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Saturday, March 28. 2020
Just wash your hands - whenever you go to do something. Purell if you got it, but soap is fine. Assume the bug is everywhere, but if you wash, no problem - and don't touch your darn face. If sick, quarantine yourself. Apparently this bug is not easy to catch except by hands or lengthy times in close spaces. Exposure is pretty much unavoidable, but getting sick is not.
British Climate Activists: “Corona is the cure. Humans are the disease”
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sentinels won't abandon post for virus: 'We are always here'
The End of New York - Will the pandemic push America’s greatest city over the edge?
Nope. NYC has been through far worse things like wars, diptheria, cholera, polio, 9-11, HIV, etc etc
All We Have to Fear Is the MSM Itself
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The NIH had 13 years to prepare for coronavirus but still didn't
‘Big Pharma and Its Well-Heeled Swamp Creatures’ Should Stop Being Divisive, Navarro Says
Which Is Worse, The Virus Or The Response To It? (2)
Dr. Birx: Coronavirus Data Doesn't Match The Doomsday Media Predictions
COVID-19 is NOT going to overwhelm our healthcare system
Trump chips away at Congress' role in coronavirus relief oversight. The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill establishes a "special inspector general" to review and investigate loan decisions made by the treasury secretary.
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Trump understands what his critics don’t: The current lockdown is unsustainable
NIH failed to test coronavirus drugs, studied drunk monkeys, soap operas, and tailgating instead. Expert warned agency as much as 87.5 percent of biomedical research was wasteful.
President Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Force GM To Produce Ventilators
Kathy Griffin sticks to COVID-19 angle despite being sent home from hospital with abdominal infection
Obama Official Busted for Spreading False Story About Hospital Lacking Ventilators, Deciding Not to Treat People
Donald Trump signs TAIPEI Act to support Taiwan’s international relations
If the PA Lacks Funds to Combat the Coronavirus, It Should Stop Paying Salaries to Terrorists
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Excellent advice at the top - for every day, not just now. Mentioned previously how (at least to these old eyes) so many seem to ignore personal hygiene, esp in the larger cities...
I wish we had another Democrat like Senator William Proxmire.
Does anyone really think there isn't a Swamp?
One of the reasons we're staying home as much as possible is it's so much easier to keep our hands clean. The more you're out and about, the more challenging it is.
The Vimeo interview on this page is really helpful. The biggest thing is to develop habits that minimize the chance that you'll touch something infected, then touch your face. Even a bandana helps train you not to do that.
"Covid-19 is not going to overwhelm our healthcare system"
These stories don't age well. They are written in the dark/ignorance and as we learn more they are proved wrong. Read a story like this from only two weeks ago and it is stunningly ignorant of the virus. They remind me of the mayor of the town in Italy telling Italians to go hug a Chinaman. Wow! That didn't age well did it.
Hospitals in some cities are already overwhelmed. Simple as that. The story is wrong and I can only conclude the author lives in upstate Vermont or someplace where he doesn't get out much. NY City hospitals are being overwhelmed. Wake up folks, this isn't the yearly flu. Stop comparing it with the flu. This is more like the Spanish flu of 1918 which killed some 33 million people world wide. With care and good decisions it is likely that this won't kill that many people. And THAT is the whole point. If we don't allow the naysayers to convince us that nothing is happening and it's all a conspiracy we can prevent a lot of unnecessary deaths.
When was the last time a hospital had to set up a refrigeration truck in their parking lot to hold the dead bodies from the common flu? Yes! Right there in NY City. When was the last time a state governor came on TV and declared that the hospitals in America's largest city are already overwhelmed? Right again; NY City. When was the last time we sent a hospital ship to New York to care for the sick and injured because the hospitals were too overwhelmed to care for them? Yeah never. This ain't the yearly flu folks.
Correct. The healthcare systems in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands are overwhelmed.
UK, Belgium, France, and others are cracking.
US and Canada aren't far behind.
Regarding overwhelming the system:
Simply looking at numbers and deaths doesn't cover all the issues.
1) Every time we get statistics on confirmed cases/recoveries/deaths, there is a huge missing number that is not explicitly quoted, the people still under medical treatment. This is likely one of the big reasons for concern about hospital capacity... people are sick for a longer time than the flu. So even people who eventually recover cause a higher cost in bed resource availability
2) Most flu deaths are not directly from the flu but from subsequent bacterial infections like pneumonia. While serious, these infections are treated more conventionally and do not demand the extreme levels of isolation and technological equipment.
3) Considering 1 & 2, the longer stay and increased treatment cost may well drive insurers into bankruptcy. Imagine what that will do to the healthcare system
When was the last time a hospital had to set up a refrigeration truck in their parking lot to hold the dead bodies from the common flu?"
When was the last time we sent a hospital ship to New York to care for the sick and injured because the hospitals were too overwhelmed to care for them? Yeah never"
September 12, 2001.
I keep thinking of the Billy Joel song "Miami 2017"
Or, for that matter the post plague world of Soylent Green.
re Which Is Worse, The Virus Or The Response To It? (2)
One way of looking at that is it’s that much sooner that Social Security and Medicare will go broke.
Have to agree. Don't know how many trillions in debt the USG can run up, but whatever the number is, we are two trillion closer to the end. Of course , the way we are running up debt, it won't likely make more than a year or two difference anyway.
One can be forgiven for thinking we can continue to print all the money we need. After all, Obama doubled our debt and it seems we're trying to do that again and interest rates have only gone down. It's like somebody took every bond vigilante out and shot them.
The amount of debt a country can sustain varies and it's not a surprise that the US can sustain a massive debt than most countries but at some point, reality will force itself on us as it does with everyone. Hopefully Trump can start to bring fiscal us to sanity soon.
re One can be forgiven for thinking we can continue to print all the money we need.
Yeah. Back when I was in college, I remember them projecting a $40 billion dollar deficit under Ford. All of us on my floor of the dorm were aghast. We wondered how we would ever be able to repay such a sum? Silly us.
Then in the 80s, Reagan took deficits to a whole new level. I was convinced that collapse couldn't be but a few years away at that point. The deficits continued except for a couple of years. After 9/11, the deficits roughly doubled, and after 2008, they roughly doubled again.
So here we are, 45 years after the first huge deficit spike I remember, and we are still headed merrily on our way. With that track record, one can see why there is a school of thought that deficits don't matter.
Scroll down at the link for a table of the yearly deficits since 1929.
Who ever thought they would look fondly on Clinton's $200B/year deficits "as far as the eye can see?"
A commenter was talking about Darwin award winners, and I think about what are the possibilities of avoidance of being one. I'd like to know where the alternate Universes are hiding, that we can pick a different one instead of the one we have?
A local woman now has a repeat bout of cancer. Tragic. Let's say she goes to the hospital and catches the flu (or anything else) and dies. Tragic. Let's say she goes to the hospital and dies of Covid. Tragic again. How did she pick Her universe? In which alternate universe did she get to live longer or shorter?
Let's hope she has the one that allows her to survive longer.
Only God knows.
Don’t Even Think About Leaving New York City: I don't even think about GOING to NYC, well, other that DON'T DO DAT.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/03/27/all_we_have_to_fear_is_the_msm_itself_142788.html: I don't read or listen to the MSM; I despise, detest, and distrust it.
If the PA Lacks Funds to Combat the Coronavirus, It Should Stop Paying Salaries to Terrorists: Seems obvious, but it ain't the PA's way of doing things.
It's going to take decades to cleanse our government of the damage that the Obamabots have done and are still trying to do.
What good are constitutional rights if they are violated when Americans get sick?
Of what value is a constitutional guarantee if it can be violated when people get sick? If it can, it is not a guarantee; it is a fraud.
. . . Even if the legislature of the State of New York ordered, as my friend Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who as the governor, cannot write laws that incur criminal punishment — has ordered, it would be invalid as prohibited by the Constitution.
This is not a novel or an arcane argument. This is fundamental American law. Yet, it is being violated right before our eyes by the very human beings we have elected to uphold it. And each of them — every governor interfering with the freedom to make one’s own choices — has taken an express oath to comply with the Constitution.
You want to bring the family to visit grandma? You want to engage in a mutually beneficial, totally voluntary commercial transaction? You want to go to work? You want to celebrate Mass? These are all now prohibited in one-third of the United States.
I tried and failed to find Mass last Sunday. When did the Catholic Church become an agent of the state? How about an outdoor Mass?
What is the nature of freedom? It is an unassailable natural claim against all others, including the government. Stated differently, it is your unconditional right to think as you wish, to say what you think, to publish what you say, to associate with whomever wishes to be with you no matter their number, to worship or not, to defend yourself, to own and use property as you see fit, to travel where you wish, to purchase from a willing seller, to be left alone. And to do all this without a government permission slip.
It's very disappointing that Maggie's readers aren't outraged at having their Constitutional rights trampled.
It’s starting to feel like 9/11 all over again, what with the federal government going on a Christmas in July spending spree and a wholesale destruction of peoples constitutional rights in the name of ‘safety’.
Yeah, people had lots more rights in the good old days, during the Spanish Influenza.
In 1918, my town did not exist, and all that was here was a cow college of fewer than 2,000 students, faculty and staff. The president put armed guards at every entrance and didn’t let the trains stop.
We still lost 51 people.
Today, my town has 125,000 people and is adjacent to a town of 100,000, and the university has 64,500 students (although very few are on campus.
We’ll see what happens. 1918, after all, was just influenza.
Ann - agree with you. The Spanish flu ripped through small, relatively isolated communities. Remember seeing the statistics for the Anyox Mine (a community in NW British Columbia). It was an isolated community but - once the virus got there - the toll was savage. This being a mining community, it was mostly men who died, though I do remember a nurse being a casualty. But, as I remember, they were also from about 19 to 49 in age; those who coventional wisdom would say could best survive.
"Apparently this bug is not easy to catch except by hands or lengthy times in close spaces."
There are several possible explanations for why we see so many reports in the news of deaths from coronavirus:
1. It may be media hype. Indeed, that's likely a huge part of the problem. Leftist media not only wants to portray your life under Trump as bad, they actually want your life to be bad.
But let's assume that the number of coronavirus deaths is huge (compared to what?). The high number of deaths could result from:
2. A disease that's VERY contagious, but not any more lethal than the flu.
3. A disease that's not very contagious, but is much more lethal than the flu.
4. A disease that's both more contagious and more lethal than the flu.
Right not, most data points to #2 (not #3). That's the whole point about social distancing.
"- and don't touch your darn face."
Yeah, go ahead. Try not to touch your face.
If your eye itches, you rub it. If your nose tickles, you scratch it. You can't help it. It's a semi-autonomous thing we humans do without thinking about it - like breathing.
One of the funniest things I've seen in all this doom and gloom are the video clips of very officious people standing at podiums, telling all of us to: "...don't touch your face!", who almost immediately - touch their face - right there on camera.
Be careful what you touch and wash your hands more often, so that when you do - inevitably - touch your face, you are least likely to infect yourself.
This is the benefit of wearing a mask: It keeps you from touching your face.
CUOMO LIES ABOUT LACK OF VENTILATORS, TRUMP EXPOSES HIM
March 24: https://www.thedailybeast.com/cuomo-on-fema-sending-400-ventilators-to-new-york-i-need-30000
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending 400 ventilators to his besieged state. “Four hundred ventilators? I need 30,000 ventilators,” Cuomo railed in a press briefing at Manhattan’s Javits Center. “You want a pat on the back for sending 400 ventilators? You’re missing the magnitude of the problem.” Cuomo said the “rate of increase has gone up” in terms of coronavirus cases in the state and that new infections are “doubling about every three days.” New York has identified 25,665 cases of the virus, almost half of which are in New York City. Cuomo added: “How can you have New Yorkers possibly dying because they can’t get a ventilator, but a federal agency saying I’m going to leave the ventilators in a stockpile? I mean, have we really come to that point?”
The problem is Cuomo is not releasing them to the hospitals and people are dying.
"... not to touch your face"
Easy after sitting thru the UV light and powder class...
Wash your hands.
Don't eat bats.
And stop licking every pangolin you see.
Stop being so negative.
Big game changer here.
Tomb Unknown soldier guarding:
WOn't get infected by dead soldiers.
Won't get infected by visitors during lock-down.
Possibly safest place to be.