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Wuhan Virus Watch: Biden Hits Trump’s Response to Potential Pandemic as ‘Fearmongering’ and ‘Xenophopic’

Wuhan Virus Watch: Biden Hits Trump’s Response to Potential Pandemic as ‘Fearmongering’ and ‘Xenophopic’

Some experts believe coronavirus “is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe.”

As of Monday morning, the world has 17,205 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in various countries with 361 deaths.

Eleven of those cases, including three new ones, are in the U.S.

***We will update this post with new information

Eleven of the Coronavirus Cases Located in America

From CNN:

Three more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have been reported in California, bringing the state’s total to six and the country’s total to 11 cases.

Late Sunday, officials confirmed a San Benito County man who had recently traveled back from Wuhan, China, and his wife have the virus. Both were isolating themselves in their home.

The man arrived at San Francisco International Airport on January 24 and was screened and found to be healthy and asymptomatic, said Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, the county’s interim health officer.

The next day, the man developed symptoms including a cough and low-grade fever, Fenstersheib said. A few days later, his wife began showing symptoms as well.

The couple has stayed at home since the man’s arrival, Fenstersheib said.

Biden Hits Trump’s Response on Coronavirus

As the outbreak has come just as the primaries and caucuses are about to start, it is not surprising that one of the candidates is complaining about President Donald Trump’s administration and its response to the continuing outbreak. Former Vice President Joe Biden hit Trump, intimating that racism was a potential factor in the response.

“We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus,” Biden said in Iowa Friday. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”

The former vice president accused the president of curtailing progress on global health oversight that was made during the Obama administration.

…The Trump campaign fired back at Biden’s comments, telling Reuters the president “is listening to medical and scientific experts and taking every responsible precaution to protect the American people.”

First Death Outside of China

A man died in the Philippines:

Philippines health officials announced Sunday that a 44-year-old Chinese man had died the day before from coronavirus after flying into the country from Wuhan, the Chinese city of 11 million at the center of the outbreak.

There are more than 14,300 confirmed cases around the world, and 305 people have died. All but one of the deaths have been in mainland China.

Within China, almost 60 million people remain on effective lockdown as the country battles to contain the virus amid reports its health system is on its knees, running out of beds and supplies.

Pentagon Approves Military Base for Quarantine

The Department of Health and Human Services received approval to use military facilities to quarantine people:

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services for the possible use of military facilities to accommodate 1,000 people who may have to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas due to a new virus.

A Defense Department statement said HHS officials requested the use of several facilities capable of housing at least 250 people in individual rooms through Feb. 29. HHS would be responsible for all care, transportation and security of the evacuees, according to the statement.

The viral outbreak began in China, where the death toll rose to 259 on Saturday. More than 11,900 people have been infected with the coronavirus globally, the vast majority of them on the Chinese mainland.

The installations selected by the Defense Department are the 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Fort Carson, Colorado; Travis Air Force Base, California; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

Nearly 200 Americans already are quarantined at a military base in Southern California after being evacuated from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.

None of the Americans being housed at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside has shown signs of illness, but it can take up to two weeks for someone who is infected to get sick.

Experts: Coronavirus ‘Likely to Become a Pandemic’

Some experts believe coronavirus “is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe.” From The New York Times:

The Wuhan coronavirus is spreading more like influenza, which is highly transmissible, than like its slow-moving viral cousins, SARS and MERS, scientists have found.

“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

“But will it be catastrophic? I don’t know.”

In the last three weeks, the number of lab-confirmed cases has soared from about 50 in China to more than 17,000 in at least 23 countries; there have been more than 360 deaths.

But various epidemiological models estimate that the real number of cases is 100,000 or even more. While that expansion is not as rapid as that of flu or measles, it is an enormous leap beyond what virologists saw when SARS and MERS emerged.

When SARS was vanquished in July 2003 after spreading for nine months, only 8,098 cases had been confirmed. MERS has been circulating since 2012, but there have been only about 2,500 known cases.


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From CNN: “ On Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry criticized the US response to the outbreak, accusing Washington of feeding mass hysteria.”

SLO Joe is just parroting his Chinese masters.

Of course if trump,hadn’t doe exactly what he did they would be claiming he ‘wasn’t taking it seriously’

JackinSilverSpring | February 3, 2020 at 9:49 am

I agree with 4rdm2. The DemoncRats and the media (but I repeat myself) would label this as President Trump’s Katrina moment.
>Also, beware of the media overhyping this to gain readers as it did for the swine flu virus, SARS, Ebola and Mers. What usually kills people is the secondary bacterial infection, and we in the West have far better medical services to limit the results of the secondary bacterial infection.

Mayo Clinic doctor: Coronavirus is ‘basically at a pandemic now’ and should be treated as such

    MattMusson in reply to Neo. | February 3, 2020 at 10:41 am

    The Thai National Health Service believes they have a cocktail of antivirals that are an effective treatment. An elderly woman recovered after 2 days on the mixture of drugs.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Neo. | February 3, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Man, I just love those idiotic pictures of people wearing totally ineffective, blue surgical masks thinking that’ll actually help prevent coming down with the 2019-nCoV virus. It’s a virus people! And unless you get special N95 masks those ones you buy off Amazon for cheap ain’t going to do you any good whatsoever.

    Great Maker, people are just so pathetic.

      Not just that, you have to get the mask to fit (training, or at least a video and practice) and shield your eyes with a flu-rated, clunky ugly goggle not glasses. That serves two purposes; keeps fine airborne droplets out of your eyes and it keeps your gross fingers from unthinkingly rubbing/blushing then, something you will do unless your parents taught you otherwise at from kiddie years.

I watched a presentation regarding President Trump’s advisory team assembled for this health emergency. These are THE pre-eminent people in the fields of virology and epidemiology, At least one of those individuals was a well-known virologist at the top of his field more than 25 years ago when I was quoting him in research papers. We are in excellent hands.

    Halcyon Daze in reply to Granny. | February 3, 2020 at 10:46 am

    To be fair to Joe, although he is as partisan as possible he just isn’t very intelligent. Although Biden has had a lifetime to amass knowledge he hasn’t used his time here on earth very well.

    OldProf2 in reply to Granny. | February 3, 2020 at 11:15 am

    You are entirely correct that these are all distinguished experts. But in the mainstream news media, this team of experts can’t be trusted because they aren’t “diverse” enough. They want gay, transsexual, and minority representatives, regardless of their knowledge of virology.

    ConradCA in reply to Granny. | February 3, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    But they don’t have any gay trans blacks on their team. This dooms them to failure! /sar

The Chinese ambassador to Israel compared Israel’s ban on flights from China to the countries that refused to accept Jewish refugees before and during WW2.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | February 3, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    The Chinese ambassador to Israel should be expelled from Israel for making such an offensive statement. This has nothing to do with countries that refused to accept Jewish refugees but everything to do with stopping the spread of an infectious disease of Chinese origin.


    Fuck the Chinese and what they think. Until they come clean on the actual origins of 2019-nCoV and the number of Chinese citizens infected or dead they can STFU about what other countries are doing to stop the infection from entering.

“The installations selected by the Defense Department are the 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Fort Carson, Colorado; Travis Air Force Base, California; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.”

Yeah, thanks a lot.

    Valerie in reply to txvet2. | February 3, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    The one at Lackland makes sense. There is room, the military does not have to be in contact with the people who are quarantined, and there is a good hospital nearby.

All negative, all the time.

He sounds like obama. We saw how popular that idiot became.

Crap. Joe is always wrong

We are so screwed….

buckeyeminuteman | February 3, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Why do military bases always have to house these types of issues? They have thousands of people on them, many of them transient. Families live there and attend schools on base, retirees go on and off to shop at the commissaries and base exchanges, people come and go for classes. Terrible idea. You put that virus on a place like Lackland AFB in the middle of San Antonio and it is going to get out…

    Not necessarily. Some of these bases have buildings that can be emptied easily. Remember, Lackland has seen a lot of use, and was built up in wartime for training. That use is a lot lighter, at the moment.

    “Using military bases” doesn’t mean the possibly infected are going to be wandering around those bases and mingling with dependents.

    1 – many bases have available barracks space to keep those travelers. Beds, toilet facilities, nearby mess halls to make them meals. The civilian alternative would be either hospitals or hotels. If this does go pandemic, hospitals will be badly needed for actual sick people, not travelers at risk. No sane civilian hotel owner will volunteer to be a possible Plague Hotel.

    2 – People are dicks. Travelers “in isolation” WILL break isolation, given the option. A military base with active military to serve as guards (and cooks and guest staff, etc.) deters that without placing a burden on local PoPo they may not be able to sustain for weeks, even if the travelers turn out to be virus free.

If Biden IS the nominee, he may have just lost the election before he’s even nominated.
According to some experts, it already IS a pandemic.

If/when it hits the US between now and November, his claim that Trump taking measures to slow down its spread to here is RACIST should make the basis of a nice little political ad. And if it doesn’t spread here, Biden putting the convenience of international travelers over the safety of US citizens will still get some traction. Epidemiology doesn’t work when “woke” is more important than “science”.

China has placed a total lockdown/quarantine on Wuhan and several other cities, albeit a month too late. Funny, China-paid Biden has nothing to say about that.