Poll: 77% of Americans trust Federal government to handle COVID-19

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)

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A recent survey found a majority of Americans trust the federal government to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 77 percent of Americans are either very confident or somewhat confident the government has the ability to stop the spread of the virus in the U.S.

The findings show Americans are more confident in the government to handle the spread of the virus than with previous health scares. For example, 64 percent of Americans said they trusted to the government to fight the Zika virus in 2017 and that number was at 61 percent for Ebola in 2014.

Meanwhile, four Americans who tested positive for the coronavirus are being treated in a hospital in Spokane, Washington.

In a press briefing on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the four former passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship were flown back to the U.S. over the weekend.

Spokane County health officer Dr. Bob Lutz said the hospital was chosen for these patients, “because of its secured airborne infection isolation rooms.”

“The risk to the general community about this particular process is zero,” he stated. “I mean, because of the resources that have been brought to bear to ensure the safety of these individuals were brought from the airport to this facility, again there was no risk to the general population — I emphasize that as much as I possibly can.”

Dr. Lutz went on to reaffirm health care workers at the hospital have been specifically trained to handle this type of scenario.

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White House officials do not trust China’s reporting on coronavirus infection

A worker wearing a protective suit gestures to a driver outside a tumor hospital newly designated to treat COVID-19 patients in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)

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White House officials appeared to have suspicions about the accuracy of China’s reporting of coronavirus cases. According to a report Saturday, the U.S. did not have high confidence in the information coming from China regarding the number of those affected by the disease.

This came as a number of officials have expressed doubt that China is being fully transparent, including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a tv news interview at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Last week, Kudlow addressed ongoing concerns following a change in China’s measuring criteria, which added 15,000 cases in a single day.

“We thought there was better transparency coming out of China, but it doesn’t appear to be,” stated the economic advisor. “It’s the great unknown and I wish we did know more because, you know, this should not be about politics or for that matter, trade.”

Chinese officials said the number of new cases are dropping overall.

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Kansas conservative lawmakers push to require ‘In God We Trust’ poster in every state public building

Kansas state Rep. Michael Capps, R-Wichita, testifies during a committee hearing in favor of his bill to require the national motto of “In God We Trust” to be posted in public buildings and schools, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

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Kansas Republican lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would require the nation’s motto to be posted in all public buildings in the state. During a committee session Thursday, Kansas representatives argued that posting “In God We Trust” in every classroom and library would pay tribute to the country’s “history and founding principles.”

Though the motto was adopted in the 1950’s, conservative lawmakers argue its meaning has always been apart of the founding father’s sentiment and was echoed in the Declaration of Independence as well as the national anthem.

A sponsor of the bill, state Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, said the historical phrase can have a positive impact for those struggling. He made the following comments regarding the issue:

“If one kid walks into school and they see over the auditorium or in the office window, or something like that, and they’ve been having a bad day, if they just see that message, if it speaks internally to them someway, and they can change their outlook for the day, I think it’s worth it.”

File – This photo shows “In God We Trust” stenciled in a wall at South Park Elementary in Rapid City, S.D. (Adam Fondren/Rapid City Journal via AP)

This comes as eight other states in the U.S. already require schools to display the national motto “In God We Trust.”

Meanwhile, atheist groups have argued against the Kansas bill. They believe it promotes Christian beliefs in the public sphere and violates the separation of church and state.

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