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Wuhan Virus Watch: Trump Takes Emergency Action to Slow Down Virus Spread

Wuhan Virus Watch: Trump Takes Emergency Action to Slow Down Virus Spread

NBA suspends season after Utah Jazz player tests positive for COVID-19

Before beginning my daily update on coronavirus news, I wanted to share a few thoughts on President Donald Trump’s address from the Oval Office.

While I am used to Trump’s casual style at rallies, his tone was appropriately calm, deliberate, and statesman-like. The address aimed to calm increasing fears, describe solutions that should be enacted and offer hope. Trump hit all three marks.

Perhaps the most significant portion of his speech was the implementation of travel restrictions on Europe.

At the very start of the outbreak, we instituted sweeping travel restrictions on China and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years. With we declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection. And taking early intense action we’ve seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are now present in Europe. The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hot spots. As a result a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travelers from Europe. After consulting with our top government health professionals I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well being of all Americans.

To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground. There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing. These restrictions will also not apply to the United Kingdom. At the same time, we’re monitoring the situation in China and South Korea, and as their situation improves, we will re-evaluate the restrictions and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening.

The approach is one aspect I thoroughly appreciated, as it aligns with emergency response protocol. As the risk of spreading the disease remains high, the government will implement stringent travel restrictions. The level of risk will be reassessed regularly and adjustments made in the policy.

Another facet I caught was the call for unity and placing the onus on Congress to help with the crisis. Congressional members cannot just sit back and offer criticisms and give statements that hurt the economy and the stability of this nation. Trump intends to provide them with specific legislative requests, and we will see if bipartisanship is dead.

Finally, I think addressing the economic consequences of “self-distancing” was smart. The Small Business Administration loan proposal, tax payment deferral, and payroll tax relief are all sensible ideas that I hope Congress acts upon.

WHO declares COVID-19 disease to be a pandemic

The World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19, the virus that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people. A pandemic.

“This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared at a briefing in Geneva.

It’s the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 “swine flu” in 2009.

Even as he raised the health emergency to its highest level, Tedros said hope remains that COVID-19 can be curtailed. And he urged countries to take action now to stop the disease.

“WHO has been in full response mode since we were notified of the first cases,” Tedros said. “And we have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear.”

…By dubbing COVID-19 a pandemic, the WHO is placing it in a different category than several recent deadly outbreaks, including the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Zika virus outbreak in 2016 and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. All three of those outbreaks were deemed to be international emergencies.

In the last pandemic, the H1N1 influenza virus killed more than 18,000 people in more than 214 countries and territories, according to the WHO. In recent years, other estimates have put H1N1’s toll even higher.

China shuts all 16 temporary coronavirus hospitals in Wuhan

Speaking of China….

In a dramatic sign that the coronavirus crisis is improving in China, the last two of 16 temporary hospitals in the epicenter city of Wuhan have been shut down, according to a report.

The final group of 49 patients walked out of the Wuchang temporary hospital in the capital of Hubei province on Tuesday afternoon to cheers, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Tom Hanks and his wife Test Positive for Coronavirus

A real-life drama starring Hanks.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have announced that they have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), the first celebrities to go public with a diagnosis.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, revealed the news with a statement on Wednesday. The married couple was in Australia for production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie, in which Hanks is playing Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker.

NBA suspends season after Utah Jazz player tests positive for COVID-19

I sure hope this coronavirus crisis is controlled before it starts impacting baseball season.

After taking the initial step to play games in empty arenas, the NBA issued a statement on Wednesday night that all games will be suspended until further notice after a Utah Jazz player, reportedly Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Games that are in action Wednesday night will finish.


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these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval.

This was obviously a mistake, that the President and the White House both later corrected. The prohibition will apply only to people, not to goods. Which is as it should be.

    Tom Servo in reply to Milhouse. | March 12, 2020 at 10:43 am

    I think it’s going to be very good for all of us that Tom Hanks and his wife have been exposed, and here is why: They are healthy adults, with good medical care, not part of any high risk population, and what will almost certainly happen is that they will get a slight fever, they will have a cough for a couple of weeks, they will self quarantine, and a month from now they will both be fine.

    And because they are public figures, that is going to be a very good example for everyone to see. This isn’t Captain Tripps, and Randall Flagg is not stalking the land.

      Close The Fed in reply to Tom Servo. | March 12, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Of course, the reverse could very regrettably occur. One of them could be seriously damaged by having it, and the public take it more to heart.

      C. Lashown in reply to Tom Servo. | March 12, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Right! Since they’re respectable people with the best medical care, they don’t have to worry about their lungs being eaten up by this virus…OR…at least they can die in comfort. Strange thing about that lung tissue, once it’s gone – IT’S GONE. Although with the Hanks wealth, they shouldn’t have any problem getting a new set of lungs from the Chinese Muslim prison camps…the Chinese will probably have a close out sale shortly.

      heyjoojoo in reply to Tom Servo. | March 12, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      What’s the point of this comment?

Also, by “Europe” he only meant the Schengen countries. The rest of Europe, even EU members, is not affected.

    mailman in reply to Milhouse. | March 12, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Fuck off Milhouse.

    Shengen includes 22 of 26 EU countries (excluding Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom).

    Thank fuck the UK left the, now, diseased EU.

      Milhouse in reply to mailman. | March 12, 2020 at 11:18 am

      First, there are 27 EU countries, not 26. Five of them are not in Schengen, but 4 non-EU-countries are. Second, not all of Europe is in the EU. Those European countries that are not in the EU or Schengen, as well as the five countries you listed that are in the EU but not in Schengen, are not included in that ban. That is a significant change from what he said in the speech.

      DSHornet in reply to mailman. | March 12, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Downvoted for language. Nobody deserves that, not even Milhouse.

    mailman in reply to Milhouse. | March 13, 2020 at 5:10 am

    SCOTUS Milhouse: Also, by “Europe” he only meant the Schengen countries. The rest of Europe, even EU members, is not affected.

    Mailman: You are wrong as 22 EU States are included in the ban.

    SCOTUS Milhouse: Digs deeper and makes himself look even more of an ass hahahahaha

Congressional members cannot just sit back and offer criticisms and give statements that hurt the economy and the stability of this nation.

Oh yeah? Just watch them.

And they’ll somehow try to make out that it’s his fault.

    Petrushka in reply to Milhouse. | March 12, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Th3 already have, but he anticipated this. He suckered them into saying he wasn’t doing enough.

      IneedAhaircut in reply to Petrushka. | March 12, 2020 at 9:57 am

      The House plans to go on recess by the end of the day today (Thursday) so there’s tremendous pressure to get something voted on and approved by the House and Senate this afternoon.

      Although, Trump could call an emergency session and hold them in DC. That would really tick off Pelosi and the Dems.

    LibraryGryffon in reply to Milhouse. | March 12, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I’d say that was a given.

    God forbid the House Dems do anything to help those of us living paycheck to paycheck keep a little more of our wages from shortened or nonexistent hours due to these shut downs. Of course we’re all deplorables, so they’d love to see us utterly dependent on Gov’t handouts and Bernie’s bread lines.

Anti-malaria medication, chloroquine phosphate, found to be effective in treating Wuhan coronavirus for non-severe patients.

    rdmdawg in reply to Neo. | March 12, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Back to Gin and Tonics, eh? For medicinal purposes, of course.

    Freed Serf in reply to Neo. | March 12, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Chloroquinine is for treating malaria which is a parasitic infection not a virus. It is also used as an immunosuppressive drug. Might not be such a good idea when immunosuppressed patients make up a large percentage of the fatalities.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Freed Serf. | March 12, 2020 at 11:22 am

      I forget the term for this, but Wuhan Corona Virus 2019 causes some people’s immune system to go haywire, killing them in just a few days. That is where an immunosuppressant could help.

      Also, do not forget that many drugs have more than one use.

        snopercod in reply to JusticeDelivered. | March 13, 2020 at 8:17 am

        Cytokine storm.
        “A severe immune reaction in which the body releases too many cytokines into the blood too quickly. Cytokines play an important role in normal immune responses, but having a large amount of them released in the body all at once can be harmful. A cytokine storm can occur as a result of an infection, autoimmune condition, or other disease. It may also occur after treatment with some types of immunotherapy. Signs and symptoms include high fever, inflammation (redness and swelling), and severe fatigue and nausea. Sometimes, a cytokine storm may be severe or life threatening and lead to multiple organ failure. Also called hypercytokinemia.”

        Rather than gin and tonic, I’ve started taking N-A-C.

Connivin Caniff | March 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

President Trump looked like he was coming down with something.

Apparently, COVID-19 doesn’t like sunlight or temperatures over 77 (pray for a warm 80deg day).
Drink water often .. will flush virus from mouth into stomach where the digestive acid will kill it.
Most notable sign of infection .. dry cough

Leave the anti-malarials for the populations that actually need them.

This thing is a tough cold.

Spain stages a revival of the Spanish Flu (Philly style)

For the past week, pro-government Spanish journalists have ridiculed the drastic measures of other countries and chanted that pernicious mantra: “the coronavirus is nothing but a flu.” And so, while Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, and Japan decreed important bans and urged their citizens to avoid rallies and take extreme precautions, the Spanish government threw protesters into the streets while millions of people maintained their travel plans and social gatherings.
On Sunday, as I watched the packed feminist march in Madrid, I suspected something terrible might happen. The Spanish government led the Spaniards to believe that, for some mysterious reason, perhaps associated with the magical properties of our red wine, we were immune to this virus. And according to official reports, we were, but only until the first minute after the end of the last feminist march. Then they admitted we didn’t have 374 coronavirus cases but in fact more than 1,200, an evolving disaster equal to or worse than the Italian one.

JackinSilverSpring | March 12, 2020 at 11:11 am

Let’s get a little perspective on Covid-19. Hubei province, which is the epicenter of the disease has 83% of the 89000 cases reported for all of China. Hubei province has about 58 million people. That means the incidence of the disease is 0.1%, or 1 in a thousand. The over-inflated mortality rate reported for Hubei is about 4%. (Outside of China it is reportedly much lower.) That means a person living in Hubei province has a one in twenty-thousand chance of dying from Covid-19.
The hype on this disease from the Marxist Stream Media is what is panicking everyone. Shame on them for doing that.

    Oberlin joins other schools on shutdown plans.

    Hmmmmm, anyone taking bets on those dining hall and custodial workers being furloughed in March vs June thus saving the college about $1M off of this years budget?

    Following the money here could become a full-time job if I let it.

    Of course, the college also faces the downside of not being able to rent out facilities over the summer for conferences, which is a big source of income. But then, it isn’t like they have shown any evidence of being long-term strategic thinkers.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | March 12, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    They have no shame.

    Damn them to Hades!

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | March 12, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      This is ALREADY backfiring on DEMS Hugely!!!!!

      Here is one example. Caution he’s as mad as Hades and isn’t going to take DEM Media Lies anymore.

      He cautions right up front that he’s going to use many bad words. So not for the effete Globalists Uni-party members.

      Democrats Reject Trump’s Call For Unity To Fight…

      Thursday’s podcast is riddled with obscenities as we cover the liberal reaction to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation about the government’s response to coronavirus. Also, Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar got married to the guy her campaign paid a ton of money to.

      Listen to the show:

      Trump called for unity during a prime time address to the nation in regards to the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Liberals immediately rejected that call and instead focused on divisive things like the fact that he mentioned that it’s a foreign virus. In the face of a serious issue, Democrats are still playing identity politics rather than helping calm the country. We get into all of it.

There is another thing to consider about banning travel to/from Europe: the EU is doing nothing to stop Turkey from flooding the borders with armed “refugees” from Syria. Merkel even sent one of her political activist groups down to assist them through the border.

And BTW, it was revealed overnight that the US had completed transferring its nuclear weapons out of Turkey and into mostly Poland and Germany. Russia PISSED! Another major wrinkle to add to what is being played out with the virus.

Russia and Turkey are at war with each other in Syria and Turkey is a NATO country. Taking our nukes out of Turkey is a very meaningful move by Trump. The Russians would now have to invade Poland to grab those nukes and then Germany to eliminate that threat. Leaves Turkey very exposed though and takes away much of their leverage over Germany. I’d sure like to know what is happening because this is confusing.

3-2-1 Liberal “judge” issues nationwide injunction allowing immigrants from Europe.

much of the sports world is shutting down, does diblasio have the guts to shutdown broadway

One interesting aspect of this is that we have an imperfect but useful test case of European style health care vs US style. The Italians are considering not treating the elderly to concentrate on those more likely to recover.

If Trump were to suspend the Presidential election in November because it is such a threat, you would see it disappear faster than Beto on his skateboard

If Trump were to suspend the Presidential election in November because it is such a threat, you would see it disappear faster than Beto on his skateboard!

Youre a dumb ass that cant admit you made a mistake ??

The internet can help you free yourself darling ?? But please do keep digging that hole ??

I’m no expert, but this all seems a bit much.

I wonder why no one has raised the potential role in the spread of the virus of the thousand of Chinese students brought in by American universities in their greed for extra dollars.