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🤮 Coronavirus (Community Thread)


He’s branded the WH to work as a front for Trump 'n MAGA :roll_eyes::roll_eyes:

The crowd went wild with applause and broke into a chant: “Four more years! Four more years!”

The event may have been standard fare for Trump, but it was anything but standard for the White House. As government property, the “people’s house” is supposed to be just that: a place for the American people regardless of party or voting record. It’s most definitely not supposed to host campaign rallies, and officially it doesn’t. But since taking office, Trump has blithely turned the White House into just another venue for his constant reelection campaign.

“This use of official positions to influence elections is permeating the entire government,” says Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer during the administration of President George W. Bush. Since Trump took office, he says, “There’s no separation of the official work of the government from politics.” The White House did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the Trump reelection campaign.

Trump has used the White House to host receptions for campaign supporters; give Medals of Freedom to major donors or people who’ve endorsed him; and curry favor with pro-Trump media outlets. The black leadership summit was no exception. It was organized by Turning Point USA, a nonprofit pro-Trump student group with an annual budget of more than $10 million, funded by the oil and gas industry and big GOP donors, including conservative financier Foster Friess. Founder and director Charlie Kirk did youth outreach for the Trump campaign in 2016 and is tight with the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., whose book tour TPUSA is currently sponsoring. The black leadership summit reception is the second time Trump has hosted the group since being elected.

(David Bythewood) #114

This is a breaking story; Gov. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, though there’s no article up with it yet, but he did just give a speech about it.
UPDATE: State of emergency confirmed.

Cuomo declares state of emergency in New York as state coronavirus cases soar to 76

Coronavirus far more likely than Sars to bond to human cells due to HIV-like mutation, scientists say

Research by team from Nankai University shows new virus has mutated gene similar to those found in HIV and Ebola

Finding may help scientists understand how the infection spreads and where it came from

“This could be “the reason why SARS-CoV-2 is more infectious than other coronaviruses”, Li wrote in a paper released on Chinarxiv on Sunday.”

This happened in Matt Gaetz’s district, a day after his gas mask stunt.

Coronavirus: Florida Reports 1st Deaths On East Coast; Event Cancellations Mount





and this little wrinkle from WaPo writer :question::question::question:


This is the typical WH response to what CDC might recommend…streamline the message and alter the truth, so that you don’t panic people. Why wouldn’t the elderly want to be advised to not fly? It sounds practical to me.


NEW YORK (AP) — The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the plan this week as a way of trying to control the virus, but White House officials ordered the air travel recommendation be removed, said the official who had direct knowledge of the plan. Trump administration officials have since suggested certain people should consider not traveling, but they have stopped short of the stronger guidance sought by the CDC.

The person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity did not have authorization to talk about the matter. The person did not have direct knowledge about why the decision to kill the language was made.

On Friday, the CDC quietly updated its website to tell older adults and people with severe medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease to “stay home as much as possible” and avoid crowds. It urges those people to “take actions to reduce your risk of exposure,” but it doesn’t specifically address flying.

Vice President Mike Pence, speaking Saturday after meeting with cruise ship industry leaders in Florida, targeted his travel advice to a narrower group: older people with serious health problems.

If you’re a senior citizen with a serious underlying health condition, this would be a good time to practice common sense and to avoid activities including traveling on a cruise line,” Pence said, adding they were looking to cruise line officials for action, guidance and flexibility with those passengers.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar suggested older Americans and those with health problems should avoid crowds “especially in poorly ventilated spaces.”

For most people, the flu-like viral illness causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But — like the flu — it can cause pneumonia and be much more lethal to people made frail by old age and by conditions that make it harder for their bodies to fight infections.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, this week warned U.S. lawmakers against minimizing the viruses risk for vulnerable people. During a Congressional hearing, he said the coronavirus “is like the angel of death for older individuals.”

Some experts this week said clearer and louder guidance should be made to vulnerable people, so they take every possible step to avoid settings where they might more easily become infected.

The clear message to people who fit into those categories is; ‘You ought to become a semi-hermit. You’ve got to really get serious in your personal life about social distancing, and in particular avoiding crowds of any kind,’” said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University expert on infectious diseases.

That can include not only avoiding essential commercial travel but also large church services and crowded restaurants, he added.

Dr. Tom Frieden, a former CDC director, said whether to recommend the frail and elderly avoid air travel is “a difficult question,” but clearly this is a time when such conversations should be taking place.

“At this point the risk in the U.S. remains low, but we are seeing it spread rapidly. We are going from the calm before the storm to the beginning of the storm,” said Frieden, who now heads Resolve to Save Lives, an organization promoting global public health.

The new virus is a member of the coronavirus family that can cause colds or more serious illnesses such as SARS and MERS. Health officials think it spreads mainly from droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu spreads.

The virus first emerged late last year in mainland China, but this year has increasingly been spreading around the world. More than 100,000 illnesses have been reported globally, in more than 90 countries and territories. the count includes more than 3,500 deaths.

For weeks, cases in the U.S. remained very low, but the count has been accelerating in the last several days.

President Donald Trump visited the CDC in Atlanta on Friday, where he defended his administration’s handling of the outbreak and tried to reassure Americans that the government had the virus under control. But Trump also detoured from that message, calling Washington state’s governor a “snake” and saying he’d prefer that people exposed to the virus on a cruise ship be left aboard so they wouldn’t be added to the nation’s tally.

(David Bythewood) #118

I am just gonna post this re-tweet from neo-Nero here:


Trump and Dan Scavino once again prove that history isn’t a GOP strong point, as neo-Nero re-tweets a post from the latter of him playing a fiddle with the caption “nothing can stop what’s coming” while the #coronavirus epidemic is starting to burn its way across the U.S.

Mentionable News

Looks like a good example of germ spread.

ANd this tweet from NBC reporter Richard Engel.

(David Bythewood) #120

(David Bythewood) #121

The age of #gaslight continues as Trump has decided he can lie his way out of an epidemic and “bad numbers” instead of combating it scientifically.



(David Bythewood) #123

A coronavirus case at CPAC undercuts Trump’s message that Covid-19 is under control

Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar have self-quarantined after being exposed to the virus at the conference.

(David Bythewood) #124

What Ben Carson doesn’t know CAN hurt us.

Ben Carson plays a new, prominent role, but fails to reassure

Assuming Carson can speak with authority on a viral outbreak because he was a brain surgeon doesn’t make nearly as much sense as Trump seems to think.

Ben Carson on the Grand Princess docking Monday in Oakland: ‘I don’t want to preview the plan right now’

Note he said this the day before they’re supposed to dock…

The obvious takeaway:

The Trump regime doesn’t yet have a plan to handle Grand Princess coronavirus cases, officials say

The cruise ship will dock in Oakland Monday, but plans to deal with the Covid-19 cases onboard had not been developed as of Sunday morning.

“He’s Definitely Melting Down Over This”: Trump, Germaphobe in Chief, Struggles to Control the Covid-19 Story

Publicly, he sees it as yet another (“Fake News”) media war; privately, he worries about virus-carrying journalists on Air Force One. But cancel his rallies? “I’m not going to do it,” he says.

(David Bythewood) #125

As Italy’s coronavirus death toll jumped on Monday by 97 to 463, Italy is extending coronavirus measures nationwide.



(David Bythewood) #127

My mother worked in nursing homes; I can only imagine what the workers are facing, watching people they’ve befriended and cared for go from healthy to dead in hours.

Whether a tremendous lie or a mind-boggling feat of ignorance, this is not comforting:

Trump ‘didn’t know people died from the flu.’ It killed his grandfather.

(David Bythewood) #128

(M A Croft) #129

Hehehe AOC nukes Gosar after he tweets - I kid you not - “I’d rather die in gloriously battle than from a virus”

(David Bythewood) #130

Above is video of somebody being interviewed who literally thinks the entire coronavirus is a hoax.

(David Bythewood) #131

There is no good reason for this. There’s a reason, mind you, but it’s not a GOOD reason, and it’s all about Trump’s optics, as usual.

The Trump Administration Is Stalling an Intel Report That Warns the U.S. Isn’t Ready for a Global Pandemic

Immigration judges want to know how to handle coronavirus

The long and the short: the Trump regime bowed to public pressure and put posters showing how to slow the spread of the coronavirus back up but still has no plan for how immigration court judges should proceed.

Day 1145
(M A Croft) #132

It would appear that the Coronavirus is now no longer contained in your country and like Italy the response to the threat has been haphazard and irregular.

Twelve days ago Italy had 600 Covid-19 cases. Today, it has nearly 10,000 cases and the entire country is shut.