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- Donna Ashworth at https://ladiespassiton.com/

You think you're having a bad day, you should see the way I'm being treated by the media (toon):

This is stunningly irresponsible (re: Trump tweets):

This is stunningly irresponsible

Trump tore down Americaís pandemic preparedness, then spent weeks blustering as the coronavirus spread. Now heís pushing miracle drugs that arenít approved by the FDA and have poisoned people abroad. Desperate times.

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains - Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents).....



Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer exempts churches from 50+ gatherings ban

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Religious houses of worship are now exempt from being penalized if they violate Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.

On Monday, Whitmer released an executive order in response to coronavirus that said "all assemblages of more than 50 people in a single indoor shared space and all events of more than 50 people are prohibited...."

Later in the week, the order was updated to add a part that reads: ďA place of religious worship is not subject to penalty under section 3 of Executive Order 2020-11.Ē Section three of the original order said that "a willful violation of this order shall constitute a misdemeanor."

That means that churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples will not be penalized with a misdemeanor if they violate the rule to keep assemblies under 50 people.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/03/21/coronavirus-whitmer-updates-order-assemblies-exempt-churches-penalty/2885395001/

Staff member in Vice President Mike Pence's office tests positive for coronavirus

Source: CNN

(CNN)A staff member in Vice President Mike Pence's office has tested positive for coronavirus, Pence's spokesperson said Friday evening.

"‪This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus. Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual," said Katie Miller. "Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines."

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/politics/staffer-vice-president-office-coronavirus/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_content=2020-03-20T22%3A54%3A49&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twCNN

There's Florida State Representative @MikeHillFL (R-Confederacy) having lunch today with friends who

There's Florida State Representative @MikeHillFL (R-Confederacy) having lunch today with friends who say the #Coronavirus outbreak is "media-induced" and "nothing."


The War on Coronavirus Comes to Trump Properties

Source: NYT

Reeling from the global fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trumpís family business has cut back hotel operations, closed some golf courses and restaurants and shed dozens of workers ó all while pushing to keep other properties open and promote them on social media.

In recent days, the Trump Organization cut staff from hotels in New York and Washington, halted new reservations at a hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip and closed golf courses in Los Angeles and the Miami area, according to people with knowledge of the matter. It also closed the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, which normally would be at a peak right now, with regular seasonal visits by Mr. Trump himself.

The cutbacks, expected to continue in coming days, were a last resort, a company executive said, as the priority had been keeping thousands of employees and contract workers on the job. The company has a portfolio of more than a dozen golf clubs and at least partially owns or operates five-star hotels in Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, New York, Vancouver and Washington, as well as Ireland and Scotland.

Generally, the company has folded the tent only when local authorities mandated it, despite a growing national urgency to limit social gatherings and close nonessential businesses. In an interview, Eric Trump, the presidentís son who manages the family business, said the company was trying to limit shutdowns.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/business/trump-businesses-coronavirus.html


Sen. @GaryPeters says Michigan is ready to begin the process of turning shuttered car factories...

Sen. @GaryPeters says Michigan is ready to begin the process of turning shuttered car factories into manufacturing centers for masks, other PPE, and hospital beds, but he needs the President to trigger the Defense Production Act to start that process. @Morning_Joe


How one elite New York medical provider got its patients coronavirus tests

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As U.S. authorities scrambled to ramp up the nationís capacity to test for coronavirus last week, at least 100 executives and other New Yorkers of means had easy access to testing, according to two sources familiar with the activities of a little-known medical service catering to the affluent.

These people paid a $5,000-a-year membership fee for a medical concierge service in New York City called Sollis Health, which worked with Enzo Clinical Labs Inc to test its members for COVID-19, according to the sources.

The arrangement gave members, which include people in finance, entertainment, advertising and media industries, access to the tests at home at a time New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state had the capacity to test just a few hundred patients a day. The two sources declined to provide the identities of the people the company tested for coronavirus and Reuters could not establish them.

The demand for the coronavirus testing services provided by Sollis underscores the lack of preparedness of public health institutions. The access it provided its members is the latest example of how well-to-do people got coronavirus tests at a time of scarcity.


Virus Drug Touted by Trump, Musk Can Kill In Just Two Grams

Source: Bloomberg

The drug touted by the U.S. President Donald Trump as a possible line of treatment against the coronavirus comes with severe warnings in China and can kill in dosages as little as two grams.

China, where the deadly pathogen first emerged in December, recommended the decades-old malaria drug chloroquine to treat infected patients in guidelines issued in February after seeing encouraging results in clinical trials. But within days, it cautioned doctors and health officials about the drugís lethal side effects and rolled back its usage.

This came after local media reported that a Wuhan Institute of Virology study found that the drug can kill an adult just dosed at twice the daily amount recommended for treatment, which is one gram.

As the drug hasnít been approved by the U.S. Food And Drug Administration to treat the disease known as Covid-19, the Chinese experience may be useful as the American regulator studies the medication which has been endorsed by Trump as well as Tesla Inc. chief executive officer Elon Musk.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-20/virus-drug-touted-by-trump-musk-can-kill-with-just-two-grams?srnd=premium
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