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Tuesday, March 31. 2020
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This is not the plague
Mr. Coburn Went to Washington and Left a Remarkable Example
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Trump Is Right: Suicides Do Increase During Economic Hardship
UVA Students Issue List of Coronavirus-Related Demands to Administration
Students always try to find excuses to avoid exams. The Stress!
Yikes, This Is What The Swab Test Looks Like For The Virus
Open where possible, closed where necessary – that’s how the economy survives coronavirus
National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening
Trump's Approval Rating Soars As Media Seeks Blackout
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MedRXiv has a preprint of the randomixed, contolled study of HCQ, HCQ alone, not the Zelenko regimen. It did show efficacy against covid19. I saw it on the Canadian site, small dead animals.
" PBS Reporter: Covering Trump Is A ‘Team Sport’ For Press: We ‘Have Each Other’s Back’ In Opposition To President…
The media’s war on President Trump has escalated with coronavirus
CBS News Caught Using Footage from an Italian Hospital to Describe Conditions in New York City "
THESE are why I despise, detest, and distrust the media.
A memo to Maggie's commenters.
The issue of the coronavirus has divided the MF readers like nothing I have ever seen. Nonetheless, it has been impressive that the comments have continued to be thoughtful with no personal attacks (at least none that I have seen) in the comments. You are an intelligent, classy group. I doubt there's a better bunch on the net.
In my case, I want to make it clear that I am not angry at anyone that disagrees with me. Friends can disagree, and I consider everyone that comments here to be a friend. I hope everyone feels that way.
There it is. I just felt like it needed to be said.
I too have been surprised at the reactions of some commenting on Maggies Farm. I have been surprised that some are almost frantic and believing the end is near. Perhaps they are on the coasts where the numbers are much higher and the concentration of people is much more dense than those of us in fly over country. You are right, we can have different ideas and opinions and still be reasonable to each other.
Indeed it reminds me of the old old days, when the adults are under me held positions strong enough to disagree passionately with each other, but still remain fast friends. When I'm in a position to do so, I'll pour myself some well-aged bourbon and toast the lot of you. Thanks kindly for an island of civil discourse.
Several things are true simultaneously:
• There's a serious contagion loose in the land from the Wuhan virus due to the People's Republic of China's unwillingness, then and continuing, to come clean about the source, timing, and magnitude of the virus outbreak.
• There's a relentless effort by the Left through its propaganda organ, the media, to destroy Trump or at least prevent his re-election.
• The same forces of the Left and their media cheerleaders seek to create a Depression by shutting down the economy for months.
• Public health bureaucrats in Washington have been extremely slow to clear away regulatory barriers to effective treatments. It is only natural to align these people with the same Deep State bureaucrats that seek to destroy Trump's presidency.
• Large, crowded cities dependent on crowded mass public transit are going to be hit very hard.
• Suburban, exurban, and rural areas will be less affected.
• There is at least one inexpensive medication (hydrochloroquinine + azithromycin) that works well if applied early in the infection.
• The public health bureaucracy deliberately lied to the nation about the usefulness of face masks, both ordinary and N95 types.
What seem most important to me is to keep all of these threads in mind as we work through the next weeks, months, and even years. Protect yourselves and your families, but do not forget (1) the source of the virus in the first place, and (2) those in power here who could have made a difference, but stymied the administration's efforts out of political hatred.
Yikes, This Is What The Swab Test Looks Like For The Virus
On March 14/15, when Trump reported in a press conference that he had been tested, but demurred from answering a question about what it was like to be tested, I saw many online taking this demurral as certainty that he hadn't really been tested.
Knowing just where they put the swab, I thought it was probably a combination of
a) not wanting to recall and relate the unpleasant experience, as well as
b) not wanting to give a description that might discourage those needing the test from getting it done.
how about a blood test, He didn't get swabbed? I'd imagine they are monitoring the man for more than just this.
Swab, schmab. You haven't lived until the E-N-T docs give you a thorough run-through with the fiber optic NoseCam. First you get lidocaine--lots of lidocaine--up the nose. Then in goes the Cam, and they crank the fiber from schnozz to pharynx. Repeat for other nostril. Hmm, good times. Bastards didn't show me the video.
That little swab is a variation of a carnival geek stunt. Don't fear the swab.
I have always had chronic sinus problems since I was very young. I used to have to go to the doctors office and have two metal rods with cotton diffed in something jammed up my nose as fr as they would go. Then I had to go out to the waiting room and sit for a while before the doc would remove them. Old now, but still have chronic sinus problems but haven't had to do that in decades. No, it isn't pleasant.
I thought he was making it clear he found the test quite unpleasant personally, but he was not going to go into the details. I also took him to be avoiding describing it in a way that would discourage people from submitting to it, while hoping that someone would come up with something less off-putting, for the public good. Right now only a high level of anxiety would make most people submit to having a six-inch swab jammed way into the back of the sinuses. It's a sign of how seriously they're taking the danger.
President Trump has just said that now is the time for a $2 trillion infrastructure investment. I would suggest that part of that be spent to build/increase every hospital in the U.S. number of beds by 25% AND to create a national stockpile of medical equipment and medicine. This would be a lot better than more bridges to no where.
In addition, the AMA - or whoever is the holder of the lid - has got to lift the lid on the number of students admitted to medical school so that the artificial scarcity of doctors is eliminated. I assume that means that they have to expand the number of accredited hospitals for residency programs and so on in the line for certifications.
On Commenters Memo - I agree with the whole entry. Thank you for putting it in writing in such a nice way.
In that vein, my head will explode if I have to read or hear another person say if something isn't done "it will cost lives". It's the new catchphrase for all manner of insanity, and we are not insane, right?
Oh, and did I already say turn off the TV??
In the same vein,around March 10th, my daughter claimed that she would gag if she heard the phrase "out of an abundance of caution" one more time.
The Media are run by the tribe. What ELSE would you expect of them???
It seems that the "killer" with covid-19 is the cytokine storm that quickly causes a total crash and then death. I do not understand why I have not heard of anyone treating this with Prednisone. Perhaps it hasn't been well tested for this but it would seem that there is nothing to lose by trying it.
The cytokine storm is when your immune system overreacts and attracts everything; not just the disease. FYI:. I did get my info off the Internet and more specifically Wikipedia. The article also stated the cytokine storm is triggered not only by a virus but by certain medications. Treatment for it was to address symptoms as they appear. Hope this helps.
Yes that is part of it but it is more than that. It is massive and uncontrollable inflammation. If you have never taken Predisnone you may not understand that it can perform a miracle with inflammation AND it restores, temporarily, the patient's strength. The combination can be amazing. Given that the recovery from a cytokine storm is unlikely what is there to lose?
As well as a shot of dexamethasone, which helps within minutes.
I'm wondering if I had it back in January
The Billy Graham family does great work through their organization Samaritans Purse. A great charity to support.
The medical field already gets millions in grants from the government to build and refurbish hospitals and has for decades. Like education, money is not spared and likely it is why both education and medical care costs outpace inflation. Allow increases in medical school enrollment to increase price competition in the field. Mandate pricing of procedures and drug price competition.