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Wuhan Virus Watch: Nevada and Michigan Governors Reverse Decision Banning Chloroquine Treatments

Wuhan Virus Watch: Nevada and Michigan Governors Reverse Decision Banning Chloroquine Treatments

More good news: Hospitalizations of patients drop 20 percent in Washington; Blood-plasma treatment looks promising; Americans eager to book cruises.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnuFGkUM8ZI

In the wake of the FDA permitting the emergency use of the chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19, two governors who had banned such use reveres course.

The first is Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer drew fire from some on the right after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) sent a letter last week threatening “administrative action” against doctors who prescribed two experimental drugs that could potentially help coronavirus patients.

The Whitmer administration has since removed the language threatening doctors from the letter and is now asking the federal government to send shipments of the drugs, Bridge magazine reports. The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate on Saturday.

The second is Gov. Steve Sisolak.

Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak is allowing malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to be prescribed for the inpatient treatment of coronavirus patients, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

Last week, Sisolak endorsed restrictions on the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for outpatient prescriptions as the Trump administration touted its potential effectiveness in treating coronavirus. The governor’s office had said the restrictions were to protect the supply of the drugs for individuals with lupus and other conditions.

Hospitalizations of patients with coronavirus-like symptoms drop 20 percent in Washington state

Some good news from the state with the first official case of COVID-19 reported in this country.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that data released by the state’s Department of Health showed a decline in hospitalizations for symptoms of the virus, including pneumonia and shortness of breath, dropped to 193 after sitting at 251 last week.

Health officials cautioned that the data may not be perfect, as it does not count hospitalizations at 16 percent of the state’s emergency rooms.

“We have seen an increase in volume of COVID-19 patients but fortunately at a slower rate than we anticipated, which is great,” Dr. Douglas Wood, chair of University of Washington Medicine’s surgery department, told the Times in an interview. “We have enough surgical masks to do our job. But we have to anticipate tomorrow.”

Top NY Blood Center doctor says plasma coronavirus treatment looking ‘promising’

The use of blood plasma from recovered patients appears to offer promise as another coronavirus treatment option.

Dr. Beth Shaz, chief medical and scientific officer at the New York Blood Center, joined “The Story” Wednesday night to discuss “promising” efforts to treat coronavirus using the blood plasma of recovered patients.

“Right now we have a handful [of donors],” Shaz told host Martha MacCallum. “You have to be at least 14 days after [having] symptoms. With the first cases in the New York area [confirmed] on March 1, we are just beginning to get there.”

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

93 coronavirus cases among Roosevelt sailors as Navy works to remove most of the crew

The US Navy is working to remove some 2,700 sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt in an attempt to slow a spreading coronavirus outbreak on the aircraft carrier now docked off the coast of Guam.

The Navy has already moved about 1,000 sailors off the ship, of which 93 sailors had tested positive for the fast-spreading virus as of Wednesday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said. The scramble to quickly test and remove troops from the ship comes one day after a letter to top Navy officials penned by the Roosevelt’s top officer surfaced in the media.

In the letter, Capt. Brett Crozier warned the outbreak could kill some sailors, and that “if we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”

Cruise bookings are on the rise for 2021 despite coronavirus

Few stories could offer more proof of American optimism in the face of this pandemic than this one!

It seems travelers are prepared to batten down the hatches and sail close to the wind, as cruise bookings for 2021 are on the rise.

Analysts at UBS say booking volume for 2021 cruises has “gone up 9 percent in the last 30 days versus the same time last year,” despite many cruise ships currently quarantined amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“That includes people applying their future cruise credits from sailings that were cancelled this year, but still shows a surprising resilience in desire to book a cruise,” UBS equity analysts wrote in a March 31 report on cruise lines.

Wuhan doctor who alerted other medics to the spread of coronavirus ‘goes missing’ amid fears she has been detained

Dr. Ai Fen was the first doctor to inform other colleagues about a SARS-like disease. Her text led her co-worker Dr. Li Wenliang to raise the concerns on social media about the outbreak. Li later succumbed to COVID-19.

A Wuhan doctor who was among the first to alert other medics to the spread of coronavirus has disappeared sparking concerns that she has been detained, reports suggest.

Dr Ai Fen said she faced ‘unprecedented, extremely harsh reprimanded’ by officials at Wuhan Central Hospital after she shared a picture of a patient report labelled ‘SARS coronavirus’.

The image was widely circulated and made its way to whistle-blower Li Wenliang who raised the alarm about the bug, which has killed more than 41,000 people worldwide.

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May there be a recall election to rid those states of despicable ReichsGovernors. Especially that specious witch from Michigan. She ought to be whipped, in public, and then sent to a sensitivity training program to try and find her place in life.

2smartforlibs | April 2, 2020 at 10:39 am

I thought they belong to the party of “science” how can they flip?

The Friendly Grizzly | April 2, 2020 at 10:40 am

Oh, the irony! I see no less than two embedded ads for non contact thermomenters on this page alone.

I’m sure they are of top quality… /must I?

“Gov. Gretchen [Half] Whit[]mer drew fire from some on the right after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) sent a letter last week threatening ‘administrative action’ against doctors who prescribed two experimental drugs that could potentially help coronavirus patients.

“The Whitmer administration has since removed the language threatening doctors from the letter and is now asking the federal government to send shipments of the drugs.”

Only in the Democrat Party is being proved wrong, wrong, wrong a career enhancer. Biden’s consider Half Whit[]man as his VP choice.

What Robert Gates said (his book, 2014) about Biden – “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades” – is actually representative analysis of any Democrat policy.

The stupid (Biden) choosing the stupid (Half-Whit). And more than half the popular vote went to the Democrat choice in 2016. Don’t ever doubt that “public education / government schooling” hasn’t been effective.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to fscarn. | April 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I can understand why a quarter whit like Biden would pick a half whit as his mate.

    Old Navy Doc in reply to fscarn. | April 2, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    “It has been said that for evil to prosper, all it takes is for good men and women to do nothing. I would modify that to say all it takes is for good men and women to not be permitted to do something.” Michael Anderle

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is referred to as a “antimalarial drug” but it is also used for Lupus. The Chinese authorities noticed that none of the Lupus patients were contracting the virus and looked for a link.

    I’m in the ‘Skeptical but Optimistic’ camp on this. If it were perfect, we’d see death rates drop to near-zero, after all.

    Is there any way to see the numbers for “Received the 3-part treatment at an early stage, did not have major previous lung disease or other major existing complications, and died anyway” numbers? Because that’s the number that should show the most change, going from high to low as the treatment began to be used.

      LibraryGryffon in reply to georgfelis. | April 2, 2020 at 11:38 am

      Except that they seem to be trying to keep the treatment for those already sick enough to require hospitalization, without seeing if it can prevent that progression.

      I can understand not wanting to give it to those who are not showing any real symptoms, but you would think that trying to keep those dick enough to need medical attention but not quite to the point of hospitalization from ever needing to be admitted would be useful too, for both the patient and the medical system.

        There are more reports coming out that discuss doctors giving the drug combos and not having their patients go to the hospital.

        The Navy should be giving the drugs to those sailors on the carrier.

Democrats like to say they’re the people that listen to science – these governors were more like knee-jerk “Trump is positive so we must be negative” reactionaries.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | April 2, 2020 at 11:25 am

There may be more to the story than just blaming “Orange Man Bad” syndrome:
https://nworeport.me/2020/04/02/the-mysterious-case-of-the-people-who-ate-fish-tank-cleaner/

Comanche Voter | April 2, 2020 at 12:03 pm

But, but how can that be? This morning’s LA Times carried a column by Michael Hiltzik (who is wrong about things just as often as Paul Krugman and Thomas Friedman) saying that Trump’s comments re chloroquine “ignored science”.

Trump is down in the gladiatorial arena wrestling with national problems and the press sits up in the stands and wants to award or withhold style points.

Comanche Voter | April 2, 2020 at 12:03 pm

But, but how can that be? This morning’s LA Times carried a column by Michael Hiltzik (who is wrong about things just as often as Paul Krugman and Thomas Friedman) saying that Trump’s comments re chloroquine “ignored science”.

Trump is down in the gladiatorial arena wrestling with national problems and the press sits up in the stands and wants to award or withhold style points.

Dallas Morning News headline last week

“FDA allows Unauthorized use of Drug”

My guess is there will be a similar change on the idea of requiring Mask Use. Czech flattened their increase curve once they started requiring masks, even ones made at home. I understand the US Surgeon General saying don’t buy (huge shortage of masks), but the reasoning was dumb.

Masks do 3 things:
1. Stop you from touching your face
2. Stops it from spreading to other people when you cough
3. Helps reduce chance of infection from other people

1 & 2 are the most important. 3 is what the focus on why masks don’t help.

Website with lots of good links:
https://masks4all.co

And Nassim Nicholas Taleb has a great tweet:
https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1244958907962920964?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1244958907962920964&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fpolitical%2Fstop-buying-masks-oh-wait-cdc-considers-asking-public-wear-face-masks

    amwick in reply to Ray - SoCa. | April 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Very good points, ty.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Ray - SoCa. | April 2, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    With an ever increasing world population, mutation and spread rate of also increases. That being the case, I had masks, both N95 and surgical, on hand. I have a private woodshop and machine shop, and I routinely use both types of masks. I buy them in quantity to save money. I do that with virtually everything, and I save an average of 35% by buying most everything I use in one or more years worth in bulk orders.

    I also raise a garden and can stuff. Now is a good time for people to start their garden plants.

    And, I taught my children these things (my wife was not teachable). This summer is a very good time for people start doing this.

    One more thing about this, money we save is worth twice what we earn, because of taxes. By 35 I had no debt and was collecting interest rather than paying it.

    elle in reply to Ray - SoCa. | April 2, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve seen posts on hoe to make a face mask that you can wash. While not as good as the “real” ones it would prevent touching face or coughing on others, which is significant Yet no discussion of whether or not that would be useful.

    It is like they want it to spread so they can crash the economy, get influx of global cash and weaken voting safeguards by using online and harvesting. They don’t really even bother to hide their intentions anymore. They don’t care how many people die or whose lives are destroyed. It is shocking how emboldened they have become.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to elle. | April 2, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      Elle, you got DEM figured out.

      RE: “It is like they want it to spread so they can crash the economy, get influx of global cash and weaken voting safeguards by using online and harvesting. They don’t really even bother to hide their intentions anymore. They don’t care how many people die or whose lives are destroyed. It is shocking how emboldened they have become.”

Democrats ( not just these governors ) hate working Americans who pay taxes..

How many ill victims died because of her childish stunt?

Governor Whitless is an absolute fool, and she is my damn governor.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to NotCoach. | April 2, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Read she is a bought and paid for Soros flesh puppet.

    So she is like Kamala Harris too????????????

These governors and numerous State Department of Healths, along with the idiots in the MSM, not one of whom asked a serious question about the efficacy of the therapy, may have cost thousands of lives. To this day, doctors are reluctant to try the therapy, thus making it less likely to be successful.
All because Trump said it was promising. In Fauci bought into the nonsense, as if a dying patient was desirous of receiving a placebo instead of actual therapy while Fauci checks off little squares on his test sheet.

NYC Health: COVID-19 Daily Data Summary: Deaths

1397 deaths. 1046 underlying conditions. 333 conditions pending.

635 age 75 and over

574 female sex
872 male sex

The lessons Italy has learned about its COVID-19 outbreak could help the rest of the world

“The biggest mistake we made was to admit patients infected with COVID-19 into hospitals throughout the region,” said Carlo Borghetti, the vice-premier of Lombardy, an economically crucial region with a population of 10 million.

    “The biggest mistake we made was to admit patients infected with COVID-19 into hospitals throughout the region”

    So much for that “guaranteed right” to “healthcare”!

    But hey, people who need treatment can still be told to f**k off and die for free!!1!

    ronk in reply to n.n. | April 3, 2020 at 4:59 am

    the only thing missing was the table where they show treated vs untreated

healthguyfsu | April 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm

As an avid cruise goer, I can say that the bookings are not really much of a signal. Most of those are the people who got their refunds and are hoping to go at a future date.

Subotai Bahadur | April 2, 2020 at 2:21 pm

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is going to be in great demand and short supply for a while. Where on the priority list for supply should Nevada and Michigan be?

Subotai Bahadur

Both the headline and the article about Nevada’s governor are factually incorrect. While Sisolak’s press release mentioned a blanket ban, the actual emergency regulations always allowed for inpatient treatment for patients admitted to a hospital.

https://www.scribd.com/document/453239692/3-24-RX-Regulation#from_embed

Furthermore, have seen no information or news that Sisolak has reversed himself for outpatient treatment by proscribing doctors.

A couple of idiots. Should have stomped on them sooner.

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