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    Wuhan Virus Watch: McConnell says there will be 4th coronavirus bill

    Wuhan Virus Watch: McConnell says there will be 4th coronavirus bill

    U.S. coronavirus death projections in doubt as officials question China’s numbers

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that there will be a fourth coronavirus bill in the continuing efforts to protect Americans and the economy against the pandemic.

    McConnell, in an interview with The Associated Press, said that “there will be a next measure.”

    “[It] should be more a targeted response to what we got wrong and what we didn’t do enough for — and at the top of the list there would have to be the health care part of it,” he said.

    The comments from the GOP leader, who remains in Washington, D.C., during the Senate’s three-week break, are the firmest he has offered yet about the possibility for additional legislation.

    Let’s hope it is pork-free and that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi doesn’t derail it at the last minute.

    U.S. coronavirus death projections in doubt as officials question China’s numbers

    Personally, I have been questioning the accuracy of the models for quite some time. There is good reason.

    Questions about the projections come amid reporting that US intelligence agencies informed the White House last week in a report that they believe China undercounted its number of infections and deaths, hindering modeling efforts.

    “There’s no way to confirm any of those numbers,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Wednesday at a White House briefing.
    ave died.

    …US spy agencies “have concluded that the Chinese government itself does not know the extent of the virus and is as blind as the rest of the world,” the New York Times reports, citing intelligence officials. “Midlevel bureaucrats in the city of Wuhan … and elsewhere in China have been lying about infection rates, testing and death counts, fearful that if they report numbers that are too high they will be punished, lose their position or worse.”

    People meeting Trump or Pence must now take rapid coronavirus test

    Anyone meeting President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will now be subjected to rapid COVID-19 tests to prevent the leaders from becoming infected with the virus.

    Starting immediately, people expected to be in close approximately with either Trump or Pence will be given a the test to “to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

    “As the Physician to the President and White House Operations continue to protect the health and safety of the President and Vice President, starting today anyone who is expected to be in close proximity to either of them will be administered a COVID-19 test to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers status to limit inadvertent transmission,” Deere said.

    California doctor says coronavirus patient improving with plasma treatment

    All the treatments!

    A California doctor and his patient are seeing the effects of a possible breakthrough coronavirus treatment using plasma, which they decided to try after several other options had failed.

    Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Brian Kilmeade, St. Joseph Hospital Director Dr. Timothy Byun said Friday that they had tried drugs like hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and tocilizumab without seeing any improvements in the patient’s condition.

    “So, I mean, we really had very little options to consider. We happened to find a plasma from a recovered person who was willing to donate,” he explained. “So, that’s how it all started.”

    Paddle boarder chased by boat, arrested in Malibu after flouting coronavirus closures

    I would argue the paddle boarder was extreme social distancing.

    A paddle boarder was arrested Thursday after ignoring lifeguards’ orders to get out of the ocean near the Malibu Pier despite beach closures amid the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said.

    County lifeguards patrolling the shore by boat tried to get the man to come ashore. Despite repeated orders to exit the water, the man continued paddle boarding for at least 30 minutes. Lifeguards eventually flagged down Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who responded by boat to help, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

    Video of the incident taken by bystanders along the shore and later posted to social media shows the man paddling toward the pier while being pursued by lifeguard and sheriff’s boats.


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    buckeyeminuteman | April 4, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Americans need to put on a mask and get their ass back to work. There are 60,000 deaths in the US every week of every year. We need to tell our governors we will not be held hostage in our own homes any longer!

    CommoChief | April 4, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    One pertinent item would be filling and the expanding the strategic petroleum reserve. Currently capacity is about 750 million barrels with about 615 million barrels on hand. So fill the existing storage capacity then select some of the other sites suitable for storage and begin construction on those. Then let contracts for building some refineries capable of refining domestic produced shale oil so that we have the ability to refine the oil.

    This would likely more than break even over time based on current and expected low oil prices. Include pipelines and you have a good start to an infrastructure bill that delivers needs not just throwing money away.

    Another couple of things could be broadband network upgrade and expansion along with electricity transmission grid upgrade, hardening and modernization. All actually needed and useful not just throwing federal dollars away.

    NOW can we stop with the McConnell adulation? Is there any doubt that the Uniparty kabuki theater has never been stronger? McConnell & company are the very same RINOs who have sold us out so many times when we were at the goal line. We fell for it again and again and again and are about to do it one more time. I’m sick.

    texansamurai | April 4, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    one of the most effective ways to bring this trainwreck to an end would be for republicans to takeover the house, maintain control of the senate re-elect trump

    afterward, would be able to unwind/overturn quite a bit of this expensive, expedient political porkfest

    inspectorudy | April 4, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I see a revival of a national Tea Party Boston style taking place where we tell the government that we cannot survive their lockdown programs. We will have to defy them on a national scale to get this crap repealed. I’m the canary in the coal mine because of my age and health but as a nation, we cannot survive a cure that is worse than the illness. We will be so weak that putting together an army will be a stretch. Our Air force and Navy aren’t much better. Let people who are ill and in the high-risk category sign waivers and allow them to try new vaccines as soon as they can be made. Caution is for the past, not for our present crisis.

      walls in reply to inspectorudy. | April 4, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      I really expect the lockdown to last only 2 or 3 more months, MAX. I think it’s prudent to follow the recommendations for another 2-3 months. What’s key is after this blows over, we must make changes re: China and it’s not back to business as usual.

      The trouble seems to be many people are NOT following the guidelines, which will only serve to prolong the agony for all.

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