After Cuomo Attacks, Trump Exposes How NY’s Ventilator Shortage Is Traced Straight to Cuomo Himself

H/T Western Journal.

Little Andy Cuomo had the chance in 2015 to buy 16,000 ventilators but chose not to buy them.

New York state is being slammed by coronavirus. The New York Times published the staggering statistics on Tuesday that reveal 25,665 infections and 210 deaths so far in the state.

While the Trump administration is directing resources to the state, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is predictably using the crisis for his own political posturing by complaining about the state’s lack of ventilators.

The problem is, Cuomo didn’t prepare his state when he had the chance — but he’s blaming the Trump administration’s supposed lack of response.

To aid Cuomo and his constituents, the federal government is going to build four emergency hospitals, station one navy hospital ship offshore to help, and has already mobilized the National Guard and sent necessary equipment to the state, the New York Post confirmed Sunday.

Despite the Trump administration’s swift and thorough response, Cuomo complained in a news conference Tuesday about his state’s lack of ventilators, which are vital to patients with acute respiratory distress caused by coronavirus infection.

Cuomo decried the government’s reluctance to enact the federal Defense Production Act, which would compel companies to adapt their manufacturing processes to fit the government’s needs, in this case by producing ventilators.

Of course, that is unnecessary since companies such as Ford are already innovating ways to use their existing equipment and parts to manufacture ventilators and masks.

President Donald Trump reiterated Tuesday that it simply is not necessary to use the power of the federal government to compel companies to do what they’re already doing.

“The Defense Production Act is in full force, but haven’t had to use it because no one has said NO!” Trump said on Twitter Tuesday. “Millions of masks coming as back up to States.”

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The dirty little secret is that Cuomo knows this, yet still complained that ventilators can’t be made fast enough to meet the coming need for his state for one important reason: it is his fault that the state has a shortfall in the first place.

Trump was eager to rebut Cuomo’s charge with the cold, hard facts about the governor’s failure to prepare when he had the chance.

The president explained during Fox News’ virtual town hall with Bill Hemmer that Cuomo “rejected buying recommended 16,000 ventilators in 2015 for [a] pandemic,” but “established death panels and lotteries instead.”

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While Trump’s source for the number of ventilators is unclear, Fox News reported that in 2015, health officials in New York established a task force to look into the state’s lack of ventilators.

The task force discovered there were 8,991 ventilators in the state including a stockpile of 1,750, with most already in use, leaving just over 2,800 of them available. The report explained that in the case of a severe health pandemic, “many more patients will require the use of ventilators than can be accommodated with current supplies,” with a peak of over 18,600 potential ventilators needed in a case like the 1918 flu pandemic.

If an influenza pandemic on the scale of the 1918 pandemic were to occur, it is possible that New York would face a significant shortage of ventilators,” the task force report continued.

“Because influenza pandemics are unpredictable and their impact unknown in advance of the pandemic, officials must consider and plan for a worst-case scenario.”

Instead of buying additional ventilators with the potential to not have trained staff available to operate them, the report explained that keeping only a limited stockpile would balance the state’s need to prepare for a pandemic against its need “to maintain adequate funding for current and ongoing healthcare expenses.”

According to Fox News, instead of purchasing the additional ventilators, the task force created a system to determine who would be put on a ventilator based on priority.

Trump is not to be trifled with in matters regarding his team’s COVID-19 response, which the American people heartily support.

Cuomo is a coward who refuses to take responsibility, and since the governor failed to act in 2015, the people of New York are at greater risk.

Democratic politicians such as Cuomo love to empty the coffers for pet projects, but suddenly become penny pinchers when a useful expenditure comes their way. Now that his chance has come and gone, Cuomo has nothing left to do but point his finger at someone else.

UPDATE, March 25, 2020: This article has been updated to include additional information regarding the number of ventilators in the state of New York and warnings from health officials in 2015 about the lack of ventilators available in the case of a severe pandemic.

Hospitality Union Demands Dues From Members Left Unemployed By Coronavirus

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

These union thugs do not give a Damn about the workers they just want money to funnel to DemocRats,.

Workers would be better off if every union in the United States was smashed to bits and the bits scattered to the four winds.

A hospitality union is still demanding dues payments from workers left unemployed by the coronavirus, threatening to cut off health insurance benefits for those who fall behind on payments.

UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents more than 30,000 hotel employees in Southern California and Arizona, has continued to request dues from laid off workers as the pandemic halts travel across the country. The union on Tuesday sent payment reminders to members via text message, telling many unemployed workers, “It is critical for you to keep paying your dues so that we can keep fighting.”

One current member, who recently lost his job at a hotel as California launched a statewide lockdown, called the union’s practices “pathetic.”

“It’s kind of pathetic the way they’re doing things.… It sounds to me like all they want is the money, and that’s it. They don’t care about their employees,” the member told the Washington Free Beacon. “My phone company told my wife a couple days ago, ‘If you’re not able to pay, we can always make arrangements. We can wait.’ If other companies are doing this, why can’t the union do the same thing?”

UNITE HERE Local 11 did not respond to a request for comment.

Although the member was laid off, the hotel extended health insurance coverage for workers through September. He was told by a union representative that those benefits are linked to maintaining dues payments, which ranged from $28 to $71 each month, according to its 2019 federal labor filings.

“I said, ‘Medical insurance, how is that gonna work?’ [The representative] goes, ‘Oh well, you’ll be covered until September. Well, as long as you keep paying your union dues,'” the member said.

The text messages arrived as many American companies work to ease constraints on workers displaced by the virus. The Los Angeles-based STAPLES Center announced in March it would continue to pay hourly employees scheduled to work during canceled sporting events, a decision UNITE HERE Local 11 recognized on Twitter.

Members have also complained that union leaders have been difficult to reach during the crisis. Though the union’s payment reminder message listed its Los Angeles office phone number for questions, the offices are closed due to the virus.

“Coworkers have sent me text messages saying that they couldn’t talk to anybody at the union, that the phone was always busy and nobody was answering. But someone sent them a text message saying they need to pay the union, regardless how,” the member said. “I’m kind of losing hope. Nobody’s doing anything about it.”

Labor watchdogs criticized the union’s callous approach to struggling members. Charlyce Bozzello, spokeswoman for the Center for Union Facts, said UNITE HERE owes members an apology.

“For Local 11 to expect struggling, out-of-work employees to continue paying dues is just disgraceful,” she said. “Local 11 seems unwilling to see a drop in its dues revenue, regardless of whether or not its members can afford it.”

Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Foundation, said that threatening to withhold insurance benefits during a deadly pandemic demonstrated a “total lack of compassion” from local labor leaders.

“Sadly this is yet another example of the seemingly endless greed union bosses have for extracting dues from rank-and-file workers,” he said. “As example after example demonstrates, union officials will lie, threaten and act with a total lack of compassion towards the very workers they claim to represent in order to line their own pockets.”

UNITE HERE’s national organization maintains close ties to Democrats. The union has given nearly $7.5 million to Democrats since 2000, and just $256,900 to Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The national union recently praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who has received more than $38,000 from the union since 1998, following the passage of the Coronavirus Response Agreement in March. The group also accused congressional Republicans of “shafting” workers.

UNITE HERE national representatives did not respond to a request for comment on Local 11’s decision to pursue dues from recently unemployed members.

UNITE HERE Local 11 spent more than $800,000 on political activities and lobbying in 2019, according to its federal labor filings. It has also touted its involvement in national politics, saying it played a role “not just in local Democratic politics, but in the incalculably larger transformation of the American labor movement and the broader movement for economic justice.” The union endorsed both Sens. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) in January.

Nolte: Nevada’s Democrat Governor Outlaws Antimalarial Drugs for Coronavirus Sufferers

H/T Breitbart.

Gov. Steve Sisolak(Delusional-NV)needs to know hydroxychloroquine is also used to treat arthritis.

I know I have been taking it four years for rheumatoid arthritis in my hands without this drug my hands would get stiff and not function.

I read somewhere that hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax Z-Pak had helped 350 people with the Coronavirus.  

Nevada’s Democrat Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an order Tuesday outlawing the use of antimalarial drugs for sufferers of the coronavirus.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the “governor’s order prohibits the prescribing and dispensing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for a COVID-19 diagnosis[.]”

“At this point in time, there is no known cure for COVID-19 and we must not withhold these drugs from those who need them,” the governor said in his statement. “The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home for Nevada, not to stockpile these drugs.”

Sisolak said he signed the emergency order after receiving a request from the Pharmacy Board, which claims the effectiveness of these drugs to treat the Chinese virus has “not been established,” and that “an emergency exists due to the hoarding and stockpiling” of these antimalaria drugs: chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

This order makes no sense, especially in a world where another Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo of New York, has ordered trials of the malaria drug. Saying he agrees with the president, Cuomo announced last week: “We’re also implementing the trial drug:”

We have secured 70,000 hydrocloroquin; 10,000 zithromax from the federal government. I want to thank the FDA for moving very expeditiously to get us this supply.

The President ordered the FDA to move and the FDA moved. We’re going to get the supply and the trial will start this Tuesday. The President is optimistic about these drugs and we are all optimistic that it could work.

I’ve spoken with a number of health officials and there is a good basis to believe that they could work. Some health officials point to Africa, which has a very low infection rate and there’s a theory that because they’re taking these anti-malaria drugs in Africa, it may actually be one of the reasons why the infection rate is low in Africa. We don’t know, but let’s find out and let’s find out quickly. And I agree with the President on that and we’re going to start and we’re going to start Tuesday.

While Sisolak is correct that the FDA has not approved the drug for coronavirus sufferers, the FDA has approved the drug for a number of other ailments, which means it is safe for human consumption — as long you consult with your doctor and follow the prescription orders.

In other words, what you don’t want to do is look for something that might have hydroxychloroquine in it and gobble it down, like some poor fool did this week with his fish tank cleaner.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support giving these drugs a try… This includes studies… Again, we’re a long way from FDA approval through clinical trials,  and the Africa correlation Cuomo spoke of might indeed have nothing to do with the malaria drug and have everything to do with Africa’s heat. Scientists believe the Chinese virus doesn’t fare well in warm weather.

Nonetheless, if someone I loved was in throes of the Wuhan virus and I lived in Nevada and was not allowed to try everything reasonable to save this person, I’d be furious. And this malaria drug *is* reasonable. What’s more, how can there be hoarding going on in Nevada when 1) you can only acquire this drug through a prescription, and 2) there are only around 300 coronavirus sufferers throughout the entire state?

As far as I know, the only “hoarding” going on is by those who can write a prescription to themselves, meaning doctors and the like. But the shortage is a worldwide shortage, and for obvious reasons: countries all over the world want  the drug to help their own coronavirus sufferers.

It would make perfect sense for Sisolak to outlaw doctors prescribing these drugs as a preemptive prescription, as a “just in case” prescription. But to deny it to those already suffering with the coronavirus is a gross violation of human rights, and an infringement of the relationship between patient and doctor.

This stinks of partisan politics, of an anti-science governor putting the trolling of Trump over the well-being of his own citizens.

Donald Trump on Reopening Economy ‘I’d Love to Have it Open by Easter’

H/T Breitbart.

I think President Trump is on the right track.

I do not think the small mom and pop businesses will survive a shutdown that goes beyond Easter.

President Donald Trump said during a Fox News town hall on Tuesday that he wanted to get the economy reopened by Easter.

“I’d love to have it open by Easter,” Trump said, setting a date for reopening the country for the first time.

Easter is on April 12.

“I would love to have the country opened up and rearing to go by Easter,” he repeated.

“That would be a great American resurrection,” Fox News moderator Bill Hemer replied

The president has promised to listen to his doctors and advisers on loosening restrictions set by the government to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but has said would ultimately make the final decision.

Trump appeared upbeat during the event, pleased that the stock market rose over 1,600 points on Tuesday.

He said he looked forward to the day that Americans could go to work, noting that a massive economic depression had its own death toll.

“We can socially distance ourselves and go to work, and you’ll have to work a little bit harder,” Trump said. “You can clean your hands five times as more as you used to, you don’t have to shake hands anymore with people.”

Trump said again that he wanted the economy reopened in weeks, not months and suggested that the United States would be ready.

“It’s not built to shut down,” he said. “Our people are full of vim and vigor and energy. They don’t want to be locked in a house or an apartment or some space.”

The president said that putting restrictions on Americans last week was “one of the most difficult decisions that he ever made.”

“You’re basically turning off the country,” he said, adding that, “I wasn’t happy about it, and I also knew I had to do it.”

Trump said that the economic shutdown was “painful” and “destabilizing” but that it would soon be time for Americans to return to their lives.

“We have to go back to work, much sooner than people thought, and people can go back to work and they can also practice good judgment,” he said.

Dr. Deborah Birx said during the town hall that she would continue looking at the data, and urged Americans to continue following the restrictions set by the Centers for Disease Control.

Media Blame Donald Trump for Man’s Death After Ingesting Fish Tank Cleaner

H/T Breitbart.

I do not understand how President Trump is responsible for what this man did.

The media rushed to blame President Donald Trump on Monday for the death of an Arizona man who ingested a form of chloroquine — before it turned out that the man had ingested a fish tank cleaner with a similar chemical.

Reuters reported

An Arizona man has died and his wife is in critical condition after they ingested chloroquine phosphate – an aquarium cleaning product similar to drugs that have been named by President Trump as potential treatments for coronavirus infection.

The couple, in their 60s, experienced immediate distress after swallowing the drug, an additive used at aquariums to clean fish tanks, according to Banner Health Hospital in Phoenix.

Chloroquine phosphate shares the same active ingredient as malaria drugs that President Trump has touted as possibly effective against COVID-19, the potentially life-threatening disease caused by the coronavirus.

Many media outlets, however, reported that the man died after taking “chloroquine.”

Axios, for example, had to delete a tweet and issue a correction after reporting, initially: “Man dies after self-medicating with chloroquine.”



We have deleted this tweet and corrected our story because it did not reflect the full nature of the self-medication done with an additive commonly used to clean fish tanks. 

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The website added an “editor’s note” to the story: “Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that the form of chloroquine the couple ingested was used in aquariums — and it was not a medication.”

BuzzFeed reported: “A Man Died After Self-Medicating With A Drug Trump Promoted As A Potential Treatment For The Coronavirus.”

The text described “a drug meant for aquariums” without distinguishing between a product sold for fish tanks and a product for humans prepared by a pharmacist and supplied with a medical prescription.

President Trump has spoken specifically about the medically-supervised use of chloroquine — specifically, a drug called hydroxychloroquine, often used in combination with azithromycin, which has shown anecdotal efficacy in treating coronavirus victims, though it has not yet been proven to do so in clinical trials.

On Monday, he praised New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for launching clinical trials of the experimental medication regimen. Trump spoke specifically about “the hydroxychloroquine and the Z-Pak,” the latter another name for azithromycin.

Last week, NBC News’ Peter Alexander accused Trump of giving Americans “false hope” by touting the potential of the drug. The false claims about Trump encouraging a man to ingest fish tank cleaner are in the same vein.

After Trump supporters noticed the errors in reporting about the man’s death, the phrase “FISH TANK CLEANER” began trending nationwide on Twitter late Monday night.

15 Frequently Asked Questions, About Coronavirus and COVID-19

H/T Mental Floss.

The new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is officially a pandemic. People in every U.S. state and more than 160 countries are infected. And although it’s highly contagious, it’s also possible to recover from its respiratory symptoms—in fact, recovery numbers are steadily increasing around the globe.

As we wait for the new coronavirus to run its course, it’s good to stay informed. This no-nonsense, panic-free FAQ answers some of your most pressing questions.


The new coronavirus is the same type of virus that causes the common cold and flu, as well as more serious illnesses like SARS and MERS, and this new one is extremely serious. It causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19 (which is an abbreviation of Corona Virus Disease 2019). The virus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread throughout the world. People who get the virus can be asymptomatic, feel like they have a cold or flu, or have complications causing pneumonia and possible death. It spreads from person to person through infected droplets when a person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. You can catch it by touching a surface that an infected person touched, or being in the direct path of their droplets.


Although a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for the new coronavirus, the possibility of transmission between pets and their owners is still relatively unknown. Aside from this infected dog—which was never actively sick, even though the dog’s owner was—there have been no other reports and no evidence of transmission from person to pet, or vice versa.

Remember, though, that your pet’s toys or food bowl “could potentially have the virus on it,” Monya De, an internist in Los Angeles, tells Mental Floss. “Can they go lick the neighbor kid, and the neighbor kid has disease, and they then transmit it to you? I’d be more worried about surfaces.”


We don’t know for sure, but the World Health Organization (WHO) does note that it can stay on certain surfaces for a few hours up to a few days, similar to previous coronaviruses. A recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 17, found that the virus is detectable on these materials for these durations:

Aerosols: three hours
Copper: four hours
Cardboard: up to 24 hours
Plastic: two to three days
Stainless steel: two to three days

The CDC recommends cleaning frequently-touched surfaces often—including doorknobs, phones, faucets, and light switches—with a regular household cleaner or wipe. It probably wouldn’t hurt to blast your Amazon deliveries with a disinfectant spray before opening them, too.


No, not even a little. Alcohol may kill the virus on surfaces when it’s in sanitizer, but it won’t work for your own body. “When you consume alcohol, it immediately starts to break down in your GI tract,” De says. “It has much more chance of causing liver damage and damage to your mucous membranes over time. The alcohol is broken down before it has the chance to sterilize your body in any way.”


Probably not, unless you saw someone sneeze on, breathe on, cough on, or manhandle your groceries. Coronaviruses are spread from person to person through infected respiratory droplets. There’s no evidence of the food itself transmitting the disease. But it doesn’t hurt to be sanitary: Wash your hands before handling food, wash your fruits and vegetables as you normally do, and cook everything to the right temperature.


COVID-19 symptoms are frustratingly similar to the common cold and flu. Here’s what symptoms you should expect, depending on what virus you have.

COVID-19: Slowly developing fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath
Cold: Sneezing, aches and pains, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat
Flu: Rapid-onset fever, cough, fatigue, aches and pains, headache


Nope. People of any age are able to catch the virus, and you may be asymptomatic and have the disease without knowing it. Staying inside and away from other people is the only way to stop the spread at this point. Even if you don’t think you’ll get sick, someone you come in contact with could, and they could be immunocompromised—meaning it would do far worse harm to them than to you. If you absolutely must go out, keep a distance of about 6 feet between you and anyone else.


Most serious cases are in people who have compromised immune systems. That means the elderly, plus anyone with an underlying health condition like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease—regardless of their age.


Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. If you can’t do that, use antibacterial hand sanitizer. Keep 6 feet between you and other people. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. If you feel sick, stay home.


There is currently no treatment or vaccine for the virus. Antibiotics won’t work because they treat bacterial infections, not viral infections. Possible treatments and vaccines are in clinical trials, but it will still be a while before they’re available to the general public.


Only if you’re actively sick with COVID-19 symptoms or treating someone who is. Masks are most important for sick people to wear so they lower the chances of spreading the disease by stopping any infected particles from getting into the air. There’s a worldwide shortage of masks right now, and you shouldn’t use one unless you absolutely have to. Plus, most medical masks available to the general public are single-use and don’t effectively stop the virus from spreading.


If you have symptoms or have been in contact with an infected person, call your doctor. They’ll determine if you need to go to the doctor’s office or get tested for the new coronavirus. Plan to isolate yourself until you’re feeling better. Do not go to an emergency room unless you have severe symptoms; you may infect other people there.


If you’ve been traveling or have had contact with a potentially infected person, experts recommend quarantining yourself to slow the spread of illness. That means staying home, avoiding visitors, washing your hands frequently, and thoroughly cleaning surfaces during the quarantine period.

If you need to self-isolate because you’ve tested positive or are otherwise sick, you should follow strict guidelines. Stay home, put on a face mask, and limit your contact with other people in your household. Do not go out or get on public transportation. Restrict the amount of time you spend with pets, just in case. Continue to cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze, and regularly wash your hands. Don’t share household items, and clean common surfaces every day. You’ll want to monitor your symptoms, too. If they change or get worse, be sure to call your doctor.




Overall, De says, the biggest thing right now is to be nice to yourself. There’s a lot of lingering anxiety right now, and it’s only made worse with social distancing measures and the constant flow of news. She suggests adding daily meditation to your routine, and uninstalling news apps, even if just for a day. Read a book instead of watching TV or playing on your phone. Have a virtual dinner party or movie night, or play board game over Skype.

“There are a lot of ways you can relieve stress and still maintain that personal connection without visiting anyone right now,” she says. “This is really a time to treat yourself to a little escapism.”

Trump Says Economic Impact Of Coronavirus Prevention, May Be Worse Than The Disease

H/T Flag And Cross.

I hope President Trump ends this silly mass isolation.

President Trump recently took to Twitter to express that the economic fallout from the preventative measures being used to fight the spread of the coronavirus could be far worse than the actual effects of the disease itself, a sentiment being shared by many folks who have now found themselves forced to stay home instead of work during the periods of lockdown.


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Check out the details from The Washington Examiner:

The White House asked the public last week to self-quarantine in a campaign that advised “15 Days to Slow the Spread” of the novel coronavirus, a highly transmissible disease. The measure would come to an end around March 31.

But the economy is reeling in what the Wall Street Journal editorial board described last week as “a rolling economic calamity” with costs to individuals and businesses growing “by the hour.”

In a televised press conference on Sunday, Trump gave a clue as to his thinking about how the measures would resolve. “We’ll get a pretty good idea what we’re doing” at the end of the 15-day period. “You know there will be a point at which we say: ‘We’re back in business, let’s go.’”

Three days after announcing the 15-day plan on March 16, President Trump was discussing the possibilities of getting folks back to work, according to reports from Bloomberg News.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, making an appearance on Fox News, said that the virus had shut down nearly three-quarters of the economy.

Sen. Rick Scott called for a 30-day coronavirus recovery plan “to get America back to normal” in the wake of the pandemic. “Americans are scared because of the uncertainty the Coronavirus has brought,” Scott wrote. “Small businesses are closing, people feel isolated and there’s no end in sight,” he added. He called for same-day testing, all domestic and international air travel to be shut down, and a moratorium on all financial obligations — including rent, credit card payments, mortgages, and utilities.

Health authorities have advocated for a prolonged period of isolation, and as of now, it’s up in the air whether or not those measures can be relaxed by April 1.

There are, right now, more than 35,200 confirmed coronavirus cases and 473 deaths, according to reports from Johns Hopkins University.