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Hint: a reply with a good faith answer is more constructive than silently deleting the comments that strike nerves because they reveal a truth that makes you uncomfortable. That is true spirit of journalism by and for The People.

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How can a credibly enlightened journalistic outfit subject themselves and their readers to Zuckerberg’s Illiberal Beast? When you exist inside his box of false Internet, you are his slave to manipulate and exfiltrate value from. Wake up, sheeple. Recognize that Facebook is an illiberal instrument of oppression and flee it as if your destiny depends up your participation in a decentralized Internet, because it actually does.

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Stay home.

From the Pima County Health Department:

If you are sick – stay home. Most people, even those who have COVID-19, have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider and contact them if your symptoms become more severe.

If you are well – protect yourself. Wash your hands often, especially after being in and touching things in public spaces, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

"We need to act like every contact we have is a source of infection," county Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia told the Pima County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, telling everyone to reduce their interactions outside their homes as much as possible.

Limited data on limited tests

Health officials have repeatedly said that the number of reported cases is just a fraction of the number of Arizonans who are carrying COVID-19. With limited testing capacity still, only the sickest people with known possible coronavirus contacts have been being tested.

Many people carry the virus without developing symptoms for days, but still spread it to others they come in contact with — which is why doctors and public health experts repeatedly emphasize that people should remain at home as much as possible to help contain the outbreak.