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Trump Weighs Easing Stay-at-Home Advice to Curb Economic Rout

President Donald Trump began talking privately late last week about reopening the nation, despite the swiftly rising number of coronavirus cases and against the advice of health professionals, because he’s worried about the economic damage from an extended shutdown, according to people familiar with his thinking.


Stimulus Package - Pt 3

Comments from Sen McConnell (R-NY - Senate Majority Leader) guilt tripping the Dems over what he feels
the Dems are “gumming up the works by filibusting relief because Dem special interest want to squeeze these employer while others are suffering.”

Naturally - McConnell discusses what Dems want and BAD (according to him)
Tax credits for solar panels
Non-germane items
Restrict emissions from Airlines

“How many trillion dollar packages do we have???” Sez McConnelL

“Why does one side only know what is going on…and letting the other half to ‘slow walk’ this?” asks Mitch

Sen Schumer (D-NY -Senate Minority leader) response

(David Bythewood) #403

Trump is really pushing this drug cocktail, but he’s not the only one. More and more outlets are posting hopeful stories of it, but I remain wary, given the past history of such “breakthroughs” often falling short.

(David Bythewood) #404

I took down my thread about Trump’s “miracle cure” of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin because people kept attacking that part and not reading the thread through. Frustrating.

The GOP just smuggled another awful provision into the stimulus

(Eliana) #405

“On Monday, the Italian doctors association FNOMCEO said 24 doctors had died. A total of 4,824 health operators have been infected, according to Italy’s Higher Health Institute (ISS).”

(David Bythewood) #406

Trump Bets Business Will Answer Call to Fight Virus, but Strategy Bewilders Firms

It remains unclear if the effort to enlist companies like General Motors, Apple and Hanes constitutes an effective strategy.

BBC News - Coronavirus: PM announces strict new curbs on life in UK

(David Bythewood) #407




One more for ya

Trump told people to drink poison and they did.

(David Bythewood) #409


OMG. Reminds me of Jim Jones! It really is a cult.:scream:


T is off the rails in his press conference - suggesting that in ONE week everyone can travel, go back to school, work etc and that it would be up to the Governors.

He is speaking what he wants to believe…that of course the Stock Exchange is WAAAAY more important than protecting Americans. Unreal.

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(David Bythewood) #413

So let’s try this again. A thread looking at Trump’s miracle cure of chloroquine / hydroxychloroquine & azithromycin, and why even on the off chance it does work he is not doing enough to implement it.

(David Bythewood) #414


A couple of weeks ago, Italy’s outbreak did not seem so severe, with 107 deaths on March 4. But things were already rapidly getting worse; by March 10, more than 600 people were dead, and now more than 3,400 are. That makes Italy the epicenter of coronavirus fatalities in the world, with more deaths than even China, where the outbreak started. Hospitals have been pushed to the breaking point, with doctors and nurses without adequate protective equipment collapsing at work and other doctors reporting that patients won’t all get lifesaving care because there isn’t enough of it to go around.

What’s scary about Italy’s experience is that Italy wasn’t exactly passive in its response to the virus. The country did act, quarantining a dozen towns in northern regions on February 23, urging the public to engage in social distancing, and ordering the closure of all schools nationwide on March 4.

But case numbers kept growing. On March 8, Italy locked down the north of the country, and on March 9 it extended the lockdown to the whole country. It’s not clear even that was sufficient to stem the growth of cases, which grew by 6,557 on March 22 and 5,560 on March 23. It is possible the lockdown will start to produce a drop in cases this week. It’s also possible even the lockdown wasn’t enough — experts from China have argued it needs to be stricter.

Italy has been devastated by the virus because the action it took was just a little too moderate, a little too restrained, and a little too slow. The country took measures that were substantial and costly but nonetheless insufficient to actually bring the epidemic to a halt.

(David Bythewood) #416

I am sure this will end well.

FDA Suspends Routine Food Inspections Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

About 77 percent of the U.S. food supply is regulated by the FDA


So there this is…wonder why they didn’t listen to the social distancing requests…?

At least five students from the University of Tampa have tested positive for coronavirus after traveling with other students from the school for spring break, the university announced on Twitter. This comes after crowds of spring-breakers in Florida were criticized for ignoring social distancing guidelines and packing beaches in complete disregard of the potential risk.

University of Tampa announced on Friday that it learned that one student, who resides off-campus, tested positive for the virus. Just a day later, the school confirmed that five students, who were part of a larger group traveling together during spring break, had tested positive.

UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19. We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery.

— The University of Tampa (@UofTampa) March 21, 2020

The school moved all of its classes to online instruction on March 17, but some students were still in close contact with each other over spring break and in the school’s residential halls, which are still open.

(David Bythewood) #418

Fauci: ‘I cannot do the impossible’ and force Trump to stick to facts

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that he wished Donald Trump would do a better job of giving factual information about the COVID-19 pandemic and following the rules to reduce its spread.

In an interview with Science magazine, Fauci expressed frustration with Trump’s rhetoric and his behavior.

Asked about Trump’s presentation of information at press conferences, Fauci said that he says things “in a way that I would not express it, because it could lead to some misunderstanding about what the facts are about a given subject.”

“I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down,” he added. Instead, he said, he focuses on trying to get Trump’s false statements “corrected for the next time.”

On Thursday, for example, Trump falsely claimed that the FDA had approved the anti-malarial drug chloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment. On Friday, Fauci made clear that this was incorrect, as clinical trials have not yet determined its safety and efficacy.

For weeks Trump has made false statements about the crisis, including claims that the situation was under control, that anyone who wanted a test could get one, and that the number of cases in the United States would soon be “down close to zero.”

Trump has also repeatedly failed to follow CDC recommendations that everyone avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing, and refrain from handshaking.

“We should not be doing that,” Fauci said of Trump’s handshakes. “Not only that — we should be physically separating a bit more on those press conferences.” He promised to keep pushing the administration to address the problem, but said, “I’m trying my best. I cannot do the impossible.”

Fauci made clear in the interview that, unlike Trump, he has never used and will never use racist terminology to describe the coronavirus.

Asked about Trump’s frequent boasts that he made a huge dent in the problem by limiting travel from China and his other false statements about the earliest days of the coronavirus outbreak, Fauci responded, “I know, but what do you want me to do? I mean, seriously Jon, let’s get real, what do you want me to do?”

The forums don’t like the name of the person I am trying to post a tweet from, so here is my re-tweet of it:

(Lynn) #419

I’m short on sympathy for any illness among the college students that ignored “social distancing” and are now sick after spring break partying…as a matter of fact, I hope they get a good scare out of COVID-19. Some have to learn the hard way, & sadly, by now they’ve all exposed who knows how many others. :angry:

(Heather Katz) #420

Does anyone out there know how to analyze the worldwide virus data? It looks to me like China has been reporting the longest, but I’m not sure by how much. Probably a couple of weeks. China shows a huge number of recoveries. Does this mean that the virus hangs on for 3-4 weeks? Does it indicate a different definition of recovery? Why aren’t other countries showing higher recovery rates?