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🤮 Coronavirus (Community Thread)


T’s speech was of course full of misinformation…and this Google website was not something that was developed (or even ready) to cover the Coronavirus situation.

#CartBeforeTheHorse #LetMeShineFactsLater

A source at Google tells WIRED that company leadership was surprised that Trump announced anything about the initiative at the press conference. What he did say was also almost entirely wrong. There will be a coronavirus testing site, not from Google but from Alphabet sister company Verily. “We are developing a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing,” Google tweeted in a statement. “Verily is in the early stages of development, and planning to roll testing out in the Bay Area, with the hope of expanding more broadly over time.”

Even that, though, was not the original plan. The Verge reported Friday afternoon that Verily had intended the site for health care workers only. After Trump unexpectedly publicized the effort, Verily decided it will let anyone visit it, but can still only provide people with testing site information in the San Francisco area.

Google did not respond to requests for comment. A Verily spokesperson characterized the intention of the site differently from the Verge report. "We were initially planning to focus on highest risk populations, which includes healthcare workers—but this was not solely intended for them," the company said. “We are collaborating with organizations like Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp as part of this initiative, and local organizations to determine what will work best. At Verily, we are focused on developing a tool to help triage individuals for testing.”

It’s unclear whether senior Google or Alphabet leadership was aware of Trump’s plans, but CEO Sundar Pichai apparently made no reference to it in a company-wide memo about its coronavirus efforts Thursday, which was first reported by CNBC. In the memo, Pichai told employees that “a planning effort is underway” for Verily to “aid in the COVID-19 testing effort in the US.”

The White House declined to comment on the record, but did not dispute that Google was unaware that Trump would announce the site Friday.




The bill which Pelosi and Mnuchin hammered out was perhaps a bit shortsighted with regard to any worker, and seems to cover only businesses with 50 or less and favors the McDonalds’ and larger brands who will not be forced to give sick pay to sick workers.

I suppose at the 11th hour, it was something as opposed to nothing for getting funds, food and an umbrella over the most needy during this time. I do not blame Pelosi…it is what she could get. The NYT’s editorial board has a big point…but there are a LOT of fronts that need attending to with this administration.

And the R’s of course took it as their win too.


In fact, the bill guarantees sick leave only to about 20 percent of workers. Big employers like McDonald’s and Amazon are not required to provide any paid sick leave, while companies with fewer than 50 employees can seek hardship exemptions from the Trump administration.

If you are sick, stay home,” Vice President Mike Pence said at a news conference on Saturday afternoon. “You’re not going to miss a pay check.”

But that’s simply not true. Sick workers should stay home, but there is no guarantee in the emergency legislation that most of them will get paid.

The White House and congressional Republicans, who insisted on the exemptions as the price of bipartisan support for the legislation, bear the primary responsibility for the indefensible decision to prioritize corporate profits in the midst of a public health emergency.

But House Democrats also failed to act in the public interest. Paying sick workers to stay at home is both good policy and good politics. Why not pass a bill that required all employers to provide paid sick leave and then force Republicans to explain their objections to the public?

The bill does require some employers to provide full-time workers with up to 10 days of paid leave. But the requirement does not apply to the nation’s largest employers — companies with 500 or more workers, who together employ roughly 54 percent of all workers.

After a Waffle House employee tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, the company refused to promise it would pay other sick workers to stay home. Now, under the new bill, it would qualify for the big-company exemption. Would Ms. Pelosi please explain why the House decided not to require Waffle House to protect its workers and customers by paying for sick leave?

The legislation also provides some compensation for workers who need to take longer leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act — but this too excludes workers at big companies.

And the bill allows the Labor Department to grant hardship exemptions to businesses with fewer than 50 employees. That category includes another 26 percent of the work force, meaning that fully 80 percent of workers may not be able to cash in on Ms. Pelosi’s rhetoric.

(M A Croft) #244

WTF! They must be amazing telescopic sights to be able to detect a virus.

They are gonna shoot down any invading foreign virus they see? Right?

(David Bythewood) #245

Apparently it can be spread to the unborn. Worrisome.

Newborn baby tests positive for coronavirus in London

Child’s mother, who was taken to hospital days before birth with suspected pneumonia, also has virus

The gridlock being reported at multiple airports is guaranteed to spread the coronavirus. Yet again a Trump policy will result in more deaths.

(David Bythewood) #246

Given the utter failure of Trump’s testing program, and the fact that he blocked it to begin with, this post is just mind-numbingly stupid of him:


Gov. Pritkzer calls out Trump on his own turf:


Some explanations on how that House bill got finalized. Pelosi got something…not enough but something

(David Bythewood) #248

The mass gridlock at airports is entirely caused by Trump, and will cause the very thing it was designed to stop.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Screening at U.S. Airports Causes Long Waits; Trump Tests Negative

Spain and France have announced countrywide restrictions, and passengers on U.S. flights from Europe are waiting hours to go through enhanced health screening.

Coronavirus Screening Causes 7-Hour Waits in Crowded Lines at U.S. Airports

Thousands arriving from China and Europe at U.S. airports have faced no coronavirus screening

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

(David Bythewood) #249

I don’t know which is worse; the fact that Oklahoma’s daily test capacity is only 100, or that they used 60 of them on the Utah Jazz basketball team.

(David Bythewood) #250

My governor called out Trump on the mass airport chaos. In return, the Trump WH had a staffer call him in the middle of the night to shout at him.

America Is a Sham

Policy changes in reaction to the coronavirus reveal how absurd so many of our rules are to begin with.

Maybe it will be the hand sanitizer that finally exposes the sham.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that due to the coronavirus outbreak, they’re waiving the familiar four-ounce limit for liquids and gels—for hand sanitizer only. You may now bring a bottle of Purell as large as 12 ounces onto the plane to assist in your constant sanitizing of yourself, your family, your seat, your bag of peanuts, and everything else. All other liquids and gels, however, are still restricted to four ounces.

Among many shocks of the last week—school closures, Tom Hanks, the shuttering of one sports league after another—this rule change registers as major. The liquid restriction has been a key component of air travel ever since 2006. If people are now allowed to bring 12 -ounce bottles of hand sanitizer onto planes, won’t the planes blow up?

The TSA can declare this rule change because the limit was always arbitrary, just one of the countless rituals of security theater to which air passengers are subjected every day. Flights are no more dangerous today, with the hand sanitizer, than yesterday, and if the TSA allowed you to bring 12 ounces of shampoo on a flight tomorrow, flights would be no more dangerous then. The limit was bullshit. The ease with which the TSA can toss it aside makes that clear.

All over America, the coronavirus is revealing, or at least reminding us, just how much of contemporary American life is bullshit, with power structures built on punishment and fear as opposed to our best interest. Whenever the government or a corporation benevolently withdraws some punitive threat because of the coronavirus, it’s a signal that there was never any good reason for that threat to exist in the first place.

Each day of this public health crisis brings a new example. People thrown in jail for minor offenses? San Antonio is one of many jurisdictions to announce that, to keep jails from being crowded with sick citizens, they’ll stop doing that. Why were they doing it in the first place?

The federal government charging interest on loans to attend college? Well, Donald Trump has instructed government agencies who administer loans to waive interest accrual for the duration of the crisis. But why on earth is our government charging its own citizens interest anyway?

Broadband data caps and throttled internet? Those have been eliminated by AT&T and other ISPs, because of the coronavirus. But data caps and throttling were really just veiled price hikes that served no real technical purpose. Why did we put up with them?

Police helping landlords evict tenants in times of financial trouble? Due to the coronavirus, not anymore in New York, Miami, and New Orleans. But—and you see where this is going—why do the police aid evictions when tenants are stricken with other, non-coronavirus illnesses?

The city shutting off your water, or your power, as punishment for hardship? During this public health emergency, plenty of cities and companies have suddenly found a way to keep service turned on. “As long as COVID-19 remains a health concern,” said Detroit mayor Mike Duggan, “no Detroit resident should have concerns about whether their water service will be interrupted.” Why in the hell should any Detroit resident have concerns about their water service being interrupted, ever? Shouldn’t clean water be the absolute base level of service delivered by a city to its residents?

Sick employees forced to take unpaid leave or work while sick if they want to keep their jobs? Walmart recently announced it would provide up to two weeks of paid leave for any employee who contracts the coronavirus. And the House just passed a bill to address the problem, though as the New York Times editorial board notes, the House’s failure to make the bill universal “is an embarrassment that endangers the health of workers, consumers and the broader American public.” But why should any sick worker fear losing their pay or their job at any time? And why are the most vulnerable to punitive sick leave practices the workers making the lowest wages?

In every single one of these cases, it’s not just that most of these practices are accepted as “standard.” It’s that they are a way to punish people, to make lives more difficult, or to make sure that money keeps flowing upward. Up until now activists and customers have been meant to believe that the powers that be could never change these policies—it would be too expensive, or too unwieldy, or would simply upset the way things are done. But now, faced suddenly with an environment in which we’re all supposed to at least appear to be focused on the common good, the rule-makers have decided it’s OK to suspend them. It’s a crisis, after all. Everyone’s got to do their part.

A thread on the GOP MoCs who have voted against bills to help with the epidemic:


Good graph on Social Distancing

# Why outbreaks like coronavirus
spread exponentially, and
how to “flatten the curve”

After the first case of covid-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, was announced in the United States, reports of further infections trickled in slowly. Two months later, that trickle has turned into a steady current.


This so-called exponential curve

has experts worried. If the number of cases were to continue to double every three days, there would be about a hundred million cases in the United States by May.

That is math, not prophecy. The spread can be slowed, public health professionals say, if people practice “social distancing” by avoiding public spaces and generally limiting their movement.

(David Bythewood) #252


A Movement to Stop the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus in China kept me under quarantine. I felt safer there than back in the U.S.

Our laissez-faire attitude, prioritization of personal freedom and utter lack of government leadership have left Americans confused and exposed.

South Korea shows that testing and mitigation works. When will we follow their shining example?

Something to keep watch on:

Here is how Trump could abuse his new powers now that he has declared a national emergency

(David Bythewood) #253

I am moving this to its own post, because Trump trying to steal away the coronavirus vaccine for exclusive use by the U.S., no doubt to hold the world hostage selling it back, is easily the most supervillain thing he’s done yet.

Germany tries to stop U.S. poaching German firm seeking coronavirus vaccine

(David Bythewood) #254

The CBP has seized counterfit COVIDー19 testing kids. If there were ACTUAL tests out there available to all, nobody could do this. This only happens when there is a demand and no supply.

Like under Prohibition. Trump has created the COVIDー19 Mafia.

A three-post thread from Dr. Christine Eady Mann showing how you can get tested if you need to be:

On a Saturday Night in Florida, a Presidential Party Became a Coronavirus Hot Zone

A weekend getaway at Mar-a-Lago put the president in contact with several people who later tested positive for the virus. The White House physician said the president had tested negative for the virus.


Classic. T wanting to ‘trump’ everyone else. Germany is trying to stop this end run.


  • Germany’s Health Ministry confirmed a report in newspaper Welt am Sonntag, which said President Donald Trump had offered funds to lure the company CureVac to the United States.
  • Contacted by Reuters, a spokeswoman for the German Health Ministry said: “We confirm the report in the Welt am Sonntag.”

Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine.

Germany’s Health Ministry confirmed a report in newspaper Welt am Sonntag, which said President Donald Trump had offered funds to lure the company CureVac to the United States, and the German government was making counter-offers to tempt it to stay.

The German government is very interested in ensuring that vaccines and active substances against the new coronavirus are also developed in Germany and Europe,” the newspaper quoted a Health Ministry official as saying.

“In this regard, the government is in intensive exchange with the company CureVac.”

Contacted by Reuters, a spokeswoman for the German Health Ministry said: “We confirm the report in the Welt am Sonntag.”

Welt am Sonntag quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, "but only for the United States."


(David Bythewood) #257

Utah patients who tried to get tested for coronavirus describe what happened

Brian Tyler Cohen of Occupy Democrats looks at how the Trump regime has botched every step of this crisis thus far:

Norway with the burn.


Two ER Doctors Test Positive For COVID-19


Of course, Rep Nunes is suggesting people ‘go out,’ if you are healthy. Healthy, no one has been tested.


Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Sunday urged Americans to “stop panicking” as more cases of the novel coronavirus are reported in the country and called it “a great time” for those who are healthy to “just go out.”

The remarks by Nunes, who serves as the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, came during an interview on Fox News on Sunday morning, just two days after President Trump declared a national emergency over the outbreak of COVID-19, which has killed thousands of people worldwide.

When pressed by Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on her morning show about his thoughts on the Trump administration’s response to the spread of the virus, Nunes said, “Well, most importantly, I think what American people have to understand is we need to stop panicking.”

“There’s no shortage of food in this country,” he said before going on to urge against panic-buying at supermarkets. “People don’t need to go to the store and fight over a bottle of water or toilet paper.”

(David Bythewood) #259


:eyes: Oh Fuuuuuuuuck