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How bad is the coronavirus?

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    The ship of fools as you say likely will survive; they will get all the help they need. But not us, the tax paying workers or retired people. So I don't worry about them. An example is Boris in Britain, who recovered but still has the same big mouth as before. Things are as bad there as here so the Brexit thing is going to bite him twice as hard.

    But I would not an bit surprised if the ship of fools here survives and gets another 4 years or more, because of the naive/ignorant indoctrinated by Fox people who live here.

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    Erin Brommage is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Bromage graduated from the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences James Cook University, Australia where his research focused on the epidemiology of, and immunity to, infectious disease in animals. His Post-Doctoral training was at the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science in the Comparative Immunology Laboratory of late Dr. Stephen Kaattari.

    His article below explains how the virus is spread:

    https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

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    Excellent detailed piece; do me an favor and sent it to Trump and his cronies; Oh Yeah, I forgot he does not read anything ( he knew everything already, before going to pre-school); may be Melania can read it for him at bedtime and give him an fat hamburger and sing some "bed-dy" time Slovania songs to calm him. Please bring 20 barf buckets.
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    Complacency about how seriously deadly this virus is will kill many of us.
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    Yes, I've got the feeling that the Trump crowd will be the first to meet their "savior" because they don't care; like was painted on Melania's coat. But yeah, the "virus" does not believe or goes to church or eats hamburgers and smokes pot or cares about "money" or "tax cuts". Amen
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    The population of the USA in 2020 as per estimates= 331.60544 Million.

    bing.com/search?q=usa+population+2020&f...

    Therefore, if Trump gambles opening up the economy, in his mind, if ONLY 5 million people in this country succumbed to covid19, that might be an acceptable death rate to him. He doesn't believe any experts, scientists, doctors, etc., he's going to do things his way, no matter what.

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    The House of Representatives just passed $3 trillion relief package this week.

    With nearly $1 trillion in aid to battered states, cities and Native American tribes, and another round of bolstered jobless benefits and direct government payments to Americans, the measure was an expansive sequel to the $2.2 trillion stimulus enacted in March, reflecting Democrats’ desire to push for a quick and aggressive new round of help.

    The package contained a number of Democratic priorities, including $100 billion for rental assistance and $75 billion in mortgage relief. It would allocate $3.6 billion to bolster election security, and would provide a $25 billion bailout for the Postal Service, a lifeline that the agency has said is critical to its survival, but that Mr. Trump opposes.

    Senate Republicans, and Trump, are opposed to the plan, so it will be highly modified by the time it finally is passed. The only idea the Republicans could come up with is to cut taxes on businesses - again.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/us/politics/house-simulus-vote.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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    Two quick stories that exemplify why a compete ass Trump is:

    1) Trump threatens on Twitter to hold up coronavirus relief money for Michigan, falsely saying state sent millions of absentee ballots to voters. Michigan spent $4.5 million in federal funds to mail absentee ballot applications (not ballots) to all 7.7 million registered voters for the August primary and November general election. Michigan is a crucial presidential battleground state that Trump, a Republican, narrowly won in 2016.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/election-2020/ct-nw-trump-michigan-absentee-ballots-20200520-dawbxdhknzdoxjdduk3ahd3ntu-story.html

    2) Now, Trump is threatening to cut off U.S. funding to WHO PERMANENTLY. 15% of WHO's funding comes from the United States, and we are its largest contributor.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/19/trump-threatens-to-permanently-cut-off-who-funding-withdraw-us-membership.html

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    All I can say; this story goes on and on; when are the Dem's going to do something "smart" and kick him and his cronies out?

    1) investigate the arranged "murders" of Khasoggi and Epstein.

    2) investigate the "wall" "kickbacks"

    3) investigate the Saudi weapons sale and the "kickbacks"

    4) investigate the "vote bribery" of the GOP members at the "impeachment farce.

    Etc. Etc.

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    New research from Columbia University epidemiologists offered one possible answer on Wednesday. If the same kind of social distancing had been in place on May 8 instead of March 15, the United States could have prevented 36,000 deaths through early May — about 40 percent of fatalities reported to date.

    If the United States had mustered the same kind of political and public will against the virus on March 1, the researchers found, 54,000 fewer Americans would have died of the illness. By Friday, the nationwide death toll had surpassed 93,000.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/19/trump-threatens-to-permanently-cut-off-who-funding-withdraw-us-membership.html

    Trump has consistently downplayed the seriousness of the virus:

    On January 30, Trump said we had "very little problem" with the virus. The next day, he declared a public health emergency.

    On February 7, he said " with warmer weather "virus hopefully becomes weaker with warmer weather, and then gone"


    It wasn't until March 15 that Trump declared a national emergency.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/timeline-president-donald-trump-changing-statements-on-coronavirus/

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    Since you can't fix the past, forget it ( except Trump he always lies about the past anyway) . The worry is the "future" . Since I bet that the "dumb" masses and "dumb" leaders here likely can't stop from opening things up all the way, as promoted by Trump, so he can score on the "economy" and be re-elected, then the real damage will be done. If so ,what will Trump likely do? My guess is just close his eyes and keeps raking in the money; more dead people are no longer in his "picture". He will walk right over the dead bodies just like Hitler did; "power" and "money" are much more important. When will this country ever learn?
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    Even before he was elected, Der Spiegel called Trump the most dangerous politician in the world.

    His behavior during the current pandemic is yet another reminder, which Al Jazeera detailed today:

    Twice this week, Trump has not only dismissed the findings of studies but suggested - without evidence - that their authors were motivated by politics and to undermine his efforts to roll back coronavirus restrictions.

    First, it was a study funded in part by his own government's National Institutes of Health that raised alarms about the use of hydroxychloroquine, finding higher overall mortality in coronavirus patients who took the drug while in Veterans Administration hospitals.

    A different analysis, published in the Lancet on Friday, that examines coronavirus patients worldwide who took hydroxycloroquine or the closely related drug chloroquine, found similar results: Those who received the drug had a significantly higher risk of death.

    The president also offered pushback on Thursday to a new study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. It found that more than 61 percent of COVID-19 infections and 55 percent of reported deaths - nearly 36,000 people - could have been prevented had social distancing measures been put in place one week sooner. Trump has repeatedly defended his administration's handling of the virus in the face of persistent criticism that he acted too slowly.

    "Columbia's an institution that's very liberal," Trump told reporters Thursday. "I think it's just a political hit job, you want to know the truth."

    But undermining Americans' trust in the integrity and objectivity of scientists is especially dangerous during a pandemic when the public is relying on its leaders to develop policies based on the best available information, said Larry Gostin, a Georgetown University law professor who is an expert in public health.

    Gostin said Trump should leave it to his public health agencies to assess emerging data and the value of various studies.

    "I think there are real dangers," he said, "for the president to play scientist and doctor on TV."

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/trump-lashes-scientists-findings-contradict-200522135430191.html

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    Although most of us are not planning to travel abroad right not, the phrase that applies to foreign travel is pretty much, "you can't get there from here". The list below provides a very extensive list of the restrictions that have been imposed by the majority of the countries in the world.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-travel-restrictions-border-shutdowns-country-200318091505922.html

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Even before he was elected, Der Spiegel called Trump the most dangerous politician in the world.

    His behavior during the current pandemic is yet another reminder, which Al Jazeera detailed today:

    Twice this week, Trump has not only dismissed the findings of studies but suggested - without evidence - that their authors were motivated by politics and to undermine his efforts to roll back coronavirus restrictions.

    First, it was a study funded in part by his own government's National Institutes of Health that raised alarms about the use of hydroxychloroquine, finding higher overall mortality in coronavirus patients who took the drug while in Veterans Administration hospitals.

    A different analysis, published in the Lancet on Friday, that examines coronavirus patients worldwide who took hydroxycloroquine or the closely related drug chloroquine, found similar results: Those who received the drug had a significantly higher risk of death.

    The president also offered pushback on Thursday to a new study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. It found that more than 61 percent of COVID-19 infections and 55 percent of reported deaths - nearly 36,000 people - could have been prevented had social distancing measures been put in place one week sooner. Trump has repeatedly defended his administration's handling of the virus in the face of persistent criticism that he acted too slowly.

    "Columbia's an institution that's very liberal," Trump told reporters Thursday. "I think it's just a political hit job, you want to know the truth."

    But undermining Americans' trust in the integrity and objectivity of scientists is especially dangerous during a pandemic when the public is relying on its leaders to develop policies based on the best available information, said Larry Gostin, a Georgetown University law professor who is an expert in public health.

    Gostin said Trump should leave it to his public health agencies to assess emerging data and the value of various studies.

    "I think there are real dangers," he said, "for the president to play scientist and doctor on TV."

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/trump-lashes-scientists-findings-contradict-200522135430191.html

    In any other country they would remove such an idiot, but not here, they let him "bribe" an "impeachment" instead. Amen
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    The video below was taken at the Coconut Bar facility in the Ozarks this weekend.

    Not a lot of social distancing going on:

    https://www.facebook.com/TheOther98/videos/603090916993537

    As I went on my morning stroll this morning, it occurred to me that the video might have been taken in a prior year, so I got into the Facebook page for "The Other 98%.

    http://Public-health experts have repeatedly warned that lifting lockdowns too early could lead to more waves of coronavirus transmission, which could force states to implement new lockdowns to curb the virus' spread.

    Although the picture was incorrectly labeled Saturday, May 22 (it was actually May 23) there IS a large sign asking people to stay 6 feet apart. It's possible that the sign was photo-shopped into the scene - but we will never know.

    The news also mentioned that two employees at a Great Clips in Missouri had the virus. The first person to catch it serviced 84 people over an 8 day time period. The second person serviced 56 over a similar time period.

    Great Clips requires both employees and customers to wear masks.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/two-missouri-hairstylists-may-have-exposed-140-clients-to-coronavirus-2020-5

    Great Clips franchise owners Brittany Hager and Jennifer Small told Missouri's KY3 in a statement on Friday that the salon had closed to undergo "additional sanitizing and deep cleaning" in accordance with recommendations from the local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Public-health experts have repeatedly warned that lifting lockdowns too early could lead to more waves of coronavirus transmission, which could force states to implement new lockdowns to curb the virus' spread.