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Wuhan Virus Watch: NY Gov. Cuomo Says ‘The Worst is Over if We Continue to be Smart’

Wuhan Virus Watch: NY Gov. Cuomo Says ‘The Worst is Over if We Continue to be Smart’

New York, New Jersey, and four other Northeastern states form a working group to plan reopening parts of the economy.

Today’s update will start with some good news.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicates his state is “controlling the spread” of the coronavirus, and it appears that “the worst is over if we continue to be smart going forward.

At the same time, Cuomo revealed that the death toll from Covid-19 in New York — which is the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States — has topped 10,000 people.

Cuomo called the death tally a “horrific level of pain and grief and sorrow.”

But he pointed to a flattening of the daily death toll, the flattening in the net number of hospitalizations and a drop in the number of people on ventilators as evidence that radical measures such as the shuttering of nonessential businesses have helped to contain the virus.

He said the death toll for Sunday was 671, versus 758 on Saturday.

“We’re controlling the spread,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “The worst can be over, and is over, unless we do something reckless.”

New York, New Jersey, and four other Northeastern states are forming a working group to coordinate plans to reopen parts of the economy

The next phase in the battle against the coronavirus may begin shortly.

New York, New Jersey and four other Northeastern states are forming a working group to keep a close watch on the coronavirus outbreak throughout the region and coordinate plans to reopen parts of the economy as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Calling the region the “Covid corridor,” the governors said they would carefully weigh the public health risks before allowing companies to resume operations. Commerce throughout the region and much of the U.S. has ground to a halt after states shuttered nonessential businesses and issued orders requiring most residents to stay indoors to slow the pandemic.

“I think this regional compact is premised on the idea that you’re not going to have a healthy economy if you have an unhealthy population, so we’ve got to do both,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said on a conference call Monday led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

FDA gives emergency green light to ‘blood purification device’ to treat critically ill coronavirus patients

All the treatments!

US regulators have given emergency use permission for a device to filter coronavirus patients’ blood in an effort to combat the devastating effects of severe inflammation.

Doctors believe that many of those who die of coronavirus die as a result of the so-called ‘cytokine storm’ – a deluge of inflammation meant to help fight the infection that ultimately overwhelms and damages the body itself.

In an effort to clear some of this dangerous inflammation from COVID-19 patients, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Terumo BCT’s blood filtering device.

Rutgers Saliva Test for Coronavirus Gets FDA Approval

All the tests!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics and its collaborators for a new collection approach that utilizes saliva as the primary test biomaterial for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the first such approval granted by the federal agency.

The new saliva collection method, which RUCDR developed in partnership with Spectrum Solutions and Accurate Diagnostic Labs (ADL), will allow for broader population screening than the current method of nose and throat swabs.

“The impact of this approval is significant,” said Andrew Brooks, chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR, who also is a professor in the School of Arts and Sciences Department of Genetics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “It means we no longer have to put health care professionals at risk for infection by performing nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal collections. We can preserve precious personal protective equipment for use in patient care instead of testing. We can significantly increase the number of people tested each and every day as self-collection of saliva is more quick and scalable than swab collections. All of this combined will have a tremendous impact on testing in New Jersey and across the United States.”

40% of people with severe COVID-19 experience neurological complications

Sadly, it looks like not all patients will be completely cured.

People with severe COVID-19 may experience neurological symptoms, including confusion, delirium and muscle pain, and could be at higher risk for a stroke, a new study out of Wuhan, China has suggested.

Nearly 40 percent of people with the disease caused by the new coronavirus suffered brain-related complications, according to findings published Friday in JAMA Neurology,

Among those with serious infection as a result of the virus, nearly 6 percent experienced a stroke or stenosis, roughly 15 percent had dementia-like symptoms and roughly 20 percent reported severe muscle pain, researchers in China reported.

Wildlife is reclaiming Yosemite National Park

It’s like we’re living through an episode of the History Channel show, “Life After People.” Wildlife is swarming the nearly empty Yosemite National Park.

“You couldn’t ask for a better place to be isolated,” said Warren McClain, a saucier at the Ahwahnee Hotel who has worked in the park since 2017.

He and his co-workers, Dane Peterson and Billy Sanchez, were skateboarding and cycling along Northside Drive, just east of Horsetail Fall, soaking in the bright, warm sun.

Wildlife is coming out of hiding now, they said, as it did during previous government shutdowns of the park — in 1990, 1995, 2013 and 2019. The difference is that this park closure is expected to be the longest on record.

“The bear population has quadrupled,” said Peterson, noting a surge of large megafauna into the fields, thoroughfares and open spaces of the park.

“It’s not like they aren’t usually here,” he said of the bears, bobcats and coyotes that he and other employees now see congregating outside their cabins and apartments. “It’s that they usually hang back at the edges, or move in the shadows.”


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buckeyeminuteman | April 14, 2020 at 7:18 am

This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time, even if it’s from Cuomo. All Governors need go be presenting their plans to reopen businesses and schools come 1 May, or sooner!

    I think schools in my area ( Louisiana) should reopen. I will be absolutely amazed if out governor allows it. The governor has already waived minimum seat minutes and cancelled testing this year. As far as the bureaucrats go, those are the only two things that matter.

    This is about Cuomo trying to upstage President Trump, and he ain’t buying any of it!

      alaskabob in reply to gonzotx. | April 14, 2020 at 9:28 am

      The “spontaneous” creation of Blue state “confederations” on East and West Coasts should not go unnoticed . Look for other Blue states to join as a “belt and road” alternative to national restart by Feds (Trump). This means interference in a unified restart and one designed to influence the outcome. This promises to clash “states’ rights” versus Federal. We shall see if they interstate commerce laws come into play. Party before country until the Party is the country.

      healthguyfsu in reply to gonzotx. | April 14, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Cuomo can give back the federal resources if he wants to play that way.

      We aren’t going to personally fund your premature restart and leave you to burn through the strategic stockpile.

    You really are naive. The plan, of these governors, is not to “reopen” the now shuttered economy, but to contiinue to delay that by exerting control over, not only the area that they control, but a wider area which their ports and transportation infrastructure services. Remember that these are the clowns who failed to stockpile any simple medical supplies to handle an infectious disease outbreak and had to go whining to the federal government to save them. Do we really want them in control of the economy?

At some point, very soon, the cure will become worse than the disease.

I would love to see what the peak ventilator and bed count was. Once one of the states open up, they will all follow or be lost to the people that are in home jail with a revolt.

If you have time – okay, since you have time, go to your streamer of choice and find the Smithsonian Channel. Go to America’s Hidden Stories >> Episode 3, Pandemic 1918. We’ve been here before and we have a much better handle on this Wuhan virus than we did the Spanish flu.

The last few minutes are, to me, the most dramatic. The world was changed when Woodrow Wilson got sick. If that’s not enough, the program states at the end the 1918 epidemic may have gotten started a few years earlier in, of all places, central China.

Perhaps The Governor can reconsider the concept of a #BigBeautifulWall erected on a radius of, say, 50 miles from Times Square. ?

With our lower rates of infections, hospitalization, & deaths, we #Normals here in “cow-country” #UpstateNY can be “permitted” to live our lives again sooner than the weirdos & other fools down in that metropolitan area. (Okay, I concede, MAYBE exaggerated generalizations.?)

The bear population has quadrupled! It’s not like they aren’t usually here, but…

This Is Journalism. Wrong even on the fluff.

Bitterlyclinging | April 14, 2020 at 9:33 am

Governor “America was never great” who has a picture of Che Guevara on display in his residence.

2smartforlibs | April 14, 2020 at 9:41 am

So, Son of Mario the Pious, how does that involve you?? If not like you have a solid record of being smart. You gave money to your donors for green jobs that failed, leaving taxpayers on the hook, You auctioned off vent you now scream you need.

Trump still controls the borders and which countries will be allowed to get visas to get into the US. So, while governors can open activities in their stat, they can’t let in a flight from China or Europe.

    Liz in reply to Liz. | April 14, 2020 at 10:27 am

    When I was doing some foreign travel, I needed to show proof of immunizations such as yellow fever. While I’m not sure about having these documents within the US, it would be a good idea to have something in the passports showing a vaccine or antibody test.

Before we all get too crazy here, re-opening the states is what we wanted, right?

So, okay, some of the northeast states will band together to start to re-open. Good. Now, how they re-open remains to be seen, but some staged strategy and cooperation would be useful. If the disease flares again then the clamps come down.

They still need the federal government, so Trump will be involved. Trump can’t order states to re-open, so he needs the states to step up, and he can then guide resources to them in a number of ways.

This is a win-win. This is what we wanted. Right?

    More insanity. I failed to catch you putting this theory of disease control out during the 20178-2018 flu pandemic [65,000+ dead in the US] or the 2018-2019 flu pandemic [60,000+ dead in the US]. Interesting that you should put this theory of profound social and economic disturbance out now.

    The way this should have been handled was to treat it like the seasonal flues and, at worst, require people to wear masks. Now the common theory of why mask usage was discouraged is because there were not enough masks for medical professionals. This is possible. So, the alternative was to strip 30-50% of the populace of a source of income while the medical personnel maintained their jobs and got all of the PPE. What happened? Well, medical personnel began losing their jobs because they were simply not needed, except in Hell on the Hudson, to treat the minuscule number of Covid cases nationwide.

    So, now, after trying out the theory of societal shutdown destructio0n of the economy in order to combat a virus which is little more dangerous than the existing flu viruses, we have found that it was a mistake. Social distancing, not very effective to control the spread of the virus. Incarcerating healthy people in their homes, not very effective. So, what is the plan now? Have people wear masks. Duuuhhh. Really? We need medical “professionals” to tell us this? When this is all over, the medical profession approval ratings will have sunk to somewhere between used car salesmen and the members of the US Congress.

      alaskabob in reply to Mac45. | April 14, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      Many health care types totally agree with you. The only wild card in beginning was figuring out how weaponized the virus was. As I have noted before, taking the West and world in general a few critical notches leaves China stronger since they can lose my of the populace. Going forward the CCP and DNC must be diminished.

        Mac45 in reply to alaskabob. | April 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm

        The only thing weaponized about the CORVID virus was the free world media and political response to it. What will likely be proven to be a simply laboratory accident was turned into a political weapon, not by China, but by the leadership of the Western World, against their own citizens.

        What the medical/political leadership was doing, in this country, was unprecedented in modern history. What was also unprecedented was the lack of push back by the medical profession. The AMA has been strangely silent, publicly, on the subject. It appears that most of the medical profession was willing to go along with the political recommendations and actions taken. Those that have gone against the Fauci recommendations are also reluctant to admit to it, such as the use of Hydroxycholoquine as a therapeutic treatment. there are no heroes in this situation, sorry.

          Milhouse in reply to Mac45. | April 14, 2020 at 2:31 pm

          You’re right there.

          notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mac45. | April 15, 2020 at 1:18 am

          AMA and medical profession are owned by the communist Chinese. Who do you think was buying up more of those cheap stocks after the Communist Chinese crashed our market – that is those for-profit Hospital stocks.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mac45. | April 15, 2020 at 1:22 am

      Spot on!

      Mac has the dirt on the evildoers.

      On a side note those plastic screens and Saran wrap that the retail stores are putting up in front of their Checkers are absolutely laughable. When a person sneezes or coughs their breath doesn’t just go straight forward it goes up and down and all around in all directions.

Guys, PDJT tossed out a ‘tar baby’ at his briefing yesterday: insisting that the office of the President has complete authority within the covid situation.

1. To a large extent PDJT is correct, in that during an event that the various State Governments REQUESTED a designation of as Federal disaster, those States have abrogated a portion of their power within the timeframe of that designation to the Federal government; PDJT.

2. Normally, there is a go along, get along attitude between D.C. and the States because they are happy to be spending money towards being seen as doing something.

3. With PDJT under daily criticism, which alternates between he went too far to be didn’t go far enough, in the exercise of his prerogatives by MSM and some Governors seeking the spotlight, this isn’t the normal situation.

So, PDJT, drew an unspoken line yesterday; if there is a Federal Disaster designation and federal money, personnel and resources being utilized within a State, then the President calls the shots. States are obviously, free to request the removal of their State from the Federal disaster designation and chart an independent course on their own dime using their own resources if they so choose.

That, IMO, was the intent yesterday a not very subtle reminder of the actual situation that could develop but likely won’t. In fact it will serve to enhance the underlying goal and argument that the administration is forced to make daily. Namely that our emergency response system envisions that the Federal government is supposed to support the States with resources who then allocate resources to counties and municipalities based upon their local knowledge and better ability to act.

Unfortunately the MSM and some States are being willingly blind to this process and want, for partisan political reasons, to put the Federal government; PDJT in the position of making every decision and accruing the blame if and when mistakes are made.

So PDJT, threw out the ‘tar baby’ that he will make the decision on when the nation goes back to work based upon his authority within declared federal disaster. The MSM and certain blue State politicians reflexively jumped to oppose PDJT. In doing so they have now become mired in the ‘tar baby’; Federalism, States rights and the Tenth amendment.

Only PDJT, could cause progressive, big government supporting liberals to suddenly embrace Federalism.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to CommoChief. | April 15, 2020 at 1:29 am

    Thanks. President Trump really knows how to make them dance the waltz with the tar baby.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 15, 2020 at 1:27 am

Pluck Brillo Head and his CNN brother he rode in on.

Trying to roll back over 200 years of encroaching federal power is neither easy or painless. Voters would do well to prepare their Constitution knowledge with principled understanding, not partisan politics that demands loyalty to Man over dedication to principle. Since no one holds office forever, avoid accepting the Cult of Personality over the Rule of Law. Reject the now proved failed adage about expediency and vote for the person who’ll uphold the law, not who wins the popularity contest. Because no solution either mine or yours, has a smidgen of a chance for success unless and until we voters start electing the right people and more importantly stop re-electing the bad ones.