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'Smoke and mirrors': Critics lambast Navy hospital ship sent to New York for treating only 20 patien

Source: Washington Post


“Taunting cruelty.” “An abomination.” “Smoke and mirrors.”

Such were the choice words many on social media had Thursday for the U.S.N.S. Comfort, a much-hyped Navy ship sent to Manhattan to relieve the city’s overburdened hospitals as they grapple with the coronavirus.

Yet of 1,000 available beds aboard the vessel, the New York Times revealed, only three patients had actually been allowed onboard. Strict rules were meant to keep coronavirus patients — or people with one of 49 other medical conditions — from being treated onboard, where an outbreak could spread quickly.

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, pointed out that a nearly identical situation played out after Hurricane Maria. The Comfort, sent to relieve the U.S. territory’s hospitals, only treated a few patients daily.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/04/02/coronavirus-latest-news/#link-2KN5TV6M6BBMPH2FWFGAVUABEY

"Cold Comfort"

George Conway lays out why Trump is to blame for our botched Covid-19 response

From Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway:

"For Trump supporters, let me make one thing VERY clear!

For the record NO ONE is blaming the President for the virus. Let me repeat. Coronavirus is not Trump’s fault.
Here’s a detailed list of what we are blaming him for:

* Trump declined to use the World Health Organization’s test like other nations. Back in January, over a month before the first Covid19 case, the Chinese posted a new mysterious virus and within a week, Berlin virologists had produced the first diagnostic test. By the end of February, the WHO had shipped out tests to 60 countries. Oh, but not our government. We declined the test even as a temporary bridge until the CDC could create its own test. The question is why? We don’t know but what to look for is which pharmaceutical company eventually manufactures the test and who owns the stock. Keep tuned.

* In 2018 Trump fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossart, whose job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. He was not replaced.

* In 2018 Dr. Luciana Borio, the NSC director for medical and bio-defense preparedness left the job. Trump did not replace Dr. Borio.

* In 2019 the NSC’s Senior Director for Global Health Security and bio-defense, Tim Ziemer, left the position and Trump did not replace the Rear Admiral.

* Trump shut down the entire Global Health Security and Bio-defense agency. Yes, he did.

* Amid the explosive worldwide outbreak of the virus Trump proposed a 19% cut to the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention plus a 10% cut to Public Health Services and a 7% cut to Global Health Services. Those happen to be the organizations that respond to public health threats.

* In 2018, at Trump’s direction, the CDC stopped funding epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries including China.

* Trump didn’t appoint a doctor to oversee the US response to the pandemic. He appointed Mike Pence.

* Trump has on multiple occasions sowed doubt about the severity of the virus even using the word hoax at events and rallies. He even did it at an event where the virus was being spread. Trump has put out zero useful information concerning the health risks of the virus.

* Trump pretended the virus had been contained.

* Trump left a cruise ship at sea for days, denying them proper hospital care, rather than increase his numbers in America.

Repeat. We do not blame Trump for the virus. We blame him for gutting the nation’s preparations to deal with it. We blame him for bungling testing and allowing it to spread uninhibited. We blame him for wasting taxpayer money on applause lines at his rallies (like The Wall). We blame him for putting his own political life over American human life. I hope this clears things up."

The Lincoln Project, a group led by George Conway, released a new video criticizing the president's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


Trump Said Coronavirus Would 'Miraculously' Be Gone By April. Well, It's April.

On Feb. 10, he repeatedly predicted ― at a meeting with governors, at a campaign rally and in a Fox Business interview ― that the coronavirus would no longer be a problem by April. He then made this claim at least three more times a few days later. 

“Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do ― you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat ― as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though. We have 12 cases ― 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.” [Feb. 10]

“Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.” [Feb. 10]

“I really believe they are going to have it under control fairly soon. You know in April, supposedly, it dies with the hotter weather. And that’s a beautiful date to look forward to.” [Feb. 10]

“We think and we hope, based on all signs that the problem goes away in April.” [Feb. 13]

“There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm ― historically, that has been able to kill the virus. So we don’t know yet; we’re not sure yet.” [Feb. 14]

“I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus.” [Feb. 14]

On Feb. 10, there were 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. Now there are nearly 200,000. And on Tuesday, the death toll in the U.S. surpassed 3,000, making the virus more deadly than the 9/11 terrorist attacks that reshaped much of American life. 

Medical experts never agreed with Trump’s rosy prediction. But as usual, science didn’t stop Trump from saying whatever he wanted. 

“We don’t know a lot about this virus,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said on Feb. 13. “This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission.”

Guatemalan man tests positive for coronavirus days after being deported from U.S.

According to Guatemalan health and migration officials, the man arrived in Guatemala Thursday on a deportation flight from Mesa, Arizona. He was asymptomatic at the time, but two days later began presenting symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus, the officials said.

It appears to be the first reported case of someone deported from the United States with coronavirus — a possibility that advocates had been warning of for weeks.

The man has been hospitalized in Guatemala CIty, officials said. Forty others who were on the deportation flight with him are being quarantined at home.

Some who favor restricting immigration in the United States have suggested accelerating the pace of deportation flights in response to concerns about the virus spreading in ICE detention facilities.


A moment of levity: UK sports announcers doing hilarious play-by-play of home life.

Bored and out of work, British sports commentators post hilarious videos of everyday life

British sports commentators are among those who have suddenly found themselves out of a job as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. No sporting events, no work.

But luckily for their fans on social media, some have deployed their broadcasting skills to everyday events that may seem mundane in less capable hands. Things like feeding the dogs or crossing the street or even grocery shopping are all potential targets for bored broadcasters.

Andrew Cotter, whose velvety voice will be recognizable to fans of Wimbledon and other big sporting events, on Friday was lighting up social media with video of his Labrador dogs Olive and Mabel. The clip, viewed over 5 million times, shows Olive devouring her food — “focused and relentless, tasting absolutely nothing” — more quickly than Mabel, who seemed to have a problem with her bowl and presumably didn’t know it was a race anyway.



Teen Who May Have Died Of Coronavirus Was Denied Care For Not Having Insurance: Mayor

A Lancaster, California, teenager thought to have died from COVID-19 last week was turned away from an urgent care clinic because he did not have health insurance, delaying medical attention at a critical time, the town’s mayor said Thursday.

“He didn’t have insurance, so they did not treat him,” mayor R. Rex Parris said in a video update.

“On Friday ... he was healthy, he was socializing with his friends. By Wednesday, he was dead.” ...“En route to AV Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest. When he got to AV hospital, they were able to revive him and keep him alive for about six hours,” Parris said. 

While the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health initially said the 17-year-old had died of coronavirus, officials later backtracked. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is now looking into the case to determine a conclusive cause of death. According to Parris, the teen had been sick for “a few days” and had no previous health conditions. 

The easy, inexpensive way the Czech Republic got Covid-19 under control: Masks4All

Home sewn masks, especially ones that hold filters and have twist ties sewn in to act as nose clips, will work to help protect you and other people. You should consider making some, if not for our nurses, for yourself. Here's how to sew one in about 10-20 minutes: http://xobonmag.com/project/fabric-face-mask/

California coronavirus surge on par with New York, threatening to overwhelm hospitals

California’s top medical advisor said Wednesday that coronavirus cases continue to double in the state every three to four days, a fast pace on par with New York‘s, where some hospitals are overwhelmed and the death toll stood at 366 on Wednesday night.

If that rate holds, California hospitals could see a surge in patients in one to two weeks, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s secretary of Health and Human Services, during a Facebook news conference.

“We originally thought that it would be doubling every six to seven days; we see cases doubling every three to four days,” Ghaly said. "[We’re] watching that trend very, very closely.”

Nicholas Jewell, a biostatistics researcher at UC Berkeley who has been tracking the pandemic, said the coronavirus is spreading rapidly throughout the U.S., at a rate quicker or on par with countries hit the hardest.


House members race back to Washington amid fears the $2 trillion coronavirus bill could be delayed

Source: NBC News

Democratic and Republican leaders were scrambling members of Congress back to Washington late Thursday because they suddenly believe the $2 trillion economic relief package might not pass by the voice vote planned for Friday and could be delayed if at least 216 members don't show up to vote on the floor.

Members are now racing to get back to Washington by Friday morning — in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic — because leaders fear that at least one member, likely to be Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., will demand a recorded vote.

The office of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., wrote in an advisory to members Thursday night: "Members are advised that it is possible this measure will not pass by voice vote."

"You might have one grandstander," President Donald Trump said at his news briefing Thursday. "It will pass. It will just take a little longer." He has said he would sign the bill once it passes.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-members-race-back-washington-amid-fears-2-trillion-bill-n1170051

Douchebag Massie is needlessly causing taxpayers to incur thundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs to get representatives back to the House on short notice for a vote.

Why did Dr. Birx lie that there is Covid-19 testing of the U.S. population?

So, as reported in The Hill, Dr. Birx said the following at Thursday's White House presser:

Birx cautions against inaccurate models predicting significant coronavirus spread

Birx, speaking at a White House press briefing, singled out a recent study on the United Kingdom that originally predicted 500,000 people would die from the virus and has since been revised down to predict 20,000 deaths in the U.K. She said the data the government has collected does not show that 20 percent of the U.S. population would be infected with COVID-19, cautioning against predictions that say so.

"When people start talking about 20 percent of a population getting infected, it is very scary but we don't have data that matches that based on the experience," Birx said.

Birx, an HIV/AIDS expert from the State Department who was brought on to coordinate the federal government's response to the coronavirus, noted that 19 of the 50 U.S. states are showing a persistently low level of coronavirus cases despite reporting early infections. These 19 states each have fewer than 200 cases, Birx said, and are still working to actively contain the virus rather than mitigate its spread.

"That's almost 40 percent of the country with extraordinarily low numbers and they are testing," Birx said.


Surely she knows she is lying when she says this:
That's almost 40 percent of the country with extraordinarily low numbers and they are testing"

Maybe she and others close to Trump can get tested at the drop of a hat, but the rest of us can't. In California, only people in hospitals in serious condition, and symptomatic hospital workers, can get tested.

So why is she saying that?
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