Coronavirus Update and Tweets of the Day: It's Damn Ugly

Mish

4-6 weeks of hell; Ventilator rationing takes 1st US life; Dr Fauci seeks national lockdown. Dr Birx says data missing.

Navy Ship to Offload Patients Only Has 3 So Far

Inexcusable Ignorance in Georgia

About that Fed Stockpile

It's for us dammit, not for states, says senior White House advisor.

California Cases Top 1,000 Three Days

NYC Overwhelmed

Coronavirus Lingers in the Air

4-6 Weeks of Hell

National Strategy Suboptimal

Should we wait until we are out of ventilators and people die? Would that be enough data?

Lack of Ventilators Kills First Person

Rationing supplies hits the US.

In case you Need a Laugh

Navy Fires Captain of Aircraft Carrier

Speak up, be honest, try to protect the sailors .... Get Fired

Dr. Fauci on Face Masks

Dr. Birx on People Following the Recommendations

We know they are not simply by watching the curve.

Dr. Fauci calls for National Lockdown

"If you look at what's going on...I just don't understand why we're not doing that. We really should be."

About that Data. Where is it?

Dr. Deborah Birx said WH coronavirus task force is missing 50% of the data for coronavirus tests that have been conducted.

Damn Ugly Set of Tweets

That's enough, and It's damn ugly.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Realist
Realist

Apparently, many of the ventilators in the national strategic stockpile are not working when they are sent out to the states. Ventilators need regular maintenance and the Trump administration let the maintenance contract expire last summer. Then they asked the maintenance company to re-start maintenance in January, but they are hopelessly behind now.

Brexitologist
Brexitologist

We'll need a bigger model...

tokidoki
tokidoki

Trump is being stupid. Because some states are not in lock down mode, the ones that are will later become "safe" zones, and because of that people from the "danger" zones will flock to the former, turning them into "danger" zones again.

This country is done.

QE2Infinity
QE2Infinity

I'm interested in the Swedish approach. From what I can tell, the rate of infections there is no worse than any other country.

As to the Navy Sectatary firing a Captain. You have to admit, the optics don't look good. Here's a ship full of young toughs ready to administer death and destruction on others whining about getting a boo boo. It's really not the image you want to project. But then, the Navy is not the Marines.

BoneIdle
BoneIdle

This from an E.R. doctor in the front line trenches in Louisiana

( note, especially for those advocating massive industrial diversion to crank out ventilators his observation that 80% of those going on ventilators die)

And
Do not use Bipap- it does not work well and is a significant exposure risk with high levels of aerosolized virus to you and your staff. Even after a cough or sneeze this virus can aerosolize up to 3 hours

Russell J
Russell J

There's just no way these people are really trying to contain this virus, this has to be a distraction from something else. There's no way these people with their education, training and resources are doing their best. There must be reason for this.

Jojo
Jojo

I agree with this post below. We really are descending into a police state on that slippery slope. Where are all the people who jump up screaming about some obscure supposed violation of privacy on via the internet when local, state and federal governments are acting together to dictate our right to leave the house or do normal activities due to some trumped up virus of no real consequence?

John Whitehead's Commentary
Draconian Lockdown Powers: It’s a Slippery Slope from Handwashing to House Arrest
By John W. Whitehead
April 01, 2020

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”—Viktor Frankl

We still have choices.

Just because we’re fighting an unseen enemy in the form of a virus doesn’t mean we have to relinquish every shred of our humanity, our common sense, or our freedoms to a nanny state that thinks it can do a better job of keeping us safe.

Whatever we give up willingly now—whether it’s basic human decency, the ability to manage our private affairs, the right to have a say in how the government navigates this crisis, or the few rights still left to us that haven’t been disemboweled in recent years by a power-hungry police state—we won’t get back so easily once this crisis is past.

The government never cedes power willingly.

Neither should we.

....

Sechel
Sechel

Government people not understanding the role of government or getting proper briefings themselves

Sechel
Sechel

I really have no idea what Trump is doing. There's still no progress on G.M. making ventilators and Trump keeps touting progress despite any new production being delivered and all signs are that deliveries are weeks away , well past the point where states like New York will need them. If Trump's a wartime President its like touting new production of tanks expected to be delivered a month after the maginot line was breached and the allies beaten

QTPie
QTPie

The crazy thing is that practically there is still not widespread testing in many parts of the country. I mean yes, you can get tested but due to the backlog in processing the tests it takes almost two weeks to get the results which makes testing basically pointless.

Blurtman
Blurtman

I think the fact that 40% of Americans are obese contributes to the concern. Sweden's obesity rate is less than half that.

thimk
thimk

Gee , Trump doesn't need to order a stay at home edict. But he can show some leadership and recommend that we do so.

Realist
Realist

lot of people are saying” that Trump ignored this pandemic for 2 months, but he is getting serious about it now, because someone showed him the death projections for his supporters, including:

Older, poorly educated men.

People who will always defy government suggestions.

People who believe this is all a conspiracy to take away your freedom.

People who line up without social distancing to buy guns, ammo, and alcohol.

These people will not follow any government suggestions and many will get infected.

I guess Darwin was right.

MAGA

njbr
njbr

...New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics had about 160,000 coronavirus test orders waiting to be processed on March 25, which amounted to about half of the 320,000 total orders for the tests the company had received up to that date, according to Quest internal materials obtained by CNN.....

pvguy
pvguy

The Governors already have the power to order stay-at-home. They don't need permission from the President. Furthermore, under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, I'm not sure the President has the authority to make that order inside of a State. He can shutdown interstate commerce though.

Furthermore, you city-dwellers might want to remember it's planting season, and a lockdown does not contribute to getting the crops in. So if an agricultural area is not having a major outbreak, a lockdown would do more harm than good.

Where I live, the Governor's lockdown order is having little effect because agriculture is mostly exempt, and it's planting season, and therefore ignored anyway.

RonJ
RonJ

"Lack of Ventilators Kills First Person"

Denninger: "Cramer just admitted on-air the fact I've pointed out for more than a month -- in NYC fewer than 20% are making it off ventilators."

Apparently, a ventilator is saving less than one in 5.

aqualech
aqualech

This is getting surreal. Countless studies show that proper masks protect the wearer from airborne respiratory disease. Countless. Flu, colds, corona. The denial of the importance of this can only be in order to prevent panic and chaos since there are so few available.

I bought about 3 dozen of them months ago, when I first heard about this, and now find that I only need a few. You can re-use them after a waiting period. I'm going to donate the rest to the hospital today.

KidHorn
KidHorn

We're all going to be exposed sooner or later. IMO, The best things to do are try to limit the size of the exposure. Give your immune system a chance to respond before your lungs are overwhelmed. Also, do everything to keep your immune system in good shape. Eat right and exercise. Maybe get a limited amount sun exposure for Vitamin D. 30 minutes to an hour should help a lot. And if you feel sick, isolate yourself from others. Hopefully, if you fall ill, it will be months from now and the medical community will be in much better shape to help. Good luck to all.

QE2Infinity
QE2Infinity

Navy captain fired by Trump administration identified.

wootendw
wootendw

As none of our political leaders, nor their doctor advisers, ever recommend nutritional supplementation, I give all of them, and the doctors, an F.

Jojo
Jojo

Off-Guardian
Apr 2, 2020

Coronavirus Fact-Check #1: “Flu doesn’t overwhelm our hospitals!”
This the first of a new on-going series of micro-articles tackling the prevailing, media-generated talking points of on Sars-Cov2 and Covid19.

Those of you who have spent any time debating or discussing the current coronavirus “pandemic” on social media will almost certainly have encountered an argument that goes something like this:

“Coronavirus is nothing like the flu, the seasonal flu doesn’t overwhelm health services like this.”

But is this true? We’ve done some research.
....

NewUlm
NewUlm

Will anyone on national press ask the question - "How effective are ventilators?"

I have seen two US doc on small shows state they only save 10-20%.... so 15% on average, in Wuhan it was 5%. Why are we not focusing on mitigation medications and anti-virals. Ventilators will not bend the curve, if you do the math of Cases to Hospitals to ICUs to death, it will only change the outcome in less than 0.5% of all cases - at best. And even with more we don't have personal trained to run them 100K in all of the US. "Rookie" mgmt of vents will up the death rate.

I have family members with COPD and who are immune compromised, aka the HIGHET RISK - I am SICK of be lied to about vents, if it goes that far they are likely gone.

tonicandgin
tonicandgin

That Tweet reply to Scott Adams was kind of bitchy, Mish. Little girl bitchy. Have you figured out that the Saints in St. George are not like you, yet?


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