COOL: HEALTH OFFICIALS, SCIENTISTS BANNED FROM SPEAKING ABOUT CORONAVIRUS WITHOUT MIKE PENCE’S APPROVAL

On Wednesday night, in an effort to allay fears about the rapidly spreading coronavirus, Donald Trump held a press conference designed to convince the American public that he’s totally got everything under control. While this sort of effort might have worked under previous administrations, led by a guy who no doubt thinks you can get gonorrhea riding the G train and that strep-test sticks go in the anus, it had the opposite effect. Over the course of nearly an hour, Trump repeatedly referred to “15” cases in the U.S. despite the fact that there are at least 60; blamed virus-induced stock market declines on Democrats; claimed he’s beating “everybody” in the polls; trashed the Federal Reserve; endorsedRush Limbaugh’s conspiracy theory that the media is weaponizing the virus to take him down; and announced that he was tasking Mike Pence with leading federal efforts against the disease. More than anything else, it was the Pence appointment that seemingly caused people who hadn’t been worried about Covid-19 at all to reconsider.

What are Pence’s qualifications for the job? In addition to not being a doctor, he famously helped cause the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana’s history while serving as governor. (As cases surged, he turned to prayer.) In 2000 (!) he was still insistingthat “smoking doesn’t kill” or even cause lung cancer. He thinks condoms don’t do enough to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

On the bright side, on Thursday, the vice president’s office announced that Pence had selected the State Department’s top AIDS official, Deborah Birx, a real live doctor, to join the response team. On the less bright side, Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who has never been right about anything in his life, was also addedto the team.

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“All Hell Is About to Break Loose”: Could Wall Street’s Coronavirus Tsunami Get Worse?

Before sunrise this morning, a normally calm and very senior Wall Street banker texted me: “All hell is about to break loose. No safe havens.” His text could not be ignored, coming as it did on the morning after hedge fund manager Bill Ackman’s 28-minute cri de coeur to CNBC yesterday, during which he essentially demanded that the U.S. immediately shut down for 30 days to stop the spread of the coronavirus. What was he talking about, I asked.

Was there something new beyond the spreading virus, which for the first time put our trajectory of disease on a more drastic slope than Italy? Was there something beyond the crashing stock market? Was there something more than the Fed pulling out all the stops to shore up the commercial paper market and the mutual-fund market? Was there a new estimate about othe severe economic contraction already underway, with estimates of second-quarter GDP declines going up to 10%? Could things be much worse than Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s prediction that unemployment could hit 20%, not much below the highest unemployment rate hit during the Great Depression? We’re already seeing signs of massive layoffs: Weekly jobless claims surged to 281,000 last week, with more and more coming.

Could things be much worse than what Ackman told Scott Wapner on CNBC? Ackman was apocalyptic. “Hell is coming,” he said at one point. A “tsunami” is coming he said at another point. “Beginning in late January, I was getting increasingly bearish and I woke up with a nightmare,” Ackman said. “And my nightmare was you have this virus that replicates and infects incredibly rapidly.” He said he was so nervous about where things were headed that he had gone to an ATM and taken out piles of cash. He said what is “scaring the American people and corporate America now is the gradual rollout” of the national quarantine. He said it needed to be done immediately. “America will end as we know it,” he continued. “I’m sorry to say so, unless we take this option.” He said whole industries —hotels, airlines, restaurants—would go bankrupt unless the country were shut down, immediately. “Capitalism does not work in an 18-month shutdown, capitalism can work in a 30-day shutdown.” He said that a shared sacrifice was necessary, much as Americans made in World War II. Staying at home for a month was not too much to ask, he said. “The only shared sacrifice that is going on right now is the health care community, the nurses, the doctors, the people taking care of patients,” Ackman continued. “Those people are making enormous sacrifices. [The president] is not saying storm the beaches of Normandy right now, he’s saying go home, go home, spend a month with your family.” At another point he was holding back tears as he spoke about the fact that he had removed himself from society as both an example of what others needed to do and because he wanted to protect his ailing father, who has limited lung function after surviving lung cancer. Last night Ackman emailed me: “Spread the message if you agree.”

Fourth Person in NJ Family Has Died From The Coronavirus

A New Jersey family already ravaged by the coronavirus has lost a fourth member to the deadly disease, according to a report Thursday.

Vincent Fusco died at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, cousin and Fusco family lawyer Roseann Paradiso Fodera told nj.com.

Fusco was among four siblings being treated for the disease at the hospital, where his mom, Grace Fusco, 73, died Wednesday night.

Another of Grace’s 11 offspring, Carmine Fusco, died earlier Wednesday in Pennsylvania, following last week’s death of his sister, Rita Fusco-Jackson.

Nineteen spouses and children — who were in contact with the sickened family members since March 10 — were tested for the coronavirus and are quarantined in their homes.

Disabled Woman Stops Home Invasion With Firearm…

With A Firearm, She Is Enabled.

A disabled woman in Houston, Texas, shot and killed an alleged home invader Saturday afternoon just before 3 p.m.

KHOU reports that the woman was home alone when a 17-year-old and 18-year-old allegedly broke out a window, which allowed them to reach inside and unlock the exterior door. The 18-year-old allegedly led the way into the apartment thereafter and, because he was first in the door, ended up being the one who was shot.

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A Coronavirus Patient Refused To Quarantine So Police Made Him…

Via CNN:

A Kentucky novel coronavirus patient checked himself out of the hospital against medical advice. So to prevent him from spreading the virus, officials are surrounding his house to keep him there.

The 53-year-old man in Nelson County refused to quarantine himself after testing positive for Covid-19, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said.
Nelson County officials “forced an isolation” on the man, one of the first 20 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the state.

“It’s a step I hoped that I’d never have to take,” Beshear said in a conference on Saturday. “But I can’t allow one person who we know has this virus to refuse to protect their neighbors.”

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MSNBC Analyst Suggests Using Coronavirus To Prosecute Trump For ‘Negligent Homicide’ — Gets An Assist From Democratic Candidate

How does this guy have a job? He’s a nutcase. Of course, it’s MSDNC.

Via Daily Caller:

MSNBC Analyst Glenn Kirschner suggested Tuesday that he would attempt to prosecute President Donald Trump for negligent homicide over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kirschner laid out his explanation in a series of tweets, first claiming that the president “may have criminal exposure for some level of negligent homicide or voluntary/involuntary manslaughter for the way he’s mishandled the Coronavirus crisis.”

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Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims US Has ‘Tremendous Control’ Of The Coronavirus

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President Donald Trump made yet another false claim to minimize the severity of the coronavirus crisis, claiming Sunday that the virus is under “control.”

  • Trump’s claim at a White House briefing — “It’s a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something we have tremendous control of” — was sharply at odds with the assessment of public health experts, including one who appeared with him at the same briefing.
Facts First: Experts say the US does not have the virus even close to contained. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in his own comments after Trump left the room: “The worst is yet ahead for us. It is how we respond to that challenge that is going to determine what the ultimate end point is going to be. We have a very, very critical point now.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed, falsely, to have the virus under control. He said in late January, soon after the US announced its first confirmed case, that “we have it totally under control.” He said in late February, when the number of confirmed US cases was in the low dozens, that “we have it very much under control in this country.”
Other senior members of Trump’s team have made similar false claims. Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, has said that the virus “is contained,” while Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, has said that it “is being contained.”
Trump’s latest version of the claim came as states and cities were taking major steps to try to prevent the spread of the virus, including closing schools, bars and restaurants, and as the number of confirmed US cases continued to increase. It has now passed the 3,000 mark.
After the Sunday briefing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that, for the next eight weeks, people cancel or postpone events anywhere in the country consisting of 50 or more people.
Asked earlier on Sunday by CNN’s Brianna Keilar if hundreds of thousands of Americans could die from coronavirus, Fauci said, “Yes, it is possible. Our job, our challenge is to try and make that not happen. But to think, if we go about our daily lives and not worry about everything, that it’s not going to happen — it could happen. And it could be worse.”
Fauci said on CBS on Sunday that the outcome for the US will “depend on the effectiveness of our response.”
“It is correct that the infections are going to go up. Our job is to make sure it doesn’t do the maximum peak and actually blunts. Within that blunt there will be many new infections. We want to make sure we don’t get to that really bad peak,” Fauci said.

The virus and young people

Trump made another statement at the Sunday briefing that did not match the message of public health experts and of others in Trump’s administration.
Trump said: “Young people, people of good health, and — groups of people — just are not strongly affected.” He continued, “Elderly people that are not well, not well in certain respects, are really a very dangerous group. We have to watch them.”
While it is true that elderly people and people with pre-existing health problems are at the highest risk of death or critical illness from the coronavirus, experts have emphasized that young people and people without a history of illness are also at risk.
“Younger people should be concerned for two reasons. You are not immune or safe from getting seriously ill. Even though when you look at the total numbers, it’s overwhelmingly weighted towards the elderly and those with underlying conditions. But the virus isn’t a mathematical formula. There are going to be people who are young who are going to wind up getting seriously ill. So protect yourself,” Fauci said on CNN.

Fauci went on to explain that young people can carry the virus without getting seriously ill themselves, bringing it “to a person who would bring it to a person that would bring it to your grandfather, your grandmother, or your elderly relative.”
After Trump left the room on Sunday, Pence urged people who are not in “a high-risk category” to “remember those people around you who may well be. Remember those seniors with underlying health conditions.”

Coronavirus In NY: Archdiocese Cancels Mass At All Churches

Manhattan’s majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral has canceled Mass — as the NY Archdiocese shuts down Sunday services at all of its 296 parishes — indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns.

The Archdiocese announced Saturday that it is canceling, until further notice, all Masses in its jurisdiction — not only in Manhattan, where the beloved cathedral’s twin limestone spires soar over Fifth Avenue, but in The Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties.

The decision in the middle of the church’s most solemn season, Lent, comes “in light of the continued concern surrounding the coronavirus, and the advice of medical experts,” the Archdiocese’s announcement said.

“Churches will, however, remain open for private prayer,” the Archdiocese’s announcement said, though church officials did not address how the crowds of tourists who flock to St. Patrick’s will be managed.

Despite Saturday’s sunny, springlike weather, fewer than 30 people were visiting the cathedral mid-afternoon; 20 of them were praying quietly inside.

“It’s very slow; people are afraid of the corona,” said the corner hot dog vendor, Iman Ibrahim, 42, noting that the cathedral is typically thronged on weekends.

“If you’re in for prayer they will let you in; they just give you a wipie,” said Carina Papili, who was visiting from Miami. She was startled to see that there was no holy water being dispensed at the entrance.

“They told us to wipe our hands, wipe our hands, and there is no holy water,” she said. “I was a little taken aback. As a Catholic, that’s what you’re used to — but I understand.”

The cathedral will live-stream all Masses and will remain open for public prayer, but will not be celebrating Mass for the public beginning this weekend as part of an Archdiocese-wide closing of churches to public gatherings, announced Saturday.

“There is a part of my heart that says this can’t be good,” said Andreas Evers, 21, who lives in Harlem and was originally from Munich.

“I do not know what God wants us to do, do we pray at church or pray at home?”

Church officials said, “A private Mass will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and will be available on many cable systems via the Catholic Faith Network and its website at www.catholicfaithnetwork.org, livestreamed on the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral website at www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/live, and broadcast on radio on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM (Channel 129).”

The announcement added, “Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, urged the faithful to remember in their prayers all those whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.”

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was to march past the cathedral on March 17, announced its cancellation Wednesday.

Coronavirus Will Change How We Shop, Travel And Work For Years

Every economic shock leaves a legacy. The deadly coronavirus will be no different.

The Great Depression spurred a ‘waste not want not’ attitude that defined consumer patterns for decades. Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic still haunts German policy.

The Asia financial crisis left the region hording the world’s biggest collection of foreign exchange. More recently, the 2008 global financial crisis drove a wedge through mature democracies that still reverberates, with workers suffering measly pay gains in the decade since.

This time it’s a public health emergency that’s shaking up the world economy. In just a matter of weeks, people in affected areas have become accustomed to wearing masks, stocking up on essentials, canceling social and business gatherings, scrapping travel plans and working from home. Even countries with relatively few cases are taking many of those precautions.

Traces of such habits will endure long after the virus lock downs ease, acting as a brake on demand. On the supply side, international manufacturers are being forced to rethinkwhere to buy and produce their goods — accelerating a shift after the U.S.-China trade war exposed the risks of relying on one source for components.

In the white-collar world, workplaces have amped up options for teleworking and staggered shifts — ushering in a new era where work from home is an increasing part of people’s regular schedule.

“Once effective work-from-home policies are established, they are likely to stick,” said Karen Harris, managing director of consultancy Bain’s Macro Trends Group in New York.

Universities stung by travel bans will diversify their foreign student base and schools will need to be better prepared to keep educating online when breakouts force their closure.

The tourism sector is seeing the most drastic hit, with flights, cruises, hotels and the web of businesses who feed off the sector struggling. While tourists will no doubt be eager to explore the world and relax on a beach again, it may take some time before the industry that hires about one in 10 people recovers.

The virus has also turned the economic policy outlook on a dime and created new priorities. Central banks are in emergency mode again, while governments are digging ever deeper to find money to prop up struggling sectors. Hygiene is soaring up government and corporate agendas — indeed, Singapore already plans to introduce mandatory cleaning standards.

“This outbreak is unprecedented in terms of its nature of uncertainty and associated social and economic impact,” said Kazuo Momma, who used to be in charge of monetary policy at the Bank of Japan. Tighter borders controls, wider insurance coverage and lasting changes to working and commuting patterns will be just some of the micro-economic changes that will endure long after the virus, Momma says.

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America’s Hospitals Will Be Overrun With Coronavirus In Just EIGHT DAYS

Obama’s Medicare boss issues dire warning as doctors say as many as 500,000 are already infected and 10 MILLION will need care

  • Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, issued the dire warning on Twitter on Saturday 
  • There are only 790,000 hospital beds 100,000 ICU beds total in all of the hospitals across the country 
  • Dr. Marty Makary warned people not to believe the current figures that only 2,200 are infected 
  • He says the true number is likely far more and that as many as half a million people already have it 
  • Dr. Makary urged people to be more vigilant said ‘we’re about to experience the worst epidemic since polio’ 
  • Johns Hopkins predicts 9.6million people will need to be hospitalized and 3million will need ICU care
  • Doctors and nurses fear the hospital system, which is already overrun by the flu season, may buckle 
  • In Italy, doctors are having to choose between critically ill people to treat because resources are short   
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

 

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Trump Promised To Bring Back Manufacturing In Pennsylvania. He Didn’t. Will It Cost Him?

ERIE, Pa. — When Donald Trump came here in 2016, he blasted Democrats for decimating the region’s once-vaunted manufacturing sector and pledged to reverse the decay.

“We’re going to put people back to work,” he said at a rally that summer. “We’re not playing games, and it’s going to go quickly.”

 

But more than three years into Trump’s presidency, Erie County has 19,000 manufacturing jobs, fewer than when Trump took office and the smallest number since 2010, when the U.S. was still recovering from the Great Recession.

“When you hear that Trump is bragging about the economy, I know better — it’s not trickling down to the workers at all. It’s staying in the boardrooms,” said Bryan Pietrzak, a machinist at Wabtec, Erie’s largest manufacturer, which builds locomotives and cut around 100 jobs late last year. The company has reduced Pietrzak’s schedule to every other week.

“I was willing to give Trump a chance. I didn’t vote for him, but he’s failed in every aspect,” said Pietrzak….,

Trump’s inability to change the manufacturing trajectory goes beyond this county on the coast of Lake Erie, in Pennsylvania’s northwest corner. Statewide, the trend line during Trump’s tenure looks almost identical to what came before: cycles of relatively small rises and falls. After an early surge under Trump, Pennsylvania lost 7,400 manufacturing jobs from late 2018 through the end of 2019.

Ten Minutes At The Teleprompter: Inside Trump’s Failed Attempt To Calm Coronavirus Fears

Futures for the Dow Jones industrial average fell in real time with virtually each word Trump uttered, signaling a lack of confidence among investors that he had control of the crisis and previewing another bloodbath once the markets opened this morning. The markets dropped today to the 1987 “LOW”

In the most scripted of presidential settings, a prime-time televised address to the nation, President Trump decided to ad-lib — and his errors triggered a market meltdown, panicked travelers overseas and crystallized for his critics just how dangerously he has fumbled his management of the coronavirus.

Even Trump — a man practically allergic to admitting mistakes — knew he’d screwed up by declaring Wednesday night that his ban on travel from Europe would include cargo and trade, and acknowledged as much to aides in the Oval Office as soon as he’d finished speaking, according to one senior administration official and a second person, both with knowledge of the episode.

Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser who has seized control over some aspects of the government’s coronavirus response, reassured Trump that aides would correct his misstatement, four administration officials said, and they scrambled to do just that. The president also told staffers to make sure other countries did not believe trade would be affected, and even sent a cleanup tweet of his own: “The restriction stops people not goods,” he wrote.

Other administration officials rushed to alert the public that U.S. citizens would be exempt from the travel ban, after scores of Americans, upon digesting Trump’s speech, phoned government offices and raced to airports in Europe out of concern that they would not be able to fly home.

Trump’s 10-minute Oval Office address Wednesday night reflected not only his handling of the coronavirus crisis but, in some ways, much of his presidency. It was riddled with errors, nationalist and xenophobic in tone, limited in its empathy, and boastful of both his own decisions and the supremacy of the nation he leads.

SOURCE: Washington Post

Up to 150 Million Americans Could Get Coronavirus: US Projection

SOURCE: Yahoo News

Washington (AFP) – Between 70 to 150 million people in the United States could eventually be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a projection shared with Congress, a lawmaker said Thursday.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib made the remarks during a hearing of the House of Representatives with members of the president’s coronavirus task force, confirming earlier reports by US media outlets including Axios and NBC News.

“Congress’s attending physician told the Senate that he expects between 70 to 150 million people to eventually contract the coronavirus in the United States,” Tlaib said.

Axios had reported that doctor Brian Monahan conveyed the projection to Senate senior staff on Tuesday, telling them they should prepare for the worst and offering advice on how to remain healthy.

The upper end of the projection is about 46 percent of the US population of 327 million people. By comparison German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned this week that up to 70 percent of her country’s population could get the virus.

Asked by Tlaib whether he believed the projection was accurate, Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told the hearing: “We really need to be careful with those kinds of predictions because that’s based on a model.”

He added that “all models are as good as the assumptions that you put into the model” and that with containment and mitigation the upper end of the projection could be avoided.

About 80 percent of coronavirus cases are mild, and the overall mortality rate is around one percent, according to the latest estimate provided by Fauci to Congress on Wednesday.

At the low end of the projection this would mean about 700,000 deaths. At the high end it would mean 1.5 million deaths.

Heart disease was the leading cause of death for Americans in 2018, with just over 650,000 deaths in 2018. The flu and pneumonia caused around 60,000 deaths.

As of Thursday, there had been more than 1,300 cases and 38 deaths, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

President Trump And VP Pence Pose With a Man Who Has Tested positive For Coronavirus

 

 

Trump Said He’s Not Worried And Refuses To Be Tested. Trump is lying 🤥 once again when he said to the nation that everyone coming into the USA from Europe are AL TESTED!!……… Papa Mike

(CNN)Fabio Wajngarten, the press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, two sources have told CNN. Bolsonaro’s health is being monitored.

It comes just days after Wajngarten met US President Donald Trump in Florida.
Trump was in close physical proximity with the Wajngarten Saturday night, two people familiar tell CNN.
The Brazilian press secretary attended the dinner Trump hosted at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, took a photo with the US President and later stood feet away from Trump as he spoke during Kimberly Guilfoyle’s birthday, the sources said.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement Thursday saying: “Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”
She added: “The White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy.”
Bolsonaro’s aide also posted an image of himself standing with Trump and US Vice President Mike Pence at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend.