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    Wuhan Virus Watch: NY Gov. Cuomo Says ‘The Worst is Over if We Continue to be Smart’

    Wuhan Virus Watch: NY Gov. Cuomo Says ‘The Worst is Over if We Continue to be Smart’

    New York, New Jersey, and four other Northeastern states form a working group to plan reopening parts of the economy.

    Today’s update will start with some good news.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicates his state is “controlling the spread” of the coronavirus, and it appears that “the worst is over if we continue to be smart going forward.

    At the same time, Cuomo revealed that the death toll from Covid-19 in New York — which is the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States — has topped 10,000 people.

    Cuomo called the death tally a “horrific level of pain and grief and sorrow.”

    But he pointed to a flattening of the daily death toll, the flattening in the net number of hospitalizations and a drop in the number of people on ventilators as evidence that radical measures such as the shuttering of nonessential businesses have helped to contain the virus.

    He said the death toll for Sunday was 671, versus 758 on Saturday.

    “We’re controlling the spread,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “The worst can be over, and is over, unless we do something reckless.”

    New York, New Jersey, and four other Northeastern states are forming a working group to coordinate plans to reopen parts of the economy

    The next phase in the battle against the coronavirus may begin shortly.

    New York, New Jersey and four other Northeastern states are forming a working group to keep a close watch on the coronavirus outbreak throughout the region and coordinate plans to reopen parts of the economy as soon as it’s safe to do so.

    Calling the region the “Covid corridor,” the governors said they would carefully weigh the public health risks before allowing companies to resume operations. Commerce throughout the region and much of the U.S. has ground to a halt after states shuttered nonessential businesses and issued orders requiring most residents to stay indoors to slow the pandemic.

    “I think this regional compact is premised on the idea that you’re not going to have a healthy economy if you have an unhealthy population, so we’ve got to do both,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said on a conference call Monday led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    FDA gives emergency green light to ‘blood purification device’ to treat critically ill coronavirus patients

    All the treatments!

    US regulators have given emergency use permission for a device to filter coronavirus patients’ blood in an effort to combat the devastating effects of severe inflammation.

    Doctors believe that many of those who die of coronavirus die as a result of the so-called ‘cytokine storm’ – a deluge of inflammation meant to help fight the infection that ultimately overwhelms and damages the body itself.

    In an effort to clear some of this dangerous inflammation from COVID-19 patients, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Terumo BCT’s blood filtering device.

    Rutgers Saliva Test for Coronavirus Gets FDA Approval

    All the tests!

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics and its collaborators for a new collection approach that utilizes saliva as the primary test biomaterial for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the first such approval granted by the federal agency.

    The new saliva collection method, which RUCDR developed in partnership with Spectrum Solutions and Accurate Diagnostic Labs (ADL), will allow for broader population screening than the current method of nose and throat swabs.

    “The impact of this approval is significant,” said Andrew Brooks, chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR, who also is a professor in the School of Arts and Sciences Department of Genetics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “It means we no longer have to put health care professionals at risk for infection by performing nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal collections. We can preserve precious personal protective equipment for use in patient care instead of testing. We can significantly increase the number of people tested each and every day as self-collection of saliva is more quick and scalable than swab collections. All of this combined will have a tremendous impact on testing in New Jersey and across the United States.”

    40% of people with severe COVID-19 experience neurological complications

    Sadly, it looks like not all patients will be completely cured.

    People with severe COVID-19 may experience neurological symptoms, including confusion, delirium and muscle pain, and could be at higher risk for a stroke, a new study out of Wuhan, China has suggested.

    Nearly 40 percent of people with the disease caused by the new coronavirus suffered brain-related complications, according to findings published Friday in JAMA Neurology,

    Among those with serious infection as a result of the virus, nearly 6 percent experienced a stroke or stenosis, roughly 15 percent had dementia-like symptoms and roughly 20 percent reported severe muscle pain, researchers in China reported.

    Wildlife is reclaiming Yosemite National Park

    It’s like we’re living through an episode of the History Channel show, “Life After People.” Wildlife is swarming the nearly empty Yosemite National Park.

    “You couldn’t ask for a better place to be isolated,” said Warren McClain, a saucier at the Ahwahnee Hotel who has worked in the park since 2017.

    He and his co-workers, Dane Peterson and Billy Sanchez, were skateboarding and cycling along Northside Drive, just east of Horsetail Fall, soaking in the bright, warm sun.

    Wildlife is coming out of hiding now, they said, as it did during previous government shutdowns of the park — in 1990, 1995, 2013 and 2019. The difference is that this park closure is expected to be the longest on record.

    “The bear population has quadrupled,” said Peterson, noting a surge of large megafauna into the fields, thoroughfares and open spaces of the park.

    “It’s not like they aren’t usually here,” he said of the bears, bobcats and coyotes that he and other employees now see congregating outside their cabins and apartments. “It’s that they usually hang back at the edges, or move in the shadows.”


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    CommoChief | April 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Guys, PDJT tossed out a ‘tar baby’ at his briefing yesterday: insisting that the office of the President has complete authority within the covid situation.

    1. To a large extent PDJT is correct, in that during an event that the various State Governments REQUESTED a designation of as Federal disaster, those States have abrogated a portion of their power within the timeframe of that designation to the Federal government; PDJT.

    2. Normally, there is a go along, get along attitude between D.C. and the States because they are happy to be spending money towards being seen as doing something.

    3. With PDJT under daily criticism, which alternates between he went too far to be didn’t go far enough, in the exercise of his prerogatives by MSM and some Governors seeking the spotlight, this isn’t the normal situation.

    So, PDJT, drew an unspoken line yesterday; if there is a Federal Disaster designation and federal money, personnel and resources being utilized within a State, then the President calls the shots. States are obviously, free to request the removal of their State from the Federal disaster designation and chart an independent course on their own dime using their own resources if they so choose.

    That, IMO, was the intent yesterday a not very subtle reminder of the actual situation that could develop but likely won’t. In fact it will serve to enhance the underlying goal and argument that the administration is forced to make daily. Namely that our emergency response system envisions that the Federal government is supposed to support the States with resources who then allocate resources to counties and municipalities based upon their local knowledge and better ability to act.

    Unfortunately the MSM and some States are being willingly blind to this process and want, for partisan political reasons, to put the Federal government; PDJT in the position of making every decision and accruing the blame if and when mistakes are made.

    So PDJT, threw out the ‘tar baby’ that he will make the decision on when the nation goes back to work based upon his authority within declared federal disaster. The MSM and certain blue State politicians reflexively jumped to oppose PDJT. In doing so they have now become mired in the ‘tar baby’; Federalism, States rights and the Tenth amendment.

    Only PDJT, could cause progressive, big government supporting liberals to suddenly embrace Federalism.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 15, 2020 at 1:27 am

    Pluck Brillo Head and his CNN brother he rode in on.

    jrcowboy49 | April 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Trying to roll back over 200 years of encroaching federal power is neither easy or painless. Voters would do well to prepare their Constitution knowledge with principled understanding, not partisan politics that demands loyalty to Man over dedication to principle. Since no one holds office forever, avoid accepting the Cult of Personality over the Rule of Law. Reject the now proved failed adage about expediency and vote for the person who’ll uphold the law, not who wins the popularity contest. Because no solution either mine or yours, has a smidgen of a chance for success unless and until we voters start electing the right people and more importantly stop re-electing the bad ones.

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