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WATCH: Detroit bus driver who made a video complaining about “coughing passengers” dies of coronavirus

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:38

The people who are on the frontlines of this virus are heroes.

Sadly, they’re in so much danger because many of these front-line folks are coming into direct contact with hundreds of people every day who may be carrying the virus.

My daughter is an “essential worker” and it scares me that she’s out there working with the public face-to-face in close quarters. She’s careful, but it’s still concerning.

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Case in point – a Detroit bus driver who took to video recently to complain about a passenger on his bus who was coughing up a storm has now died of coronavirus.

This story is so heartbreaking and really shows the importance of staying at home if you can – especially if you’re not feeling well.

You can watch the video below:

Why on earth would you get on a public bus and start coughing all over the place, especially nowadays? It’s absurd.

It’s fair to note, however, that it’s not likely this man died because of the coughing woman he complained about since he died a few days after he made the video, but regardless, if you don’t have to be out, or if you’re sick and coughing, good Lord, stay home.

On that note, I also hope and pray that he didn’t infect many people while he was driving the bus with possible symptoms.

Everyone needs to stop and think before they do something. Because what may be very “mild” to you, could kill the person next to you.

Think about that.

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95 year-old WWII Veteran who beat coronavirus reveals the best way to survive COVID-19 – ‘Have a positive attitude’

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:01

A 95 year-old World War II veteran who managed to beat coronavirus against all odds is now speaking out to tell others how they too can beat COVID-19.

While appearing on “Fox and Friends First” on Friday, Bill Kelly credited listening to the instructions of doctor and a positive attitude for his recovery from the virus that has killed thousands of people all over the world. The Navy veteran from Oregon explained that his symptoms included feeling “quite tired” and not having an appetite.

“I had to force myself to eat and to get my strength up,” Kelly said. “I did get plenty of rest and I did obey the doctors and nurses requirements what to do and to do it with a positive attitude.”

“They mentioned to me a lot of this is psychological too in a person’s mind and to have a negative attitude about something, it does affect that,” added Kelly, whose underlying medical conditions include kidney disease, a congenital heart condition and high blood pressure.

When asked what his thoughts were while fighting COVID-19, the veteran said, “’Do what you are told, go to sleep and get rest and things will work out. Have a positive attitude and get with it.’”

Kelly’s story went viral last month after his 41 year-old granddaughter Rose Ayers-Etherington, posted about his diagnosis on Facebook, writing that he was “kicking it in the butt.”

“In his words, ‘I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this [coronavirus] bull—-,’” she wrote. “He has strong mental resolve. He has seen tough times and knows how to get through them.”

In today’s interview, Ayers-Etherington recalled the experience of finding out Kelly had tested positive, saying that she first noticed he wasn’t feeling well on March 15.

“We all live together, there’s four generations in this house right now, I came home and I just noticed that he’d been in bed. He just didn’t want to get up,” Ayers-Etherington said.  “He just didn’t look like he was feeling very well and I asked him how he was feeling and he was like, ‘You know I am just not feeling great.’”

“He was complaining of really bad body aches as well, his legs, his lower back, so I took his temperature, he had a low-grade temperature so I called his doctor, and they were like, ‘Yeah you better bring him in,’ so we did and it was kind of scary because they just took him and couldn’t be with him at all,” she added. “We just had to go home and wait to hear from the doctors.”

Ayers-Etherington said that doctors called her the very next day to say that he could be discharged.

“They were like, ‘OK we got his fever down, we think it’s some bug, some virus, nothing major, you can come get him,’” Ayers-Etherington said. “They were not going to test him and the only reason they did is because my husband is a MedEvac helicopter pilot and has been transporting COVID-19 patients so they were like, ‘We better test him just to make sure’ and lo and behold … he found out that he was positive.” the latest video at

When asked how he is feeling now, the veteran said, “I feel fine, still a little tired.”

“I am gaining strength day by day, but other than that I’m coming along just fine,” he said.

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Biden calls for lifting Iran sanctions amidst threats to the U.S.

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:00

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden called on the Trump administration to ease sanctions on Iran, even as the rogue nation makes threats against the United States.

In a move proving once more that there are no moderates in the Democrat party, the former vice president sided with Bernie Sanders and the ‘Squad’ in suggesting Iran should be relieved of sanctions during the coronavirus crisis.

“In times of global crisis, America should lead,” Biden said in a statement. “We should be the first to offer help to people who are hurting or in danger. That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been.”

Noting that the virus “respected no borders” he called upon the United States to “take steps to offer what relief we can to those nations hardest hit by this virus — including Iran.”

Joe Biden is calling on the Trump administration to ease economic sanctions against Iran as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic

— POLITICO (@politico) April 2, 2020

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Iran’s Threats

Biden demanding sanctions be lifted seems incredibly tone-deaf considering the President recently warned that Iran has been making terroristic threats against the United States.

“Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq,” Trump tweeted earlier this week. “If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!”

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed the only actions Iran engages in is self-defense.

“Iran starts no war, but teaches lessons to those who do,” Zarif threatened.

It is also an interesting turn of events considering Biden, just days earlier, said he wouldn’t commit to calling for sanctions to be lifted because Iran is “in real trouble and lying” about the coronavirus effects on their nation.

The difference between a humanitarian and a hawk: @BernieSanders: “Iran is facing a catastrophic toll from the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. sanctions should not be contributing to this humanitarian disaster.”

Joe Biden: ‘They are in real trouble and lying.”

— EmpathyEducates (@empathyeducates) April 1, 2020

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Really Bad Idea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for his part, has expressed a willingness to review the sanctions but has demanded Iran release all  Americans being held in their prisons.

They’ve refused thus far.

So we want to reward a nation that plans attacks on American troops and holds them prisoner?

Not to mention, lifting sanctions will not benefit the Iranian people – it will benefit their leaders.

Iran has failed to provide accurate numbers in the coronavirus plight and there is no guarantee economic relief would be distributed amongst the people suffering from the coronavirus crisis.

“Iranian regime officials stole more than $1 billion in humanitarian funds meant to be used to help the country’s people fight the spread of coronavirus,” the Washington Free Beacon reported, according to Pompeo.

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WATCH: Pelosi says we need a ‘fourth’ bipartisan relief spending bill

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 14:24

The Democrats loaded up the last bill with earmarks, and now they are going to put themselves in charge of oversight to make sure they get their cut. Then they are going for more. Does anyone see this theft?

Think about it like this: there are roughly 8,500 homeless people in San Francisco, and Pelosi demanded $25 million for the John F. Kennedy Center. She could have fed and housed that entire homeless population. Pelosi doesn’t care about America. She showed her contempt of America by tearing up the State of the Union speech on national television!

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Does anyone else find it a coincidence, that the only way these commie China-owned politicians could try to beat President Trump in November, was by having a weakened economy?

And the fact that the Chinese, aiding and abetting their spies embedded in our government (Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, Nadler, Feinstein, Biden, et al.), managed to release a biochemical weapon, collapsing not only our strong and perfect economy but the entire world’s, thus stopping the Hong Kong protesters and now seizing advantage by supplying the rest of the world with ventilators, test kits, and masks to enrich themselves. Now, Pelosi wants more money.

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First Coronavirus Vaccine Test — Using 400 Tiny Needles — Shows Promise In Mice

Daily Wire - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 14:20

The first set of tests in mice of a potential vaccine to prevent COVID-19 has shown it can spur the animals’ immune systems to produce antibodies against the coronavirus.

The vaccine is delivered via a fingertip-sized, Band-Aid-like patch made of 400 tiny needles that scratch the skin. The researchers who are developing the vaccine say the immune system reacts more readily to irritations of the skin, which means doing so could trigger it to target the coronavirus.

When tested on mice, they developed antibodies to fight the coronavirus within two weeks.

The researchers said in a study published in the medical journal EBioMedicine that they had already been at work on vaccines to fight the two other deadlier coronavirus strains: SARS, which broke out in China in 2003, and MERS, which hit Middle Eastern countries and South Korea in 2014.

“These two viruses, which are closely related to SARS-CoV-2, teach us that a particular protein, called a spike protein, is important for inducing immunity against the virus. We knew exactly where to fight this new virus,”  co-senior author Andrea Gambotto, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the Pitt School of Medicine, said in a statement.

“The researchers also used a novel approach to deliver the drug, called a microneedle array, to increase potency,” the statement said. “This array is a fingertip-sized patch of 400 tiny needles that delivers the spike protein pieces into the skin, where the immune reaction is strongest. The patch goes on like a Band-Aid and then the needles — which are made entirely of sugar and the protein pieces — simply dissolve into the skin.”

“We developed this to build on the original scratch method used to deliver the smallpox vaccine to the skin, but as a high-tech version that is more efficient and reproducible patient to patient,” said co-senior author Louis Falo, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of dermatology at Pitt’s School of Medicine and UPMC. “And it’s actually pretty painless — it feels kind of like Velcro.”

The newly tested mice have not been tracked long term yet, but the researchers point out “that mice who got their MERS-CoV vaccine produced a sufficient level of antibodies to neutralize the virus for at least a year, and so far the antibody levels of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccinated animals seem to be following the same trend.”

“Importantly, the SARS-CoV-2 microneedle vaccine maintains its potency even after being thoroughly sterilized with gamma radiation — a key step toward making a product that’s suitable for use in humans,” they said.

But final release of a vaccine is still a while away.

“Testing in patients would typically require at least a year and probably longer,” Falo said. “This particular situation is different from anything we’ve ever seen, so we don’t know how long the clinical development process will take. Recently announced revisions to the normal processes suggest we may be able to advance this faster.”

Yet the researchers are optimistic that new testing techniques mean developing vaccines for any type of emerging virus can be done more quickly.

“Taken together, our studies demonstrate the speed at which vaccines against emerging infections can be designed and produced using the recent advances in recombinant DNA technology. Combining emerging biotechnology methods with bioengineering advances in vaccine delivery strategies, it may now be possible to rapidly produce clinically-translatable vaccines against novel pathogens for human testing and subsequent global distribution in time to significantly impact the spread of disease,” they wrote.

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Florida Official Accuses 3M Of Letting Foreign Countries Buy All Their Masks

Daily Wire - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 14:13

Speaking on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson Thursday night, a Florida official accused 3M of letting their distributors sell vitally-needed masks to foreign countries in such numbers that there were none left that his state could procure.

Jared Moskowitz from the Florida Division of Emergency Management told Carlson:

For the last several weeks we’ve had like a boiler room in our UFc, chasing down 3M authorized distributors, brokers, supposedly representing that they sell N95 masks, only to get the warehouses that are completely empty, being told that our shipments are on cargo planes and the flights don’t even appear on FlightAware.  We’re chasing ghosts, Tucker. And so I just decided to turn up the heat and tell people what is actually happening in the N95 mask space.

3M reached out to us today; their governor relations folks wanted to have a conversation. I thought that perhaps, maybe, what 3M would finally say to me is that they have masks to sell, but what I actually found out is even more frightening; it’s what we suspected, which is that the system is completely broken and the authorized distributors, who right now can’t tell me a timeline when I’m going to receive my masks, orders that I put in a month ago, and, by the way, the terms and conditions are I’ve got to pay for the masks and can’t cancel my order, is that 3M has lost total control.

And so what I asked 3M is that, are they aware that their authorized distributors, U.S. companies, are telling me that the reason why our orders are being pushed down is because foreign countries are showing up with cash to purchase the orders? And when I told 3M that, not only did they not dispute it, I asked them if they’d put out any guidance to prevent the behavior and the answer was no.

And so when I asked 3M what is your production —they said they’re making 10 million masks a week —and when I said, great, I have money, I’d like to purchase some of those, they said I couldn’t; that they have no masks to sell me.

He added, “This is not about the workers in the factories at 3M who are working 24 hours a day to try to create lifesaving PPE; this is about the executives who decided not to put America first, and it’s going to have devastating consequences.”

Carlson summarized, “You tried to get an answer; you’re in charge of procuring these for the first responders in Florida; you’re not some guy off the street; you’re a government official trying to help a state that is becoming one of the centers of the outbreak: Florida. And you basically got the run-around. So you went after 3M on Twitter and they responded… and you said, why can’t I get it? And they basically said we have no control; our dealers are selling some of these masks to foreign countries because they got there first or they’re paying cash, and you said, well, shouldn’t you tell your distributors to make a priority for America? For the states, or local governments, of first responders, physicians, nurses, EMTs, and they said, no, we haven’t done that. Is that a fair summary?”

Moskowitz answered:

Yeah, not only is that a fair summary, it’s exactly what’s happening. It’s why Governor DeSantis said the other day it’s shady as hell, because that’s exactly what it is. 3M is an ice cream store that doesn’t sell ice cream, apparently. Since when do we have a U.S. company that sells masks and I try to offer them money and they won’t sell them to me? That I have to go through their authorized distributors and their only excuse is that they don’t have a perfect system.

Well, that’s great that they don’t have a perfect system and that I’m relegated to making deals with brokers at costs that are ten and sometimes twenty times that actual costs of these masks, which, at the end of the day, Tucker, regardless of the costs at this point, getting the masks is the most important thing at the moment. We can’t even get them.

“The 3M authorized distributors are telling me this,” Moskowiz said later. “They’re specifically saying, listen I’m sorry that your order got pushed down, but there are folks showing up to the factories; there are folks showing up to us paying cash. And when I said, what do you mean, ‘There are folks?’ they said, well, listen, you know, here are foreign countries that do business differently; they’re showing up with cash.”

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Embarrassed media forced to admit President Trump was right about malaria drug hydroxychloroquine

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 14:11

After mocking President Donald Trump as a “snake oil” salesman giving the American people false hope by touting hydroxychloroquine as a possible effective treatment for coronavirus, many media outlets are being forced to admit he was right.

Along with antimalarial drug chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine was mentioned by President Trump very early on as a possible means to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus. The media did their best to mock Trump as a liar for making the claims.

President Trump says it “would be a gift from Heaven.. God” if the Experimental Malaria Drug worked.

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 21, 2020

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Trump Was Right

Hydroxychloroquine is now approved for emergency use to treat coronavirus by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has also approved the drug chloroquine on an emergency basis. The New York Times on Wednesday reported that a study had shown the “drug helps virus patients improve.”

“A group of moderately ill people were given hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to ease their symptoms quickly, but more research is needed,” they wrote.

Media Said Trump Was Lying

By contrast, the media prior to that had portrayed the president as a quack, even falsely accusing Trump of the death of an Arizona man after he and his wife ingested fish tank cleaner with a similar name. The Washington Post wrote, “Trump is giving people false hope of coronavirus cures. It’s all snake oil.” Trump “peddles snake oil and false hope,” the USA TODAY editorial board similarly wrote. Salon, the quackiest of all left-wing media outlets, suggested Trump’s treatment was his “most dangerous flim-flam: False hope and quack advice.”

Tough to see my hometown paper, @BostonGlobe, added to the list.

— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) April 1, 2020

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It’s one thing for the media to baselessly criticize President Trump as they often do, but it’s another matter altogether when their fake news stories affect people’s lives. The aforementioned efforts to blame Trump for the poisoning of an Arizona couple led to two governors —Steve Sisolak of Nevada and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, both Democrats— banning the use of the drugs by medical professionals. “Doctors seeking to use the potentially life-saving drugs in compassionate care situations will now be prevented from doing so,” The Political Insider warned.

Rather than wait for consensus from the medical community, Nevada’s TDS infected governor prematurely banned the use of malaria drugs as a potential treatment for the coronavirus purely to spite President Trump

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) March 25, 2020

Both Sisolak and Whitmer have since relented, reversing course from a ban to actually requesting the drug be shipped to their respective state by the federal government. Imagine how many lives may have been affected if the media didn’t portray the recommendation by Trump as ineffective or, worse, a killer.

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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Experts Question WH Coronavirus Projections; Fauci: ‘You Can’t Rely On The Models,’ Too Many Variables

Daily Wire - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 14:09

At a coronavirus briefing earlier this week, the White House task force presented their projections on the total number of deaths that they say are likely to occur in the U.S. because of the pandemic: between 100,000 to 240,000 will likely die, they project, even with the current mitigation measures. But, as reported by The Washington Post, some experts and Trump advisers “doubt” the projection, pushing back not as much on the numbers but how exactly the task force arrived at them.

“Leading disease forecasters, whose research the White House used to conclude that 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus, were mystified when they saw the administration’s projection this week,” the Post reported Thursday. “The experts said they don’t challenge the numbers’ validity but said they don’t know how the White House arrived at them.” So far, the Post reports, the team has “not provided the underlying data so others can assess its reliability, and have not provided long-term strategies to lower that death count.”

And it’s not just outside experts pushing back; some of Trump’s own advisers “have expressed doubts about the estimate,” the Post reports, citing three unnamed White House officials. “There have been fierce debates inside the White House about its accuracy.”

During a recent task force meeting, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the team’s leading voices, called into question modeling projections in general, according to the Post’s sources.

“I’ve looked at all the models. I’ve spent a lot of time on the models. They don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely upon models,” Dr. Fauci told other task force members this week, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange.

The dire predictions of models are the reason behind President Trump extending the advisement on extreme social-distancing measures that have brought the American economy to a screeching halt and have already resulted in nearly 10 million Americans filing for unemployment in a span of just two weeks — a devastating and historic number. The previous high for jobless claims in a week in the history of the country was 695,000 back in 1982.

Dr. Birx, who’s serving as coordinator of the task force, explained in a recent briefing that the team has looked at about a dozen different models to help them produce their own projections. The task force looked at several models, compared them to “actual reporting of cases,” and then came up with their best estimates, she explained at the briefing Sunday.

According to the Post, one of the two most influential of the models guiding the administration’s decisions is the famous Imperial College study, which included the jaw-dropping projection that 2.2 million Americans would die if the virus were allowed to spread unchecked. That study also projected that as many as 500,000 would die in the U.K., but now projects that 20,000 or far fewer will die in the country because of the social-distancing measures put in place.

The second of the two most influential models in guiding the administration’s decisions appears to be the study produced by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at University of Washington (IHME). “The IHME model initially that estimated deaths through this summer would total 38,000 to 162,000 – a lower projection than many others and beneath the White House’s own estimate,” the Post explains.

At the briefing Tuesday, Dr. Birx showed two projections: the death toll without mitigation (1.5 to 2.2 million deaths) and the death toll with their current mitigation strategy (100,000 to 240,000 deaths). The former appears to have been drawn from the Imperial College’s dire projection and the latter appears to have been heavily influenced by the IHME model.

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Trump launches letter to Chuck Schumer—The Democrat senator says he was ‘appalled’

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 14:00

President Donald Trump, weary of New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s criticism of his coronavirus response, sent a letter to the Democrat that eviscerates him as a “bad” senator: “Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way,” the letter begins.

With such a deeply personal tone, you just knew it was going to get much better—President Trump did not disappoint. “I’ve known you for many years but I never knew how bad a senator you are for the state of New York, until I became president,” Trump writes.

He sets forth laying out a series of bullet points that refute charges by Schumer claiming that the administration has failed to take the proper action in dealing with the coronavirus. Importantly, he adds that “New York was very late in its fight against the virus” and was “so completely unprepared for the invisible enemy.”

“No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary” the president chided. “If they did, they would likely win.”

Trump trashes Schumer in letter to the Senate Minority Leader, released by WH: “I never knew how bad a Senator you are for the state of New York.”

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 2, 2020

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Demonstrating just how bent he is with Schumer, the president was even willing to send some positive feedback about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats. He notes that he has been working with both men “to get the job done.”

“You have been missing in action,” Trump contrasted. “Except when it comes to the ‘press.'”

So Chuck’s team spends probably a day drafting a letter to Trump, and he dictates a response in probably a minute and says “send that”.

Goes to show how little time Trump has for Schumer for him to blatantly dismiss him like that. Publicly too.

— Nada (@DM007A) April 2, 2020

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When a Tweet Just Isn’t Enough

It is a clear indication of just how fed up President Trump is with Schumer’s games. He had spent Thursday firing off tweets blasting the New York Democrat but must have decided he needed a more official document to get the point across. “It wouldn’t matter if you got ten times what was needed, it would never be good enough,” Trump tweeted regarding medical supplies. “Stop complaining and find out where all of these supplies are going.”

Chuck Schumer hits back at Trump: “I’m just appalled. I say to the president, just stop the pettiness, people are dying. ” #ctl #p2

— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) April 3, 2020

Schumer ‘Appalled’

It’s easy to tell the letter hit its mark, with Schumer complaining later in the day to left-wing news channels that he was “appalled.” Not nearly as appalled as the rest of the nation is in watching Democrats politicize the worst crisis in the United States since 9/11, but appalled nonetheless.

“I’m just appalled,” Schumer lamented. “I say to the president, ‘Just stop the pettiness. People are dying. And so, President Trump, we need leadership, we need to get the job done. Stop the pettiness. Let’s get it done. Let’s roll up our sleeves.'” If only he believed the lies that are coming out of his mouth. The president is desperately working to prevent people from dying while Schumer and his minions are announcing investigations and committees in an attempt to diminish the Trump presidency, again.

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Rush Limbaugh suggests coronavirus deaths are being exaggerated to push radical agendas

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:25

Legendary conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh spoke out on his radio show on Thursday to suggest that the number of deaths caused by coronavirus are being inflated so that governments could further “the policies they have put in place.”

Limbaugh opened his show by discussing the record-breaking unemployment claims numbers, saying that ten million people being unemployed are not “enough for people like Bill Gates” and others who “want to shut down the entire country,” according to The Daily Beast. He then cited the recent White House modeling projecting between 100,000 and 240,000 U.S. deaths if we continue to follow the social distancing guidelines before he brought up an article written by a pathologist who alleged that governments could be misrepresenting their numbers.

“Now, folks, don’t misunderstand, look, I’m not trying to stir anything up here,” Limbaugh said. “There’s all kinds of people speculating about things out there. I’m just giving you facts.”

He went on to present a theory that has interested him “that with this new arrival of COVID-19, that coronavirus is being listed as a cause of death for many people who are not dying because of it.”

“They’re dying because of other things,” he added. “But it’s speculation. It’s fascinating.”

The radio host declared that going forward, he would use this piece as his “daily briefing” rather than listen to “whatever the modelers are saying here,” applauding the “fascinating points” it brought up.

“It’s admittedly speculation, but his point, what if we are recording a bunch of deaths to coronavirus which really should not be chalked up to coronavirus?” Limbaugh questioned. “People die on this planet every day from a wide variety of things.”

“But because the coronavirus is out there, got everybody paranoid, governments are eager, almost, to chalk up as many deaths to coronavirus as they can because then it furthers the policies they have put in place by virtue of their models,” he concluded.

This comes days after Limbaugh discussed a theory that hospitals aren’t really being overflowed with coronavirus patients, since photos and videos continue to show hospital parking lots virtually empty.

“You have been led to believe that every hospital is overflowing,” he said. “So much of this has been politicized, folks, that it’s just impossible anymore to actually find factual truth.”

Whether Limbaugh is right or wrong, it can’t be denied that it’s difficult to figure out what’s the truth and what’s not right now. All we can do is believe what our own eyes are telling us, and try not to be swayed too much by the words of lawmakers and members of the mainstream media.

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Medical Microbiologist: 5 Crucial Questions About Our Response To COVID-19

Daily Wire - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 02:53

Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and a prolific and much-cited expert in his field, has published an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with a video addressing some of its contents.

In the letter, dated March 26, Bhakdi poses five questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response to it which, he says, “have not been answered sufficiently so far, but which are indispensable for a balanced analysis.”

“As emeritus of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, and for many years head of the institute for medical microbiology and hygiene there, I feel obliged to critically question the far-reaching restrictions on public life that we are currently undertaking to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” he begins the letter (which is written in German and unofficially translated below). “It is expressly not my concern to downplay the dangers of the viral disease or to spread a political message. However, I feel it is my duty to make a scientific contribution to correctly classifying the current data situation, putting the facts that we know so far in perspective — and also asking questions that are in danger of being lost in the heated discussion.”

Unofficial translation of the letter below, followed by Bhakdi’s accompanying English-subtitled video, in which he elaborates on his five questions:

Open Letter

Dear Chancellor,

As emeritus of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and for many years head of the institute for medical microbiology and hygiene there, I feel obliged to critically question the far-reaching restrictions on public life that we are currently undertaking to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

It is expressly not my concern to downplay the dangers of the viral disease or to spread a political message. However, I feel it is my duty to make a scientific contribution to correctly classifying the current data situation, putting the facts that we know so far in perspective — and also asking questions that are in danger of being lost in the heated discussion.

The main reason for my concern is the truly unforeseeable socio-economic consequences of the drastic containment measures that are currently being used in large parts of Europe, and are already being practiced to a great extent in Germany.

It is my wish to critically — and with the necessary foresight — discuss the advantages and disadvantages of restricting public life and the resulting long-term effects.

There are five questions that have so far been answered inadequately, but are essential for a balanced analysis.

I would like to ask you for a swift opinion and, as it were, appeal to the Federal Government to develop strategies that effectively protect high-risk groups without cutting back on public life across the board and sowing the seeds for an even more intense polarization of society than is already happening.

Yours faithfully,

Prof. em. Dr. med. Sucharit Bhakdi

1. Statistics

In the field of infectious diseases — founded by Robert Koch himself — a distinction is traditionally made between infection and illness. A disease requires clinical manifestation. [1] Therefore, only patients with symptoms such as fever or cough should be included in the statistics as new cases.

In other words, a new infection — as measured by the COVID-19 test – does not necessarily mean that we are dealing with a newly ill patient who needs a hospital bed. However, it is currently assumed that five percent of all infected people become seriously ill and require ventilation. Based on this, projections indicate that the health system could be overburdened.

My question: Did the projections distinguish between symptom-free infected and actual, sick patients — people who develop symptoms?

2. Dangerousness

A number of coronaviruses have been in circulation for a long time – largely unnoticed in the media. [2] Should it turn out that the COVID-19 virus should not be assigned a significantly higher hazard potential than the already circulating coronaviruses, all countermeasures would obviously be superfluous.

In the internationally recognized journal “International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents,” a work will appear shortly that addresses exactly this question. Preliminary results of the study can already be seen today and lead to the conclusion that the new virus does NOT differ in its dangerousness from traditional coronaviruses. The authors express this in the title of their work, “SARS-CoV-2: Fear versus Data.” [3]

My question: What is the current occupancy rate in intensive care units with patients with diagnosed COVID-19 compared to other coronavirus infections, and to what extent is this data taken into account in the further decision-making by the federal government? In addition: Has the above study been noted in the previous plans? Of course, the following must also apply here: Diagnosed means that the virus also plays a significant role in the patient’s disease state, and that previous illnesses do not play a major role.

3. Dissemination

According to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, not even the much-cited Robert Koch Institute knows exactly how much is tested for COVID-19. It is a fact, however, that a rapid increase in the number of cases has recently been observed in Germany as the volume of tests increases. [4] It is therefore suspected that the virus has already spread unnoticed in the healthy population. This would have two consequences: first, it would mean that the official death rate — on March 26, 2020 there were 206 deaths from around 37,300 infections, or 0.55 percent [5] — was set too high; and secondly, that it’s hardly possible anymore to prevent spreading in the healthy population.

My question: Has there already been a random sample of the healthy general population to validate the real spread of the virus, or is this planned in a timely manner?

4. Mortality

The fear of an increase in the death rate in Germany (currently 0.55 percent) is currently being discussed particularly intensively in the media. Many people worry that they can shoot up, like in Italy (10 percent) and Spain (7 percent), if there is no action in time.

At the same time, the mistake is made worldwide of reporting virus-related deaths as soon as it is determined that the virus was present at death – regardless of other factors. This violates a basic requirement of infectiology: the diagnosis can only be made if it is ensured that an agent has a significant share in the disease or death. The working group of the scientific medical societies expressly writes in its guidelines: “In addition to the cause of death, a causal chain must be specified, with the corresponding basic illness in third place on the death certificate. Occasionally, four-part causal chains must also be given.” [6]

There is currently no official information as to whether, at least in retrospect, more critical medical file analyses have been undertaken to determine how many deaths are really due to the virus.

My question: Has Germany simply followed the trend towards general suspicions of COVID-19? And: does it intend to continue this categorization uncritically, as in other countries? How should one differentiate between real corona-related deaths and accidental virus presence at the time of death?

5. Comparability

The terrifying situation in Italy is repeatedly used as a reference scenario. However, the true role of the virus in this country is completely unclear for many reasons — not only because points 3 and 4 apply here, but also because there are exceptional external factors that make these regions particularly vulnerable.

This includes the increased air pollution in northern Italy. According to WHO estimates, this situation resulted in more than 8,000 additional deaths per year in the 13 largest cities in Italy alone, even without a virus. [7] The situation has not changed significantly since then. Finally, it has also been shown that air pollution in very young and older people increases the risk of viral lung diseases very strongly. [9]

In addition, 27.4 percent of the most vulnerable population in this country live with young people, in Spain even 33.5 percent. In Germany it is only seven percent for comparison [10]. In addition, according to Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, Head of the Department of Healthcare Management at the TU Berlin, Germany is significantly better equipped than Italy in terms of intensive care units — by a factor of around 2.5 [11].

My question: What efforts are being made to inform the population about these elementary differences and to make people understand that scenarios such as those in Italy or Spain are not realistic here?


[1] Fachwörterbuch Infektionsschutz und Infektionsepidemiologie. Fachwörter – Definitionen – Interpretationen. Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin 2015. (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[2] Killerby et al., Human Coronavirus Circulation in the United States 2014–2017. J Clin Virol. 2018, 101, 52-56

[3] Roussel et al. SARS-CoV-2: Fear Versus Data. Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents 2020, 105947

[4] Charisius, H. Covid-19: Wie gut testet Deutschland? Süddeutsche Zeitung. (abgerufen am 27.3.2020)

[5] Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus Resource Center. 2020. (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[6] S1-Leitlinie 054-001, Regeln zur Durchführung der ärztlichen Leichenschau. AWMF Online (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[7] Martuzzi et al. Health Impact of PM10 and Ozone in 13 Italian Cities. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. WHOLIS number E88700 2006

[8] European Environment Agency, Air Pollution Country Fact Sheets 2019, (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[9] Croft et al. The Association between Respiratory Infection and Air Pollution in the Setting of Air Quality Policy and Economic Change. Ann. Am. Thorac. Soc. 2019, 16, 321–330.

[10] United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Living Arrange­ments of Older Persons: A Report on an Expanded International Dataset (ST/ESA/SER.A/407). 2017

[11] Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Überlastung deutscher Krankenhäuser durch COVID-19 laut Experten unwahrscheinlich, (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)



Report: Ruth Bader Ginsburg violates stay-at-home order by continuing her workouts at SCOTUS Gym

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 01:43

While gyms all over America have been shut down due to being deemed “non-essential,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still getting her pump on by hitting the SCOTUS gym.

According to her trainer, Ginsburg is continuing her twice-weekly workouts in the gym despite being shut down due to Washington D.C.’s stay-at-home order.

She really couldn’t get this trainer to just come to her home?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, is continuing to work out at the Supreme Court’s private gym despite the coronavirus pandemic and D.C.’s stringent stay-at-home orders, her trainer revealed this week.

Her trainer, Bryant Johnson, told Law360 that Ginsburg, who has battled with serious health issues over the years and maintains a status as a four-time cancer survivor, is continuing to participate in her twice-a-week workouts at the Supreme Court’s private facility, even though everything is virtually shut down due to the coronavirus.

“Everybody’s been shut down. The only reason why I didn’t shut the justice down is because, hey, she ain’t having it,” Johnson said. “She has that grandfather status to me and if she wants to train, that‘s the least that I can do.”

“Her choice is, she doesn’t make excuses not to do it,” he added. “So we find ways to do it.”

Johnson suggested that the two are engaging in social distancing and carefully wiping down equipment in order to ensure their safety.

“Well it’s like this: Before I go in, I wipe down every piece of equipment that I think she is going to touch and come in contact with,” Johnson explained. “Then I go back in and wash my hands.” [Breitbart]

So Ginsburg is making her trainer go to this gym and wipe down every piece of equipment and wash his hands between everything just so she can break a sweat?

Seems a bit selfish…

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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Report: New England Patriots’ jet is flying special coronavirus “mercy missions” for New Yorkers

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 01:39

New Yorkers now have a reason to love the New England Patriots. The NFL team is using its plane to fly much-needed N95 masks from China to New York.

Though not ideal that the masks are produced in China, the offer from the New England Patriots is amazing. They flew their jet from China and brought the masks back New Yorkers who need them badly as they’re getting walloped by coronavirus.

The team plane on Wednesday made a mercy mission to China to pick up more than a million medical masks — with at least 300,000 coming to the Big Apple’s coronavirus-stricken hospitals, according to a report.

The Boeing 767 emblazoned with the Patriots logo and “6X CHAMPIONS” landed at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in the early hours Wednesday and was loaded with 1.2 million N95 masks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Team owner Robert Kraft and his family put up $2 million, about half the total cost of the face masks that have been in desperately short supply since the pandemic started ravaging the US, the paper said.

“In today’s world, those of us who are fortunate to make a difference have a significant responsibility to do so with all the assets we have available to us,” Kraft told the paper.

At least 300,000 of the masks will now head to the Big Apple — thanks largely to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose leadership in the crisis has apparently moved Kraft, the paper [New York Post]

This is when Americans are at their very best. When we put all differences aside and work as one AMERICAN team.

God Bless the Patriots and God help New York!

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Cuomo Says At ‘Current Burn Rate,’ New York Runs Out Of Ventilators In ‘About 6 Days’; Measures Being Taken To Expand Capacity

Daily Wire - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 01:04

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo provided the daily update for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

During the presser, the governor offered a sobering and grim warning that the state has only about six days until it runs out of ventilators if the “current burn rate” continues.

At the current burn rate, we have about six days of ventilators in our stockpile, meaning if the rate of usage, the rate of people coming into hospitals who need ventilators, if that rate continues, in our stockpile, we have about six days. Now, if the apex happens within that time frame, if the apex increases, if the apex is longer, we have an issue with ventilators.

Cuomo added that the numbers will be compiled nightly, and that there “is a difference of opinion” as to how many ventilators will be needed. Cuomo continued, saying that while he has no desire to purchase more ventilators than are necessary, “we need what we need.”

“If a person comes in and needs a ventilator, and you don’t have a ventilator, the person dies,” the governor stated. “That’s the blunt equation here – and right now we have a burn rate that would suggest we have about six days in the stockpile.”

Despite this, the governor noted that the state is “taking all sorts of extraordinary measures” to increase ventilator supplies, including setting up the means to move ventilators to various hospitals in need, splitting ventilators, using “anesthesia machine ventilators,” ending elective surgeries, and using BiPAP machines. The state is also actively looking for more ventilators for purchase.

So yes, the burn rate of ventilators is troubling, and six days of ventilators in the stockpile is troubling, but we have all these extraordinary measures that I believe if push comes to shove, will put us in fairly good shape.

The governor also went over the numbers for the state.

The hospitalization rate has dropped for the third day in a row. At peak on Monday, there were 1,412 single-day hospitalizations in the state, while on Wednesday, there were 1,157. However, the overall trajectory is still upward.

While the number of ICU admissions has bobbed up and down, the overall trajectory is upward, with 374 admissions on Wednesday, tying the March 26 record. For comparison, on March 17, there were just 46 ICU admissions.

Despite two consecutive days of downward steps, the number of intubations on Wednesday ticked back up, setting a record with 313. On March 17, there were 43 intubations.

The number of discharged patients has continued to rise, with 1,292 on Wednesday.

The governor also spoke about the apex of COVID-19 in New York, when hospitals and medical workers are expected to be stretched the most, noting that various models have set the apex anywhere from 7 to 30 days from Wednesday, depending on variables such as how particular models value the impact of social distancing.

“We believe it is closer to the shorter end of the range with our in-house people looking at the professional modeling that’s being done,” Cuomo stated.

As for how prepared the state is for the apex, Cuomo said that there are currently 53,000 beds statewide, while they are anticipating a need for between 70,000 and 110,000 at peak. The governor then noted the ways in which the state is trying to account for the upcoming influx, including expanding existing hospital capacity and erecting additional facilities.

New York has also seen roughly 85,000 volunteers who will be sent where necessary.

As for death toll projections, Cuomo cited the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) model, which as of Thursday predicts that New York will see approximately 16,200 deaths from COVID-19.

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Joanna Gaines issues powerful message of hope to fans amid coronavirus – Reveals how she finds comfort in self-isolation

LifeZette - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 00:41

Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” fame is speaking out this week to reveal how her family is coping with self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic in the hopes of letting her fans know that they are not alone.

As working parents of five children, Joanna and her husband Chip have a lot on their plate, but she told USA Today that they are dealing with self-isolation well.

“It’s now two weeks into it, and I feel like (we’re) just learning new rhythms and new schedules. The kids just got finished eating lunch, so it’s like, ‘OK, go back to class,’ – whatever that means,” she said. Joanna added that while her family is “trying to make the best out of it,” it’s “hard not to feel” everything going on “and just kind of get anxiety about it.”

This does not mean that Joanna can’t see the positive side of being isolated at home with her family. She once wrote in a cookbook that her “absolute favorite purpose of food” is “that it gives us a reason to gather,” but given all of the different extracurricular events her children have had in the past few years, getting together for meals had proven difficult as of late.

“Then this hit, and now it’s we’re home all day, every day,” she said. “It’s not trying to figure out how to fit in two or three meals a week. It’s now every single meal that we’re eating is cooked from the kitchen.”

“The perspective has changed, and that is kind of our moment of togetherness – those times in the kitchen, those times around the table,” Joanna added. “I feel like in some ways (it’s) deeper now because the kids have all of these questions about what’s going on… I would say those times around the table have just felt like the sweetest, the most comforting.”

This is a message that everyone can take to heart right now. When times are tough like these, it’s important to find the positives and comfort wherever we can. For Joanna, it’s clear that the positive side of the current situation is getting to spend more time with family, which is something that many of us can also gain from this experience.

Professionally speaking, Joanna is staying as busy as ever, as she is preparing to launch her very own cooking show on the new cable channel Magnolia.

“I’ve never had a cooking show before, so, I get butterflies when I think about it,” she explained. “I can shoot with my kids in the kitchen when they’re shooting me on their little iPhones, or on my iPhone. It’s a whole other thing when there’s, like, 20 people looking back at you.”

She added that her goal for this show isn’t “perfection,” at least not at first, because she knows from experience that it will take time to develop her skills in this medium.

“Just like with ‘Fixer,’ it’s not like (in) the first episode we nailed it. It’s not like the first season we nailed it,” Joanna said. “It was this ongoing learning experience, and that’s how I’m going to look at it with the (cooking) show…”

Joanna was supposed to begin shooting her show in March, but she said admitted that “everything’s been delayed” because of the pandemic.

“As of now, we have not changed the date, and that’s basically where we are,” she said. “But it’s an everyday conversation. We don’t know. Next week may be a different answer.”

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TOTO: Biden Accusation Puts Hollywood Hypocrisy On Full Blast

Daily Wire - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 00:20

The same Hollywood that allowed Harvey Weinstein to prey on starlets snapped into action after the producer’s actions finally got exposed in the press.

Some of the industry’s players, including actress Kerry Washington, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon, created the “Time’s Up” legal fund and movement.

The former vowed to defend women against predators past and present. The latter? It trained much of its fire power on President Donald Trump.

They cited sexual assault allegations against Trump prior to his election, as well as “uncovered” audio where Trump described grabbing women by their genitals as proof he needed to go.

All the while they mourned how the country’s potentially first First Husband, Bill Clinton, wouldn’t be returning to the White House.

Yes, that Bill Clinton.

Nor would the woman who ran defense for Bill Clinton, burying sexual abuse scandals rather than “believing all women.”

Yes, that Hillary Clinton.

That Hollywood hypocrisy is happening again, and this time at a nuclear-grade level.

Former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade says the future vice president (and potential president) sexually assaulted her in 1993. Reade claims she’s tried to tell the story previously but ran into resistance.

Her recent attempt to recruit the Time’s Up legal group failed when it refused her plea on a technicality.

Guess who else is ignoring her case?

Hollywood, Inc.

The stars who have previously protested President Trump’s “war on women” at both marches and Sundance Film Festival rallies reads like a who’s who of Hollywood: Katy Perry, America Ferrera, Chelsea Handler, Jessica Chastain, Zendaya, Melissa Benoist, Charlize Theron, Aisha Tyler, Kristen Stewart, John Legend, Joshua Jackson, Laura Dern and Jennifer Beals.

“Charmed” alum Alyssa Milano transformed her career from actress to activist in the Trump era, with her specific focus on women’s issues.

Are any publicly supporting Reade in her moment of need?

No, not yet, anyway. The abuse allegation story is at least a week old, so it’s not like they haven’t heard about the charges.

The Reade allegations are all over social media, and a smattering of news outlets have covered them – albeit with less vigor than if the politician in question had an R affixed to his name.

Other august outlets have essentially looked the other way. The Reade story isn’t an outlier, either. Several other women have accused Biden of inappropriate touching, too.

This week, Milano decried Sen. Bernie Sanders for staying in the race, throwing her support once more behind Biden.

What about Reade’s claims? Milano isn’t talking. And she’s not alone.

The industry that cried, “Believe All Women” now wants us to, “Change the Subject.” Or, more accurately, “This Woman Could Hurt Our Last Chance to Beat Trump So We’re Standing Down.”

That puts their silence into the proper perspective.

That silence is even more telling, more damning, given its plethora of platforms from which it can speak. Blogs. News articles. Podcasts. Social media. Interviews.

And it’s not the first time this hypocrisy rose up from Tinsel Town in the post-Weinstein era.

Where was Hollywood when not one but two women accused Virginia’s Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, of sexual assault? Did they march to remove him from office? Did stars create a hashtag campaign against him? Did they “believe the women” in question?

To be fair, Milano sent out a Tweet saying Fairfax should step down. Did she do more than that, or was a single Tweet her cover?

Fairfax recently said he plans to run for Governor. Will Hollywood rise up to stop that from happening?

Don’t hold your breath. Remember, he’s a Democrat.

Do we need to even summon the Brett Kavanaugh saga to reveal more raging hypocrisy? Stars like Amy Schumer literally got themselves arrested protesting Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court, clinging to the flimsiest of assault charges to smite a Republican president’s nominee.

They believed accuser Christine Blasey Ford when even the woman’s own father had doubts about her story.

To her credit, the actress who helped bring Weinstein down isn’t staying silent on Biden. Rose McGowan deployed her Twitter account to mock journalists for not covering the assault allegations and failing to ask Biden during numerous press interviews about them.

At least she’s consistent. Her peers can’t say the same.

Perhaps we should have taken Handler at her word.

In 2018 she told The New York Times that the #MeToo movement was “a complete referendum on Donald Trump being elected to the presidency.”

So it’s not about protecting women, apparently?

Got it.

Texas Town Orders Citizens To Wear ‘Nose And Mouth’ Coverings Or Face Fine Up To $1,000

Daily Wire - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 23:12

On Tuesday, the Laredo, Texas, city council issued an amended emergency ordinance ordering citizens to wear face coverings when in certain public places, and abide by a daily curfew until April 30, or risk a fine of up to $1,000.

As of 12:01 a.m. on April 2, residents of Laredo must follow a curfew that begins at 10 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m. each day (10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for those under 18 and unaccompanied by an adult). Not unexpectedly, the curfew has numerous exceptions for “essential activities.”

As of the same time, all Laredo residents aged five and over must wear a face covering, which can include a “homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief,” when “entering into or inside of any building open to the public; when using public transportation, taxis, or ride shares; or when pumping gas.” As with the curfew, there are exceptions listed in the ordinance.

Notably, for essential activities as it pertains to the curfew, a press release about the ordinance states: “Those who must work during those hours will be exempt from this ordinance, but must show proof such as an I.D. or a letter from their employer. Laredo police officers will be enforcing this ordinance and may use their discretion.”

The pertinent text of the ordinance reharding the curfew reads in part:

WHEREAS, Dr. Hector Gonzalez and Dr. Victor Trevino have advised the City Council that covering an individual’s nose and mouth can diminish the chance of cough droplets being spread in the air, and that wearing even a homemade mask, scarf, or bandana will reduce the propensity for people to touch their faces thereby partially preventing asymptomatic individuals with COVID-19 from unknowingly spreading the disease; and

WHEREAS, in addition to practicing social distancing and staying at home as much as possible, Dr. Hector Gonzalez and Dr. Victor Trevino have recommended to City Council that mandating the citizens to wear a facial covering will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 because the more people that do so, the less the virus is distributed and fewer individuals are exposed; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has investigated and determined that countries who have implemented requirements for partial facial coverage, such as Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria, have significantly slowed down the spread of the virus…

a) A curfew for all persons aged 17 and under to be imposed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

b) A curfew for all persons aged 18 and over to be imposed from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., unless that person is out for an emergency, or to perform certain Essential Activities, or to perform or obtain services from Essential Businesses, Government Functions or services, or Critical Infrastructure…

Any person who violates this Ordinance may be subject to a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or confinement for a period not exceeding 180 days.

The pertinent text of the ordinance pertaining to the face coverings reads:

Except as provided herein, all persons over the age of five (5) are required to wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, when: entering into or inside of any building open to the public; when using public transportation, taxis, or ride shares; or when pumping gas. This Section shall not apply to person that are: engaging in a permissible outside physical activity; that are riding in a personal vehicle; that are in alone in a separate single space; that are with their own shelter group (household members); when doing so poses a greater health, safety or security risk; or for consumption purposes. The penalty for a violation of this section shall be a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00)

COVID-19, which originated in China’s Hubei province, has infected over 1,000,000 people worldwide, and led to more than 51,400 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) Global Cases map. 208,949 people have recovered.

In the United States, there have been more than 236,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and over 5,600 deaths. As of publication, 8,861 individuals have recovered from the virus.

The Daily Wire reached out to the Governor’s office for comment, but we have not received a response as of publication.

READ: Trump’s Devastating Open Letter To Schumer: ‘I Never Knew How Bad A Senator You Are’

Daily Wire - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 23:07

On Thursday, President Trump issued a devastating letter to Democrat New York Senator Chuck Schumer after Schumer issued a letter criticizing him earlier in the day.

Schumer wrote on Thursday, “As the Coronavirus spreads rapidly into every corner of our nation and its terrible, grim toll grows more severe with each passing day, the tardiness and inadequacy of this Administration’s response to the crisis becomes more painfully evident.” He snarked, “America cannot rely on a patchwork of uncoordinated voluntary efforts to combat the awful magnitude of this pandemic. It is long past the time for your Administration to designate a senior military officer to fix this urgent problem.”

Schumer continued, “The existing federal leadership void has left America with an ugly spectacle in which States and cities are literally fending for themselves, often in conflict and competition with each other, when trying to procure precious medical supplies and equipment.” Schumer sniped, “It must also be pointed out that while you continue to dismiss the Defense Production Act as not being needed, it is clear that the capacity of American industry has not yet been fully harnessed.”

Trump, who loves nothing more than a mano-a-mano confrontation, fired back, with this salvo as an opening shot before the fusillade began: “Dear Senator Schumer: Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites which are wrong in every way.”

Then Trump got down to work:

  1. As you are aware, Vice President Pence is in charge of the Task Force. By almost all accounts, he has done a spectacular job.
  2. The Defense Production Act (DPA) has been consistently used by my team and me for the purchase of billions of dollars’ worth of equipment, medical supplies, ventilators, and other related items. It has been powerful leverage, so powerful that companies generally do whatever we are asking, without even a formal notice.  They know something is coming, and that’s all they need to know.
  3. A “senior military officer” is in charge of purchasing, distributing, etc. His name is Rear Admiral John Polowczyk.  He is working 24 hours a day, and is highly respected by everyone.  If you remember, my team gave you this information, but for public relations purposes, you choose to ignore it.
  4. We have given New York many things including hospitals, medical centers, medical supplies, record numbers of ventilators, and more. You should have had New York much better prepared than you did, and as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx said yesterday, New York was very late in its fight against the virus.  As you are aware, the Federal Government is merely a back-up for state governments.  Unfortunately, your state needed far more of a back-up than most others.

If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers) and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the “invisible enemy.”  No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary.  If they did, they would likely win.

Fortunately, we have been working with your state and city governments, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to get the job done.  You have been missing in action except when it comes to the “press.”  While you have stated that you don’t like Andrew Cuomo, you ought to start working alongside him for the good of all New Yorkers.

I’ve known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a Senator you are for the state of New York until I became President.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.  Or, in the alternative, call Rear Admiral Polowczyk.

.@realDonaldTrump with a mic drop letter to Chuck Schumer.

— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 2, 2020

Sex Trafficking Survivor Turned Advocate: Coronavirus Shutdown ‘Perfect Storm’ For Abuse. Here’s What You Should Know.

Daily Wire - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 22:57

Sex trafficking survivor turned advocate Eliza Bleu says the coronavirus shutdown has created the “perfect storm” for rife sex trafficking.

With a stunning 10 million Americans losing their jobs in the past two weeks and young teens stuck at home, desperation and ample time for online grooming will certainly cause a spike in victimization.

And according to Bleu, it already has.

“Pre teens and teens at home alone with their parents for days on end due to school closures will be groomed by predators online,” the advocate told The Daily Wire. “They will be promised a ‘better life’ if they run away. The national average runaway is trafficked within 48 hours of leaving home.”

Bleu said parents and guardians need to be “extra vigilant” when monitoring their child’s online activity during the quarantine.

Social media apps like TikTok and Instagram, or even gaming platforms, could allow predators the space to groom youths. Bleu suggests that parents create fake accounts in such spaces to keep an eye one their children. Predators can move from one teen to the next through something as seemingly harmless as a tagged photo, she explained.

Bleu said parents and guardians can find effective online safety measures outlined by the Blue Campaign via the Department of Homeland Security, which can be accessed here.

Outlined below are some of the site’s social media safety tips that should be communicated to minors:

  • Never share pictures of yourself online that you wouldn’t want to be seen by your family, teachers, or a total stranger.
  • Set user profile to private so only real friends can get access. Know who you’re chatting with – a “friend” is not always a friend. […]
  • Don’t share personal information online such as your full name, school, address or phone number, or user passwords.
  • Don’t meet up in person with anyone you met online.
  • Report suspected abuse to law enforcement or a trusted adult.

As we’ve seen in nations across the globe, as shutdown measures attempting to slow the spread of COVID-19 continue, problems for the already vulnerable will only get worse. In France, for example, domestic violence victims have resorted to using “code words” at pharmacies to seek rescue from abuse.

Right now, Bleu told The Daily Wire, the “new addition” to the at-risk sex trafficking population is “everyone.”

Generally, the most at-risk populations include “those experiencing homelessness, addiction, poverty both rural and urban, immigrants, LGBTQ, indigenous populations, people of color,” the advocate said, “and the new addition… everyone. Any parent that will do whatever it takes to feed their child in a moment of desperation is at risk. Anyone living paycheck to paycheck, with no paycheck, is at risk.”

Bleu noted that faith-based organizations have routinely “stepped up” to help the vulnerable, and asked that they continue to do so, especially in such a desperate time.

“Nationally, we are not equipped to deal with the influx of human trafficking survivors,” the survivor explained. “The government has relied on faith-based organizations to take care of most of our survivors of human trafficking. In my opinion, the faith-based organizations were the ones that stepped up when no one else would at first. The safe houses that are not faith-based organizations are full. The faith-based houses are full. The domestic violence shelters are full. The homeless shelters are full. We were all full before Corona.”

“As the churches run out of money due to the virus, the survivor movement will run out of our safety net,” continued Bleu. “I am begging all faith based organizations and churches to please prepare to accept those experiencing homelessness as a result of the virus. Get ready to take folks into your homes. If you have the ability to drive a survivor of trafficking or domestic violence out of state to a church or organization with more space and less virus, please step up and do so.”

For ways to connect with organizations fighting human trafficking, check out the extended resources page at

For anyone who is “right on the edge,” as Bleu put it, “please pause before considering sex work.”

The advocate asked the vulnerable to call 1-888-373-7888, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which is always available, “completely confidential and non judgmental.” Or folks can text HELP to 233733, visit, or reach out to Bleu via Twitter.

“We are here to help,” Bleu emphasized. “I am saying this as a survivor of human trafficking, and as an advocate for those effected by trafficking. I know what it’s like to have too much pride to ask for help. If I hadn’t asked for help when I did, I would be dead. You are not alone in this.”

Chrissy Teigen comes unhinged: calls Trump a ‘f***ing loser’ in coronavirus rant

LifeZette - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 22:19

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen just came completely unglued on President Donald Trump, dubbing him a “f***ing loser” in a new rant against him.

Teigen took to social media to share a clip from Trump’s daily coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday, and what he said was enough to trigger the leftwing wife of singer John Legend.

“Did you know I was number one on Facebook, I just found I’m number one on Facebook,” Trump said in the clip. “I thought that was very nice, for whatever it means. You know, it represents something.”

This caused Teigen to lose it, as she wrote alongside the clip, “Oh my god you f***ing loser.”

Oh my god you fucking loser

— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 2, 2020

Teigen and Trump have sparred on social media in the past, and the president has even blocked her on Twitter, according to Daily Mail.

Last year, Trump fired back at Teigen and Legend after they criticized him for not doing enough to make criminal justice reform, even though he has made this a huge priority of his presidency. Trump responded to them by saying that he was not getting enough credit for signing a bill into law that increases the chance for some offenders to become eligible for parole, according to The Guardian.

“I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, and Republicans deserve much credit,” Trump tweeted, adding that “people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise.”

“Guys like boring musician John Legend and his filthy-mouthed wife are talking now about how great it is – but I didn’t see them around when we needed help getting it passed,” he added.

Teigen responded by writing, “Lol, what a pu**y a** bitch. Tagged everyone but me. An honor, Mr President.”

What a class act.

Teigen seems to be under the impression that being a model makes her a political expert of sorts, but she could not be more wrong. While she’s busy tweeting from her Hollywood mansion, Trump is going above and beyond to help the working folks of this country, and the foul tweets of a spoiled supermodel aren’t going to stop these millions of Americans from reelecting him in November.

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