THREE YEARS AGO
According to article by Raw Story, three years ago the NSC gave Trump a 69 page pandemic outline, and he ignored it.
2017 “ Beth Cameron, the former senior director for global health security and biodefense on the White House National Security Council. When she left her position in 2017, her team was still intact, but the office was dissolved a year later in a move that “mystified” her. So was this just another redundant bureaucracy that we could afford to 86? Apparently not. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Cameron clearly detailed what we lost by making government small enough to drown in a petri dish:
In a health security crisis, speed is essential. When this new coronavirus emerged, there was no clear White House-led structure to oversee our response, and we lost valuable time. Yes, we have capable and committed global and national disease-prevention and management organizations, as well as state and local health departments, all working overtime now. But even in prepared cities like Seattle, health systems are struggling to test patients and keep pace with growing caseloads. The specter of rapid community transmission and exponential growth is real and daunting. The job of a White House pandemics office would have been to get ahead: to accelerate the response, empower experts, anticipate failures, and act quickly and transparently to solve problems.
And here’s what her former team would have worked on, had they been allowed to keep their jobs:
A directorate within the White House would have been responsible for coordinating the efforts of multiple federal agencies to make sure the government was backstopping testing capacity, devising approaches to manufacture and avoid shortages of personal protective equipment, strengthening U.S. lab capacity to process covid-19 tests, and expanding the health-care workforce.
The office would galvanize resources to coordinate a robust and seamless domestic and global response. It would identify needs among state and local officials, and advise and facilitate regular, focused communication from federal health and scientific experts to provide states and the public with fact-based tools to minimize the virus’s spread. The White House is uniquely positioned to take into account broader U.S. and global security considerations associated with health emergencies, including their impact on deployed citizens, troops and regional economies, as well as peace and stability. A White House office would have been able to elevate urgent issues fast, so they didn’t linger or devolve to inaction, as with coronavirus testing in the United States.” 67
The Pandemic team leaves their positions.
While officials in charge of the U.S. response to pandemics did leave in 2018, it’s unclear if they were ‘fired.’
May 2018 According to Politifact,” in May 2018, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer, the senior director of global health and biodefense on the National Security Council, left the administration. He was in charge of the U.S. response to pandemics.
After Ziemer’s departure, the global health team was reorganized as part of an effort by then-National Security Adviser John Bolton. Meanwhile, Tom Bossert, a homeland security adviser who recommended strong defenses against disease, left shortly after Bolton arrived.” 68
The team was disbanded.
Dec 31, 2019 WHO identified a virus with pneumonia like symptoms in China
“On December 31, 2019, China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in people associated with the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, Hubei Province.”1
Jan 4, 2020 In a article by Daily Mail, Jemma Carr For Mailonline, wrote a very detailed outlined of how China did it’s best to keep the information from public. Now whistle blowers Ai fen is missing! A MUST READ! 89
Jan 14, 2020
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
This seems to go against new information emerging. Where original ‘whistleblower’ Ai Fen recognized the disease and tried to warn her fellow workers. She is now missing! Is she in hiding, or is the government responsible for her sudden disappearance? This video is dated April 4, 2020. 86 This article dated Jan 4, 2020 88
Jan 19, 2020 “The first reported case of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus in America. “On January 19, 2020, a 35-year-old man presented to an urgent care clinic in Snohomish County, Washington, with a 4-day history of cough and subjective fever. On checking into the clinic, the patient put on a mask in the waiting room. After waiting approximately 20 minutes, he was taken into an examination room and underwent evaluation by a provider. He disclosed that he had returned to Washington State on January 15 after traveling to visit family in Wuhan, China. The patient stated that he had seen a health alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the novel coronavirus outbreak in China and, because of his symptoms and recent travel, decided to see a health care provider.”- New England Journal of Medicine 1
Jan 20, 2020
BREAKING: WHO Director-General @DrTedros will convene an Emergency Committee on the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) under the International Health Regulations.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 20, 2020
The Committee will meet on Wednesday, 22 January 2020. pic.twitter.com/w3w7ZuoTeG
Jan 21, 2020
Jan 24, 2020 Centre for Health Protection of the Hong Kong – CHP Study concludes that “Our findings are consistent with person-to-person transmission of this novel coronavirus in hospital and family settings, and the reports of infected travellers in other geographical regions.” 87
-Announcement of the Coronavirus Task Force led by the former lobbyist and executive Alex Azar who now holds the role of Secretary of Health and Human Services. “The Task Force will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus, while ensuring that the American people have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information.” 4
The increased number of new #coronavirus in 🇨🇳 & internationally is concerning. @DrTedros decided to reconvene the Emergency Committee to advise him whether the outbreak represents Public Health Emergency of International Concern & to seek their advice on how to keep the 🌍 safe. pic.twitter.com/m3nxsJdqgw— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 29, 2020
“There are now 98 cases in 18 countries outside China, including 8 cases of human-to-human transmission in four countries: Germany, Japan, Viet Nam and the United States of America.
So far we have not seen any deaths outside China, for which we must all be grateful. Although these numbers are still relatively small compared to the number of cases in China, we must all act together now to limit further spread.
The vast majority of cases outside China have a travel history to Wuhan, or contact with someone with a travel history to Wuhan.
We don’t know what sort of damage this virus could do if it were to spread in a country with a weaker health system.
We must act now to help countries prepare for that possibility.
For all of these reasons, I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of novel coronavirus.”
“First, there is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade. WHO doesn’t recommend limiting trade and movement.”
“the only way we will defeat this outbreak is for all countries to work together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation. We are all in this together, and we can only stop it together.”
A Public Health Emergency of International Concern
DR. REDFIELD: Confirmed six cases of this novel virus in the US. “In addition, there are currently 191 individuals that are under investigation. I want to emphasize that this is a significant global situation, and it continues to evolve. But I also want to emphasize again that the risk at this time to the American public is low.”
DR. FAUCI: The issue now with this is that there’s a lot of unknowns. As you can see just from the media, the number of cases have steeply inclined each and every day. You know that, in the beginning, we were not sure if there were asymptomatic infection, which would make it a much broader outbreak than what we’re seeing. Now we know for sure that there are.
It was not clear whether an asymptomatic person could transmit it to someone while they were asymptomatic. Now we know from a recent report from Germany that that is absolutely the case.
SECRETARY AZAR: Following the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the 2019 novel coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, I have today declared that the coronavirus presents a public health emergency in the United States.
- In accordance with the declaration, beginning at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time; Sunday, February the 2nd, the United States government will implement temporary measures to increase our abilities to detect and contain the coronavirus proactively and aggressively. Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are they are provided proper medical care and health screening.
- To be clear, this applies only to U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days prior to their attempted entry into the United States.
- Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in the rest of Mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry and up to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine to ensure they’ve not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.
- Additionally, the President has signed a presidential proclamation, using his authority pursuant to Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, temporarily suspending the entry into the United States of foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus.
- As a result, foreign nationals, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled in China within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States for this time.
- Once again, these actions will become effective at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time; Sunday, February 2nd. These prudent, targeted, and temporary actions will decrease the pressure on public health officials screening incoming travelers, expedite the processing of U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning from China, and ensure resources are focused on the health and safety of the American people.
ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY CUCCINELLI: “engaged in implementing the medical strategy you heard described here, including Customs and Border Protection, which stands at our land ports, seaports, and airports — and I’ll come back to the airports in a moment — particularly the Office of Field Operations personnel who you see when you come back into the country from your travels. They’re the first line of defense when you land and come to the country.”
- FEMA continues to prepare and support HHS preparations themselves. And then the United States Coast Guard, of course, commands the ports of the United States and deals with incoming shipping, which is obviously slower than the airplanes but coming nonetheless, and we are prepared to deal with each of those.
- The President’s proclamation will have Customs and Border Protection ensuring that United States citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families continue to enter the United States, though they — those coming from Hubei Province, as you heard from the Secretary, will be subject to quarantine and the others from China to screening.
- We will be implementing a funneling effort at the airports. This is done under the authority of the Customs and Border Protection, and it will include seven airports. So starting five o’clock on Sunday, Eastern Time, incoming flights from China will be funneled through seven airports. Those airports are JFK, Chicago’s O’Hare, in San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Honolulu, and LAX.
- Additionally engaged is TSA — the security and the engagement with the airlines. Our chief medical officer in the department is in CWMD and they’re — we were providing medical support at the airports.
- We’ll continue to support the medical efforts across the country both at our ports — our land, sea, and air — as well as with personnel standing up some of the resiliency measures that HHS has been working on for some time.
QUESTION FROM REPORTER: What is your message to Americans who are watching this on the news, who are seeing this, who are feeling really alarmed by the steps that this administration is taking and by the spread of coronavirus in general? They hear you say the risk is low, but then they see this action being taken, and I think some people might be freaked out by that.
SECRETARY AZAR: I hope not. I hope that people will see that their government is taking responsible steps to protect them. These are — these are preventive steps. The risk is low in the United States. The risk is low of transmissibility, the risk of contracting the disease is low, but our job is to keep that risk low, as much as we can, by taking appropriate preventative steps. So that’s — that’s the approach we’re taking.
DR. FAUCI: There’s one other aspect of this that I think is important. Very recently, there was a case of a woman who was in China, and came to Germany, and had an interaction — professional interaction — with a professional partner.
She had no symptoms at the time. She went back to China and got sick. This individual, with whom she had an interaction, contracted the coronavirus at a time that she had no symptoms. He then transmitted it to two of his colleagues, so they now have four cases. One of the problems with when the virus is transmitted in an asymptomatic way and has its implications — it puts a terrible burden on the screening process. How do you screen somebody?
QUESTION FROM REPORTER: “you referenced airlines earlier. Can you or your colleague from the Department of Transportation give us an update on the administration’s thinking about a travel ban on airlines, in general, being prohibitive for flying to and from China?”
ASSISTANT SECRETARY SZABAT: There is no travel ban — Joel Szabat, Assistant Secretary of Department of Transportation. I think many of you who’ve been following this are aware: All of the three U.S. carriers who’ve flying between the U.S. and China have announced that they are taking down all of their passenger flights, and they announced that before any action by the administration.
QUESTION FROM REPORTER: Are you considering more drastic action beyond the voluntary measures that the airlines have taken so far?
ASSISTANT SECRETARY SZABAT: As Secretary Azar mentioned earlier, this is an evolving situation — but, at the moment, no.
QUESTION FROM REPORTER: Dr. Fauci, how confident are you in the accuracy of these tests? If somebody is testing negative and then they later test positive, can you have confidence, if you’re testing negative for something, that you don’t have it?
DR. FAUCI: So, you mean — I think the question you ask is really one of the fundamental bases of why this decision was made. If we had an absolutely accurate test that was very sensitive and very specific, then we could just test people and say, “Okay, we’re good to go.”
I want to get back to that broad concept that I mentioned when I made my brief introduction about the unknowns. We don’t know the accuracy of this test. We haven’t done enough — people who came in with negative, then all sudden they were positive. You could have virus in your nasal secretions or you couldn’t and still be infected. I mean, it isn’t like it’s a horrible test, but it is not a test that’s absolute.
FEB 1, 2020 No specific/individual press briefings (WHPB) regarding Coronavirus in ‘Healthcare’ between Feb 1-25 that I could locate. Though mention may have taken place in unrelated briefings. That’s 24 days America was left in the dark by the White House.
Trump stops travel from China
Administration officials declined an offer of early congressional funding assistance
FEB 5, 2020 “Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, says that Trump administration officials declined an offer of early congressional funding assistance that he and other senators made on Feb. 5 during a meeting to discuss the coronavirus.
The officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, said they “didn’t need emergency funding, that they would be able to handle it within existing appropriations,”
Murphy tweeted: “Just left the Administration briefing on Coronavirus. Bottom line: they aren’t taking this seriously enough. Notably, no request for ANY emergency funding, which is a big mistake. Local health systems need supplies, training, screening staff etc. And they need it now.”
“Murphy told Yahoo News that the funding he and other congressional leaders wanted to allocate nearly two months ago would have paid for essential preventative measures, including hiring local screening and testing staff, researching a vaccine and treatments and the stockpiling of needed medical supplies.”70
FEB 6, 2020 Chinese Whistle blower Doctor, dies of COVID-19
“Dr Li Wenliang, who was hailed a hero for raising the alarm about the coronavirus in the early days of the outbreak, has died of the infection.
His death was confirmed by the Wuhan hospital where he worked and was being treated, following conflicting reports about his condition on state media.
Dr Li, 34, tried to send a message to fellow medics about the outbreak at the end of December. Three days later police paid him a visit and told him to stop. He returned to work and caught the virus from a patient. He had been in hospital for at least three weeks.
On 30 December he sent a message to fellow doctors in a chat group warning them about the outbreak and advising they wear protective clothing to avoid infection.
What Dr Li didn’t know then was that the disease that had been discovered was an entirely new coronavirus.
Four days later he was summoned to the Public Security Bureau where he was told to sign a letter. In the letter he was accused of “making false comments” that had “severely disturbed the social order”.
“We solemnly warn you: If you keep being stubborn, with such impertinence, and continue this illegal activity, you will be brought to justice – is that understood?” Underneath in Dr Li’s handwriting is written: “Yes, I do.”
He was one of eight people who police said were being investigated for “spreading rumours”.
At the end of January, Dr Li published a copy of the letter on Weibo and explained what had happened. In the meantime, local authorities had apologised to him but that apology came too late.
For the first few weeks of January officials in Wuhan were insisting that only those who came into contact with infected animals could catch the virus. No guidance was issued to protect doctors.
But just a week after his visit from the police, Dr Li was treating a woman with glaucoma. He didn’t know that she had been infected with the new coronavirus.
On 30 January he posted again: “Today nucleic acid testing came back with a positive result, the dust has settled, finally diagnosed.” By Stephanie Hegarty – BBC 85
FEB 7, 2020 Burr/ Alexander op-ed for Fox news
“On Feb. 7, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) who is Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the co-author of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act, PAHPA and Sen. Alexander shared an op-ed with Fox News :Coronavirus prevention steps the U.S. government is taking to protect you 7
Our Representatives on the ‘inside’
According to financial disclosure forms, Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) each sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in stocks within days of the Senate holding a classified briefing on Jan. 24 with Trump administration officials on the threat of the coronavirus outbreak. 8
While chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr was getting daily briefings on the Coronavirus since January 24, and was publically reassuring the rest of America that everything was going to be fine, he quietly sold between $628,000 and 1.7 million worth of stock he had in the tourism industry, in 33 separate transactions in one day, right before the market crashed. According to his spokesperson Caitlin Carroll “Senator Burr filed a financial disclosure form for personal transactions made several weeks before the U.S. and financial markets showed signs of volatility due to the growing coronavirus outbreak,” 9
Though the dates of these ‘disclosures’ aren’t exactly known as they have 45 day window to file it, it is clear he had knowledge before the rest of America, and used that for his own personal agenda. In a rare event, Tucker Carlson of Fox News calls for Burr to resign and face charges. 10
Also Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler “Loeffler, who sits on the Senate committee with oversight of the health care industry, unloaded between $1,275,000 and $3,100,000 in stocks jointly owned with her husband, the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, from late-January to mid-February. The Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hosted a coronavirus briefing, with top administration officials, for the entire membership of the Senate on the same day that Loeffler’s portfolio began these trades, The Daily Beast reported.” “Loeffler said in a pair tweets Friday that she doesn’t control her and her husband’s financial assets and was informed of the sales on Feb. 16.
“This is a ridiculous and baseless attack. I do not make investment decisions for my portfolio. Investment decisions are made by multiple third-party advisors without my or my husband’s knowledge or involvement,” Loeffler tweeted.8 9 11 12
What we know is three senators involved in the classified briefing on January 24 have used what appears to be insider knowledge, not available to the rest of us, to make decisions benefiting their financial portfolios. A move that would be in violation of a law put forth in 2012 called the STOCK Act which states: ( S. 2038 ) “prohibits insider trading by members of Congress and requires that certain investment transactions—such as those involving the trade of stocks, bonds and commodities futures—be reported to the secretary of the Senate or the clerk of the House of Representatives”. 13 14
Diane Feinstien also claims innocence. “One the longest-tenured Senate Democrats, sold at least $500,000 in shares of Allogene Therapeutics, a California biotechnology company, on Jan. 31 and at least $1 million in Allogene stock on Feb. 18, according to Senate records. A spokesman for Feinstein told The New York Times that she had nothing to do with the decisions to sell her stocks.
“All of Senator Feinstein’s assets are in a blind trust,” Tom Mentzer said in a statement. “She has no involvement in her husband’s financial decisions.”- the Hill
Inhofe added that he does not “have any involvement in my investment decisions” and instructed his financial adviser in December 2018 to begin selling all of his stock holdings two months after he was elected chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“I instructed my financial advisor to move me out of all stocks and into mutual funds to avoid any appearance of controversy. My advisor has been doing so faithfully since that time and I am not aware of or consulted about any transactions,” Inhofe said.
Inhofe’s financial disclosures show a steady stream of stock sales throughout 2019 and into early 2020. The senator also said he asked his financial adviser in December 2018 to reverse a purchase of stock in Raytheon, a U.S. defense contractor, that would have raised questions about conflicts of interest.” 8
And there’s more…
3/21 New information has come emerged since the start of this writing. According to Politico “Rep. Susan Davis, a California Democrat, sold shares in Alaska Air and Royal Caribbean cruise lines on Feb. 11. A senior aide to Sen. Mitch McConnell made a mid-January purchase of Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company that had four days earlier announced it would begin developing a coronavirus vaccine. And an aide to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sold off stock in companies including Delta Airlines in late January and later bought stock in Clorox, Inc., which makes bleach and sanitary wipes.”
This article is loaded with what appears to be inside actions by our representatives, both Democrats and Republicans alike, and their aides. Just read the whole article and see for yourself, it’s maddening! https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/21/coronavirus-trading-house-senate-140260 56
They all deny any wrongdoing. Whether any of them have violated the Stock Act at this time is unknown. An investigation should take place on all that were involved in suspicious trading to verify if any broke the law. And any who did need to be brought to justice!
FEB 24, 2020 Stock market’s crash began Feb. 24. 8
America – a month in the dark
FEB 25, 2020 No specific/individual press briefings regarding Coronavirus between Feb 1-25 that I could locate in healthcare section. Though mention of it may have taken place in unrelated briefings.
FEB 26, 2020 (issued on feb 27) WHPB general coverage / mention two and a half billion to help 17
white house knew how deadly virus was
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, had meeting with private the Tar Heel Circle, a group that represents NC businesses and warned them of the upcoming crisis. According to a recording by a concerned constituent in the meeting who taped it. “There’s one thing that I can tell you about this: It is much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history,” he said, according to a secret recording of the remarks obtained by NPR. “It is probably more akin to the 1918 pandemic.” 20
“Thirteen days before the State Department began to warn against travel to Europe, and 15 days before the Trump administration banned European travelers, Burr warned those in the room to reconsider.” – NPR 20
The Spanish Flu, or 1918 Pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. Lasting from January 1918 to December 1920, it infected 500 million people – about a quarter of the world’s population at the time. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
FEB 28, 2020 During a Feb. 28, 2020, campaign rally in South Carolina, President Donald Trump likened the Democrats’ criticism of his administration’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying “this is their new hoax.” During the speech he also seemed to downplay the severity of the outbreak, comparing it to the common flu. 23
Video from the excerpts from the Telegraph: 21
Full version of Charlotte rally from Global News: 22
FEB 29, 2020 WHPB – Excerpts from the White House update regarding Coronavirus 25
THE PRESIDENT: At this moment, we have 22 patients in the United States currently that have coronavirus. Unfortunately, one person passed away overnight. She was a wonderful woman — a medically high-risk patient in her late fifties. Four others are very ill. Thankfully, 15 are either recovered fully or they’re well on their way to recovery. And in all cases, they’ve been let go in their home.
Additional cases in the United States are likely, but healthy individuals should be able to fully recover. And we think that will be a statement that we can make with great surety now that we’ve gotten familiar with this problem. They should be able to recover should they contract the virus. So, healthy people, if you’re healthy, you will probably go through a process and you’ll be fine.
Since the early stages of the foreign outbreak, my administration has taken the most aggressive action in modern history to confront the spread of this disease. We moved very early. That was one of the decisions we made that really turned out to be a lifesaver, in a sense. A big lifesaver.
I’ll be meeting with the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, actually. They’ll be coming to the White House, and we’re talking about a vaccine and developing, very quickly
Tremendous amounts of supplies are already on hand. We have 43 million masks, which is far more than anyone would have assumed we could have had so quickly, and a lot more are coming.
But we’re doing really well. Very, very professionally handled. Our country is prepared for any circumstance. We hope it’s not going to be a major circumstance; it’ll be a smaller circumstance. But whatever the circumstance is, we’re prepared.
And I’d like to just ask and caution that the media — we would respectfully ask the media and politicians and everybody else involved not do anything to incite panic because there’s no reason to panic at all.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: First, the President authorized action today to add additional travel restrictions on Iran. We will be using Section 212(f), banning travel from Iran. Iran is already under a travel ban, but we are expanding existing travel restrictions to include any foreign national who has visited Iran within the last 14 days.
In addition to moving Iran, we are going to increase to the highest level of advisory — which is level four — advising Americans do not travel to specific regions in Italy and South Korea.
And as we work with members of Congress — I’ve had the opportunity to speak with Republican and Democrat leadership in the Congress — we’ll be working very closely on a supplemental funding bill to make sure that not only do all these agencies have the resources that they require, but we’ll also make sure that state and local health officials have the resources and the reimbursement to take such actions that are necessary to protect the health of the American people.
The President mentioned masks. This morning, we talked a great deal about additional medical supplies. Let me be very clear — and I’m sure the physicians who are up here will reflect this as well: The average American does not need to go out and buy a mask.
SECRETARY AZAR: From day one, this is what we predicted, this is what we expected. The risk to any average American is low, from the novel coronavirus. The risk remains low. Thanks to the unprecedented actions President Trump has taken and the actions he’s announcing today, that risk remains low.
But this can change rapidly. We have always said, from the first moment that we have spoken about this, that we would see more cases. We are seeing more cases. We will see more cases.
But it’s important to remember: For the vast majority of individuals who contract the novel coronavirus, they will experience mild to moderate symptoms, and their treatment will be to remain at home, treating their symptoms the way they would a severe cold or the flu.
For some individuals, a smaller percentage, especially those who may be medically fragile, they will require medical attention, including possibly hospitalization.
DR. FAUCI: “about what is evolving here. You’ve heard of the terminology, “community spread.” Well, community spread is when you have infection in the community in which you don’t have a direct link to a known index case. That really challenges us with something that we need to do and that we do very well.”
DR. REDFIELD: Currently, as said, there’s 22 cases in the United States. And these initial cases were really linked to travel to China and their contacts. Recently, as was stated, we’ve confirmed new cases with no link to travel history or contacts.
That as we stand here today, the risk of the American public remains low. As was said, we should anticipate more cases, but again, the current risk to the American public remains low.
QUESTION FROM REPORTER: Mr. President, if I could just ask you: You said the other day, in the Cabinet Room with African American leaders, you’ve got to get away from politics. You were down in Charleston last night, using the word “hoax” when talking about Democrats. Somebody now is dead from this. Do you regret that kind of talk?
THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no. “Hoax” referring to the action that they take to try and pin this on somebody, because we’ve done such a good job. The hoax is on them, not — I’m not talking about what’s happening here; I’m talking what they’re doing. That’s the hoax. That’s just a continuation of the hoax, whether it’s the impeachment hoax or the “Russia, Russia, Russia” hoax. This is what I’m talking about. Certainly not referring to this. How could anybody refer to this? This is very serious stuff.
QUESTION FROM REPORTER: And, sir, if I could follow up, how should Americans prepare for this virus? Should they go on with their daily lives? Change their routine? What should they do?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I hope they don’t change their routine. But maybe, Anthony, I’ll let you — I’ll let you answer that. Or Bob? Do you want to answer that? Please.
DR. REDFIELD: Sure, Mr. President. Thank you. I think it’s really important that — as I said, the risk at this time is low. The American public needs to go on with their normal lives. Okay?
We’re continuing to aggressively investigate these new community links. We’re going to continue to be transparent in relating that to the American public. But at this stage, again, the risk is low. We need to go on with our normal lives.
MARCH 4, 2020 During an audio interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, trump says “we have hundreds of thousands of people just sitting around or even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better”.
This clearly goes against the advice of the CDC. 26 While clearly many of us have been working since the onset of this virus that started over a month ago, we did so as we weren’t aware at how contagious this virus is. Our government was aware. We listened to the few early reports, and the the administration repeatedly downplaying the seriousness of this virus which will ultimately have deadly consequences for all of America.
After a tour of the CDC in Atlanta, Trump said “Anybody that wants a test can get a test. That’s what the bottom line is.” And: “Anybody right now and yesterday — anybody that needs a test gets a test. We — they’re there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful. Anybody that needs a test gets a test.”
DR. MONROE: And then, in relatively short order, as the information coming out of China indicated that this was more serious than was originally thought — originally seven cases — we stood up our incident management system here at CDC so that we would have all the right components together — the epidemiology, the laboratory, the communications, the policy folks.
And then once it became clear that it was even more serious, that’s when we started to work with our colleagues at FDA to say, “We need to make this test available to the larger public health laboratory community.”
And so, worked with FDA to get —
THE PRESIDENT: So tell them about how you’ve done with the tests (inaudible) over 4 million.
DR. MONROE: — to get what we call “emergency use authorization” so that we could distribute the test to our — originally to our public health laboratory counterparts.
And now, working with the commercial manufacturers, we’re in position to scale up that production beyond what we can do with our own facility here, so that there’s the capacity to test more and more Americans. And we are — as we work today to qualify more of those materials to go out.
And it’s important to note that at no time during this response has CDC ever denied a request that came from a public health official, either state or local, to test a patient. So all the patients who needed to be tested, in the opinion of the public health officials, have been tested.
THE PRESIDENT: They have plenty of materials is what you’re saying.
DR. MONROE: And, yeah, all of our state labs now have the ability to — to test for this virus —
THE PRESIDENT: And they have had.
According to CNN – “In reality, Americans needed authorization from a doctor to get tested — and even many people who did have a doctor’s order could not get access.
This was Trump deceiving the country about one of the most critical problems of the crisis” said CNN. 31
MARCH 6, 2020 Politico aired a story “Trump administration’s decision to forgo a World Health Organization test” . 32 According to the WHO, to their knowledge the US did not turn away tests. “To our knowledge, no discussions occurred between WHO and CDC (or other USG agencies) about WHO providing COVID-19 tests to the US,” WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told us in an emailed statement. “This is consistent with experience since the US does not ordinarily rely on WHO for reagents or diagnostic tests because of sufficient domestic capacity.”
Usually those tests are requested by poor nations, but the US could have requested them and they would have received them free of charge, as all countries would. For an unknown reason, Trump wanted the US to make the tests themselves, and claimed the WHO tests were ‘bad’, when that was not the case. This could have caused delay in Americas testing.33
MARCH 9, 2020 Presidential News Conference on the Coronavirus Outbreak 35https://www.c-span.org/video/?469747-1/president-trump-announces-vice-president-pence-charge-coronavirus-response
PRESIDENT: I would like to say that people shouldn’t go out and buy. We’re going to all be great. We’re going to be so good. – But you don’t have to buy so much. Take it easy. Just relax. People are going in and they’re buying more. There’s no need for anybody in the country to hoard essential food supplies.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: “more than 2,900 cases of coronavirus in 49 states across the country”
And based on the unprecedented speed of the FDA, which last week approved high-throughput coronavirus testings for Roche and Thermo Fisher, we will now have access in the days ahead to more than 2,000 labs across the country that have the equipment today to process coronavirus tests much more rapidly and a much higher volume for the American people.
With regard to testing: As we expand testing, we’re so pleased that Congress joined with our administration to make sure that cost is never going to be a barrier to anyone getting a coronavirus test.
As you recall, several weeks ago, the President directed a change in our Medicare and Medicaid programs to ensure the coronavirus testing was included. Health insurers were brought in; they all agreed to waive co-pays. But because of the good bipartisan work done in the House of Representatives, now all coronavirus testing is free, and it’s free for every American, including uninsured Americans.
ADMIRAL GIROIR: So what we’ve really designed in how we’re working with the states: We have contacted all 50 states through the FEMA system — every single region, every single state — to understand where they are.
As the Vice President said, some states are rolling out some of their own community-based testing. They need to be augmented. We believe we’ve created a model, based on the Public Health and the FEMA system, that is optimized, that can be used for drive-through or potentially walk-through. Each of these pod-based units, we believe, can screen 2,000 to 4,000 individuals a day for testing, with all the appropriate personal protective gear, all the appropriate backend and linkage to the public health system, including testing.
We know that we have the logistics to do that. We know we have the materials to do that. And again, this is federally supported state-led efforts. Many states need the full meal deal. They want dozens of Public Health Service officers to work in protective gear to actually test. They need supplies, like protective gear; they need swabs; they need the logistical supports. Other states only need a fraction of that. They may have all the personnel, but they really need the knowhow, the template, and some of the gear that we provide.
We are going to start implementing this system, this week, in a number of states, primarily those that are the hardest hit right now or are on the rise and the CDC advises us that that’s when they need the testing.
I want to emphasize, again, that we’re focusing on two very important groups — and you’ll hear this said three or four different ways — and the groups that really can be the most impacted or impactful in our outbreak.
Number one is healthcare workers and first responders. This is very important for two reasons. Number one, we have to take care of the healthcare workers and responders, because when America needs them, they need to be available and healthy to provide the care that we all deserve. But it’s also important that if they feel they have a risk of having contacted [sic] coronavirus, that we test them so they cannot spread that, for example, in long-term care facilities where the elderly are.
And the second group would be the elderly. And we are classifying that, according to risk, is those 65 years of age or older who have a respiratory symptom and a fever of 99.6. That’s a lower number than you’ve seen before because those who are older do not spike high fevers, like children do — 104, 105. So you set the bar just a little bit lower.
We do that because we know that they’re at high risk of bad consequences. And if they test positive, they could engage with their practitioner, telehealth provider, or get in the system to make sure they have just an outstanding outcome.
So that is really where we are. We’ve made really unprecedented progress. You will see these sites rolling out progressively over the week. This is not make-believe. This is not fantasy. We’ve developed the model. We’ve talked to the states. We’re focusing in on specific locations now. We will start shipping gear, stuff, tomorrow. We will start deploying officers tomorrow and Tuesday. And we’ll begin seeing these sites, in addition to the ones that are springing up now, implemented during this week.
We will have the capability of testing tens of thousands of additional people through these sites every week, in addition to all the capability that’s now going to be distributed in the 2,000 laboratories and the major central, core laboratories.
march 17, 2020 “The Obama administration walked incoming Trump administration officials through a hypothetical scenario in which a pandemic worse than the 1918 Spanish flu shut down cities like Seoul and London in early 2017, Politico reported.” 81 83
“Thirty Trump officials attended the exercise (Cabinet and senior White House staff),” Lu added in a tweet on Monday. “But the vast majority of these officials are no longer in government
“When you’re dealing with a crisis like #COVID19, stable and experienced leadership matters.” – The Hill 81
March 20, 2020 “I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese [sic] virus should we need to invoke in in a worst case scenario in the future. Hopefully there will be no need…”
On Tuesday, Trump told governors on a conference that state and local governments should find their own equipment. “Respirators, ventilators, of the equipment – try getting it yourselves.” On Thursday, he doubled down, saying, the Federal Government “is not a shipping clerk,” and that Governors should fend for themselves.
Meanwhile, health care workers are facing this crisis heroically, even if our president won’t. In New York, Boston and Seattle, nurses and doctors have set up their own makeshift assembly lines to create protective kits with donated sports goggles, bandannas and parts purchased at Home Depot.”
“This already is a worst case scenario – and it’s not in the future, but now. Indeed, it’s been a worst case scenario for weeks. Rather than predicting the virus would miraculously disappear, Trump should have been preparing infrastructure to save lives, and ordered American companies to step up manufacturing and distributing life-saving equipment weeks ago. It can’t wait another day!” 80 –Miles Mogulescu
- temporarily waived all interest on federally held student loans
- moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15
- invoked the Defense Production Act.
- We enacted legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers at no cost to employers. And I think it’s very important. So they get paid sick leave at no cost to employers.
- the United States and Canada jointly agreed to restrict all non-essential traffic across our border. This decision goes into effect tonight at midnight. The restrictions will be reviewed after 30 days, and they exclude traffic and movement across the border for work or other essential reasons.
- the United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across our shared border. Both our countries know the importance of working together to limit the spread of the virus to ensure that commerce that supports our economy continues to keep flowing.
- State Department issued a Level 4 global travel advisory. This means that all international travel from U.S. citizens should be avoided. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who reside in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States unless they’re prepared to remain abroad for an extended time. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may well be severely disrupted.
- Trump states: I am fine with restricting buybacks. In fact, I would — I would demand that there be no stock buybacks. I don’t want them taking hundreds of millions of dollars and buying back their stock, because that does nothing.
MARCH 20, 2020 GOP puts forth a stimulus package and dems block it 39
According to a bill released on Thursday, Republicans are talking about prioritizing money for “taxpayers” (by which they mean only income tax, not things like sales tax that all Americans pay). Under this plan, Americans who make less than $75,000 would get up to $1,200, while poor families who pay less in taxes would get $600, according to Business Insider. It’s also been reported that GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Mark Meadows, the soon-to-be White House chief of staff, were trying to persuade Trump to reject these cash payments altogether.
In fact, there are a bunch of ideas in this bill that would do nothing to help struggling Americans:
- The bill waives nutrition requirements for meals for senior citizens, a population more likely to get sick and end up needing care.
- The bill offers a pathetic $10 million for minority-owned businesses, which Business Insider’s small-business reporter Dominick Reuter calculated could round out to about $2 a business.
- And, of course, in Senate Republicans’ bill, big corporations get a huge tax cut. They would pay far less tax on their foreign entities. Making them bring cash home from abroad was one of the selling points of the 2017 GOP tax law. Corporate lobbyists have been working against it ever since. Now, in the middle of a crisis, they got it.39
MARCH 20, 2020 HOW DO I GET TESTED
On March 18, Congress attempted to address some of problems associated with testing by passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. But there are a number of ways the bill fails to protect people. It offers limited provisions on paid sick leave and unemployment insurance, but it does not address the cost of actually being treated for the virus. And while it supposedly made getting tested for the coronavirus free, it probably won’t always work out that way. – Time.com
Launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. 45 To provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus.
MARCH 23, 2020 16,514 worldwide deaths / 553 in US 46
MARCH 24, 2020 18,804 worldwide deaths / 696 in US 46
Mar 25, 2020 Trumps discusses easing quarantines before Easter on Fox 59 60
“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said during a Fox News virtual town hall. Easter is just over two weeks away — Apr. 12.“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said during a Fox News virtual town hall. Easter is just over two weeks away — Apr. 12.
“Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?” Trump said in a subsequent interview. “You’ll have packed churches all over our country.” 59
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Mar 25, 2020 Trumps discusses easing quarantines before Easter on Fox 59 60
“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said during a Fox News virtual town hall. Easter is just over two weeks away — Apr. 12.“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said during a Fox News virtual town hall. Easter is just over two weeks away — Apr. 12.
“Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?” Trump said in a subsequent interview. “You’ll have packed churches all over our country.” 59
What’s happening in congress as America is quarantined
How are other countries looking out for their citizens
Widespread testing not available
Mar 26, 2020 While I was doing research the other day for my recent article on the coronavirus timeline of events https://jenniferrobin.gallery/timeline-for-coronavirus/, I was wondering what the local procedures would be for those who don’t have a doctor, or insurance. The majority of people are out of work, and have depleted their last paycheck already with another one nowhere in sight. I called the health department $ and was told they don’t do any testing at all. They said to call your medical provider $$. What if you don’t have insurance $$$ or a doctor $$? They said to call urgent care. I called urgent care $$$$ and they said they were only testing those with fevers. I’ve heard on here locally that even if you get tests, result aren’t in even two weeks after your test. Many I know are still awaiting results. We are at 4 months in as the virus landed on American shores Dec 31 and continues to spread and America ‘still’ isn’t prepared for this pandemic!
USA takes the lead in Cases
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Mar 28, 2020
Mar 28, 2020
March 30 2020 While states are in bidding war from companies to get supplies for their hospitals fighting the pandemic, the federal government is underbidding, and taking the supplies for the federal stockpile.
“Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) raised the issue during a call with Trump earlier this month. Last week, he reported the same problems.
During a press conference, a visibly emotional Baker said Massachusetts has ordered “millions” of pieces of equipment such as masks but has watched the federal government take them away.
“I stand here as someone who has had confirmed orders for millions of pieces of gear evaporate in front of us, and I can’t tell you how frustrating it is,” Baker said.
“We’ve literally got the point where our basic position is until the … thing shows up here in the Commonwealth of Mass, it doesn’t exist. I’m telling you we are killing ourselves trying to make it happen,” Baker said.
As supplies have dwindled, prices have risen.
Soumi Saha, senior director of advocacy at Premier, a company that purchases equipment and supplies for 4,000 hospitals, said N95 masks typically cost about 30 cents each but now cost between $3 and $15 each.
She said face shields typically run $1 apiece and are now selling for about $12 each.
Saha said it’s too soon to tell if the increase is due to price gouging or just market dynamics when new companies are trying to enter the marketplace.” – The Hill 76
Mar 30, 2020 Stimulus check and who qualifies
“Bear in mind that the stimulus payment is technically a tax credit to apply to your 2020 tax bill that the government is providing ahead of time. Since the IRS has only past tax returns to go off of, there are bound to be clerical errors.
The maximum payment is $1,200 for single filers with an AGI below $75,000 or single parents (head-of-household filers) with an AGI below $112,500. Married couples with no children who file jointly and have an AGI below $150,000 will get a total of $2,400 (double the maximum individual payment).
For instance, if your past income disqualifies you for a stimulus payment, but your earnings are below the qualifying threshold in 2020 — which is likely the case for people who suddenly lost their jobs or had their hours reduced because of the coronavirus — you won’t get a payment right now, but you may be able to reconcile that on next year’s tax return.”71
April 1, 2020 “The stimulus is to be determined by current filing status, current household size, current direct deposit information on the 2019 return,” Byers said. “The earlier you file, the earlier they have your up-to-date information, and that way you don’t run any risk of your stimulus being affected by them having to go back to 2018 and maybe there not being accurate information.”The U.S. government’s preparing to send out payments to help people through this coronavirus pandemic. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)
The Treasury Department has announced Social Security recipients will not have to file a tax return in order to receive the economic stimulus payments the government is preparing to send out. The announcement was made late Wednesday is a reversal from earlier in the week when the IRS said everyone would need to file some sort of tax return in order to qualify for the payments.
“That’s why we’ve put into place some of the other options so that people can still file,” she said.
Those other options include curbside drop off and virtual filing. Click here to do that.
The Treasury announced late Wednesday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment.
For any additional questions about your stimulus payment,
For information on self employed workers stimulus click here
Apr 1, 2020
Apr 4, 2020
APRIL 4, 2020 “Kushner, a real estate executive with no public health expertise, generally works behind scenes at the White House. So, critics have been curious about his role in the administration’s efforts to confront the coronavirus pandemic.
He has emerged with a central role working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to oversee the distribution of vital medical supplies to hospital and health care providers.
On Thursday, he explained that Trump and Vice President Pence came to him looking for new ideas and “outside of the box” thinking.
But his lack of experience has drawn scrutiny, especially when he referred to the national stockpile of medical supplies as “our stockpile.”
“The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile,” he said. “It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.” – NPR 75
Captain removed from warship for sounding alarm on virus
Here is Captain Crozier walking away from his ship while sailors chant his name after he was relieved from duty for blowing the whistle on a coronavirus contamination aboard the USS Roosevelt.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) April 3, 2020
He sacrificed himself and it sounds like everyone knows it. pic.twitter.com/hwiu7Z1MVV
- UPDATE: April 16, One of the crew died of COVID-19 on April 13. On Thursday, the Navy identified the ship’s first fatality in the outbreak as Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr, 41, of Fort Smith, Ark. Five other sailors have been hospitalized, one in critical condition. More than 650 of the crew have tested positive for the coronavirus. “What’s disconcerting is a majority of those — 350 plus — are asymptomatic,” Esper said on NBC. “So it has revealed a new dynamic of this virus — that it can be carried by normal, healthy people who have no idea whatsoever that they’re carrying it.”
Apr 4, 2020 According to the NYT, ” The bulk of the passengers, who were of multiple nationalities, arrived in January, at airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Newark and Detroit. Thousands of them flew directly from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, as American public health officials were only beginning to assess the risks to the United States.
Flights continued this past week, the data show, with passengers traveling from Beijing to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, under rules that exempt Americans and some others from the clampdown that took effect on Feb. 2. In all, 279 flights from China have arrived in the United States since then, and screening procedures have been uneven, interviews show.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly suggested that his travel measures impeded the virus’s spread in the United States. “I do think we were very early, but I also think that we were very smart, because we stopped China,” he said at a briefing on Tuesday, adding, “That was probably the biggest decision we made so far.” Last month, he said, “We’re the ones that kept China out of here.” 79
April 5, 2020
Over 300,000 infected, and almost 8500 dead in America since I first started this timeline one month ago.
“As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.
A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers.
By that time, hospitals in several states were treating thousands of infected patients without adequate equipment and were pleading for shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile. That federal cache of supplies was created more than 20 years ago to help bridge gaps in the medical and pharmaceutical supply chains during a national emergency.
Now, three months into the crisis, that stockpile is nearly drained just as the numbers of patients needing critical care is surging. Some state and local officials report receiving broken ventilators and decade-old dry-rotted masks.
“We basically wasted two months,” Kathleen Sebelius, health and human services secretary during the Obama administration, told AP.
As early as mid-January, U.S. officials could see that hospitals in China’s Hubei province were overwhelmed with infected patients, with many left dependent on ventilator machines to breathe. Italy soon followed, with hospitals scrambling for doctors, beds and equipment.
HHS did not respond to questions about why federal officials waited to order medical supplies until stocks were running critically low. But President Donald Trump has asserted that the federal government should take a back seat to states when it comes to dealing with the pandemic.
Trump and his appointees have urged state and local governments, and hospitals, to buy their own masks and breathing machines, saying requests to the dwindling national stockpile should be a last resort.
“The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile,” Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, said at a White House briefing Thursday. “It’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use.”
Protective medical supplies are seen stacked at a news conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which will be partially converted into a temporary hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., March 24, 2020. Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters.
Experts in emergency preparedness and response have expressed dismay at such statements, saying the federal government must take the lead in ensuring medical supplies are available and distributed where they are needed most.
“States do not have the purchasing power of the federal government. They do not have the ability to run a deficit like the federal government. They do not have the logistical power of the federal government,” said Sebelius, who served as governor of Kansas before running the nation’s health care system.
Because of the fractured federal response to COVID-19, state governors say they’re now bidding against federal agencies and each other for scarce supplies, driving up prices.
“You now literally will have a company call you up and say, ‘Well, California just outbid you,’” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., said Tuesday. “It’s like being on eBay with 50 other states, bidding on a ventilator.”
For nearly a month, Trump rebuffed calls from Cuomo and others to use his authority under the Defense Production Act to order companies to increase production of ventilators and personal protective equipment. He suggested the private sector was acting sufficiently on its own.
More than three months after China revealed the first COVID-19 cases, Trump finally relented last week, saying he will order companies to ramp up production of critical supplies. By then, confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the United States had surged to the highest in the world. Now, the number of people infected in the U.S. has climbed to more than 300,000 and deaths have topped 8,400.
Trump spent January and February playing down the threat from the new virus. He derided warnings of pandemic reaching the U.S. as a hoax perpetrated by Democrats and the media. As the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global public health emergency on Jan. 30, Trump assured the American people that the virus was “very well under control” and he predicted “a very good ending.”
His administration was so confident that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Feb. 7 that the government had airlifted nearly 18 tons of respirator masks, surgical masks, gowns and other medical supplies to China.
On Feb. 24, the White House sent Congress an initial $2.5 billion funding request to address the coronavirus outbreak. The next day, federal health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the virus was spreading quickly in the U.S. and predicted that disruptions to daily life could be “severe,” including school and business closures.
Unfazed, HHS Secretary Alex Azar told lawmakers on Feb. 27 that “the immediate risk to the American public remains low.”
During those crucial early weeks when the U.S. could have been tracking the spread of the disease and containing it, hardly anyone was being tested after a series of federal blunders led to a shortage of tests and testing capacity, as AP reported last month.
Without data showing how widespread the disease was, federal and state governments failed to prepare.
By the middle of March, hospitals in New York, Seattle and New Orleans were reporting a surge in sick patients. Doctors and nurses took to social media to express their alarm at dwindling supplies of such basic equipment as masks and gowns.
Trump accused some Democratic governors of exaggerating the need and derided those that criticized the federal response as complainers and snakes.
“I want them to be appreciative,” Trump said on March 27.
At the start of the crisis, an HHS spokeswoman said the Strategic National Stockpile had about 13 million N95 respirator masks, which filter out about 95% of all liquid or airborne particles and are critical to prevent health care workers from becoming infected. That’s just a small fraction of what hospitals need to protect their workers, who normally would wear a new mask for each patient, but who now are often issued only one to last for days.
Trump during a White House briefing on March 26 claimed that he had inherited an “empty shelf” from the Obama administration, but added that “we’re really filling it up, and we fill it up rapidly.”
Federal purchasing records, however, show the Trump administration delayed ordering additional supplies until the virus had taken root and was spreading.
HHS first announced its intent to purchase 500 million N95 masks on March 4, with plans to distribute them over the next 18 months. The following day, Congress passed an $8.3 billion coronavirus spending bill, more than three times what the White House had originally asked for.
Ten days later, on March 14, Trump declared the outbreak a national emergency. That was almost six weeks after the WHO’s action. By then, thousands of U.S. schools had closed, the National Basketball Association had put its season on temporary hiatus and there were 1,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The government had already sent tens of thousands of masks, gloves and gowns from the stockpile to Washington state, which was hit early with a coronavirus outbreak. But state officials even then said the supplies weren’t enough.
Federal contracting records show that HHS had made an initial order March 12 for $4.8 million of N95 masks from 3M, the largest U.S.-based manufacturer, which had ramped up production weeks earlier in response to the pandemic. HHS followed up with a larger $173 million order on March 21, but those contracts don’t require 3M to start making deliveries to the national stockpile until the end of April. That’s after the White House has projected the pandemic will reach its peak.
On Thursday, Trump threatened in a Tweet to “hit 3M hard” through a Defense Production Act order, saying the company “will have a big price to pay!” He gave no specifics.
HHS declined this past week to say how many N95 masks it has on hand. But as of March 31, the White House said more than 11.6 million had been distributed to state and local governments from the national stockpile — about 90% of what was available at the start of the year.
Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, testified before Congress last month that the country would need roughly 3.5 billion N-95 respirators to get through the pandemic, but the national supply chain then had just about 1% of that amount.
Greg Burel, director of the Strategic National Stockpile from 2007 until his retirement at the start of this year, said the cache was only ever intended to serve as a short-term “bridge-stock.”
The stockpile was created in 1999 to prevent supply-chain disruptions for the predicted Y2K computer problems. It expanded after 9/11 to prepare for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks. Congress provided money in 2006 to prepare for a potential influenza pandemic, though Burel said much of that stock was used during the H1N1 flu outbreak three years later.
“There’s never enough money to buy everything that we want to see on those shelves,” said Burel, who stressed the stockpile uses its annual funding to prepare for a wide array of potential threats.
“Most of the time, commercially available products like masks can be bought in quantity at the time of an event.”
This time, it hasn’t worked out that way. As AP reported last month, much of the world’s supply of N95 masks and other basic medical supplies is made in China, the first nation hit by COVID-19. As a result, the Chinese government required its producers to reserve N95 respirators for domestic use. China resumed exports of the precious masks only in recent days.
Experts are now worried the U.S. will also soon exhaust its supply of ventilators, which can cost upward of $12,000 each.
The White House said Tuesday that it had already distributed nearly half the breathing machines in the stockpile, which at the beginning of March had 16,660; some of them dated back to the flurry of post-9/11 purchasing. An additional 2,425 were out for maintenance.
Cuomo said New York may need as many as 40,000 ventilators to deal with the outbreak that is already overwhelming hospitals there.
Throughout March, governors and mayors of big cities urged Trump to use his authority under the Defense Production Act to direct private companies to ramp up production of ventilators. It wasn’t until last week that Trump finally said he would use that power to order General Motors to begin manufacturing ventilators — work the company had already announced was underway. But GM says its first ventilators won’t be available before the summer.
The federal government had made an effort to prepare for a surge in the need for ventilators, but it was allowed to languish. Since 2014, HHS has paid a private company, Respironics Inc., $13.8 million to develop a cheaper, less complicated ventilator that could be bought in bulk to replenish the national stockpile. In September, HHS placed a $32.8 million order with the Dutch-owned company for 10,000 of the new model, set for delivery by 2022, federal contracts show.
Respironics’ parent company, Royal Philips, said it’s planning to double U.S. production of ventilators to 2,000 a week by the end of May.
Steve Klink, a spokesman for Royal Philips in Amsterdam, said the company is now focused on producing its other commercial models and will deliver the first ventilators to the national stockpile by August, long after the White House projects COVID-19 cases will peak.
Trump, who pledged on March 27 that his administration would ensure that 100,000 additional ventilators would be made available “within 100 days,” said on Thursday that he’ll use the Defense Production Act to order Respironics and other ventilator makers to step up production.
It’s not clear that Trump’s order would translate into the 100,000 new ventilators he promised. In a House Oversight and Reform Committee briefing last week, top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials hedged, saying 100,000 ventilators would be available by late June “at the earliest.”
Cuomo predicted on Friday that New York would run out within days. With coronavirus deaths in his state surging, the governor vowed to use his authority to seize ventilators, masks and protective gear from private hospitals that aren’t utilizing them.
Meantime, federal health authorities are lowering standards.
New guidance from the Food and Drug Administration allows hospitals to use emergency ventilators typically used in ambulances and anesthesia gas machines in place of standard ventilators. The agency also said nightstand CPAP machines used to treat sleep apnea and snoring could also be used to keep coronavirus patients breathing, as a last resort.
Meanwhile, the CDC advised health care workers last month to use homemade masks or bandanas if they run out of proper gear. Across the country, hospitals have issued urgent pleas for volunteers who know how to sew.
President Trump provided his own input, suggesting that Americans without access to factory-produced masks could cover their faces with scarves.
“A scarf is highly recommended by the professionals,” Trump said during a White House briefing Wednesday. “And I think, in a certain way, depending on the fabric — I think, in a certain way, a scarf is better. It’s actually better.”
Associated Press writers John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.” – PBS 78
APRIL 8, 2020
APRIL 9, 2020
Trump says more than 2 million coronavirus tests have been done in the US, and claims mass testing not needed
Trump – “We want to have it and we’re going to see if we have it. Do you need it? No. Is it a nice thing to do? Yes. We’re talking about 325 million people and that’s not gonna happen, as you can imagine, and it would never happen with anyone else, either,” the President said. “Other countries do it, but they do it in a limited form. We’ll probably be the leader of the pack.”- CNN 90
For the full 1 hour briefing recorded by CSPAN click here
Days before the expected peak of the coronavirus crisis, the Trump administration says it is going ahead with plans to end federal support for COVID-19 testing on Friday, transitioning the responsibility for managing and funding the sites to states.
Across the country, 40 Community-Based Testing Sites that FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services established will either be shuttered or taken over by state governments. The FEMA/HHS sites were created to rapidly scale up testing abilities nationwide at the beginning of the crisis.
A FEMA spokesperson said that the federal testing sites were always meant to be temporary: “The Community-Based Testing Sites (CBTS) program was intended as an immediate high impact intervention to bring initial testing capabilities to critical areas across the country… now that the FDA has given approval for individuals to self-administer COVID-19 nasal swab tests at testing sites, the demand for PPE and trained health care providers will significantly be reduced.” – Peter Wade – Rolling Stone
APRIL 10, 2020 With over 1,600,000 people worldwide affected with the virus, America still doesn’t have the tests, or results to give true estimates. America has 327.2 million as of 2018. If we have a half million recorded cases (468,895) out of only two million recorded tested, that’s 1/4% out of those tested that have it. That’s a pretty high number. As we reached the highest number of worldwide cases recorded, is the administration not wanting to test more to keep those numbers visually low?
APR 13, 2020 WHPB
APR 14, 2020 TRUMP MAKES PLANS, HE’S READY TO OPEN COUNTRY
With over 600,000 cases, and 26,000 deaths in the last month, Trump says now is the time to get back out there and get the economy back to work.
Trump says May 1 is the date, but Governors think that may not be possible. The virus decides when to reopen, not the economy, or the President.
While we all know the economy is extremely important, as we all sit home unemployed, our savings depleted, and bills going unpaid… Now is not the time to throw us to the wolves and undo the progress taking place with social distancing! Perhaps someone should remind the federal government that LIFE is what is important. But luckily, a few taxpayers who have already filed taxes and have direct deposit, have started to receive their stimulus checks. But for many others struggling, they won’t receive help at all. Where is the help they promised for small businesses, the self employed, those that haven’t filed yet? That’s a good question and it’s not likely you’ll find the answer by calling. Phone lines, and websites have had their share of difficulty since the beginning with the overwhelming need of struggling Americans desperate for help in the troubling times.
But who is really benefiting from the stimulus. You might be surprised to find out: click here
New evidence and continual censorship from China is worth noting as we continue to look for the origin of the deadly coronavirus.
In a recent article for Forbes, Kenneth Rapoza states
Josh Rogin, who is said to be as plugged into the State Department as any Washington Post columnist, was shown documents dating back to 2015 revealing how the U.S. government was worried about safety standards at that Wuhan lab. “The first, mysterious samples from infected individuals arrived at Wuhan Institute of Virology on December 30, 2019. Shi Zhengli, a renown bat scientist in China, was told by the Institute’s director that the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention — modeled after our own CDC — had detected a novel coronavirus in two hospital patients. They were suffering from an odd pneumonia. They wanted her laboratory to investigate because the virus belonged to the same family of bat-borne viruses that caused SARS, a disease that — by comparison — only infected 8,100 people and killed just under 800 in an 8 month period in 2002-03.”
“I had never expected this kind of thing to happen in Wuhan, in central China,” she was quoted as saying by Scientific American on March 11. Her studies had shown that the southern, subtropical areas of Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan had the greatest risk of coronaviruses jumping to humans from animals—particularly bats, a known reservoir for many viruses. If bat coronaviruses were the culprit, she recalled to Scientific American, “could they have come from our lab?”
“The U.S. government helped build and fund Wuhan virology labs. The thinking was that it was important for China to get up to par in the global life sciences. It was already a known center of previous outbreaks. Investing there and educating them on international safety standards was just preventative medicine.
Rogin’s reporting suggests that government officials were well aware of the research being conducted in the lab on bat coronaviruses and were worried that the lab still had sub-par safety standards.
Rogin writes that, “What the U.S. officials learned during their visits concerned them so much that they dispatched two diplomatic cables categorized as Sensitive But Unclassified back to Washington. The cables warned about safety and management weaknesses at the WIV lab and proposed more attention and help. The first cable, which I obtained, also warns that the lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic.”
For the full Forbes article click here
For Josh Rogin’s full article for the WP click here
APRIL 15, 2020 Rolling stone does a timeline for the virus
This Rolling Stone timeline covers many of the same things I have covered in timeline above, but there are a lot of differences as well. Some new information can be found here.
April 15, 2020
“Under Reps. Tim Ryan and Ro Khanna’s Emergency Money for the People Act, announced Tuesday, US citizens who are 16 or older and make less than $130,000 a year would receive up to $2,000 a month from the federal government for at least six months and until unemployment falls to pre-pandemic levels.
Families who make under $260,000 would also receive an extra boost of $500 per child for up to three children.
“A one-time, $1,200 check isn’t going to cut it,” Khanna said. “Americans need sustained cash infusions for the duration of this crisis in order to come out on the other side alive, healthy, and ready to get back to work.”
Those checks could be part of a fourth stimulus package that the White House is discussing with Congress. President Donald Trump enacted the third recovery package — which also included loans, grants, and other support for businesses — on March 27.”
UPDATE: Still waiting for results
APRIL 17, 2020 HOW THE VIRUS ATTACKS US
“[The disease] can attack almost anything in the body with devastating consequences,” says cardiologist Harlan Krumholz of Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, who is leading multiple efforts to gather clinical data on COVID-19. “Its ferocity is breathtaking and humbling.”98
Still waiting for help during America’s shutdown
APRIL 18, 2020 STIMULUS MONEY LINKS – See if you qualify
APRIL 19, 2020 In just five days 13,000 more Americans die. This virus is not under control! Yet cities are starting to open back up. Will all our social distancing efforts be for nothing?
APRIL 22, 2020 BARDA DIRECTOR PUSHED OUT BY TRUMP
Dr. Rick Bright had led BARDA, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, since 2016 until Tuesday, when was reassigned to a narrower position. He also announced he will file a whistleblower complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general.”I believe this transfer was in response to my insistence that the government invest the billions of dollars allocated by Congress to address the Covid-19 pandemic into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit,” Bright said in a lengthy statement issued Wednesday. “I am speaking out because to combat this deadly virus, science — not politics or cronyism — has to lead the way.”
Asked to weigh in on Bright’s departure at Wednesday’s press briefing, the President claimed he hadn’t heard of him.”I’ve never heard of him. When did this happen?” Trump asked, then added, “I never heard of him. Guy says he was pushed out of a job, maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t.”
In another instance of civil disobedience, going against your boss can get you in deep water
Here’s the CDC director promoting the article from which CNN got their quote… pic.twitter.com/xGSj1jiJZh— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) April 22, 2020
PRESIDENT RECOMMENDS UV LIGHT, AND DISINFECTANT AS POSSIBLE CURES
MAY 5, 2020
Trump confirmed on Tuesday that the task force is disbanding while speaking to reporters in Arizona while visiting a factory that is manufacturing masks.
“I think that, as far as the task force, Mike Pence and the task force have done a great job,” Trump said. “But we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form, and that form is safety and opening, and we’ll have a different group probably set up for that.”
Pence told NBC News on Tuesday that there is no set date for the task force to formally complete its work but that the panel expects to begin to shift its centralized response back to the individual federal agencies in late May or early June. Pence said the group has already discussed such a transition plan with the Federal Emergency Management Agency
“As I’ve said before, as we continue to practice social distancing and states engage in safe and responsible reopening plans, I truly believe — and the trend lines support it — that we could be in a very different place,” he said.
Pence also said Birx will continue to offer expertise as the administration monitors infection rates as states begin to reopen.
The task force until recently held near-daily televised briefings and was a lightning rod for controversy as the president often used the podium to blast critics, spar with reporters and boast about his administration’s response while infection rates climbed.
The number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases is nearing 1.2 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of Tuesday afternoon. There have been over 70,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
MAY 6, 2020
“During the screening process, a reported history of confirmed COVID-19 will be annotated ‘Considered disqualifying’“ pic.twitter.com/ZKx91AUbXo— Free (@Nathaniel_Free) May 4, 2020
“This ban applies uniquely applies to coronavirus survivors while allowing applicants with histories of other viral, non-chronic illnesses to enter the military.
The ban may also result from limited research on COVID-19, as there’s still much that’s unknown about the virus, the permanence and assessment of its damage on the lungs and body, whether the virus can reemerge in those who’ve seemingly recovered from it, and whether prior infection makes a person more immune or susceptible to catching it again.” – newsweek
Trumps makes repeated claims about free testing, available to anyone, that doesn’t truly exist nationwide. Then says testing makes America look bad.
MAY 10, 2020 HOW HAS AMERICA ALLOWED THIS TO SPREAD
According to and article written by TIM DICKINSON of the Rolling Stone, Despite months of alarms that the coronavirus was lurking at our doorstep, the Trump administration failed to mount an urgent response until the nation was engulfed and overwhelmed by the pandemic. “We had ample notice to get our country ready,” says Ron Klain, who served as President Obama’s Ebola czar, and lists the rolling out of testing, securing protective equipment, and building up hospital capacity as necessary preventative steps. “We spent all of January and February doing none of those things, and as a result, when this disease really exploded in March, we weren’t prepared.” For the full article, CLICK HERE
MAY 12, 2020 How are Countries managing the virus?
According to a website that is tracking countries, the US is not doing so well. While some countries seem to be getting a handle on it, we aren’t. We are on the list of ‘COUNTRIES THAT NEED TO TAKE ACTION’. With the current death at 81,795 for our country, and an average of 2000 dying everyday, we need to get a better plan!
Senate holds a hearing with top health officials via internet, as many have been recently quarantined due to an outbreak in the White House.
“Fauci warned Tuesday that if states ignore public health guidelines about when it’s safe to proceed with reopening, it could trigger more virus outbreaks that they may not be able to control. “[This] paradoxically would set you back — not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided — but, could even set you back on the road to trying to get economic recovery,”
MAY 24, 2020
It’s hard to believe we have lost 100,000 people in such a short timeline of 100 days. Thanks to NYTimes for their article of remembrance for a thousand of those who have lost their lives. They weren’t just numbers, they were people.
9 Richard Burr sold stocks on Feb 13 https://www.propublica.org/article/senator-dumped-up-to-1-7-million-of-stock-after-reassuring-public-about-coronavirus-preparedness
12 Daily beast Kelly loeffler https://www.thedailybeast.com/sen-kelly-loeffler-dumped-millions-in-stock-after-coronavirus-briefing
13 S. 2038 – stock act https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20120206/s2038_sus_xml.pdf
15 Insider trading – stock act https://www.newsweek.com/stock-act-richard-burr-kelly-loeffler-1493497
16 FEBRUARY 26, 2020press briefing https://www.c-span.org/video/?470172-1/coronavirus-task-force-briefing
20 NPR Audio of Richard Burr / timeline for coronavirus events https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/818192535/burr-recording-sparks-questions-about-private-comments-on-covid-19