The Final Steps to Defeating COVID-19

H/T Town Hall.

Ok. Deep breath. Feel better?

Most of the nation survived the first full week of social distancing. We distanced ourselves, assisted our children as they engaged in “home learning,” and attempted to make life as normal as possible for our families.

The stock market tanked. Thousands of small businesses went bankrupt, millions closed their doors and wonder if they will be able to survive once they re-open.

Amidst all of the attempts to flatten the curve, increase the number of testing locales and kits available, and randomly requiring people to stay at home the number of confirmed infections went up—while the percentages of deaths related to them went down.

Most importantly, an on-the-shelf cure for COVID-19 has finally been authorized. It has a 99.75 percent effectiveness in controlled studies.

interviewed the co-author, Gregory Rigano of Johns Hopkins and Stanford, about the reliability of the studies.

But what good is it to know that a cure exists that stops the virus and dismantled it in 99.75 percent of the cases it is studied in if the Surgeon General is still claiming day and night on every news channel that its effectiveness is not yet proven?

Multiple controlled studies, the most significant one authored by Dr. Didier Rauolt in southern France, have seen that 99.75 percent cure rate be matched over and over.

Lennox Hill Hospital in New York has even adopted the HydroxyChloroquine formula, and they have yet to lose even a single victim to COVID-19 of their more than 100 cases that they are treating.

Nonetheless, the panic-driven media, the big money-lust vaccine research grant types, and the swampy Surgeon General are still dismissive of the idea that a cheap, inexpensive-to-produce, readily available anti-viral that was created in 1934, used widely in 1945, and known to be effective against viruses since the 1970s should be the end of a virus that has killed off life in America.

So here’s what we need to do to bring this thing to an end so that America can begin the larger recovery:

  1. Adopt immediate use, in the recommended dosages in Dr. Rauolt’s study, for frontline medical workers. The CDC says it is effective as a preventative. Then let’s arm up the heroes of this battle so that they are protected.
  2. Immediately begin prescribing for worst cases (elderly, asthmatic, upper respiratory vulnerable), then those who have contracted, then those who have positive tests, and lastly those merely exposed. Do it in this order and start yesterday. American companies should be able to produce between 15-20 million more pills before the end of this week.
  3. Be generous. I know of one small business owner who has already paid the rent/mortgage for Broadway ushers, eatery waitstaff, and others he’s learned of. That’s the spirit of Americans coming together.
  4. Originate the stimulus only for those in need. This “$2,000 in every pocket” idea sounds nice—and is a windfall for many, but for those who have effectively lived within their means, there is no real reason to shell out the money.
  5. Open businesses a week from Monday. The pain has been severe, even as eateries have tried to convert to curbside delivery they are still shedding losses of enormous amounts. Same with barbershops, retailers, cinemas, and gyms.
  6. Rollback into play the freedom to assemble. Life has been excruciating for many to not have contact with the outside. My own 10-year old broke down in tears this week because he couldn’t invite his friend and classmate – who lives directly behind us and has an unlocked gate to our back yard – over to play.
  7. Refuse to fear. The media, the swamp, and politically motivated Never Trumpers, Democrats, and the left are all trying to get you to lose your mind. Don’t let them. Clean and reload all the firearms in your home. Participate with your friends through their social media push-up challenges. Take an Instagram yoga time out. Enjoy the free American Ballet Theater virtual ballet classes with your baby girl. Or send your boys to their virtual Taekwondo class on YouTube. Live, and never let anyone stop you.

Fourteen days ago the “experts” predicted we’d be out of hospital beds in 10 days.

We’re not even close.

The regular flu has taken 13,000 American lives this flu season, out of 38,000,000 being infected. COVID-19 has yet to infect even a million people on the entire planet thus far and as of this writing for roughly the same period as the flu, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed 300 Americans.

The cure has been found. Stay calm. Enjoy this week with your family. Live your life.

And come back STRONG!

It’s what we as Americans do!

10 Common Sense Solutions to the Economic Crisis Caused by China

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

These solutions will never pass Congress as they have no common sense.

Congress must embrace these non-partisan proposals.

In this time of global crisis and economic uncertainty, both Democrats and Republicans have been seeking to exploit the China-caused pandemic in pursuit of partisan policy objectives. Shame on them!

The Washington Free Beacon, in partnership with the David Gergen Institute for Excellence in Bipartisan Ethics and Legislative Policy Solutions (DGIEBELPS), has engineered the following economic relief proposals to rescue the American economy from the ongoing Wuhan crisis. Congress should include them as part of any legislative effort to revive the economy in these perilous times.

1) Tax Cuts Now: In an effort to provide much-needed relief for struggling hedge funds and other high-frequency traders, a permanent holiday on all capital gains taxes should be implemented immediately. In addition, back-dated subsidies should be considered for all who have suffered under the inheritance tax regime since it was wrongfully reinstituted in 2011.

2) Firearms for All: In addition to (or perhaps instead of) sending checks to all Americans, the government should consider providing complimentary firearms to all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable. As our local police forces become strained in the fight against looters and other petty criminals, regular citizens must be empowered. Firearms inequality will only be exacerbated by the crisis without strong federal action. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control should issue new guidance on proper social distancing at gun shows. While we’re at it, the so-called gun-show loophole must be opened—by executive action, if Congress fails to act.

3) Move the Embassy—Again: We don’t know when Israeli scientists will develop a vaccine for coronavirus, but when they do, America must be ready to reward them. President Trump has already moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The State Department should begin developing plans to relocate the embassy once again, this time housing it in East Jerusalem. At a moment like this, it’s important to let our allies know whose side we’re on.

4) War: We urge Congress to ask Senators Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R., Texas) to draft an emergency declaration of war against Iran, and to attach it as an amendment to the forthcoming Wuhan virus bailout bill. Some of our experts have questioned whether now is the moment to expend more money on an overseas military intervention. But a war would be no more expensive than the bailout of Boeing currently under consideration, and a war would at least give the American people a return on their investment. Why do you think FDR allowed the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor? Also, the ayatollahs have had this coming for a long time.

5) Real Criminal Justice Reform: Our prisons are too crowded—they risk becoming a breeding ground for the Wuhan virus. President Trump should immediately pardon low-level criminals such as Mike Flynn, Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos, and Paul Manafort. Now is the time to restore the American people’s faith in the federal government and reverse the damage done by the media-driven Russia collusion hoax. Trump should also appoint a blue-ribbon panel to determine the whereabouts of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

6) Repeal the Endangered Species Act: While the price of oil is now mercifully low for America’s coal rollers, our fracking industry is in great danger. America needs to extract as much of its own fossil-fuel energy as it can, or our overloaded hospitals will not be able to turn on the lights. That’s why we recommend a temporary suspension of the Endangered Species Act, as well as the permanent elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency. The president must authorize oil exploration studies in all of America’s national parks and wildlife preserves. We have all the bald eagles we need. But we can never have too much oil.

7) End Tenure for Teachers and Professors: Schools and universities need workforce flexibility to account for the demands of distance learning. Classroom size can now be infinite, and if Congress uses its authority judiciously, we can eliminate all but one teacher—and eliminate the teachers’ unions entirely. The bullies in Big Education need to take a seat, at least until we can find out what the hell is going on.

8) Health Care Justice: Moments of crisis require national cohesion. Accordingly, the American people shouldn’t have been constantly triggered by a health care law named after a corrupt president who failed to produce a valid long-form birth certificate. This is why we propose formally changing the name of our existing health care regime from “Obamacare” to “Melaniacare.”

9) Government Waste: Now is not the time to cut off the government spigot. But there are a few things the president can do to save a little money. Let’s start by defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio.

10) Election Security: One of the most efficient ways to contain the spread of the Wuhan virus would be to indefinitely postpone the 2020 election. President Trump has too many supporters who will gladly risk their lives to attend one of his legendary campaign rallies. Perhaps if the president wasn’t so popular, we could risk it. The American people didn’t abandon FDR during World War II, and that’s a precedent worth following. In any event, we can always revisit the idea of public elections as soon as China is no longer a world power.

WHO Updates Statement About Taking Ibuprofen If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

H/T Western Journal.

Personally, I do not believe anything the WHO has to say.

The World Health Organization fought back against rumors this week and said it does not recommend against the use of ibuprofen to help with coronavirus symptoms.

“At present, based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of ibuprofen,” read a graphic attached to a tweet on the subject Wednesday.

We are also consulting with physicians treating COVID-19 patients and are not aware of reports of any negative effects of ibuprofen, beyond the usual known side effects that limit its use in certain populations.”

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Q: Could worsen disease for people with ?

A: Based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of of ibuprofen.

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The statement came after France’s health ministry suggested the popular painkiller could worsen the effects of coronavirus.

Health Minister Olivier Veran, who is also a neurologist, tweeted Saturday, “Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone, …) could be an aggravating factor of the infection.

His concerns stemmed from some French COVID-19 patients experiencing severe side effects because of the over-the-counter drug, NPR reported.

A commentary published in The Lancet medical journal also stirred questions about ibuprofen’s safety by hypothesizing how various medications could increase the risk of coronavirus infection.

According to the commentary’s author, taking ibuprofen might increase the number of ACE2 receptors on a cell, making someone more vulnerable to infection.

Rachel Graham told NPR that even if people have low levels of ACE2, they are still susceptible to the virus.

When asked about the study, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeir told reporters in Geneva that experts were “looking into this to give further guidance,” according to Science Alert.

“In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That’s important,” he said.

A spokesman for Reckitt Benckiser, a British pharmaceutical company that makes Nurofen, said the company is aware of the concerns and does “not currently believe there is any proven scientific evidence linking over-the-counter use of ibuprofen to the aggravation of COVID-19.”

“Consumer safety is our number one priority,” he said. “Ibuprofen is a well-established medicine that has been used safely as a self-care fever and pain reducer, including in viral illnesses, for more than 30 years.”

WHO has since released its updated statement following “a rapid review of the literature” and finding there is no published scientific evidence that Ibuprofen worsens the virus, CNN reported.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also issued a statement that it is “not aware of scientific evidence” connecting ibuprofen to worsening COVID-19, according to CNN.

“The agency is investigating this issue further and will communicate publicly when more information is available,” the FDA said. “However, all prescription NSAID labels warn that ‘the pharmacological activity of NSAIDs in reducing inflammation, and possibly fever, may diminish the utility of diagnostic signs in detecting infections.

Approval of Trump’s Coronavirus Response Shoots Up by 12 Points in a Single Week

H/T Western Journal.

President Trump is doing everything he can about the Coronavirus.

A new poll shows a majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the results of an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday, 55 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Trump’s handling of the spread of the coronavirus crisis, while 43 percent said they disapproved.

The numbers have shifted dramatically in just one week as the president and his team have worked around the clock to manage the situation.

Friday’s numbers are a near reversal from a week ago, when the same poll found 54 percent of those surveyed said they disapproved of Trump’s handling of the situation, while just 43 percent approved.

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BREAKING: Two-thirds of Americans are concerned that they or someone they know will be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to new @ABC News/Ipsos poll. https://abcn.ws/3d5AnZw 

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JUST IN: Among Democrats, 83% are concerned about getting coronavirus, including 47% who are very concerned, and among Republicans, 56% are concerned, including only 15% who are very concerned, new @ABC News/Ipsos poll finds. http://abcn.ws/3d5AnZw 

Two-thirds of Americans concerned about contracting coronavirus, as country grapples with growing…

Two-thirds of Americans are concerned that they or someone they know will be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

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Over the past week, the president and his administration have taken drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus and assure the public that the full resources of the federal government are at work.

Trump has also been highly visible during daily media briefings from the White House.

While a number of Democrats have harshly criticized Trump’s handling of the crisis in apparent attempts to gain political traction, it appears that many Americans have nonetheless have decided Trump’s response has been appropriate — which could explain the 12-point swing in favor of the president.

This week’s poll also surveyed Americans about how the global pandemic has changed their daily lives and working habits.

Almost three-quarters of respondents said the threat of the virus has made them alter plans or schedules, as 72 percent reported postponements and/or cancellations.

Of those reporting disruptions, 57 percent said they had scrapped plans to go out for dinner, while 35 percent have cancelled a vacation

Thirty-three percent reported cancelling plans to attend a religious service and 32 percent said they had changed plans to attend concerts or sporting events.

The health crisis has also altered plans for many to vote, as 11 percent of those surveyed said they had refrained from in-person voting.

A week ago, 73 percent of those surveyed by ABC News/Ipsos reported not cancelling or postponing life events, while that number dropped to 28 percent in this week’s poll.

When asked to describe their current working situation, 41 percent said in the most recent poll that they are not working, while 17 percent reported working from home. Only 36 percent of those surveyed said they are still working from their regular workspace outside of the home.

The threat of the being infected has also increased anxiety among respondents, as 79 percent reported being either very concerned or somewhat concerned about either them or someone they know contracting the virus.

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JUST IN: 55% of Americans approve of Pres. Trump’s management of the coronavirus crisis, compared to 43% who disapprove, according to new @ABC News/Ipsos poll. https://abcn.ws/2wd0vkB 

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NEW: 79% of Americans say they are concerned that they or someone they know will be infected by coronavirus, which is a significant uptick from last week when 66% said the same, per new @ABC News/Ipsos poll. http://abcn.ws/2wd0vkB 

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The ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted between March 18 and 19, and surveyed a total of 512 adults, with a margin of error of plus- or minus-5 percentage points.

Trump Says ‘No’ National Lockdown, Doesn’t Believe It Will Ever Be Necessary

H/T Flag And Cross.

I hope President Trump keeps his word and not order a national lockdown.

President Trump recently stated during a press conference that a national lockdown would not likely ever be necessary to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, news which should be sweet, sweet music to those of us who love and enjoy our freedom.

Trump updated reporters and officials during a briefing held on Friday. The president said that after both California and New York have implemented strict regulations designed to stop the spread of the virus, he did not see the need for a nation-wide lockdown like the kind we’ve seen in China and Italy.

Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:

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“I don’t think so,” Trump said when asked if he thought a national lockdown would be needed. “Essentially, you’ve done that in California, you’ve done that in New York. Those are two really hot beds. Those are probably the two hottest of them all in terms of hotspots.

“You go out to the Midwest, you go out to other locations and they are watching it on television but they dont have the same problems,” Trump continued. “So no, we are working with the governors and I don’t think we’ll ever find that necessary.”

Moments before, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top immunologist, praised the residents of California and New York for their sacrifice and said that the strict regulations put in place by the state governments were appropriate and necessary.

This is very good news, which should do wonders in lifting the spirits of those who have been diligent in practicing social distancing as a means of helping to flatten the curve of the spread of the disease.

The two main concerns about the virus are that it could spread to those who are elderly and immunocompromised and that patients with the illness could overload our healthcare system.

That’s why it’s so critical to “flatten the curve.”

Fortunately, it seems as though our efforts to do this are paying off, slowly but surely.

Ilhan Omar Lauds Trump’s ‘Incredible’ Response to Coronavirus — ‘Unprecedented Leadership’

H/T Breitbart.

I bet Rep. Ilhan Omar(Delusional-MN)about choked on these words.

 

 

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is offering rare praise for President Donald Trump’s leadership, calling his response to the coronavirus outbreak “incredible.”

“Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time,” Omar, a member of the progressive “Squad,” wrote Wednesday evening in response to a list of Trump’s actions in response to the virus and its devastating economic impact. Those actions, shared by the Intercept’s Lee Fang, include “suspending mortgage foreclosures” and “demanding cash payments to Americans.”

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Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time. 👏🏽 https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1240347628048486400 

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Trump suspending mortgage foreclosures, demanding cash payments to Americans, now invoking the Defense Production Act to force private firms to produce needed supplies is incredible. Kind of a shell shock for anyone who reported on any economic policies in the Obama years.

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Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time. 👏🏽 https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1240347628048486400 

Lee Fang

@lhfang

Trump suspending mortgage foreclosures, demanding cash payments to Americans, now invoking the Defense Production Act to force private firms to produce needed supplies is incredible. Kind of a shell shock for anyone who reported on any economic policies in the Obama years.

Ilhan Omar

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.@AyannaPressley always says, unprecedented times require unprecedented leadership and we are seeing that in our country right now. I have faith that we will survive this as a nation and build together.

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.@AyannaPressley always says, unprecedented times require unprecedented leadership and we are seeing that in our country right now. I have faith that we will survive this as a nation and build together.

Ilhan Omar

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Finally, we should never let politics get in the way of good policy. This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now.

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“Ayanna Pressley always says, unprecedented times require unprecedented leadership and we are seeing that in our country right now. I have faith that we will survive this as a nation and build together,” Omar added, referencing her fellow “Squad” member from Massachusetts.

“This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now,” she concluded.

Promising “total victory” over the coronavirus outbreak, President Trump announced a series of additional measures Wednesday to help beat the pandemic — which include invoking a 70-year-old law that allows him to use the private sector to make up the shortage of medical supplies.

At a White House briefing with his Coronavirus Task Force, Trump said the 1950 Defense Production Act — which allows the federal government to the marshal the manufacturing capabilities of the private sector during wartime — will be used “in case we need it.”

“It can do a lot good things if we need it,” he said, adding that he would sign an order activating the law immediately.

The United States has more than 9,415 coronavirus cases, according to a live tally tracked by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. death toll is 150 so far, with the majority recorded in Washington state.

President Trump said using the Defense Production Act shows that his administration is taking a wartime footing in response to the disease, and said, “Now it’s our time.”

“We must sacrifice together, because we are all in this together, and we will come through together,” he added. “It’s the invisible enemy. That’s always the toughest enemy. But we are going to defeat the invisible enemy.”

Tom Cotton Debuts Plan, to Take Pharma Production Back From China

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

We have Bill Clinton,George W.Bush and Bathhouse Barry Obama to thank for China having ut pharma in the first place.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) introduced legislation Thursday to repatriate pharmaceutical manufacturing from China to America, aiming to reduce a dependency that could seriously limit the U.S. coronavirus response.

The bill, which Cotton introduced with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.), aims to severely curtail the volume of Chinese active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from the U.S. medical drug supply. The PRC currently produces most of the world’s APIs—the “active ingredients” in commonly used drugs—leaving the United States and other nations critically dependent on it for medicines.

Cotton’s is just the latest proposal to onshore pharmaceutical supply chains, including a similar one from Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and rumblings from the White House about a “buy American” executive order. Prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, many are beginning to see the cost-savings from Chinese-made pharmaceuticals as not worth the risk of undersupply during another pandemic, or during a potential conflict with America’s main geostrategic rival.

“China unleashed this plague on the world, and China has to be held accountable,” said Cotton during a Fox News interview Wednesday evening. “It’s too grave a threat to let our health rest on Chinese drugs.”

The Cotton bill would directly target Chinese API producers, requiring the FDA to track the point of origin for APIs and drugs made outside of the United States, as well as requiring drug companies to list the country of origin for APIs on their products. It would also prohibit all federal entities—including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and Defense—from purchasing drugs that use APIs made in China.

The bill also aims to bolster domestic pharmaceutical production capacity. It would allow domestic manufacturers to immediately expense the costs of expanding production capacity, giving such businesses a major write-off on their taxes. If successful, that provision could help U.S.-based manufacturers compete with lower-cost Chinese ones, keeping drug prices low even as production moves back to the United States.

Cotton’s plan, and those similar to it, are targeted at changing a major feature of the current system of international trade. Pharmaceuticals are like electronics: Most of the actual innovation is done in the United States, Europe, and Japan, but China does much of the assembly.

In particular, China makes much of the world’s API supply. The United States produces about 28 percent of the APIs it uses, compared to importing 13 percent directly from China. But, because China is (along with India) the global leading producer, making about 40 percent of the world’s total supply, many finished drugs imported from Europe, India, and other places likely also contain Chinese APIs.

The sale of APIs to the United States has been major business for the Chinese, with the total number of factories producing them in China doubling between 2010 and 2019. Census Bureau data show that pharmaceutical imports have grown from $179 million in 2000 to $1.56 billion in 2019—a nearly 800 percent increase.

Perhaps, in part, because of these profits, discussion of repatriating pharmaceutical production appears to have spooked Chinese authorities. In a Tuesday tweet, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs claimed that “trying to move medical supply chains back to the U.S. from China is unrealistic and unhelpful,” adding that it would be “a wrong remedy for #COVID19 pandemic.”