There Is No Known Cure For COVID-19, And People Are Overdosing Because Of False Information

An Arizona man died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate, an aquarium cleaner, after he and his wife confused it for the medication known as chloroquine, per NBC News. The wife, who was not named, is reportedly in critical condition.

The couple decided to use the cleaner as a form of self-medication in an attempt to prevent contracting COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The wife told NBC News that she was cleaning a pantry when she saw the bottle they had once used to clean a koi pond. The word “chloroquine” registered with her after they had watched press conferences in which President Donald Trump touted an anti-malarial medication as a potential therapy for people presenting COVID-19 symptoms, based on limited and anecdotal feedback.

“I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?'” the woman told NBC News. She added that she and her husband, who were both in their 60s, were “afraid of getting sick.”

Shortly after the Arizona couple ingested the cleaner on March 23, they presented symptoms of being poisoned. “I started vomiting. My husband started developing respiratory problems and wanted to hold my hand,” the woman said. On the 911 call, she added she “was having a hard time talking, [and] falling down.” Her husband died shortly after they were rushed to the hospital.

Simply put, no one should ingest any medicine or chemicals before first consulting their doctor. But that hasn’t stopped two drugs — chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which CNN notes is an analog of the former medication — from coming to the forefront of the national conversation, and even earning potentially dangerous air time at the president’s press conferences.

On March 20, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there was no evidence that hydroxychloroquine could be used as a prophylactic to prevent COVID-19, a disease for which there is no known cure or vaccine. Trump later called hydroxychloroquine a potential “game changer” on Twitter, in a post that has since been retweeted over 100,000 times. As BuzzFeed News reports, the trials that may be suggesting such therapy have been heavily contested by experts.

In a statement, Dr. Daniel Brooks, the medical director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center in Arizona, cautioned against self-medication. “Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, we understand that people are trying to find new ways to prevent or treat this virus, but self-medicating is not the way to do so,” he said.

There have been at least two additional fatal overdoses by people taking hydroxychloroquine in recent days, BuzzFeed News reports, both in Nigeria. The country’s center for disease control has since issued a statement that self-medication can be harmful and even deadly.

Moreover, the false theory that the medication form of chloroquine could be used as a COVID-19 prophylactic is already impacting people who have been prescribed the medication to treat their lupus. According to ProPublica, people who do not have lupus have been cleaning pharmacies out of their stock, which puts the 1.5 million Americans who do have it at risk.

“For many people with lupus there are no alternatives to these medications. For them, hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine are the only methods of preventing inflammation and disease activity that can lead to pain, disability, organ damage, and other serious illness,” the Lupus Foundation of America said in a statement. “An increase in lupus-related disease activity not only significantly impairs the health and quality of life of people with lupus but will also place further strain on health care providers and systems in a time of crisis.”

One emergency room nurse with lupus told ProPublica that she believes Trump’s statements have led to the hysteria and shortage. “When the president stands on the stage and he makes uninformed statements that are not backed by science and are not vetted by professionals who have expertise in that area, he leads an entire massive nation to think what he says is true,” she said. “You have people running around thinking there’s a cure for coronavirus, that there’s medicine.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, the best way to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus is to practice social distancing, wash your hands well and often, and avoid leaving the house if you feel sick. Doctors recommend you schedule a telemedical appointment with a professional before heading to an emergency room or hospital.

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s emotional home concert crashes Facebook Live

The country couple drew 3.4 million viewers to the concert they called “Inside Studio G,” which fans were forced to reload when it was overwhelmed several times by the high traffic.

As Yearwood sang “Amazing Grace,” Brooks tearfully told the audience “We’re all in this together,” in reference to social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak, adding “I need this worse than anybody.”

“You get to play your guitar walking around your home because got nothing to do,” Brooks said.

After taking requests from fans, the two performed a cover of “Shallow,” the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga duet from 2018 film “A Star Is Born.” They also covered the Leonard Cohen classic, “Hallelujah” and “Golden Rings,” a song performed by another country couple, Tammy Wynette and George Jones.

At one point Yearwood borrowed her husband’s guitar and took a shot at it herself.

“I want to play. Do not panic,” she said, adding it was about having fun, not “being perfect.”

Brooks took to Instagram to plug the concert last night.

“Inside Studio G by Request!! love, g #GarthRequestLive I know I said I was going to take this down, but some people said in comments that they got kicked off because of capacity. So, we are leaving it up through the west coast airing until 8pm PT. love you all, g & T.”

The concert lasted an hour and was broadcast on Brooks’ Sirius XM satellite radio channel as well.

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States Banning Abortions Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

State legislatures are trying to stop people from obtaining abortions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some lawmakers in Texas and Ohio — two states with notoriously anti-choice legislation — are attempting to include abortions among the surgeries and medical procedures which have been required to be delayed as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. This comes after Trump administration officials asked “every American and every American hospital and healthcare facility to postpone any elective medical procedures” in order to lower the demand for hospital beds and personal protective equipment.

On March 22, Ohio’s attorney general ordered health care providers in the state to stop all “nonessential and elective surgical abortions,” Vox reported. It was not immediately clear what penalties those in violation of the new order will face, or how providers would determine which procedures are considered “nonessential.” That battle is still raging on in Ohio, where the state’s abortion clinics remain open, the New York Times reported. In a statement emailed to MTV News, Iris E. Harvey and Kersha Deibel, presidents and CEOs of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, said they are “complying with the Ohio Department of Health’s order regarding personal protective equipment, which requires hospitals and surgical facilities to stop providing non-essential surgeries and procedures and take other steps to reduce the use of equipment in short supply.”

“PPSWO’s attorney immediately responded to Ohio Attorney General Yost’s letter, assuring him that PPSWO was complying with Director Acton’s order,” the statement read. “Under that order, Planned Parenthood can still continue providing essential procedures, including surgical abortion, and our health centers continue to offer other health care services that our patients depend on. Our doors remain open for this care.”

On Monday (March 24), Texas’s attorney general Ken Paxton said the only abortions that would be legal to perform must be deemed “medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.” According to CBS News, those in violation in Texas will face “penalties of up to $1,000 or 180 days of jail time.”

The states argue that these are inherently aggressive moves in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and free up potential beds for people in need of treatment for COVID-19 complications, the New York Times reports. But most medical professionals don’t agree that this is the best way to help Americans. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Family Planning, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a joint statement that said, while strategies to slow the spread of the virus include canceling elective and non-urgent procedures, access to abortion should not always be included in that strategy.

“Abortion is an essential component of comprehensive health care,” the statement reads. “It is also a time-sensitive service for which a delay of several weeks, or in some cases days, may increase the risks or potentially make it completely inaccessible. The consequences of being unable to obtain an abortion profoundly impact a person’s life, health, and well-being.”

All eight groups said they “do not support COVID-19 responses that cancel or delay abortion procedures. Community-based and hospital-based clinicians should consider collaboration to ensure abortion access is not compromised during this time.”

As the Cut notes, abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the world, and limiting access to abortion care can put vulnerable people in danger.

“Pregnancy-related care, especially abortion care, is essential… especially now when there is so much insecurity around jobs and food and paychecks and childcare,” Meera Shah, a chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood in New York, told Refinery29. She added that her clinics are complying with all CDC guidelines and that patients have told her “they were scared that they may not have health insurance in the future, that they may not be able to get their appointments, that childcare is becoming more of an issue now with all of the schools closed.”

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Trump and Senate agree on $2 trillion rescue deal that includes cash handouts and stock buyback ban

The Trump administration struck a deal with Senate Democrats and Republicans on an historic rescue package that tees up more than $2 trillion in spending and tax breaks to bolster the hobbled U.S. economy and fund a nationwide effort to stem the coronavirus.

“At last we have a deal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said early Wednesday on the chamber’s floor. “I’m thrilled that we’re finally going to deliver to the country.”

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called it an “outstanding agreement.”

The legislation was still being drafted but McConnell said the Senate would vote on it Wednesday. It would still have to pass in the House before it gets to President Donald Trump’s desk. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had consulted with Schumer throughout his negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The plan includes about $500 billion that can be used to back loans and assistance to companies, including $50 billion for loans to U.S. airlines, as well as state and local governments. It also has more than $350 billion to aid small businesses. Then there is $150 billion for hospitals and other health-care providers for equipment and supplies.

Direct Payments

For individuals the package provides direct payments to lower- and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult, as well as $500 for each child. Unemployment insurance would be extended to four months, the benefits would be bolstered by $600 weekly and eligibility would be expanded to cover more workers.

Democrats demanded and won a series of restraints on corporations that would benefit from loans or investments from the Treasury Department, as well as an oversight mechanism for who gets money.

Any company receiving a government loan would be subject to a ban on stock buybacks through the term of the loan plus one additional year. They also would have to limit executive bonuses and take steps to protect workers. The Treasury Department would have to disclose the terms of loans or other aid to companies and a new Treasury inspector general would oversee the lending program.

Notably, Democrats won language that would bar any business owned by Trump or his family from getting loans from Treasury. Businesses owned by members of Congress, heads of executive departments and Vice President Mike Pence also would be blocked.

With the prospect that Congress was closing in on a deal Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more than 11% in its biggest advance since 1933, and the S&P 500 rebounded with the biggest one-day gain since October 2008 after starting the week with a rout. In Asia markets, U.S. futures pared early losses after news of the deal.

In a letter to his fellow Democrats, Schumer highlighted a series of transparency measures that would prevent keeping loans secret and create a new inspector general to oversee the program.

Schumer also said that hundreds of billions would be spent on Democratic priorities, including the expansion of unemployment benefits, money for hospitals as well as more funding for cities and transportation.

Democrats also rejected the $3 billion sought by the Trump administration to buy oil to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Pelosi said on Tuesday that the House could quickly approve a Senate-passed coronavirus stimulus with a voice vote that doesn’t require members to travel to Washington — as long as the bill does not have any “poison pills” Democrats object to.

That would also require the unanimous consent of all House Republicans. The second-ranking House Republican, Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, told his vote-counting team during a conference call Tuesday night that the best option is to accept a Senate-passed economic stimulus bill, according to Scalise spokeswoman Lauren Fine.

Eric Ueland, the White House legislative affairs director, said after the agreement was reached that the “the president and his team look forward to swift action for urgently needed assistance to the American people and powerful aid to the nation’s economy as we work through this crisis.”

The size of the stimulus package is unprecedented, dwarfing the approximately $800 billion Obama stimulus that passed five months after the 2008 financial crash.

Together with Fed intervention, the proposed legislation amounted to a $6 trillion stimulus, according to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, or about 30% of annual GDP.

The package will likely more than double a U.S budget deficit that was already set to hit $1 trillion this year before the outbreak. It also may not be the last infusion of government spending in response to the spread of the virus.

Lawmakers universally expressed a sense of urgency as the nation’s economy deteriorates and the health outlook grows more dire. The World Health Organization said the U.S. has the potential to become the new epicenter of the global pandemic as the number of known infections soars.

The proposal is the third — and biggest — plan by Congress to confront the coronavirus crisis as the disease spreads.

An initial $8 billion plan passed by Congress March 5 is funding emergency health care needs stemming from the coronavirus, and a second plan enacted last week will provide many Americans with paid sick leave, food assistance and free coronavirus testing. It also will send tens of billions in fresh aid to states.

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First ICE detainee tests positive for coronavirus

The detainee, who has been held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey, has been quarantined and is receiving care, ICE said, adding that the agency “is suspending intake at the facility until further information is available.”

“Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who have come in contact with the individual have been cohorted and are being monitored for symptoms,” ICE said.

ICE’s statement Tuesday did not specify how long the detainee had been in custody or provide any details about how the detainee contracted coronavirus. A corrections officer working at the facility tested positive for the virus last week. At the time, the sheriff’s office said in a statement that no ICE detainees had been exposed.

Calls to release detainees mount

Confirmation of an ICE detainee in New Jersey contracting the novel coronavirus comes days after the state’s chief justice said he was ordering the release of hundreds of county jail inmates due to the dangers posed by the disease.
Immigrant advocates and some lawmakers have been calling for ICE to take a similar approach, warning that deadly consequences could result if the disease spreads in ICE facilities that have long faced criticism for how they handle even routine medical care.

Some advocates are asking for the agency to release detainees with underlying medical conditions and are filing federal lawsuits to force the government’s hand. Others are pushing even further, saying all detainees should be let out.

What coronavirus means for tens of thousands of people in ICE custody

On Tuesday, organizations that have been pushing for detainees to be released pointed to the first coronavirus case in ICE detention as a sign that time is running out. New York public defenders said in a statement that they are “deeply concerned” for their clients in ICE custody and noted that detainees in several facilities have been conducting hunger strikes to protest conditions.

“ICE’s continued inaction made today’s confirmed COVID-19 case in ICE detention a virtual inevitability and further highlights the urgent need to release all individuals in ICE custody immediately,” the statement said. “For weeks, we have received many disturbing reports from our detained clients about the unsanitary conditions that are putting their lives at risk.”

Advocates’ campaigns for immigration detainees to be released have drawn sharp criticism from organizations that support the government’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Some have argued the US should instead increase the pace of deportations to lower the number of people detained.

Doctors weigh in

On Friday two doctors who are medical experts for the Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to Congress arguing that the department should consider releasing all immigrant detainees who don’t pose a risk to public safety, before it’s too late.

The doctors, contracted experts for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, wrote they were “gravely concerned” about the threat the novel coronavirus poses.

Doctors warn of 'tinderbox scenario' if coronavirus spreads in ICE detention
Asked for a response to the concerns raised in the doctors’ letter, an ICE spokeswoman pointed to the agency’s website, where ICE is posting coronavirus updates. The site describes the health and safety of detainees as a top priority and details how the agency plans to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“ICE continues to incorporate CDC’s COVID-19 guidance, which is built upon the already established infectious disease monitoring and management protocols currently in use by the agency,” the site says. “In addition, ICE is actively working with state and local health partners to determine if any detainee requires additional testing or monitoring to combat the spread of the virus.”

ACLU: Detainees are ‘sitting ducks’

As part of its efforts to stop coronavirus from spreading, ICE recently announced it was temporarily suspending social visitation at its facilities “as a precautionary measure” — meaning family members, friends and advocates who used to be able to visit detained loved ones in person can’t anymore, at least for now.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed several recent lawsuits pushing for ICE detainees to be released, said in a statement Tuesday that the first confirmed case was “what public health experts have assured us would happen.”

“People in detention centers are sitting ducks for the spread of this virus,” said Andrea Flores, the deputy director of policy for the organization’s equality division. “The same experts have also predicted that once outbreaks in detention centers begin, they will spread rapidly. The suffering and death that will occur is unnecessary and preventable.”

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Grey’s Anatomy and Other Medical Shows Donate Supplies to Fight Novel Coronavirus

  • As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, many healthcare workers are reportedly experiencing a shortage of medical supplies needed to fight COVID-19.
  • To help alleviate the shortage and fight the spread of the virus, many medical TV shows have announced that they are donating their on-set medical supplies to local hospitals and medical centers in need.
  • Among the medical dramas donating their masks, gloves, and other supplies are ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, as well as The Good Doctor, The Resident, and New Amsterdam.

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow worldwide, it looks like television’s most popular medical shows are doing their part to help fight the spread of the virus — specifically by lending a hand to healthcare workers who are increasingly facing a shortage of medical supplies amid the crisis.

    Responding to this dire shortage faced by medical professionals fighting COVID-19, shows such as Grey’s Anatomy — and its spinoff series Station 19have announced that they are donating hundreds of masks, gowns, gloves, and other items they typically use as on-set costuming to local hospitals and medical centers in need.

    “At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station. They were tremendously grateful. At Grey’s Anatomy, we have a back-stock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well,” said showrunner Krista Vernoff in a statement to Good Morning America. “We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home.”

    Receiving the donation of masks from Station 19, the Ontario Fire Department made sure to thank the producers of the ABC show which focuses on the lives of firefighters in Seattle with an Instagram post, sharing a photo of their firefighters with the donations on Thursday. “Thank you to @station19 and @shondaland for the donation of N95 masks to help protect our firefighters during our COVID-19 response #HeroesNotJustOnTV,” read the caption.

    Meanwhile, other medical shows have also pitched in with their own on-set supplies: ABC’s The Good Doctor is donating their supply of masks and other medical gear to hospitals in Vancouver, where the series is filmed while NBC’s New Amsterdam announced in a statement that they were donating their supply of masks, gloves, gowns, and other items to the New York State Department of Health.

    Fox’s The Resident also sent its stock of medical supplies to a local hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where the medical drama is filmed. One of the hospital’s doctors, Dr. Karen Law, recently shared a photo of the donation on Instagram, thanking the show’s team for the generous donation of personal protective equipment (PPE).

    “To the entire team @theresidentonfox, thank you for this incredibly generous donation of #PPE from your set, including gowns, masks, gloves, and all the things our healthcare workers need to provide safe care for our community during #COVID19,” she wrote in her caption. “This kind of community support means so much to our #frontlineproviders who are making many sacrifices to staff our hospitals and care for our community.”

    Amidst the rising concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, Grey’s Anatomy, The Resident, and New Amsterdam are among the list of several TV shows that have decided to suspend or delay production in the last few weeks. Executive producers of Grey’s announced the news in a letter to the show’s cast and crew, sharing the statement last Thursday as reported by Deadline.

    “Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy effective immediately,” the letter read. “This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work.”

    In the meantime, it looks like the show’s fictional hospital is doing everything it can to help our real-life doctors — while also encouraging everyone else to stay safe.

    “Stay safe, stay healthy, stay hydrated, stay home as much as possible, and wash your hands frequently,” the show’s producers wrote in the letter. “Please take care of yourselves and each other.”

    For helpful resources regarding the coronavirus, visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 fact page and The National Association of County and City Health Officials’ directory of local health departments.

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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Memes, Funny Tweets

Now that we’ve been social distancing for a hot minute, we can officially say what we’ve all been thinking: It’s really hard. In fact, you might be starting to feel like there aren’t enough movies and TV shows in the world to keep you entertained right now. But there’s one group of people who may have found the solution to our problems: Nintendo Switch owners.

In case you missed it, the highly anticipated game Animal Crossing: New Horizons officially came out on the Switch console last week. And ever since, social media has been ablaze with impassioned tweets about the game, which allows you to build a life on an island inhabited by cute animal friends. Players may also virtually travel to other people’s islands and allow them to come to theirs as well. In other words, it’s a way for gamers to hang out — even while self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But don’t worry, you don’t need a Switch to be able to get in on all the Animal Crossing fun. Thanks to some creative people on the internet, there are plenty of memes going around that’ll make you feel just as involved. And while they might give you a little bit of FOMO, they’re still an excellent — and safe — way to pass the time.

  1. Remember the kid who went viral overnight after she interrupted her father’s interview on BBC News? Well, she’s having a resurgence. When one player noticed some similarities between that child and their own Animal Crossing experience, they put the two clips side by side. And yes, the resemblance is uncanny.

  2. For Animal Crossing lovers, nothing is more important than moving ahead in the game. And no one seems to understand that better than the creator of this meme. Gone are the days of trying to find a significant other on the internet. These days, we identify solely as Animal Crossing islanders seeking 30 iron nuggets. Sorry, it’s just how it has to be.

  3. With non-essential businesses closing in many states across the United States due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many gamers are unsure about what that means for GameStop. Is their local store already closed? If not, how long do they have until the gaming retailer shuts its doors? Don’t worry, they’ve got a plan B.

  4. For a while, it seemed like the only thing we were hearing about was coronavirus. Fortunately, that all changed with the release of Animal Crossing. But in between all the chatter about the game and the virus, some other topics manage to bubble to the surface. Remember sports? What about Super Smash Bros.?

  5. There really are two types of people who play Animal Crossing: Those who play honestly and wait for time to pass naturally, and those who do a bit of time travel to get ahead. And honestly, this meme says more about that than we ever could.

  6. We know the game has only been out for a few days so far, but already, players have been getting really creative. Need proof? This player brilliantly recreated scenes from Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse, which is clearly a great use of their time in quarantine.

  7. If you’re not playing Animal Crossing yourself, you wouldn’t know that weeds are actually a pretty hot item that you can sell for a lot of bells (the island’s currency). Needless to say, after collecting thousands of weeds and catching a single fish (because damn, fishing is hard), you’ll feel more confident than ever walking into Nook’s Cranny to sell your items.

  8. As we’ve already established, fishing is hard — especially in Animal Crossing. And if you’ve tried it yourself, you understand the stress that comes with possibly clicking A and taking your rod out of the water too early. Thought fishing was relaxing? Not anymore!

  9. TikTokers know all about the “Respect the Drip” meme, which is just another way to say respect someone’s swag. There are currently thousands of videos on the social media platform with users performing their own versions of the trend while wearing exotic outfits. And now, the viral trend has made its way off TikTok and onto Animal Crossing, and who’s complaining? Not us!

  10. Fishing might be difficult in Animal Crossing, but there are still a lot of sea creatures to catch. You might even catch a shark, and well, we’ll let the above meme do the talking.

  11. Lately, toilet paper has been hard to come by, with shoppers stocking up in preparation for self-isolation. And in Animal Crossing, it appears it’s no different. Thanks for the warning, Timmy.

  12. No Switch? No problem! Lots of people are currently contemplating whether to purchase the console solely for Animal Crossing. But while you decide, feel free to enjoy the memes because, as you can see, there are plenty of them.

  13. Before the game even came out, fans of the Animal Crossing series were smitten. And no meme captures people’s love for the game more than the one above. Even the game’s advertisements gave people heart-eyes!

  14. If you’ve been spending hours upon hours making sure your island is in tip-top shape, you should be proud. In fact, you should be just as proud as Drake in the above video clip. “Look around you,” the rapper says. “Look at this. We created this. This didn’t exist before we were here.” Truer words have never been spoken.

  15. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, many of us were largely unprepared to emotionally deal with 2020. Why? Because we’re still trying to reconcile with years past. But alas, COVID-19 came in as quickly as Isabelle in a racecar, and the meme above pretty much sums up how we’re all feeling right now.

  16. Tired of owing so much money to raccoon businessman Tom Nook? You’re not alone. The player above decided to hold Nook’s son hostage until he cancels all their debts. And while that’s certainly one way to go about it, we’re actually pretty concerned for Timmy. Or is that Tommy?

  17. Animal Crossing fans have been anticipating the release of the game for a long time now. In fact, many even pre-ordered a physical copy. Unfortunately, those who’ve been downloading the game digitally seem to be the ones who’ve had immediate access to the game. And the others? Well, they’re the Squidwards of this situation.

  18. Depending on how far you’ve made it into the game, you may have met Blathers, the director of the museum. Blathers studies many critters, including fish and insects. And this iteration of the viral “It’s a Knife” Vine describes the character pretty well.

  19. One thing Animal Crossing players were not prepared for was having to choose the name of their very own island. And although it might not seem like a ton of pressure at first, you should know that the name cannot be changed at any point, and that other players will see it, too. Yeah, we’re going to need a few hours to think on it. Maybe even days.

  20. Speaking of naming islands, one player seized the opportunity to name theirs after Guy Fieri’s mythical land of “Flavortown.” Then, in an act of friendship, another user offered them a pair of the chef and restauranteur’s signature sunglasses. Unbelievable.

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Court Decision: Where Does Amber’s Teen Mom OG Case Stand?

Amber had her first court appearance related to her arrest and multiple felony charges during tonight’s Teen Mom OG episode: The mother of two was able to make bail, but she had not seen her ex Andrew or son James since the July 4 incident. And Maci, Catelynn and Cheyenne all traveled to Indiana to support the mother of two and attend the preliminary hearing.

“You guys are making me feel a lot better right now,” Amber said shortly after reuniting with the trio (and exchanging a much-needed group hug).

And while Amber couldn’t discuss the circumstances surrounding the ordeal with her ex Andrew, she admitted she was “scared” for what was to come and there was “no way to release it.”

“Do you want to scream?” Cheyenne posed.

At first Amber hesitated, but then the foursome let out big shriek — which put smiles on everyone’s faces.

When it came time for Amber to face her fate regarding the order of protection of her son James (she had not seen her little boy since the arrest), Gary, Kristina and the rest of the Teem Mom OG cast was by her side at the courthouse.

Ultimately, the judge ruled in Amber’s favor, and she was permitted to have visits with James. However, an official gag order was put in place regarding the custody case.

“I’m over here almost in tears talking to my lawyers, like you have no emotion,” she reflected to the group about James’ father (who opted not to tell his side of the story to MTV) as they left the court.

And before Maci, Cate and Chey went back to their respective homes, the women offered a visibly emotional Amber more encouragement.

“I feel like everybody is just looking at me like a piece of sh*t right now,” Amber sobbed.

“No, they’re not,” Cheyenne stated, as she sweetly comforted her.

Amber’s legal journey is far from over — but one thing is for sure: Her MTV family has her back. Keep watching Teen Mom OG every Tuesday at 8/7c to see it all unfold.

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