This Photo Of Coronavirus Emergency Response Team Praying Sparks Huge Reaction Online

Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus emergency response team are doing everything they can to protect Americans from the disease which has already killed thousands of people around the world—an overwhelming majority of those deaths have occurred in China, the originator of the Coronavirus.

One of the actions the vice president and his team have taken includes praying. While the contents of the prayer can only be speculated, several people online had a problem with the tactic and a photo of the group that was publically shared.

Several others supported Pence and said they saw the value and wisdom in praying during the crisis:

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Pence appeared on several morning news programs over the weekend where he updated their respective viewers on the status of the Coronavirus.

One of the issues at the center of his address was the potential impact it could have in America.

“The reality … is that for most people that contract the coronavirus, they will recover,” Pence during a segment on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But for people that have other conditions, that would militate toward a worse outcome, that we could have more sad news.”

Pence’s media blitzkrieg was sandwiched between news stories of the first American death to the virus and the second, something the vice president addressed.

He recognized one individual died and others were affected during NBC’s “Meet The Press” and said it was likely that both numbers would go up. He subsequently calmed worries when he said the country was more prepared to handle the virus than ever before after fixing an error in an initial screening test.

Politico reports:

On Sunday evening, health officials from King County in Washington reported that a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions had died, the second reported death in the U.S. It was one of four new cases the county reported. All were residents of LifeCare, the skilled nursing facility where resident and an employee have already tested positive.

Pence, whom President Donald Trump tapped to lead the response to the outbreak, acknowledged the United States has lagged other countries in terms of distributing testing kits, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that “it’s a very fair question” and that the administration is “addressing it.” It is unclear which senior health officials, at which agencies, knew about the CDC test problems and when they learned of them. HHS is convening a team of scientists from outside the CDC to investigate the test development and its flaws, according to an HHS spokesperson.

And:

In New York, a woman in her late 30s contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently quarantined at home.

The CDC has officially confirmed 22 cases in the U.S. so far, including at least four in which people were infected without traveling to an affected country or coming into contact with anyone known to have the disease, though that number is expected to climb once state results are confirmed.

Pence said four patients remain in serious condition.

“If someone comes to a local hospital and complains of a respiratory illness, we’re not just testing them for the flu, we’re also testing them, in more cases now, for coronavirus,” Pence said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.“ “And that’s how several of the cases that came to light at the end of this week came to our attention.“

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