During the press briefing Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump, Vice President Michael Pence, and the Coronavirus Task Force focused on sharing a new set of guidelines that Americans should follow to prevent the further spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Speaking during a briefing of the coronavirus task force, Trump outlined a plan to slow the spread of COVID-19 in 15 days.

“With several weeks of focused action, we can turn the corner and turn it quickly,” Trump said. “Our government is prepared to do whatever it takes.”

At another point during the news conference, asked if the U.S. was headed into a recession, Trump replied: “Well, it may be.” But then, he said, “We’re not thinking in terms of recession, we’re thinking in terms of the virus.”

The guidelines advised that older people and those with underlying health conditions “stay home and away from other people.”

Officials recommended that large swaths of the population isolate themselves and everyone avoid social gatherings or groups of more than 10 people.

One reporter asked how long the concern related to the virus would last.

Trump said that “people are talking about July, August, something like that.” He said he likes to say it “washes through” but “other people don’t like that term.”

“It could be right in that period of time where I say it washes — it washes through — other people don’t like that term — but where it washes through,” the president added.

Asked if this was “the new normal until the height of summer,” Trump replied: “We’ll see what happens. But they think August, it could be July, could be longer than that.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci stressed the new guidelines apply only to the next 15 days.

The press became animated when they asked Trump if the country is headed for a recession. In fact, a good portion of the exchange with the President was on the stock market. Trump’s response was pitch-perfect.

President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that the U.S. economy “may be” heading toward a recession because of the coronavirus but predicted growth would bounce back strongly.

“Well, it may be,” Trump said in the White House in response to a question about whether the economy is “headed” toward a recession.

“We’re not thinking in terms of recession. We’re thinking in terms of the virus,” the president continued. “Once we stop, I think there’s a tremendous pent-up demand both in terms of the stock market, in terms of the economy.”

I suspect that when this is over, we are going to have a real “Summer of Recovery” under Trump, instead of the fake one we had under Obama.

I had a few observations as I watched Monday’s briefing. One was that a wonderful benefit of the new social distancing policy is that fewer journalists were in the briefing room to pester the Task Force with their stupid questions.

Another observation is in regards to the Coronavirus Task Force itself. It appears that some of the members refrain from fully expressing their disdain and anger at the pack of hyenas they now face during these updates. They confine their annoyance to death-glares and grimaces.

Several questions Trump was treated to were included such trivialities like what happened during his COVID-19 test. One reporter indicated healthcare providers are “terrified” of the virus. While medical professionals are duly concerned about having the equipment and resources they need,  the use of scare-words in this situation is pathetic.

Ace of Spades prepared a post that sums up my own thoughts on the Monday briefing: When This Is Over, We Are Going to Have Serious Reckoning With the Media About Their Deliberate Incitement of Public Panic, Including Nonstop Senate Inquires About “American” Media Corporate Connections to China.

And we should take a look at Wall Street, too.

Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses

In a record-breaking six-week time, American researchers have sequenced COVID-19 and prepared a vaccine for testing.

U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday — leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges.

With a careful jab in a healthy volunteer’s arm, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle begin an anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time after the new virus exploded from China and fanned across the globe.

FMCSA waives Hours of Service rules nationwide for COVID 19-related movement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a 50-state waiver to the Hours of Service Rule for commercial vehicle drivers transporting goods related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The order was issued late Friday evening and had been foretold earlier in the day, on the back of numerous state waivers for intrastate transportation. It will last until the end of the day on April 12 or until the end of the emergency declared Friday by President Trump, whichever is sooner.

FMCSA’s order is sweeping. And while there are numerous freight movements that wouldn’t fall under it, there are plenty that will.

Possibly the most important waiver that will affect truckload carriers will be the one that impacts equipment and supplies of food for the emergency restocking of stores. State trucking association authorities contacted by FreightWaves on Friday all commented that the strain on the trucking system created by the enormous need to restock stores stripped bare by shoppers laying in vast quantities of supplies was enormous.

Extinction Rebellion cancels its mass die-in over coronavirus fears

I question the level of their commitment!

 

 
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