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Dr. Praises Hydroxychloroquine For Coronavirus: ‘Very Ill’ To ‘Basically Symptom Free’ In Hours

Daily Wire - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 03:54

A Los Angeles doctor praised using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 during an interview with a local news station on Sunday, claiming that it has a dramatic effect on patients who are seriously ill when combined with zinc.

Dr. Anthony Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care, made the remarks during an interview with ABC 7 news anchor Jory Rand.

“What we’re finding clinically with our patients is that it really only works in conjunction with zinc. So the hydroxychloroquine opens the zinc channel, zinc goes into the cell, it then blocks the replication of the cellular machinery,” Cardillo said. “So, it has to be used in conjunction with zinc. We are seeing some clinical responses in that regard. There are people that take it regularly for other disease processes, we have to be cautious and mindful that we don’t prescribe for patients who have COVID that are well. It really should be reserved for people that are really sick, in the hospital, or at home very sick that need that medication, otherwise we’re going to blow through our supply for the patients that take it regularly for other disease processes.”

“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8-12 hours they were basically symptom free and so, clinically I am seeing a resolution that mirrors what we saw in the French study and some of the other studies worldwide,” Cardillo continued. “But what I am seeing is that people that are taking it alone, by itself, it’s not having efficacy.”

WATCH:

PROMISING NEWS!
We asked a local doctor about Hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug President Trump has been pushing. He says he has prescribed it along with Zinc to severely ill Covid-19 patients and says they are SYMPTOM FREE in 8-12 hours.
WATCH: https://t.co/tufXbgi21T@ABC7

— Jory Rand (@ABC7Jory) April 5, 2020

TRANSCRIPT:

ABC 7 NEWS ANCHOR JORY RAND: Ok, real quick. We have a little bit of time left. I do want to ask you about hydroxychloroquine, the president was pushing it pretty strong again yesterday. You said you have prescribed this, I want to talk to you about the effects you’re seeing and what it might do for people who take it normally outside of coronavirus and a possible shortage of medicine for them.

DR. ANTHONY CARDILLO: Exactly. What we’re finding clinically with our patients is that it really only works in conjunction with zinc. So the hydroxychloroquine opens the zinc channel, zinc goes into the cell, it then blocks the replication of the cellular machinery. So, it has to be used in conjunction with zinc. We are seeing some clinical responses in that regard. There are people that take it regularly for other disease processes, we have to be cautious and mindful that we don’t prescribe for patients who have COVID that are well. It really should be reserved for people that are really sick, in the hospital, or at home very sick that need that medication, otherwise we’re going to blow through our supply for the patients that take it regularly for other disease processes.

RAND: But what you’re saying is, you’re prescribing it and it is working for COVID-19 patients?

CARDILLO: Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8-12 hours they were basically symptom free and so, clinically I am seeing a resolution that mirrors what we saw in the French study and some of the other studies worldwide. But what I am seeing is that people that are taking it alone, by itself, it’s not having efficacy.

Louisiana Gov: ‘Grossly Irresponsible’ For Church Leader Tony Spell And Congregants To Gather During COVID-19 Pandemic

Daily Wire - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 03:07

On Sunday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Tapper first asked Edwards to explain to him the issues with ventilator supplies in the state.

“Your model’s current projection shows that New Orleans could reach 2,500 new hospitalizations per day at its peak around the end of April,” Tapper said. “You said on Friday that you could theoretically run out of ventilators on Tuesday. Is Louisiana really just 48 hours away from Louisianians dying from coronavirus because you don’t have enough ventilators?”

Edwards replied, first noting that people are already dying. According to the models, which reportedly shift each day as new data is gathered, the expected date at which ventilator capacity will be exceeded is now “probably around the 9th of April,” Edwards said.

The governor then stressed the importance of slowing the spread via social distancing:

So, as we achieve success in slowing the rate of spread, we also push out that date. And critically important is the number of people who will present to the hospital and not be able to get a vent or a bed is a smaller number. So, we’re encouraging everyone in Louisiana to take social distancing, the stay-at-home order, very seriously because that’s how we’re going to save people’s lives at the end of the day.

Later in the segment, Tapper brought up Pastor Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle Church in Louisiana.

“Even though [Spell] was issued a misdemeanor summons for continuing to hold church services, Pastor Spell told CNN just today that he’s still planning on holding church services this morning,” Tapper said. “Obviously, this is a dire health threat. You have made that very clear to all of the people in Louisiana. Should police break up this large gathering that violates your executive order?”

Governor Edwards responded, saying “we’re not going to enforce our way out of this.”

He continued, calling it “grossly irresponsible” for large groups to congregate:

Now, I’m still calling upon him to be a leader. He is a leader in the faith community – and I’m calling upon those parishioners to not go, because it is grossly irresponsible. There is not a setting more conducive to the spread of the virus, as far as I know … like we have when we have church services with people sitting in close proximity to one another for an hour or two at a time. And so it is irresponsible. Obviously, he is violating the order. He has been served a summons on that. I would hope that he would stop. And law enforcement has this very much in their sights. And I support the actions that they’re taking.

Edwards pivoted to praise those who are following social distancing guidelines, telling Tapper that the “overwhelming majority” of Louisiana’s 4,500 churches are doing their part, as are businesses.

“I’m appealing to Pastor Spell to do the right thing,” Edwards stated. “And thus far, he has not. It’s very disappointing. But the vast majority of pastors out there are doing the right thing.”

Louisiana Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards says it is “grossly irresponsible” to hold church services right now pic.twitter.com/pbRPUwHMK4

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) April 6, 2020

During an interview with CNN on Sunday, Pastor Tony Spell said that Life Tabernacle had hosted 1,800 congregants last Sunday, and would hold services again this Sunday. Spell added that Christians have “a command from God” to “assemble together.”

When asked by anchor Victor Blackwell if keeping the doors to the church open was a “pro-life” position, Spell replied:

My response to that is people’s hope is in the house of God. If they do contract the virus, if they have fears of the virus, the church is more essential now than ever to pray with people, to let them know there is a balm in Gilead. There is a physician in Jesus Christ. He is the healer. He said, “Come unto me, all you that are wearing heavy laden, let me give you rest.” So, we were supposed to be at a million and a half body bags. We’re at 8,400. So, the narrative is false, Victor.

In a Facebook post about the “misdemeanor summons” issued to Spell, Central Police Department Chief Roger Corcoran stated in part: “Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion.”

“Mr. Spell will have his day in court where he will be held responsible for his reckless and irresponsible decisions that endangered the health of his congregation and our community,” Corcoran continued. “This is not an issue over religious liberty, and it’s not about politics. We are facing a public health crisis and expect our community’s leaders to set a positive example and follow the law.”

As of Saturday, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has seen 656 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 22 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) Global Cases map. The virus has infected more than 335,500 Americans, leading to 9,458 deaths.

RELATED: Pastor Cited For Holding Massive Church Services Despite COVID-19: We Have A ‘Command From God’ To ‘Assemble Together’

China Allegedly Blocked U.S. Companies From Exporting Medical Safety Gear As Pandemic Exploded, Report Says

Daily Wire - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 03:05

The Chinese Communist Party reportedly blocked U.S. manufacturers from exporting desperately needed personal protective equipment (PPE), which is used to protect medical workers, as the pandemic exploded, and now the Trump administration is weighing taking legal action against China.

The New York Post reported on Sunday, “Leading US manufacturers of medical safety gear told the White House that China prohibited them from exporting their products from the country as the coronavirus pandemic mounted – even as Beijing was trying to ‘corner the world market’ in personal protective equipment.”

“Executives from 3M and Honeywell told US officials that the Chinese government in January began blocking exports of N95 respirators, booties, gloves and other supplies produced by their factories in China,” The Post reported, according to a senior administration official. “China paid the manufacturers their standard wholesale rates, but prohibited the vital items from being sold to anyone else, the official said.”

China also imported $1.2 billion worth of “epidemic prevention and control materials” from the end of January through the end of February that included billions of masks and tens of millions of “protective clothing” items from numerous countries around the world.

The senior official told the Post, “Data from China’s own customs agency points to an attempt to corner the world market in PPE like gloves, goggles, and masks through massive increased purchases – even as China, the world’s largest PPE manufacturer, was restricting exports.”

Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to the 2020 Trump campaign, told the Post about legal options that the Trump administration could take against China.

Ellis, not speaking for the administration, told the Post, “People are dying. When you have intentional, cold-blooded premeditated action like you have with China, this would be considered first-degree murder.”

Ellis said that the administration is considering working “through the United Nations” to go after China.

“They have victimized the world once and now they are re-victimizing with their profiteering off of PPE that is desperately needed in the countries that are being ravaged by the Chinese coronavirus,” Ellis told The Daily Wire.

Michael Wessell, a founding member of the federal US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, confirmed that the allegations against China were true in a statement to the Post, saying that American medical professionals are “starved of PPE to fight this crisis” because of China.

“We understand that China has engaged in policies to try and not only develop its own capabilities, but to do so at expense of producers around the world,” Wessell said. “At a time when demand was rising to deal with the crisis, China was marshaling all of the products for its own use.”

Wessell said that some of the actions taken by China “are probably illegal.”

“[China is] using it for soft power, essentially saying it’s a humanitarian gesture to try to curry goodwill with American people when some of the problems we’re facing are the direct result of Chinese policies,” Wessell added.

The news comes after numerous supplies that China has shipped around the world have proven to be defective, and the communist nation forced Italy to buy back supplies that Italy gave to China to help them fight the outbreak when it first started.

“After COVID-19 made its way to Italy, decimating the country’s significant elderly population, China told the world it would donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help Italy stop its spread,” the Spectator reported. “Reports later indicated that China had actually sold, not donated, the PPE to Italy. A senior Trump administration official tells the Spectator that it is much worse than that: China forced Italy to buy back the PPE supply that it gave to China during the initial coronavirus outbreak.”

The official told the Spectator, “Before the virus hit Europe, Italy sent tons of PPE to China to help China protect its own population. China then has sent Italian PPE back to Italy – some of it, not even all of it … and charged them for it.”

WATCH: Drone in New York barks orders at pedestrians to stay ‘6 feet apart’

LifeZette - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 02:38

This seriously looks like something out of an apocalyptic movie. A drone has been spotted looming over New York City, barking commands for people to practice social distancing and remain six feet apart.

Watch the video:

WATCH: A drone was seen flying over a Manhattan park on Saturday, urging pedestrians to “maintain social distancing.” https://t.co/5J9DLlunRB pic.twitter.com/VuNu1etBnW

— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 5, 2020

Now, this is not a government-operated drone, it’s been implemented by some whacky COVID-19 volunteer group.

But either way, the thing is creepy and quite frankly unnecessary.

Coincidently, China actually used drones in a similar way to broadcast messages on the virus and identify those who weren’t wearing masks.

Shenzhen company MicroMultiCopter deployed more than 100 drones to many Chinese cities that could patrol areas and observe crowds and traffic more efficiently. Those not wearing masks in public spaces could be identified. These flying robots are also used to broadcast information to a larger area than traditional loudspeakers can. Another way drones are used to fight coronavirus is to spray disinfectant in public spaces. Through thermal sensing, drones are also helping officials with crowd management and to identify people with elevated body temperatures, which could indicate they have the virus.

Japanese company Terra Drone ensured that medical and other supplies were safely transported from Xinchang County’s disease control center to the Xinchang County People’s Hospital without exposing humans to infection. They obtained the first urban drone delivery license issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. According to reporting by GPS World, using drones speeds up transport by 50% compared to road transportation. In addition to speed, it doesn’t expose human delivery drivers to any risks. [Forbes]

I’m sure governors in large, liberal cities would just love to get their hands on these drones.

They seem hellbent on making us into China one day at a time.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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WATCH: Biden suggests things Trump has already done to combat the virus, calls COVID-19 the ‘cona’

LifeZette - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 02:25

Someone has got to get Biden off this campaign trail.

Seriously, he’s forgetting key information and struggling to say simple words like “coronavirus” or “COVID-19.”

During an interview on ABC, Biden had a hard time either pronouncing or remembering what to call the virus and ended up spurting out “cona.”

Watch the video:

Joe Biden forgot the name of the coronavirus.

He previously confused the coronavirus with SARS, called the H1N1 virus "N1H1," and forgot the name of "what happened in Africa" (Ebola).

He's not up for the job, folks. pic.twitter.com/fo6sDWGShr

— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) April 5, 2020

Then to make matters even worse, Biden humiliated himself by suggesting that Trump enact the Defense Protection Act in order to combat coronavirus, but Trump has already enacted that order.

Watch the video:

Today, Joe Biden called on @realDonaldTrump to enact the Defense Protection Act & appoint a supply commander to combat coronavirus.

Trump has already done that.

On March 18, POTUS invoked the DPA.

Rear Adm. Polowczyk has been in charge of supplies.

Biden's not rapid. pic.twitter.com/WBGa2wqoCb

— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 5, 2020

President Trump announced Friday evening that he is invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to prevent the export of surgical masks and gloves outside of the country.

The White House said the order is intended to prevent “war profiteers” from hoarding supplies to generate foreign demand and then exporting the goods, and that it will not interfere with the ability of manufacturers to export personal protection equipment (PPE) “when doing so is consistent with United States policy.”

“Today’s order is another step in our ongoing fight to prevent hoarding, price gouging, and profiteering by preventing the harmful export of critically needed PPE,” the White House said in a statement. “It will help ensure that needed PPE is kept in our country and gets to where it is needed to defeat the virus.” [The Hill]

Good grief.

How can you be running for president and barely know anything that’s going on?

Again, this man jut really needs to retire.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Hack Reporter Asks President Trump About Shutting Down Grocery Stores to Stop Spread of Coronavirus – So We All Can Starve (VIDEO)

GatewayPundit - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 02:15

The fraudstream media is the enemy of the American people.

President Trump on Sunday held another Coronavirus press conference.

A hack reporter actually asked President Trump about shutting down grocery stores and fast food joints.

“So why even have a few businesses open? Why don’t they shut everything down? Groceries stores are open, fast food places — why even take a little chance? Just shut all of it down temporarily,” the reporter said.

Really?!

So we will all just starve to death — as long as we don’t die of Coronavirus!

WATCH:

Video: As many people have already pointed out on here, a reporter actually asked Trump about shutting down essential businesses like grocery stores. Seriously.

Here that was. pic.twitter.com/Eg4uJ9v52G

— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 6, 2020

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Joe Biden Speaks Gibberish, Forgets When 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ Pandemic Occurred (VIDEO)

GatewayPundit - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 01:38

Biden made no sense during his interview on ABC’s “This Week” and he forgot when the 1918 flu pandemic occurred.

The Spanish flu is literally called the 1918 flu pandemic but Biden couldn’t remember when it occurred.

Biden not only forgot when the 1918 flu epidemic took place, he was speaking gibberish and made no sense whatsoever.

“We cannot let this, we’ve never allowed any crisis from the Civil War straight through to the pandemic of 17, all the way around, 16, we have never, never let our democracy sakes second fiddle, way they, we can both have a democracy and … correct the public health.”

Huh?

WATCH:

Joe Biden: “We cannot let this, we’ve never allowed any crisis from the Civil War straight through to the pandemic of 17, all the way around, 16, we have never, never let our democracy sakes second fiddle, way they, we can both have a democracy and … correct the public health.” pic.twitter.com/Ymz8JtQvjH

— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) April 6, 2020

During his interview Biden also appeared to forget how to say the word “Coronavirus” while speaking about the pandemic.

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Earth Day Founder Dies in Prison After Murdering and Composting Girlfriend

GatewayPundit - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 01:07

Earth Day 2020 is Wednesday April 22nd.
It is the 50th Anniversary of the annual event.

Earth Day founder Ira Einhorn died in prison on Friday.

Einhorn was convicted of murder after killing his girlfriend and composting her.

Via Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage News.

Sad news for environmentalists.

A former hippie guru who lived the high life in Europe for years after murdering his ex-girlfriend in Philadelphia in the 1970s has died in prison.

Ira Einhorn, 79, died early Friday in a state prison in western Pennsylvania of natural causes, according to Susan McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. The death at SCI-Laurel Highlands was not related to the COVID-19 virus, she said.

Ira had claimed that he founded Earth Day and certainly was popular with enviros. He lived the lifestyle by composting the woman he murdered.

Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the “composted” body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk.

A self-proclaimed environmental activist, Einhorn made a name for himself among ecological groups during the 1960s and ’70s by taking on the role of a tie-dye-wearing ecological guru and Philadelphia’s head hippie.

But the charismatic spokesman who helped bring awareness to environmental issues and preached against the Vietnam War — and any violence — had a secret dark side. When his girlfriend of five years, Helen “Holly” Maddux, moved to New York and broke up with him, Einhorn threatened that he would throw her left-behind personal belongings onto the street if she didn’t come back to pick them up.

And so on Sept. 9, 1977, Maddux went back to the apartment that she and Einhorn had shared in Philadelphia to collect her things, and was never seen again. When Philadelphia police questioned Einhorn about her mysterious disappearance several weeks later, he claimed that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.

Einhorn was caught red-handed, but was protected by his lefty comrades.

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Pelosi and Democrats aren’t happy with Trump’s choice for coronavirus recovery watchdog

LifeZette - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 00:53

On Saturday, Congressional Democrats said that President Donald Trump’s pick for the new watchdog overseeing $2.3 trillion in coronavirus-related fiscal spending is not independent enough to do the job.

That response was after a Friday announcement by the White House that claimed Trump would nominate Brian Miller to the role of a special inspector general for pandemic recovery. Miller is currently a special assistant to the president and senior associate counsel in the Office of White House Counsel.

WHY WOULDN’T TRUMP APPOINT ONE OF HIS PEOPLE?

The real problem here is that the Democrats still haven’t realized that Trump is President. And why would they say anything good about anything Trump says or does. They haven’t liked the low unemployment rate, they haven’t liked the excellent economy, they don’t like manufacturing coming back to the US, they don’t like border control. Basically, the Democrats don’t like anything that is good for America right now because Trump would get credit. It should be noted that Newsom is saying that Trump’s team is doing right by California. So…

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In his February 4th State Of The Union address, our President announced that his administration was cooperating with the Chinese in their attempts to thwart the Coronavirus, there, his intention to protect Americans at home. Rep. Nancy Pelosi ripped up his speech.

The Democrats can complain all they want about Trump’s choice because the President chooses and the Senate votes on approval. Funny how everything that Trump does is not supported by the Democrats.

PELOSI WILL NEVER BE HAPPY WITH TRUMP’S DECISIONS

Pelosi isn’t ever going to be happy with anything Trump does. Even when the American people need help the Democrats only want to stop anything the President does. We need term limits in Congress.

“The Inspector General providing oversight of the federal response of this historic relief package for workers and families must be independent from politics,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed in her own statement. “The President’s nomination of one of his own lawyers clearly fails that test.

Senate Democrats, including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and the top Democratic senator on the Senate Finance Committee, also criticized the move.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said in a post on Twitter that the appointment was akin to putting a “fox in charge of the henhouse.”

The new watchdog position, which comes with a $25 million budget, was created to “conduct, supervise, and coordinate audits and investigations of the making, purchase, management, and sale of loans, loan guarantees, and other investments” by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. [Reuters]

Nancy is 80 years old and even as Speaker of the House and third in line to succeed the President, she still doesn’t understand which decisions are not hers to make. But let’s be honest, she would find a reason to object if Jesus Christ rose again and was chosen, the woman just can’t stand not being in total control.

Remember when Obama promised the most transparent oversight of the jobs recovery act, and the Democrat-controlled houses (they controlled both), cut funding for the tracking website.

It sounds like the House Democrats are complaining about the President’s selection of an oversight authority because they believe the authority will act the same way the House Democrats would if in that position.

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HOUSE DEMS NEED TO GROW UP

The House Democrats should grow up and help support America in getting through this crisis instead of starting up a whole new set of barriers by continuing their tirade of political oversight in an attempt to score political points in the upcoming general election.

Shame on them for trying to politicize this worldwide health crisis!

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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Reporter Presses Trump To Shutdown Grocery Stores, Fast Food Restaurants

Daily Wire - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 00:31

A reporter in the White House press corps pressed President Donald Trump on Sunday on why he has not directed a shutdown of all businesses nationwide, including grocery stores.

“Obviously, we know anyone can spread the disease unwittingly,” EWTN White House correspondent Owen Jensen said. “So, why even have a few businesses open? Why not just shut everything down?”

“There are grocery stores that are open, fast food places,” Jensen continued. “Why even take a little chance? Just shut it all down.”

“We’ll answer that question later,” Trump responded. “All I can say is that right now, things are looking really good and opening up with a bang will be a great thing.”

The Trump administration has implemented social distancing guidelines that it is asking all Americans to follow through the end of the month and most states have closed down non-essential businesses to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.

WATCH:

Video: As many people have already pointed out on here, a reporter actually asked Trump about shutting down essential businesses like grocery stores. Seriously.

Here that was. pic.twitter.com/Eg4uJ9v52G

— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 6, 2020

The White House released the following guidelines on March 29 which last till the end of April and has been dubbed “30 Days To Slow The Spread”:

  • Listen and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as health care service and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to protect your health at work.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts — use drive-thru, pick-up or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

This report has been updated to include additional information. 

WATCH: Customers literally tackle man in grocery store who was spitting and coughing on produce

LifeZette - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 00:26

COVID-19 has turned Americans into bioterrorists. It’s alarming how many people are using their bodily fluids as a weapon against their fellow Americans.

I don’t know if this disease is bringing out the inner sociopath or giving people some sense of “power,” but it’s really, really disturbing.

Case in point – a group of Massachusetts shoppers had to tackle a man and hold him down until police arrived after they saw him coughing and spitting on produce.

We can see part of the melee thanks to cell phone video shot from inside a “Stop & Shop” in Kingston on Saturday.

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The footage shows three men on top of the culprit in the produce aisle. “Don’t try and get up,” one of the shoppers warns the man.

Witnesses told police they watched as the 65-year-old man was coughing and spitting on produce.

Employees of the store said punches were also exchanged between the man and one store employee.

You can watch the video below:

Kingston police may pursue charges against the unidentified man, including assault and battery, and destruction of property.

Uh, the police better charge him. This man is sick, and should also be mentally evaluated. He’s clearly a ticking time bomb.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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LATEST NUMBERS: Govt. Models Overestimated Hospitalizations by 8 Times; ICU Beds by 6.4 Times; Ventilators Needed by 40.5 Times

GatewayPundit - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 00:10

This is quite stunning.
The government models used to predict the extent of the coronavirus pandemic are off by huge margins in the latest coronavirus tracking numbers.

The current government predictions reported by Covid Tracking (https://covidtracking.com/data/ ) for Apr 5th show:

– All beds needed: 179,267
– ICU beds needed: 33,176
– Invasive ventilators: 26,544

Those were the predictions.

The actual numbers as recorded at The Covid Tracking Project:

– Actual hospitalizations: 22,158
– In ICU: 5,207
– On ventilator: 656

Via Dr. Ned Nikolov:

Comparing #COVID19 Projections (https://t.co/zMKuQ4SUKg) with reported data by Covid Tracking (https://t.co/4t2dvr7NL1) for Apr 5:
– Overestimation of hospitalizations: 8 times
– Overestimation of of ICU beds needed: 6.4 times
– Overestimation of ventilators needed: 40.5 times pic.twitter.com/lIYtSPPRp8

— Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. (@NikolovScience) April 5, 2020

This is a complete failure of estimates and models.

The actual numbers show:

– Overestimation of hospitalizations: 8 times
– Overestimation of of ICU beds needed: 6.4 times
– Overestimation of ventilators needed: 40.5 times

This is completely unacceptable.
At this time in history and with the technology in place it is absolutely shocking that this could happen!
Millions of Americans will lose their jobs due to these panic-driven lockdowns.
The first people to be fired should be the ones who drove this panic!

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‘Reduce the Death Toll and Save Lives’ – Drone Seen Flying Over NY Park Barking Orders at People to ‘Maintain Social Distancing’ (VIDEO)

GatewayPundit - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 00:08

A drone was seen flying over a Manhattan park on Saturday urging people to ‘maintain social distancing.’

New York is currently the US epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic with 122,916 confirmed cases and 4,159 deaths.

Drones were used in China to bark orders at citizens and now they are being used in the US.

Frightening.

“This is the Anti-COVID-19 volunteer drone task force,” a booming voice said over a loudspeaker from the drone.

“Please maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet. Again, please maintain social distancing. Please help stop the spread of this virus. Reduce the death toll and save lives. For your own safety and your family’s safety please maintain social distancing.”

“Thank you for your cooperation, we are all in this together,” the voice from the drone said.

WATCH:

WATCH: A drone was seen flying over a Manhattan park on Saturday, urging pedestrians to “maintain social distancing.” https://t.co/5J9DLlunRB pic.twitter.com/VuNu1etBnW

— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 5, 2020

A couple weeks ago it was reported that a California police department was planning on using drones with night vision cameras and loudspeakers to monitor the population amid the Coronavirus shutdown.

Recall, the Communist Chinese government in January used drones to spy on citizens and order those without masks or outdoors without authorization to follow commands blasted from drones as part of the government’s efforts to stop the Coronavirus outbreak.

The drones would tell the Chinese citizens to go indoors and wash their hands.

Watch the shock video from China:

Chinese officials in rural areas are creatively using #drones to make sure local residents don‘t gather together without wearing masks during the nationwide battle against the #coronavirus. https://t.co/e6khcWvUrx pic.twitter.com/td7u1ZZ4Kz

— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) January 31, 2020

Governors have stripped American citizens of their Constitutional rights with their social distancing orders — and now drones are being used to intimidate Americans who dare walk outside.

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FLASHBACK: George W. Bush Warned America Was Unprepared For A Pandemic

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 23:53

The writings were on the wall for a potentially catastrophic pandemic going all the way back to the early aughts. In fact, the possibility was so real that former President George W. Bush told his aides to formulate a detailed plan on how the country should respond to such a crisis.

According to ABC News, President Bush became “obsessed” with the possibility of a pandemic after reading historian John M. Barry’s book “The Great Influenza,” which chronicled the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic that killed 17 to 50 million people globally.

From the report:

Thus was born the nation’s most comprehensive pandemic plan – a playbook that included diagrams for a global early warning system, funding to develop new, rapid vaccine technology, and a robust national stockpile of critical supplies, such as face masks and ventilators, Townsend said.

The effort was intense over the ensuing three years, including exercises where cabinet officials gamed out their responses, but it was not sustained. Large swaths of the ambitious plan were either not fully realized or entirely shelved as other priorities and crises took hold.

Fran Townsend, former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said that many of the plans laid out by the Bush administration were implemented by the Trump administration once the pandemic hit.

“Despite politics, despite changes, when a crisis hits, you pull what you’ve got off the shelf and work from there,” Townsend said.

Speaking to the National Institutes of Health in 2005, President Bush depicted in stunning detail how a pandemic would unfold in the United States, from the depletion of medical supplies to its fast rate of infection.

“A pandemic is a lot like a forest fire,” Bush said in his speech. “If caught early, it might be extinguished with limited damage. If allowed to smolder, undetected, it can grow to an inferno that can spread quickly beyond our ability to control it.”

“To respond to a pandemic, we need medical personnel and adequate supplies of equipment,” he later added. “In a pandemic, everything from syringes to hospital beds, respirators masks and protective equipment, would be in short supply.”

Bush went on to note that scientists would need to quickly develop a vaccine in order to get the country back on its feet.

“If a pandemic strikes, our country must have a surge capacity in place that will allow us to bring a new vaccine on line quickly and manufacture enough to immunize every American against the pandemic strain,” he said.

Getting prophetic, Bush warned, “If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare. And one day, many lives could be needlessly lost because we failed to act today.”

Though Bush put in place a $7 billion plan and launched the still-operational website, www.pandemicflu.gov, it ultimately failed to continue justifying itself budget-wise.

“You need to have annual budget commitment. You need to have institutions that can survive any one administration. And you need to have leadership experience,” said Tom Bossert, who worked in the Bush White House. “All three of those can be effected by our wonderful and unique form of government in which you transfer power every four years.”

Bush declined to comment on the current crisis or the pandemic plan he had in place.

WATCH: Drones over a NYC park, yells at pedestrians to “maintain social distancing.”

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 23:50

This is wild. Big brother in the sky.

Here we go comrades….. https://t.co/PzOX0MdTBI

— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) April 5, 2020

A drone was seen flying over a Manhattan park on Saturday, urging pedestrians to “maintain social distancing.”

“This is WRONG!” – Licensed Physician in Utah Unable to Prescribe Hydroxychloroquine Because ‘State Has Taken Over Distribution of Drug’

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 23:11


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This is disturbing.

A licensed physician in Utah said on Sunday that he is unable to prescribe hydroxychloroquine because the state has taken over distribution of the drug.

Dr. Bill MD, is “trained extensively in diagnosis and treatment of human disease.”

Dr. Bill is a contributor to the Debbie Aldrich show and according to Aldrich’s website, “Dr. Bill majored in medical biology graduating Magna Cum Laude at age 19, Graduated from medical school at 23 from Miami University Medical School, Interned at Mount Siani Medical before beginning his own practice.”

Debbie Aldrich is also a contributor at CD Media.

Dr. Bill opened his private practice at 26, hired 4 medical doctors, a PA, and 12 nurses growing to one of the largest private family Practices in Utah.

Dr. Bill also built the 6 medical office buildings in a 10-year span housing his practice in 3 of those buildings.

Dr. Bill sold his very successful Family Practice to Intermountain Medical center, he is still a licensed doctor providing medical care to the community while continuing as an entrepreneur.

In other words, Dr. Bill is a brilliant doctor and knows more about treatments of diseases than government officials.

“I am a licensed physician in Utah. I tried to prescribe hydroxychloroquine but the pharmacist said the state had taken over the distribution of the drug. Even though I’m licensed, I cannot prescribe it. This is WRONG!” Dr. Bill said in a tweet.

I am a licensed physician in Utah. I tried to prescribe hydroxychloroquine but the pharmacist said the state had taken over the distribution of the drug. Even though I’m licensed, I cannot prescribe it. This is WRONG!

— DrBill (@DrBill_MD_) April 5, 2020

Dr. Bill followed up in a second tweet and said we are in the middle of a pandemic and need to be a little liberal with rules.

I would like to believe that those officials who are preventing the use of hydroxychloroquine azirhromycin are airing on the side of caution and not being jerks! But man, we’re in the middle of an epidemic! We need to be a little liberal with the rules

— DrBill (@DrBill_MD_) April 5, 2020

The FDA last week issued an emergency authorization for experimental Coronavirus treatments using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, reported Forbes.

Via Forbes:

The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine products can be distributed and prescribed by doctors through the Strategic National Stockpile “to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible.”

The agency is fast-tracking a process that usually takes years while the FDA conducts clinical trials in New York, a hot spot for the virus.

HHS said the emergency authorization was issued because the potential benefits of the product outweigh the risks and acknowledged that “anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients,” but cautioned that “clinical trials are needed to provide scientific evidence that these treatments are effective.”

Watch Dr. Bill discuss the Coronavirus on the Debbie Aldrich show:

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump anf Coronavirus Task Force holds daily press briefing

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 23:09

President Donald Trump and White House Coronavirus Task Force hold their daily press briefing at 7:00pm ET.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Slammed By Detroit News For Playing Politics During Pandemic

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 23:08

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been floated as a possible running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden in the coming 2020 election. However, her actions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic may have seriously hurt her popularity in the swing state that President Trump so desperately needs to win.

In an op-ed published on Saturday, the Michigan paper Detroit News – hardly a bastion of conservatism – severely criticized Whitmer for playing politics as her state suffers through an unprecedented crisis.

“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must send an unequivocal message to her constituents that Michigan is her priority in this hour of crisis,” wrote Detroit News. “Her running feud with President Donald Trump calls into question whether she’s acting in the best interests of this state, or on behalf of the Democratic Party.”

Whitmer has routinely used COVID-19 pandemic as a means to battle with President Trump, such as when she alleged the federal government was not helping her state with coronavirus while providing zero proof to support her case. She also reversed course after instructing medical professionals in her state not to prescribe the drug hydroxychloroquine, which the Trump administration had been pushing to combat COVID-19.

“Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19,” said a letter from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Unlike Dem Governors Gavin Newsom (CA) and Andrew Cuomo (NY), Whitmer’s actions became so blatantly partisan that President Trump had to publicly call her out on it.

“I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic,” Trump tweeted. “Yet your Governor, Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer is way in over her head, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude! #MAGA.”

Though Detroit News did not necessarily criticize Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic in her state, the newspaper did feel that her priorities were out of place by focusing so much media time on criticizing the Trump administration.

“She’s also assumed the role of designated Democratic attack dog in this crisis, appearing almost daily on cable news shows to criticize the administration’s handling of the virus response,” Detroit News wrote. “That creates confusion about whether Whitmer is advocating for her Michigan constituents, or carrying out her duties as co-chair of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, or worse, serving her own ambition to be vice president.”

“Trump apparently thinks it’s the latter,” the op-ed continued. “He’s singled out the governor for particular disdain, repeating often the unsupported claim that Whitmer is mishandling the crisis in her state. Last week he demeaned her by referring to her as ‘the woman from Michigan.'”

While Detroit News referred to Trump as a “petty and vindictive man,” the newspaper ultimately felt that Whitmer should put the needs of her state first and seek to foster a collaboration with the president, citing Governors Cuomo and Newsom as chief examples of politicians who have set aside their differences with Trump for the good of their state.

“If everyone pulls together, the worst of the COVID-19 crisis might soon be behind us, and there will be time to return to the jousting of the election campaigns,” the op-ed concludes. “Until then, Michigan residents need to know their governor is serving one master – them.”

Joe Biden, who has promised to pick a female running-mate, has already stated that Whitmer is on his “list” of potential choices for the 2020 race.

Tiger At Bronx Zoo Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Other Animals Suspected Of Having Disease

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 22:58

A tiger at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus, and several other animals have reportedly developed symptoms of the disease, according to the zoo.

“Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover,” the zoo said in a statement. “This positive COVID-19 test for the tiger was confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, based in Ames, Iowa.”

“We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus,” the statement continued. “Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers. It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.”

The zoo said that the cats were infected by “a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms.”

CNN highlighted a recent study out of China on the ability of the coronavirus, which originated in China,  to infect house pets:

Our furry feline friends appear to be susceptible to catching Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Even worse, the cats in the study were able to infect each other, although they showed no signs of illness.

Ferrets were also able to “catch” the virus, although it didn’t appear to harm them. Dogs, on the other hand, were not susceptible, according to the study. The virus showed up in the feces of five dogs, but no infectious virus was found. Pigs, chickens and ducks were also not very hospitable places for the virus.

But there’s no need for cat or ferret lovers to panic, experts say. There’s no evidence their pets could get very sick or die from the novel coronavirus.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo noted that none of zoo’s snow leopards, cheetahs, clouded leopard, Amur leopard, puma or serval cats had shown any signs of the disease.

“We are grateful for the cooperation and support of the New York State Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where the initial COVID-19 testing of samples from the tiger were performed; the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory where confirmatory testing was conducted; USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; and the New York and Illinois State Veterinarians and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for their assistance,” the statement concluded. “We will issue additional information as warranted. Our four zoos and aquarium have been temporarily closed since March 16.”

This report has been updated to include additional information.

Pastor Cited For Holding Massive Church Services Despite COVID-19: We Have A ‘Command From God’ To ‘Assemble Together’

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 22:56

On Sunday, Pastor Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, Louisiana, appeared on CNN with anchor Victor Blackwell to discuss the controversy surrounding his church and its continued defiance of social distancing orders.

Spell was recently served a “misdemeanor summons for six counts of violating the governor’s executive order,” according to Central Police Department Chief Roger Corcoran, yet Spell has continued to hold massive church services.

Blackwell first asked Spell if the church would be congregating on Sunday morning, to which Spell responded in the affirmative:

Yes, sir. At 10:00 a.m. We will actually run our buses. We have 27 buses that we cover a 50 mile radius of our city. We bring people into the house of God, feed them, feed them both natural food and spiritual food, and then we go back into our respective places…

When Blackwell asked Spell how many congregants attended services last Sunday, and how many he expected this Sunday, Spell claimed that 1,800 attended previously, but that he wasn’t sure how many would attend the upcoming service.

“This Sunday, with the fear that’s been propagated into the hearts of my people, I don’t know, but it may have had the adverse effect, and we may have more people today than last week,” Spell stated.

Blackwell and Spell then engaged in the following exchange in which the pastor said that he believes the “science of this,” but he is following “a command from God.”

BLACKWELL: So, there is an order from the governor there, John Bel Edwards in Louisiana, barring gatherings of 50 or more. The scientists who advise him suggest that those gatherings put the people who will be coming to your church, the 1,800 last week and whomever will show up this week, in danger. Do you believe them?

SPELL: We believe the science of this, Victor. However, we do have a command from God, and there are no governing bodies that can tell us we cannot gather and worship freely.

BLACKWELL: But do you believe the science? Do you believe the science that people who are in these large gatherings close together are at a greater risk of contracting this deadly disease, this virus? Do you believe the science?

SPELL: Yes, we believe the science. We also believe that 99.3, which the science says of the people that contract it, a lot of them don’t even know they have it and recover … with that also, we’re more interested – people have been locked up in their homes for 22 days now – suicide, domestic violence, starvation – and the hope is the last stronghold in those people’s lives, Victor.

Blackwell followed up on Spell’s response by asking the pastor if he is pro-life. Spell said that he is indeed pro-life.

“How is this a pro-life stance to put people in jeopardy of contracting a disease, getting a virus that has no treatment, no cure, often has no symptoms, and has killed more than … 8,500 people this morning in our country in five weeks?” Blackwell asked.

Spell responded:

My response to that is people’s hope is in the house of God. If they do contract the virus, if they have fears of the virus, the church is more essential now than ever to pray with people, to let them know there is a balm in Gilead. There is a physician in Jesus Christ. He is the healer. He said, “Come unto me, all you that are wearing heavy laden, let me give you rest.” So, we were supposed to be at a million and a half body bags. We’re at 8,400. So, the narrative is false, Victor.

The CNN anchor moved on, first implying that the friends and families of the dead might not appreciate Spell’s “just at 8,400” deaths remark, then asking about the citations from the police department.

“You’ve been cited several times and could face 90 days in jail for each citation, a $500 fine,” Blackwell noted.

Blackwell then quoted Chief Corcoran, who stated in part: “This is not an issue over religious liberty, and it’s not about politics. We are facing a public health crisis and expect our community’s leaders to set a positive example and follow the law.”

Corcoran also stated: “Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion.”

“Is this about self-promotion?” Blackwell asked.

Spell said that the services are not about self-promotion, and that he continues to hold them “because the word of God commands us to assemble together.” The pastor then claimed that “this is an attack on religious liberty in the greatest nation in the world.”

Concluding the segment, Blackwell asked Spell what the distinction is between his church and other congregations around the world that are “holding services online.”

“One word: conviction,” Spell said. “Neither the pressure of our friends, family, lawsuit, jail, or death will stop us from operating our convictions, which is, let us go into the house of the Lord. This is the most important place in our life.”

“If this were about deaths,” the pastor claimed, “then every door in this city would be closed.”

Spell added that his attorneys, including former Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, “are gathering … information right now” presumably in order to argue against the citations.

As The Daily Wire previously reported, on March 17, Spell held services “with more than 300 in attendance,” according to pastor. Spell also claims that approximately 1,000 people attended services on the following Sunday, March 22.

Spell said COVID-19 doesn’t “concern” him, reports WAFB. “The virus, we believe, is politically motivated. We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says,” Spell reportedly stated.

As of Saturday, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has seen 656 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 22 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) Global Cases map. The virus has infected more than 335,500 Americans, leading to 9,458 deaths.

In Orleans and Jefferson, there have been a combined 7,154 cases and 274 deaths as of publication.

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