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Wuhan Virus Watch: Rep. Elise Stefanik wants probe into Cuomo’s nursing home policy

Wuhan Virus Watch: Rep. Elise Stefanik wants probe into Cuomo’s nursing home policy

People flocking to NYC-area bars & beaches. Iran may have underreported to keep COVID-19 stats low. Biotech company claims it has discovered an antibody that blocks coronavirus. Epidemiologist slams coronavirus lockdowns.

Today’s update starts with the news that New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who bravely challenged Schiff’s impeachment maneuvers with skillful cross-examination earlier this year, is now demanding a federal probe of Gov. Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

Her call came after a new report showed the state quietly altered the way it publicly reports nursing home deaths from the virus.

In early May the state stopped counting nursing-home patients who died from COVID in hospitals in its official tallies of nursing-home fatalities, The Daily Caller reported. It now only includes those deaths that occur in the nursing home facility itself.

Cuomo is taking heat for vulnerable nursing home populations ravaged by coronavirus — with a state death toll of at least 5,300, and that’s with the state’s new counting method that ignores outside-facility deaths.

“Today I joined my @NewYorkGOP colleagues in the House to call for a federal investigation of Cuomo’s failed nursing home policies. NOW they admit they unethically changed the way they report nursing home deaths. An INEXCUSABLE tragedy for NY – NEED ANSWERS,” Stefanik, an upstate Republican, said in a tweet.

People flock to NYC-area bars, beaches as ‘quarantine fatigue’ intensifies

For all practical purposes, the lockdowns are over.

Lockdown-weary New Yorkers ditched the distancing to get social this weekend — transforming parts of the Big Apple into a raucous, late season Mardi Gras.

Yet the city’s COVID-19-be-damned attitude was nothing compared to the scene in Belmar, NJ, where huge crowds also flouted state-mandated guidelines to stay six feet apart to curb the spread of the bug — as they waited shoulder-to-shoulder on the boardwalk for their turn to buy beach badges.

Outside popular bars in the Upper East Side, the East Village and in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, booze-hounds came for the take-out cocktails, and then stayed, and stayed — sipping drinks on packed sidewalks — and soaking up lively scene, which rubbed those most vulnerable to the virus the wrong way.

“They don’t care about us,” said Ann Trent, 72, as she sat on a bench by the Brooklyn Bridge. “What happened to all of us protecting everyone else?”

Report suggests Iran may have misrepresented number of infections and deaths to keep COVID-19 stats low

Iran’s coronavirus data appear to be as reliable as China’s.

It is no secret that Iran has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Official government figures show that around 100,000 people were infected by the virus and around 6,500 have died. But a report by the research arm of Iran’s parliament said the number of cases could be eight to 10 times higher, making it among the hardest hit countries in the world. The report said the number of deaths could be 80 percent higher than officials numbers from the Health Ministry, about 11,700.

The Iranian government is currently reporting a decline in the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in many areas, even though local authorities are expanding cemeteries in places like Tehran where the municipal council said it had to add 10,000 new graves to its largest cemetery, Behesht e-Zahra.

Interviews with more than 30 medical professionals and a review of communications by doctors on messaging apps and other documents by an Associated Press reporter in Cairo revealed many previously unreported details. The reporting paints a fuller picture of the roots and extent of the country’s disjointed response as the deadly virus spread throughout the population.

California biotech company claims it has discovered an antibody that can block ‘100%’ of coronavirus infections

Scientists at a California biotech company claim that they have found an antibody that completely blocks coronavirus in a discovery they called a ‘cure”.

Sorrento Therapeutics, based in San Diego, claims its STI-1499 antibody stopped coronavirus from entering 100 percent of healthy human cells in petri dish experiments.

It’s one of several antibodies planned to be combined for a drug ‘cocktail’ Sorrento is developing in collaboration with Mt Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

In a press release, Sorrento said it could produce up to 200,000 doses of the antibody a month – a production timeline that would likely make the drug available months sooner than a COVID-19 vaccine is expected.

Epidemiologist slams coronavirus lockdowns

Joining a chorus of doctors, an epidemiologist now challenges the need for a lockdown.

An epidemiologist known for his contrarian takes to the global response to the coronavirus pandemic is arguing that the ongoing government lockdowns meant to mitigate the disease are based on bad science, and that countries “could open up again and forget the whole thing” if they so desired.

Knut Wittkowski for several weeks has been among the growing chorus of scientists, epidemiology experts, statisticians and other intellectuals who are claiming that the broad economic shutdowns, restrictive policies and harsh mitigative measures put in place by world governments are doing more harm than good.
Public health authorities across the globe have argued that the lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, “social distancing” mandates and other policies are necessary to prevent the collapse of healthcare systems and the deaths of tens of millions.

These measures “most likely made the situation worse,” Wittkowski argued in an interview with Spiked this week.

“Firstly, we have the direct consequences: suicides, domestic violence and other social consequences leading to death,” Wittkowski said of the lockdowns. “And then we have people who are too scared to go to the hospitals for other problems like strokes or heart attacks. So people stay away from hospitals because of the Covid fear. And then they die.”


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“What happened to all of us protecting everyone else?”

I am not responsible for YOUR safety, just mine.

    Katy L. Stamper in reply to Mark. | May 17, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Fat fingers downvote.

    If she wishes to stay safe, she should be home.

    It’s unfair to ask 95% of people who are unlikely to die, to stay in for 2 years or more.

    Edward in reply to Mark. | May 19, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Karen Ann Trent is a few years younger than I, yet I don’t expect others to worry about protecting me, that is my responsibility. It is also my responsibility to make a rational determination as to whether I need to take any particular action (or not take such). I have done so and determined that with my County’s confirmed infections at 132 and death toll at 1, I’m not at much risk of contracting the virus. I don’t wear a mask (except when I went to the doctor’s office for a blood draw for routine labs). Being somewhat rural and retired I don’t see many people, other than family, except when I go to the store. I appreciate that Gov. Abbott meant well with his suggestions* from which I may pick and choose which I will adopt and which I will ignore.

    * Some people tell me that I am mistaken, that the Gov issues an “order”, not a group of suggestions. I prefer to treat them as suggestions.

      Edward in reply to Edward. | May 19, 2020 at 9:16 am

      Forgot to point out that the Dr’s office required me to wear a mask and provided the mask.

After all these months of lockdown orders, PSAs, Karens, closures, distancing, obsessive hand washing, etc., my not-so-little suburb of Kansas City recorded its first cases (12) of the Wuhan Corona Virus in one location. Guess where?

It’s a virus. It’s gonna infect the most vulnerable. To deliberately place virus infected people in proximity to the most vulnerable is criminal. When will Cuomo face criminal charges?

Crickets say….

Coronavirus infection and death counts are suspicious. How many had other major medical problems? A Colorado man had a blood alcohol content of .55 (twice the lethal amount) and corona virus was listed as the cause of death.

Coronavirus death tolls are frequently underreported or overreported depending on political reasons.

    Antifundamentalist in reply to bw222. | May 17, 2020 at 10:40 am

    He was just trying to maximize the death toll for statistical purposes.

    Edward in reply to bw222. | May 19, 2020 at 9:27 am

    IIRC NY City was reporting about three or four thousand Wuhan ChiCom Flu deaths when some wag looked at the data. Of the thousands of deaths chalked up to the Wuhan flu, some fewer than 300 actually died of the virus while the remaining thousands died with the virus as secondary to their actual cause of death.

    Edward in reply to bw222. | May 19, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Just last week there was a man reported as a Wuhan Flu death who had a primary cause of death listed on his death certificate (ID redacted) of Heroin Overdose with a secondary of Wuhan Flu.

Cuomo should be tried for negligent homicide.

Awful how that 72 year old woman is sitting out on a bench expecting everybody else to stay home and locked-down. Where does this sense of entitlement come from?

What Trump needs to do right now is expose the “following the science” fraud. There will be no vaccine, at least not one that will be effective. It’s a virus.

Why are we even listening to, no less obeying, these social welfare PHDs, cross-dressing administrators with no qualifications, and others in their doomsday economic advice? At least impose a legal requirement that they disclose what science they are “following”!!

It used to be that science was based on empirical data fed into a testable hypotheses producing a result that “did not fail”. As problematic as that can be, the current “science” is based on certain “scientists'” personal opinions in lieu of “scientific opinion” to affect political mandates. This is the very definition of fascism. Politically captured scientists creating a veil of “science” in the service of crooked politicians.

Trump has his Wuhan Flu Committee who are supposedly the top scientists in that field. What good are they if Trump won’t clamp down on all of the phony science now destroying the country? We’ve heard more than enough about the “fake news”. Now let’s turn our the hoses the “fake science”!

So how do you mass produce antibodies?

Just googled that question and got pages of offers for price quotes.

This woman may be our first female President some day.

BierceAmbrose | May 17, 2020 at 7:40 pm

When he says someone died, or didn’t, it means exactly what he wants it to mean.

The question, is who is to be master.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 18, 2020 at 1:00 am


May not be safe for work.

The Fascist have taken over the UK.

Iran lied? I’m shocked! Shocked, I say!

Brandon Miller | May 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

In fact, a lot of fakes and stuffing. This applies to people who are really at the forefront and say that it’s hard for them to do anything because they’re hard and understandable. I saw these videos of suffering doctors, but the fact is that they also have panic and that they really can not stand it. From this they have stress and the understanding that there are a lot of people. I hope that this will stop and we will receive reliable information about the virus, otherwise those who give false information should be put here: “” . I myself recently arrived home from there, rested well after a nervous breakdown. Have a nice day and good luck!