could decide who wins south carolina. 60% of the democratic electorate in south carolina is black. while the candidates have spent lots of time in bigger cities and on college campuses, much less has been spent in rural cases like eadytown. >> may mamen. >> reporter: at bible study, congregants made it plain -- they've lost faith.
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in a smaller, black rural community like this, does it feel like you're overlooked by the presidential candidates and national -- >> when candidates come around. they go to the city. we just don't get what we need from them. >> they just want your vote and i mean like checking the area, the condition how the people living, they do not do that. >> we in the community i think our votes count because that's what we believe and i push it during the election all the time that vote and tell the people they need to vote because every vote counts but after it's all over, things still goes on about the same. >> reporter: how many of you plan on voting? how many of you think that this election will make a difference in your life in some meaningful way? but for sharon simmons, turning that apathy into action is a family affair. she's joined her brother, brandon, in an effort to engage voters. >> i'm hoping this saturday with the primary, with the concerned
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citizens, we're going to do a breakfast, give the breakfast to the voters and tell us the changes you want to see. >> i think that moment right there when i asked how many of you planning on voting on saturday and every hand went up but when i asked about if the election will leave meaningful change in their lives, no hands went up. they feel that their vote simply doesn't matter because life for them doesn't change. >> i couldn't agree with you more. that was a moment that struck me when everyone raised their hands and then nobody raised their hands about the likelihood that their lives will change. what are some of the issues that they want addressed in those communities that will probably not get addressed immediately after the election? what are the biggest pressing
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issues for them? >> reporter: i'm going to say all politics is local and these issues are local. talking about infrastructure, there were roads that weren't paved, many with potholes. it had been a rainy day so some of the ditches along the side of their home were filled with water like moats. there's no infrastructure, access to transportation. their day-to-day needs haven't been met for generations at this point. >> thank you very. always appreciate it. up next, the price tag to combat the coronavirus. how soon will congress pass an emergency funding bill? i'll ask senator dick durbin, who joins me straight ahead. to be honest a little dust it never bothered me.
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plan. both sides are having trouble deciding exactly what the price tag should be. i want to bring in the senator -- the democratic whip, dick durbin. let me first start by asking you about the divide between the administration is, where congress is. chuck schumer wants to get about $8.5 billion in response to the coronavirus. the president, the administration, a much lower number. do you guys think you can reach some agreement on this? >> yes, i do. i'll tell you there's a real filing of bipartisanship that's emerging on this issue. the president initially asked for $2 billion, around $2 billion, but basically said in a statement if congress wants to send me more, we'll use it. he left that opening for us. then we came back and said we thi think it's going to require more, $8 billion. i think we're negotiating in
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that range now with democrats on the appropriations committee in the senate. >> let me get your thoughts overall how the u.s. government has been responding to the coronavirus. how would you rate it from what you've heard and been briefed on? when you hear we're still about two weeks away from getting any kind of emergency funding but the rate that this thing is exploding around the world and in california with the number of people being of concern or monitored is staggering? >> it is. dr. fauci developing a vaccine is absolutely essential, but we're a year to a year and a half away. send secondly, we decided we would focus on travelers who had been to this province in china, ground zero for the origin of this virus. there's been a lot of activities at airports and cdc in that direction. we're moving into a new phase,
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what they call community transmission. you didn't have to have a trip to china or be in contact with someone who did to be unfortunately vulnerable to coming down with this infection. so i think we are now expanding our scope on this to include thinks like more testing. we've got to reach the point where there is an available means of testing that doesn't mean sending every sample to atlanta, georgia, to the cdc. the closer we get to a doctors's office or state lab testing, the easier it will be to decide whether that person you are worried about has the virus. >> how confident are you in mike pence's abilities to spearhead this effort? >> mike pence is a vice president, i'm a united states senator. i don't think either of us would profess to be an expert on public health. having said that, i would hope he will bring and him the best and brightest. we'll make decisions based on
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medici medicine and science and not politics. even if it bad news, the people say, well, he's leveling with us and that's what we need. >> you think the president is passing the buck by appointing mike pence so he doesn't take the lead on it himself? >> the president is going to bear responsibility ultimately, he is the leader of this nation. but he trusts mike pence to do this. i hope vice president pence proves that he has enough common sense and enough humility not to be the one to try to dominate the scene. bring in the public health experts. i don't care what party they belong to. >> let me just quickly -- sorry to cut you off. let me play you this sound bite from mike pompeo being asked about what his role is on the global effort as well as. watch this. >> what precisely falls under your set of responsibilities as secretary of state? >> sure. so, mr. chairman, just so you know, we agreed i would come here today to talk about iran and first question today is not about iran. >> well, make it about iran. let me make it easier. we learned there's been an
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outbreak in iran of 245 cases is the latest number. have you or any other senior level american official been in touch with anyone inside the iranian government to coordinate on this response to the virus and to mitigate the further spread of the virus? >> we have made offers to the islamic republic of iran to help. >> he seems a little agitated there. what do you think the american role should be when you see what is happening around the world, what has been decimated in terms of an internal infrastructure by the obama administration that was built to combat these types of global outbreaks? >> i hope the president and vice president will put the word out to the entire administration it's all hand on deck. every agency has to look to what they can do to help us deal with this. i hate to dwell on political differences but for three straight years the administration's underfunded these key agencies like the center for disease control. we got to talk about putting adequate funding in there to protect american public health. and i hope that all of these
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agencies in the administration will be part of it. >> you don't want this to be political. the president's son and the president in his tweet suggesting the democrats are trying to blame him and not doing enough but politicizing it. >> it comes as no surprise. on a bipartisan basis we do care and the american people want to us do this together. >> thank you very much. a growing crisis along the turkish and syrian border could increase the possibility of an armed conflict between russia and nato, which could ultimately involve u.s. forces. 33 turkish soldiers were killed and today in response turkey opened its borders to syrian refugee who is could ultimately reach europe. col carlotta is with us on the phone. walk us through turkey's
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response. >> it is reporting numerous strikes it's made in retaliation and announced it has taken out a lot of government positions and armor. we cannot of course verify that but they're repeatedly announcing this on the national tv and they're also calling for nato and the u.s. to impose a no-fly zone in the northern part of syria where the refugee crisis is and where the turkish troops were hit. >> i think a lot of people in the u.s. would be watching this and wondering whether or not nato and the united states specificly wially will be dragg into some sort of direct conflict in syria. from your reporting, how high are the concerns that this could develop into a conflict involving nato forces and russia? >> i think it's great concern and nato had an emergency meeting this morning in europe and brussels to discuss exactly
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that, at turkey's request. turkey is a nato member so they were allowed to request that. but one difference they're drawing the line on is that the turkish troops were hit inside syria and not inside turkey. so they were not on a nato member's land, so they're drawing a line there. and turkey hasn't directly been hit. and then the nato chief came out of the meeting, you know, promising support, expressing condolences but not offering any action specifically. so apart from, you know, surveillance operations. so i think turkey at the moment is still pushing for help but maybe not going to get it. and now all eyes are on president trump of course. >> with that very important update on that story. with everything else happening in this country, we felt it was important to check on that as well. appreciate your reporting. up next, fever, cough, shortness
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what the symptoms are, what should they be looking out for as they go about trying to walk this line between the hysteria that's happening around the world and making sure they're safe. >> right. the way i've been talking about it is we say, how do you tell the difference between cold, flu or coronavirus. let's start there. the difference between cold and flu, flu is much more significant, higher fever, aches, all that kind of stuff. we used to say that the main difference between the flu and the coronavirus symptoms would be the context, if you've had exposure to someone who traveled to china or you yourself had traveled to china, that would be meaningful. now, of course, we know with our first case of what's called community spread in the u.s., maybe the travel history is not so important or relevant, i should say. >> right. >> the symptoms, most common symptoms are fever, dry cough and fatigue followed usually about five days later by shortness of breath.
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and people who had severe illness, respiratory failure six to seven days after symptom on set. that's what we understand right now. >> what precautions if any should people be taking? should they be going to buy face masks? >> no. face masks, no. they do not filter viral particles. the masks that do work that are only appropriate for medical professionals right now are the n-95 respirators. we talk about washing hands. people need to understand, we're talking about 20 seconds of hand washing. it's not the water or soap that kills germs, it's the scrubbing of the germs off of your skin. that's the best defense. >> wow. >> in addition, carry hand sanitizer around with you. it needs to be about 60% alcohol. it will be effective in skilling these germs including flu, we're assuming coronavirus too. >> how do you evaluate our
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that wraps up this hour of msnbc live. "andrea mitchell reports" starts right now with geoff bennett in for andrea. >> right now on "andrea mitchell reports," panic mode, coronavirus fears continue to send global markets tumbling today after taking their worst hit in over a decade as concerns grow deeper over the spread of the virus. >> this is probably the tip of the iceberg. there's probably other patients who are getting this disease who are more mildly affected who have not come to medical attention and that means that everybody in the community is at risk. bad

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